09 April 2021

Moments 04 21 :: Week 02

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Digs grew a mushroom! Our neighbor, who also loves mushrooms, help tend to it while we were gone. It's gorgeous. 

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Van turned 12 weeks. And yes, I am going to keep track of this. I can't tell you how many times I've looked back at Gretel's baby pictures lately. Hard to believe she was ever this size. 

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Back in February, I started my shingles vaccination. I figured the timing would be good, but I contacted my doctor, who's assistant told me to wait until I got both rounds of it before getting any other vaccines. Well, things are fortunately moving along quickly with the COVID vaccine, and I was bummed I was going to have to wait to get it. I contacted my doctor again, and this time, was told it was totally fine to schedule the COVID vaccine before the second shingles shot. I looked at available slots, and was able to get one 45 minutes later! Off I went. Feeling very lucky. Also, I ended up with the Johnson & Johnson, so one and done. 

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Baby's first trip to the dog park. He loved it.

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I think it's safe to say, Van & Gretel really love eachother.

07 April 2021

Florida 21 :: Day 7

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The final day was a big one. Not only was it Easter, but it was also H's 19th birthday! Last year of being a teenager. That's insane, if you ask me. We had pancakes for breakfast, played a little bocce, swam, had an early Easter lunch/dinner, a banana pudding poke cake and it was time to go! We had a late flight and a little moment of chaos as we found out our flight from Fort Myers to Atlanta was delayed and we'd miss our connection. Fortunately, we were able to get a little bit of an earlier one. After a busy day, we arrived home after midnight. It's been three years since we were all in Florida together. Long overdue. It was a really great trip. 

Florida 21 :: Day 6

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The last full day. Always bittersweet. I talked Brian into going to for a long walk with me. Later that day, we had a family pickle ball match. The boys absolutely love playing, and it was a blast. That night we went to the club for a really nice dinner and played a card game of Golf

Florida 21 :: Day 5

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Brian & H woke up early again and went to DeRoma's to pick up dinner supplies, then all of us went kayaking. Seriously, it's one of my favorite things to do. I'm not sure if it was because we went earlier in the day, or that it was colder out, but we saw so many great things! Dolphins, sharks, and my favorite, manatees. Two of them. I'm obsessed. It was spectacular. Later in the day, the boys all went golfing, while my mom and I caught up on stuff. We finished the day with a great dinner. Another great day in paradise.

06 April 2021

Florida 21 :: Day 4

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Brian & H woke up and picked up donuts for the family. They didn't last long, that's for sure. That afternoon we went to Popstroke, Tiger Woods mini golf place, then Sun Harvest Citrus.  It's been forever since we've been there. 

05 April 2021

Florida 21 :: Day 3

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Beach day! We took an early boat over to the beach, and spent a few hours enjoying the sand and sun. Absolutely amazing. There's really not much better. It did get pretty crowded, but we only stayed a few hours before heading back. We walked the beach, had some lunch, and jumped in the ocean water. It was perfect. 

Florida 21 :: Days 1 and 2

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We just got home from a wonderful week in Florida visiting my parents. Something we were all looking forward to. It was our first time flying since the pandemic, and we sure picked a busy travel week to go. But, we made it, safe and sound. (We flew Delta, which is one of the only airlines that still has middle seats open, for now). We arrived late on Monday evening, and woke up the next morning ready to go. Well, I wasn't ready to go. I was exhausted and was looking forward to relaxing by the pool. But everyone else had grand plans. The boys played pickle ball, and my mom and I went kayaking, which is one of my favorite things to do there. We didn't see any wildlife, but the water and reflections were absolutely beautiful. That evening, my sister, her boyfriend, his daughter and her friend, who were all in town too, came over for dinner. It was a great night.

02 April 2021

Moments 04 21 :: Week 01

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Three weeks later. Van Duke is getting big! And very spotted.

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Super Worm Moon. 

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Beautiful sunrise the next morning.

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Gretel turned 7 years old. Grey, but still very active.