It has been a fun winter and time has absolutely FLOWN. It's time to say bye to Florida for now!
As it came close to our departure day, our list of "one more thing" & "one more time" grew......
*Eat Der Dutchman for breakfast, one last time
*Go to Mexican with Grammy, one more time
*Do an evening swim (we have meant to do that but just now getting it done)
*Final bike rides around the park
*One more fishing day
*One more afternoon at the pool
We ADORE Florida and hope to one day make it our home 5 or so months a year!
Traveling is too fun, I cannot imagine giving that up at this point. ;)
April 14th came and went without a blog, so late Happy birthday to Dale! Birthday pics in the slideshow along with some lizards, yummy food, pool day, Mexican night, bike rides......
We knew we had to hit the beach, one more time too, and dig our toes in the sand, so we did that before Easter weekend.....
It's just SO lovely here! The beach has this dreamy white sand and teal water. Nice and warm now!
Last Mexican night with Grammy and Uncle Dan, Aunt Torrey had to work. BOO!
The food was delicious as always and we had a great time!
I had a flashback of an old photo while the kids were hanging by the fountain. I found it on our old blog on the way home from dinner.....2014 & 2019
WHERE does the time go?
Aww, such sweet memories!
You know, our first winter down here, staying at a new place instead of at Papa's farm, was something we were anxious about.
But we needed not worry, God knew that we would make amazing new memories down south, too. And we cannot WAIT to come back and make some more......
Until then, we are on the road again heading NORTH to teach some oil classes!!!
Our FREE educational classes are in:
*Atlanta area: Buford, GA
- April 27 - 11 am
Birmingham, AL - April 28 at 3pm, April 30 - evening class time TBA
Huntsville, AL - May 2 & 3 at 6:30pm
Plain City, OH - May 7 & 10 @ 6:30pm
Findlay, Ohio - May 18 at 2 & 6pm
If you are close to any of those areas and want an invite, just say the word. I would love to connect with you! I will message you the address and as my guest, you will receive a FREE gift! :)
Did you have a Happy Easter? Celebrating a risen Saviour with you! What a precious gift, eternal life. We had a wonderful weekend!
First up, Family Fun Day on Friday....
Off to see Breakthrough, what a fabulous film of faith and the power of prayer. Cried the whole way through! It is a must see!
I am loving the theatre down here. We rarely budget to take the whole crew to a movie because for that price, we could just BUY it, right?!
it is only $6 a ticket regardless of when you go, or what ages, and it is a really nice reclining seat theatre to boot!
Some families dye eggs, we used to. NOT in the RV! LOL! This year we picked something different..... ;)
TIE DYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Outside. ;)
It was messy, our hands were many colors and several outfits had whoopsies. (nothing a little lemon oil couldn't get out, worked like a charm!)
Once we got out old lake swimsuits to wear during the rubber band clipping/rinsing process, I could relax a bit more. It took 2 days in all from start to finish, but in the end, cute and fun summer clothes can be enjoyed!
3 library bags, a ball cap, bandana, swimsuit coverup, 2 kitchen towels, and several t-shirts and tank tops were made before we ran out of dye.
It was a lot of fun! :)
Our church has several service times to choose from, and we like to go on Saturday night. Easter was a bit of a different schedule, so we went late Saturday afternoon, for the 4:00 service.
IT WAS AMAZING! Wow. SO powerful.
We had tickets for early entry so we got to skip some of the crazy lines. We are so thankful to have found a wonderful church home down here for the winters.
They closed out service with this amazing song........ CHILLLLLLLLS
With church done on Saturday, that left Sunday to sleep in, and have some fun before we had to make ham, cheesy potatoes, steamed green beans, etc. We had already made our dessert Saturday so it could get cold.
You might remember the recipe from our old blog, 4 little Ferguson's, all my favorite recipes are there and we use them every week! God is good to give me a digital cookbook for our simple living!
White Chocolate Lemon Blueberry Trifle
We use our doTERRA essential oils for everything! So instead of messing with the zest, we just added 2 to 3 drops of doTERRA's pure lemon oil to our fluff. YUM! You will love it!
Before it got too hot, we played a game outside, like Capture the Flag, except we did it EGG style. Each kid had to go get their 3 eggs, ONE at a time, without getting tagged and frozen by their opponents. We had a ball! Boys won round one, girls round two, then we mixed up teams and kept playing until we were too hot and hungry.
The night before, Dale and I stuffed 3 eggs with 2 kinds of candies from the local farmers market, and a $5 bill per kid. They don't get candy often, so we knew they might be more excited about that than anything. ;)
The girls found the CUTEST tablecloth, paper goods and even a matching pillow, for our outdoor dining area. We eat most our meals outdoors since we all fit comfortably at this big picnic table.....
Avery set the table so nice and made everyone a name tag. She placed some peeps at each spot.....somehow Paxton's didn't make it to lunch?! ;) It was all delish!
Boys headed to go fish and girls headed to the pool to read and relax the afternoon away.....
When the boys got home, we finished up our Easter celebration. We don't do easter baskets for resurrection day anymore, just simple things like a candy treat for our small RV lifestyle. So I hid their chocolate little bunny in the RV and each kiddo got a clue card where to find it.....
Can you figure out the clues?
They found them pretty quickly and then we played "Warmer" until they found the final gift. You know the game, cold, cold, colder, warm, warm, warmer, warmer, WARMER< BURNING HOT, you are on fire....depending on how closely they get to the hidden item?
Well, let's just say things got noisy when Dale started clanging and screeching like a broken fire alarm. They laughed and laughed as they hunted ALLLLL around him. Sneaky ol' daddy had his foot on the rug, on the movie the whole time. They were SO close the entire time they were searching!
