Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Team Under Armour Next

This post is sponsored by Under Armour.  

If you've been around this blog even for a little while then you already know I have some VERY active kids.  And if you're a tad bit observant then you might have realized my boys are a wee bit obsessed with Under Armour.  

I recently had the chance to preview Under Armour's back-to-school line, and it did NOT disappoint.  I love Under Armour for the style, but I specifically love Under Armour for the quality.  I feel like I can wash and wear this stuff a million times and it still looks as good as the first day of school.

My kids were OB-SESSED with the Storm Backpack.

In addition to showing you the amazing back-to-school line, I also wanted to tell you about a new youth campaign.   TEAM UA NEXT!!! 

Under Armour is traveling the country to find the brand’s next youth ambassadors. Kids ages 7-12 can compete at stops on the TEAM UA NEXT tour, or submit an online application. Six winners will have the chance to visit the UA campus in Baltimore, and be featured in marketing campaigns throughout the following year.   

Now tell me how cool is that?  To find out more about the tour or fill out an online application click here!  May your little athlete become the next youth ambassador for TEAM UA NEXT! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Roatan Vacation: Day Three Parasailing

I'm going to be honest, it was a rough life being in Roatan.  The blue skies, the beautiful water, it was all so hard to look at everyday.

We decided on Monday that we would go parasailing.  I was going to let the kids go with David and Tracy, but it turned out Jack had no interest in going.  So I decided I would go and I'm so happy I did.

Ella had no apprehension whatsoever.  She was confident and excited the whole time.

Nicholas, on the other had, was a complete wreck.  There were times while he was waiting for his turn where I thought he would cry.

I couldn't believe my little girl was being so brave.  She stepped right up there and got attached to the sail to go flying in the air.

And she was so excited to do it.  I wondered if she'd be scared when she was up there.  Would she have fun?  Would she cry?

Off they went and the excitement showed on their faces.

When they came back down, they were just as excited when they left.  Everyone loved it and they were all smiles.  It was a great experience!

I honestly wasn't nervous.  I knew it would be fun, so I focused on keeping Nicholas calm.  I just told him, "you're doing it" and "you'll be fine."

We were off and Nicholas had a grip on the straps that turned his knuckles white.

But as soon as we were off he said, "oh it's not that bad."  I don't think his death grip loosened, however.

I was so surprised how clam it was up 600 feet in the air.  I thought it would be so windy that we wouldn't even be able to talk to one another.

It wasn't at all!  It was the exact opposite actually.  It was so calm and smooth and peaceful.  Of course it was over so quickly and that made me sad.  I could have stayed up there quite awhile.

I'm so proud of Ella and Isabel being just 8 years old and being brave enough to float into the air and having such a great carefree attitude.

I'm also proud of Nicholas for being scared, but doing it anyway.  I'm glad he learned that even if something is scary, it can turn out to be fun!

We spent the rest of the day at the pool and then enjoyed another beautiful sunset walking to dinner.

I can't get enough!

I watched more sunsets in Roatan than I have in the whole rest of my life.  Sad but true.

At least I've captured enough pictures for a lifetime.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Roatan Vacation: Day Two Dolphin Encounter

Day two in Roatan.  I woke up bright and early and couldn't wait to get down to the pool.  I mean wouldn't you want to be here?  

I snuck down before anyone else was really stirring and sat on a lounge chair and read my book.  It was sooooo nice.  I love to read, but seldom carve out the time for it.  I hate that and I think vacation reminded me to make time for it.

I loved the view from the pool.  It had the infinity effect (Infinity Bay remember?).

For whatever reason, the kids just weren't into the beach scene.  I'm not really sure why because look at those waters.

Bianca and I visited the beach for a second and I had my camera.  Some guy asked if we wanted a picture.  I said, "No thanks" and Bianca said, "yes."  You see she wasn't in a bikini.  I look at this pic and.... well I decided to post it because this is a 40 year old woman who has three kids.  I don't have the best body, but it's a strong, healthy body and that's all I can really ask for.

Like I said, the kids weren't into swimming in the ocean, but they loved the pool.  Every minute we weren't involved in an activity they were IN the pool.  Some days that meant over 5 plus hours of constant swimming.  All of them (Isabel included).  It amazed me.  

And just because you can't get enough BFF pics we went to the beach for a few "twins" shots.

I love the colors of the beach.  I mean it looks like a color palette at a paint store.  Which shade of blue do you prefer?

Soon, however, we left the pool and headed to Anthony's Key Resort to our Dolphin encounter.  The scenes there were just as breathtaking.

We were all so excited to have our experience with the dolphins.  No one was scared on this adventure.

I can't help but share all of the "views" I took.  I mean, can you believe how beautiful the island of Roatan is?  It's not a crowded place either.  As you can see from most of my pictures, the place is very serene.

The kids weren't here to look at the views, they were here to see the dolphins!

We signed up for the dolphin encounter and not the swim.  We were invited into the area and got to see our dolphin, Polli, do her tricks.

 Polli put on quite a show for us.   She flipped in the air and it was cool-- to say the least.

She also walked for us.

I'll be honest, I felt uneasy there the whole time.  I couldn't help but feel sorry for these animals.  I mean they are caged in a small area.  If you look at the picture below you can see the cage below the dock.  

I found out, much to my pleasure, that the dolphins are actually free to leave the area.  They can leave any time they want, but the CHOOSE to come back.  Ok I get it, they come back because they are fed there-- it's a 5 star resort.  Wouldn't you want to live there?  It did make me feel better to know they could leave if they wanted to.  Somehow things seemed alright then.

After Polli did her tricks, she posed for some pictures with us.  I just couldn't believe I was holding a dolphin.  That's something I never thought I would do.

 Then she got to give everyone kisses.  Smooch!

The experience with the dolphins was one I won't soon forget.  Polli was perfect in every way.