A Quick Catch-up

Can you believe it's the middle of June already?

Our summer has been going really great. As you may have noticed I've been really quite the last few weeks.  Some of it has seen me wrapped up in the beginning obsession with tracing my family heritage. My grandfather turned 90 last month and it sparked a huge desire in me to learn where our family has come from. I've traced our line back to the mid-1700s so far and am waiting on physical documents before going any further. I've also started working on my husbands family line as a surprise for my father-in-law for Christmas. Searching through our respective family histories has quickly become a new favorite hobby.

The rest of my time away was spent in Fort Walton, Florida on vacation with my family, my dad with his family, and my in-laws with their family. In total, we had two condos, six adults, two teenagers, three preteens, and one toddler.  I somehow managed to make it through the entire eight nights and nine days on just one bottle of wine.

My step-brother Noah, Hayley, and Kyla

My niece Kendal enjoying her first time at the beach.

All joking aside it was a total blast and I got some quality time with my dad, something I don't get much of anymore.

Yes, my dad is as goofy as he looks. 

One of the best things about the beaches in and around the Fort Walton and Destin areas is how beautifully white the sand is and how amazingly clear the water is. For a short drive (around 7 hours for us) we can have a wonderful tropical feel without having to get passports.

This was about waist deep and you could still see all the way to the bottom. Just love it!
We've officially been home for nine days now and I think we are all finally settled back into the house, our normal routine and most importantly rested up. I don't know what is about vacation but that first week back I'm always exhausted.

The last few weeks have also seen a lot of reading. I'm plugging away at my 2019 book challenge and Hayley is expanding on the genre's she likes to read. Last month I picked out The Phantom Tollbooth and Doll Bones for her, one's a pun-filled fantasy and the other is a light young adult take on supernatural horror. She loved both and it's helped her to see there is more than graphic novels out there. When we got back from Florida she was begging to go to the library because she wanted to start Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief.

Y'all the fact that she picked this book out all on her own just thrills me. She's also decided she doesn't want to wait till we start school in the fall to start the first Harry Potter book and instead wants to read it after she's done with her current one. That is what we call a parenting win folks.

How is your summer going so far? Anything exciting or are you enjoying a nice peaceful summer at home?


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