Friday, July 18, 2014

North Captiva Island - Summer Vacation

In June, we took an eight day family vacation with some good friends of ours to North Captiva Island. One can only access this island by ferry or small plane and once on the island, you travel from place to place via golf carts.  


We rented an amazing four story home that was right on the beach and very close to the north point of the island, so we were surrounded by beach on two sides of the home.  Thus, the name of the house....the North Pointe Beach House.  The owners use this home as their personal beach house when on the island, so it was decorated impeccably with no expense spared.  You really should go check out all the pictures of the home HERE.



The home also had a pool, so when we needed a break from the snorkeling and sand, we would hop in the pool.  There is also an island club and we would frequent there during the day for lunch, drinks and a little change of scenery.  It was also a great place for the girls to play with other kids staying on the island.  With several small restaurants, we were also able to eat out a few times.  

We really had a fabulous vacation and plan to return for years to come!  Here are some pictures from our great vacation.  
(And since it was a beach vacation, we washed and wore the same outfits multiple times.  After all, when you're on the beach, you live in bathing suits and cover-ups and the clothes and makeup don't matter.  :-)

Here's the view from the main living area and kitchen, the third floor.  Yes, we were worn out the first two days (especially with a 22 pound non-walker!)  By the eighth day, we were flying up those stairs!  

The girls had a room on the fourth floor with their own little loft area complete with a large couch and TV.  Much down-time was spent up there (and at one point, they had a flash store sale.  I purchased the couch for $1.  Husband had to spend much more, buying a toothbrush for $500).
 
Best friends.  LOVE these two.  

Beach and sun kissed.  Fresh off the beach for some margaritas.  

Like I said, golf carts were our mode of transportation.  


Have you ever heard of a game called Settlers of Catan?  We are addicted and HUGE lovers of this game. Every day, we played no less than three or four games.  We'd spend the mornings at the beach and pool and then come in for lunch, H.G.'s nap and downtime.  The kids would watch TV or complete art projects (shells, glue and glitter paint make for hours of fun) and the adults would enjoy game.....after game.....after game.....after game.....of Catan.  Husband and Man K won pretty much every game.  
Lady K won a few and I think I won only one.  I used to dominate but not on this vacay!


Man K received a new camera right before we left for the island, so he was our in-house photographer.  He really did a great job at capturing shots.  They were hard to choose from for this post!

After many attempts, this is the best we could do at getting the kids together.  Nearly every picture has either Little K, Little E or Lolly making silly faces.  These girls kept us on our toes (including each child's breakdown on one day of the week.  H.G. had Friday, Lolly had Saturday, Little E (grey dress) did pretty well the whole time and Little K had Monday.  The life of drama with girls!

Sunset watching from the fourth floor.  It didn't rain at all the entire time we were there!  It was sunny and gorgeous but I'm afraid the sunsets were mostly overcast.
It did rain the day we arrived so a lot of our things go wet from the drop off point to the house (the delivery of our luggage and food for some reason took over an hour).

 Last day.  Man K and Lady K found this amazing tree on the beach.  They took Lolly and the girls there to take pictures while Husband and I prepared for departure.  What a great spot!

I should mention that wild dolphins were EVERYWHERE!  So numerous that by the end of the week, the girls quit looking for them as they were always there.  Man K got a chance to snorkel around them.  He got within fifteen feet of them or so.  Amazing.

Here we are heading out to dinner on the first night (I think it was the first night....maybe the second).

Like I said.....shells, glue and glitter paint make for happy kids and relaxing mommies.

More sunset watching.

 Group photo on the front porch before we left.

Bye-bye North Captiva.  Until next time!

Happy Friday Y'all!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

May Part 2 - Summer Fun!

Lots and lots of fun in May.  Gymnastics meet, end of the school year, Memorial Day fun, pool and family time.  As I was going through the pictures, I was amazed at how much we did!

H.G. LOVES the pool!  I can set her in her float and she just loves to sit and watch Lolly.  She gets a little upset if I hold onto her, so I just let her float around a bit (in very close proximity of course!)


Lolly is on a gymnastics team and just moved up to Level 2.  I'm amazed at how much she has learned and how well she is doing!  When I was first asked if she wanted to be on team, I responded with a very perplexed look saying "You mean, Lolly?  The one who does a sideways frog hop for a cartwheel?"  Little did I know that the technique was there, it just needed honing.  And wow, how she has improved!  Take a look at these pictures.  Due to her practice time, this was the first time Husband was able to see her on the floor (and not just in our living room).  He really was amazed as well as the coaches are really great at teaching.




And just a quick little flashback.  This is one of my favorite pictures of Lolly when she was three.  Notice her outfit.....

As this is H.G. in the exact same outfit at 7 months.  Yes, there is only a 13 pound difference between the two NOW.  So this shows how big H.G. is compared to Lolly.  Couldn't be more different, but they're also quite a bit the same.  

Memorial Day weekend, we went for a little family miniature golfing.  Sadly, I ended up in the air conditioned car as H.G. was heavy and it was hot, hot, hot!  



 So we immediately went home and got into the pool!



 And last but not least, I took a four day trip to Vegas for a conference.  It was me all by my lonesome and with H.G. still not sleeping through the night, I spent all my time in the room resting when not at the conference.  I wasn't feeling well either.  And the ENTIRE family back home ended getting horribly sick....including my poor in-laws and I was so helpless!  They were all better by the time I returned home and H.G. never became ill, but it was apparently pretty bad. Poor family!  
Anyways, I went out for an early dinner at (of all places in Vegas as we have one back home), Benihana.  Cheers to myself! 


