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March 2012

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Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun

March 30, 2012

It’s Friday. Time to fill in some blanks and join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for her Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun hop. Each week she posts four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blog. It’s a fun way to meet new bloggers and to see what everyone comes up with. So here I go….

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Here are this week’s statements:

1.       I loved ____as a kid and still do.

2.       I drive____

3.       I am currently reading _______________

4.       I wish I could instantly have a body just like ____________

 

My answers:

1. I loved Nutella as a kid and still do.

2. I drive my family crazy with my constant cleaning and straightening up. 

3. I am currently reading “Sins of the Flesh” by Fern Micheals. 

4. I wish I could instantly have a body just like Ana Caban. She’s a Pilates coach and I love her Pilates work-out DVDs. Ah, to have abs like that!!! 🙂

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat…

March 29, 2012

I’m trying to remember how long it’s been exactly but can’t really put a number on it… that means it’s been too long. But this past weekend hubby and I dropped the kids off with my mom and went off on our own. For an adult only weekend. Two nights in a quiet hotel room without the pitter-patter of little feet, okay, so it’s really more of a stomp-stomp… you get the idea, right?

We didn’t go to lounge around on the beach or sit at some hotel pool tiki bar sipping drinks with straws in them (both of which would have been okay). Instead, we decided to soak up some history and take our chance on a 70 year old WWII ship. As some of you probably remember about a month ago we all went on a tour of the S.S. American Victory in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The S.S. American Victory in port

The S.S. American Victory is a fully-functional WWII Victory ship that serves as a floating museum. Twice a year the ship gets taken out into Tampa bay and we were lucky enough to get tickets for the first steam in 3 years.

Ready to steam away!

Hubby was pretty excited as both his grandfathers served on victory/liberty ships in the Merchant Marines during WWII. It was pretty fascinating to watch them ready the ship… the white or black smoke coming out of the smoke stack, the tugboat helping the much more massive ship move away from the dock and the people pulling off the thick lines holding the ship to the dock.

removing the last hold on land

The weather was absolutely, positively perfect… a sunny and breezy Spring day in Florida. We couldn’t have asked for better.

full-steam ahead

Hubby and I found our own little island of calm and were able to enjoy part of the cruise sitting there, watching the horizon, the sailboats with their crisp, white sails and the sea gulls flying along with us looking for some scraps of food.

our slice of heaven

The Navy send along two of their newest acquisitions and we were able to watch them go through some training maneuvers. Love this view of the down town Tampa skyline.

skyline of Tampa and our Navy companions

Big props need to go out to the Cindy E. The tug boat that stayed close to our side for the 4 hour cruise. The boat and it’s crew helped the American Victory away from the dock, turned us around when we got to the pier in St. Petersburg and made sure the ship was safely tied up again once we got back to port.

our constant companion

Part of the fun of going on this Relive History Cruise was seeing the reenactors dressed in their uniforms and dresses reminiscent of the 40’s. Here is hubby with two of the ladies…

hubby posing

In honor of all the fallen service men and women a small memorial service took place when we got to the pier in St. Petersburg. See this gun? It was actually fired 3 times. One of the other passengers, an older lady told us that 4 years ago during the cruise a burial at sea was performed.

rigged and loaded

Other than the food running out and some disgruntled passengers it was a fantastic experience and for me probably the one and only time to partake in this. Hubby is already making plans to take his dad and our boy on the September cruise. It’s pretty incredible to be able to “relive” history and steam away on a ship like this albeit under much safer conditions than both hubby’s grandpas experienced during their time on one of these.

view from the bow

 

Here are some more images from our day at sea. I took well over 150 pictures and had quite a time deciding which to share. I hope, you enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with us and if you ever find yourself near a museum ship in any port anywhere, I urge you to take a tour, look around and learn some maritime history. It sure is interesting.

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Making My Life Easier

March 26, 2012

It’s Monday. Back to reality for me. It’s a bit harder this Monday than on other Mondays because hubby and I had a weekend all to ourselves(for the first time in years!). My mom graciously took our 3 monsters  angels for the weekend and kept them busy. Hubby and I went away by ourselves and enjoyed some uninterrupted adult time. More on that trip later.

