Favorites of Fort morgan 2013

For my last and final post for vacation (insert sad face), I wanted to share some of our favorites. Although, some might not make sense haha

  • favorite song (my son and nephew love this one)

  • Favorite song for the adult folk

  • Favorite books (thats right. I read two books on the trip. I didn’t sleep much haha)

Terra by gretchen powell

Terra (Terrestrials, #1)

(love this book~!)
And this one too!!!! requiem by lauren oliver

( I actually reviewed the first book of this series. here)

  • Favorite Snack

peanut butter M&MS

  • favorite drink

drinks in a bag

  • favorite breakfast

my brother made bread and buscuits from scratch. make an egg sandwich or make some bacon, and your set!

  • favorite saying (thanks to the kiddos):

thats weird. and AKKKWARDDD

  • favorite moment

the last night, we all headed to the beach for the sun set and saw this awesome fishing boat pass by


The family and I were able to make A MILLION memories. I really did miss them all when we came home. It was all too quiet, but don’t worry, we will see each other in a bout 10 days haha

Beach Bum

I swear I don’t have many more posts about the lovely beach, and how much I miss it haha

Besides getting sick with a 102.8 degree fever, and having to start antibiotics, it was a great trip. Although St Louis’ weather is in the 70s and really nice!


playing at the beach


I <3 mom
I ❤ mom
we had big waves one day. Andrew with papa
we had big waves one day. Andrew with papa
cousins relaxing
cousins relaxing
andrew, beach boy
andrew, beach boy
night of lots of veggies!
night of lots of veggies!
Our pet frog haha
Our pet frog haha


family at the beach one night. my brother was fishing
family at the beach one night. my brother was fishing


my future house haha
my future house haha
 cool ride for the week haha
cool ride for the week haha



The one thing I will change would be to bring my bike. I didn’t get much exercise, and I was definitely feeling it when I got home. Although, my body probably appreciated the rest (just not the million M&Ms)

Question for you:

What is one thing or person you miss right now?

-Andrew is at the lake with his dad. He has been gone for 2 days. I think I missed him the night he left haha. Luckily, he will be back on Sunday! HIS BIRTHDAY!

First stop Mississippi

My family and I headed to Fort Morgan Alabama again this year, and I was BEYOND ready for this trip. I needed out of St. Louis. Bad.

The trip started on Friday after Andrew got out of school. His last day of second grade [insert tears]

From 4pm to 10:30 we were on the road. We finally crashed at a family member’s house of my sister in law

The farm was absolutely beautiful



Andrew and I had a pretty creepy room, im not gonna lie…. haha. with my morning coffee

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And in the morning we went fishing



The boys walking to the pond


We didn’t catch much except sea weed. But Andrew caught the biggest thing…himself haha


We finally headed back and got on the road for the beach! But first we stopped by Ole Country Bakery


There are fresh breads, pastries, and sandwiches made by the  Mennonite workers. We grabbed sandwiches on the way. If you are EVER in Brooksville MS you MUST stop and grab donuts, sandwiches, and a pie to go or to eat in!!!


best. sandwich. ever.

More adventures to come tomorrow!!

Question for you:

Have you ever been to Mississippi?
When you travel, do you like to drive in one day, or split it into two?


Back from the beach



After a 6Am wake up call, 12 hours of driving, 4 stops, the family is back  in St Louis

To say I’m happy to be back, would be a bit of a lie.


The vacation was amazing! And definitely what I needed

It will be nice to sleep in my own bed, and get back to healthy eating. But thats about it haha

I will have a few posts coming up with all our great pictures!


I already miss my parents, my two brothers, sister in law, future sister in law, and nephew. It is TOO quiet here haha

Question for you:

What did you do this weekend?

Are you going on vacation this summer?


Guest Post: Nikki from Life After Swimming

Hello from the beach! Here is one of my first guest posts, and it comes from Nikki at lifeafterswimming. Not only is Nikki teaching, coaching, and planning a wedding, she also has time to cook! Luckily she is sharing a great recipe with us! And only three ingredients, you can’t beat that!


Hey everyone! Thanks to Kristen, I’m here with a guest post for ya! I hope she’s having a great time, and I hope she’s taking a nice break from technology, too! A little break is good for the soul!

I’m here today to introduce you to my favorite cookie recipe as of late.  It’s probably the simplest recipe in the world, but it makes for a filling, low calorie treat!  And another plus is that it can be easily adapted to include a multitude of yummy tastes!  I’ve already posted it on my blog, but I wanted to share it with the rest of Kristen’s readers because this recipe is honestly the simplest recipe that is also satisfying!

Three ingredients is all it takes for a healthy, filling, delicious dessert.  A bonus: each cookie is roughly 50 calories!

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

  • 1 cup oats

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together well, spoon onto a greased baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.  The end.  Easy as pie (or cookies in this case…). I got 12 nice-sized cookies out of it.

The nice thing is that these can be modified simply.  You can switch out the chocolate chips for raisins, dried fruit, nuts, etc.  Or you can add a little bit of nut butter for a smoother taste!

