Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review: The Vow

I love reading a good book, and its even more special to me now that I have less time to read with a baby at home.  I love that the movies have been coming out with lots of great movies based on books and if you are anything like me you want to read the book before you see the movie...  I put off seeing this film when it came out just so I could read it first! 

The Vow is a book (and movie) based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, a special couple, who encounter a terrible car wreck early in their marriage.  The book gives lots (and I mean LOTS) of credit to God, and how he was able to save them and their marriage.   I love when things are in the public media that are focused on God and faith in God.  
I don't want to give away too much of this book but it was GREAT.  The Vow was a very quick read for me- super easy to follow and very heart warming as well.  It made me examine my own life, marriage and what is important to me.  
The beginning chapters spend lots of time setting up the accident and what happens after the accident.  The only thing that I would have changed about this book is the ending- I wish that there would have been more details and more time describing the "ending" (hello! I can't tell you! :) just in case you haven't read it! ha.)  Warning- have some tissue in hand while reading... there are some tear-jerkers for sure!  
Overall, I give The Vow 4 1/2 stars!
I loved this book and look forward to seeing the movie soon! 

Have you read The Vow? What did you think? 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Girly Girl Already!

this video almost makes me cry... why is she getting so BIG!?! I can't handle it! I took this video while skyping with my mom and sister today... :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Beach, Boat Rides, and Babies!

 This weekend we met up with some extended family and enjoyed a great weekend at the beach! Raleigh Grace had SO MUCH FUN hanging out and playing with her cousin (my cousin's son) Drew! They would carry on conversations- chatting away with each other, and they loved "playing together"- which usually consisted of TONS of toys scattered all over the floor and the two of them taking turns snatching the toys from each other's hands. Luckily... neither of them minded the other taking toys away but it was quite funny to watch them trading off ha! We went to the beach, rode the boat and had tons of fun! 

This trip Raleigh Grace actually SWAM in the OCEAN for the first time.  We took her out about waist deep (on K and I) and would hold her under her arms and she would kick, and kick, and KICK!  I would hold her for awhile and let her swim to Daddy, then he would hold her awhile and let her swim to Mommy! She still loves eating the sand and she even played with some sand toys (a bucket and a shovel) for the first time.  She loooved splashing in the water and even got DUNKED in the ocean- she held her breath and just popped right back up like nothing.  She truly is a water bug and we love that!  We would walk her around and every time she would turn towards the ocean and just walk right in.  We would have to stop her because it was like she had no fear of it at. all.!  K said he spent more time in the water this trip then he has the past few years of going to the beach.  

K and I also enjoyed some great time hanging out and talking in the little tide pools, while our family watched Raleigh Grace.  Saturday night when we had gotten back from a boat ride we were going to get ready for dinner and noticed a beautiful sunset so we went and "chased it!"  We were going to go to the BIG bridge and snap some pictures of it but instead we went to a little "park" and snapped some pictures- it was the same park that three years ago we took our 1st engagement pictures! What a special way to spend out "engagement anniversary!" (we celebrated more for it than our actual wedding anniversary ha!).  The sunset was truly spectacular- definitely one of the prettiest I have ever seen! 
view from our dock

at the park

stealing a kiss :) 
Saturday night we were so late getting ready that by the time we got to the Seafood Restaurant that we wanted to go to it was closed so we ended up at an island favorite- Sharky's! 

 little tiny foot prints on the dock (Drew's :) )

Sunday, we went to the beach and played more and took some fun pics of the kiddos on the beach.  Both babies even napped together for about an hour. It was the BEST sight this Mamma has ever seen ;) I kid, I kid. haha. 
Here are just a "few" pictures from our fun weekend! 

licking the sand and salt water off her face... she loved doing this! 

baby crack hehe & RG playing with her sand toys!

story of my life... hehe 

enjoying some Sunset Slush mango & blue raspberry-- lets just say she was NOT happy when she finished it!

best view in the world! :) 

 my favorite picture from the whole weekend!! Sums it up! :)

"Why can't I eat this shell mom?! I've been eating sand all day and you didn't mind." :) 

Then on our drive home Sunday night: another beautiful sunset then lightening illuminating the clouds!! :)

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