Tuesday, December 30, 2014

love, marriage and 11 years.

Another perfect year of the most romantic love between Chris and I has come and gone. No fighting, no crying, no struggles and only laughter. Pshhh, who am I kidding? It most definitely was not that but it was well worth a year to remember. No marriage is perfect and no single persons life is always game on. We all have imperfections, we all have struggles and we must always remember to forgive. Our marriage is definitely about forgiveness, growing and most of all trying to laugh through it all. If we didn't have laughter, I'm pretty sure we could have called it quits within the first year.

Like any year, we have had plenty of ups and as well as many downs. We have struggled, we have learned and we have lived. We have LIVED! That is the important part. As a couple, we took a risk. We took a chance and said, lets go for it. Our life is unknown and the future is always unwritten. Leaving our future open to possibilities, to adventure and to excitement is our goal. This year we began that. We walked out of our house and into a RV. We sold 90% of our belongings, jumped head first into something uncharted by either of us and put our faith in God. Here we are, still in love. Wow. And that was just this year. In the past 11 years, we have moved roughly 4 times, lost many loving family members, had our son battle cancer, lost my brother to the war,  have been financially broke and so much more. But on the other hand, we hold countless wonderful memories. We have traveled, we have seen pieces of the world, we've shared our love of adventure with the kids, we've learned new sports, experienced so many amazing friendships, met amazing people, and continue to grow in our marriage. It may not be perfect, but then again, nothing ever is. This is our marriage and as long we can continue to go through this thing called life and enjoy each others company, then I'd say we are doing rather well. Here is to another year filled with love, laughter and adventure! Happy 11 years!! 

"It's by your side, I make my home."
Dave Matthews







Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas from Florida.

We can NOT believe that Christmas has come and gone!! Wow, was it really yesterday? Sometimes the Christmas "spirit" isn't what is used to be when we were kids. It has continued, however, with kids of our own. Now Chris and I live through them and the smiles on their faces. All three of ours still believe in Santa, even though our oldest is on the fence. This could be the last year for him and then it will be him helping us to make sure the spirit is alive in the girls. There is just the extra magic that makes Christmas so exciting when you have Santa. All of our kids know the true meaning of course. They watch the movies and we read the story of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve. Afterall, HE is the reason for the season!!

Our Christmas was fun. We spent our very first one in the RV. The kids woke early, we make cinnamon rolls, opened presents, played games, watched movies and ate lots of yummy food. I would say it was a success and we created wonderful memories. The two days before Christmas, we went to Disney to see my family who came down from Virginia. We all went to Sea World, went Putt-Putting and walked around Downtown Disney. The kids had a fantastic time and it's always great to see family of course! I didn't feel like it was long enough but then again, I guess it never is. 

On Christmas Eve, the kids said good-bye to Dusty our Elf. Tears where shed and hugs were given. Our Elf is a much bigger deal that Santa. I believe it's because he actually plays a part in their Christmas festivities. Our days in December were spent getting up at 6 am to see what that crazy elf did throughout the night. Many of those nights were spent with Chris and I jumping out of bed at 3am because we forgot to "move" him!! Ahhh. I'm pretty sure you know the deal if you own and Elf. :) 

December has been a great month. The weather has been warm and we've actually been able to get our tan on at the beach. Never would I have thought this is what we would be doing. There are no complaints coming from our RV though.. nope, nope, nope. We are loving the temps in winter down here. Some new fulltime kids have "moved" in and our children have been quite busy playing with them. It's been great for all three! Life in Florida has brought many exciting experiences and many wonderful memories. We hope you are all experiencing the same. We hope you had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!! 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6 

Monday, December 15, 2014

LIfe in the south.

It's been awhile since an update on our lives here in the south. Things have been going well and we have been busy believe it or not. I've had two craft shows this month, Chris' sister came to visit us from Missouri, we've decorated for the holidays, we all took a trip to the west side of Florida, and we've been getting ready for the birth of our savior. Woo hoo. We LOVE Christmas!! 

The RV life is treating us well. We love it and love the people we have met. In the past two months we have talked, mingled and chatted with so many more people than we ever have in the past few years. This type of lifestyle allows for the meeting of so many different types of families and people. In a "normal" neighborhood people just aren't outside. They are so busy with their lives and doing the "normal" thing that you just never see nor talk to them. When we lived in our neighborhood back in Williamsburg we only ever talked to one neighbor. We NEVER talked to anyone on our street and honestly, didn't even know who they were. Since being on the road we have chat with more couples and people on a daily basis. Our conversations range from how to fix our fridge to where we are from and how the kids do school. It's been great. Most all of these people are super friendly, willing to help and are so generous with giving advice and information. We regret nothing. 

Our being busy also includes the festive spirit. We have decorated the RV, been through a drive thru light show, walked around the campground looking at lights, created christmas art and drank hot cocoa. Christmas is our favorite holiday just incase you haven't noticed. :) The music is always on and each night brings Christmas movies. Some of our favorites are: Christmas with the Kranks, Elf, Christmas Vacation, Snoopy Christmas, and The Grinch. Over and over we watch these. While driving in the car we listen to Little Drummer Boy, O holy Night, Hippopotamus, and the sound track to Polar Express. You can't beat those!! I just can't believe that Christmas in next week. Time sure does FLY by! 

In the mean time, while Joy was here we took a drive out to Anna Maria Island, Tampa and then back to Orlando. It unfortunately rained while visiting the Island but the kids all still had fun. It was such a cute place with nice shops and yummy eats. That evening we went to the Tampa drive thru Christmas lights and the following day we went to Apollo Beach to see the manatees. If you haven't been there to do it, we highly recommend it. It's all free and there will certainly be manatees. We were even able to see some sharks... CRAZY! The kids were stoked and it was well worth the drive. I know, I know, there is a huge power plant but still. Check it out !! TAMPA ELECTRIC

Well, that's what we have been up to for now. Next week we leave to head to Orlando to see my family for a few days. Then it's back to Melbourne to hunker down til Spring when we begin to head to west. Super excited doesn't even begin to describe our excitement!! woo hoo!! :) 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Washi Tape Christmas Tree Craft.

I've been wanting to do some festive holiday crafts with the kids lately. Since moving into the RV, I don't have nearly as many supplies as I used to. It's partly good and partly, well... not. We now have one little drawer that has a mixture of different things but honestly, it doesn't seem to have what I ever want or need. No biggie. I knew I wanted to do a washi tape project with them and I had been holding out til I could find some red and green tape but I just never did find it and I didn't want the days to keep passing us by. Needless to say, we did the project yesterday with what tape I had and we LOVE how they came out. They may not be red and green but haven't you heard, pink is the new red. :) 

I usually always make my project first so the kids can see what I'm talking about and give them "ideas". From there, they do whatever they feel and want. As you can see, they all chose to line theirs up evenly while mine was more of a zigzag. It was a great and easy craft. If your kids like tape like mine do, then it will be an amazingly simple and fun project. My girls like to tape everything... EVERYTHING. I guess it's kind of like me and velcro. lol.  I won't give any instructions on to make this because it really is straight forward. You could however add some extra things such as buttons, glitter, and pom poms. I'm sure that would be adorable as well. Enjoy. 

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." 
-Buddy the Elf