Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Day of School for Finn

Friday was Finn's last day of 1st Grade.  While he looks thrilled, he is really quite bummed about leaving Ms. Brigstock's class.   Sam does not graduate from K4 until later this summer.

He has grown so much this year - check out those long legs!

Michael, Gran and I attended the awards ceremony.  Finn made all As this years so he made the "A Honor Roll".  He also received an award for receiving 100s all year in his Bible Class.  I was very, very proud of him. 

After the ceremony the boys went home with Gran while Michael and I went back to work. 


Finn and Sam give Will absolutely NO personal space whatsoever.  They are always in face yelling and grabbing on him.  For a few minutes he will tolerate it.

Then he gets mad and starts swinging those arms.  I have warned both boys that they deserve whatever Will dishes out. 

Last Thursday was Finn's field day.  He wasn't too excited about it because he didn't get to participate at all.  He was even more upset by the fact that he only came home with a "participants" ribbon.  I guess Finn expected to get a ribbon for "Best Score Keeper." 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Welcome Home

On Monday we packed up and left the Keys.  As always it was a sad moment for me.  I hate leaving vacations.  I took a few pictures of the property and then hopped in the rental car with Emily and Zac.

We stopped for lunch at Alabama Jack's again on the way to the airport.  It took 45 minutes for our food to arrive so I was scared that we would miss our flight.  Well, we didn't. We arrived in plenty of time to catch our very bumpy flight home. 

Once in town we went straight to Sea Star to meet Gran and the boys.  I was so excited to see them.  They seemed really excited to see us too. 

Sam was in the middle of swimming lessons, so he missed the picture. 

After class we got a quick bite at Casa and then we went back to the house. 

We showed the boys the shells we collected. 

And we gave them their t-shirts. 

Thank you Gran and Nana for keeping the boys so that we could have such a nice vacation.  

Last Day in the Keys

On our last day we woke up early and met everyone for breakfast at "Blue Heaven."  It is an outdoor breakfast spot famous for their pancakes.  It definitely lived up the hype. 

After breakfast Michael, Zac, Emily and I walked back to the hotel and spent out last day at the beach.  Around midday we hunted for shells to bring back to the kids. 

That evening we went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant on Duval street.  On the way back we took a look at the side view mirror on the rental car. Zac was sure that it had been swiped by a bicycle.  Emily assured him that the mirror was made that way.  Long story short - Emily was right. It was a glorious moment. 

Next we all went back to our hotel to take in the night.  We sat in front of the fire pit on outdoor couches and talked until well after dark. 

Here we are taking advantage of someone else's wedding venue. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wedding Day

May 20th was the big day.  Our day started out at the pool.  It was so hot.  I think that I reapplied 70 SPF every hour and still burned.  We spent more time in the pool and less time laying out. 

When it got unbearable, we went down to the ocean.  This is the only spot on the beach that was seaweed free  - so we claimed it as our own. 

The boys reading.  They spent much of their day reading.  Zac read an action/fantasy book that had a cover that looked like a romance novel.  Lauren's dad actually asked me if he was reading a romance novel, to which I said, "of course."  Michael brought one of his devotional books.  I listened to my audiobook. 

While we were lounging, the wedding party was getting ready.  Lauren invited us up to the room to get ready, with the girls.  M.J. and I went up for a few minutes to see how everything was going and swipe some food.  They were unsurprisingly very busy, so we went back down to the pool to cook our internal organs a bit longer. 

Here is the finished result! Everyone looked beautiful. 

At around 5:00 we taxied over to Zachery Bryan State Park - the wedding site.   After the taxi pulled off we realized that some of Lauren's wedding stuff was still in the back - so Zac ran down the taxi. 

The wedding site was beautiful.  We thought that we would roast in the sun - but the breeze kept it nice and cool. 

While waiting, we took advantage of the scenic backdrop. 

We did shots with and without the glasses.  The glass makes everything better!

Then it was time for  professional pictures to start. 

After pictures we settled in for the ceremony.

Zac having a terrible time. 

Lisa and Dee-Dee.

Gina told us to take pictures during the ceremony.  This was right before the ceremony started.  You can see that we are all in our "Key West Fest" glasses.  Eddie made to the wedding.  He rode his bike from Sparta and got in late the night before. 

The wedding party walked to "Africa" by ToTo. It was awesome!  Everyone next to me was softly humming.  Definitely one of my all time favorites. 

Dad performed the ceremony.  He did a great job.  He worked so hard on his speech and I was really proud of him.  

Lauren walked to "Blessed Assurance." 

The ceremony was beautiful and Lauren looked so pretty!  She appeared so calm and happy all day.

Not to make it all about me, but M.J. and I did make the ceremony speech.  Wh-What!

Changing back into his Crocs after the ceremony. This is comparable to us girls changing out of our heels except Dad was already in flats.  He hates flip flops. Everyone in the wedding party wore Kinos.  


Everyone was so much more relaxed after the ceremony. 

Michael and Eddie grabbing the flowers for the reception.  At one point during the ceremony, the wind almost swept this cabana into the ocean.  At the last second, the best man reached over and held it still. I was a little nervous that if the cabana went sailing into the water, it would've taken dad with it. 

We rode the "Conch Train" over to the Audubon House for the reception. 

Michael and Zac took the van over - so they beat us there by a few minutes. 

Our guest book entry.  I probably should've thought that one through a little bit better.

One of my favorite pictures of Michael.

The reception was great! It was outdoors in and different gardens on the property.  The food was fantastic! My favorites were the "hotpot" and the fontaines. 

Holding down the "kid's table."  By the time we were ready to eat, all of the tables were full, so we found a small table tucked away and  set it up with the rest of the grown up tables.

This was our "bit" all week.  In no way did we feel "jilted" - we just had fun playing on the stigma of the wicked stepsisters. 

I had so much fun with Emily! It isn't often that we get to hang out so much. 

It was also great to have Elaine with us.  She is so much fun. 

The cake sat unattended for way to long to avoid shenanigans. 

The night ended with dancing.  This was my favorite part! Even Dad was in on it.  We got down - no really we did!  Zac and I tore it up! 

Conch Republic!

This depicts me keeping the beat to Sweet Home Alabama with a conch shell and piece of greenery. 

Our "air band's" take on Bob Seger.   

I can't say for sure what is going on here. 

On the way home we stopped to climb the famous tree.  I expected police to jump out of the bushes and cite us at any minute.

I think that I can safely say that this was the best wedding I have ever attended! Thank you Lauren and Ryan for the invite and for having your wedding in the Keys! 

Thanksgiving 2017

 The Begley crew arrived at Nana and Papa's house on Wednesday night around supper time.  We unpacked and set the boys up in their new ...