Thursday, August 17, 2017

Visiting the pet store...

After guitar kessons, Sierra and Victor went to the pet store to play eith the animals. Sierra fell in love with a white baby bunny!

Afternoon Movie!

This past weekend, the girls enjoyed an sfternoon movie ar oyr neighbors house! Its so much fun to pull out the pillows snd blankets snd cuddle up for a good movie!

Pictured from left to right is: Jacob, Sophie, Evelyn, Sierra & Audr

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sierra Takes Guitar!

Sierra is so wxcited about taking guitar lessons. On her first day, she learned yo play Jaws and the Matador song.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1st Day of School

Today was the girl's first day of school at Cimino Elementary. They were excited, but also nervous about what the day would bring.

Sierra just got her spacers put in at the dentist yhe day before, and had difficulty talking, while Audrey was just worried about not having any friends yet!

We dropped them off at 7:45 with hope that the day gives them happiness, new friends and the love for school.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Victor!

This morning, the girls woke up early to wrap their daddy's birthday presents and to create magnificent cards! All it took was a whisper in their sleeping ears and the popped out of bed ready to start the day (I wish school days were this easy)!

Audrey added the special touches of orange icing to the top and sides of the cake to personalize it for daddy!

We opened cards and presents, then had a wonderfully delicious southern breakfast to start our day!

Gigi won the prize for most creative gift. She found an 80's glamour shot photo of me with big hair, earrings and a sparkly outfit to give to Victor! He loved it!

Our sprouts are growing...

Its almost time to transplant our sprouts into the Tower Garden! Harvesting fresh veggies are only weeks away!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Visiting Sarasota

After a night with friemds, we ventured out to St. Armond's circle. We walked around looking at shops and art, had lunch at Tommy Bahamas, then walked to Lido Beach for a dip in the ocean. The water was warm, and the undercurrent was extremely strong so we swam close to shore and searched for sea shells.

Audrey found sand crabs and periwinkles. She giggled with her sister about finding Perry, the perrywinkle, for hours! Sierra loved practicing her duck dives and back flips in the water. It was thr perfect day!

On our way home a rainbow greeted us at our exit!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Visiting a Dear Friend

On Friday, we drove to Sarasota to see a dear friend I hadn't seen in 12 years - Julie Milton. She was as beautiful, and as generous as i had always known her to be. We talked about all the experiences that had passed between us, right where we left off years ago. I was happy to introduce her to the girls. The girls met her puppy, Missy, and fell in love with her! We had dinner with her and her husband Ron's restaurant, Cafe L'Europe. Everything was delicious and the company was wonderful!

Friday, August 4, 2017

We Have Sprouts!

We are starting our Tower Garden again. To prepare, we planted 32 different seeds and after 4 days, we have sprouts! Some of the things we planted include: gourmet lettuce, arugula, spinach, chive, basil, cucumbers, artichoke, cherry & beefsteak tomatoes, sugarsnap peas, and bell & chili peppers.

In a couple weeks we will transfer the spriuted seedlings to the vertical garden to watch them grow and eventually bear fruit!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sierra Gets Spacers

Sierra's recent orthodontic consultation resulted in her needing spacers for her teeth. With good dental coverage, we decided to start her in the spacers to give her adult teeth more room to grow in. Her top inscisors were growing in behind her baby teeth causing her some discomfort.

According to the dentist, in a year, she will be ready for braces! Sierra is excited about her spacers and especially joining the "Cool Kids Club!" She recently wrote a story about losing one of her baby teeth.

After Sierra's appointment today, her daddy took her to breakfast at The Egg and I, then signed her up for guitar lessons after school!

Morning Errands

This morning, Audrey and I woke up early to run errands. We went to the UPS store, then to Sally's, and finally to the pet store. Audrey had fun playing with a cute, baby bunny she called, Cookie!

Falling From a Tall Tree...

Victor has been working hard around the house, maintaining the yard, trimming the bushes and pruning the trees. Last week, he was working on the tall, narrow palm trees in the back yard, when he turned the wrong way and the ladder started to spin stound the tree.

Without any way to stop the effects of gravity, Victor fell 20 feet to the ground in a loud thump! I was horrified as I watched. For a couple of minutes he didn't move at all. Then he grumbled in pain.

The next morning, we rushed him to the emergency room where they x-rayed and CAT scanned his entire body from head to toe. Miraculously, he didn't break or fracture any bones, and all his ligaments and tendons were in tact. The doctor said he was a "mass of contusions" and will be fine, albeit in pain.

We feel happy and thankful he will be fine with a little rest and rexovery time!

While waiting for Victor in the ER, i took the girls to breakfast at Village Inn to pass the time. When it was time to pick him up, we were surprised to see him in an arm cast, but the doctor didn't want him to injur it further. Obviously, Victor took it off the moment we got home!

Lego Dragon Fun

During Mimi's visit, she gave the girls a gift to their college fund with a little extra for themselves to spend. Sierra and Audrey were very excited about getting Lego kits, but the ones they really wanted were too expensive.