Seriously, I encourage you to try these! They don’t really taste like a health cookies, and they are totally perfect for a little sweet tooth craving!

Thanks, again, to Kristen! Hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

Beach Vacation Survey

Right now, I’m on the road!!! I can not express how much I have been looking forward to fresh air, and getting out of St Louis. I always feel rejuvenated after our beach vacation, now I just have a few hours standing between me and the gulf 🙂

I saw this survey on mealsandmoves and thought it was a good one!

Current Book: I actually need some ideas for the beach! send you suggestions!

Current music: I just heard Dont Ya by Brett Eldredge. LOVE IT!

Current guilty pleasure: Starbucks 🙂


Current nail color:  I’m not sure the name, but I just got a pedicure with my mom, and they match my flowers 🙂


Current drink: good o’ water (after my starbucks….I did have a coupon though! haha)


Current food: This morning I had a big bowl of oats, now its time to decide what to do for lunch….


Current favorite show: I love Dancing with the Stars, sadly it just ended

dancing with the stars

Current wish list: travel with just me and Andrew out West, try crossfit, and volunteer with Andrew with animals

Current needs: To stop coughing, apparently I caught it from my nephew (who now has pneumonia….)

Current celebrity crush: I think you guys all know about this one….

channing tatum 2

Current indulgence:  besides starbucks, it is definitely ice cream


Current blessing: The ability to take a vacation with my whole family, and take 2 weeks off work


Current outfit:I don’t have a picture of me, but I am wearing this outfit


Current excitement: Leaving to go to the beach (and not head back to work till June 6th!)

Current mood: alittle under the weather (darn nephew. haha)

Current link: Oh my. I have a few. Youtube.  A few blogs I need to read: Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, and Fuelbylolz

Alrighty, time to get back to driving (haha just kidding)

Question for you:

What is one your “current”?

What book should I read while laying on the beach?

Vacation Location

Following our 13 hour day of traveling, we finally arrived at our condo!

My mom found an amazing deal for a condo at the Gulf Shores Plantation.

I wanted to share some not so awesome pictures, but I hope you guys get the idea!

Our is the peach colored complex 🙂

Andrew trying to get out of the picture haha…not quite

Andrew looks in pain, Im not sure why….

Our room 🙂

I’m so glad I don’t have a twin bed anymore haha.

Of course, there was this sign right outside our place.

DANGER. Alligators are not pets. Stay back and do not feed.


Question for you:

Would you rather stay in a house, condo, hotel, or some other place when traveling?

traveling the world

GOOD NEWS: I just finished working four 12 hour shifts in a row! Thank goodness.

BAD NEWS: I am now officially in a coma. Im tired! And I have a ton to do

  • Pack for vacation (we leave saturday!)
  • Get school stuff for andrew
  • Visit grandma
  • Massage
  • Grocery shopping for car ride
  • Pedicure
  • Bike ride (maybe…)
  • Sleep in (if Im lucky)

So our trip on saturday is to michigan!!!!!! My family went there for YEARS (and by years I mean like 12!)

 we took a few years to visit other places in the world like:

  1. MEXICO 2009 I went here with two of my best friends . It was PURE HEAVEN!

            2.) Fort Myers 2010 with my mom and andrew

 I needed some time away from St Louis with Andrew

           3.) Disney world with the whole family (without my older brother) 

 it was andrews first plan ride! We went in 2009 and it was mine and Andrew’s first time to disney!


       4.) Fort Morgan 2011

I went with the whole family minus the little brother

         5.) Ireland Best. Trip. EVER. (minus my younger brother)

          6.) Destin 2008

This trip was just with my mom, dad, and andrew. I needed this trip more than ever, this was right after I ended things with Ian.

         7.) Chicago 2011.

Andrew and I went to chicago to visit my cousin Jill and visit LEGO LAND!

       8.) Trip to Nashville 2011

with the F4 (girls I went to SIUE nursing school with)

             9.) Branson 2011

with the BFFs (girls I work with, for the most part. yes we call eachother the BFFs- we even have shirts for some events!)

      10.) Lake of the Ozarks 2010

I went and stayed all by myself! (Andrew was just a few miles away with Ian’s family)

11.) Table Rock Lake 2008

I went with my mom and dad, and Ian stayed for 1/2 the trip.

Im sure there are more trips, but can you see the trend??? we love to go to the beach! And I traveled A LOT this year so far


This is the Last time we went to michigan! Andrew was just a year old

We will see how this year goes! I CANT WAIT!!!!

Better get to bed busy day tomorrow- Im having a ME day! Cant wait!

Question for you:

What would be/ is your favorite vacation spot?

-I really really really want to go to Hawaii and Australia


Im going on a eight day vacation with my mom, dad, son, brother, sister n law, and nephew.

This is all of us in Ireland. I have a younger brother, but he just started a new job and cant go.

I will be gone 8 days, work three, walk through on my house, and then close on my house! Its going to be crazy busy. I am going to try and blog, but I might be busy laying on the beach haha

(I am bringing my computer just in case!)

Here are some pictures from my last trip to the to fort morgan a year ago with my son and mom.