Monday, February 9, 2015

Ice Skating Fun!

Sunday the 8th was the day Anthony's 4H club had planned to go ice skating.  (Just a little FYI... I absolutely love to go ice skating. My Dad used to take us girls on one of Grandpa's farm ponds - in fact one year I got my own pair of skates!).  Well, since families and friends were invited to the event I thought it would be fun for all of us to go and give it a try. Ten minutes after putting on our skates and trying to skate around the rink the thought occurred to me, "WHAT WAS I THINKING!"  Will was having troubles keeping his feet straight which made it hard for him to skate. Anthony was feeling defeated because he kept falling and said it was the worst day of his life. And Charlie.... well he was the only one having fun. I tried my hardest to not get upset and give it some more time. Will finally started to get the hang of it and was really having a good time. Anthony decided to go out and skate with another club member (one who happened to be in TJ's class) and began to have fun. And Charlie was still enjoying himself. Jon and I even got some time to skate together! The weather was pretty decent so it ended up making for a fun Sunday afternoon! By the end of our time I was so proud of the boys for not giving up and glad we decided to go! Do I dare press my luck and try it again another day? We shall see!!

The boys before heading out on the ice.

Jon and me. Charlie took our picture which made me nervous. I was afraid he was going to fall or drop my phone on the ice.

I thought I took more pictures but I guess I took more videos instead.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


With all this cold weather and snow I thought now would be a perfect time to blog about our recent vacation to Jamaica!  Jon and I had planned a trip last Spring to celebrate our 15 year anniversary.  However, the trip was quickly cancelled when Jon's dad became so sick.  We decided it was still important for us to get away to celebrate and to just chill (we honestly haven't had much down time since we lost Jon's dad).  We also thought it would be fun to ask our good friends to go along with us.  We met with our favorite travel agent - Lacey Veenstra-Gay - who we told we wanted to go somewhere with white sandy beaches, turquoise colored waters and do absolutely nothing but soak up the sun!!  We quickly decided on Jamaica!

We had such a fabulous time.  It was a smaller resort than we had stayed at in past years - but it was perfect.  It didn't seem overly crowded.  We didn't have troubles finding chairs to lay out on or finding ourselves waiting in lines at the buffet.  It was also pretty quite.  We were surprised at how many Iowans we ran into - Jamaica must be the destination of choice for those in colder climates (or farmers)!  The weather couldn't have been better had I planned it myself.  We only had one afternoon where there was a very quick light shower - it didn't even last an hour!!  We did get off the resort one day to do Dunn's River Falls.  It was very pretty and a lot of fun.  Basically you start at the bottom - ocean level and climb the waterfalls all the way up - over 900 feet!  I really can't do it justice so just google it sometime!  The last day there we all decided to soak up as much sun as possible.  We might have over done it just a little as we ALL got FRIED (we are all now peeling like crazy)!!  It was SO nice to get away - to spend time with such great friends - have no worries, responsibilities and just do absolutely nothing!  It was just what we needed.  Although we have nothing planned in the near future we are anxiously awaiting when we will be able do it again!

The view from our room

Another view.

First night there.  This was the night we met SEVERAL Iowans.

So these floaty things we are on are actually the cushions off of our beach chairs.  This was so much fun and super relaxing all at the same time.


A night out for supper.

This was what we did the majority of the time.  This particular picture was taken on our last day - which we all fried.  We put the sunscreen on just a little too late (notice it is on my chair).

This is one of my favorite pictures - all of us soakin' in some sun!!


Our "formal" night of dining!

This is us at Dunn's River Falls.  The water was cold!!

This was close to the beginning of the falls.  There was a cruise ship that docked this particular day so there were several people.

Our tour guide was constantly making us do different things in the falls - this was just one thing she had us do!