Sunday, September 27, 2015

2015 Hot Air Balloon Festival

Growing up in Michigan, the annual hot air balloon festival was a highlight of my autumns. It's been a sad 7 years since I've been to another. Well, it turns out that there was a huge hot air balloon festival just a little ways away from where we now live in Louisiana!

I was so excited to share this fun activity with my little man cubs yesterday.
They got to pick out one carnival ride, they picked out an alligator "roller-coaster."
My dirty, happy Bear with his "peacock" hair.
Just a small section of the air balloons! Justin counted twenty before we had to leave, and they were still blowing them up!
The boys were hiding under our umbrella chairs: aka, mama was getting goosed.
The best family photo we have gotten in a while! Too bad it's a selfie. Haha.

We are looking forward to next year already.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jonah's First Day of School (PreK3)

Well, today was the day. It was my first born's first day of school. It was strangely hard to let him go. I knew it was the right thing, he was SO ready for school, and it's only 3 hours two days a week, but it was still a big deal to me.
The classic mom photo...
Saying goodbye to my man cub in the drop-off line.
Levi and I on a coffee date since brother was not with us... He loved having his own "coffee" with sprinkles.

While Jo was at school, Levi and I went to get coffee, and then he "helped" me clean the house. Then it was cuddle time. It was a pretty good morning.

After I picked him up from school, Jonah was tired, dirty, but I could tell he had fun. He told me he missed me, but that he wanted to go back. That is exactly what I needed to hear.

So here is to our new adventure!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer 2015 (Picture Dump)

This was our first summer in Louisiana, and man, was it HOT. At one point, the temperature got up to 114 degrees, with over 90% humidity. Yeah, we did not leave the house that day.

Even with all the crazy heat and humidity, we managed to have some fun.

First New Orleans Zoo Trip:
Levi's favorite, the flamingos.
Jo's favorite, the elephants.

Family Beach Trip:
Justin took us all to Orange Beach for a long weekend in May. We were celebrating mother's day and our 6 year anniversary.

Nana Lynne & Cocoa Papa Visit:
We toured a few plantations when Nana & Papa came. Here is my favorite: Oak Alley.

Our Disney Trip (with Nana, Papa, Aunt Sarah, and Uncle Ryan):
Prince Phillip getting kisses from Aurora

Levi posing as Gaston, and loving it.

The boys saying hello to their hero again.

Our family photo.

Michigan Trip:
Airplanes! Levi's first flight, and Jo's second.
Playing at the same park Justin and I grew up playing at.
Riding Grumpy Grandpa's 4-wheeler, and seeing his chickens.
Jo went fishing with Uncle Adam. Didn't catch anything, but still had fun!
Playing with rocks on Mackinaw Island.
Had to take a picture by Biddle House on Mackinaw Island. 

My sweet Jonah Bear starts school (Pre-K3) next week, and I'm kinda having a tough time with it... It's not only the end of summer, but it feels like the end of something bigger too. I guess a new beginning needs an ending to start from.