Saturday, August 29, 2009

Soaking up the last few weeks of summer...

although summer really goes on until about October here.

We (meaning Tom) decided it would be alot of fun to head to the beach to catch some of the forecasted large wave swells exepcted from Hurrican Bill.
So he conned talked the neighbors into coming with us and even managed to convince the neighbor to go on his suicide mission...I mean...body boarding.

We just went to the local beach about 20 minutes away (you know, in case we needed a hospital close by). We could tell just walking up to the beach that the waves were a good 10+ feet. The shore was dotted with quite a few suicidal surfers hoping to catch a good wave or two.

I choose to hang closer to the beach. Well, not really choose, but Ava still refuses to go anyewhere near anything that resembles an ocean. So we played in the sand. (which is really just teeny tiny shells that stick to everything!)

...and enjoyed some of the quaint local cottages.

...pretty much anything to keep my mind off of Tom and his suicide mission.

Yeah, that's Tom in there "riding the wave". He pretty much got smeared to the bottom of the ocean and has the bruises to prove it.

Although he didn't get it as bad as some of the other crazy-a$$ surfers.
The rip tide was insane!

The pull from the tide was so strong that I coule barely keep my balance while walking in ankle deep water.
And after loooong negociations with Ava, I finally convinced her to touch the water with her feet...and the poor thing was pulled into the water by rip tides.
I think I may have scarred her for life on that one.

While I love hanging at the beach, there seems to be so much work in going there. Luckily, Tom is a gentleman and always helps to carry a ladies things.

The only real bad part is that I am still finding sand in places there should not be sand.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bryn's First Day of Kindergarten!!!

I can not even believe that I am typing that.
My first born.
My lovey.
My sweet little girl...has gone to kindergarten.

I have been dreading this day for a very long time.
I know most normal people look forward to having their kids back in school for some quieter time...I can relate to that, but I was not ready to have her gone all day.
To have someone else pick her up on a bus and drive her to school.
To have someone else make sure she arrived to class safely.

Today was the longest day of my life.

And while I know Bryn is big enough to handle school on her terrifies me that her little world just got ALOT bigger, and without me in it.

Daddy went into work late, so he could help us walk B to her bus stop!

Bryn and Ava decided the bus was too slow, so they had to sit down.
(I will not be quite so early the next time- ooops).

Upon picking her up, I got the biggest hug of my life and it was clear that it had been a very long day for fact I bet she'll be sleeping by dinner. I think she enjoyed herself, but was just a little overwhelmed.

I am so incredibly proud of my little kindergartener.
I am also sure that I will be very thankful for each and every day off school that we have together.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sea World

We decided to make the most of Tom's week off and the girls' last week of we decided to head to Sea World (which is less than 2 hours away thankfully).

The weather was rainy and thundery and lighteningy all day, so we dashed from covered exhibit to dry place. And did our best to not get struck by that pesky Florida lightening.

We decided to start our day off with the Shamu show "Believe". I highly recommend it. I think it was the highlight of our day, and I was so glad we were able to enjoy it first.
We were at the back of the stadium, but it was so incredibly cool to watch these huge animals do their thing. I even got a little vaklempt.


Doing some cool tricks. (or maybe getting ready for lunch...I couldn't tell) But that was one brave trainer!

....and wait for it....

(and we were at the back- it was THAT big of a splash).

We also enjoyed a neat dolphin show.

Many things were closed due to the weather... Bryn was not so impressed with the rain. We weren't able to feed any sting rays or other animals in the water with the lightening.

But we managed to find a few things to do.

All in all a fun day. An expensive fun day.
If you go to SeaWorld...see the shows. I think its the shows that make it fun.
I do not recommend going to Sea World nearly 8 months pregnant though. I think I spent half the day finding bathrooms to use...but that's another story.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr Bennett!

It's true- my loverly turns...well...another year older
(*cough 39 cough*).
All that really matters is that he has 5 years on me, so it always makes me younger.
Much younger.
Anyway, this post is dedicated to the man I love. The one I am wild about when he's not driving my crazy.
I am a lucky wife.
Our kids are very lucky kids.

Happiest Birthday Mr Bennett!

I love this picture because you see Bryn is blurry from her constant state of motion and just no matter how hard I try, I cannot take the country out of that boy!
(not many people can pull off the white tank and camo cap WHILE being sober!)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Lovin' Part 2

I think I am slowly adapting to the Florida heat. The 100% humidity and degrees used to make me melt when I would go from the front door to my car.
Now, even 90 degrees, doesn't seem so bad...and I pull out the parka if it drops below 70.

I find this summer hasn't been too bad. But I am thinking it may have something to do with the fact that I need to be almost fully submersed in water or in air conditioning in order to prevent from melting into a big ol messy puddle.

So- to continue my "summer story", I have more pictures of what we've been up to.

1- We all enjoyed our July 4th weekend- complete with a parade and lots of fireworks.

Even Ava managed to not scream through the fireworks this year when her Daddy managed to find some "protective ear gear".

2- We also spent a fun afternoon at MOSH (Museum of Science and History- but MOSH sounds much more fun!).
The girls were dying to see the dinosaur exhibit. But when we got there, they were terrified to go anywhere near them. Of course I relished this, and did my best to get them to pose as close as possible to the dinosaurs.

3- And just for fun, some randomness.

Okay. I think that unofficially catches me up to date in the blogging world.
We are enjoying our final week of summer vacation, as Bryn will start kindergarten in one week! (ack!!) And Ava will be startign preschool (woohoo!!)
Off to enjoy our last few days...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Lovin'

So, instead of writing blog after blog about what we've been up to the past couple months...I am taking the lazy way out and using pictures.

But basically its very similar.
Every week we go to the gym in the morning, go to the pool, do errands, some playing outside and some Chic-Fil-A.
Sometimes we mix it up with Chuck E Cheese or the beach or a movie. Its been a quieter summer and I am happy to be a little more care free in my delicate condition.
All the while, not much changes except for my super expanding belly and lack of breathe.

1- We go to the pool....alot. As long as I am up to my neck in cool water the 200% humidity doesn't seem so bad.
But the girls prefer a little more action...especially the "Amazing Flying Bryn".

2- We like bubbles.

3- We also love watermelons.

4- We especially love riding bikes and things.

Ava called this "Bite Riding" (funny girl)

5- And sometimes we just like some quieter times.

I thought for sure I could add more pictures from the summer, but I was wrong. Summer lovin' Part 2 will have to come next big ol pregnant self is tired.