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A Trip full of Travels

The Ringl ladies have been some busy travelers over the past week and a half. Last Monday Stephen took our church youth group to Centrifuge. After they loaded the van and headed out Sarah and I packed up the car and headed over to my parents for the week. Have you packed for a week long trip for a baby!? You pack A LOT, you know, for all those 400,000 ‘just in case’ scenarios that play through your head.

While we were missing Stephen like CRAZY, my parents did a great job of helping me relax and have a good time. Heck, minus the fact that I was missing my hubby I had a great time. It was like a vacation where I didn’t have to pay for my room and the chef was my dad. I had steak one night, and grilled chicken with pineapple sandwiches another time. Did I mention that my mom took care of Sarah when she woke up and I got to sleep until 8!! That made for 5 straight hours (Sarah wakes up to eat around 2-3 right now)! Totally spoiled me.

After a few days of hanging around the house mom and I decided to take a last minute trip to Biloxi to visit family. Wednesday to Friday we had a blast relaxing and catching up while they all got to love on Sarah.

On our drive home Friday mom and I stopped off at the University of Mobile to visit Stephen and Miriah at Centrifuge. Miriah went with them as a counselor and was also in charge of video/photos. When we arrived Stephen gravitated to Sarah and pulled her in for some hugs and kisses. She is one loved little girl, especially since Stephen had 5 days to make up for!

Enough talking, here are some pictures to show you how it all went down.

Fun in the Kitchen

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Hanging out in the guest room at ‘Casa de Wells’

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Grandma kissing on our girl

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My cousin Angie meeting Sarah for the first time :)

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Sending dad pictures of our little cutie

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Shopping with Grandma

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Aunt Debbie entertaining Sarah during lunch

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On our way to go see daddy :)

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My sweet family of 3
(matching unintentional)

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a GREAT visit

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There ya have it, that’s 5 of our 8 days away from home. I’ve got more fun pictures of our traveling adventures to share, but for now I’m gonna watch an episode of ‘Next Generation’ while I cuddle on the couch with my hubby. Have a great night!

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Better Late than Never

It seems I totally forgot to post pictures from our 4th of July trip to Lake Martin. I guess after my mom posted pictures on facebook and my sister made a post about the trip I simply didn’t think about it…

Here are some of the goodies from our trip.

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Sarah loves cuddling with Aunt Vicci. She has special napping-powers!

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Love those eyes :)

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We love hanging out on the porch!!

 

My brother Jeff turtle hunting…



It was our first time with Sarah down by the water and she had a blast  :)

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Stephen testing out Sarah’s float
(for safety’s sake of course)

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He loves his little girl

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Mom can always get a smile out of her!

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Did anyone else travel for the 4th of July?! Maybe you shot off fireworks, or went to a show? I wish I had played with sparklers, they’re my favorite! I’ve always wanted a picture where I have my name written out with a sparkler. My mom has one and I love it. Can anyone teach me how to do that?! If so drop me a note so I can take some lessons from you. I can offer you about $3.00, or maybe we can trade? Alright people, it’s time to start bartering again. I want a goat! Who has one and what can I trade ya for it?!

Wow, that got off subject real fast…

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Sun & Water

I feel like the title should follow with “Earth, Heart. Captain Planet, he’s our hero…”. That was some solid 90′s television!

So far this weekend has been filled with family, naps, cinnamon bread, and floating in the lake, and it’s only Saturday!!

Here is a picture to show you a glimpse of all the fun and cuteness involved.

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I think we may have a water bug on our hands, yay! :)

A Weekend Update

Whenever I hear or read ‘Weekend Update’ I think of the SNL skit. Not the new ones, but the classics where Chevy Chase and Norm McDonald were the anchors. Oh the good old days… [kidding kidding, this is where Stephen would call me old and ask when he can use my AARP benefits].

I truly am here to write a post about our weekend though, so the title to this post does actually have meaning.