Now, it’s time for a list. I had so much fun joining Stasha at The Good Life last week that I decided to make another list.

10 Things/people/services that make life easier

1. I have to start with my hubby for being the technical genius he is and always solving any issues that crop up with all things computer related. I’m so lucky!

2. My Android phone, for always keeping me in the loop.

3. My Samsung Galaxy tablet, for keeping me in the loop, letting me carry a lighter load and that awesome Kindle app!!!

4. Skype, for letting me see my sister at least once a week and being able to watch my niece grow-up and see her take her first steps. It makes it easier to bear having her live all the way in Germany.

5. Walgreens online photo ordering. I always have an idea for Christmas presents for the grandparents ( they love the calenders with photos of the kids) and for being able to order prints online and pick them up an hour later. (For those last minute school projects!!!)

6. The dry cleaner because some days I give in and pay extra to have hubby’s dress shirts all nice and starched and wrinkle-free. As some of you know, ironing is my most dreaded and hated chore.

7. In the same vein as number 6. Here’s to wrinkle-free shirts… wash, dry and wear… that’s my kind of shirt!!!

8. Our lawn guys… I don’t have a green thumb and hubby is white collar all the way when it comes to outside chores. Without our lawn guys the grass would be waist high and the hedges at about 10 feet, neither of which our home owners association would appreciate.

9. My Libman Freedom Spray Mop. I am a bit anal when it comes to my floors. This mop is great because it comes with washable microfiber pads and a refill bottle for your own cleaning solution. You don’t need to constantly replace batteries or buy the throw-away pads. I like that, it’s better for the environment and cheaper on my wallet. Plus, it does a great job cleaning the floors.

10. This last one is a service that I wish was still available~ the Publix grocery delivery service~ it was so great to have. You ordered your groceries online, paid a small delivery fee and a few hours later food was at your door. It came in handy when the kids were really little and it took forever just to get ready for a quick grocery run. I’m sure many of us moms, especially the ones with newborns, would love to be able to have groceries delivered.

 

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Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun

March 22, 2012

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It’s Friday and you know what that means… time for some fill in fun with Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week she posts four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blogs. Her co-host this week is Nani at The Chronicles of Nani.

This weeks statements are:

1.       I love ___ when I need a pick me up

2.       No matter how hard I try, I just can’t ___

3.       _______ makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

4.       I can’t resist a sale on ________.

 

And here are my answers:

1. I love frozen yogurt from Tutti Frutti when I need a pick me up.

2. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to sit and finish reading The Hunger Games. I want to but just can’t seem to find the time.

3. Watching the hubby cuddle with our girls makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

4. I can’t resist a sale on T-Shirts or tanks at Old Navy, oh, and let’s not forget the flip-flops… those are always on sale.

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Tell Me About Yourself Award

March 21, 2012

Here I thought things had calmed down and award season in the bloggy world was over. And then came Marti of Marvi Marti fame, knocking on my door to surprise me with the Tell Me About Yourself Award and put a big smile on my face. As always, I’m extremely thankful and happy. 🙂

Some rules need to be followed when you are the recipient of this award. I promise, they are pretty simple.

1. Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Tell the world 7 things about yourself that you have not shared, yet.

3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know.

See, not so bad, is it?

Here are my 7 things that I have not shared, yet.

1. Hubby and I are going away by ourselves for the first time in almost ten years. Pretty much since the munchkins arrived. (Thanks mom!)

2. I love to have a bouquet of fresh flowers on my kitchen table but don’t think to buy them nearly enough.

3. I’m a big carb lover… pasta and bread will never ever be off my food list. I do try to eat whole grains as much as possible. I happen to enjoy it.

4. I still haven’t finished reading “The Hunger Games” and will end up seeing the movie first and then read it. (That’s what usually happens.)

5. I have an aversion to cleaning out the dishwasher. Don’t know why… that’s why I do it first thing in the morning while my coffee is brewing just to get it over with.

6. I can’t wait to color Easter eggs with the kids. I already have most of my Easter decorations out. Way ahead of the game this year. 🙂

7. I grew up with a severe case of excema. My skin would dry out so badly during the Winter months that it would crack and bleed (mostly on my knuckles and fingers) and the itching and scratching didn’t help. Moving to Florida was the best thing that could have happened. The humid air and salt water of the ocean are natural remedies.

