Here I am. I finally have the time to sit down and blog about our gloriously wonderful trip to Miami. It was heaven. Absolutely amazing. The weather was perfect, the ocean was warm, the conference went well, and I had days and days of uninterrupted time with Taylor. Here we are after a morning jog along the beach. After the first little bit, I took my shoes off and ran along the edge of the water.

The ocean at night is beautiful, intriguing, and a little bit scary.
The night before we left, I got a subconjunctival hemorrhage (a broken blood vessel in my eye). It happened at work somehow. I had a terrible headache for much of the day and then my eye just started itching and I looked in the mirror and it was full of blood. I panicked for a small moment thinking I had some sort of brain hemorrhage, so I called my brother-in-law Kent (the almost doctor) and he told me I would be fine. And I was. It just lasted for days, and the last of it is still visible. All throughout my conference people asked me what happened. And I still have no idea what caused it.
The conference was a lot of fun. Presenting my paper was a lot more enjoyable then I thought it would be and it was really enjoyable to see some friends and my professors from BYU. The communications dep. from BYU even published press release about it here. And if you (mom!) feel so inclined you can read my paper here. I must however warn anyone who reads it, it may be a little boring.

And now onto more exciting things in Miami: Alligators. We went on a tour of the Everglades and I snapped this picture of an alligator- I got within Five feet of it, but Taylor wouldn't let me touch it, I really wanted to though. We got to ride on a fan boat and we saw cranes and turtles and all sorts of wild creatures. It was pretty cool.
We stayed out late, wandered the streets, shopped, played at the beach, and loved every second of our time there.

We even saw lots of Jelly Fish washed up on shore. They were amazing. At first I had no idea what we were seeing. This one is still alive, it's all puffed up with air. But once they washed up on shore and the sun came out they died. We only saw them first thing in the morning.

We ate incredible food. The Cuban food was my favorite, Taylor liked his Mahi-Mahi, and we also had some amazing Indian Fare.
The beach was better than I had imagined it would be. The water was beautiful and the waves were great. We now understand why everyone in Buffalo goes to Florida in the winter. It gave us the energy we need to make it through until the sun comes out again in Buffalo.
We returned home to cold Detroit and we will be eternally grateful for Leisy and Kent who watched our kids for SIX days! The great part about leaving them with family was that we didn't worry about them one bit and I didn't fell all that bad when I found out that Milly was sick with a fever and woke up three times a night, or that Henry abandoned his potty training and pooped his pants more than once. Thanks Leisy and Kent. We really will do it for you some day. Here are some pictures Leisy took of them while we were gone. Milly Goat is really cute.
And here are all the kids. I think Milly felt a little outnumbered.


Life around here has been pretty busy and very exciting. Mostly the excitement comes from the fact that we are going to a place that is 83 degrees and sunny in a few days and we are leaving our children behind. I am soooo excited. As much as we love these kids, we need some time together without them. I will admit, I'll probably miss them a bit. They have been so darn cute lately.
This is a picture of little Milly Goat and then Henry at the same age....They look A LOT alike. At least Milly has a little more hair than he did at this point.

They even both do the baby push up which is a precursor to crawling. If Milly follows Henry's lead she will be crawling in the next week or two.

Here is Henry yesterday out playing in the rain and the puddles. Don't be fooled into thinking that you are seeing a spring shower here. The rain wasn't even enough to melt all the snow piles around town and we woke up with a fresh 4 inch blanket of snow this morning. It's still winter.
Henry says the darndest things. Just last week we were looking at some pictures of his cousins and he got to a picture of his cousin Megan and said, "Mom! She is very beautiful, just like you." It was the cutest thing he's ever said. I need to start writing everything down so I don't forget. He is really into the word "very" right now. This week he said, "daddy hurt me very bad when he buckles my car seat."