Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bald is Beautiful

While we were in Denver in July, we shaved Levi J's head! My mom was holding her head-shaving party at the same time, and we joined in via Skype. Mom was so amazing; she smiled and laughed and had a great time with the whole thing. And she looked fantastic! Levi J was excited to have a haircut like Grams. :)  A whole group of people in Arizona shaved their heads with Mom also, which was just awesome.  She has been so positive and upbeat through this whole ordeal, but I know it has helped tremendously to have people surrounding her full of love and support.




It was all fun and games until hair started falling in his face. Then the tantrum started.

There is literally nothing that a movie can't fix with this boy.
I was pretty sad to see all that cute hair come off. :)

Afterwards he and Piper got hosed down in the front yard.



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Denver, Sweater Weather in July

It's so awkward trying to start a blog post after so many (many many) months of not posting. And it is so hard to motivate myself to post when I feel like there is SO much catching up to do. So I'm just going to jump right in! 

We went to Denver sometime this summer. July maybe? And we had so much fun with the Brimhalls! We went to the zoo, we went fishing, we spent two days in Rocky Mountain National Park (where it was freeeezing! And it felt so good! You know I would only ever say that when Florida has been blazing hot). And the kids had so much fun together. There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing cousins become friends.

I think I'm just going to post a million pictures and leave it at that. Maybe I'll throw some captions up, maybe not. My goal was just to get a post, any post up here, so I'm already feeling proud of myself.



































Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bahamas and Stomach Bugs

I have so much catching up to do on the blog! Yikes! And tomorrow morning we head off to Denver!

So let me do a quick recap of our post-Arizona adventure. We had a weekend trip to the Bahamas planned prior to our run to Arizona, so we were so glad the dates worked out to do both. We took the ferry out to Freeport, Bahamas, which is only about a three-hour sail. We had planned a lot of fun excursions, like a night scuba dive, church at the local (and brand new!) branch, and more.

Unfortunately, Levi J and I brought home some kind of stomach bug that we passed on to Levi just in time to hit him the first day of our Bahamas vacay. Levi spent the entire two days there throwing up and feeling like he was going to die. So plans went out the window and we spent the whole trip at the pool instead.

Luckily, it was a pretty fabulous pool. Lazy river, water slide, hammocks poolside, the ocean in sight...we definitely could have done worse. Levi J and I took a water taxi to a sweet little breakfast spot Sunday morning, then spent six hours in the pool. And when I say six hours in the pool, I really do mean six hours in the water. The little guy did NOT want to get out! He practically ate lunch with one toe still in the water. We spent a little time at the beach, too, but mostly swam in the pool the whole day.

We had to check out of our room at 10 am, but our ferry didn't leave until 7 pm. Thankfully, Levi was mostly done throwing up at that point and could lay in a hammock by the pool trying to recover for the day. By the time we got back on the boat, he could keep some food and water down and felt like he might survive after all.

We decided to upgrade our homeward-bound tickets to first class, which was definitely worth the extra $20. We got comfy, reclining seats, free soda and chips, and best of all, we got to exit the boat first in Miami, meaning we were first in the customs line and got to beat the crowds there and out of the parking garage too.

Levi J made some friends on the ride home by sharing his matchbox cars with some older kids. That meant mommy didn't have to find ways to entertain him for three hours straight, woo hoo!

It wasn't the trip we had planned, but I still maintain it could have been much worse. And luckily we live close enough that it is not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So we'll just have to try again soon!