Friday, July 27, 2012

Family Vacay

This year we went to Panama City Beach for our family vacation. It was fun to go somewhere different, but I think we all missed the familiarity of Destin and I know we missed the food. The Crab Trap in Destin is my favorite restaurant ever.

None the less we had a great week and made some fun memories. When traveling to the beach you just never know what you are going to get. We have been on vacation during a hurricane, been at the beach when the jellyfish were so bad you couldn't get in the water, had a shark attack in front of our hotel, experienced the mess of the oil spoil, and this year a major seaweed problem created by some of the recent storms. It was pretty bad the first couple of days. The seaweed was so thick and covered the beach and piled up so thick there were mounds of it three feet high in places.

We didn't let it slow us down though. It was scratchy and rough and really gross to swim in. However I couldn't wait to wake up every morning and see what had been written. Lots of SCE sports, happy birthdays, and of course love notes.

Ashlynn has made huge strides in her swimming ability this summer and they had a zero entrance pool with splash fountains so we spent lots of time enjoying that.

Ashlynn and I also went parasailing and had a blast. It was a fun memory for her. We also got to help save a guy on our way out to the parasailing boat. This guy was floating on a tube and got pulled out pretty far into the ocean. He was out there waving his arms and screaming for help. Ashlynn and I were riding on a banana boat pulled by a jet ski. The jet ski driver pulled us up next to him and Ashlynn and I pulled him onto the boat. He was freaking out and said he couldn't feel his legs. Poor Ashlynn's eyes were as big as saucers. I just talked to him and made sure he was ok and we took him back to the shore line where his family was waiting. He said a dolphin was circling him, which I thought was neat. Poor guy. It was kind of funny because that same day Marshal had to assist with a woman passed out at the

We also went to Peir Park where they had tons of carnival rides. Jaxton was too little to ride anything by himself so I had to ride with him. He loved every minute of it. I have to say I was scared of half the rides we went on, but he was laughing and having the time of his life. He also rode go carts and jet skis with GeGe. He kept saying I want to drive fast. Ha.

Speaking of jet skis. Marshal and Ashlynn also took out a jet ski for an hour. Some seaweed got caught up in the motor or something, I wasn't really paying attention. Any way, Marshal brought Ashlynn back in to fix it. When he came in toward the shore the jet ski flipped over on top of them. Luckily they were both ok, but it definitely had this momma scared.

We had a really great time as a family and have already booked next years week at the beach.

Jaxton wasn't so sure about the waves.

My little friend I met on the beach.

Jaxton made sure his Penbo enjoyed vacation too.

Ashlynn liked her frozen drinks as much as I did.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summertime Blues

I love summertime. I love the warm weather, the sunshine, the lazy days at the pool, the go with the flow atmosphere created by no schedule, the sleeping in until 9:30 (yes my kids are well trained), reading trashy summer novels, and being able to be ready in five minutes with hair in a pony.

However, I have been experiencing a little summertime blues. Nothing big just kind of down and depressive at times. It isn't that I am not loving summer, but I really think my body craves schedules and order. I am well aware how ridiculous that sounds, but honestly after a couple of days I just get in a funk. I truly love my scheduled and ordered life. I love knowing that I am going to get off of work, cook dinner, have kids in bath at 7:30 and bed by 8:00, then promptly at 9:00 I am going to exercise. Without a schedule I can't seem to accomplish a thing, dishes, laundry, or exercise. I get done with dinner and next thing you know I am sitting in Marshal's lap where I stay until bedtime. Now part of that I am going to blame on him. He is very tricky and knows that if he is sitting on the couch while I am up working I will glare at him with evil eyes until he gets up to help. He has figured out if he will ask me to sit with him,I will stay put for hours if he is rubbing my back or playing with my hair. Any ways I am totally off subject. I was simply trying to make the point that not getting anything accomplished has only added to my summertime funk.

When I am having a bad day or am grumpy for one reason or another I always try and think of something I can do to make someone else happy. Simple things make me happy so my happies are usually pretty simple things. Coffee with a friend, a note on their car, etc. This week I decided to mail some cards to some friends. What's better than getting a card in the mail, right? It definitely lifted my spirits and put a smile on my face.

Speaking of happy- one of my sweetest friends joined FB recently. I could not have been more tickled to reconnect with her. It is sad but after college we all got jobs and started families and lost touch. Loved loved these girls!

Ok this post is all over the place. I feel like I should somehow rewrite it and make it flow a little better. Then again it just shows what summer does to me. Yet, I know in a couple of weeks I will be missing my summer so much and starting the count down to summer 2013.

Monday, July 16, 2012

What Kind of Chef are You?

When signing up to bring food to a party or get together, nine times out of ten, I am going to sign up to bring dessert. A couple of reasons for this, but mainly because I love making them as much as I love eating them.

Saturday we got together with some friends for a little lake party. As always I decided to bring dessert. I made chocolate chip cookies and banana pudding.

As I was making everything I looked around my kitchen and recalled a conversation I had with one of my dear friends Juli about cooking and cleaning. Now being the fabulous person she is she cooks and cleans as she goes. Well Juli don't look....

My Little Helper

I am obviously a cook and clean up afterwards kind of girl. I will say that it works for me. When cooking for other people I always have my kitchen back in order before my guest arrive. In fact that is one way you can tell how good of friends we are. If you have ever been invited over and I still have dishes in the sink I must really like you. If you have ever been over and I am mopping my kitchen floor, well that's how you know I really really like you. ( I can hear some of you laughing as you read this). Now the scene from above- take a good look now because that mess I reserve only for my momma and Marshal. The rest of you would be asked to wait on the porch; some of you know this first hand- ha!

I may be a mess, but man was that banana pudding good.