13 JunSecond Week of Summer 2021

Monday was sweet snuggles on the coach while mom and dad worked

After work Ivy worked out with mommy

Tuesday the girls were up early to go to horse camp 6:30 – 11. Both mom and dad worked while they were there and was as productive as possible. Momma made banana bread that afternoon at Leia’s request. The girls helped to deliver it to a couple of our senior neighbors that afternoon and and we all got to visit a few minutes with them too. Of course the girlies loved getting to see Scotty during the deliveries. That evening we played a family game of Catan; Ivy won for the first time. It was a great lesson since she cheered for everyone and hoped everyone got resources throughout the game and was always willing to trade even if it did not benefit her. 

Wednesday morning, the girls started swim team (Leia) and dive team (Ivy). Chris had to go into the office all day and that afternoon momma had to go back to work so the girls chilled at the house for most the day.


Wednesday evening we went to the Rhoads’ house for a delayed birthday celebration with uncle Mark since Sara had dance camp the day before and she wanted to be part of the celebration too. 

These ladies were cray-cray blowing things in each others faces

Thursday, the girls did swim and dive again that morning. We all straightened up the house then they got to play/chill while mom and dad worked some more; wish we all got the summer off of work. But that afternoon we all went to support Ivy at her first dive competition. None of us were sure what to expect when we went but went with open minds. Very thankful, momma had grabbed a few snacks even though when she grabbed them she thought she was just weighing her purse down and they would not be ate. Three hours later, they were ate and Ivy was finally doing her dives. As soon as she finished diving and got her reward we headed for a very late dinner. But it was fun watching her do something she enjoyed and Leia decided she might try it too. 

Sweet team and the best fan club for Ivy


Reward time, by this time Ivy was a little tired, hungry, and cold

These girls do amazing! Especially since they all just started and had 2 to 4 days of practice so far

Friday, both girls went to swim and dive; they were in the pool 7:45 until 10:30. We headed to get the Rhoads’ girls afterwards then went to Mimi’s house for Katie’s 12th birthday party and make sure everything was set up. As soon as Katie’s friends arrived at 1, they all were making a splash in the pool again. It was sweet watching the kids play, laugh, and have a good time together. Her friends left at 5 but our girlies were in the pool until close to 6 when we pulled them out to have dinner then head back home. 








 

Saturday, we headed to Newnan to visit the Requena-Comfort’s before they head to Spain for almost 2 months. We met them at the pool on the drive in and Grandpa/Deedee met us. We were just getting in when it thundered. The thunder ended up closing the pool but we ate at the club house then we headed to Grandpa and Deedee’s to chill a little while before all meeting back up for dinner. The kids went back with Deedee and Grandpa while Lisa/Chris went to hang out with Kelly/Diego at their house. It was nice having some time to talk and fellowship. The kids were going to spend the night at Kelly/Diego’s house but Ivy did not feel comfortable so the little ladies headed back to Grandpa/Deedee’s with us to spend the night. We loved waking up and hearing them laugh, play, and use their imaginations Sunday. 

Alicia had a scavenger hunt for her 10th birthday gifts then the girlies all enjoyed using her cotton candy maker she got

Daddy fell asleep

They continued sugaring up and playing games

Dinner with the 10 of us…the only picture we got was the couple selfies Diego clicked with the little girls but we all had a good time

Little ladies enjoyed breakfast 

Morning fun

We headed back home Sunday midday. On the way Chris said he was not feeling great and had a headache so we took him home then escaped to Mimi’s so he could have a quiet house. There was a impromptu party for Katie’s birthday with family we joined in on too.


