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Picture Perfect Weekly #5 {Pool, Park, Sunset, and a Lily}

February 3, 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!!!

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(*Clicking one of the images will take you to a slide show of all the images with captions. Pressing esc takes you back. Enjoy!)
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Picture Perfect Weekly #4 {Breaks, Bike Rides and Make Up}

January 27, 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!!!

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1-26 starbucks breakThis week we had our Starbucks stop on Thursday instead of our usual Tuesday. It was busy and we ended up sitting outside. The girls and I didn’t mind, it was a beautiful day. Have you had one of these Kind bars? They are so delicious and such a guilt-free snack!!!

 

1-26 bike rideOne morning, it was nice and cool out, little one wanted to go for a bike ride. So, we did. She put on her Ariel helmet, hopped on and took a ride around the neighborhood circle. I followed, as fast as I could with Gracie, our Yorkie. She likes to stop on every mailbox – which makes for slow going sometimes.

 

1-26 sick girlThen, the sickness hit and little one started complaining of a sore throat and green coop started coming out of her nose. It seems to have been short lived and she’s feeling much better. Of course, the boy has been complaining the past few days… You know how it goes, once it’s in the house everyone gets it.

 

1-26 sleepy girlNap time is a thing of the past for this four year old. But thanks to Sarah McLachlan and not feeling well she ended sleeping for an hour in the car when we went to pick up the kids from school one afternoon this past week! I realized after posting the picture that she’s drooling a little.

 

1-26 pasta dinnerA favorite Saturday night dinner – spaghetti, marinara, breaded chicken cutlets and mozzarella cheese – in front of the TV. I’ve been using the “healthy” Barilla pasta as much as I can get away with. I get some complaints but in the end everyone eats it.

 

1-26 makeup girlMiddle loves to play and experiment with make up. I get regular “make overs” and sometimes I return the favor. Thanks to a fabulous Smashbox kit my mom gave Middle for Christmas we have hours of fun. I love the creamy eyeliner that you put on with a special brush!

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Picture Perfect Weekly #3 {The South Florida Fair Edition}

January 19, 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!!!

This week I’m sharing all the Instagram pics I took at the South Florida Fair yesterday. We look forward to it every year and can’t wait for January to get here. Ever since the boy was little we’ve gone every year and haven’t missed one in ages. It’s our thing.

This year we went with friends of ours. Their little girl is friends with our little one and they are the same age. The two of them had a blast and wanted to go on ALL the kiddie rides! Middle had her best friend with her and the boy his. The girls went off with our friend’s hubby to ride the big kid rides and the boys went off on their own for the first time ever. Hubby was in constant phone contact with the boy, so that I didn’t worry too much. (He’s growing up too fast for my liking!)

It was so much fun, from the BBQ brisket hubby had to have, the funnel cake for us girls, to the live stock (cute little calves, anyone?) and of course the midway! We ended up being there for 7 1/2 hours and didn’t get home until midnight after all the drop-offs were done. Today, we all slept late, stayed home for the most part and reveled in the dreary weather perfect for hot tea and relaxation.

South Florida Fair Collage

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Picture Perfect Weekly #2 {The Things Only Edition}

January 12, 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!!!

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Looking at my images from this past week made me realize that I only took pictures of things, not of my fave subjects – my kids. Guess, I need to do better this coming week!!!

This was the first week back in school after the Winter break and it took some getting used to the early mornings again. But then again, when will I ever get used to them – I love to sleep in!!!

I spent a few hours each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday steam-cleaning all my carpets; including the stairs. It looks so good now and I hope, it stays that way at least for a little while. A big “Thank you” to my neighbor for the new steam cleaner. Bissell rocks.

We also celebrated hubby’s birthday with a fabulous dinner out and a special breakfast made by me!

Today, the girls and I went to a friend’s house-warming party. It was so nice to sit around and talk and see everyone from the kids’ old school again. I miss walking to school and talking with the other moms and catching up. So, this was nice. There were a lot of kids running around and they all had a blast. And my friend, who also happens to be from Germany, made a ton of delicious food. When we got home the girls were so pooped they went straight to bed. I’d call that a successful party. I also had a glass of Moscato for the first time and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it.

