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Fill in fun and a weekend getaway…

September 13, 2012

Another week almost over.

So glad this one is almost behind us.

If I wasn’t so tired I would let out my little rant.

I will write up a little post about my week… later.

It wasn’t all bad.

And this weekend should be interesting and fun.

Hubby and I are heading to Orlando for the Central Florida Blog Conference this weekend — sans kids.

My mom is coming over to watch them for us.

Thank you, mommy. We really appreciate it… I know you’ve been working like crazy.

I’m excited to meet some new bloggy friends and to see my friend Nicolette again.

Every time we’ve seen each other we’ve really hit it off and can just sit and talk for hours.

I’m also looking forward to learning new things and to broaden my horizons.

And lastly, there looks to be some awesome food to be had while in Orlando.

Hubby and I are meeting with an old friend for dinner both Friday and Saturday…

I’ll be sure to share my experiences with you guys when I get back!!!

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Now.

Time to join my lovely  friend Hilary for some fill in fun.

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Annie from the Lemon Drop – She came up with the last two statements

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1. I like to __ when I am ___
2. ___ is my favorite vegetable
3. I get ________ when I ___________.
4. I’m surprised by _________ and ____________.

My answers:

1. I like to snuggle in bed and read when I am not feeling good.

2. Carrots and peas mixed is my favorite vegetable. (This one was tough… I like so many different veggies.)

3. I get super excited and happy when I take out my camera lately.

4. I’m surprised by the way some people run their companies and wonder how they stay around.

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A busy week and fill in fun

August 23, 2012

It seems this week I went from one appointment to the next.

Middle had an eye check up, the boy started golf practice and Middle dance camp.

I went driving back and forth to school, the golf course and home.

Sometimes all in one day.

Today was a doozy…

Middle had to be at school for dance camp, then we had some time (the boy got a new pair of shoes and so did this mommy) and the boy had to go to practice, from there we went back to school to pick her up, drove home, grabbed a bite to eat.

Then the boy and I headed out again back to school for middle school orientation and finally got home at 8pm.

On top of it all my poor hubby has been on the couch sick for two days.

It’s been fun.

Tomorrow promises to be another busy day with open house for both Middle and the boy, at separate times.

After this week I kinda look forward to the routine of the school year.

Seems we’ll be spared major troubles from the hurricane that’s heading in our direction and should only have to deal with some rain.

Now, time to fill in some blanks.

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Pam from Trooppetrie she came up with the last two statements….

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

Here are this week’s statements:

  1. I hate ____
  2. I have never been to ­­­­____
  3. The hobby I love the most is_____________ and one day I will ____________________.
  4. My favorite store to shop at is______________because_______________________.
My answers:
1. I hate olives. Well, most of them… there is one kind I eat in a salad but other than that I just don’t like the taste of them.
2. I have never been to the Pacific Northwest. One day I want to go and see it all… Seattle, Vancouver and maybe even Anchorage… I want to see the Northern Lights.
3. The hobby I love the most (right now) is photography and one day I will be a professional photographer. 
4. My favorite store to shop at is Target because of all the variety of things I can get… clothes for me and the kids, groceries, books, toys and so on. Just love Tarjay!!! 🙂
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend.
xo, Susi

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Picture Perfect Sundays #17

August 18, 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 called… Picture Perfect Sundays!!!
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 late and I’m tired. Little One came in three times during last night which is unusual for her. I sure felt it today and I’m ready to hit the sheets.

But not before I share my Instagram shots from the past week!!!

Here they are:

From top clockwise:

1) Evening sky after one of our daily thunderstorms as seen on our walk. Never get tired of it.

2) Kids being silly for photoadayaugust on Instagram.

3) Middle with her brothers aviators looking cool.

4) Finn our attack kitty trying to get me.

5) We had a visitor in our pool one morning this week. It was a harmless Southern Ringneck snake (yes, I researched it right away) and hubby saved it from a drowning death and put it out back. I still haven’t been back in the pool… because of the thunderstorms, not the snake!!! 🙂

6) Gracie our Yorkie making herself comfortable on Little One’s new beanbag chair.

