Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Scavo Christmas Miracle....brought to you by Shutterfly.

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Another great feature they have that I did not know about was birthday invites!'s about time is all I have to say. I have 4 children. This will save a lot of time and they are so stinkin cute! The invites and my children:)

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fourth day of travel~August 2nd.

Once we settled our battery situation, we were on our way. Did I mention how much we love Embassy Suites? Free made to order breakfast every morning...was a delightful thing.

While driving through Ohio, we made a stop at White Castle...remembering how much we loved them when we were younger. Our memory is going, because..well...they were horrible. I am sorry to all of you who may enjoy them, but they were nothing like I remember. Tasted like someone poured onion powder into my mouth...ick!
East are as beautiful as ever. The lush, green view while we driving through was just what these desert dwellers needed!
Dear Garmin: thank you for your help during this trips, although you did get quite annoying when we didn't listen to you.
This sign was a welcome sight! We made it.
Poor Tyler, he does take after his mother. He can sleep anywhere, no matter the space restrictions!
We arrived at our rental at around midnight. We didn't get to sleep until 3 am....all 6 of us. When we did wake up, this was the view out of our window. Isn't it beautiful?

Friday, September 24, 2010

August 1st-Day 3

On our way to Indianapolis, we munched on sandwiches and goodies provided by Jeff & Lori and were amazed by

the PHANTOM driver. Do you see anyone driving the red car? Us either.

We passed through St. Louis and really regretted that we could not stop. We were running so late, but it was beautiful to see.

A couple of perks to driving during the night. I was pretty pleased to catch these out of the back window of the van.

*We stopped in a small town about 2 hours outside of Indianapolis and our battery died.

**Triple AAA was called.

***No one was willing to come out to us for a jump. Really. I am not lying.

****Luckily, after waiting about 30 minutes, it started. We made it to our hotel without incidence.

*****Even luckier? A Honda dealership was only 5 minutes away from our hotel.

******Even luckier still? They were so quick, we didn't lose any time in the morning on our way to New York.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

19 hours of fun (the family road trip saga continues)

Okay, where was I? Oh yes, at the lovely house of Lori. She is a dear friend/sister I met blogging! When I tell people this, they can't quite understand it. Somehow, we clicked. I am so lucky to know her. Her family, Jeff, Mandy, Katie, Ruby & Ms. Snookie are equally wonderful. When we arrived, we immediately felt at home.

We were greeted with beautiful roses cut from her garden

And this wonderful, fun polka dot wreath she made for me. I LOVE IT!
We arrived just in time for a delicious dinner off of the grill.

They were so sweet to celebrate Lindsey's birthday with this YUMMY cake
complete with candles. Thank you for making her feel so special.

Beautiful Katie made this gift for Lindsey. She did a great job and Lindsey has it hanging over her doorway. Thank you, Katie!
After dinner, Lori & I were able to sneak away for a quick trip to Hobby Lobby before they closed. I see what all the fuss is about. It is delightful!
When we got back, strawberry daiquiris were made and enjoyed! Yes, they are as nice as they appear. The daiquiris and Jeff & Lori!

Getting their sillies out before bed.
Michael was so excited to be camping out on their floor. I don't think he even minded being surrounded by 4 girls.

These 2 were so excited, I don't think they could stand it.
While Lori & I had a SmartyPants championship going on....Charles and Natalie were asleep. Is there anything cuter than a father sleeping with his daughter? Cuteness!

Tyler and Mandy became fast friends...

As did these sweet girls.

Have you ever seen such beautiful blue eyes? Seriously, you could swim in them.

Jeff, Lori, and Ruby(above) took me for a ride. I had to get my celebrity fix.

Yep, that's The Duggar's house. From 19 and counting. Yes, I took a photo.

We had such a terrific time, we didn't want to leave. No photos of leaving, cause I was crying. Really, why can't we live closer?

Drake Family: Thank you for treating us just like family. You are wonderful. You know we love ya. See you in October!?!?!?!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It looks promising!!!

