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March 2012


Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun # 54

March 15, 2012


Each week, Hilary at Feeling Beachie plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is yours truly!  I came up with the last two statements.  Hilary can really use co-hosts, so please send some statements her way….

She and I  would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:


1. I get my best ideas_____


2. When I am ___ I ___


3. When I have a cold, I like to_____


4. Watching a ____ move, can be ______.


Here are my answers:


1. I get my best ideas when I’m about to fall asleep or when I’m in the middle of a good cleaning session.


2. When I am stressed out or nervous I tend to clean like crazy. It calms me down and lets me sort through things in my mind.


3. When I have a cold, I like to eat hot soup and drink herbal tea.


4. Watching a ceiling fan move, can be very relaxing.


It's time for Spring Break

March 13, 2012

Well, almost… Spring Break starts next week for my kids. It’s always been one of my favorite breaks of the year.

We usually don’t go anywhere special but just relax and enjoy this time off from the daily grind. We sleep in a little later, enjoy not having to do homework and just spend time together. There are some things we do each and every Spring Break, it’s become somewhat of a tradition.

Living in Florida the weather is just about perfect this time of year. As much as I love the summers off… it’s so hot that all you want to do is lounge in the pool or stay inside where it’s blissfully air-conditioned. During Spring Break it’s still cool enough that being outside, enjoying the sun and breeze, is a pleasure.

My girls enjoying some fishing time. They are quiet for a change. Don't want to scare those fish off.

One of the things that always seems to be on our to do list during this week is fishing. My kids love to go fishing… our neighborhood is dotted with lovely, well stocked lakes/ponds. Ever since the boy was about 4 years old this has become our thing. I can proudly say that I have caught a wide mouth bass or two and even some good-sized catfish. We “feed” the fish Nathan’s hotdogs and get lots of bites.

That first dip is always the best.

We also enjoy going to our club pool… it’s heated which makes it a great alternative to our own “frozen” backyard pool. I’m usually still too chicken to go in the water because it’s just not hot enough for my thinned down blood, yet. Some German I am!!! 🙂 But I enjoy sitting in one of the lounge chairs with a good book and keep an eye on the kids frolicking in the water. All 3 of mine seem to have been born water babies. They could go on and on and on…

Another activity that starts up again is our nightly bike ride through the neighborhood. Since it’s light out longer again we try to go for a family bike ride after dinner and look around to see if anything’s changed. I’ve always enjoyed this one and can’t wait for that first ride!!! Little one loves sitting on her co-pilot seat and feel the wind in her face and hair.

My beach babes.

I’m hoping we can also get some beach time in. As much as I love the beach we don’t go nearly often enough. But little one isn’t so little anymore so it might be more fun for all of us. Better make sure I have lots and lots of sunscreen… our fair German/Irish skin does not like too much sun exposure!

Can't believe we'll be sailing around on this.

This year there’s also a special treat for hubby and I at the end of the week. It’s my birthday that Friday so my mom is taking the kids for 2 nights, yes, 2 nights so hubs and I can get a little adult only time. I am super excited since we get to spend the day together by ourselves and enjoy a cruise on the American Victory. Remember that post? Click here if you need a refresher! Gosh, I can’t remember the last time we didn’t have at least one child over night. It’ll be so great. Thanks, mom!!! 🙂

I’m linking up with Rory at Time out for Mom for her Tuesday Coffee Chat.


You're the best

March 11, 2012

“Do you want to hold mommy’s hand?”, I ask her. Holding out my hand while the other grips the leash holding the dog. I have the 50 pound one. She holds the leash with the 5 pound dog at the end.

As her small, warm hand reaches for mine, she looks at me with a smile and says “You’re the best.”

My heart melts. As it always does when one of the kids says something so perfect, so out of the blue.

As we walk under the star filled sky, hand in hand, each holding a dog, my world rights itself even if just for that one small space of time.

This is what I remember when I want to yell and tear my hair out because she won’t listen to what I am telling her. When she tries to push mommy over the edge and to the end of her rope.