Then, Victor had to go grocery shopping so he took the girls with him. Checking to see if they had any toys, the girls were surprised and delighted to see the Queen Dragon's Lair lego set they wanted on clearance for 1/2 off! It was a miracle for the girls and they happily paid for the kit with their money from Mimi.

Sierra started making her dragon as soon as she got it and within a day and a half, had it completed. Audrey finished hers shortly after. It has been their favorite toy since Mimi left. They take the dragons everywhere!

Mimi and Henry

Mimi and Henry visited last week for six days. Each day they woke up early, sat or swam in the pool, and talked about life and all the interesting things goin on. It was a grand visit.

Mimi also brought Victor a wonderful gift for his birthday - a shadow box with his father's US Marshall badge and handcuffs! Victor was so very happy and surprised to receive it. She gave me one of her beautiful rings that Victor gave her long ago, which I will treasure gorever!

Mimi's Visit

This past week, Mimi and Henry drove from Louisiana to Florida to visit us. She brought gifts gor the girls which they were super excited to recieve! New clothes for school, college fund donations and toys filled each girl's personalized basket! Thank you so much Mimi!

Cooling off on a hot day!

Sierra jumped in the pool to cool off today! It was a steaming 90 degrees! She is getting really good at swimming. Yesterday, she swam the full kength of the pool underwater!

Lunch for Gigi

The girls decided it was time to give Gigi a treat! Around noon, they surprised ger with a special lunch made of a ham and cheese sandwich with crackers and a milkshake! Enjoy Gigi! We love you!

Sierra is climbing the walls!

Sierra is physical. Thst is a fact. She just discovered she can climb the walls!

We captured her in a photo climbing the wall near the play room. What fun it is to be 8!

Audrey's brace comes off!

Audrey went to the orthopedic doctor for her final check-up and he said she's healing fast. She doesn't need her boot anymore, but she has to wear tennis shoes.

it is a happy day in our house!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy July 4th!

To celebrate Independence Day, we lit sparklers, ate apple pie and went swimming!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Audrey's Left Foot

On Monday, the girls were playing and running around the house when it happpened - while running, Audrey missed the step to the main entry area and fell. Her toes bent under her foot when she landed and the outer metatarsal broke at the base. Her foot swelled up and turned blue immediately.

After the swelling didnt go down, we went to the doctor on Wednesday, got x-rays, and learned about the break. Friday morning, she saw the orthopedic doctor and audrey got her cute blue bravevwith whales on it.

She cried when it happened, but didn't complain at all after. She's so brave! Now she has to sleep with a boot for 6 weeks! The worst part of the diagnosis was finding out she couldnt go swimming!

Date Night at TopGolf!

Victor and I enjoyed a date night last week, so we went to Top Golf- a triple dcker golf range that serves dinner and drinks.

We had a great time playing snd just bring aline. Victor won the first round hitting any flag, and i won the next targeted round!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Happy Father's Day

For Father's day, we made a special breakfast for Victor and the girls presented him with beautiful artwork they made.

It was the perfect morning to a fun day with daddy!

That evening, we went to dinner at a local sushi restaurant, Victor's choice!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Playing Legos with the Girls!

The girls loved building lego creations with Gigi like an elf village, an alternate universe, fodget spinners, a wedding party, and a dolphin rescue mission by ship.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sierra Saves a Turtle!

Today while Sierra & Audrey were running errands with their Daddy, Sierra spotted a soft-shelled turtle on the highway. If it wasn't for her keen eyesight, the turtle would've been run over by a car!

Victor pulled over, picked it up amd put it in the back of his truck to return it to safety.

He and the girls let the turtle free in the backyard close to the river. While we were releasing the soft-shelled turtle, we found a tortoise laying eggs!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Audrey lost another tooth...

Last night Audtey was nudging her loose tooth, the lower left incisor, with her tongue when she pushed it too far forward and it tore the tissue. She was surprised and a little scared when it was just hanging there, but, Audrey was brave and hung in there for another day to see if it would fall out on its own.

Then today, she went to lunch with her daddy, and she accidentally swallowed it!

Once again, she was surprised and a little scared, but her daddy let her know that the tooth fairy was magical and would definitely find her tooth no matter where it was! That made her feel a lot better!

Tonight, before bed, Audrey wrote the tooth fairy a note, hoping she would understand! This is her 6th tooth she has lost so far and she hasnt even made it to 1st grade yet!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Flying to Florida

Were on our way to Florida! Audrey is so excited- this will be the first airplane ride she will remember! Very exciting times!

Denver Zoo Field Trip

On the second to last day of school, Audrey's class went to the Denver Zoo on a field trip. It was a beautiful and hot day. They saw the seals, polar bears, giraffes, elephants, and of course the new tiger exhibit!

Best of all, Audrey was with her friends, Bella, Annika and Iris! It was the perfect day!