It's Spring Break, baby! Exxxceeeeeeppppttt.....
The 4 little Fergusons already HAD their Spring Break with Grammy, while mom and dad were in Atlanta.
No worries! We have a plan......school as normal and then Uncle Chad, Auntie Lauren, the cousins and Nana are all coming down for a long weekend! YAY!
We had to scramble, but found a last minute adorable rental nearby.
We beat them to their space on Friday and used the code to get in and start making dinner.... a fiesta!!!
Instant Pot Carne asada, mexican street corn, fresh lime mojitos and a frozen layered fried ice cream dessert. YUMMO!
Street Corn Recipe
Fried Ice Cream Dessert
We had a nice time and the cousins loved getting to dig through the driveway to find the sea shells.....
The next morning, we met for breakfast at our favorite place, Der Dutchman.
Waited for the rain to pass, cut up a bazillion local strawberries, then headed to the pool all afternoon.
Dale made us yummy burgers and sides and the kids enjoyed the rv park golf course while we waited for dessert and games....
Have you ever played Tenzi? We picked up a couple sets of dice an some cards at Der Dutchman and were so excited to get to play.
It was a HOOT! We were in hysterics!
We all said our goodbyes and planned to meet (sans rain) at the beach for a day of fun in the sun!
We woke up to cloudy skies, but NO rain, so off to the beach we went. Chad's car full made it first and they found us a great spot right by the water....
Time for some Vitamin D & "Sea"
We picnic'd, read books, built volcanos and sand castles and had a ton of fun! The sun kept peeking in and out but it was a really nice day overall.
The sky got darker, the kids got redder and everyone was ready to call it a day. We headed to the showers and then over to Grammy Drea's house. She heard Chad's were in town and invited everyone, including my mom, to her place for dinner. What a blessing!
Dale started grilling and the kids started playing.....lots of fun things to do and see at Grammy's house!
It takes a special set of ladies to come together, as different pieces of the same family, in so many different combos and ways represented, to break bread and fellowship...💕
Grateful for an amazing night at Grammy's house with Nana and the whole gang!
God is so good. 🙏
Uncle Chad asked for a photo recreated.......2010, 2015 and 2019
Guess who got "the big one" out in the golf course lake after dinner?
This guy! He was so excited!
Our guests went home the next day. What a fun weekend!
Every year doTERRA invites their Silver and above ranked leaders to a leadership retreat on the west or east coast, to connect and learn together.
It has been held in Orlando, FL recently, but this year was in ATLANTA!
Atlanta is about 7 hours from here, so we packed up the kids to head to Grammy's for the week. Packed up ourselves for a looonnng car trip, grabbed our Hawaii themed leaders gifts and headed out! :)
We have a doTERRA friend living at the same RV park as us, heading to the same retreat, so we had her hop in. We picked up my momma in central Florida on the way through and made it a car full. Poor poor Dale, surrounded by women that have to stop to pee often, LOL! He did well.
We checked into our darling apartment on the top floor, grabbed some dinner right next door at Pho24, ate some amazing beef pho (pronounced Fhu), a bbq bahn mi sandwich and my favorite, bubble tea!
Wow, we got to enjoy quite the view!!!!
The temperatures were dropping rapidly and the wind chilled our bones, we knew before we headed out to the retreat tomorrow, we were going to need to try to find a scarf or hat or something.
Coming from Florida, we had NO warm clothes. Thank goodness, Drea had sent me with her sweaters and boots to borrow!!!!!!
We grabbed the car and headed to a cool 2 story Target. We didn't get very far, traffic was backed up like crazy. Apparently Bad Boys 3 is being shot on our block.
We only found a scarf, since they had all their swimsuits out instead, headed back home to call it a night and settle in for some good sleep...
I woke up out of my first sleep to a HUUUUGE explosion and rapid gunfire. I grabbed Dale's arm.
OH NO! I KNEW Atlanta was dangerous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dale ran out to the screened in porch. Traffic and people walked and continued as usual. Hmmm........
Then it hit us, OHHHHHHHHHHHH - THE MOVIE!
We found out they shut down the city streets from 7pm - 7am to shoot the movie.
The war zone continued every hour on the hour. This is NOT how I wanted to start a busy week!
Thank goodness for oils that support clarity and energy, because we needed it. We headed to register, see our team and get the day started. It love the energy of these big events!
We heard some company updates, new products coming soon and then Rachel Hollis BROUGHT IT...so good! We ended the day at the diamond banquet.
Thursday was jammed full of topical break out sessions, then doTERRA rented out the entire Atlanta aquarium for our Luau party. It was amazing! Loved getting to wander around and see all the exhibits!
The next morning we got to walk the stage as new Blue Diamonds. I am so beyond blessed and excited to be doing this with my best friend and moving up in this fabulous company to now represent the top 2%. God is so good!
We got out at 1 and went to Publix to pick up some food we ordered for our team to come hang and eat.....we would be leaving bright and early the next morning!
Silly Dale ;)
Well Atlanta, it's been amazing, but I am so happy to see my Florida home again and be 5ish hours away from home!
Guess who had so much fun at Grammy's they didn't even need us to come home!?