On Saturday morning our friends Sara, Jordan, and Baby Jairus came over. We were going to the Blackwater Farmers Market and they met us at our house. It turned out to be more like the Blackwater FarmeR Market because there was only 1 stand, and his prices were not so good: $1 per tomato?!? Yikes! But I did get some yummy peaches, eggplant and squash. There’s something more exciting about fresh and local produce, other than the bonus that it’s hormone-free and pesticide-free. It somehow makes me like vegetables more. Weird, I know. Next time we are going to hit up the downtown farmers market on Palafox St. There are a lot more vendors, which means more options and price negotiating! After we got our goods we parked the cars and got out the jogging strollers to walk around downtown. Turns out downtown Milton is a lot like downtown Pensacola, there isn’t much to do, especially things that are kid/baby-friendly. We ended up going to an Antique Store/Restaurant. Jordan scored some books on sale and we decided to stay to eat some lunch. It was a nice excuse to stay in the air conditioning! After lunch we headed back to the cars to get home before our veggies and fruit melted in the car.

It was a lot of fun hanging out with the Bush family, it always is. While I’m sure the guys would have preferred staying home and playing video games they were sweet husbands and came with. It was especially great for Sara and I since it involved being outdoors and in the sun, with our cute hubbies and adorable babies to top it all off. Our favorite people and favorite activities, definitely a good start to the weekend!

The weekend was also a fun-filled time for our family. My grandma came down to visit for a few days, so we had a lot of great family time (which also involved a nice amount of delicious food!!) On Saturday my dad BBQ’d chicken and Judy and Uncle Tommy came over from Fort Walton Beach. After dinner, and some delicious cheesecake, we watched “The Green Hornet”.

Our Sunday morning started with our little girl giving Stephen a funny card and new woot shirt. Sarah loves it when her dad picks out her outfits, he always does a great job!

A lot of our church has been in Brazil on a mission trip so our pastor asked Stephen to preach on Sunday. It was his first Fathers Day as a new dad and he was able to share a wonderful message about our Heavenly Father. He did a wonderful job. Sarah was actually content (while awake) through the entire service. Afterwards I realized that I think it’s because she was able to hear her daddy’s voice the whole time, so she was relaxed and calm. My parents, grandma, and mom-in-law came out to FBC Bagdad to hear Stephen speak, it was so nice having them all there.

After church we went to my parents for lunch and then to Stephen’s parents for dinner. In between meals we got to sneak a nap in while my sis-in-law Kelley played with Sarah. It was soooo nice!!!

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Saturday lunch at the Antique Store:

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The Bush family at lunch

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Me and our growing-like-a-weed little girl

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Sara and I with the kids

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Grandma and Sarah

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Fathers Day after church

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It was such a great weekend. Although hot, it didn’t rain. I wish every weekend could be rain-free and family/friend/nap filled throughout the entire summer. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, you should too!

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A Lakeside Visit

We went on our first road trip recently to visit my grandparents up at Lake Martin. We weren’t sure how Sarah would travel, but she did fantastic :)   I left with my parents on a Thursday and Stephen was joining us Friday night when he finished the work week.

On our way up we stopped and surprised my Aunt Vicci and Uncle Steve. It was SO wonderful to see my Aunt’s surprised face. She loved getting to see Sarah, it was the first time they’d met face to face, and the first time I’d been to their home.

We finished the drive up to the Lake and got there just in time to eat some dinner that Grandma cooked up for us.

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A Happy Baby :)

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Sending Stephen a “We Miss You” text :)

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We LOVE Naptime

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Aunt Vicci loving on Sarah

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Staring at Uncle Steve

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Rocking with Grandma

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Hanging out on the couch, relaxing

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Just before we left, with Grandma and Papa

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A Good Drive Home

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One of my favorite views in the world

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I don’t know if that view even looks the same after all the horrible tornados that hit Alabama last week. There was so much devastation all over the state, and Lake Martin was hit pretty bad. Thankfully my grandparents place wasn’t hit, and they had power 2 days later.

It was a wonderful trip and I’m really glad we got to go up for a quick weekend. Just before we left Stephen heard Papa tell my Grandma, “Put a sack of potatoes in that carseat so we can keep that little girl with us.” I will treasure that comment forever, that is SO my Papa :)

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A Special Day

I just wanted to share a picture of the woman that I am celebrating today.

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

I understand the love of a mother so much more this year, than the previous 27 years of my life. Thank you for giving me life, and for loving me and showing me love every second of my life. You are amazing and I could never thank you enough for the compassion, friendship, and love that you have given me.

I love you,

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