Friday, December 30, 2011

Late Honeymoon!

St. Augustine Beach, in front of our hotel.
At the top of the Anastasia Lighthouse, 219 steps later!
On the Pier in St. Augustine!
Anastasia Lighthouse from our cruise boat through the channel!

Brian and I got a chance to sneak away for our honeymoon last week, since my kiddos were in Iowa for Christmas Break. WE went back to St. Augustine, where Brian proposed and stayed in a hotel on the beach. 3 days of taking in the sites, walking on the beach (day and night) and playing in the waves! WE had a wonderful time and it was a great way for us to reconnect and take time for us as a couple! I love my husband!

Friday, November 25, 2011

I am Thankful!!!

I have so many things to be thankful for this year. It truly has been a wonderful year with a lot going on. So let's start off with just a few of my favorite things. I am thankful for my bio-grandmother and bio-sister being able to find me this summer. It has defiantly completed a chapter in my life that I was unsure would ever be solved. Now, I am excited to finally be able to meet these new people in my life in person! I am thankful for my children, and how they push me to be a better mom. I am thankful to my mom and dad and sister that I left back in Iowa and Minnesota! They are my support team and I love them very much! I am thankful for the new family that I married into. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for such a loving husband who makes me feel special even when I don't deserve it!!! I am mostly thankful to my heavenly father who made this all possible. Who continues to push me and hopefully one day I will do his plan some justice!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Busch Gardens...

I love how Riley is totally ignoring me to check out the map!
Just part of the family, monkey all the way!
Family photo for Fall...

The month of October was pretty busy for us! We are all about adventures down here! Since Brian works for Sea World we get access to the other parks, so we went to Busch Gardens for the day. Pretty awesome!!! Mckenzie is definitely my thrill seeker and would get very frustrated that she was to small to go on the roller coasters. Riley, on the other hand preferred the ground! I'm hoping one day he'll enjoy them! We got to see lots of cool animals too!

Camping in the wild...

The springs... about 72 degrees all the time! Crystal clear and gorgeous!

The coolest old tree we saw... They get so big!
The kids, all ready for the night.... guess they won't get lost!
The springs...

LOL- ok, when I imagine camping in the wilds of Florida, I imagine the swamps, tangling with alligators and maybe a bear or two! We took an adventure to the wild side in the Ocala National Forest last month. We stayed at the Salt Springs which was a gorgeous park. We didn't see any alligators but we did get a chance to see some wild turkeys and buzzards. Almost feed my kids to the buzzards but the biggest mosquitos you have ever seen got to them first, and well me too!

Friday, October 7, 2011

From sea to shining sea!

Gulf of Mexico, Fort Desoto Beach in St. Petersburg! Mckenzie could not keep away from the water...

Daytona Beach, the pier is in the distance, while the kids walk on the beach!

Riley enjoying the waves in the Gulf! Poor kid threw up 5 times because he kept drinking the salt water by accident...

Me at St. Augustine Beach, This picture was taken miutes before Brian proposed to me...

The one thing I love about Florida is the ocean! It is amazing at how much water is here! WE have had a couple of adventures, and I am addicted! We have gone to St. Augustine, Daytona Beach and St. Petersburg. It is all so beautiful!

Wedding day and everything else in between...

Brian and I at St. Augustine Beach, Florida where he proposed to me! So romantic...

Brian and I on our wedding day, Aug 2, 2011-Nauvoo Temple.

Our special day... come true!

Engagement photo!

So, I have been pretty busy in the last six months. Let's go back to April, I mentioned in my previous post that I had met someone and I would be visiting him in Florida. Well, I did and he proposed! lol- needless to say I said yes!!! WE got married on August 2nd, in the Naovoo Temple. It was amazing. 3 days later, with my stuff packed in a moving van and my kids in the backseat, we moved to Ocoee, Florida. This is located west of Orlando. My husband's name is Brian Terry. Yeah, so I am a Terry now! Still surreal, but we are getting used to it! Brian has 2 little girls of his own. Our youngest kids are a week apart, so 2 three year olds-if you could only imagine! and then Riley my oldest and his oldest, Becca are 10 months apart. Nice! We have barely begun our adventure together, but already we have had a blast and we can't wait to see what life will bring us!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New things...

New things are coming... There is change in the air and it's only going to get better! For those who are not aware I met someone. His name is Brian, and he is my heart's choice! We met in October, online, through LDS Planet. He is from Florida, so to be honest I didn't think much would come from this, but we began emailing and then talking on facebook and then finally on the phone. 3 weeks ago, after we talked for 3 months we met for the very first time. He flew to Iowa and we spent an amazing 4 days together. I took him to Nauvoo, his first time ever! And Carthage. We spent a morning at the Iowa Science Center, and just spent every waking moment together. In April, I will be going to Florida to spend 4 days with him. It is amazing at the way our lives seem to take a turn and surprise us! Meeting Brian has been a life changing experience for me and my heart swells at the thought of him and our future together. I can't wait...