Saturday, June 28, 2014

Father's Day Weekend

We spent Father's Day weekend at Anna Maria Island with Grandma, Papa, Aunt Nancy, Uncle Mark and his girlfriend Irene. We celebrated Nancy's birthday Saturday and Father's Day on Sunday. We had an amazing weekend!

The water was really rough when on Friday. I was hoping to get in a some open water training but it was way too rough for this amateur. The water calmed down a little each day and by Sunday I was brave enough to do it. It was a good thing too because no amount of pool swimming could have prepared me for my first open water swim. The water was flat by the time we left on Monday which is what I hope I have on the day of my triathlon! 

The pool at the rental house
 We saw many beautiful skies, it was hard to leave on Monday!!

I squeezed in a couple morning beach runs :) I could run for days with that kind of view!

The kids thoroughly enjoyed all the beach and pool time. Connor was swimming like a fish and Addie finally braved her water wings all by herself!

Sing it with me! "I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today."

Connor making a sand angel. Who needs snow?

I took a bunch of pictures over the weekend which you can view here.

Thank you, Papa and Grandma, for an wonderful weekend! XOXO

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dance Recital

Addie's first dance recital was a success! I have to admit, we were a little worried she wouldn't dance, but she sure showed us!

Here she is at her first rehearsal...see how happy she is with me? I made her go sit with her class like all the other dancers.

That day she walked up on stage and in position to dance...but never moved! It was actually really cute but hard to watch at the same time. Her teachers assured me afterwards that she knows the dance and is a very good dancer and that she actually did pretty good for her first time. She went up on stage after all and didn't cry! 

That was also the day we picked up her costume so I hoped that once she got home and tried it on she would get more excited. Wishful thinking. The costume fit but was a little scratchy on her shoulders where the sequins were. She wanted it off immediately. So I stopped there, I didn't want to push the matter.

John and I peaked in to watch her class a couple weeks later and we witnessed her dancing first hand and was really getting into it, she was quite serious about it! She also kept telling us that she would dance next time.  Well, dress rehearsal was the Thursday prior to her recital after school. I was hopeful but still worried she wouldn't put on her costume as she still had shown zero interest in putting it on. Maybe it was the excitement or seeing all the other girls in costume but she was ready and didn't give me any flack.

They all got to sit in the auditorium and watch the other dancers while waiting their turn. Addie didn't give me any issues leaving me when it was her turn so again, I was hopeful, but she still didn't do it like I know she knows. We talked about it on the way home and she assured me that she was going to dance at the recital. She said "Mommy, I'm just waiting to do it at the recital." 

Recital day arrived and Addie said she was excited and couldn't wait to 'wave' at the end. We had seen a video of a previous recital at dress rehearsal where they all came out at the end and waved to the audience. I told her if she danced that I would buy her the video that would have her in it.  

I suddenly got nervous right before she was about to go on. I really hoped that all the time and money put into this was worth it. BeBe, Grandpa, Grandma and Papa had driven all the way to come and see her dance too! She walked out and didn't do much at first. Then she looked around and it was like she was thinking, well I may as well do this and she started dancing! I was so proud of her!! We weren't allowed to video so I don't have it but we should get the video in the mail in the next 6 weeks or so. A promise is a promise!

I'm not so sure of this...
Now I'm ready...let's dance!

It's hard to see her but she is waving to the audience!

We are very proud of our little ballerina!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I got us tickets to see Zac Brown Band for our anniversary a couple of weeks ago (for tickets to this past Friday nights concert) . We met up with my friend Tim and sat in the lawn at the Amphitheater. We had never been to this venue and although we had a bad parking experience the venue itself was pretty good! It had rained every afternoon leading up to concert day and it looked like rain all day the day of the concert so we were totally prepared to get wet....but it never rained a drop! 

We had a great time!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014