7) I made chocolate chip cookies at 9 pm last night because my boy had a chocolate graving… and maybe I did too.

8) Little One enjoying her new bean bag chair.

9) Little One at dinner tonight enjoying daddy’s dinner more than her own. That’s a pork shank… or as we would call it in Germany, Schweinehaxe… Every once in a while it’s nice to go to a restaurant and eat German food and not cook it at home.

10) My girls looking pretty on the way to dinner.

11) All three of my offspring on our evening walk with the pooches. It doesn’t happen too often so I had to take a picture to commemorate the occasion.

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Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun #75

August 16, 2012

It’s time to join Hilary over at Feeling Beachie for some fill in fun.

It’s super easy and so fun to see what everyone comes up with.

Each week, she plans on listing four statements with a blank for you to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Janice from Janice’s Footsteps (she came up with the last two statements)

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This weeks statements:

  1. I ___ so much __ in a day
  2. I don’t like ____ but I love ___
  3. When I watch_______ I ­­­­____
  4. I have ________in my wallet.

My answers:

1. I drink so much tea in a day… all kinds. Chai tea and rooibus are on top of the list!

2. I don’t like raisins but I love grapes.

3. When I watch Little One on the computer I always shake my head in awe.

4. I have a gold one dollar coin in my wallet. It’s my good luck charm.  

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Picture Perfect Sundays #16

August 12, 2012

I’m back to my scheduled weekly Sunday post.

Last week, as some of you may have noticed but were kind enough not to mention I did not post my regular Picture Perfect Sundays.

I was too busy soaking in some girl time with my mom and my girls and enjoying the beautiful beaches of South West Florida.

I love the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a lot calmer than the Atlantic… easier to just float about and relax in the soft waves.

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 called… Picture Perfect Sundays!!! 
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 made up a collage of my fave Instagram moments of the last two weeks:

1. I found Kelle’s blog Enjoying the small Things  a few weeks ago. When I was done reading Nella’s birth story and had dried my last tear. I clicked on the link and ordered her book. As soon as it arrived I started reading and couldn’t put it down. It’s just amazing and wonderful and so full of love! If you haven’t heard of Kelle or her book, I urge you to check both out. It’ll change you… as it changed me.

2. This is the content of the package I received from the super sweet and lovely Beth Ann of It’s Just Life. She saw the picture I posted after I spilled my treasured loose leaf rooibus tea and the sweet soul that she is, put together a package of tea goodness from China. Can you believe it? I love my bloggy friends!!! Please, go say Hello to her and check out her comments for a cause. You won’t regret it.

3. The boy and Little One all smiles after a visit to the dentist. No cavities. 🙂

4. Middle with her “baby” our Yorkie Gracie after one of her bath’s.

5. Beautiful white ducks that live in the fountain in front of my mom’s store at the Miromar Outlets in Ft. Myers, Florida. Great mall.

6. A hair bow… made out of Middle’s hair!

7. Beach babes… ready to hit the sand.

8. Beach babes… pooped out and sleepy.

9. Matchy girls waiting for Nicolette and her daughter Miss M..

10. Love that I got to meet a blog friend in real life and hit it off with her. This was our second time meeting and we will see each other again in September at CFL Blog Con. So excited.

11. Our girls having a blast at Playtown Cafe.

12. My boy practicing opening the lock on his locker. He’s in Middle School… (wipes a tear)

13. My three lovelies, posing for me without any arguing or making faces. Just smiles and happy kids.

14. It may have had to do with this… a trip to Guitar Center. Here’s the hubby trying out a new base. He didn’t get it and instead a new electric guitar graces our wall. He did trade two of his old ones in.

15. My girls rocking the drums. They always make a beeline for the drum section.

16. Here they are again… in the middle of the guitar section. It’s daddy’s toy store but they love it too!!!

And those are some of my fave memories from the past two weeks.

I hope you will link up some of yours and check out my bloggy friends.

