Saturday, September 5, 2015

Meet Hazel

This new baby is officially ours...or, rather, theirs!

The girls have been wanting a cat for so long and we have put it off for so long and well, some things are just inevitable. So, here she is. 

Meet Hazel!  She's one sweet little kitty. So playful and so stinkin' adorable!  

For all the male family members who weren't on board with having a new kitty, one actually took the girls to do the adoption and the other two seem to be smitten. I even have photographic evidence, but I won't put any of that here. Lol!  

Besides, how can you not love a face like that?  More Hazel stories to come, I'm sure. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Vacation : Day 9

Today is our last full day of vacation so we started our day with a trip down to the beach for a little swimming and sea shell collecting.  Not without first stopping for a treat and a few bottles of water.

It felt great to sit in the sun and soak it all in one last time.  The Little Lagoon Pass is the perfect spot for kids to wade around safely without the waves of the Gulf knocking them down every few seconds.

The past nine days have been great, but also tiring.  We're all, honestly, pooped.  We took time to just kick back and relax the afternoon away before beginning to pack everything back into our suitcases.


I just got myself this little book and, my goodness, it's fantastic and I'm only half way through.  I can't wait to get started on some of these ideas for my own home and life. 

For our last vacation dinner we went all-out.  Porterhouse steaks with steamed broccoli, sautéed asparagus, mashed red potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and garlic bread.

Our last sunset:

Isaac's redfish catch to end the day:
We had a great time this year and even though we still worked during the vacation, I think we're overall refreshed and ready to face a busy fall season at the market and at home as well.  School is about to get started again for us and we'll have to shift a few gears to get into the groove once more. 
I'm glad we had this moment in time to share together and all the memories made will hold us until next time.  Goodbye, Little Lagoon.

Vacation : Day 8

Today we closed our market for the day to have at least one full day of family time while on vacation.  It was so nice to wake up in the same bed together at the same time instead of by myself because Darrell had to sneak out quietly at 4:00am. 

There was an early morning shower - the only rain we received during the whole vacation. 

We sat around on the pier most of the time. In the afternoon we rode around a while then ended up at an ice cream shop. 

Mint chocolate chip is my favorite. 

Claire chose two flavors of Italian ice. 

Ethan went all-out and got the banana split. 

Isaac chose the most sinful thing on the menu - a Krispy Kream doughnut stuffed with brownie batter ice cream. 

Emma got herself a mint chocolate chip sundae. 

And, I couldn't help but harass Ethan about that big banana split. 

Later in the afternoon I tried my hand at catching some bait fish. 

We opted for an earlier dinner tonight so the boys could go fishing as the sun sets. I had shrimp and mushroom Marsala and it was beyond delicious!

Claire just had to pose with the dolphin outside the restaurant.  

While the boys were fishing, the girls and I went for a ride along he beach. We finally found our way to Dippin' Dots for just a little more ice cream. 

Theo, their new stuffed manatee even liked Dippin' Dots!

We finally made it back to the beach house and this was the very last of the day's light. 

It was a great family day filled mostly with time together doing nothing special. It was perfect and sadly, a rare treat.  I wish there were more of these kinds of days together.  Sacrifice is real and I'm learning to cherish every moment of togetherness I can get.