Florida already seems so far back! I miss spending time everyday on the beach and having Anabelle run around in her swimsuit morning and night! I think I love morning coffee and evening sunsets on the beach pretty equally. So here’s another batch of Florida photos as I sit here on a chilly morning in a zip up with a warm cup of coffee.
She wouldn’t take a photo with me, so this was the best we got…
Mother’s Day was wonderful! The middle got a little rocky there emotionally for me, but I’m pretty sure you can just blame that on my pregnancy hormones Kevin’s parents spent the morning with us, Kevin spoiled me after Mass, and then we had a late brunch at my parents. And then while Anabelle napped, Kevin and I did one of my favorite pass times. We played cards. No tv, no phone, just him, me, a little drink, and a fun game. Due to the fact that I’m a pretty ugly cryer and Anabelle was anything but cooperative while we tried to get a family photo, I opted out of taking photos throughout the day and instead soaked in the love, and hugs, and flowers, and good food.
And for extra enjoyment since I didn’t document the day this year, her is my first Mother’s Day pregnant and my first Mother’s Day with Anabelle!
A Portrait of my daughter every week, once a week, in 2015.
Anabelle: She picked her jacket and her favorite hat for a beautiful Spring day.
I totally almost forgot to post about my birthday. May, so far, has just been an absolute whirlwind. April flew by thanks to vacation and May seems to be flying by just as quickly. Three days after returning home from Florida, I turned back around and left for Chicago to attend a classical Pilates conference! It was awesome! I got to take a workshop from Jay, who took from Joseph Pilates before he passed, and I got to take from lots of Romana’s students! Romana also learned straight from Joe, but she recently passed. The last day of the conference was my birthday and because I was still in Pilates land, I even kept forgetting… I came home late to a beautiful bouquet of flowers, my favorite chocolates and some wonderful cards! And then the next couple of days were spent with random presents and individual celebrations. Kevin and Anabelle and I grilled out for my official birthday dinner. (Snacks in the car on the way home from Chicago totally didn’t count.) And believe it or not, I didn’t even eat the burger we grilled… I totally pigged out on the bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed jalapenos that I made last minute! For lunch the next day, Bernadette and I went out for waffles. (These photos are from right before we left.) Neither of us usually eat gluten, but we kept hearing amazing things about The Taste of Belgium and decided that my birthday was the perfect excuse for an exception! And oh boy it totally was! We both even bought extra waffles in the spur of the moment to take home totally forgetting that it was supposed to be a one time exception… And my rug. We finally ordered it and it finally came! A big birthday/Christmas/Valentine’s Day gift and I love it!
Whenever we vacation to the beach, I always like to spend as much time on the beach as possible! I don’t plan any outings figuring that when it rains and we are looking for something to do, we will have plenty to choose from. The weather man was calling for rain almost every day so I figured we’d have lots of days when we’d be looking for something. But believe it or not, we managed to go to the beach for at least a little while every single day we were there! So I have mostly just beach photos from our trip that I’m slowly working through editing…
We were lucky enough to be able to spend a solid week and a half in Florida! And we kind of divided it up into segments. For the first couple days we were there, we had some friends stay with us! We had so much fun last year that we had to do it again! And Anabelle just had the best time dragging them around getting them to do whatever she wanted. She loved playing with everything on the beach and took turns taking one of us to chase the birds, another to take her running in the waves, another digging in the sand, etc.