Happy Thursday Y'all!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

May - Part 1 - Kentucky Derby, 7 Months and Family Photo Shoot

May would be a big photo dump if I didn't split into two blog posts!  I really need to be better at keeping up.  I do have lots of fun things planned once I do get caught up next week, including giveaways, fashion updates (Spy It, Buy It) and some new products that I love.  

But first.....

Thanks to a very good family friend who happens to be a photographer, we had pictures made.  I really wanted beach pictures.  We've never had them done and I've always wanted pictures.  Well, who knew they are SO difficult to get!  I should have listened to the Sharda when she said we should do them in the morning.  We chose about 5:00 p.m. and wow was it windy!  The girls pictures turned out great, as did the rest....except for my hair was parallel to the ground!  Haha!

I don't think I ever posted H.G.'s baby pictures.  Here's one.....look at the difference seven months makes!  (THOSE LIPS!)


So we moved to a nearby park and got some really fantastic pictures!  Here's a few.
If you're ever in the Palm Beach or Treasure Coast area, even for a beach vacation, be sure to look her up.  She will travel a bit!






The first weekend of May, we held our 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party (skipping a year in between due to my being pregnant with H.G.).  Thanks to a good friend, I have quite a few pictures, but here are just a couple.  




Of course, there were lots of hats, even more Lilly and lots and lots of bourbon for the Mint Juleps!  With the help of a chef, I was able to cater to about 75 people (children included) and of course, the house was decorated in roses and Derby decor.  You may remember our first party that I blogged about HERE.

H.G. turned seven months in May AND started crawling!  Ack!  She's everywhere and into everything!  Lolly never touched a light socket, never opened a drawer, never played with the toilet paper roll.  In fact, our house was barely even baby proofed with Lolly!  With H.G., there are fences everywhere, door locks, doors shut, socket covers and mommy, daddy and Lolly running constantly to keep H.G. out of her latest interest (which is in everything BUT her toys!)  

She's lucky she's so darn cute! ;-)

Her serious look for when she's checking something out.  A lot of people are intimidated by this look but one quick smile and you've got her wrapped around your finger.


Happy Wednesday Y'all!


Monday, July 14, 2014

April...

Wow, when Ashleigh complained at me that I hadn't blogged in a while (along with a few other long time blogger friends - Laura namely ;), and the family), I didn't realize it had been that long!  A lot has happened in three months.  So, for the benefit of catching up (for myself, for the family and for the girls and their future diary), here goes three or four posts to get current. 

Honestly, a whole lot didn't happen in the second half of April, so today, I'll just post a few, not many, of the Easter pictures. 

You may remember H.G.'s Easter poof.  Well, it managed to stay on her head for the service and our family pic, but by the time we started the Easter egg hunt, she was done, so this is the only close up picture I have!

Family picture: Are you absolutely shocked that no one wore Lilly?  I was shocked.  I can't believe I wore cream (and let me tell you, it was a slight disaster that morning).  It all turned out fine and I don't feel like I am too washed out with my pale skin, but ask Husband.....he'll confirm that there might have been a slight freak out that morning!  Haha!

Hailey is wearing her silk organza dress gifted from a client of mine.  It was SO pretty and she received so many compliments.  I had it cleaned and preserved for her little girls (hopefully...wink, wink).

Rarely due I get pictures with the girls and Husband.  
 Found one! (She insisted on wearing her Valentine's Day shirt....at this age, you just say "whatever.")  At least she matches!  These days it can be touch-and-go when it comes to outfits!  Though I do admit that she has an impeccable sense of style and while I wouldn't necessarily choose to wear certain things together, she manages to pull it off quite well.  :-)
 H.G.'s after Easter service dress.  Doesn't she look like a decorated Easter egg? 
More to come!
 Happy Monday Y'all!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weekend Fun!

This weekend, I skipped out of the house Saturday morning for a pedicure and manicure....BY MYSELF!  Husband kept saying, "Why don't you take Lolly, a mother-daughter date?"  I promptly responded that I hadn't done anything by myself without the kids in 6 months and therefore, I'm going ALONE.  :-)  Husband texted me this picture while I was out.  Look at H.G. compared to Lolly.  They couldn't be more different when it comes to their weight situation! 

Later Saturday afternoon, I took both girls to a Frozen birthday party (leaving Husband alone....thus my alone time earlier that morning).  Check out the Frozen Elsa wigs that my friend Kristie made!  She's SO crafty!  This is the same girl that makes all the flip flops at My Little Florida Girl.

We spent that entire evening outdoors.  It was gorgeous and all our neighbors were out enjoying the weather.  H.G. LOVES the wind in her face. 

This was from Friday.  Husband told me earlier that day that my dress looked like something was "up with it."  I ignored him and rushed out the door only to find at about 3:00 pm, that I'd been wearing the dress BACKWARDS all day long.

Just a sweet picture of H.G.  I took this for my friend, Rachel who gave me this dress. It belonged to her now 5 year old daughter though I'm pretty sure she didn't wear it until she was a year old.  I barely got it on H.G.!  

And our Sunday best.  :-)  I love this sweet smile!  I wish you could hear her laugh.  A baby's laugh is truly the most heartwarming thing ever!  Hearing both the girls laugh together, even better.

Happy Wednesday Y'all!