Sunday, August 21, 2016

Myrtle Beach

Something we promised the kids before Tyler deployed was a trip to the beach after he returned! We spent last week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and it was glorious, indeed! We stayed at a condo right on the beach. It has an indoor and an outdoor pool available, also. We had a nice time frolicking on the beach, watching the Olympics, and playing games together. The sunrises were simply gorgeous. I absolutely love sitting by the ocean and listening to the waves rolling in. 

Silas was plum tuckered out from swimming in the ocean and then the pool. 

Calvin turned this scenic view into whimsy. 

Keith loved flying kites by the ocean. 

This is Tyler's sting from a jellyfish. Calvin and Silas were also stung. We witnessed two other nearby children that received jellyfish stings. The pain goes away quickly, at least. 

We played lots of dominos!

One day a storm rolled in! It was majestic! Every other day had perfect weather. 

I frequently found the kids on the balcony, just watching the ocean. I am convinced that it provided some good therapy for my kids - and for me!

The last sunrise of the trip. It was hard to say goodbye to the ocean, but we had a wonderful time and hope to see the ocean again one day soon. 

We discovered this brand/type of chips while on our trip. Tyler and I may be kind-of addicted. #youhavebeenwarned

Sunday, August 14, 2016


About a week ago, I verbally gave myself permission to feel beautiful. I looked at my 400 pound body in the mirror and smiled. Today I saw a varicose vein underneath my knee and instead of thinking about how it should be removed or covered up, I embraced it as a part of my body, and viewed it as proof of how hard my body works to have this fantastic life that I have been given. This body was given to me as a gift from God. Just as how I want for my kids to value their bodies, I imagine God wants the same from me. 

Embrace your body! It's the only one you get in this life. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Welcome Home Daddy!

For the past six months, my husband was deployed to the Middle East. I am so thankful that he is home with us, once again. My heart goes out to other military spouses who have to handle deployments on a regular basis. It is tough to be a single mama for so many months!

Ducky-Mo-Mo is Tyler's traveling companion. 

Ducky-Mo-Mo dealing with jet lag. 

Ducky-Mo-Mo was eager to sleep after arriving at the hotel around 3am in DC. 

Ducky-Mo-Mo was hungry for breakfast. 

A musical globe for Iryna. 

Turquoise bracelet for Anna. 

Swords for the boys!

Pretty earrings for me. 

Jet lag is not fun!

Silas rarely leaves Daddy's side!

The day after Tyler returned, Anna and I got the most vile stomach bug, which had me both vomiting and having diarrhea. It was most unpleasant and required a trip to the ER to rehydrate myself. This isn't the way I wanted to welcome Tyler home, but I am thankful that he is here to help out whilst recovering.