Wednesday, February 29, 2012

as simple as fresh OJ...

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sometimes there are days where I just want to be home... I just want to watch my babies grow... that's it!
I swear they grow while they are sleeping... each night I watch them sleep and wonder... how did they get so big...
how can I slow things down...

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the only way to really slow things down is to really slow down...
It's important to feel the days and let them be slow... it feels fantastic!

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I feel so great about simple days... days of doing nothing... sitting in our pajamas until lunchtime...
This day we spent the morning in the garden... Our oldest Isabelle, peeked up with excitement and noticed the oranges were ready for picking! She then said, "remember all the years of us picking the oranges and squeezing the juice..." I love when she remembers when... It makes all those days of doing memorable things worth it...

I want to do things with our girls... as a family... so they can look back and love their life!

some days are crazy... but it makes the simple ones amazing!

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our youngest Cecilia is growing out of her pig tails... they are now little Pippi braids... her curls are waves.
she talks all the time... is stronge.. and gives the best hugs I could ever imagine... like the ones that make me puff an uuummmf and I can really feel my heart growing!
our oldest is growing into a sweet little lady...she squeezes orange juice like a sun-of-a-gun! seeds pop and the skin breaks... the juices drip down her sticky hands as she slurps and licks every drop! when the halves fall she quickly picks them up... brushes them off... and sets them up for a squeeze! 

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happy cat sister Cecilia giggles and applauds as if each and every thing that her big sister does is the coolest thing she has ever seen!... and maybe it is...

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I love our life... I want us to grow and yet be little forever... I want us to have orange juice stands when we're 85... I want orange juice kisses forever!

I love that our oldest still wants to marry her Pappa(dad)when she grows up... and I love that she still wants to live next door with her sister when they get bigger... and I love that she asks if we can still lay together and hug together when she is a grown up... yes, always... we can always hold hands and give kisses and lay together even when we are 100!

Isabelle is turning 6 this Saturday...
I'm happy for her... I'm happy for so many things!

Friday, February 17, 2012

a little get-away...

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such a fun little get-away we had...

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sometimes little tiny get-aways are just enough...
we only went an hour away and gosh, I don't know if I ever felt more relaxed!
after a big giant busy season during the holidays and closely almost losing my mind a handful of times... enough was enough and we had to GET-AWAY!
I know the term stay-cation is great... I wish we could do that!
I mean we do live in paradise!
but something about being at home... we get fidgety and have to keep busy! dishes! vacum!
and then our business likes to over come us... we DO really love what we do... we love to be business owners... but once we start we get consumed by this or that... and before you know it we start a new website!
so for us to really relax and get-away... we NEED to get away!

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so we hopped in the car and drove to Tampa!
they have the coolest Children's Museum!!!

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there's a girl with no nap!!! :-)

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then we made it to our hotel room!
There is something so fun about staying at a hotel... I remember it quite well... When I was a kid we would drive to Canada every year and stop on the way... I would love our little stops! The curtains matching the bed spreads... the ice machine... and yes, even once the bed that you put a coin in and it vibrated... oh yes, those were the days!
so to see my girl just as joyed at I remember being takes me back

I love making memories for them to look back on their own lives as I do every day...
it's what keeps things all together... the knowing that no matter what happens in a day... the memories are sweet and beautiful... and although there are and will be plenty... so many that I don't know how they can remember each and every one of them... but a bit of a story and some pictures may just help a tad.

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we found a grocery store and stocked this beautiful kitchen to the rim with goodies! another thing about being on vacation makes you not mind doing dishes... and makes you fall in love again and again with cooking... and each other!

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little things make life much sweeter don'tcha think!?

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we really love to cook!

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during little sister's nap Isabelle and I ventured out to go fishing... but sadly the rentable poles needed new string... so instead we looked at little tiny fishies and lost a flip flop!

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fika time..
(for those of you that don't know about fika... let me clue you in...
fika is a very good invention of the Swedes... Sweden consumes the MOST coffee in the WHOLE WORLD! it's a fact! and everyday around 4ish... it's fika time! you take a little break and rest and drink some coffee have some goodies and move on with the day... a nice break!)

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i love this curl!

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that was the salmon I accidently bought for $17 per lb... It was a moment I know you all have been there... when the kids are losing it by the time you make it to the fish counter... one is falling out of the grocery cart... the other is throwing chips in the cart and running further and further from you for the candy... all while the fish man is flustered with you as you have this look on your face that clearly reads... I NEED A GLASS OF WINE...
so you point to salmon and roll with it!
BUT... it was the best damn salmon I have ever had!!!

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New Year's Eve Night!!!

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vacation card games... a must!

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what a nice weekend get-away...