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Baby Chicks

November 3, 2017

Yesterday, I got a call at work from the lower school science lab teacher to let me know that a few baby chicks had hatched.

I’ve seen it a few times now, but it’s still as fascinating as the first time for me. And these chicks are so adorable. Their little chirps make my heart happy.

Aren’t they just the cutest?

*I’m going to try to post everyday in November since it’s #nablopomo (National Blog Post Month) where bloggers from all over post content every day in November. There is an off-shoot of this for photos. I have to look up the hashtag for it.

Have a great day everyone!

xoxo, Susi

Blog Travel

The Blowing Rock, North Carolina

September 29, 2017

This past summer we went on vacation in North Carolina for a week. We stayed in a cozy cabin nestled in the woods near the charming town of Blowing Rock. The town is named after one of North Carolina’s oldest tourist attractions – the Blowing Rock.

The girls and I spend a little time there, taking in the spectacular views and posing on the rock.

A lovely place to visit. I’d like to go back in the fall to see the views when the leaves change. I think it would be stunning.

xoxo, Susi

Blog Wordless Wednesday

A hurrication in pictures {Wordless Wednesday}

September 27, 2017

Pit stop in Savannah, GA on the way to our destination – it took us 10 hours when it is normally a 6 hour drive.

Raleigh/Durham for a few days. And a special tour of UNC Chapel Hill – what a beautiful campus.

After a few days, hotel living with a family of five and a pooch, gets to be just slightly tiresome. So a few days in the mountains were in order… kitchen, washer/dryer and some room to spread out.

We got incredibly lucky and had an unexpected “vacation” to boot. Things are getting back to normal around here and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the rest of hurricane season will be quiet.

xoxo, Susi

Blog

Ally’s 9th Birthday – Harry Potter Style

September 26, 2017

This past Saturday we celebrated Ally’s 9th Birthday.

I threw the party together at the last minute, mostly because of Hurricane Irma, partially because I didn’t have a class list and also wasn’t sure what to do. I wanted to keep it small and simple since we had a big surprise planned for her on her actual birthday.

Ally luckily didn’t want a big to do and decided she only wanted a few friends to come over and “hang” out. She also really, really wanted a Harry Potter themed party.

Do you realize, that as popular as Harry Potter is, no one carried any themed party decorations, not Party City, not Michaels and not Walmart? Luckily, Amazon came through in a pinch and I was able to order some decorations and party supplies at the last minute.

I set up a “PhotoBooth” wall with Harry Potter themed props, set the table with the tableware I found on Amazon and put up some banners and balloons to make it look festive.

We had discussed doing a small craft but my slime master ultimately decided she really wanted to make slime with her friends. So instead of figuring out what kind of craft to do, we only had to get together supplies for slime. That’s easy enough to do these days since anywhere you turn there are “slime” sections set up in stores. They even sell slime kits these days…

I set the “slime factory” up outside and gave each guest their own set-up (as we like to say in the science lab). The girls had so much fun with it and even big sister joined in the fun. No one can resist slime, except maybe us moms.

After slime making, the girls changed and jumped in the pool for a bit and then in was time for presents and decorating their own cupcakes, another fun activity. I put frosting in single portions in small bags, tied them and cut a hole in the bottom and set out assorted sprinkles and candies for them to use. I don’t have a good close-up shot of the trays I prepared with the frosting bags and sprinkles. Ooops.

Here is the birthday girl with her creation!

And big sister sneaking candy before the guests arrive.

Judging by the big smile on her face, I’d say the party was a big success.

And just in case you are wondering what the big surprise is…

Ally is jumping for joy because she will finally get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando!!! (The boomerang isn’t working on here for some reason but let’s just say she is thrilled!!!)

Birthdays are fun and I like to put together a simple party like this.

xoxo, Susi

Blog

A hairy situation

August 17, 2017

Two days ago, hubby and I went out to dinner by ourselves. The kids didn’t feel like going and we were right across the street. No worries, right?

Well, not so much. About halfway through dinner I get a message from Ally on Google Hangouts.

 

“Mom.”

“Mommy. ”

“Mommmmmmmyyyyyyyyyy. ”

 

You get the idea. My first thought was she was mad at her brother for something.

I sent back hello and asked what was going on?

 

The three little dots just kept blinking away and I waited. Finally, another message popped up.

 

“I’m sorrrrrryyyyyyy but I got slime stuck in my hair and cut it out. ”

 

I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. She seemed upset though. I told her it’s no big deal and we’d see her when we got home.

 

Once we got home, we surveyed the “damage”. I guess it could have been a lot worse. She basically just gave herself some uneven bangs.

This pic was taken after she cried hysterically for about 2 minutes. I think, she thought we’d be upset with her.

She went from no bangs to uneven bangs.

And after she calmed down for a bit she even joked about it. When I took the pictures she made me promise not to share but gave me the ok today, after daddy shared some pics on Facebook.

I offered to fix it for her but daddy’s idea of a father-daughter lunch and a visit to the hair salon sounded much better to her.

I can’t say that I blame her.

When I came home from work this afternoon, I finally got to see her…

I think, I may have yelped. She looks so cute and so happy!

Daddy even took her for her new glasses which we just found she needs from now on.

Look at that? I’d say this cutie pie is ready to take 3rd grade by storm!

Love her.

xoxo, Susi

P.S. Do you have any hair raising stories to tell? Leave me a comment!

Blog Wordless Wednesday

Beach please

August 16, 2017

Sometimes a walk on the beach with your teenage daughter is just what you need. The sand between your toes. Seagulls flying overhead. A breeze ruffling through your hair. The steady sound of the waves. Feeding our souls…

A good way to spend an afternoon before the craziness of the new school year starts…

xoxo, Susi

Blog Quotes

But first… a quote

July 25, 2017


Wife.

Mom.

Picture taker.

Nature lover.

Hello and welcome to my new blog. Here it's all about my passion and most favorite hobby – photography.
When I started my first blog BocaFrau about 6 years ago, I did it to see if I could somehow make a small side income since I was a stay-at-home mom. The blog opened up a whole new world to me and besides connecting me with moms all over the world, it also unlocked my love for photography. Over the last few years, I've blogged less and less as my life changed and I became a full-time working mom of now older kids, including two teens.
But photography has remained a constant. It relaxes me and makes me happy.
I decided to start over, from scratch so to speak, and let my photos shine…

Enjoy!

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." ~Elliot Erwitt

xoxo, Susi