Thursday, July 28, 2011

Big Bear

Here we visited Big Bear for a week.

The first day we couldn't wait to get down to the lake and show off our fishing skills.
Although no fish were caught this day, it gave me a great opportunity to catch some perfect photos!
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..one of my favorites, naturally!
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The mornings were my very favorite. The forest that surrounded us was quiet and still.
The mountains were solid and brave, as if they earned their right to be there,
gently telling you of all they have seen!
The air was fresh and cold. The sky was crystal blue.
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The smells of coffee and stale wine filtered through the doors into the outside
giving away our stories from the night before!!
This was the time I was able to truly be thankful for where God has brought our family!
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The sizzling, crackling sound of bacon would soon follow everyone else meeting their day, and we would just simply
-- be together!
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Did you know that out of the entire Big Bear Lake, there is one, yes!
Just ONE - little tiny section that you can swim at.
In fact, this little tiny section of the lake is specifically called " Swim Beach."
AND! Did you know, you had to PAY to swim at this little, tiny beach?! Crazy right?
On top of it all, you can't go past a roped off section of the lake without doing a swim test.
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Anyway, lets talk about the good things this little "Swim Beach" had to offer!


There was sand to build sand castles and pretend that somehow, magically, you could live in it!!
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The sun was shining and the water was cold, but it was cold because you knew it was coming from some sort of snow that melted and traveled its way through the mountain. So although the water had a greenish tint, it still felt clean!
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( already wrapped around her finger! )
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This day ended with Paul arriving, finally, and lots of wine being drank into the
night accompanied with stories from my husbands week!
His stories are always fun to hear.

The following day we decided to rent a boat. We floated along the lake without a care in the world. The boys fished, the girls laid under the hot sun, and the babies were amazed with the idea of fish being underneath us!! Everything in the world seemed right! Music filled the air, and every so often it would catch us in the moment of dancing to it!
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The dark clouds began rolling in until they swallowed up the sun.
Then came the rain.
Then the thunder.
Then the lightening.
Then the hail.
Us girls, being the troopers that we are, gathered under the very small canopy that was included with this boat that we rented...

and the only thing we could do was - laugh!

Just our luck, when we finally decided that it looked like the storm wasn't going to clear, we returned the boat.
Funny, as soon as we were getting into our cars to head back to the cabin, the storm was gone.

<< " After a storm, comes calm." - Matthew Henry >>>
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Our last day was spent catching bubbles ...
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.. and taking lots of pictures!!

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.. and ended it with a traditional Italian dinner.
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It was a week that was filled with love. Memories were made, games were played, wine was drank, a jacuzzi was sat in, sleep was had, and laughter floated constantly through the cabin we resided in. I love knowing we are all under the same roof, just as it was a long time ago.

Its weeks like these that remind us there is nothing and no one like your family.
Changes happen. People evolve. Some die, some are born. But no matter what - we are all we have.

Dad and Ma,
Thank you so much for another great vacation and another opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. We are so grateful for your love and support. Can't wait for next time!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Learning to Fly!

Wherever we are at in our lives, whatever point we are trying to reach, it all begins with one simple step.

Things were so different with Cole. I was anxious for every new beginning. His first smile, his first solid food, the first time he crawled... I was so anxious to experience it that reflecting back on those memories - I feel like those times of " incredible!" .. kind of slipped through my fingers. I didn't PAUSE. I didn't stop and smell the air we were breathing in those precious moments we'd never have again.

I was a first time Mommy. I never had a human being that I created smile back at me before. So when those first time moments happened .. my heart pounded hard enough that if my chest could, it would give way to it being completely exposed. But only in a good way.

For weeks now, Savannah has been ready to walk. She has been ready to take those steps into the rest of her "walking life.".. Putting those baby crawling days behind her. Sometimes, although we know we are "ready" we wait for that perfect moment that we think it is "time." When really, there is no "perfect timing!"

I wasn't ready. Mommy wasn't ready to let go. So I totally and utterly enabled her to hang on. To depend on the grip she held on to with her tiny little, inexperienced, innocent fingers -laced into mine.



Heart of mine, be still!



... as she is """Learning to Fly!!"""

.. and this time, I let the world stand still!



My Beautiful Savannah,
I pray that these first steps take you into a life full of love, health, and happiness. Instead of letting these memories slip pass me this time--- - I held on to it as I tight I could until I had no choice other then, to let go - just as I know I will have to many more times in the life that is ahead of you. I trust that God will protect you always! These were small steps for you baby girl, but really big ones for Mama! Love you forever daughter of mine. Our hearts are one forever my bella baby!




Saturday, July 23, 2011

Celebrating Friendships

Happy Birthday to two of the most beautiful girls I know!

In celebration of Brianne and Jenica's birthdays, we took off for a weekend get-a-way in the desert.

We shopped, drank, ate, talked, soaked up the sun, danced the night away, and spent a ENTIRE day at the spa.. which in my opinion was the best part.

I am so lucky to have these girls on my side. They are both beautiful inside and out. Anyone that knows them is just that lucky! I think I have said it before.. my family is my foundation, and my friends are my backbone. These girls are exactly that!

Brianne,
I couldn't of ever imagined I would have someone as special as you in my life. Knowing someone who has experienced just as much bad as I have in this life, and still has faith as strong as yours, is just amazing. You inspire me everyday to be better. You inspire me everyday to hang on no matter how bad it gets. You are a amazing mother, and best friend, and I know that this year is yours. I know this is your year of happiness-- and is the beginning of many more to come. Thank You for making me apart of it.

Jenica,
Holy Moly woman! To have just met you in February, and to feel like you are one my sisters is awesome. I was told by someone many years ago that when you find a girl who is genuine and beautiful inside and out, hold on to her. Tuck her in your pocket and never let her go. I've done that you my friend. You are one of the most beautiful persons I have ever met. I have also heard that " the eyes are the windows to one's soul." You are pure. Inside and out. I believe it is really important to surround yourself with people who only make you better as a person, and you do that. Not to mention you've gotten my bootie to a point that it doesn't make everyone blind when they see it in a bathing suit!!! Thank You for just being you friend!

Happy Birthday girls! I can't wait for Tiffy's trip and the new memories that will be made!
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Simply Loved!

No matter where we are.

No matter who we are with.

No matter what our day brings us.

Its about keeping things "simple."

Its being reminded that we are loved.

I will always know, I am simply loved by these two human beings!