Monday, July 15, 2013

Independence Day and Our New City Revealed

Here is the next clue in our big move reveal:


I actually had a correct guess (and loved all of your other guesses!) by: Candyce! She guessed...Tampa! So Candyce is the winner! (Do you live here? If you see this post, I'd love to know!) Yup, we have moved to Florida, fulfilling Ryan's lifelong dream of living near the ocean. The kids love the new activities to choose from, and we have had a lot of fun, so far. But, like I think I wrote before, it has been a lot of work - with a lot more work in the near future.

part of our breakfast

We had a nice 4th, making it a priority to celebrate and to take the day off from household pursuits.

We spent the day on the beach, taking the ferry to Caladesi Island. We made it back in time to feast upon veggie burgers, corn on the cob, tater tots, and watermelon.


Why, yes, there is an extra person seated next to Ryan. As if we didn't have enough to do already, we are currently hosting a young teen from Eastern Europe. He is actually a social orphan, living in what is called an internat, an orphanage/boarding school. He's great; we adore him! If you are interested in knowing more about this, you are welcome to read about this program on my family blog.

You can also get a glimpse of the piles of boxes in the background that I need to address.

He tried as hard as he could.

This explains a lot of what
my life is like right now.

And this makes it worth it.