Sunday evening Ivy asked could she cook dinner all by herself for everyone. Of course we said sure and let us know if you have any questions or want to call in an assistant. She did amazing! She cooked it all by herself, set the table, and did most the cleanup. Maybe we need to start where the girls cook once a week each

06 JunFirst Week of Summer

The first week of summer has passed. We spent a couple days at the beach. The rest of the week we were back home without a schedule and simply enjoyed doing whatever we wanted to do. Chris played in a golf tournament. He played 90 holes of golf in 4 days; more than he has played in over 6 months. The girls spent Tuesday night with Mimi so Lisa could work on Wednesday. They went shopping, helped Mimi in the yard, and got to have a little fun with Mimi. Lisa took the rest of the week off to hang out with the girls. We did not do much at the request of the girls. The girls went  swimming and got to have a friend go with them, we planned swim dates for later, we played games, walked, rode horses, and enjoyed much carpe diem time. Next week we plan to get on our summer schedule but this week we took the needed time to relax and just be … 


* this was the only one picture taken throughout the week since we were in the moment and just enjoying being together

01 JunBeach 2021

The beach drove looked different this year. Normally we all caravan down but everyone was on different time schedules so met for a lupper at Luna’s. Mimi and the Rhoads girls headed down about 9:30. We were the second car, leaving 10:30. Mark was the last to leave a little after 11. First car had time to kill, going by the grocery store, souvenir store, and killing time at the restaurant. The Comforts had time to order an appetizer and Mark arrived to order lupper before making our way to the condo.

Traffic was not too bad on the way but seeing the palm trees knowing your close is always exciting

Annual picture in the crab chairs

The condo is quaint. One room had a king bed, another a queen, and the third had a bunk over a full and trundle. We rearranged so our girls could sleep on the air mattress in out room, unpacked, and most of us headed to the beach. Thankful Chris was up to going to pickup our Walmart order but he headed down as soon as he got back.

The girlies headed to the balcony for selfies while the parents unpacked

There is something peaceful about the ocean! The sound, the salty smell … melts the worries away. We enjoyed the first evening on the beach. We all stayed till well after sunset before heading up to get showers, snacks, and bed. Thankful that we are getting to resume our tradition of a family beach trip after missing last year due to Covid. 

Finally toes in the sand!



Girlies water bound


Dinner on the balcony

Snuggles before bed
 
  

Friday morning, we figured out the air mattress was leaking as it was half deflated. Chris was the only one in our room that slept well. Mimi was up before 6 as well. Sara and Katie were in the couch since they had trouble sleeping in the other room. Needless to say we all enjoyed our coffee! After a cup we were good.

Morning snuggles before most people were up

Slowly people started joining up

Coffee with the ocean view is the best

Gang all up

We made the breakfast buffet as the girls call it where everyone gets what they want. It was quite a spread with cinnamon rolls, sausage balls, bacon, chicken sausage, pancakes, and eggs. It have everyone energy to head to the beach.

Breakfast is always more fun to make when you cook it together
   

The sand between your toes feels so nice. The girls played in the ocean. We went up to the pool. Various times throughout day we walked on the beach. It was a glorious day with all of us enjoying the sun, sand, and breeze.

Girls always think a pool is fun

Boogie boarding fun



Photo ops on the beach


 

By one o’clock we were all getting hungry. We loaded up the cars and headed to Sara’s pick, Cobalt. It was yummy. The kids went to the pier afterwards to jump off it at the public park. Katie was the first to leap. Sara followed little sister. Ivy went up but got a little nervous and backed out despite doing it last year. Leia was hesitate but decided not to let the opportunity pass and took the leap. We were proud of each of them! The ones who leaped overcame fear; the one who was hesitant bravely climbed down and held her head up strong.

Three of the girls decided they were going to jump. 
Fearless Katie was the first to take the leap 

Sara followed suit while Ivy still pondered. Leia decided she was going to join in on the fun too. 

Leia took the leap but Ivy thought about it too much and backed out but we were proud of her strength to climb down under pressure. Ivy jumped last year and she will again

That afternoon each of us made their way to the beach in our own time. It was more lounging, playing between the beach and pool, an intense game of corn hole between Lisa and Mimi, Mark throwing the ball with Katie, and the girls walking on the beach. Once we had out fill of sand we headed to for showers and fellowship on the balcony listening to music, talking and laughing; sweet simple times.

