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June 2012

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Birthday Memories

June 18, 2012

I can’t believe my sweet middle child is already nine.

This past Saturday she had some friends over for some birthday party fun…

  • we went for some frozen yogurt treats
  • splashed around in the pool
  • decorated cupcakes
  • and sang “Happy Birthday” (very fast and very loud)
  • ordered some pizza and yummy garlic rolls
  • had a slumber party
  • for breakfast the next morning… decadent cinnamon rolls.

Another year older and more grown-up with each day. My beautiful girl, with her pretty smile, bright blue eyes and sweet, sweet heart. So loved by all. But most of all by her daddy and I!!!

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Instagram Sundays #9 – Father's Day Edition

June 16, 2012

I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy little blogger when Instagram became available on Android devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media bandwagon and have developed a new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

 

In honor of Father’s Day, I decided to make a collage of some of the Instagrams I have of the hubby instead of my usual weekly Instagrams. So, without further ado, here he is the father of my children.

They adore their daddy and I couldn’t wish for a better father for them.

Happy Father’s Day, honey. We love you!!!

“What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again. 

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt. 

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…”

– Unknown
Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there… including my own dad and father-in-law.
Hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing. 🙂
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A new design, a birthday girl and some fill in fun

June 15, 2012

Wow.

I feel like I’ve been through the trenches.

The beginning of the week, the hubby kindly pointed out that there seems to be a problem with my theme. I looked into it and sure enough… my theme would not display properly in Internet Explorer. Not freaking out just yet, I looked into the support forums and couldn’t find an answer to my specific problem. From there I went to register and it asks me to pay to be able to use the support forum. So now, I’m thinking, is it worth it? Plenty of other themes around. I did like that theme and had just recently changed it. Bummer.

Then, the real work began, after sending out feelers into the blogoshpere and Twitter, I decided to look at premium themes. Most of them have built in support and the themes get updated to work properly with each WordPress update.

It took me a few days to narrow it down to about 5.

With the helps of hubs, my sister and a few special bloggy friends I was finally able to choose and got to work.

Thank you to all who helped. You know who you are. 🙂

I’m really happy with the theme itself, the support forums rock and I’m hoping to only do some more minor changes.

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Now on to much more important matters.

My beautiful (inside and out) middle child is turning 9 today. She was born on Father’s Day 9 years ago and to this day is the best Father’s Day present hubby has ever received!!! (And don’t let him tell you otherwise. 🙂 )

Happy, happy Birthday to you Middle. 

We love you with all our hearts and hope you have an awesome year ahead and lots of fun at your birthday party tomorrow.

You rock!!!

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And since it’s Friday, time to join the hop that I haven’t missed yet since I started blogging.

Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun with Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

Each week Hilary lists four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blogs. Have an idea for a statement? Shot her an e-mail and if she chooses your statements you’ll be her co-host for that week!!!

Here we go, this week’s statements:

1.       There never seems to be ____

2.       I love to ___

3.       I could ______ outta ________

4.       The last time I ______, _______

My answers:

1. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything I need to accomplished.

2. I love to go for walks with my favorite walking buddy. Makes exercising so much more fun.

3. I could always pull more laundry outta the numerous laundry hampers in this house. They never run dry!

4. The last time I swam laps was yesterday, and I really enjoyed it. The pool is beckoning me now. 🙂

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Knowing Yourself ~ A Quote

June 12, 2012

 

Isn’t this just so true?

Instead of always wanting more, sometimes I think, it’s good to stop and just look around you and appreciate what you have.

I know, I’m guilty of it… guilty of wanting more, wanting something bigger and better than what I have now.

It’s not always a bad thing.

But I try to stop and smell the roses so to speak.

Today, as I was swimming my laps in our sparkling pool, enjoying the quiet and letting my mind wander…

I stopped to appreciate my life and all I am and have.

Every once in a while it’s good to do that!

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Fly me to the moon… and beyond!

June 11, 2012

Friday morning, the hubby decides to surprise the kids with a trip to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. It’s only a three hour car ride for us and something we had been wanting to do. The kids had already been home for a week and a half at that point and still had a few more days before camp starts.

So, after making sure the dogs were taken care of (thanks to our fantastic dog sitter) and the house was in decent shape, (I don’t like to leave for a trip unless everything is straightened up and in its place.) we headed up the coast to Melbourne for the night to get a nice early start the next day.

1)

This was the view from our hotel. Glorious. Even if the weather wasn’t at it’s finest. We want to head back there for a little beach vacation at some point.

2)

Saturday morning, (not so) bright and early we headed to Cape Canaveral and on the way drove by Patrick Air Force Base. To my husband’s delight a Boeing E-4 plane was on the base and readily visible from the road. We had to make a U-turn so I could snap some pictures. This plane is an Advanced Airborne Command Post  modified to be used as survivable command post by the National Command Authority; the President for one, if the US were under attack. (Click on the link above for more information!)

3)

Once we got to KSC (Kennedy Space Center), the first order of business was the Rocket Garden, were the historic rockets tell the story of man’s quest for the stars, or in our case, hubby who is well-versed in all things NASA.

I was amazed by the sheer size of the rockets, see Middle daughter in the picture on the bottom right… can you imagine? The top picture is a Saturn I-B rocket, not even the full size and it’s huge.

