A summer walk

I woke the girls up an hour early this morning. I told them they had 20 minutes to eat and put some sneakers on. We were going for a walk. Just us girls 🙂 and guess what! They enjoyed it and so did I!!

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Thanks for the good idea, Jon! (All photos taken with my iPhone)

Hiking

Jon and I started walking and hiking back in March. Every week my friend Kristen and I would send each other pictures of our hikes. She motivated me to workout all spring. So it’s only natural that I thought of her many times during my hike in St. Maarten. I can’t wait to show her these pictures:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

A view of the hill from my room:Image

My St. Maarten Favorites

This trip was my 4th time in St. Maarten. Over the last couple of trips we definitely developed some favorite spots. 

Rima’s is our favorite “junk” store. We were very sad to hear that it’s closing at the end of August. We had to stop in one more time before we left to get some more bargains :Image

My favorite spot to have dinner is at the Lolos. The view is quite beautiful too:Image

The ice cream at The Carousel is out of this world delicious! We had to stop there a few times too!Image

Sunset Bar is a FUN place to go and watch the planes! The frozen margaritas are an extra treat:ImageImage

This was the first time we went to Mullet Bay Beach and it was AMAZING! There were hundreds of fish swimming around us! The kids had a blast feeding them bread. Well everyone except Emma. She was a little freaked out about it. There were stingrays swimming around us too! Image

Snorkeling is Chloe’s new favorite thing to do:Image

Relaxing on the deck and taking in some of the views:ImageImage

No matter where we go or what we do as long as I’m with them it’s one of my favorite spots in the world:Image

Travel Day

I’m really lucky that my kids are good travelers. We woke up at 2:30 am to go to the airport and look how happy she is:

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Jon did help entertain her in Puerto Rico:

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Almost there:Image

First steps in the Caribbean Ocean:

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On our deck getting ready to swim:Image

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We had a slight delay in Puerto Rico which made a long layover even longer but it was a really good travel day. After enjoying their first swim we went back to grill some hamburgers. Everyone went to bed early, excited for what the week would bring. I took over 600 pictures and lots of videos that I plan on sharing this week.

Our Town’s 4th of July Celebration

About a month before we moved to town I heard what a big deal the 4th of July is around here. There’s a big parade, a town cookout and then a big fireworks show. I remember wanting to rent a hotel up here so we wouldn’t miss it. Unfortunately we had other plans that weekend and had to wait an entire year to participate in the fun. For the last 6 years we have sat in the same spot at the parade with the same group of people. The girls have such a great time! Every year I take tons of pictures of these kids all sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the parade to begin. There were a few families missing this year but we still had a great time. After the parade we came home to swim for a few hours, it was SO hot out there! Then we headed over to a friend’s house for a cookout and waited for the fireworks show. 

Lucy and her parade candy bag:Image

Waiting for the parade to begin:

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Lucy with her dancing partner and idol, Allie:

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Doing the locomotion with her friends:

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Until next year:Image 

 

4th of July

The 6 of us ended up spending the day at home this year. And what a great day it was! Jon and I  spent the entire day in the pool playing with the girls. Emma had to work for a couple of hours in the late afternoon but once she got home we made s’mores in the driveway and hung out outside again until the mosquitos got too much to handle.

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Summer moments are the best!