As always I am very much behind in blogging.  To be honest, the only reason I’m able to sit down today to write is because I’m having a sick day and am spending the day in bed with my laptop, Parks and Recreation and the occasional episode of Arrested Development.

Meanwhile as I’m typing this out, I am wondering why I’m not reading.   Of course, that’s part of the reason I haven’t been blogging quite so much this past year.

Blah.  Life is good.  I have been working a ton.  Matt has been working a lot too and whenever we have a free minute together with the kids, we are going somewhere, visiting with family and catching up with friends.

Our last year in Brambleton has been awesome.  The kids are making friends.  Matt and I are getting to know the neighbors.  I’ve been enjoying many a ladies’ night out.  And Matt is playing pool with everyone who wants to play.

For the school year, Annabelle played piano and both kids took yoga class.  We are still trying to figure out what Levi’s niche is.  I am hoping we get him into a sport or dinosaur summer camp.  For now, he’ll have to hang with his mom and sister at the pool.

Annabelle graduated kindergarten (pictures to come).  Levi finished his second year of preschool and is getting ready to start at a new school this fall.

As soon as Annabelle finished her school year, she started begging for me to enroll her in summer camp.  She knows she’s a social girl who needs lots of activity.  So I’ll probably put her in a couple weeks of camps so she can make new friends and learn new things.  I’m also brainstorming things to do with her so that she’s ready for first grade this fall.

But if we rewind a bit, after Easter this spring, we took the kids back to Siesta Key for a week of vacation with Nana and Grandma.  I can only describe this vacation as the  best vacation ever.  I honestly did not want to come home.  Which is surprising because I have the kind of personality that can’t get enough of routine–I always look forward to the end of vacation so that I can return to my beloved schedule.  I think what made this year different was that I have been working a lot more this year and I needed a break.  I also enjoyed the time to myself that having two grandmothers who love to play with their grandkids with us on vacation.  Matt and I got to go on a date, I got to take daily walks with my mom, and we got to eat lots of seafood.  Yum.

Of course I took tons of photos but I thought I’d just share a few of my faves.  I took these photos one night while we were out to dinner and to watch the sunset with Matt’s cousin Scott and his wife Amy.




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This year on vacation we took the kids to Sea World (amazing shows, btw!), and we just played on the beach and in the waves.  Simple days.

Since getting home from vacation, Matt and I have been planning another vacation.  Ha!   We aren’t really sure where to take the kids next but both he and I like to learn on our trips, so I imagine we’ll either visit a national park or hop across the ocean.  I have always wanted to see the castles and gorgeous landscapes in England and Ireland.  I’d also love to check out the manor where Downtown Abbey is filmed.

What else have we been doing?  We’ve offered to host a family reunion for my mom’s side of the family.  In a couple of weeks, relatives from all over the country will be arriving to eat BBQ, play croquet and corn hole, and otherwise catch up with each other.  Unfortunately, no one was up for having tee shirts made–which is a bummer because I always get a kick out of seeing the funny things some families will have printed on their reunion tees.

We’re also planning to visit family this summer and spend as much time together as we can at the pool (Matt’s favorite place to be in the summer), the library (my favorite place to go if spending money isn’t an option), and bbqing with friends.  Oh and I definitely want to drink wine and laugh with my friends because what’s better than a warm summer night, a glass of white wine, good stories and watching the kids ride bikes with their friends.

We have much to look forward to this summer.  I will do my best to blog when I can.  If I don’t say too much, just assume that life is good.  My life as of right now is such that the days are long and the years are short.  Everyday the kids get taller and need something else, and I am forever folding laundry, picking up the house, and juggling a schedule for the three people I love most and a business that I feel lucky to own.

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Jessica June 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Courtney! I miss you! I am so glad you are enjoying Mikey’s first summer home from school. I am treasuring this time as I know I am about to see my little girl go off to first grade, which is a full school day. I am going to miss her!

Courtney Segars June 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

What a beautiful post, Jessica! So glad to hear you and your family are doing well! As usual, you have pegged it…how far we have come from being the nervous mommies of baby Annabelle and Mikey! Celebrating Michael’s first summer vacation with him seems so magical-what big, amazing kids we have! Thanks for posting! Please drink a glass of wine for me.

Gramma June 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I had such fun, thanks again to you and Matt. Loved the sleepovers with the kids and playing on that beautiful beach. Great memories,great visits with you and your mom,can’t remember the last time I stayed up til one the morning just enjoying a gab festival with your mom,she’s a special lady, love you all for arranging this special time for us to be together. Love and hugs mom

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