Friday, August 2, 2013


Best way to get home from Nana's house is through Canada.  It isn't shorter, but you get to see a couple things on the way that Ohio just doesn't have, like this giant waterfall.  Who knew this was here? 

And now for a photo dump, cause school is starting and I got to get to work... 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


No more day camp, we are into full on for realz' camp.  As in 3 days and 2 nights of complete umbilical cord separation.  Someone was nervous, scared, and not sure if they were going to  make it through the night... it was not Charlotte. 
She had a blast and I have the feeling this is the beginning of a long career camper.  

Here is her list of favorite things  about camp:
  1. FOB (Flat On Back)- rest time
  2. Cabin Friends!
  3. Saturn (water raft on the lake)
  4. Every single meal
  5. Arts and Crafts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Are you guys for scuba?

Jake and I have a little hobby that we are quickly becoming addicting.   He likes to scuba dive, and I like to watch him in his scuba suit.   Hee Hee...
Actually, I love to go scuba diving as well.  Particularly with him, due to my forementioned hobby.  When we were in Mexico we knew that we had to hit the Cenotes.  These are inland caves on the coast that are flooded with both fresh and salt water, creating a world that is completely unbelievable.

First, you take a trek into the jungle and then enter the cave.  Here is Jake.

Except when you get to the cave, it is flooded.  This is the point when your God-given sense of fight or flight kicks in and you say to yourself, "well... that doesn't look safe, I believe I will turn around, and head toward that other place, you know, ANY OTHER place where there is air."
You can do what we did, strap on some scuba gear and experience another what you have never seen before.  It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. 
See those yellow fins... That's me!  
It is hard to get good photos because it is really dark.  We had flashlights that we used so we could see the stalagmite/tites, creepy little underwater cave creatures and rock formations.  There isn't a beautiful reef, or the color and life that you might get in an ocean- but man is it cool!  And just about when you think this is also starting to look like an underwater grave you begin to ascend from the cave... and you get to see the hope of life ahead.  God is good!

Monday, July 15, 2013


"Passengers should always fit his or her own mask before helping children, the disabled, or persons requiring assistance."

Heard this my entire adult life, and always chuckle at its absurdity.  Before kids, I knew that I would love them to the extent that I would give my life.  So, why in the world in the event of an airplane plunging into the depths of the icy ocean, would I not put the air masks on their sweet faces first.  After kids, I not only realized I love them to the extent that I would give my life, but would also go through any torturous act of maiming, burning, or Braveheart-like act if my kids need it.  Without blinking... oh, that one too!  I would never blink again if my Claire needed me to. 
Passengers should always fit his or her own mask before helping children, the disabled, or persons requiring assistance."  I struggled every time I would hear the sweet sticky voice of the airline stewardess tell me to put my mask on prior to my kids.  Yeah, right lady- I love my kids.

So we went to Mexico, without our kids.  

And learned that perhaps the airlines knows something, that in raising young babies we had forgotten.  That we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be the best for those babies who need us.  They don't need us tired, worn out, and not communicating with each other.  They need us at our best, they need us to put on our 'masks' so that we can help them learn to put on theirs.  

In the story of our lives, there is this one particular couple.  They, well... we will call them 'Stacy and Rodd' (they are kind of private folk and don't like their name all over the internet) they are kind of our Fred and Ethel.  It's not cause we get to spend the day to day with them anymore.  It makes me sad that we don't, but we don't really have to be right down the hall.  
Maybe its because we have simply known them the longest, they have been able to stand us for years- so they win!   Or perhaps it is because they have seen the darkest parts of our marriage (from a particular game of Spades that will NOT be recounted on this blog, to some very long and dark journeys).  Or is it cause we can laugh so hard with them that I have actually thrown up (in a bush) and peed my pants (on strangers).  It also could be the deep respect we have for their values, who they are striving to be as parents, people, and followers of Christ- to be near them is to be inspired.
At any rate, when your Fred and Ethel say let's go, well... you go.  And you begin to understand how deep friendships can run.

Monday, June 24, 2013


For our Anniversary this year we did something I have wanted to do for a long time.  
We had one of Jacob's photo student's Andie Rea and her husband Garrett take OUR pictures.  No kids, just us.  They blew us away when we got them back.  There are so many that I loved, but I tired to pick 10 and these were my favorites. 

Plus bonus to having such cool people take your pictures is that we also got to eat dinner with them.  And then it was dark enough to get some more really cool shots.  Oh yeah... and we may have also gotten some Ted Drews, you know... just for the shot.

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Guess what we have been reading this summer?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Swim team

Our new big event with summer was the Greenville Clipper's Swim Team.   Charlotte isn't crazy about sports where... well lets just say she isn't crazy about a lot of contact.  So things like soccer, basketball, or even softball (there is a chance of sliding into someone) are just not her thing.  And I'm ok with that, but I learned so much through competition and sports that I hate to think that she might not experience that.  So Swim Team seemed like the perfect opportunity, unless you are doing something seriously wrong there isn't a lot of contact.  



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Recital Time

When the mad-hatters dance...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nana and Papi

Yep, they pretty much rock!