Our summer has been full of adventure and the outdoors. So we had to end our summer with a little hike. Come tomorrow starts busy schedules and long days ahead. During our hike we got a chance to see blue birds, and even deer or reindeer has Audrey would say. It was nice to spend this time with her and feel I incredibly lucky that I time off from work to be with her. Good memories were made and we plan on making this summer jar again. Here is to a good school year ahead because ready or not here it comes...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
This Summer while we have been home, we have been working on our school work. Audrey has been doing little learning activities and I have been tutoring the sweetest girl in math. I love the idea of home learning during the Summer and feel lucky I am able to do it. Audrey is still doing her little preschool program. She absolutely loves going and her teacher told me she has a very "strong personality" (more on that later.) The Summer will be ending soon and back to "crazy busy" will soon begin. So taking in these last few days is very important to me. Summer you have been good to us...
Monday, August 4, 2014
Last week my sister and I decided to take a daycation down the coast. There was no planning involved but booking a hotel in a small coastal down over looking the ocean. The only thing we had in mind was to make a ton of stops along highway one to take in the scenery. We made stops in Carmel, Big Sur, San Simeon, Cambria, and some stops we didn't even know what town we were in. It was a nice time spent with my sister and we love showing Audrey all the things the coast has to offer. During one of our hikes we got to see whales and even seals. The best part was seeing these animals in their natural habitat. I love doing overnight trips like this...they are truly my favorite.
Shortly after we got back from our trip my sister was in a car accident. My sister is okay, but her back really took a hit. She unfortunately broke her back and it may require surgery. It really puts things in perspective and I am super thankful for my sister. We are complete opposites but totally can relate to each other if that makes any sense. Basically, I love being there for her and she loves being there for me. As soon as she heals I am going to plan another trip for us.
Friday, August 1, 2014
After visiting up North we road tripped to West Palm Beach to stay with good friends. This is when I learned that North Florida and South Florida have two very different vibes. By this time, Audrey was way off her schedule and for the next few days she was really, lets just say...out of control. We headed to South Beach thanks to Drea, who found a cute little apartment to rent. Once we were there we enjoyed good food, desserts, and drinks. We also learned that Florida is in its rainy season in the Summer. At times it poured like crazy but never when we were outside...thankfully. I got a chance to try Haitian food and Brian had his first Cuban sandwich. It was nice to be in a new city and see new things. We got to see the art district (really awesome) and the main streets in South Beach. My only problem was my camera was giving me issues, so these were the only pictures I managed to get. We had a really good time with really good company even though Audrey was at times a little unruly :)
More on our trip from Drea.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
We recently got back from our trip to Florida and we have been non stop since. Brian has been working and myself traveling the coast with my sister. So it is nice to be home but I am sure soon I will be ready for another adventure. When we went to Florida we started out in St. Augustine, Gainesville, Orlando, and then head South to West Palm Beach and then to South Beach with good friends. This is where I learned that Northern Florida is very different from Southern Florida...I enjoyed both. I also learned I love any kind of hot weather...even the humid kind of weather that most people can't stand :)
In St. Augustine we stayed in a hotel on the beach with amazing views of the ocean. We toured the city, played on the beach, and relaxed in the pool. We then toured Gainesville where Brian's grandfather grew up and we learned about his amazing mother Nell Foster Rogers. Brian's cousin showed us all around and had so much knowledge on Brian's family it was pretty remarkable. We visited Paynes Prairie and got way too close to alligators. It was amazing and scary at the same time. We really took full advantage of our days and learned as much as we could about Brian's family. Audrey enjoyed herself but I think some days we may have over did it...she was really off her schedule. Florida was overall amazing and we can't wait to go back.
Monday, July 14, 2014
So my sis and I have made it our mission this summer to explore different areas in the bay. We decided to head to Bakers Beach. I have only been one time before and I knew it had really nice views. The only problem is that the weather can be really unpredictable and you never know when the clouds will come rolling in. Sure enough when we went...clouds and fog to the point where we couldn't even see the bridge. So we made the best of it and still explored what we could. Audrey is such a trooper on the these adventures she is always down to climb, walk, and always lets me hold her when the terrain is too rough.
We decided to come back and try again a few days later. The weather was still a little overcast but the weather was much warmer and no fog. I showed my sis the views that I knew but for whatever reason we were not impressed. So we decided to drive down the road to see if we could get some more scenic views and we sure found them...they were some old ruins over looking the bridge. There was old abandoned buildings and pathways leading to awesome views. The best part was not too many tourists were there, so it was kind of like finding a secret spot to explore. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay too long because it was really windy and Audrey was getting tired but for sure we want to go back and explore more. Love exploring with my sister and so happy sharing these moments with Audrey.
Our First Adventure...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Last Sunday we decided to head to the drive in movies. It has been warm here so we knew the weather in the evening would be perfect. We invited her cousin and the rest of the family as well. I love the idea of being outdoors and watching a movie. The kids can move around a bit and get comfortable rather than be confined to a seat like in a regular movie theater (which we have never been with Audrey). The kids enjoyed themselves and we parents got to relax. All around a good way to spend a Sunday evening. Summer has sure been good to us.