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Sorry that it has been a long time since I have updated and posted anything. I unintentionally took a summer break from the blog. I will try to catch up and share some family updates and summer fun. The season has been very busy and full. Summer flew by!

First and most enjoyable (but not without some stresses) I was busy spending time with my daughter as we were preparing for her wedding day.  It turned out absolutely beautiful. Perfect really.  So much joy, peace and celebration knowing their marriage was ordained.  I believe the wedding video expresses more than I can say with words.  Enjoy. I confess to watching Daniel and Tori’s wedding video too many times to count.

 

Now that we officially have an empty nest, it is time for some adventures.  We purchased some kayaks and I got an awesome over the top beach cruiser.  Her name is Buttercup.

Buttercup

We visited our son Ben in Jacksonville Beach and biked everywhere all weekend for her maiden voyage. I’m hiding, trailing behind in this picture.

Cruising Jacksonville Beach

Cruising Jacksonville Beach

Gatorades at Lemon Bar with Ben

Gatorades at Lemon Bar with Ben

Ben is on the road to Boston, stopping by California for Cali International marathon among other races first.  He has his sites on qualifying for his first Boston Marathon.  I look forward to following and tracking him on his races. The kid has wheels,  not to mention being a freak of nature.  Yes, we were out dancing till the music stopped, he still woke up at 7am to run 10 miles at race pace.

 

It is finally football season. Here’s hoping for a good Miami Dolphin season. Preseason game in Jacksonville.

Go Dolphins

Go Dolphins

Fins & Jags with Ben

Fins & Jags with Ben

 

Last weekend we took the kayaks up the Silver River to the head of Silver Springs.  Just over eleven mile trip up the river and back. The first time we attempted the Silver River our trip was cut short. We got caught in a wicked thunderstorm and had to paddle back in pouring rain and lighting. This last weekend was perfect.  Three and half hours up stream to the head, and two and half hours back. We stopped few times to cool off, swim with the gators and watch monkeys.

Gator

Gator

Silver Springs Monkey

Silver Springs Monkey

Statues under water at Silver Springs

Statues under water at Silver Springs

Cruising downstream

Cruising downstream

 

After a long day on the river, we were more than ready for big meal of steak, ahi tuna and adult beverages.

YUM!

YUM!

 

We also got to visit Jason and Nichole in Ft. Myers earlier this summer.   Jason’s gym is thriving with new renovations and additions being added. Jason and Nichole both completed Crossfit Level one. They have been killing it with their  lifts!  They are an inspiration to those around them in every way.

Jason joining the 500# club

Jason joining the 500# club

 

Living, loving, laughing....

Living, loving, laughing….

Gotta include the Creasy Bear

Gotta include the Creasy Bear

 

 

Now we are caught up on my family and summer adventures. It is so enjoyable to watch our kids embrace and live life without reservation. It warms my heart to see them so alive and thriving. It’s like a huge sigh and a high five kinda feeling.  Next post I will go in depth with some of the changes I have been through and adjustment I am making with nutrition and fitness. Till then, remember life is too short to not live, love & laugh.