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My weekend in pictures…

January 9, 2012

It’s late and I really should be in bed. Tomorrow the big kids go back to school that means I have to be out of bed by 6:30 AM. 🙁 I was just going to post a few pictures and then head of to bed. Well, picking the shots that I liked took a little longer than I thought. I took about 200 pics this weekend, learning the ins and outs of my camera. No, it’s not new–I just didn’t realize how much it can actually do. Since I’ve started blogging I pay a lot more attention to my photos. It’s another new passion.

We had a really great weekend. Friday the five of us headed out to dinner at the Old Key Lime House which is a new favorite of ours. It’s on the water and you can even pull up by boat. Saturday after a big breakfast, hubby suggested we get in the car and check out the guitar shop he had found online. Since I’m trying to be more spontaneous and a drive sounded just fine in this glorious weather we’ve been having, I was all for it. How lucky that the guitar shop was right across the street from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary? What a great place. They rehabilitate wild animals that are injured and work completely from donations. We bought some things at the gift shop…

After we got home hubby had to try out the new toy and I was all ready to enjoy a quiet night. That wasn’t happening. We had an impromptu get-together with our neighbors and ended up cooking surf and turf. I’m really getting into this spontaneity thing. Hope it will last throughout the year!!!

Sunday dawned sunny and bright yet again. We headed out to our usual family lunch with hubby’s grandma. After we got home the girls played with one of their friends, hubby worked on some car maintenance, and I spend time with my camera’s manual and made the girls pose for me. We finished this weekend with a home-cooked meal of chicken Alfredo made by yours truly. Oh, and I managed to beat hubby at ping-pong. I’m pretty good!!! 🙂

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Saying Good-bye!

October 19, 2011

Here is the second installment…

How did we feel about moving to America and Florida in particular, my parents wanted to know. I for one was full of excitement and nerves. For me America was the country of Hollywood glamour and movie stars, the Statue of Liberty and skyscrapers…the land of dreams and opportunities….a pipe dream, a place I never thought I would go visit, let alone make my new home.

So yes, I was excited to take on this new adventure, I wouldn’t go alone, my family would be with me. But I was also nervous, what did I know about this place other than what I’ve read in magazines, seen on TV ( Beverly Hills 90210, anyone?) and heard from other people? I would be leaving my friends behind (which made me sad) and have to start from scratch. Oh, and did I  mention, learn a whole new language, as well, which frankly freaked all of us out a little!!!

But in the end the positives outweighed everything else. We left everything and everyone we loved behind and took a big step into the unknown. The day we left to fly to Boston my mom and I sat in front of our house( that wasn’t ours anymore) and cried like babies. You have to realize…my parents actually built that house with their own hands, lots of blood,sweat and tears, over a three-year period.

And then came the hardest part, saying good-bye to my grandma,my Omi. All the other goodbyes seemed to pale in comparison. This one was tough. I didn’t know when I would see her again, she was so much a part of our lives that it was hard to believe we couldn’t just stop by for coffee anymore. I remember, hugging her one more time, again and again and choking back tears.

Finally, we were on the way to the airport and a whole new world opened up to me!!!

Next stop, Tampa, Florida…sunshine, heat like we’d never experienced and Palm trees.