Saturday, March 29, 2014


Finding (thanks to Jeff’s research) an awesome hotel to help break up the 22 hours of travel to Brazil.  It had a little for everyone – the pool, tennis courts, and pool tables were a hit.

Staying at the same “unsafe” waterpark as last year because our kids requested to go again.  Having a blast speeding down the concrete slides (have you ever heard of such a thing?) and Jeff ripping through 2 pairs of shorts – that’s how rough the slides were.  But they were exciting!

God providing a wonderful place for us to rent for the week with lots of space inside and out – a pool, soccer court, fishing ponds, hiking trails, and plenty of good hide-and-go-seeking hiding spots.

Seeing Micah discover a love for fishing…..digging for worms was an added bonus.  I loved seeing Micah and Jeff doing something just the two of them.

Relaxing at the beach, playing in the surf, digging in the sand. Julia calls the ocean “the pool”.

Laughing at Josiah who loved his first beach experience and though that being covered in sand was pretty cool.

Checking surfing off my bucket list. It was fun, exciting, challenging and tiring. Thankful my sweet husband and my brave daughter did it with me (and a patient instructor).

Spending time together over games and movies and meal times. 

Hearing the kids laugh and invent games while playing in the pool ever second we weren’t athe beach.  My kids love the water!

A beautiful hike.   

Taking our kids to a real waterpark our last day in Brazil.  Loved seeing them conquer fears and go down the biggest and fastest waterslides.

Stopping at a go-cart track on our way home.

Feeling incredible blessed for the finances to go on vacation.  I love that we love to be together and we always have fun (even when in the car for 13 hours at a time).  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

CUZCO (the second) and GYPSIE

Ginny loved loved loved her first goat, Cuzco and was heartbroken when it was stolen.  After a couple months she said that she was ready to love another, so in November we let her pick one out and her daddy graciously bought her another Cuzco.

This month, Ginny announced that Cuzco was lonely.  She had been saving her allowance and was ready to invest in a friend for her goat.  I love that she spends her money on animals and not typical pre-teen things.

We paid a visit to our friend one afternoon and came back with Gypsie.

Ginny is fun to watch with her goats.  She loves them and they love her. 

 Looks like Julia takes after she big sister in that way too.
Julia loves spending time with the goats.