If you feel like sharing, please do! I’d appreciate you helping me spread the word.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!!!

xo, Susi

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Co-hosting the fill in fun

August 9, 2012

Another week almost over, another week closer to the start of school. Summer always flies by in the blink of an eye. Why is that? This week the boy and I went to buy his books, and get his locker. He needs a locker in school now, I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that he’s in middle school. How did that happen? We still have a few more things to take care off… like buying uniforms, new shoes and of course, school supplies. My mom got each of them some cool new back bags so that’s one more thing scratched off the list. Today, I’m taking the boy for his yearly check-up and physical. Can’t wait to find out how tall he is… he went from fitting just under my chin to hitting the middle of my nose in no time flat. Everyone keeps telling me he’s gotten so tall. I guess, I don’t realize it so much because I see him daily. But others definitely notice the change. And then, later I’ll be meeting with the lovely Nicolette of Working on a Project. I can’t wait to get my hands on her beautiful new baby girl. Both Middle and Little One are excited to go and spend time with her daughter Miss. M and see the baby.

But now, on to the important matters at hand. Hilary made me co-host for this weeks Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun. How exciting is that? I came up with the last two statements.

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop!

She would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1) When I was little my mom  _____

2)___ is my favorite condiment

3)I don’t like to celebrate____ because____

4)My ­­­­­­­____takes up more space  _____ and I can never__________

My answers:

1) When I was little my mom used to make me toast with butter and cinnamon sugar and fennel tea when I wasn’t feeling good. 

2) Ketchup is my favorite condiment.

3) I don’t like to celebrate Valentine’s Day because we shouldn’t need one day a year to show someone we love them. It about the little every day things…

4) My dog, Macy takes up more space on the bed and I can never move at night. 

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Some blanks to fill in…

August 2, 2012

Friday again. This one is pretty special. I have two very excited girls on my hand that are ready to see their Omi for the weekend. We are heading out for a girls’ weekend with my mom and leaving the boys home. Little One and I will return home on Sunday but Middle is staying for a few extra days to have her Omi all to herself!

Now, it’s time to fill in some blanks with Hilary.

Each week, Hilary of Feeling Beachie plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Jen from what would jen do (she came up with the last two statements)

She would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

  1. I have no desire ___
  2. I love the smell of ___because____
  3. I wish that my ___________ would magically_________
  4. In one month I ____________

My answers:

1. I have no desire to send my children back to school at the end of the month. I like having them home and enjoying our summer… no schedules, early mornings, and cranky kids.

2. I love the smell of fresh cut grass because it’s so clean and well, fresh and also slightly sweet. It also brings back childhood memories watching my grandma cut the long grass in our meadow with a sickle.

3. I wish that my sister would live closer and not all the way across the Atlantic ocean in Germany. I miss her and my niece.

4. In one month I will be back to being an early riser and resume my wake up time of about 6:30 AM. UGH!!!

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Picture Perfect Sunday #15

July 28, 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 Picture Perfect Sundays!!! (I had been thinking about changing the name and format for a little while to include all types of photographs… Instagram, phone camera and any other type of camera. Thanks to my hubby we have a new name!!!)
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!

Here are some of my fave Insta.grams from the past week:

I’ll start off with some food shots:

Almond cookies that were gone in a heart beat. Look for the recipe this coming Thursday.

They will definitely make an appearance on my Christmas platter.

Next up,

Orange cookies with an orange glaze that are making a quick disappearing act as well.

Love these.

Angel hair with a white wine clam sauce. Requested by me , cooked expertly by hubby.

Here is Little One “cooking” for me in her kitchen…

…and here she is helping me bake in my kitchen!!!  🙂

My boy, after eating a chocolate ice cream cone… looks like he enjoyed it.

Our after dinner walk ended at the beach.

Little One’s lashes after some fun in the pool… wish I had those.  See the few freckles she has? Fairy kisses!!!

 This is what I’ll be doing with Middle tomorrow. She’s been begging for streaks… glad I found washable color!

Ah, glorious blue skies and palm trees. After a gloomy, rainy morning this was just perfect. I love Florida!

 

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