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January 2012


Photo Challenge:{Focus} on mom

January 30, 2012

I decided to join Nicolette @ Working on a Project for her new linky party. It is such a great idea to step out from behind the camera and get in front. How many of us moms often look through pictures and realize that there are few and far between that have us in them? So here goes…

The rules are simple.

  1. You (Mom) must be in the photo.
  2. Link up one photo or as many as you like.
  3. Link back to her blog or grab her button from the sidebar.
  4. Try to visit a few of the others and leave some comment love on their site.

Here is my picture… the whole family together for a change. Definitely don’t have many of these!!!


Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

January 27, 2012

It’s time again to join Hilary over at Feeling Beachie for some Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun. Each week she posts four blank statements for us to fill in on our own blogs. She is always looking for new statements and if she chooses yours, you’ll be her co-host for the hop. So, come join the fun!


This weeks statements:

  1. Nothing is better than____________.
  2. I___ my___in____ but never________.
  3. Those______that are always______make me want to___________.
  4. My favorite_____ is when______.

My answers:

  1. Nothing is better than that first sip of steaming, hot coffee in the morning.
  2. I like to walk my dogs in the morning but never at night.
  3. Those recipes that are always so complicated, make me want to throw something. (I usually resist the urge and just change it to suit my needs!!! 🙂 )
  4. My favorite time to read is when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet and calm.


Another Award!!!

January 26, 2012

I’m so happy to tell you guys that Tere @ Yep,this is my life… wanna trade? was nice enough to include me in her list and award me The Versatile Blogger Award!!! Thank you so much! If you have some time, go say Hello to her!!!

Recipients of this award are asked to:
*Thank the person that nominated their blog for the award with a backlink to them.
*List 7 things about themselves.
*Award 15 newly discovered blogs with the award and tell them of the award.
Here is my list of 7 things about myself:
  1. I recently became an American citizen.
  2. I love to make jewelry with middle daughter.
  3. I’m pretty good at ping-pong.
  4. The first foreign language I learned in school was Russian, followed by English and French.
  5. I am not a morning person and love to sleep in.
  6. I took guitar lessons when I was ten but have forgotten everything I learned.
  7. I love to paint–walls–and have pretty much painted our whole house.

And now, the 15 amazing blogs (in no particular order) I’m handing the award off to:

  1. Totally Terri
  2. Freaky Frugalite
  3. Not Just a Hockey Mom
  4. The Douglass Diaries
  5. The Mama Pirate
  6. The Ossington Kitchen
  7. By Word of Mouth Musings
  8. Movita Beaucoup
  9. Tried, Tested and True Mommy
  10. The Worstest Mommy
  11. Little Bit of Wonderful
  12. Marvi Marti
  13. My Organized Chaos
  14. Moments Of Introspection
  15. Dominique’s Desk
It would be great if you could take the time and stop by all these amazing fellow bloggers!!!
(Note: I tried to make sure non of these blogs received this award before. If I made a mistake, please, forgive me.)



Quote of the week!!!

January 26, 2012

If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow.  If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder.  If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow.  If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile.  But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.

~ Author Unknown


I'm a blogger… and proud of it!!!

January 24, 2012

The house is quiet, most of the cleaning and straightening is done for now and I have an hour before I have to pick up my two big kiddos. I spent most of the morning trying to figure out what to write today. There is so much swirling in my head right now. I’m learning so many things and I’m trying to set myself a schedule so it doesn’t get too over-whelming. I want to know everything, now. And I know, that’s just not possible or feasible.

I know, some of you who know me probably have no clue why I have this blog and what it’s all about. Up until about 4 months ago, neither did I. I started blogging as a way to make connections, to not always feel so alone and to make myself, if not understood, heard. It’s a way to share things and “meet” some great people. And let me tell you, I have met some fantastic people that otherwise I may never have had the pleasure of knowing. This blogosphere, although daunting at times, is a beautiful community where you can meet like-minded people.

Unknowingly, it has also become something that has changed my outlook and things I want to do in the future. It’s opened doors to new and exciting things for me. I’ve become interested in web-design, learning html and css and I’m enjoying it. Go figure. I’m turning into a geek. 🙂 I’m learning that Facebook, Twitter, Google + and all the other social media sites out there are  valuable tools and should be used to their full potential.

I’ve become a blogger. There, I’ve said it. I’m a blogger and proud of it. I love getting on my computer every day and seeing the comments others have left and reading what others out there have to say. I discover something new every day and I feel like I’m growing as a person because of it. I enjoy tweaking my blog design and forever find something that I want to change and add. It’s a learning process and I think, on some level there will always be something new around the corner and that’s exciting.

It amazes me that things could look so different from where I was 4 months ago. I was lucky enough to have dinner with a fellow blogger a few days ago and it is just such a relief to speak to someone who gets it, who understand the why’s and how’s. It is also a big help that hubby is a tech geek himself so he totally understands when I go off on a tangent. He is always available to lend a hand, to give advice and to help me move forward. The kids obviously have a big part in this, as well. They are and most likely will be, the subject of many of my posts. They are what I’m passionate about… being their mommy.

