We love the beach!

These pictures are from February. Hayden got a kite for his birthday. He had to try it out, so we took him to Cresent Beach.

This was Lucas's first trip to the beach. He was busy taking it all in.

Josie had fun playing in the sand and waves. It was surprisingly warm for February.

This picture is from our fishing trip in May to Rattle Snake Island. Lucas loved crawling in the coquina.

Matt and Hayden went fishing with Bapu. They caught three flounder. The third is not pictured. We fried these two up and ate them for dinner. Um, good eats!
I'd like to send a shot out to Mr. George W. Bush. Thanks to his rebate checks, we were able to purchase a small boat this summer. It has given us much pleasure to contribulate to the economy, while at the same time make some great family memories. We will be heading up to Alligator Point, which is a little south of Tallahassee on Saturday to stay for a week. The house we rented is on the beach, and we couldn't be more excited. I hope to build enormous sand castles, catch dozens of fish, and see my children dance in the waves. That is my idea of a vacation!

Splurge and Purge

It's nonsense really, the amount of junk I let pile up. The closets, the corners, the pantry, the two junk drawers in the kitchen, all littered with debris. Yes, our house is small, but it really is not small on storage. We just can't seem to get a handle on the STUFF, it's everywhere! Does Hayden really need nineteen pairs of mismatched socks, and do Matt and I really need to save every bill we've received in the last two years? The answer is no, so I've been purging. Some items have made it to the storage unit. Like the five enormous remote control cars that were played with only a handful of times. While others were taken to a clothing drop box outside of K-Mart. Purging is something I do every few months. How do I know when the purging is complete? I can see the color of my kitchen counter tops. It feels good, probably like going to a chiropractor, though I've never been. Once it has been done, everything feels right with the world. I sleep a little easier knowing that all of Hayden's socks have a match. Then a few days go by and suddenly I get the overwhelming urge to go buy STUFF to replace the STUFF that I got rid of. It's a vicious cycle of splurging and purging that fills me with immeasurable guilt. Am I whining, Phil Gramm?

Happy 4th of July!

The Bergen clan is pumped for the 4th. We are heading up to my parent's church at 4:00 p.m. for a cookout. I think they are going to have one of those blowup water slides. The kids are super excited. Later this evening we will probably walk down to the river front and watch the fireworks. We took the above picture last year. I love fireworks, especially the ones that look like a weeping willow tree as they fall to the ground.