So there you have it. 7 more things about me that you probably didn’t care to know. 🙂 Or maybe you did. Well, either way… there they are.

Now for my 7 nominees. And… the award goes to:

1. Hilary at Feeling Beachie 

2. Brenda at Ponderings of an Author

3. Beth Ann at It’s just Life

4. Karen at Life with Karen

5. RoryBore at Time out for mom

6. Bianca at Bits of Bee

7. Bruna at Bees with Honey

I know that award season has been in full swing and not every one likes to receive them. I want to let you lovely ladies know that I enjoy your blogs and love to stop in for a visit. No pressure. Just some blog loving. 🙂

 

 

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Spring

March 20, 2012

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens

It is a bit late but I didn’t want to let the day go by without at least a quote. This one spoke to me… so true about Spring. Just this afternoon when I walked the dogs there was a breeze and as soon as I was in the shade of the trees I felt a bit chilled. Believe me, I’m not complaining, just saying. 🙂

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Why it rocks to be us

March 19, 2012

After reading the Monday listicles posts for a while now I finally decided to join up with Stasha at The Good Life for her weekly link up. I pulled the boy away from talking to his friends on Skype and little one from watching The Tale of Despereaux to “interview” them about…

10 reasons why being a kid rocks.

Here are their answers in no particular order. A (B) stands for the boy answering, he’s 11 and a (L.O.) stands for little one answering, she’s 3.

1. Not having to worry about taxes. (B) That really was his first answer.

2. Because I like going to playground and pool. (L.O.)

3. Being chauffeured around by mom and dad. (B)

4. Play with my toys every night. (L.O.) … and here I thought, she actually sleeps.

5. Get an allowance. (B)… he also gets to do chores for that allowance.

6. Because I get to play video games. (B)

7. Because I get to tell funny jokes. (B) … They are funny not silly!!!!

8. Because I get to have tea parties. (L.O.)

9. Because you can watch endless amounts of TV. (guess who?)

10. Because I get to go to work with daddy and enjoy it. ( This last one is for my absentee middle daughter who chose to go to work with her daddy on her first day of Spring Break. )

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Off to a great start

March 18, 2012

I sit here with the house quiet. The hubby and pooch snoring away next to me on the couch. The kids in bed of to dreamland. I’m looking forward to the week… Spring break and lots of fun planned and no 6 AM wake-up calls.

But first a look back at the weekend. What a gorgeous weekend it was. Perfect, glorious Spring days in Florida. Lots of sunshine, slight breezes and happy kid faces.

Friday, we beat the heat by going to our club pool right after we got home from school. Middle daughter had her best friend to splash around with.  (Our own is still a little cold and we don’t have a heater. Yeah, I know, we are spoiled.)

While the girls were splashing around I was lounging on a pool chair with not a care in the world. The boys were off for a round of golf and judging by the big grins on their faces when they returned home, I’d say fun was had by all.

Middle daughter went for a sleep over at her besties and we enjoyed some burgers and wings in front of the TV. Every once in a while it’s a nice treat!

Saturday, the boys went off to a gun show so I had the morning to myself. Little one and I spent most of our alone time cleaning and straightening and preparing the corned beef and cabbage we had for dinner in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. By the time the boys returned from their trip the house was shiny and clean.

I snuck out for a little pampering and got a haircut. I feel like myself again. I don’t know why I keep getting it in my head I want to let my hair grow out. I love my short hair so much better and always feel so refreshed after a nice cut.

We enjoyed our dinner outside. Made a frozen yogurt run and capped of the day with our nightly walk with the pooches. The breeze was glorious and the skies gorgeous.

Sunday, same as usual, breakfast, getting everyone ready and then lunch with hubby’s grandma at her  club. After, a change or two, oil changes to be exact since my car showed an annoying little red light indicating it wanted some greasiness.

Off to the pool again, this time mommy took a dip, too and oh, that first swim of the year is always the best. A nice walk home, dinner cooked by hubby waiting for us, eaten outside again and after clean-up, dog walk and baths… Time for some relaxing.

It doesn’t get better than that, does it? Looking forward to all this week will bring even the addition of another year on this Earth for me.