We watched our movie, went on a family bike ride and called it a day.
Hope you all had an amazing and happy Easter!
So thankful for a Father who loved us enough to send His son that we might have LIFE...
Shop 'Til Ya Drop
I cannot believe how fast winter has gone! I guess poolside and bike rides make for a smooth transition from winter to spring? Time flies when you are having fun!
We took the girls to see the movie Unplanned with some friends of ours. It was gut wrenching and eye opening and a wonderful conversation starter.
We found an amaaaaazing church down here that we are so excited to plug in to, of COURSE, it's right before we go for the season, but at least we know about it for when we come back. AND, online church for travel days is always a plus!
Destiny has grown so much this season, taller then MOM by FAR, and literally outgrew all the things.
SO, we planned a huge girls day and hit the discount stores and the mall. Daddy took the boys fishing and told us to take as long as we like......aww, thanks honey!
Seven hours later, count 'em SEVEN, we were done! PHEW! That was HARD WORK.
We ended the day with some cheesecake factory. The girls have never been!
That's its for now! Our time here is rapidly coming to a close and while I am super excited to get back on the road, I am sad to leave this place that feels so much like home......
Florida life is a good life! We are so grateful to be here, just in time for Aunt Ashley's wedding to her fiance, Clay. We drove an hour and a half to go celebrate with them.
I packed up all our wedding clothes and decided to try curly hair. The bob side is getting longer now, and I hope to be able to switch things up once in a while! :)
Uncle Chad and Aunt Lauren let us use their hotel room to change and then we were off to the ceremony in the backyard of Ashley and Clay's lakefront home.
Everything was stunning!
Check out these cool seating areas!
The center aisle was totally dreamy.......
The ceremony was sweet, touching and funny.....and then, they were Mr & Mrs!
We ate yummy BBQ and desserts, and listened to incredible entertainers, sweet toasts and then the dancing began and lasted well into the night.
Congrats to the Clingerman's! Wishing you all God's best....
It's All About the Brows
You know these days, it seems to be all about the BROWS. Lashes too yes, but brows are back, baby!
I have always been blessed with long eyelashes, and at one point, full brows.....
But alas, as a teen of the 90's, it was NOT "in" to have bushman eyebrows.
IN FACT, we paid perfectly good money every month to have our brows waxed into tiny little strips and drew the rest in.
By the way, this is Dale and I the first summer we met. And the rose photo above is the night he told me he loved me for the first time. I told him I needed to think about it before I said it back!
Haha, what can I say?! I wanted to be sure!! :)
This is also the summer he sweetly asked to kiss me, and I said nope. I was waiting until I had a ring on my finger, and he said he thought I was worth waiting for.
AWWWWWWWWWWW, how tiny are we? Like 17-18? Haha, ah young love. :)
Needless to say, I have spent the better part of my adult life, drawing eyebrows into spaces that literally, no longer grow hair.
And when the bigger brows came fully into style, the time to draw them in, also grew.
It takes like 15 extra minutes on a "bad eyebrow day", and YES, when you draw them in, that IS a thing!
Soooo when my sis in law told me all about her new eyebrows and I got to see them in person, I knew it WAS TIME! It was PAST TIME!
I needed new brows. Hers looked SO awesome!!!!
It was time to go under the blade....
I made an appointment in Ocala, FL at Michelle's Glam Studio.
Michelle was kind and explained what she was doing to this newbie. She was meticulous in making sure I was happy with the shape and fade of my brows and touched up areas several times, until we both agreed, they were just right.
She did both microblading AND ombre powder, so it looked like real brows, but also had nice dark pigment like makeup covered brows.
Everyone wants to know if it hurts, right?
I have never had a tattoo in my life so I found it to be very strange. I could hear the needle scrape (Ewwww!) and the first passes didn't hurt at all, but after an hour of it, then 2 hours, it felt like razor blades and ombre powder pen were scratching and scraping sore, raw hamburger, skin.
She numbed it several times though, and that helped immensely!
My before and after on Michele's social media page:
The end result was the brows I had only dreamed of being able to draw in, and I get to wake up like this! No more spending 15 minutes trying to shade and draw matching 2 eyebrows in. I should've done this ages ago!
You let the first round heal up, follow her directions for cleaning & care, like no swimming, scrubbing, picking scabs etc. before going back for a touch up at one month.
I followed her healing directions to the T! Even buying a hat to hide my brows from the sun (they will fade), saying no to hot tub and swimming (hello! we live in Florida, this was hard!), and being extra careful in the shower not to get them wet.
They dried and flaked and it was GROSS. I was embarrassed to go out in public for a few days!! No wonder she says don't pick, it's tempting. But if you do, it pulls off pigment, and no one wants that!
Once healed, they looked nice, but see how they are a little pale in the middle-back arch where I have no hair left?
No worries, because remember, you go back in at the one month mark to refill all that.
My sis in law, Lauren, was scared to tell me that her touch up hurt badly, since she knew my first round was painful, but funny story......
I fell ASLEEP during my touch up, because it was just relaxing and didn't hurt at all!
Haha, guess I am opposite?!
I love the final results and this touch up round, I tried a new method my step-momma, Drea told me about, she said really coat the tattoo, or in this case the brow, with the little healing cream they give you and keep it moist with it at all times, as opposed to waiting a week to start that part per the salon instructions.
I figured it was worth a shot!
I had minimal itching and ZERO flaky peeling and it healed up a week faster! I am a believer in the moisture method!
And here is my end result:
If I continue to keep my brows out of the sun, microblading lasts 6 months to a year and ombre powder can last up to 2 years! HALLELUJAH!
Do you have eyebrows you love? Or were you a child of the 90's as well? ;)
There is hope for us!