I Took 5 (Yes, FIVE) Kids to FL

I still haven’t blogged about the fact that we are moving to FL, guess I should get around to that. Mr. Fox is already there, commuting home on the weekends. I made 2 appt’s with MW’s in FL to try and find someone to HB with since we’ll be there when I have this baby. I decided that we might as well make a week of it and go to the beach, etc. And I thought it would be a great idea to take two of my nieces with us. :) T had been to the beach with us 2 years ago and was so anxious to go again and J hadn’t ever been, so of course I brought them!

So, here’s pics of them hanging at Mema’s and playing at the beach:

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It was R2’s birthday that Sunday, so she relished the spoiling:

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Mema’s AC went out and sweet friends let us spend the night at their house. They have 5 kids and each has their own room, so each of my 5 claimed a room and thought it was the most awesome thing ever! Here’s 3 of the girls hanging out watching a movie:

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And even though they each had a room J wanted T to sleep with her:

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BEACH!!!

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My fish, seriously it was like she was FINALLY at home! LOL She was all over the place diving and swimming:

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Wishing Wells, Kids Museums and A Retirement Home

While in Pensacola, the kids and I went to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. The hostess seated us right next to the fountain in the middle of the restaurant, which the kids appreciated. When we finished our meal R3 wanted a penny to throw in so I gave them each one. As we got back into the van I asked them what they wished for and R1 answered:

R3 wished for a pet unicorn and R2 just threw hers in with no wish, I wished for (I can’t remember what he said, but it’s the next part that’s awesome) _____ but now I wish I had wished that the girls would be my mindless slaves. To which R2 replies, “that’s not gonna happen.”

After lunch we went to the Children’s Museum, a cute little place where we got to play and learn about Pensacola History.

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Here the girls are trying to figure out how to fit all of the cargo into the ship:

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We had a lot of fun reading books, making quilts out of patterned blocks and reading about the Native Americans and local forts during the war.

The next day, before we left for home, we went with Mema to the retirement home where she works because it happened to be music day. There’s a musician who comes once a month to entertain the residents.

It took some prodding but finally R3 danced with Mema:

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One of the ladies who got up to dance to Old Time Rock’n’Roll has CHF and ended up almost passing out. The paramedics came and it turns out she’s fine (and actually God partially healed her!!! She used to have 35% something to do with her heart – I know, I’m so specific – and now it’s 65%!) R1 said to me, quietly, “I feel bad that that lady got sick but it was really cool to get to see the paramedics.” <3

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She fell off the couch and smacked her feet on the floor, Mr. Fox was comforting her and asked her if we should cut it off, she said no. He asked her what she wanted to do and she said, “I want to punch you in the face a million times!”

*****

Mr. Fox to the girls: I’ll be back in a bit, I’m going to Lowe’s.

R3: Moe’s?

Mr. Fox: No, LOWE’S…

R3: Oh! I was like YEAH I wanna go to MOE’S!!!

Finders Keepers Treasures

I saw this on a blog and when I told the kids about it they thought it was a great idea so we started collecting rocks and shells. We hit the jackpot last week when we went swimming at the creek:

So today, while R1, R2 and I started a game of Yahtzee I got R3 started on painting.

And she was having so much fun that the rest of us started wandering over to help when it wasn’t our turn in the game.

After the paint dried we went back and used Mod Podge (made by me thanks to Pinterest), stickers, googly eyes and other objects to decorate them – and we wrote a message on the bottoms of the ones we could (“Bless You”, “Jesus Loves You”, “Peace”, etc.).

The boy got a little carried away with the googly eyes, but they turned out so cute!

And I’m super proud of this one – the one on the left is a bird that R3 made! I was seriously impressed. And the one on the right R1 made to go with it – love his idea to use leaves as wings.

I’m sure you’re wondering what the point is… we put them all in a basket to keep in our car. From now on when we go somewhere in town the kids will pick a few to leave in strategic places in hopes that other children will find them and get a sweet surprise to brighten their day.

“First Day of School”

I printed out pages with the kids’ grades on them for them to hold up today so I could take a pic and when I woke up I started thinking about dressing them up and taking pics… and then I realized that that was silly. So, after cuddling time in my bed and then going outside and back in and back out and back in to play with Trio’s I decided to snap a “real” picture:

Since discovering TJEd we don’t really ever stop schooling around here – it’s really starting to become a way of life, learning in everything we do. I’m so thankful for this journey God has brought us on.

NC/GA Adventures

The kids and I took off for 2 weeks to NC to visit my BFF and her family. We had so.much.fun. R lives at the bottom of a mountain so there is tons of wildlife and beautiful views. And the weather was perfect.

Here are a few scrapbook pages – more coming! We went to the WNC Nature Center, the Arboretum and Health Adventure while there. On our way home we stopped in GA to stay with another friend and went to the Stone Mountain Laser Show and the Yellow River Game Ranch.