Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pearl's Seven Year Gallery

Just a little behind on this one, but these are still my favorite posts. She turned seven a bit ago. (Or is that 25?)

Pearl is such a sensitive soul. She is a delight sometimes and is her own worst enemy at other times. There is no end to the love she can dish out and I'm delighted by her snappy humorous comebacks. We don't see eye to eye on everything, but it is a relationship that I am content to work on. I don't even want to change the Peapod that she is...I just want her to believe in herself.

She is growing in leaps and bounds. Enjoy her cute pictures.

We had a great time. I think Pearl forgot how much fun pictures can be. Every time I would say, "Let's go do your pictures," she would say, "Tomorrow." There were many smiles and we ended with ice cream, so I'm thinking she won't put it off so long next time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

When the Cat's Away...

You may have noticed that we didn't take any kids on our cruise. Granny V came down from ID and watched them for a week and then stayed with us longer to help out while Tyler had surgery on his foot. I get ahead because I'm not going to blog about Tyler's foot for awhile, but know that I think Granny V is amazing. We couldn't have survived without her.

Our schedule is pretty crazy around here. I cancelled some events, but Granny V still had a large list of places to get kids to and things to accomplish or manage. We left bags for the kids to open each day. There were just simple things inside like coloring pages, jokes, brownie mix, and nail polish. We thought it would be fun for the girls to have a spa night, so I planned on buying the peel-off face masks. I ran out of time at the end before the cruise and Tyler ran to the store in my place. I told him I needed face masks, but instead of what I was thinking, he got charcoal masks. (He's a guy. It isn't like he has a lot of experience buying face masks.) I almost felt bad putting them in the bag. It seemed like a mess just waiting to happen. But to Granny V's credit, she totally did the spa night and tackled the charcoal masks. And they even got some great pictures while doing it. (Which makes this momma very happy.) Everyone looks so relaxed. Who needs a cruise??

Looks like there were some others enjoying a siesta as well.

I'm sure everyone was rejuvenated by the end. And I'm glad Granny V could put her feet in the air for a bit. She deserved it.

Probably the most common passengers Granny V had were the littles. (They talked her into dropping and picking them up every day from school, although they walk all the time.) These three can be a handful. But they are good company.

June and Robyn had a Crack Off with their youth group. Here are June's eggs. (Not sure what happened to Robyn's?)

Turns out June won the whole thing. Way to go June. She got silly prizes, but I think bragging rights are always her favorite.

Pearl enjoyed the glasses.

I love that the kids took some random pictures. I'm assuming Pearl and Granny V are playing some kind of clapping game here. They are cute.

June finally broke her candy fast. When she started track, she vowed to eat no candy until track was over. It was a really long time. Here she is enjoying some well earned chocolate. (I don't think this was the first thing she had, but that is probably the face she made when she could eat candy again.)

These are just some of the things that happened while Tyler and I played in the Bahamas. There was the art festival too, of course, but that deserves its own post. We are so thankful that Granny V came and managed our small army. She was so helpful and we love her bunches. :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Abbreviated Cruise

Not to be outdone by Bethany, we made our own cruise video. Well, it wasn't really a competition. We just had a lot of video of our own and there is no reason not to put our memories together as well. So some stuff will look similar, and other stuff is different. It is a bit longer, so watch it when you have a moment. Or eleven minutes.


Friday - And Then There Were Three

It wasn't a very long cruise, but it was, after all, our practice cruise. It would be terrible to be stuck on a boat feeling seasick for a long week. In this case, four days was perfect for dipping our toes in the cruise world. Turns out, we love it. There will definitely be another cruise in the Cazier future.

Friday dawned and we were back in Miami.

Turns out, you can get off the boat earlier if you are willing to carry your own luggage. We had to be willing because Beth had a plane to catch first thing in the morning. See, Beth overbooked her weekend and she was flying into Vegas to meet up with a bunch of her girlfriends to see a Back Street Boys concert. Jonny was giving her plenty of grief for leaving us...for a boy band. We told her that we were going to go to Harry Potter World without her. (We thought about it, but didn't have the time sadly.)

This is our last group picture. :(

We finally found a shuttle to the airport. Beth is sitting there editing our video since we only had moments left together. Goodbye Bethany. See you on the other side.

We had an almost four hour drive to look forward to, so we got on our way. This time around, we managed to use roads that avoided tolls, so we saved ourselves a little money. Somewhere along the way, we stopped at a roadside stand. They were selling peaches, oranges, and gator jerky. We had wanted to take an air boat through the glades and maybe spot a gator or two, but we didn't have the time, so gator jerky was the next best thing.

I hate to disappoint, but it was nothing to write home about. In fact, we are pretty sure the guy just bought beef jerky at the store and then stuck it in ziplock bags to resell. The orange and peach samples were pretty tasty though.

Eventually we needed to feed ourselves some real food. Two Cazier's against one Jonny meant that we got to choose the restaurant. (Well...honestly, Jonny isn't going to complain much if there is food involved.) We chose Thai and ended up at a place that I can't remember the name of. (Big surprise.) But I will tell you the food was amazing! (Sorry Beth.) And the waitress seemed to be trying to pick up on Jonny. (Sorry Beth.)

Florida weather was actually not too bad in my opinion. It was humid, but I liked the warmth and let's be was April, so it wasn't sweltering or overly muggy. And there were squirrels. What's not to like?

Although we didn't have enough money time to visit Harry Potter World, we did take ourselves to an art museum. The first thing we noticed was the amazing tree out front. It was basically cooler than all the art we later saw inside. (Mother Nature: art since the beginning of time.)

There was art outside as well. Some of it was strange.

Some of it was poorly named. This piece was entitled, 'Big Red Dog'.

Some spoke to us.

Some looked like us.

Big Red Dog inspired Jonny. When we went inside we invented a new game. One person would choose a piece of art and the other two would rename it. The 'adjudicator' would decide which name they liked better and the winner would choose a new piece of art. This kept us entertained for quite a while.

There were two artists highlighted at the museum. One was quite forgettable. All his stuff looked the same to me. The other was remarkable. (Although technically I forget his name as well. I had to ask Jonny.) It was art by Bo Bartlett. Go look him up in Google. He really has a classic style. This picture, Halloween, in particular caught my attention.

I really love it. Another one (I grabbed the picture online) was Lifeboat. Simple, but amazingly complex. I don't think I could ever paint water.

We had a good time walking around. The last thing we saw as we left was a mural on a back wall.

We told everyone to find their double. Tyler won.

Then it was on to the airport and aboard a plane headed back to home sweet home. Our flight wasn't nearly as late, so I watched movies on the trip. Jonny sat next to me and edited my movies. The first time he changed my channel, I was surprised. Why would he do that? It only took me a second to realize he was skipping a racy scene. (Isn't that thoughtful?) He tried editing some profanity too, but that is a little harder to catch.

I watched Passengers and La La Land. I liked both of them, although I was not happy with the ending to La La Land. Jonny said it had to be that way, but I disagree. Tyler slept for the trip. He doesn't like when I watch movies without him, but I think he'll forgive me this time.

We arrived home late enough that everyone was asleep. It was sure great to see all the kids in the morning. We gave them gifts right away. I found these swimsuit covers and thought the kids would like them. Guess that means we need to hit the pool this summer. I think that is in the cards.

And so ends a great adventure. I'm so happy we went. It was so relaxing. I believe I gained weight from all the amazing food. I couldn't ask for better company. Five stars for sure!

*Beth got back home the next day. She had a great time in Vegas, although I'm sure she is sad she missed seeing the squirrel.