To finish off our weekend of fun we decided to drive to The Everglades, about an hour away, and ride bikes with the gators.
We heard about this 15 mile loop where you can bring your own bikes, or rent crappy ones (which is what we did) and you bike ride with gators just hanging out, sunbathing on the side of the road.
I was pretty scared when we started. Personally, this was my first 'ride with gators so close to me' experience, I didn't know if they were going to attack me or not! They didn't, thank goodness.
We decided to count and see how many alligators we saw.
We saw a lot of newborn gators, baby gators, medium sized gators, huge gators, and we even saw a gator fight between 2 big ones. It was awesome.
We counted 101.
101 cute creepy gators.
The gators didn't care about us. We would go up to them, they wouldn't move.
BUT they always kept their eyes on us, which was actually pretty creepy. If there eyes were closed, and we stopped, they would open their eyes and then just watch us....
From all the 101 gators we saw, I had a few that I just wished I could have taken home and trained them to love me and not eat me. I loved the little babies because they looked like stuffed animals, but mostly I loved this guy who was just hanging out on the road.
If you weren't looking where you were going, he would have eaten you for sure.
Being a 3 day weekend for Marshall and I we wanted to do something fun. We were going to go on a quick cruise to the Bahamas for 2 days but then thought we should wait and go on one when we can go longer. Then we were going to go to the Keys with friends from work but that didn't end up working out. So we thought we would go to the beach BUT the weather has been in the 70's (that is chilly to these people) and it has be cloudy and rainy. Blah.
It's only Saturday so we still have 2 days of potential beach weather but today was out.
Instead we decided to use our awesome Miami library card to go to a museum fo freeeeee!
We ended up at the science museum and it was interesting...
There were lots of kids and lots of strange smells so that made it challenging...
The museum was random. There were fish and birds. And science type things....
One of my favorite parts (which I don't have a picture of, only a video) was this giant dance floor. You had to jump up and down and dance really fast in order for the music to get louder. We were loving it, and pretty much the only adults dancing. They all just stared at us.
But after we danced we would go stand in front of this thing that showed us how hot we were. One time my hands were actually red. And it showed my bra/boobs. It was awesome. I'm a sweat machine.
Outside was really the best part. We watched an eagle eat a rabbit from the beginning. The fence didn't allow for any good pictures, it was disturbing, yet I couldn't turn away. They also had injured giant birds on leashes.... it was so weird.
But the best part of it all was the human yo-yo.
You would hold on and pull down really hard and then it would shoot you up and down.
It felt like were Peter Pan, flying through the air, holding on for dear life.
And now my arms are sore. Thanks science, I needed that work out.
I am still alive. Barely. I thought, maybe I should just stop posting, it's been so long and I'm so exhausted but, no, I am back.
I have been working 9 to 10 hour days for the past 7 days, but my week this week is not as crazy. I have time to eat, sleep, and blog.
I'm still in the Christmas posts. Stick with me here.
After Christmas my Aunt Nancy, her 4 daughters, their husbands and their children all came to stay at my parent's house. For one of the nights my brother and his family were still in town. The house was insane but so much fun!
This is all of the kids. Cousins, and second cousins. Is that what they are to each other? My cousin's kids and our (my brother's) kids?
We celebrated many birthdays over the last couple weeks
Marshall -Dec. 28
My Dad -Dec. 29
My Mom- Jan. 4
But I only seemed to document Marshall's. Sorry Parentals, I really sucked this year with the camera. But Happy Birthday parents! I love you! I didn't even give you guys a blog post shout out. I'm sorry!! I really failed.
For Marshall's birthday I forced him to wear a birthday hat.
Literally, forced him to take this picture.
But he loves me, so he smiled in one picture.
His Tulsa buddies came over to his parents house and they did man things.
Christmas at our house is a big deal. Usually more for the kids than the adults, but technically I am still a kid, because I don't have kids myself, so it's a big deal for me. But as our family is growing, and more babies are added, our Christmas has gotten even more awesome!
We usually open one or 2 gifts Christmas Eve and then save the giant pile of presents for Christmas day.
Uncle Aaron wrestling all the kiddos.
Me trying to take pictures.
All the grandbabies opened their Christmas pj's and we of course had to try and take a pic.
I of course, had to get in this pic. I'm looking at Pryce because he was slowly making his way to the ground. And then all of a sudden, Jett was done with our picture and laid on his brother.
I have some pretty adorable nephews and niece!
The kids opening the gift of their choice on Christmas Eve.
Christmas morning, we wake up really really early, even though every year we say let's not start so early. With kids, that's impossible. We eat cinnamon rolls, and drink hot chocolate and start the craziness of the gifts.
Somebody has to be the one to hand out the gifts, the Santa if you will. Usually it is my brother Aaron, but lately that job has fallen to me. So I have only a few pictures of actual opening presents because I was too busy. I'm not going to name names, but there were times when I would look over and one or two of the kids were opening presents that did not have their names on them, granted, they can't read and don't understand, but still. Someone had to sacrifice pictures for the safety of the gifts.
Marshall got an Indo board from my parents and he was pretty pumped about it.
And this picture I just love. Because it pretty much sums up what the morning was like.
These kids were tired. And over it.
However, these 3...
were present opening maniacs!
Finally, after all the presents were opened, that's when the real madness began. My dad gave my brothers and Marshall toy helicopters, the boys got remote control cars, so all the electronics were going at once and it was such a beautiful sight to see.
Marshall and I every year go to his family in Edmond for dinner Christmas day and an ornament exchange. I am so mad because I literally didn't take one picture. I was so busy catching up with his cousins and family and his mom is amazing with the camera and is constantly snapping pictures. So when she wasn't taking pictures, she gave me her camera to take pictures and I meant to get pictures from her before we left and I forgot! Poop! So technically I did take pictures... just not on my own camera..
But we did take ONE picture the next day after his residency interview.
How sad. Just one. I fail.
Overall, Christmas was the best. It was so fun to be with family, and get to experience the little ones at this time. It's such a magical time, and I love seeing Christmas through them!
We are back in Miami, back to the sunshine, back to shorts, but we are missing our family.
Our Christmas was great. It was so insane, but that's what made it so much fun. My brother in Virginia was there with his family, we haven't all been together for Christmas for 5 years! So it was so much fun to be able to hang with his kids and see how excited they were for Christmas!
We were going back and forth to Marshall's family but thankful that we are able to spend time with both families when we go back home.
Marshall also had 3 residency interviews while we were home. Which were also all over the place, so lots of driving. His interviews went great and we are excited to know in March where we might be for the next year. It is a matching system (a lot like sorority rush) and so we are praying for a clear answer on what we should do.
Marshall and my dad both had birthdays so we celebrated them! December babies never want to do anything for their birthday!
After Christmas my parents house got crazy. In the best possible way. My Aunt Nancy, who we lived with in Phoenix, has 4 daughters. They all are married and have an average of 2.5 kids. They all live all over the world, and don't get very many chances to all be together. So we had a reunion at my parents house. At one point, with both of my brother's kids, there were 13 kids under the age of 6!!! Plus all the adults. Marshall and I are the only ones without kids! Every meal time was like Home Alone. So crazy, but so much fun!
I realized that I didn't take as many pictures throughout the week as I normally do. I think there was just so much happening and so many kids to watch that I forgot to take pictures. Bummer. I missed a lot of sweet moments between all the cousins.
I'll post pictures from the whole week (once I upload them all) but for now I'll leave you with before Christmas pictures!