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Picture Perfect Weekly #8 {Girls Weekend}

February 25, 2013

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 love affair/addiction with it. That has not changed with the beginning of the new year. 2013 here I come!

Won’t you please join me once a week by sharing your favorite pictures from your phone and Instagram?

It’s easy – share just one or many of your favorite shots from the week with a small description and link up your post.

Please, paste the badge into your post or sidebar.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

It’s not so easy working on a post while the Oscars are on. I keep getting distracted. Can you blame a gal? Lots of eye candy… Don’t guys just look so fine in a tuxedo? (The Avengers on stage together, in tuxedos… where can I get more of that???) 🙂


It’s now Monday night and Once Upon a Time is on in the background. It’s late and I’m tuckered out. I had lots of catching up to do today after our girls weekend away. There were loads and loads of laundry to be done, groceries to be bought, kids to be picked up from school and homework to be supervised. Hubby cooked dinner, so I only had clean up and then bath time, and a few lullabies.

The girls and I went on a quick weekend getaway to spend some time with my mom. We love our girl time and I like having my mom’s home cooking which I indulged in way too much!!! After some fun at a local park in Ft. Myers, I went down memory lane during our drive to the European food market. I showed the girls the college I went to, the high school I graduated from, the middle school their aunt went to and the place that once was Cafe de Paris. The restaurant my parents bought and were it all began – our journey, my journey to becoming a US citizen.

(*Click on any image to start a slideshow and see a description of each image.)



Hello, Florida!!!

October 21, 2011

And here is the third installment…

After a long and somewhat nerve wrecking flight ( it was my first time on a plane, after all) to Boston and dealing with Customs we were off to Tampa, Florida. There, my dad who had left the week before us,picked us up in a silver Dodge Caravan…a car we’d never seen before…and I will never, ever forget that he had stocked each and every cup holder (I believe there were 8 in all) with Dr. Pepper which we’d never heard of before. To this day I love Dr. Pepper!!!

I also got my first look at Palm trees swaying in the breeze…what a sight to my still snow crusted eyes. We left Germany in the dead of winter and arrived to glorious “summer” in our minds.

From Tampa we had another two-hour car ride to Ft. Myers where our new home was going to be.

The next couple of months were filled with so many new things that to this day it’s still mind-boggling to me. My sister and I started our new schools. I went to High School and my sister went to Middle School. I think, we all went through some serious culture shock and growing pains. School for me was hell on wheels, socially. I didn’t fit in anywhere and was that girl with the weird accent when I bothered speaking to anyone which didn’t happen often in those first few months. I was still learning the language and getting my bearings. It was painful for me…I love to talk, a lot.

But over time things settled into place and I made some great friends ( you know who you are!!!) who actually liked my accent and loved the fact that I was from Germany. We all started enjoying our new life and even in those tough first few months realized how lucky we were.

After finishing community college in Ft. Myers, I decided to transfer to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. And this is where I am still. Shortly after I transferred here, I met my husband and the rest they say is history.

Now, I’m a stay at home mom, wife and “Hausfrau”, living the suburban dream. Looking back at those days and seeing where I am now, I will be forever grateful to my parents for being brave enough to take this step and starting this new life. Thank you.