Smurfette for President

Saturday, July 30, 2016

When I was a little girl, the above poster hung in my room. Even after I replaced it with Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, it had a message that always stuck with me. No matter where you fall in your political views, there is no denying that history was made on Thursday when the first female accepted the nomination for president. 

I am proud to support Hillary Clinton and she will have my vote in November. I am not pretending to know all of the facts about her email scandal, the Benghazi attack, or the criticized issues surrounding The Clinton Foundation. I understand she is a person with faults.

I admit that I got caught up in the media representation and it was a long road before I could declare #imwithher. After watching her speak on Thursday it hit me that this a woman who has devoted her entire life to public SERVICE. While there will never be one person that I will agree with 100% on every issue, I can't think of anyone (male or female) more qualified to lead our great country.  

Forf of July

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I came home from our Forth of July weekend in Sea Island (a tradition I love) with the understanding that this was possibly the last time that Duncan will be calling it the "forf" of July. My baby is growing up. Here are some highlights from our time at the beach...

Our week started like this...

And pretty much stayed with the two of them together all week (adorbs)

Snowcone Time

Sharing with Baby Francie (of course)

Group Shot with the Cousins


Looking cute

Looking silly 

Ready for Daddy to come home (he was at a conference in Cali)

Stars and Stripes and Donuts!

Taking a little trail ride with Jack Frost

Swim time with Daddy


Shuffle Board anyone? 

Beach Club

We love Kate!

Waiting for the parade to start...

Selfie Time


Impossible group shot

Just waiting for someone to put candy down his shirt

We are family are tall

Her happy place

Smile for a Mile




Mother and this pic

Duncan: What about we blow this popsicle stand? Francie: Word

Happy Birthday America!!!!

Key West

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A few weeks ago we headed down to Key West. We were visiting friends we met through the Bridges to Fort Campbell program started at Kentucky Country Day School. Our friends just had their eighth child (seven boys and one girl) about four months prior. I am going out on a limb to say that it was one of the most relaxing and fun weekends we have had in a long time. 

Sarah (the mom), was talking about how people will just say anything when you are having your eighth child...she said that one mom said to her "well, you will have this potty training down because you are an expert". She told me this statement frustrated her so much because EVERY child is different and while it was easy with some it was unpredictably difficult with others. I loved her honesty about not having all of the answers and questioning how they could really have "child experts" in the world. Her point was that she was no expert, but boy did she and Doc know how to make some beautiful children! 

Upon arrival, some of the children were reading books while others were cleaning the kitchen. In another scenario the seven-year-old (yes, that is Wip's age) was folding and putting away towels. I talked with the seven-year-old at length about how television never portrays boys taking care of and loving babies, it is always little girls that have the role. He felt this was unfair because boys enjoy babies just as much as girls (yes, it was deep). Another bragging (aka adorable moment witnessed) about this family was that EVERYONE loved the baby. It did not matter if it was the 15-year-old changing a diaper or the 2-year-old giving the baby a kiss on the forehead. That baby was being loved on all of the time...and it sure did melt my heart. 

The weekend culminated with a celebration of promotions for Doc and his buddy. The children babysat the other children so the adults could enjoy a night to say we did. We went to a bar that allowed us to listen to live music, dance to hip hop, sing karaoke, and made for some fabulous people watching. We had a blast. 

On the way home we stopped in The Moorings Village & Spa  to check out where they film Bloodline (one of our favorite shows). A sweet lady came up to our car and in a very polite way said: "I know why you are here, and I am sorry but this is private property"....DENIED! What we did see was GEORGOUS...beautiful backdrop for good people that did a very bad thing:) 

Doc sent us newspaper clippings before we arrived which just made us feel even more welcomed!

Future is so bright...

Made it!

So many roosters!

Riding the train through Key West

Toot toot!

Southernmost Point Buoy

Orange Fizzy time!

My boys and me. 


Found a bar...lets check it out

Star Wars bar...right up our alley

Rock Em' Sock Em' Robots, anyone? 

Goose and Maverick 

Parents Night Out

Will you please just notice the preciousness of this dolls, thumb sucking, snuggles...I can't take it.


Silly time

Tent time

Key West = Key Lime Pie (Wip gets photo cred) 


Climbed a lighthouse

Party like it is 1999....or like you are in Key West 


Cut that cake