 Love that Leia enjoyed reading on the beach and splashing in the ocean with Chris and sissy
 
Chris was taking a picture for the Rhoads’, of course he took a selfie too
 
Evening fun with playing corn hole … it was a neck and neck game but Lisa came out with the victory

Throwing the ball on the beach

Evening snuggles

Saturday morning everybody woke up at their leisure. Everyone seemed to sleep better, probably due to being beach tired after a full day in the sun. Coffee on the balcony, hearing waves, and watching dolphins jump in the water is pure bliss. Enjoyed the sweet conversations and laughs before breakfast.

What we saw when they figured out momma pulled out a camera
What they really were doing

Everyone got what they requested for breakfast the Mimi and Stacy rooms the kids to the beach, Mark and Lisa went to run/walk, and Chris chilled out with a book. Great start to the day with everyone getting to do what they wanted to do.

We all made it to the beach before lunchtime. There was sand playing, ocean playing, book reading, radio listening … pure out vacation fun … exactly what we plan the next few days to do on repeat. We elected to pick lunch up and eat in rather than going out too.

Mimi made a barrier for the water rushing up since the chairs were a little close to the water

The girls enjoyed playing with Chris in the ocean 
 
The girls gave up before daddy so mommy joined daddy in the ocean

Beach time = nice time
 

 
Love Ivy’s sand-work!!!!

The girls wanted to go shopping after lunch though so we still got out. Mimi and Lisa took them to four stores to find souvenirs. Once they all got what they wanted we stopped by an ice cream shop for a little treat too. Mimi always spoils her girls. Then we headed back to the beach for the rest of the evening.

Treats with Mimi

It was peaceful on the beach as it cleared out and we were shaded with the sun behind the building. Chris and Leia was the last two to join us. We took the opportunity for a few photo ops. Reminisced on previous trips, how Papa would love it on the beach in the evenings, and enjoyed a few laughs good for the soul. Chris and Lisa lagged the rest heading up to condo for showers. We all got snacks for dinner then headed to bed looking forward to doing the next day on repeat.

Photo session in the evening lighting always is nice at the beach





    
Girls still having fun … these three love pictures

  


Ivy decided she needed a backbend picture so Mimi joined in with a table top

Which turned into a group photo

Uncle Mark said he could do it too … who did it better???

Leia finally made it to the photo session
Mommy made Leia take a picture; she is not a fan but we know she will want them when she is older

Of course little stuff wanted in the picture too, When Chris arrived we told him to smile for the camera too

Love the candid shoot of Mimi 
  
Blessed to get this time with family! 

After the photo session these two made up a dance and performed for us

The Comforts were the first ones up in the condo. We were a cup of coffee in by the time Mimi got up. It was a cool 61 degree morning. We snuggled up, had breakfast, and started the day on repeat. Gathering on the balcony, breakfast, and beach/workouts. Sara and Leia joined Lisa working out. Leia decided the beach was calling half way through. So Chris took her to the beach. Sara and Lisa finished up and met everyone at the beach mid-morning.

Mommy and mini me were the first ones on the balcony up so we took selfies for entertainment; Leia was up but vegged out on the couch 

Mimi joined us not too long after we got up
 
Then aunt Stacy and Katie-bug came out too; loved Ivy’s art work so took a picture to remember it

Love our setup with 4 umbrellas and 12 chairs on the end. Plenty of shade and seats for dry or wet bottoms. Chris took the kids out in the pretzel. Leia finished reading her book. Sara started reading the book. Chris and Lisa walked across the street for seafood. Mark walked across street to go shopping. We all enjoyed the day together.

 Photo op while Lisa, Leia, and Sara was in the fitness room
 
Gangs all here

Fun in the sand, ocean and getting vitamin D


Uncle Mark had all the monkeys playing football


Sweet Mimi made sure they all had hats before they took off
   
Katie dug a pretty deep hole in the sand. It trapped Mimi though so we filled it in; thankful Mimi did not get hurt


The evening came and we ordered pizza on the beach at sunset. Although Leia and Ivy was done with the sand and sun so the Comfort crew headed up early to play games and enjoy time on the balcony listening to the waves away from the sticky sand while the Rhoads savored the time on the beach then moved to the empty pools when the beach became too dark without a light. Mimi split her time between us getting the best of both worlds. Before we realized it was time for bed. Another amazing beach day had come to an end.

