Monday, July 30, 2007

He has landed

One minute ago. He's on Oregon soil, and I'm relieved. I knew he would be fine, but I'm still relieved.

Leaving on a jet plane

Sean is officially on his way to Oregon. We had to be at the airport at 4am today for his 6am flight (rules for traveling as an unaccompanied minor), so it was an early start to the day. The boys and I had breakfast in the terminal while we waited for boarding, and then Sean was off. My boy is so much like me it's not even funny. He has my passion for new adventures, for traveling, and the excitement that it brings. This is his first time flying completely by himself, and it's a cross country flight no less. He wasn't a bit hesitant.

Grandma and Grandpa, he's on his way!!!

(These pictures were taken with my phone, so they are a bit blurry).

Bren took this picture while we were waiting for Sean to board

Ready to go

And he's off

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Erin and Grandma B

Erin and I spent the weekend with Grandma B in Jacksonville to celebrate her birthday with her. It was a relaxing two days, and we spent most of it just sitting around talking. Erin didn't want to leave, and before we left she asked Grandma if we could come back in a "couple of days". I wish.

Grandma B, Erin and Emily

Grandma and Erin at Shogun

Friday, July 27, 2007

All made up

Erin and I had a "girls day" last Sunday. The two of us went to the mall together, did some shopping, and then she got a makeover at Diva N Dudes. This was her second time having a makeover there, and she was totally in her element. Picking out barrettes, hair extensions, glitter colors, etc. It's so cute to watch her. Afterwards she and I had dinner together before heading back home to color. Here are a few pictures of her after her makeover.

Picking out hair clips before getting started (taken with my phone, so not very clear)

Leaving the mall

At home, hiding the picture that she was coloring so that I wouldn't see it (it was for me!)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Break time for me

The summer term is officially over. My last final exam was Wednesday evening, I submitted my final project yesterday morning, and now I get to take a break until August 27th! Moving forward...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

They're home

The boys got home the night before last, but with finals yesterday I didn't have time to update. I'm so happy to have them home.

They really did have a great time with Larry, Martha, Madalyn and Trevor this summer. For Christmas last year Larry and Martha bought each of the boys their own dune buggies, so this was their first time being able to ride them. They had a blast with them, and every time I called they went on and on about how much fun they were. I'm so glad that Larry got each of them their own so that they were able to ride along with one another, and with their little sister on her pink camouflage four wheeler. They also took a trip to Tennessee to visit Martha's family, and Larry took all of the recreation vehicles with them so that they could play there, too. Apparently Martha's family has a lot of land as well.

The boys made homemade doughnuts with Martha one evening, and they really enjoyed that as well. They spent a lot of time out on the boat, and just playing with the other kids in the neighborhood.

I'll have them both home now until the 30th, and then Sean will be leaving to go to Oregon for two weeks. He is very excited about meeting Grandma and Grandpa for the first time, and spending time with them. He is literally counting down the days. He's not the slightest bit nervous about his first cross country flight by himself. I guess the flights that he and Bren take by themselves back and forth to Atlanta every year have seasoned him up a bit.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mini Etnies

So Etnies are the coolest thing in shoes for boys and men. I know that, and the boys have had them for the past couple of years. But what I DIDN'T know, until yesterday, is that they also make them for little kids, including little GIRLS!! On the way out of International Plaza yesterday I saw these in the window of a shoe store, and I knew that I had to get them for my girl. She was there, and she agreed (she is, at the age of four, a shoe addict)! There was no leaving that store without a pair of Etnies, just like her brothers have. Aren't these the cutest little shoes!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Coming home

My boys will be home tonight. I can't wait!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Another day at the beach

Clearwater Beach on July 8th.

Pure joy

Mom's sandy feet

The most beautiful hair I have ever seen!

Independence Day

Here are a few pictures from July 4th at Aunt Linda's house in Deltona. Not many because I just didn't take as many as I normally do.

Tony's youngest son, Maddox

Erin and Hailey

Shadows behind the smoke (love this shot)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Erin came home to a huge package on the front porch from Grandma Laurie and Grandpa Larry. She was so excited, and absolutely loves her new bear family! Thank you both.

Clearwater Beach 7/1/07

Sunset at Clearwater Beach. One of my favorite places to be.

Erin peeking at me over part of the playground

Monday, July 02, 2007

Flying out

The boys are leaving tonight to fly to Atlanta. They'll be gone for two weeks. Mom isn't a happy camper today.