My sweet sister, B, is really great at planning outings for the kids. She LOVES a good field trip, and is always so gracious about inviting my kids to tag along too. It's the teacher in her shining through;) Yesterday, she had a tour planned for us at CiCi's Pizza.
I mean...how FUN, right!?! Well...my kids definitely thought so.
We had a great time learning all about pizza, how it's made, and meeting who actually makes it.
We toured the kitchen, peaked in the enormous refrigerator, saw how they make their dough, and learned about the oven which cooks a pizza in less than FIVE minutes.
After our grand tour was over, the kids gathered around the table and each got to make their own personal pizza.
And yes...a little sampling was going on too;)
Totally caught in the act.
The girl could not help herself;)
And just as promised, our pizza's were in and out of the oven in about FIVE minutes.
And to be honest...it didn't take much longer than that for my hungry crew to dig in and devour their delicious creations;)
Summer break isn't over quite yet, but I think it's safe to say that we just wrapped up the BEST week of our entire summer. Heck...It may have been the BEST week of THE entire YEAR! One of my sweet friends compared it to waking up on Christmas morning five days in a row.
Yup...that's a pretty good description about our Vacation Bible School!
Five wonderful days filled with nothin but excitement, high energy, and AMAZING FUN!
Seeing 800 kids get excited about praising, worshiping, and serving JESUS was truly breath taking!!
It was a blessing for me to serve on the VBS leadership team again this year! Not only did I help head up the craft department, but I also got to play a fun part in the VBS drama each morning;)
My sweet friend Melanie and I were "Sissy and Missy"--
two very perky and peppy cheerleaders;)
We switched things up just a bit in the craft department this year. The kids made something for the first three days of the week, but on Thursday and Friday they had the opportunity to put "feet to their faith" as they worked with Servants with a Heart.
This was hands down, the high light of the entire week. For two days I got to help our kids pack over 53,000 meals to feed the
people in Nicaragua! Our VBS kids raised over $16,000.00 for this project. They paid for it! They prepared it! They packed it! And then they prayed
over each food box they filled!
They did it ALL!!!
I was BLOWN away!!!!
The grand finale to our amazing week was rocking it out with the "Go Fish Guys" in concert on Friday night at our church!
If you have never heard of Go Fish...look them up. They are AMAZING! And I PROMISE...you'll LOVE their music just as much as your kids do.
While we are all at the beach together, we usually set aside one night for family pictures. Unfortunately, the night we choose was particularly WiNdY;) We literally almost blew away while trying to get a few good shots. HA! Oh well.
Picture night isn't everyone's favorite night anyway, so our crew was pretty happy that we had to keep it short and sweet;)
So we've been back from our wonderful beach vacation for a little over a week now. We got back last Saturday afternoon, unpacked a little, and then jumped right into the VBS craziness that followed the next week! WHEW! These last two weeks have been a total blur for me, but I'm slowly catching my breath...while catching up on the laundry;)
Anyway...back to our beach trip...
We had the BEST.time.ever!!!
The weather was PERFECT, the beach was BEAUTIFUL, and our time was MEMORABLE!
This year, not only were we surrounded by MY sweet family, but our dear friends, the Howard's...
our favorite lifeguard friend, Charlotte,
joined us for a week of
FUN in THE SUN too!
That made for a grand total of 27 people in our party.
And yes...it was definitely a PARTY!
Most of our week was spent ON the beach. The kids LOVE swimming in the ocean and playing in the sand with their friends AND cousins.
When we needed a little break from the beach, the pool was the happening place to be.
I'm actually surprised no one sprouted fins and gills while we were away;) I think most of these kids spent more time IN the water than out.
Every year we visit Surfside, we have a few spots that we love to frequent.
This year, we were excited to share some of our favorite beach hang outs with our friends.
Sophia's Ice Cream is a definite family fav!!!
And no trip would be complete without a trip (or two) to the Yum Yum shop as well!
Broadway at the Beach is a must see too.
We didn't do much shopping there, but our crew had a BLAST riding all the new amusement park rides they have there now.
And speaking of "BLAST'...
Our family had so much fun building amazing sand creations,
and making silly pictures while hanging out on the beach!
My family is THE BEST;)
What a wonderful week spent with the people I love most in this entire world!
Sweet memories were made and precious moments were enjoyed that will indeed last a life-time!