Friday, May 27, 2011

St. Maarten

For the first part of our day in St Maarten, we visited Blackbeard's castle, which Blackbeard likely never visited, nor was it a castle. Rather, it was a tourist trap with nice views. So we climbed the tower, took some pictures, admired the pirate statues and walked through historic homes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Trick

Norah's got a new trick up her sleeves, check her out!

She's pretty proud.

We had a mini photo shoot today in hopes I could get a good picture of her for the back of her birthday party invitation (be excited, I tell ya). She wasn't really having it, but we got some good stuff. Kind of.

But a few minutes into the shoot, she told me in no uncertain terms that she was done.

The Cruise: Dinners

Yes. I know we went on the cruise two months ago. But these posts are better late than never, right? Right?


One of my favorite things about cruising is mealtime. Not only do I love food (yum!) but I love enjoying unlimited food (5 desserts? Yes please!) with good company. And let's face it, the company doesn't get much better than this!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Why God Made Moms

Happy Mother's Day! When I was growing up, my mom used to always say things like "mom's are amazing!" or, "mom's are magic!" And it's true, we are. Of course, it takes practice to become an amazing magical mom, but I'm lucky to have two amazing examples to look up to, my angel mother and sweet mother-in-law.

And of course, I have to give tribute to my beautiful daughter, the sweet princess that made me a mother.

Picture by my friend Brittany


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used
bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything
nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly
use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get
drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom . You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's
who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get
rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my brother who did it
and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back
of her head.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival

This evening we went to the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival. It was beautiful, a perfect way to spend and evening with my two favorite people. The weather was ideal, and we strolled around and enjoyed the flora and fauna before sitting down to a picnic dinner. During dinner we were entertained by a family bluegrass band. Norah got really into the music and was dancing her little heart out. I'm sad it ends tomorrow and we didn't go sooner or more often, but we'll be there next year!

I took tons of photos, and I hope to post more eventually, but I've learned that if I don't post something I'll never end up posting anything.