Game night for the Comforts and beach night for the Rhoads’ 
 

Memorial Day morning was much like the others. We gathered on the balcony sipping coffee, listening to the ocean, looking for dolphins, and savoring the moments. One funny or compliment was Ivy talking about Mimi’s legs. We were talking about walking on the beach and mentioned we had to tell Mimi to slow down after a mile walk. Ivy says, “Mimi has kid legs”. We giggled and said we needed to tell Mimi when she comes back with coffee. Ivy farther explained, “they look like adult legs but they’re strong like kid legs”. Love the compliment Ivy gave Mimi.

Sweet morning snuggles before anyone else got up

Cooking in the kitchen, dancing to our favorite song …
 

After breakfast, workouts were skipped to make sure we took advantage of the last beach day. We gathered under the umbrellas. It’s funny the girls all sat to chill. This trip you could tell they are all getting older. There was still ball throwing, ocean playing, beach walking, and sand hole digging but there was less playing, less movement or let’s go time, more time relaxing and reading.

Morning photo ops



Mimi got a photo with the Rhoads’ and Comfort gangs

Then we got one on one pictures of Mimi with each of her grand-girl



Pray we have a bond with our girls the way we have one with Mimi 



Chris loves pictures 😉


  
Love-birds

The last day we did not go out we elected to stay at the condo and clean out the fridge. There was plenty of stuff for us to make each meal and by eating in we did not have to pack it later to go home. We tried putting the thoughts of it being our last say out of our minds and enjoy the time together. We all say on the beach until sundown. The girls played in the pool afterwards. We had our latest night out for the last night here full of laughs and sweet moments together.

Mimi joined in on the ball fun with Leia

Enjoying the ocean one last time this trip
 

Chris playing ball with the girls

Pool fun in the afternoon

Tuesday morning the moms/Mimi was up before 6 to enjoy coffee on the balcony. Chris joined us a little after 6. Mark was well on his way home. We spotted dolphins again as we chilled before heading in to pack and load up. We were at “The Breakfast Club” when they opened to fill our bellies and hit the road to get home after a wonderful family trip.

All the ladies were up early to enjoy the last sunrise of this trip
God’s paintings are amazing! 

26 MayLast Day of School, Ivy EOY Party, Leia’s Clap-out

Last day of 5th grade and 3rd grade for our girls 

Last day for Leia to pack her bag to go to elementary school

They are happy to be skipping the half day tomorrow

 

Ivy’s EOY party was a lesson in Murphy’s Law! We were shorted an item from Chick-Fil-A and only got half the pictures for the craft; thankful Chris came to the rescue and ran both up to the school. The kids still seem to have a great time! Failed to get pictures but it was the first party a parent got to come too and Ivy’s sweet teachers last party sine she was retiring after 31 years teaching. We were thankful she stuck in to teach post pandemic; she was the perfect teacher for our little monkey. After the party we planned on checking Leia and Ivy both out and ending their school year but Leia’s teacher asked if she could stay for their first annual clap out. The 5ht grade class walked around the school while other students cheered and clapped for them; mommy did not want Leia to miss out so went back and checked Leia out a little later to make sure she experienced it. Leia said she would have preferred to be checked out. 

