Monday, August 31, 2009


Well unfortunately we are back home and in the real world again, but we had a GREAT vacation in Panama City!!  We spent an entire week on the beach and had great weather.  The sun was perfect, the waves (or lack thereof) were perfect, the water was perfect, and the people there were perfect.  This was our second annual beach trip with the Jeffords. (can you believe they agreed to go with the crazy Reardens a second year!)  For the last two years we have gone at the end of August and we are finding this to be a good time to go, if you can dodge the hurricanes. The water is warm and has been so calm and clear the last two years.  Because all of the older kids have started school, there aren't many people at the restaurants, beach or pool and this is great!  

So a typical day of our vacation looked like this:
  • wake up around 8:00 or so.
  • feed everyone breakfast (this is quite a task with 3 2yr. olds trying to sit in "big boy" seats that are tall and have no arms to hold them in!)
  • make 9 sandwiches and pack coolers and snacks
  • pack 7 towels along with some hats, cameras, sunscreen, diapers and wipes
  • get everyone lathered up in sunscreen and in their bathing suits
  • around 10:00 carry what feels like half of the house down to the beach
  • get everything set up (tents, chairs, toys)
  • then RELAX and PLAY !!!

After a few hours of playing on the beach, we would pack everything back up and go find a table to eat lunch at.  

After eating lunch we would head over to the kiddie water play area and the boys would play some more until they were so tired they could hardly keep their eyes open.

Then we went back to the condo for everyone to nap and get ready for dinner.  We ate at some really great restaurants while we were there!

Captain Anderson's


Old Florida Fish House

Dusty's Raw Oyster and Bar

After dinner we would often walk around Pier Park and  let the boys run off a little more energy!

Then it was time to go back to the condo, go to sleep and do this all again for 6 more days!! It was great!!!

For any of you that know me very well, I am a picture freak!! I take way to many pictures so I of course took way more pictures than are on this blog.  I will post some more pics tomorrow!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

2 x 2 x 2

It doesn't take much to have a good Sunday afternoon...

About 2 inches of water...

and 2 brothers that are 2 years old!

So after everyone woke up from a good ole' Sunday nap, we decided to head outside and play in the pool.  It is amazing how much fun the boys can have in a $15 plastic pool that is filled with 2 inches of water.  This can quickly take up 2 hours of a day and create a lot of laughing!  

Something about 2 year old boys, they can make any activity a dangerous activity.  Unfortunately I think I have many, many more years of this ahead of me!  They have come up with a new "game" in the pool.  "Let's just jump up in the air and land in the pool on our bellies".....all while landing on top of each other and slamming their faces into the side of the pool!! Sounds like fun to me!! :/

After all of the crazy jumping and sliding it was time to relax a little...

No afternoon spent outside is complete without trying to use the bathroom on the bushes (we haven't quite mastered this, but we are trying! :~)

and a meltdown...

All and all it was a wonderful Sunday afternoon!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

50's Party

  • In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.00 and by 1959 was $12,400.00 
  • In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.00 and by 1959 was $5,010.00 
  • In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents 
  • In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.00 and by 1959 was $2,200.00
  • Square dance Cotton Check Dress $3.29
  • Electric Portable Singer Sewing Machine $19.90 
  • Ronson Electric Shaver $28.50 
  • Ritz Crackers 32 cents 
  • Rollaway Beds $14.95 
  • Ring 1 carat Diamond $399.00 
  • Mechanical Adding Machine $3.98 

My how things have changed since the 1950's!!  

On Friday night, Joe and I went with Jake and Corrie to some friends house for a 50's theme party!  We had a great time after Joe got over the fact, that yes I did want him to dress the part!  All I knew about the 50's was poodle skirts and scarfs tied in your hair.  I had to do a bit of research to figure out what they would wear for a night out on the town.  This is what we came up with!

Here are the ladies of the group!

We all had the red lipstick on loud and proud!

And the men of the group!

So what do you think?  Do we look like we belong in the 1950's?