Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Leaves They are a-Changin'

I haven't posted forever!!! I'm sure no one reads this anymore. So, what's new? I am officially done in FL and I've never been so excited to leave a place in my life. I made some really good friends there but it's just soooooo hot and there are so many bugs. I seriously don't know what crazy human beings ever thought it would be a good idea to settle there. It's not. It's a bad idea. The sad thing is that Gabe is still out there finishing school. I miss him like crazy but he'll be here in 2 weeks and then we'll get our life back. We're not sure where we're moving to yet because we have a few offers to choose from. I'll post about that as soon as I know for sure.

Here are some fun pictures of what Livvy and I have been doing in UT:

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

My Best Friend

It's taken me about a month to get to where I can even post on this topic so, bear with me. About a month ago, I had to put my sweet dog, Lexi down. She had a tumor in her ear that we couldn't get rid of that kept getting infected. Because she was old and her heart was weak, she couldn't have surgery and, in the end, the only thing I could do for her was end her pain. It broke my heart and has been so much harder to get over than even I expected. We were together for a long time (9 years) and I still don't feel like myself without her.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of a great girl who loved babies, snuggling, long walks on the beach, swimming, sleeping in my bed and whose favorite color was red:

Trying to wake Gabe up.

Lexi and Fritzy.

Toilet water in the best!

Protecting Jaxon from the naughty puppy.

Lexi on Pride Rock.

Lexi with her daughter, Phoebe.

Pitiful bath time face.

Pretty girl before she went completely gray.

"Don't make me get off the bed."


Snuggling with my pregnant belly.

Keeping an eye on the kids at the park.

Snuggled in for the night.

Happy family.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Tell Me About Bees

I'm not sure why but Olivia loves bees. This was all well and fine in the winter time, when her only exposure to them was in the story books I read to her, but we developed a little problem when spring hit. They were everywhere in our yard and Livvy was sure she wanted to pick one up. She would chase them down with a youthful zeal and I just knew she was going to get stung. I had a long talk with her about bees and how, while they're pretty to look at, they can be "ouchies" if you touch them. I wasn't sure it had sunken in until the conversation we had later that day over dinner:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Olivia's Great Ideas

Olivia's idea of cleaning:

Olivia's idea of miniature golfing:

Olivia's idea of resting in the emergency room:

Olivia's idea of putting her shoes on:

Olivia's idea of keeping her snacks on the table:

Olivia's idea of rainy day activities:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Blue Spring Manatee Preserve

Last weekend, we made the 40 mile trek to Orange city to visit the Blue Spring Manatee Preserve. It was by far the coolest thing we've done since we've been here and the pictures I got are fantastic. I think they really show how beautiful Florida can be when it wants to. Blue Spring is a natural spring bubbling up from the earth and forming a river that's part of a whole system of rivers and lakes called the intercoastal waterway. The water from the spring is always 73 degrees and that makes it a favorite winter spot for West Indian manatees, which are severely endangered animals. Learn more about manatees here and more about Blue Spring here. The manatees were so beautiful and the alligators that live there with them were pretty neat too. I took about 100 pictures and I wish I could post them all, but I'll have to do my best to narrow it down for you.

First, a few shots of the setting. It's such a pretty park:

Here you can see the fissure under the water where the earth has opened up to release the water from the spring:

Now for the Manatees! Here's a mama and her baby:

A group of them congregating in the sunshine along the shore:

The river is teeming with them at this time of year. Aren't they beautiful?!

Some Manatee artwork from the little museum there:

Last but not least, the Anderson's at Blue Spring:

Dallas and his friend, Matt were here for the weekend and they came with us. They, of course, were to cool to just enjoy the experience and instead spent the day shouting things like, "The manatees are man-eaters! Do not put your hands in the water!" The other tourists looked on in horror at the two idiots who would say mean things about manatees at the preserve. We just tried to stay a good distance ahead of them so no one would know we were together.

We had such a nice day at Blue Spring and I can't wait to go back. Once spring comes and the manatees head back out into the river, people can swim there and go canoing and scuba diving. Count me in!