I’m trying out the new slide show feature for the first time. Hope you enjoy!

(Click on an image to open the slide option.)

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Picture Perfect Weekly #1 {A Day On The Water}

January 6, 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!!!

Here we are again. After taking last week off to enjoy some family time for New Year’s I’m back for the first Picture Perfect Weekly  post of 2013.

We’ve had quite the busy week working on the house. Not only did I put all the Christmas decorations and tree away, we also decided to rearrange some furniture and move the family room into the living room and make the family room into an office/music room. Of course, one thing led to another and things snowballed… this shelf had to be moved to this room and that one to the other room etc. We are still not finished. Now we are looking for some new shelves, wall sconces/cubes and also a new couch. Once everything is more in order I’d be happy to share some pics with you guys.

This morning dawned bright and clear and we thought we were in for a relaxing day at home. But plans have a way of changing. So, instead of spending the day sitting around at home we unexpectedly ended up spending it on the water instead.

1-6 Intracoastal

 

My father in law called in the morning and invited us to come along for a ride on his boat. We went south on the Intracoastal to a waterfront restaurant (for lunch) where you can dock the boat and back again. It was an absolute gorgeous Winter day in South Florida with the sun shining brightly and the breeze blowing gently.

1-6 Middle on boat

 

Here’s Middle right after we got on the boat. Besides the five of us, hubby’s aunt and her husband, as well as my FIL and his wife and her niece and nephew who are visiting from Brazil, were on the boat. Oh, and of course the captain who got us safely  to the restaurant and back.

1-6 Lake Boca

 

This is an area of the Intracoastal called Lake Boca where the weekend warriors anchor their boats and hang out. Kids were swimming in inner tubes or tooling around on wave runners and people were soaking up the sun. Today was one of those days where it hit me again how lucky I am to live here in beautiful South Florida.

1-6 Middle and I

 

Middle and I. I was busy as usual taking a million pics (which I will share soon) but stopped to ask my MIL for a pic with me in it. You know, for proof I was there too! 🙂

1-6 family pic

 

This is actually the first Instagram pic of the year. My mom took it for us before we headed home on New Year’s Day. It’s not perfect, but neither are we. It is family though, and that’s what matters.

1-6 hubby and I

 

Hubby and I on our first date night of the year. Yay for us. Thanks to our awesome babysitter we had a wonderful dinner out all by ourselves at out favorite Japanese restaurant. Sake, anyone?

1-6 waffle iron

 

And tonight, I made these. As a treat for the last night of the Winter break. I was sneaky and used whole wheat flour (half and half) in the batch and the kids were none the wiser and enjoyed their seconds before hubby gave away my secret! I also served them with strawberries.

So, how was your first week of the new year? Anything exciting to share? I’d love to see what you did.

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Picture Perfect Weekly #34 {Last one of the Year}

December 22, 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 weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

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

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been doing my Picture Perfect Weekly hop for 34 weeks now and we are at years end. This will be the last one for this year. I’m going to take next week off and then come back in the New Year. I’m going to start fresh again and start counting from week one. It’ll be the Picture Perfect Weekly 2013 edition… 52 weeks of picture perfect moments!!! I hope, you’ll join me!!!

Here are a few moments from my week. It’s been a bit busy around here. The boy had is first ever midterms last week and his schedule was all wacko so I had to do quite a few double runs to school and back. And of course I’m in full prep mode for Christmas. I still have a few things to get and all the presents still need wrapping! Anyone want to help? 🙂 I always tell myself that next year I’ll start shopping earlier and get things done quicker and then time just gets away from me.

12-22 gingerbread boyWe didn’t make gingerbread houses this year but I found a kit for gingerbread men. The boy was the first one to decorate one. He also proceeded to eat his right away!!!

12-22 cookie decorator

Little one was my number one decorator yesterday. We had to make a second batch of Christmas cookies so we could leave some for Santa Christmas Eve!