4)

After the Rocket Garden we decided to head out on the bus tour and visit the LC-39 Observation Gandry (LC stands for launch complex) and the Apollo/ Saturn V Center. On the way we passed the Vehicle Assembly Building, the largest building by volume at the time it was built. The bus driver told us when they pulled the Saturn V rocket out, there were only 6 feet of clearance on the top. Which was nothing compared to the size of this humongous building.

The picture on the top left is of launch pad 39 A. This was one of the pads used for the shuttles.

Top, right is the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building)

Bottom, left is LC-41 used for Atlas rockets, it’s still active.

Bottom, right is LC-39 B which according to hubby was modified for the now defunct Constellation project.

5)

This is the Apollo/Saturn V Center which houses a Saturn V rocket that once was America’s lunar transportation. 27 brave men were secured atop this 363-foot rocket in the Apollo command modules to journey to the moon and back.

I was and still am absolutely awed by the massive (there is no other word for it) size of this rocket. These pictures don’t do it justice at all and to really get the full effect you have to see it for yourselves. I can’t fathom that this beast was needed to get the small, by comparison, command and service module into space and lunar orbit.

The pictures in the middle are from left to right: Service and command module, command module and IU (instrument unit).

6)

This is Apollo launch control, not a mock-up, but the real deal. From these seats the Apollo space craft were launched into space. It was really interesting as they take you through a lift-off sequence and the windows atop rattle and shake and it’s so noisy… really gives you a feeling of what it was like.

7)

This is Apollo 14! Can you see the parachute on the top? And the burn marks? And how tiny it is inside? Can you imagine this command module made it to the moon and back? Isn’t it just so cool? I think so. 🙂

8.)

Like Apollo 14, these space suits were in the Vault Room inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center. I believe the last suit was worn by astronaut Alan Shepard Commander of Apollo 14.  Not all of them were used, some were working models to find out what would and wouldn’t work.

9)

Here now, a few pictures with the family. Top, left: Hubby and kids on the observation gantry with LC-39 A in the background. Top, right: Hubby and the kids in front of Apollo 14. Bottom, right: Hubby and I in front of Apollo 14. And above us the kids trying to move the floating 9-ton Constellation Sphere!

I hope, you enjoyed this trip to Kennedy Space Center, truly a treasure in my mind, along-side my family.

I know, I want to go back, as soon as space shuttle Atlantis is there, and the new 65,000 sq.ft. exhibit about NASA’s shuttle program opens next summer.

This post is a little on the long side, but I took so many pictures and couldn’t decide, so I made collages and a list and now I can join Stasha for Monday Listicles!!! 🙂

P.S. I’d like to thank my darling hubby for his expert knowledge and letting me interrupt his day with the ten million questions I had, regarding this post!!! Thank you!!! 

 

 

 

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Instagram Sundays #8

June 9, 2012
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I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy little blogger when Instagram became available on Android devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media bandwagon and have developed a new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

Here are my Instagrams for the past week:

There you have it… a peek into my week. I’m utterly exhausted now and just want to crawl into my own bed. Sleeping in a hotel, even for just one night is not conducive to a good nights sleep. (Especially, since Little One ended up sideways a few times and my ribs did not like that. )

I will share pictures and a run down of our quick, unplanned and very spontaneous getaway soon.

Have a wonderful day. I can’t wait to see your treasures…



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Follow Friday… and our first week of summer

June 7, 2012

Another Friday, another week gone by. Our first week of summer over already. This one was for relaxing and hanging at home. Well, except for Middle who went to work with her daddy… and he did put her to work.

I started working on those summer memories and spent time in the pool, mostly with little one. I forgot, how great a 30 minute swim workout feels. I still feel those little tugs and aches the next day… and it tells me I put my body to work and I’m keeping fit!!! I’m sure throwing around 35 lbs of screaming-in-delight child has a little something to do with it,too.

Time now to join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for her fill in fun. Each week she posts four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blogs. She is always looking for new statements, sent her some in an e-mail and if she chooses them you may be her next co-host!!!

Here are this weeks statements:

1.       When I ___ I ____

2.       I wish I was ___

3.       If the world is my oyster then _________________

4.       My favorite meal of the day is __________ and the food I think would be my favorite to eat then would be __________

My answers:

1. When I read a good book I get lost in my own little world.

2. I wish I was able to remember more of the French I learned in school and college. I love the language. 

3. If the world is my oyster then my kids are my pearls.

4. My favorite meal of the day is dinner and the food I think would be my favorite to eat then would be a beautiful selection of fresh sashimi. 

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I'm Baking… Thursdays {Scones}

June 6, 2012

I know, I said I would share my chocolate chip muffin recipe this week but decided on the scones instead. I will share the chocolate chip one next time.

This past Saturday I ended up baking some scones. I had been thinking about it for a while and it just happened to be the Queen’s jubilee.

My friend Beth Ann at It’s Just Life gave me some great advice and told me to keep it simple and use a basic recipe… so that’s what I did.

Here is my very easy and basic scone recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup sugar

4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons shortening

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 egg

handful dried currants or dried cranberries ( I skipped this step, but want to try it with the cranberries)

Directions:

Heat oven to 375° degrees

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl combine cream with beaten egg then add dry ingredients. Stir in fruit. (I didn’t.) Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough out and cut into biscuit size rounds. (I actually rolled it out into a round shape and cut wedges.) Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.

I enjoyed my scone with some spread and strawberry jam and a hot cup of Lady Grey tea.

Now it’s your turn to share one of your recipes!!!

*Note: Recipe courtesy of Food Network.com and Alton Brown.