Everyone in Leia’s class signed a “We will Miss You” sign … she loved getting to point to her signature in the upper left corner. Can not believe we will have a middle schooler now

Post school celebration … ice cream treats
  

24 MayLeia’s 5th Grade VHEW Pool Party

Leia is wrapping up 5th grade with a pool party! We are so proud of all of her accomplishments and the sweet, beautiful young lady she is becoming. Mommy and daddy will miss the convenience of taking both girls to the same school. We imagine Leia will miss being at the same school as her sister and miss the wonderful teachers she has had along the way that have poured into her. As she moves her she will still hold the West motto: West is Best!!???  but ready or not Middle school here she comes …

Leia’s 5ht grade class with the Pizitz Pirate

Thankful to get to see Leia having fun with her friends

Beautiful day for a pool party

Sweet friends

These kids are walking the plank to Pizitz after their last EOY party at VHEW
 

22 MayFIF Horse Show

FIF planned a spring horse show for the kids to end the session. It has not been quite a year since the girls started riding but they both did amazing jobs! They did not ride in the same group this time like they did in the fall so both had a chance for a blue ribbon. This show had food trucks, yard games, and more tents than the last one since it was significantly hotter. The girls did not seem to mind the heat until after they finished riding  and were just sitting around then they were ready to head home or to Mimi’s pool to cool off. It day was fun at the ranch and the girls did a great job at the show! 

Photo op before the show. Thankful Mimi was willing to come brave the heat and cheer on our girls with us. Daddy was already in the arena during the photo op with the girls but we got pictures of him in the arena 

Making sweet friends at the ranch

Parents had to volunteer for the show. Sweet daddy led horses for his volunteer slot. He was offered a job again at the ranch as he made a horse backup that everyone said was stubborn and would not listen

Ivy had a great ride! She controlled her horse better than most in the group. Loved seeing the smile on her face and joy in her eyes. Both Chris and Lisa were near other experience riders who were talking what they thought the placements would be and mentioned multiple people say they thought Ivy would get blue ribbon. She did not come home with the blue ribbon this time though but she had a great ride and showed her teammates she will be one to beat in future competitions 
 

The vaulting class did a dance. They needed more dancers so asked the girls to perform last Tuesday. Loved watching them crush it and see the joy on their faces as they danced with sweet friends. 


Leia did an amazing job riding! She showed amazing control and pose throughout the performance. There were other horses misbehaving that could have led to bucking and riders being harmed; the owner and trainers were across the arena but Leia maneuvered the situation like a pro. Even the owner of the ranch publicly thanked Leia for her control she had during the situations. The control she showed and performance landed her the blue ribbon at the ribbon ceremony for her group. 

 
   

After a HOT day at the ranch Mimi’s pool was the perfect place to cool off. We enjoyed the time with family at the pool and grilling out a yummy dinner. It did turn out that half the gang was sun-kissed after the day outside but it was a great day and will give us a base tan for the beach trip later next week. 

This girl makes a splash everywhere she goes … pray she always has her zest for life

19 MayFun Afternoon Playdates

Leia and Ivy had not had anyone over in a while so they both asked for friends to come over after school Wednesday. Eliza came over with Leia. They true to form made brownies for treats then got to having fun in the playroom before heading outside for some water fun. Ivy and Evelyn never made it downstairs and sat in the living area riding hover-boards and catching up before enjoying the brownies and going outside. Love that both of them have such sweet friends to enjoy their afternoon with and hearing the laughter. 


 
 

18 MayGetting Ready for Horse Show

Girls are getting ready for their horse show this weekend Tuesday.
Looking forward to seeing them do what they love

17 MayRhoads Chill with us

The Rhoads’ crew came over to chill out with us Sunday evening. Love getting to spend time together, hear the laughter, and sweet fellowship with people we love

The boys finally joined us from inside after a little while

15 MayPacked Saturday Full of Fun

Leia enjoyed having her friends Sofia over Saturday afternoon. They swung on the swing, made brownies, watched TV, went to a neighbors to slide on the water slide they had for a nephews birthday party, and enjoyed time in the hot tub … full afternoon but packed with fun

Ivy had fun with Amelia at VCC having water balloon fights, swimming, and jumping off a high dive. Loved hearing her excitement telling us all about it when she got home. 

That evening we had game night with the Talleys. The kiddos got in the hot tub while the adults fellowshipped and played Catan

Love days full of fun and fellowship