Camping Trip–Day 4

We have finally made it to the last day of our vacation. On Monday we woke up, got dressed, packed up, took a ton of pictures (as you’re about to see), and headed home.

This was the perfect first vacation for our family. My idea of the perfect vacation is going to a beautiful beach. I absolutely love the beach. And originally, we thought about going to the beach, but we knew the kids just wouldn’t be up for it this year. We have to drive pretty much all day to get to a nice beach; we just didn’t want to stress ourselves out with such a long trip in the car. Broken Bow is only 2 hours away and not once did the kids complain about the drive. The lake was so nice and relaxing and it’s nice to know we don’t have to drive 2 days to have a nice, fun, and relaxing vacation. Maybe in a few years the kids will be ready for such a long trip, but until then, we’re perfectly happy vacationing close to home.













 

Here’s some extra “outtake” pictures.




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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Camping Trip–Day 3

Sorry for dragging this very short trip out but with all the pictures I am sharing, one post would have been massive. So here we go with Day 3.

Sunday we got up and went to church in Broken Bow. It was raining that morning and rain was in the forecast all day but thankfully after lunch it was clear so we headed out to have some more fun. We took a train ride through the park, road go-carts, and spent some time by the river before the rain made us leave. We were so thankful for the nice weather so we could have some fun out of the cabin.


Ready to go to church and this guy was being a weirdo. πŸ˜‚
Gosh I sure love him. ❀️


So I was in charge of packing and I did a great job except for the fact I forgot to pack myself any shoes. The only shoes I had were the ones on my feet! So I had to wear these old flip flops to church with my dress. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜¬πŸ˜Ÿ


My cuties all ready for church. This was their first time in a church other than ours and they did so well.



We had the sweetest conductor for our train ride. He was in awe of the quints and of course big brother too.






Seems like lately in every picture we take that someone has their finger in their nose.
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While on the train, the conductor threw corn and the squirrels and deer came right up to the track to eat.





The kids loved playing in the water at the river.
















Nana and Pop’s with all the grandkids.











Then we road go-carts.


Brant loves to dance.

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I know I’ve said this on every post but we really had so much fun! The kids did so good and enjoyed everything we did.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Camping Trip–Day 2

I failed to mention yesterday where we went on vacation… we went to Broken Bow, OK. It’s only approximately 2 hours from our house which is one of the main reasons we picked it. I really wanted to go to the beach, but we knew the kids weren’t up for such a long road trip so we kept it close this year. And honestly, I’m glad we did, we had so much fun and didn’t have to go that far to get there.

The whole weekend was forecasted to be rainy…every.single.day! 😩 We were all so bummed, but thankfully the rain held off and we were able to get out and have lots of fun! Day 2 was our water day. We rented a party barge and spent the morning on the lake. Gage and Makenna tubed behind the barge. And Brady took a turn too. Β After lunch Marty, Kara, and Erin came up and we all played, kayaked, and swam the whole afternoon. That evening Jeremy grilled steaks. It was such a fun day!!!

The boys on Jeremy’s fishing boat.

​Gage and Makenna

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As you can see, the sun zapped everyone and they were out!

Be blessed,

Michelle

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Brant’s Homecoming Day

Three years ago today, we brought our precious only boy quint home from the NICU. That moment, this day, is one of those memories that you never forget. Throughout my pregnancy and at the beginning of our long NICU stay, I honestly didn’t know if we’d bring any of the quints home, so when the day finally arrived to take Brant home I was overcome with so many emotions. I was overjoyed, overwhelmed, scared, excited, thankful, and so, so, so blessed to name a few.

Our NICU days are a distant memory now. But I will never forget how amazing everyone in the Baylor NICU were to us. I’m forever grateful to everyone single person who worked with, cared for, and loved our quints. ❀️

This picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed today. And there is a big part of me that wishes for just a few minutes to go back and snuggle my little guy because he’s not so little anymore. He’s all boy, full of laughter and mischief. He has the most adorable wink and smile. I’m thankful for how far Brant has come since the day we brought him home. He has filled our lives with so much happiness and love. πŸ’™



Happy Homecoming Day Brant!!!