12-22 more Christmas cookies

 I made a lot of candy cane cookies. For some reason I really like them this year!

12-22 big Christmas tree

This tree is in front of the Marriot hotel here in Boca. It’s absolutely beautiful and so big. See Little One in front of it?

12-22 reflections

I named this one Reflections. The lake was like glass one morning this past week and I loved the way the trees were a mirror imagine. I chose a black and white filter because it just seemed to fit with the barren trees.

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Thank you all who stopped by each week to see what I have been up to and to all of you who linked up. I truly appreciate it and I hope, you will once again join me in the New Year beginning January 6, 2013!

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!!!!



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Picture Perfect Weekly #33 {A Rainbow}

December 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 weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

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

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

 

Here are my truly treasured moments from the past week:

ppw collage #33

Where do I start? How do I start?

Like you, I am stunned. I am in disbelief. I can’t fathom this terrible tragedy.

26 souls gone too soon.

I have no words.

Can’t wrap my mind around it.

I’ve had a lump in my throat and tears pricking the backs of my eyes for days now.

I’ve been holding my children a little closer and kept the computer closed a little longer.

And yet, I know that whatever it is I’m feeling is nothing, NOTHING compared to what the families and friends of those killed are feeling.

I took the picture of the rainbow Friday morning after I returned home from walking the dogs. It would have been somewhere around 9:30 AM. It posted on Facebook at 9:42 AM. I love rainbows and to me they always mean something positive. Today, looking at the time, it makes me wonder!

Looking back at these snapshots of my week, knowing what happened on Friday, make me appreciate these little moments just a little more.

Hug your children a little closer and say “I Love you” a little more often!

Thanks for being here with me.

xoxo, Susi

 

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Picture Perfect Weekly #32 {Decoration Edition}

December 10, 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 weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

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

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

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I’m way behind this week. Usually, I have this up and running late Saturday night. Not so much this week. Part of the reason is that I didn’t take too many Instagram pics this past week and part of it is that I was too tired at the end of the day to deal with it. I’ve been in the downey dumps lately and just feeling blah.

But. It’s a new day, a new week and that means up and onward with things!!!

So, here are a few of my favorite Instagram shots of the past week.

This is a sight seen few and far between. All three of the kiddos fell asleep on the couch one afternoon last week. The girls had been a little under the weather and I guess, the boy was just too tired. We enjoyed the unexpected quiet!

On December 6 was “Nikolaus Tag” in Germany. I have to admit that this is a tradition I’m not too good of keeping up. I try and then forget again. But my sister was visiting and did the honors. The children were very happy to wake up to some treat filled shoes!

Saturday night was the first night of Hanukkah and we went to dinner with hubby’s grandma. I wore a dress for the occasion. Grandma kept remarking how she didn’t realize I was so beautiful because I was wearing a dress. Guess, I don’t look beautiful on any other given day!!! 😉

After dinner I arrived home to find the boys jamming together. Seems the boy is really developing his interest in playing guitar. It was nice to see them together like this!!!

We’ve been walking the dogs around the neighborhood at night to see all the lights and decorations. This one is Middle’s favorite. It’s just so huge!

On Saturday afternoon I finally got my butt in gear to put up the outside decorations and lights. I love decorating inside the house and putting up the tree but outside is almost an afterthought. I love having the lights up but I just dislike the work, I guess. I’m pretty happy with the results after sweating in the sun for an afternoon!

I also did some baking this weekend. Little One was at the neighbor’s house yesterday afternoon so I decided to break out the baking stuff and do some baking on my own for a change. I made eggnog cupcakes with a vanilla-rum-nutmeg cheesecake frosting. I really like the way they came out but the kids are not as impressed as usual. Not enough chocolate, I guess!!! 🙂 Oh well, more for mommy. Good thing, I started doing Pilates again! 😉

There is one more picture I wanted to share but will save it for Allison’s and Galit’s Memories Captured link up. So stay tuned!!!

