Thursday, October 12, 2017

British Swim School!

We are excited to be part of the British Swim School family! Our new business will be launched in January. We will be teaching survival floating classes to moms and their babies, and swimming lessons to kids and adults!

Even the girls are excited to be part of the team! Sierra and Audrey both want to be instructors! For now, they can be our cheerleaders!

The Cougar Challenge

Last week was the Cougar Challenge at Cimino elementary. It was a day of fun and exercise. Each grade had the chsmce to run around the track to raise money for their school!.

Audrey's class went first. Audrey ran 18 laps and wouldnt stop! She was amazing!

Sierra ran 20 laps and was the fastest girl in her grade! She was amazing and had a great time with her classmates!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Big Red Barn

Today we visited the big red barn, a local farmers market, and they had a farm festival setup. They got their faces painted as tigers, ran through a maze, picked out pumpkins, and dunked a guy in a water tank! It was so much fun. Happy fall everyone!

Breakfast in Bed

Audrey woke up today and wanted to do something nice for her sister. She decided to make her breakfast in bed! Cereal, milk, orange juice, yogurt, a pear and a sweet treat!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Audrey's Eyes Are Perfect!

After Audrey was diagnosed with convergence insufficiency and accommodative dysfunction last May in Denver, we decided to get a sevond opinion. Yesterday we met with a pediatric opthamologist and after a full dilated exam, she gave Audrey a clean bill of health. Her eyes are perfectly normal. We celebrated immediately by going to lunch at her choice if restaurants - IHop!

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Beautiful Sunset

While in Ft. Lauderdale, we saw the most magnificent sunsets. Just before nighfall, it looked like a big orange ball was sinking into the clouds. It was a beautiful sight!

On our last day, we walked along the beach and collected sponges, coral and coconuts that had washed ashore after the hurricane. There were miles of seaweed, driftwood, and reef debris from the ocean that lined the sand dunes. Such a sad reminder of the turbulance a big storm can cause!

Spirit Night for Cimino

The girls enjoyed Spirit Night at Chic-fil-a on Thursday! Just by dining at the restaurant, the girls were able to support their school PTA by donating a portion of their meal cost to the school.

As a side benefit for the kids, there was a balloon man on site making cute animal characters for all patrons! Sierra got a cat, and Audrey got an owl balloon!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

On our trip to south florida, we took a night yo enjoy the beach. It was pitch black, but it was wonderful to feel the sugar sand beneath our feet and feel the warm water splash up our legs!

lWhen leaving, we found a slew of palm trees with fresh fallen coconuts to bring back to the girls!


As a surprise for the girls, we left them surprise lego gifts for being good girls with their Gigi!

They were giddy and excited when they discovered the lego present was the blue water dragon!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

BFF Facials!

Sierra loves our neighbor Evelyn. She us 9 and Sierra is 8 snd they have so much fun together. This weekend they went swimming, rode their bikes, played legos, painted and last, but not least, they had a spa day and gave each other facials!

The Biggest Ice Cream Cone...

After dinner on friday night, we fiund an icecream shop that served huge soft serve cones and rolls them in sprinkles! The girls were very happy with their choices!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fishing in our Backyard

When we arrived back home after evacuating from Irma, our yard was filled with flood waters! It was a rushing river and had the appearance of a lake! So instead of fretting, we went fishing! We didn't catch anything, but it sure was fun practicing our casting and reeling skills.

Baby Squirrel

Before hurricane Irma hit, we evacuated to Winter Springs to get out of the storm path, but we ended up closer to its path! All nigh long we heard branches and pinecones hitting the roof and we lost power, but at least we were asleep.

When we woke, there was a lot of debri in the yard, so we started the clean-up. While raking the backyard, a baby squirrel found it's way to my leg to try to keep warm. It had evidently fallen out of it's nest and lost it's mother! The girls helped take care of it by crushing acorns for food and making a beautiful, mossy bed as a place to keep warm. The squirrel was crying for its mother, so we hope they reunited that morning!

Daddy loves Chloe

During the hurricane, daddy took good care of Chloe. He made sure to keep her away from the windows and he played with her a lot so she wouldn't be scared.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

We Lost Power During Irma

Just as we were watching the news around 10:00pm, we lost power. With the wind whipping and the rain coming down hard, we decided to get ready for bed. The girls were so good and after brushing their teeth, thry jumped into bed and started reading stories by flashlight.

By the time we wake, Irma will have passed. We hope all goes well through the night!

Safe from Hurricane Irma

As hurricane Irma plows through Florida, it is spawning tornado warnings all across the state. We just got the warning alarm for our area, so we practiced our tornado drill by jumpung into the bathtub!

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Art of the Brick

Today we went to a Lego exhibit in downtown Tampa called, "The Art of the Brick." The girls said it was the best museum they had ever been to! We saw famous works like Der Kiss, the Scream, the Mona Lisa, Rembrandt's self portrait and many more works of art created in Legos!

Sierra's favorite was a giant pencil writing the word fun illustrating that creating is fun. Audrey's favirite was a flowing red dress.

At the end of the exhibit, the girls got to play with legos amd make their own beautiful art.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


The girls love our neighbors, Sophie and Evelyn. Today, we invited them over for a Lego and a painting party! They all made beautiful art!

Music Lessons

The girls love their misic lessons and practice often. Audrey alteady knows a song by heart snd Sierra was menorized seversl, including "Smoke on yhe water", snd her favorite, "Spy hunter".

Birthday Wishes!

On Wednesday evening, we celebrated with family gifts. Gigi bought dresses for the girls so we had a fashion show.

Then, after dinner, we had a red velvet bundt cale compliments of Gigi! The girls were so excited to eat the luscious, moist cake! And, after making a heart felt wish, I hope my birthday wish comes true!