Friday, April 30, 2010

summer corn.....

isn't this time of year amazing... just kicking back in our garden... wearing flip flops... letting the sun warm our shoulders... filling kiddie pools with chilly water... and eating lots of summer corn!!!

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I can feel it even in our children's hearts... they are warm and happy to be relaxing..

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and so are Mamma & Pappa!

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we are so excited that our gardening is paying off... so we should be rewarded with loads of veggies and lots of peppers! This is a jalapeno pepper... if we leave it for a few more weeks it shall have more heat to it... it's hard for our oldest girl to not pluck it... oh the anticipation... We love to have the girls helping in the garden... It teaches responsibility and respect and most importantly to be green! They are so nice to the flowers and herbs... carefully peeking at each and every fruit... watching things grow... watching things change shades of color...

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some canteloupe jalapeno salsa we made for a side to this....

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grilled margarita shrimp... made with fresh limes squeezed and zested and tequila and sugar! so yummy!!!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tie Dye Fun!!!

gosh... are we ever lucky! I feel so lucky to have such amazing friends in our community! such special people... We always come up with fun things to do... fun ways for our kids to grow up together... playing... laughing.... tie dying!!!

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Mamma Ashley has had this idea of a tie dye party for such a while now... and finally it happened! she is quite the hostess... all of the fixins for a perfect dye fest!

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our youngest little hippie in her tie dye dress!

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just letting go and letting the kids squirt the vivid colors every which way is somehow... therapy.... it makes my heart feel light once I let go and let my kids ... be kids... it's great!

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here our girl is quite into this... she likes to do projects especially messy ones... she was so proud to see the final product last night... wore her shirt and panties to bed AND to school today! funnnn!

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the soaked in fun clothing... sitting so limp... soon to be a vivid masterpiece in the kids minds... but maybe more so in us proud mammas!

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the sweet treets... mmmmm!

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tie dyed toesies!

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taaaah daaaah!!!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Berry Patch!!!

This was one of those days... a day in which I just wanted to really be a sponge and absorb it to the fullest!!! These kids are young for just a little while... what they teach us is amazing.... and I thank my girls every day so much for giving me so much happiness! This is what it's all about! I love their carefree spirits and I love that all they really need is to be loved... and all they want to do is love us.... and that to me is enough.....

so a few of us Mammas took the little ones out into the countryside.....

ps... this is with my horrible purse cam that takes such fuzzy pics... I actually jumped out of my skin as I got here and my D300 broke... yikes! I was so sad to be at such a beautiful day with such a wacko camera... uuggh... but....... I got a new camera!!! felt like it was time.. now we have the gorgeous...... D700! yippeee!!! oh and my D300 is all better and will be a nice little back up...

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so quiet... so calm... so many giggles... such light hearts...

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it was so fun for all of us... so many red beauties... so many dripping chins... so much fresh air! Just letting the kids be kids and us Mammas being Mammas!

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Strawberries really are her absolute favorite... so this day was almost like Christmas to her... love!

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the fruit of our labor.... yummm!

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such a fun farm!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Monks!!!

this was really something! I was so glad that I took our oldest girl to see this magical exhibit our town had....

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Tibetan Monks came to our town... it's really a fascinating experience to be close to such simpleness... such a life... they spend close to a week working so hard on these beautiful pieces and then at the end they release them into the bay... it makes you realize that you shouldn't hold onto material things... they are just things... release them... you feel so free......

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They are maybe the happiest people ever... I think it may be because they don't have so many material things ... nor want them... it's beautiful...

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it was a great little experience for Isabelle... We like for our girls to be exposed to many different religions, cultures, people. I love when she asked me questions... such as "why do they wear dresses, Mamma?" It's important for children to see so many beautiful people and things that make this world what it is. We're not the only people in this world and I really hope that my girls take that with them in life..... We hope they never judge someone for the color of their skin, or the clothing they wear...

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

a little get-away...

the other night over a glass of wine Pappa and I went onto Hotels.com and booked a little two night get-away up to Tampa as a family! It was much needed and well looooved! My God-Parents were celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary with a big dinner party... so we planned the whole trip from there...

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view from our room... a fun balcony to say the least!

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all of our meals were ate on the balcony! It was fabulous!

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we even brought the berries we picked the day before we left.. they were so yummy and such a treat!

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ahhhhh a pool.... this is the life!

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we basically lived on our balcony and in the pool.... easy breezy Florida life... it's great!

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I just sat like so and watched the birds... and watched the water... something about being by the water... it's so calming and it really helps you appreciate where you are....
Sometimes when life gets going and things get busy... you are just going with the flow of things but this trip really helped us slow down a bit and sit and watch the birds and sit by the sea.... it's easy!

Then we went to Busch Gardens for the day before coming home...

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