Thursday, April 3, 2014

Grandpa and Grandma Come to Florida

We went to the Kennedy Space Center! I think the highlight for me was seeing the IMAX segment on Grandpa's Rack that he helped engineer for the International Space Station.

The kids really liked the Angry Birds building where they launched birds and walked through a laser maze.

Nah, who are we kidding? Our favorite thing was spending time with Grandpa and Grandma! The next day was truly wonderful. We played at the beach all day long. Grandpa and I boogie boarded our hearts out while Grandpa played with the kids. When offered to swim, she opted to stay with the kids. The kids were spoiled with love all week long.

After we got back, and everyone had dinner, Aaron and Grandpa went night fishing on the beach.

The next day was lovely. While Aaron and Grandpa went golfing (and saw an armadillo!), Mom and I gardened. We went to Lowe's and she bought two blueberry bushes, a grape vine, a lemon bush, a mango tree and an orange tree! I bought a grapefruit tree, and together we planted them in the yard. It is so absolutely wonderful to have a piece of Mom with me at the house when she lives so far away. The kids helped dig the whole for the orange tree, which we ended up moving further away from the house. :)

It would be another week until we saw them again, they were headed off to their cruise! Love you Pa-pops and An-ma!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fun in February: Phone Picture Dump

The kids love to water the garden. Whenever we play outside, they gravitate to the garden to give it a quick shower.

Kaylee finds blankets in the house and brings them outside to build forts. This drives Daddy nuts. :)

Kaylee tells me exactly how she wants her hair every morning, and I enjoy doing it. She also gets breakfast in bed every school morning. I love to sit on the bed with her while she eats, and talk about what she wants for lunch that day, how she wants her hair, or what she wants to wear. We used to decide this at night, but it would always change by morning.

This is what happens when boys go in Kaylee's room. :)

Kaylee took my picture in our backyard...

If the boys seem to be lost, they are usually hiding in the trees by the side of our house.

While Kaylee and Cael were at school, Kade and I went to the zoo. :) I love spending time with this munchkin.

Grandma sent Kaylee paints. Kaylee really enjoyed painting with the bright colors. I think she looks a lot like Aaron's childhood pictures here.

Cael climbs trees, probably for 40% of the day.


Kade likes to paint too, and color. He will work with all mediums, including walls and doors. I love them, and would keep them all if Aaron didn't call "trailer park" on it. :)

Hahaha, we love our monkey man. :)

Ok, so I botched Valentine's Day and didn't take pictures. Aaron bought the kids things, I bought Aaron chocolates, Aaron bought me chocolates and flowers. :)

Kaylee made her box and valentines for her class. She refused the store-made valentines and spent a long time making each one perfect. :)

She loves to pick flowers off the bush in our backyard, and then gives them to family members. Kaylee's love for others, and love for giving is one of my favorite things about her. She is sweet to the core.

Yes, you can swim in your outdoor, unheated pool in February! I LOVE FLORIDA!!!!

I also loves these birds that hang out in the fields by Kaylee's preschool. Amazing!

Of course, there were many beach walks. :)

Love watching the kids when they sleep. Kaylee always falls asleep after me, she is a night owl. :)

Last, but not least, my garden is growing! This is from today! The kids prematurely pick the broccoli carrots, and I'm okay with that. :)  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A little something about Kaylee...

She is extremely neat!

This little goose loves a clean room, her side of the car is always spotless, she likes to do homework really well, and she is very organized. When I help out in the classroom, I notice everyone's art box is a mess, but Kaylee's. All her markers are lined up, facing the same direction, on one side, with her scissors and other accessories in their proper place on the other side. :) She must get this from Aaron.

Kaylee celebrated her 100th day at school and the kids were invited to bring a collection of 100 things. While her classmates were making a picasso of feathers and straws, Kaylee went to the beach and collected seashells!

And proceeded to place them on her poster. The only time I touched a shell was to hot-glue it to the precise place Kaylee wanted it. She is great! This is what it looks like:

And, just because we are always at the beach...

We sure love our Florida family time. :)