Holland Happening

Well....i took an unexpected break from blogging! Life has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks and i just haven't found the time or energy to write. We are alive and well......i just feel like all i do is run run run lately! =)

This past weekend we participated in the Holland Happening celebration here in the town we live in! It is a celebration of our city's Dutch heritage and is lots of fun!! Saturday morning there was the annual parade which we have attended every year since we moved here! I 'heart' parades...I love the atmosphere, the excitement and seeing the creativity that goes into so many of the floats! This year Colby actually got to be in the parade and he was super excited!!! He walked with Mooving & Grooving, which is a local fitness center for kids that he has been taking classes at for a couple of years! Brayden and i sat with friends to watch the parade and had a great time! The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we couldn't have asked for a better morning!

Me and Brayden watching the parade!

Colby helping hold the sign! (he is in green on the right!)

Later in the afternoon we went to the carnival so that Colby could ride a few rides! He had a great time but i forgot the camera so i didn't get to snap any pictures of the fun! It was a fun day and the boys slept GREAT that night! (a plus for mommy!!) =) Holland Happening is just one of the many things I will miss about living here.....it is a great little town and we really enjoy it!


Tip-Toeing Thru the Tulips

We packed up and headed off island to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this weekend!!! We had a wonderful time enjoying the gorgeous weather and rows and rows of tulips! I *heart* tulips and spending time with friends & family so I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to do both on a beautiful spring day!

Lil' Studs!

Friends make life sweeter!

Me & My lil men!

I truly felt God's love while taking time to enjoy the beauty of my surroundings this weekend! I am so very blessed to be surrounded by amazing friends and breath taking beauty and I couldn't be more grateful!

Drumroll Please......

Our next home will be.....


Ok.....we aren't going to be living "on" the beach but we will be moving to Florida!!! We feel incredibly blessed to have these orders.....it is exactly what we have been wanting! The news brings alot of mixed feelings....I'm sad that I will be leaving all of the wonderful friends that I have made here (and sooner than expected)...but excited to move to a new place, experience new things, and meet new friends!! I will no doubt miss the great northwest....it's beautiful and we have truly enjoyed our time here! But we will be a lot closer to our family and friends in Texas, and God willing we will get a break from deployment for a couple of years. Great news in our eyes....Pensacola....here we come!!


So Fortunate...

We have been so very fortunate the last few days to have my Mom (aka Granny) here to visit!! We've had all kinds of fun and while I wasn't great about remembering my camera the whole time I did manage to snap a few fun pictures!!

We went to Home Depot on Saturday morning for their monthly kids workshop! This month we got to make planter boxes!! So when we were finished we went and bought stain, paint brushes, planting soil and the boys picked flowers to plant in their boxes! We had such a good time building, staining, and planting!!

While we were picking flowers...I decided that I would finally plant something in the cutest planters that I bought on clearance a couple years ago and never got around to doing anything with! (That's right babe...I am finally using them!!) =) So I got some hyacinths.....they are gorgeous and smell oh so good!!

We did alot of showing Granny around the island...this is a gorgeous place to live!! My mom got lots of pictures while sight seeing but I, of course, forgot my camera. =( I did remember it when we went off island though! Granny treated the boys to Chuck E Cheese and we hit the nearest Harley shop to get Papa a souvenir!!

We also did alot of relaxing, watching movies and just enjoying spending time together!! I was blessed to have help around the house, help with the boys for a few days and a girls night out one night!! A couple of my girlfriends and I met at a local mexican restaurant overlooking the harbor and enjoyed dinner and drinks! It was a much needed break for all of us and we truly enjoyed our time!

Granny will be heading back home to Texas in the morning....=(. It has been a great visit and we have really enjoyed having her! Mom...thank you so much for everything while you were here! It all has meant so much to me and the boys have truly loved the time they've spent with you!! We can't wait to be able to see you again!!

So...not only does my Mom leave tomorrow but Colby goes back to school! It is time to get back to our normal routine and then some! The spring soccer season officially kicks off tomorrow with our first practice!!! We have so much fun with soccer....we have played on the same team for a couple of years now and truly enjoy all the team members. And this season we are lucky enough to have a couple of new kiddos on the team so we are looking forward to getting to know them! More to come as the season presses on....I will be sure to post updates and pictures! I am off to clean up for the evening and get ready to enjoy Big Brother!!! =)