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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A beachy weekend

We went down and stayed in Sandestin, Florida this past weekend.
We've been there a couple of times before and it's our favorite beach destination.

When we got there, we had 'lunch' (but really breakfast food) at the Donut Hole.
We've had their yummy donuts before, but this was the first time we've eaten at the restaurant.
Super delicious.

{would you check out the size of those pancakes!?}

{biscuits and gravy, I'm converted to this southern staple}

{Miramar beach, the softest white sand}





















It was such a beautiful temperature (not too hot), we stayed longer than we ever have and got sunburned.  Oops.
But it was a good day.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Health



As a family we've just emerged from a couple month period of health challenges.
Makes me extremely thankful that our 'normal' does not involve ongoing health issues.

We each took a turn with a particularly nasty flu bug (Des landed in the hospital from it), and a cold/respiratory thing infected a few of us also.


So, we hunkered down and became even more reclusive than my already reclusive tendancies. 

There was an additional health thing that I go back and forth on whether I want to share, but will because a) it's significant to my life, I want a record of it, and it would feel inauthentic not to; b) it's a topic not talked about a lot and I think it should be; and c) I've worked through it so putting it on here isn't painful.

I was pregnant with twins (identical!) and miscarried.
I knew it was going to happen a few weeks before it did...we had an ultrasound to help establish a due date and found two babies in the same amniotic sac, but no heartbeats.
I'm thankful that it happened that way so I could process it in my head before I had to process the physical part of it.
Speaking of the physical part of it, that was way worse than I expected.
I wonder why that is? In the past when contemplating the concept of miscarriage my mind always categorized it as a mental trauma (which it is)...the loss of a child. But the physical trauma is there too.

At any rate, Hooray for Spring and new beginnings!

 {coming in for a Salt Lake City landing}
Curt had me take a one day solo trip during all this to see some family
so soothing to my soul
such a good husband




Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas


Christmas was so fun this year.
Des is starting to get old enough to anticipate and know what things are going on.

 
{in the matching Christmas duds grandma sent}


{such handsome boys}

 
It started raining several days before Christmas and our area was flooding.
This is when I'm very relieved we don't have a basement.
{our yard Christmas Eve, and it's been raining pretty much since then}
{yes, that's our fire pit submerged} 

On Christmas Eve we joined Curt at work midday to go to the Delta museum (which the kids loved), went to lunch, and then Curt came home with us.


 


{all set up for Christmas morning}

 The kids woke up at their normal time but requested breakfast before present opening.



My mom sent this little glow bug toy for McKay and he pretty much just walked around hugging it while the other kids opened presents.




We got the kids a microscope, I'm so excited to use it with them.
It goes up to 2000x magnification and has a built in camera we can hook up to a screen.






Then we loaded up and drove down to Curt's parents in Florida.




 

Des requested many drawing lessons from Megan.

{Evie twirling around in her new dress}
 
Saturday morning we went on a walk on the coast and past the Palm Beach farmer's market.








They had a Christmas party on Saturday night and I had to record the prettiness. 



{where McKay gets his chin dimple from}




Sunday we went to church and then Curt took me for a drive out to Belle Glade to see the sugar cane fields. 
They stretch on as far as the eye can see.


 {such black, black soil}

 We went to the beach early Monday morning. 
Florida was in the 80s so the weather supported this move.

It was windy and beautiful and the waves were big.




 



{chasing birds}





Our friends Ryan and Kao Nu were in town and we got to visit with them and their daughter, Bella.



 

Tuesday we went to a fancy lunch with the family and then drove back to Georgia.





{casting a spell with a pen magic wand}


We were able to stop in Orlando to see Curt's grandparents and uncle and then we made it home at almost 1:00am.
Successful, family filled holiday season.



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