After our whirlwind trip to Vegas(thank you Aunt Pat & Uncle Rich), we came home to the internet & telephone not working. Yesterday, the cable company fixed us up and we are back online! Woohoo! to telling you about the rest of our amazing family vacation and all that has been happening in our lives over the past month.

Oh, and am I the only one excited that it is fall? Happy Fall, Ya'll!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

IF Blogger would let me upload photos.....

I would show you gorgeous photos of my handsome husband.

I would let you see all that he has done for his family.

I would display 9 photos from 9 years of wonderfulness.

I would brag about all his thoughtfulness & sweet gestures via photo.

I would, but I can't.

These words are all I have.

I love you, Charles. Thank you for all that you are. Happy Anniversary!

Sidenote: I hope to continue with our family trip, as soon as, I am able to post photos. We had such a great time....really, we did!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We woke up in Oklahoma City.

On Day 2, we woke up in Okie City. After a delicious breakfast, we decided to stop at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It was so serene and beautiful.

After we remembered and prayed for those who lost their lives & their families, we were on the road again to...

this lovely house...

More tomorrow. It has been a crazy week already. We are on day 10 of no refrigerator, a micro burst storm tore out our beautiful, large tree in our front yard, and several family health issues have kept me preoccupied.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A 17 day road trip

Involved alot of

Convenience store breaks.....New Mexico has KISS lottery tickets?

And this.

On our first day we pushed through to Oklahoma City. The kids were impressed that we drove through 3 states in 1 day. I'll try to post more later. The house needs some deep cleaning!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We are still on auto-pilot.

We are home safe and sound. So much to share! Like Lindsey's birthday...yes, she turned 8 the night before we left. And how well our children did on such a looong road trip....bribery wasn't even necessary! And how wonderful it was to see family...everyone was so warm and welcoming. Or how to have fun at Walgreen's at midnight...go with Lori! And how much we needed this vacation.....really, really, needed it! And how school started the day after we got back home....i know! I have a 1st grader, a 3rd grader, and a 10th grader....crAZY! Can't wait to tell you more, but the unpacking still continues!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Back home.

After a long, but surprisingly calm road trip...we made it. Back to my hometown. Everything is so lush, so green. I have missed it here. The internet access is spotty, so I will wait to give all the details when we get better service.
We are going swimming after our pancake is real good right now!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

1:42 am is one of her presents I bought here
I am up frantically trying to finish getting ready for our cross-country family vacation. Hopefully, we won't be channeling the Griswolds during this trip. I looked at the time and realized in a few moments, my baby girl, will officially be 8! Eight years old! She loves hearing the story of when she was born. Of how excited we were to meet her. Of how I was snacking on plums(her favorite fruit btw) and went into labor. Of how upon getting to the hospital that we felt it was meant to be because our nurse's name was Nicole(Lindsey's middle name). And of course, how she was born to our wedding song, My Baby You by Marc Anthony(no lie!)Most of all, she loves looking at the photo of when her Mommy and Daddy got to truly meet her. Tears in our eyes over our good fortune of getting such a beautiful,healthy girl. She is everything we could of hoped for(and more)in a daughter. Happy Birthday, my little sunshine. We love you!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Couldn't be helped.

She melts my heart every day.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Coral is her color.

Can you stand the cuteness? I truly can't.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer is flying by...

How is your summer going? Ours?

We've been swimming.
We've been gardening. Fresh sweet peas, anyone?

We've been swimming.

We celebrated what a wonderful father that we have in Charles.

We went to the movies. Can you guess what movie we saw?

We went laptop shopping and one boy in this house is very happy!

We had a great time with new friends...swimming.

We had a crazy, fun week at VBS.

The Tooth Fairy visited for the 2nd time this summer!

We went swimming.

I won Mom of the year with an impromptu trip to Mickey D's and the splash park. No towel. No swimsuits. So much fun.

We snacked on popsicles.

And enjoyed playing games.
Is Summer flying just as fast for you?