Ft Lauderdale Girls Weekend

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I had such a wonderful girls weekend in Ft Lauderdale with my friends Stefanie, Heather and my sister Lisa, (sister Mindy couldn't join us as she was just on vacation the week before with her hubs. We missed her!)

We left bright an early Thursday morning to drive on icy roads to Detroit where our flight left at 12pm.

How many girls does it take to add windshield washer fluid? We had so many laughs over this!

I hit the jack-pot with extra leg room in an exit row!

We made it to the vacation home we rented around 4:30

First up on our agenda that night was a drive out the beach for dinner at Coconuts


Lisa and I split this appetizer, snow crab scoobies, if you like seafood and you're in the area they are a  MUST!

After dinner we headed back to the house to chill for awhile and went to bed early, it was a long day!

Enjoying a cup of coffee by the pool Friday morning! 

We spent the whole day by the pool, it was so quiet and relaxing!

For dinner we headed to Los Olas Blvd and ate at Mangos

It was another early to bed night for me, I'm so lame, but I do love to sleep!

Saturday morning we did a little shopping and headed to the beach to walk around for a little bit.

It was pretty cloudy and off and on rainy that afternoon, but we still relaxed and had a great day!

For dinner that night we went to a restaurant called Rendezvous overlooking a marina.

We had a 4:30am wake up call on Sunday morning to head back to the airport to catch our 7:50am flight back to Detroit. We made it back home around 3:30pm with lots of great memories!

So thankful for the opportunity to rest, relax and refresh!
Already looking forward to next time!

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2016 {Year in Review}

Saturday, December 31, 2016


We spend New Years Day at a hotel in GR with the Rietman clan

Robb turns 32

Grayden goes to Lego club at the library

Jovie spends some time in the ER after ingesting some of my medication. 

Grayden goes to basketball camp

We attend Rob and Amanda's "Fiesta Party"

Another great "Favorite Things" party

I spend a weekend at Woven Retreat for adoptive moms

IF: Gathering 

We donate blankets to HDCH in memory of Brenham's 8th birthday 

The boys go to Monster Jam 

Easter Sunday


Sadler turns 5!

We spend a week in Gulf Shores over Spring Break

We have a TMNT party for the boys' birthdays


Tulip Time

Grayden turns 7

Sadler graduates pre-school

Mothers Day

Robb goes deep sea fishing in Key West

Memorial Day Parade


Grayden finishes 1st Grade

The boys go to tennis camp

Strawberry picking

Fathers Day

Camping at Hungry Horse

Break ground on the new building


Fourth of July

The boys go to Nature Camp


We have family pictures taken

We spend a few days at the cottage with friends 

Jovie starts potty training

We spend a day at Michigan's Adventure

We take a trip to the zoo!

We spend a week camping at Tri-ponds

Sadler spends some time in the ER after hitting his head on a pole

We compete in the ORC Amazing Race

Back to school date with Sadler

Back to school date with Grayden 

Hudsonville Fair

We say our Earthly goodbyes to Grandpa Lubbers


Labor Day Truck Parade

Back to School Scavenger Hunt

Sadler starts Kindergarten 

Grayden starts 2nd Grade

I turn 31

The boys start their first year of soccer!

We go to a Tigers Game

Apple Picking at Cranes'

Jovie and I host some friends for a tea party

Danny Gokey concert with my sisters

8 years post transplant

3rd Annual "Hungry Games" competition 

We celebrate 11 years of marriage

Weekend fun at Soaring Eagle Waterpark 

Trick or Treating


Host our first Thanksgiving dinner



Jovie turns 3!

She has a "Pancake and Pajama" party

Christmas Program at church 

trip to the Critter Barn for the live nativity


NYE at Scott and Stacey's house 

Thank you, Lord for blessing us so richly in 2016.

I thank you for keeping our family safe, I praise you for our health, and for restoring our bodies when we’ve been sick. Thank you for our jobs and for providing all that we need, and more. Thank you for the awesome opportunities we’ve had to travel and see the beauty you’ve created around us. Thank you for our children and blessing us with them.
Thank you for our marriage and for giving us 11 wonderful years together. Thank you for all the fun times we’ve spent this past year with friends and family and for the blessings they are in our lives. 
Lord, I pray for your protection over our family in 2017, and for continued health and happiness. We ask you to guide us in the year to come as we seek your will for our lives. We look forward to what your plan holds for us in the coming year. We know whatever comes our way, you will be there through it all. Help us to live our lives in a way that may please you in the year to come.

Happy New Year!!

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