"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bon Voyage

Last week marked the tenth anniversary of our wedding on Santorini Island...


Our anniversary gifts usually follow the Hallmark gift list. We find a creative way to incorporate the suggestion into a simple and inexpensive gift or activity. One of my favorites was year nine, the pottery year, when we went to a date-night wheel throwing class. It was difficult and messy (so unlike the scene from Ghost) but lots of fun and we have a small bowl (that was supposed to be a cylinder), to commemorate it. 

However, for year ten, we felt that it was time to go big. It was a milestone anniversary and the perfect time to get away. So where do we go? And what about that Hallmark list? 

Well, the suggestion for year ten is tin or aluminum. I decided that somewhere on those big ol' cruise ships there has to be some tin or aluminum. 

So a cruise it was. It doesn't hurt that I love to cruise. I've been through the Western Caribbean two times, and Michael and I have cruised the Greek Isles and Alaska. And I've never been disappointed. The different ports, combined with the food and entertainment onboard, make for the perfect vacation. There is truly something for everyone. 

Even though we were more than ready to pack our bags, we knew we couldn't be away too long. So we chose a four night cruise out of Miami to the Bahamas. 

We squeezed in an extra night in Ft. Lauderdale, then made our way to Miami to set sail on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of Seas...


But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't shake the feeling that we were forgetting something. 



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Two and a Half

Sometimes he's a big boy,

And sometimes he's a still a baby,

That's just one of the perks of being two and a half years old...


The others are too numerous to mention.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

It's a Jungle Out There!

This week, we went on safari...


Jungle Safari Vacation Bible School, that is! 

And with 40 plus kindergarten and first graders under our care, boy was it ever a jungle!

As usual, the kids had a blast. Declan got extra spoiled in the nursery, and Michael and I got to spend some time with our own upcoming kindergartener and first grader...


In addition to mornings at VBS, Levi spent his afternoons at basketball camp. At first I was worried that he may be a bit overbooked this week. However, it didn't seem to faze him. In fact, one evening we even went to the pool on top of everything else. 

That night, I asked him if he was tired. 

His reply?

"Why would I be tired?"


But I know one boy who was exhausted...


And I was more than happy to keep him company during his naps.





Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fun Around the Fourth

Between friends and fireworks, rainy days and a record number of movies, we were finally able to open the backyard pool this week. 

Setting up a pool takes a lot of time and hard work...


Especially when you can't find the plug.

But even with such luxury just steps away from our back door, the kids still felt the need to visit the big pool on a couple of occasions. 

So in addition to some real swimming and a trip to the library, where books weren't the only creative outlet...


Easton and I finished up the week with a Lexington Philharmonic concert set to the story of Peter and the Wolf.

 Every summer, several local organizations team up with the public school system to offer Countdown to Kindergarten events. 

This is our fourth summer of holding the magical green shirt that guarantees our entry into some of the most interesting places in town. When Piper wore the shirt, we got a lot of use out of it, missing only a couple of events. But, alas, with each successive child, our attendance has dwindled. 

However, I was bound and determined to get Easton to at least one activity...


But the way things are going, when Declan's turn rolls around, he'll be lucky to even get the shirt.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summertime Survival

Summer is in full bloom and it's the perfect time to share some basic survival tactics...


The best entertainment is of the inexpensive variety...


Breaks are essential...


Far fewer complaints about the cuisine are voiced on a picnic...


And when monkeys get their climb-time...


The circus is a peaceful place to be.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Camp Solo

Four kids + Four Days of Bluegrass Christian Camp = One mom and One kid...


And this kid's not used to flying solo. It was a taste of things to come...


But while we sure missed our big kids, we managed just fine.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Favorite Fathers

After spending the week with my own father...


Then coming home to celebrate with Michael...


The kids and I have concluded that we couldn't find better fathers if we tried!