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Camping Trip–Part 1

Instead of trying to fit all our vacation into one post, I’m going to break it up so there aren’t so many pictures to go through. This was the quints’ first vacation; before leaving, Steven and I were a little nervous about how they’d handle being away from home for a few days. To our surprise, and it was a nice surprise, they did amazing! All six kids had a blast. We went on this vacation with my mom, stepdad, and my sisters and their families. You’d think having 16 people all under one roof that someone would get on someone’s nerves, but that never happened. We all had a great time. I hope this can become a new family tradition.


Riding in style. πŸ˜‚
There’s no doubt when you see this sight going down the road, the Seals are on vacation!!!


Our cabin was amazing! So big and spacious, just perfect for 16 people! And the kids LOVED the stairs!

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We arrived, unpacked, and hit the road with our four wheelers and golf cart.






And Gage worked out. πŸ’ͺ🏻
Mia makes the best workout buddy.

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Then we went out for dinner.
(As you can see, Mia absoluetly adores Gage.)

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These cuties were so excited!!!
Just look at those sweet smiles! Makes my heart so happy.


That’s Day 1! Stayed tuned for the rest of our adventures. πŸ˜‰

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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Seals Summer Theme Week– Camping

Hey y’all! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours has been epic! We went on our first family vacation!!! We have been camping (in a log cabin) with my whole family this weekend and it was a blast! I’m going to do a separate post tomorrow on our vacation.

This past week we were supposed to do some fun camping activities but we mostly just played outside. And this weekend has been nothing but all things camping and outdoors.  ⛺️ πŸ‘™πŸŸπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸš£πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


Here’s a few pictures from our week (not exactly camping but that will be tomorrow).






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Be blessed,

Michelle

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May Review

I seriously can’t believe it’s already June! Where did May go? Our May was fast and furious. For us, May and December are our two busiest months of the year. We had 4 straight weeks of birthdays to celebrate in our family. Throw in Mother’s Day, all the end of the school year activities, and t-ball games–we were running around like chickens with our heads cut off! I’m looking forward to things slowing down this summer and just enjoying as much time with the kids I can get.


Here’s a look back at our May.


Here’s how I’ve been doing on my 2017 Goals.

  • Work smarter not harder.
    • I’ve done fairly well on this. My goal this summer is to get my house completely organized before the new school year starts.
  • Study bible more.
    • I’m doing well. I’m reading The Story, and I’m enjoying the book. It puts the bible in chronological order which is very helpful to understanding the bible.
  • Focus on friendships.
    • In May I was able to catch up with a couple of my friends and spend quite a bit of time with them.
  • Learn something new.
    • Still scratching my head on this one…..
  • Live healthier.
    • I’ve have failed miserably in this department. I only exercised 11 times for the whole month! I’ve got to do much better in June and get back on track.
  • Blog goal.
    • I’ve been blogging up a storm. Most weeks I publish 5 posts which is big for me!

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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June Art Work

Can you believe it’s June???? 2017 is halfway over!!!!

Our June hand/footprint canvases turned out sooooo cute! Enjoy!
(The boys are the suns and the girls are the flip flops.)

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Be blessed,
Michelle

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Flat Seals

I have another Flat Seals adventure to tell you about and this one is pretty special because it’s not a trip one of our family members went on, these pictures are of trips one of my readers went on and was kind enough to carry us along!!! How cool is that?!?!!

When Cindy asked if she could take the Flat Seals along on her vacations, I was so surprised, very honored, and excitingly said yes! Here’s some pictures from our adventures with the Dotson’s!


Cindy bought this album on the cruise ship and put all our pictures in it for us. And she was nice enough to label all the pictures so we’d know all the places we’d been.

The Flat Seals went to Illinois, New Orleans, on a Caribbean Cruise, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel.



















Thank you Cindy and Randy for letting the Flat Seals tag along on all your adventures.Β 

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Be blessed,

Michelle

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