Monday, November 26, 2012


Based on the comments and notes I received after I posted that I was back from Aruba, I apparently didn't do a very good job informing y'all that I was going to Aruba in the first place. You see, I must have gotten all caught up in the craziness of the November that meant traveling every weekend . . . Also, you're not supposed to broadcast when you're leaving your house empty for a week right? Although in our case, we dont leave our house empty since our roommate and dog and all the chickens are still here. Not to mention the twenty-some-odd kids who are pretty much permanent fixtures on the front porch even if we're not home. Good luck getting past them.

ANYWAYS, all that to say that we spent Thanksgiving, and the entirety of last week, at a beautiful resort in Aruba. Courtesy of my fabulous parents, who also gave up their top-floor-corner-suite for the sake of their lovely daughter grandbabies.
We had an absolutely wonderful time, although it was definitely weird to celebrate Thanksgiving without the usual trappings and "fall" traditions. Not that I missed it, necessarily, since I was spending my time snorkeling and reading and laying in the sun on a perpetually 85 degree day with an ocean view. Not quite so much laying, actually, since Caden has become the busiest, craziest, toddler boy known to man. Sigh.
However, I literally could not be more thankful for my seeing my family (including my sister who I haven't seen in nearly a year) and a beautiful week enjoying them in the sunshine.

One of my favorite days was when we went snorkeling, and Jayci was so brave and she even put her face in the water and breathed through the tube-thing (something I haven't even perfected without panicking and inhaling water). She is her father's daughter for sure.
Also, the following picture almost made me pee my pants on the boat, which would have been embarrassing. 


  1. I absolutely positively LOVE your family. Your dad looks like he isn't even 40 yet! Seriously. Wow. And your sisters? Best smiles ever... they remind me of someone...YOU! I am glad you had a great time!

  2. OH MY WORD. Those are the cutest kids I've ever seen! Also, wish we could get those heart babies together because seriously- they favor so much! What with their big blue eyes, crazy blonde hair, and stinkerish ways! :) Glad you had a wonderful time!

  3. Beautiful! Reminds me of a similar place long ago! ;) Oh college memories!

  4. Oh my. I want to go to there! It's good to have you back :)

  5. Oh my word, I'm all about holiday traditions, but I'd totally give up turkey and stuffing for this!!! LOL!!! How fun :)

  6. Oh wow, what a fun Thanksgiving! I love ALL of the pics, the littles are so cute, and your smile made me smile! So glad y'all had such a great trip!!

  7. BEAUTIFUL!!! So glad that you got to take a nice family vacation. You all deserve it!

  8. As always, all of your photos are gorgeous, but I have to say, the one of Jayci in her snorkel gear melts my heart. Such a brave little girl. I can't snorkel, either. And how much trouble are you in for posting the other snorkel photo? So funny. In her defence, it is almost impossible to look good in a mask. :)


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