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Bites, Orange Juice, Blogging and France

February 1, 2013

Time for some fill in fun. The day is getting away from me but not without first stopping by Hilary’s to play along. I’m very excited to say that I’ll be seeing Hilary in person this weekend!!! Middle and I cannot wait to sit and chat with her. I think, Middle is more excited to see her than I am. She hasn’t stopped talking about it for days… someone has got a huge girl crush on this blogger!!! 🙂


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 Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Amy from Life According to John – she came up with the last two statements!

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

This week’s statements:
1. I was probably the only kid in the world who ____
2. ____ is my favorite juice
3. I never thought I would____until I___
4. I have always wanted to_____ but_____

My answers:

1. I was probably the only kid in the world who got bitten on the cheek by her little sister.

2. Valencia orange juice is my favorite juice.

3. I never thought I would be a blogger until I met Hilary (and also by suggestion from hubby.)

4. I have always wanted to live in France for  while but ended up coming to the US instead.



City Slicker

February 23, 2012

This past weekend we went for one of our little family getaways to the West Coast of Florida. We love going to Tampa for a couple of nights and do touristy things. Hubby used to live in Tampa for a few years and always liked it there. I like it because it was where I first stepped foot on Florida’s sandy soil and saw a palm tree swaying in the breeze for the first time. There are a couple of different ways to get there from the East Coast and we decided to be adventurous and take Highway 60 across the state.

This is what most of highway 60 looks like. You better be sure to have a full tank of gas and make the kids take a bathroom break before you head out that way!!!

We saw plenty of cattle grazing in the pastures. They are NOT horses, honey!!!

I grew up seeing plenty of tractors. But to my kids it’s still a delight to see one in action.

And then we saw these. Hubby looks at me and asks, “Why do they put them there?” So I proceed to tell him about the process of baling hay and how the farmers roll it up and so on. I also tell him that I remember them being squares in Germany.  And still, he asks, “Why do they put it there like that?” I didn’t understand what he meant and we went around a few times until, aha, I got it. He thought that the bales are brought in from somewhere… No, hon, the hay (or grass) gets cropped on the field and when the bale reaches a certain size it gets left where it falls for later pick up to be used as feed. City Slicker, that’s my hubby!!! 🙂

We passed this marsh. It was beautiful. Covered in lily pads like that.

Orange groves abounded in that area. Go anywhere in Central Florida and you will see one eventually.

Something I had never seen, an orange juice plant. See all those truck beds full of oranges? It was a pretty awesome sight.

All in all, it was a much more pleasant way to drive to Tampa than going the usual route with all the crazy drivers that seem to be out in force these days. Of course, that was until we heard our three-year old from the back seat, “Daddy, I have to go pee.”


A side-note: I took all these pictures from a moving car through a closed window during a not so stellar Florida afternoon. Sunshine State it was not!!!