Haha, these guys. I am so glad they had such a great time. Grammy gave them a rave review, so let's hope they were as well behaved as she says they were. ;)
Check out all the fun adventures they had.
The beach, ice skating, putt putt, hibachi grill, a beach day, hair dying with Aunt Torrey....no wonder they didn't want us to come home yet! LOL :)
My mom and brother and the fam come down this weekend to hang out. I am so excited! :)
Time for a Florida update.....we have settled into a nice daily routine of school, swimming, dinner and bike rides with a lot of friends and fun in between.
This blog is a travel journal of sorts. A day in the life of the Ferguson family.
Today we will get all caught up on Valentine's Day, Tylan's 12th birthday, some road trips we took, and so much more....
When I last blogged, we were in Ocala to see Chad, before we left, we stopped by our favorite bakery for a "Betty Cake". (secret recipe famous cake, chocolate ganache & frosting amazingness)
It was a little too early in Feb to count this one for Ty's b-day and Valentine's Day was nearly 5 days away, but they personalize it for free, so I told Dale and Destiny to just have them do something fun......
Boy did they!!!! Check out what Destiny requested....
YES, you are reading that right.
Ty is a fart. Love, D
We all had a good laugh though until we were crying!🤣 Even Ty.
Cake was still delish! :)
We always like to have a fun Valentine's Day party and fancy lunch at 4 Oaks Academy school, and this year was no exception. The kids begged for it again!
Our craft time took an interesting turn! ;) LOL!
Lots of fun lunch preparations were made for this multi course meal....so I sent out crafters out to play until I called them in for lunch.
First course, they were served Raspberry Sweeties. You may remember those from the old blog, we got 2nd place in a Driscoll's raspberry contest with those. Super easy and delish!
Next course was chilled Strawberry Soup.
Then, Turkey Munster Sandwiches or Cream cheese Cucumber Dill, vegetable medley and sparkling juice. We got too full to get to the strawberry cheesecake pie I made......Maybe later!😋
Next on the agenda was a Scavenger hunt, they followed the picture clues to their CHOCOLATE treasure!
Last but not least, we headed outside to paint some rocks. We dubbed this our "love rocks" project. Get it? #loverocks
Once they dried, the kids rode all over the RV park hiding them and handing them out to the sweet people around the park.
This project was so fun we had to go to Lowe's and buy more rocks! All the neighbor kids wanted to help too! We kept the painting station out for DAYS!
Remember that yummy Valentine's day pie I mentioned? Here is the oh so easy recipe!
1 qt organic strawberry ice cream
1 box instant cheesecake pudding powder
1 oreo crust
Mix melty ice cream and pudding mix. Scrape into oreo crust. Fridge until cold and set.
Can be frozen for firmer texture.
It was so simple and SO yummy!😋💗
Tylan's birthday is the day after Valentine's Day, and we celebrate by having them be the KING of the day! We wait on them hand and foot, they don't have to do any chores and they get to pick a few gifts or an experience.
He turned 12 this year!!!
Ty picked going to a car museum with his dad, brother and friends from the RV park. But first, we met Grammy, Uncle Dan and Aunt Torrey for breakfast at Der Dutchman. While we were there, he picked a fresh made strawberry pie for dessert! It was a great day!
Uncle Daniel's 30th birthday was a few days later, so Grammy cooked up a scheme that involved us visiting him at his work. We jammed to the live music, played games, ordered pizza and got the band to sing him happy birthday! It was so fun.
Grammy got enough cupcakes to share, so the kids went around and passed them to hungry takers.
We had a blast!
We got to sneak up the gulf a bit to go see our beloved Mrs. B, Mr. B and the whole oiling crew up at Bay Aire RV park for lunch and then an oil class. It was so good to see our Ohio friends in sunny Florida and catch up!
They filled a GREAT class with a ton of happy oilers and future oilers. I think we had nearly 20 there!
And sweet Rebecca sent me home with the CUTEST Dorothy slippers to hang in the RV. We are the doTERRA Dorothy's from Kansas, you know! :)
The kids have made SO many neat friends here at the park, plus our buddies the Knights from Ohio that also do doTERRA are here as well. We are so enjoying this winter home! (here I was worried for nothing) God is good!
The RV park we stay at, has a huge pool, 2 hot tubs, mini golf, a park, amazing places to ride bike, fishing, a work out facility and so much more.
Here my buddy, Pax and I are, enjoying a little mini golf!
Lest you think RV life is all relaxation and roses.....we have had to fix a window, the washer and the toilet is up next once a part comes in.
Haha, big pieces in small spaces make it interesting to work on!
It's also been such a blessing to be close to Grammy so we can pop over for dinner and hang out often. Dad would be so pleased to know life and love and laughter live on despite his absence.
You know, I used to dread Mondays with hubby gone, big kids off to school and a busy scheduled week looming. 😫
Not anymore! So grateful for a leisurely life that includes my love and kiddos home with me!
I walked through the RV and this sight stopped me in my tracks and made my heart overflow with thanksgiving that my Heavenly Father gave me the dreams of long ago as my new reality.....
Praising Him continually!
Until next time.....