The monkey hugs. The butterfly kisses and sweet smiles. The I love yous. And the “you’re the bests.”

I know I’m not perfect or the best. But hearing that sweet voice say it, makes me believe that for her I am the best.




Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun

March 8, 2012


It’s Fridayyyyyy. Time to join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for some fill in fun. Each week she posts 4 statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blog. She is always looking for new statements and if you have some e-mail them to her. You could become her co-host for the hop!!!! 🙂

This week’s statements are:

1.       Given the choice to do ___ for ____ I would pick ___

2.      When I watch ________ it always makes me want to _____________.

3.      When I have people over I always make _________, it always knocks ‘em dead!

4.       I always feel like I accomplished something when I __________.

 Here are my answers:

1. Given the choice to do anything for a day I would pick reading a good book and writing posts for my blog without any interruptions!!!

2. When I watch soccer (FIFA Cup) it always makes me want to scream. (I scare my children every 4 years when I watch the FIFA Cup.)

3. When I have people over I always make Susi’s chicken salad, it always knocks ’em dead! (Check under the recipe tab for the recipe!)

4. I always feel like I accomplished something when I manage to put ALL the laundry away and the laundry hamper is empty.



Common Happiness

March 6, 2012

Tuesday is almost over but I didn’t want to miss my chance and link up with Bianca for her Quotable Bits Tuesday.

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”

~Henry Ward Beecher



March 3, 2012

Do you like seconds? I love them but when it comes to food I try not to have them too often. In this case, however, I very happily take seconds. Beth Ann from It’s Just Life has awarded me with The Versatile Blogger Award. It is my second time receiving this award and I’m thrilled that my fellow bloggers feel I deserve these.

Beth Ann, thank you so much for thinking of me and giving me this honor. You are just the sweetest and I’m so happy I “met” you through Hilary.

Here are the rules for receiving and giving this award.

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 5-15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random facts about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
Here are 7 random facts about myself.
1. I try to exercise 4-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes. This week I power-walked each morning. Little One and I really enjoyed that.
2. My favorite form of exercise is swimming.
3. I love to snack on almonds.
4. I am a huge lover of gossip magazines.
5. My favorite color is blue… any blue… the sky, the ocean, a sapphire or aquamarine. I love all the shades.
6. I rarely leave the house without some mascara on my lashes and lip-gloss on my lips. (Less is more.)
7. I have a cup of coffee with my 86 year old neighbor every day.
Since I have already given out this award and others and I don’t want anyone to feel over-whelmed I am breaking the rules on this one a little. I’m not making a list of bloggers to hand this over to. If you read this consider yourself awarded. I love all my bloggy friends and feel they are all versatile… 🙂
Finished! If you guys have some time you really should head over to Beth Ann’s… She shows of her teapot collection for Teapot Tuesday’s each week. As a big tea drinker and owner of a few teapots myself I find her collection utterly fascinating and awesome!!!!! 🙂

It's been a year… FFFFF

March 2, 2012

It’s Friday again and you know what that means. Time to join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for her Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun hop. Can you believe it’s week 52 and she’s been doing it for one whole year!!! Amazing. So, each week Hilary lists four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blog. If you have any suggestions for statements, e-mail her… if she chooses yours she’ll make you co-host!!!

This weeks statements are :

1.       If I could meet one person living or dead, I would want to meet ___

2.       I find it hard to ___

3.       The last time _______ and _______ then _______

4.       Where are the ________________ when the ______________ are here?

And here are my answers:

1. If I could meet one person, living or dead, I would want to meet hubby’s grandpa. We met right after he passed away and our son is named after him. I hear so many stories about him and wish I could have known him.

2. I find it hard to get my hubby’s humor all the time. You’d think after almost 11 years of marriage I’d be used to it by now.

3. The last time my girls and I went for a walk with the dogs we saw a goose family and then a huge alligator in one of our lakes.

4. Where are the animal control guys when the alligators are here? (in one of the lakes)