Another side benefit is my new love of photography. I’ve always loved taking pictures and showing off the kids. But now, I look at things differently. I’m reading up on how and why to use certain settings on a camera. I’m paying more attention and I’m loving every minute of it. There are some great photography blogs out there with great informative articles.

It is a time-consuming but oh so enjoyable thing and there are many possibilities out there. For those of you who already follow me… Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for welcoming me to this big community of bloggers for sharing your thoughts with me and for making me smile. For those of you who are new here or who haven’t yet followed me, I’m on Facebook and Twitter !!! I look forward to seeing you there.







Always In Threes

January 21, 2012

Ever since I discovered that my trusty point and shoot camera has a lot more settings than I ever thought, I’ve been busy taking pictures. Everywhere I go, I see a potential shot. And when I can’t stop or don’t have the camera with me I get a little mad. But that’s not what’s on my mind now.

The other day, my girls and I were out walking the dogs, enjoying another beautiful Florida Winter afternoon. The picture on top is one of the shots, I took. Three palm trees. And now, everywhere I turn there seems to be a grouping of three palm trees, sometimes more, sometimes less, but mostly three! There are a lot of palm trees in South Florida, as you can imagine. It’s the nature of the beast!!! 🙂

Anyways, it made me wonder if there is a reason for it or if the landscapers that designed the plots in all the different developments just liked the look of it. I do. I like the way three palm trees look together… either in a straight line, or in a triangle. It really doesn’t matter. Is that strange? Probably. But oh well, sometimes I get a little quirky.

Do you ever ponder about inane things? And what are they? I’d really like to know. 🙂

Happy weekend to all!!!


Follow Friday Four Fun Fill-In

January 19, 2012


It’s time for some fun, follow Friday four fill-in fun, that is. Hilary @ Feeling Beachie posts four blank statements each week for us to fill-in on our own blogs. This week, I’m super happy to say, I am her co-host. The last two statements came from me. So, take a break, have another cup of coffee or tea and join us!!! 🙂

This weeks statements:

  1. I used to enjoy_______but now I don’t really anymore except for when I_____.
  2. My first job was______.
  3. I am a bit obsessed with______at the moment.
  4. If I don’t have my_______at night, I don’t sleep well.

My answers:

  1. I used to enjoy Twizzlers but now I don’t really anymore, except for when I watch Twilight.
  2. My first job was as a waitress in my parents restaurant. (Not my favorite!!! Working with family can be tough.)
  3. I am a bit obsessed with The Twilight Saga at the moment. Maybe more than a bit, I cannot wait for Breaking Dawn to come out on DVD February 10th!!!
  4. If I don’t have my cup of Rooibus tea and hubby snoring next to me at night, I don’t sleep well.



A Day at the Fair

January 19, 2012

As promised, here is my post about our day spent at the South Florida Fair. Each year, the weekend after hubby’s birthday, the fair opens and you can usually find us there. This year, we decided to go just as a family. Last year, we ended up going with 6 kids and it gets nerve-wrecking trying to watch over all of them and making sure they return to their parents in one piece!!!

There are so many things to do and see. We usually start in Yesteryear Village, where we look around, maybe tour one or two of the historical buildings and buy our pork-rinds and Kettle-corn! The Kettle-corn is made in a huge old-fashioned open kettle over a fire-pit. It’s fantastic. We also check out the Expo center and all the vendors. But that is usually a quick walk-through… the kids are not that interested in shopping after all.

Then we head over to the different barns and check out all the animals and their ribbons. In the cow barn you can catch a demonstration of how cows are milked, or if you get lucky see a calf being born. We saw two newborn calves again this year… one still had the umbilical cord attached. Not sure I want to see the whole birthing process, though. We love visiting the bunnies, they are too cute. I don’t much enjoy the chicken barn because it just stinks in there. But if you are so inclined you can buy farm fresh eggs. The girls love going to see the horses. I think, they are beautiful animals but to be honest, I’m kind of scared to go near them. They are big and some of them temperamental!!! Our favorite this year were hands-down the goats. They were just so adorable and fun to watch. The girls and I would have loved to take one home but the hubby would not be thrilled with that idea! 🙂

Once we get done “sight-seeing”, it’s off to the midway to enjoy some of the rides. The two older ones can go on some of the more advanced rides now and they are thrill-seekers so they will find the biggest, fastest and loudest rides. The boy made his dad go on one of the big roller-coasters because Middle daughter was a tad too small. I’m glad, it was him and not me. Hubby banged up his knees pretty good on that one. I opted to go on the Ferris wheel at the end of the night. The perfect ending to a wonderful day full of fun, good food, laughter and screams!!!

Can’t wait for next year!!!!

Do you have county fairs or an event you look forward to each year?

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