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Picture Perfect Weekly #31 {For the love of the game}

December 2, 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 weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

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

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

I love this time of night. All is quiet. My three monsters  angels are fast asleep and off in dreamland. Hubby is snoring away on the couch. This time of year it’s even better because I get to sit in front of the soft glow of the Christmas tree. I’m happy my family is back together after our weekend adventures. Middle had a great time exploring New York and bonding with Hilary. While the boy, little one and I spent the weekend at my mom’s. There we spent some time with my sister and niece who will be returning to Germany all too soon and also had the chance to go to a hockey game.

Here now, some of my most recent Instagram shots…

We had such a blast at the hockey game. The Florida Everblades (the home team) played the Greenville Warriors and won. This was a special event. Every year around this time they have a “Teddy Bear Toss”. Spectators are asked to bring either teddy bears or other stuffed animals to the game. As soon as the Everblades score their first goal the audience starts throwing the stuffed animals on the ice. The stuffed animals get donated to Toys for Tots. I will post more pictures taken with my Nikon D3200 soon.

I love these salt and pepper shakers my mom has. Santa and Mrs. Claus stealing a kiss!!! There’s just something about coming to mom’s house around Christmas time and seeing all her pretty decorations. Makes me feel like a little girl again every time.

Mom made this Advent wreath and this morning we lit the the first candle. I remember that the wreath was one of the only “decorations” we had out until just before Christmas. I loved seeing the candles burn down a little more each week.

Little One remembered that Omi has chalk in the garage. So I had to draw a hopscotch pattern for her. We had lots of fun being silly and jumping around.

Snuggles with mommy are the best. Little One hid in bed under her covers because she needed a little break from her 18 months old cousin. Toddlers can be a lot of work!

On the way home we stopped by John Stretch Memorial Park on the edge of Palm Beach County by Lake Okeechobee (the big lake in the middle of Florida). For going 13 years we’ve been driving by there a few times a year and never once stopped. Today, the sun was shining, we were in no rush to get home, so I decided to stop. This picture was taken from the Herbert Hoover Dam.

And this? When did this happen? My little boy. My first born. He’s not so little anymore. Here he is ready for his band performance for the school’s holiday show. So proud of my not so little trumpet player!

Lastly another self-portrait. I don’t wear much make-up generally. A little mascara. A little lip-gloss. A little concealer. I’m good to go. But sometimes it’s fun to pull out a few more stops and primp.

There you have it, peeps. What about you? Got any pics you’d like to share? Please, please do… I want to see!!! 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week.

xo, Susi

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Picture Perfect Weekly #30 {Thanksgiving Edition}

November 24, 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 weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

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

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

Here are some of mine.

Our Thanksgiving table set by yours truly. I do enjoy setting a pretty table. I often wish I had fancier dishes or fancy cloth napkins with napkin rings but in the end it’s the family that sits around the table that matters, not what the food is served on!

Little One really, really enjoyed the turkey legs. She had both and one of the wings!!!

Our desserts — a pumpkin bundt cake made from a recipe by Eatpicks (Thanks, Kelly!) and my sister made the key lime pie.

We had plenty of leftovers, especially turkey. So I made two turkey pot pies.

We ate the turkey pot pie on our Christmas dishes. They come out the day after Thanksgiving every year and I love to use them. They make me smile and my heart happy!

And turkey soup. This one was a team effort… hubby started it and I finished it. It was great for dinner but can’t wait to try it for lunch tomorrow after sitting overnight!

Another thing we do the day/weekend after Thanksgiving is put out all our Christmas decorations (and our menorahs, as well). I always love this little area with the stockings and the two Christmas bears.

Ta da… our Christmas tree. We actually got an artificial, pre-lit tree this year. I do love getting a real tree but I hate the mess and having to water it. Also, I could never wait to let the branches fall properly before decorating. Middle did find these awesome little stick ornaments you can hide in the tree and they make it smell just like a real one… it really works! 🙂

Last but not least, a little hot chocolate treat with Pfeffernüße. Best enjoyed while sitting by the lit tree and listen to some Christmas tunes!

I added this shot of vultures flying over our neighborhood to make it ten so I can link up with Stasha for Monday Listicles!!! 🙂

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and weekend.

xo, Susi

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