{Still Here}

well not "here" obviously...
but here.
ya know what i mean.:)

december blew in with all it's usual chaos and to-do's wrapped in miracles and blessings.
throw in crazy winter storms,
two half birthdays,
surgery for dave (sinus...he's good!),
a cross country Christmas celebration,
a wham bam thank you ma'am trip to disney,
more time with family,
then a 22+ hour drive back home.

ahhh...that collective sigh of relief when we finally reached home safely...the last day of the year...but then we quickly remembered that welcoming oasis was still decked out in Christmas finery which was now mixed in with 15 loads of laundry and
luggage and
stuff and
Christmas gifts galore!:)


something had to give.
and luckily,
luckily, it was the computer.

fast forward 10 days and here i am.
staring at a blinking cursor trying to navigate this unfamiliar world again with about 700+ photos to go through and countless posts to catch up on. too much fun and love was had not to get it here. safe. so my memory doesn't have it's way with it.

so hold on friends for a plethora (love that word!) of way out of date backdated posts from me.
and please.
please, feel free to skip them all.:)
after all...who wants to read about Christmas now right?
but you may want to tune into the ones where the beach is involved...most of us could use a good dose of that about now am i right?!:)

have a happy day,


  1. I for one am looking forward to your 700 pictures and adventurous stories... bring it on! And Christmas, we could look at that all year! Welcome back friend! Happy New Year!

  2. Yes! What Tara said! And pleaseeeee don't think you have to comment on all my old posts. Just get your house in order and relax! I know you love me! : )

  3. I am glad you guys had such a wonderful break! I can imagine it can get a little crazy sometimes but...it sounds great. And I'm with everyone else...I look forward to the 7327427 pictures! :)

    PS. Another reason why I don't have a blog: I'd be posting pictures of Christmas in July - that's when I have time off ;-).

    1. thanks bee!!:)
      how sweet of you and you had me laughing with the christmas in july comment...that just might be me,,,you never know!:)
      and funny thing...your checking in on us comment on the last post came through as i was sitting here at the computer trying to figure out posting again...!:)
      have a happy day

  4. I hear ya, Cindy! Sounds like you're break was FILLED with amazing memories, though. So great! LOVE that beach shot!! Just gorgeous. Happy New Year!

  5. I love the holidays but I also love it when life gets back to a normal routine. Sounds like you had an eventful and happy break. Here's to the new year!

  6. Welcome back! Yes everything get very crazy during the holiday...It is hard to keep your head above water. I love the holidays but the first few weeks when everything goes back to normal and life slows down a bit is nice as well.

  7. I miss the beach. I'm longing for that gorgeous blue water! I'm so glad you guys had a good vacation!