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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???) 🙂

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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.)

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Picture Perfect Weekly #7

February 16, 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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Here are the moments I captured on IG this past week!

*Click on one of the images to open a slide show and to read the captions explaining each picture!

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Picture Perfect Weekly #6 {Feeling very Beachie}

February 10, 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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Here’s my week in Instagram pics. I didn’t take too many photos during the week. But made up for it on Thursday and Friday. As some of you may know I got to spend time with Hilary from Feeling Beachie and her husband Marc who were here visiting from New York and soaking up some much needed sun. We had a wonderful time together and I enjoyed every last minute. Middle is already planning her next trip to New York… 🙂

(*Click on one of the images and a slide show will pop up with a caption to each image. 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 #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 #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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Picture Perfect Weekly #29 {Live, Love, Laugh edition}

November 17, 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!!!

Besides sharing my life in IG pictures this week, I’d like to take the chance and let you know how my search for a new blog identity is going. Some of you may have read this post from a few days ago where I was trying to explain why I feel the need for a new blog name.

After some more soul searching, bothering a few of my most trusted bloggy friends with one e-mail after another and basically annoying the crap out of hubby, I thought that I had found what I was looking for. I got some great advice, lovely comments and felt pretty good about where I was.

Leave it to hubby and his no-nonsense attitude to make me question my sanity and thought-process. I was back at square one… I let things simmer and didn’t do anything. Just went about my business — preparing for my sister’s arrival tomorrow, doing my chores and getting some blog reading and commenting done.

And then it happened… BOOM! I had an epiphany. Leave it to some great blog posts, even greater bloggy friends and some heartfelt comments and I had it. I got that tingly feeling in my tummy, like a thousand butterflies had invaded it, and felt like laughing out loud. Of course, it happened right when I had to leave to pick up the kids from school…

But I just couldn’t leave without letting hubby in on my epiphany. So, I told him… And without any muss or fuss, I had my new name. I promise, I will share it soon. The domain name is bought and paid for, the new header designed… and things are happening. I am just so excited and bursting at the seams with happiness right now.

I will let you in on my epiphany when I’m ready to unveil my new name!!! In hindsight it seems so easy now, so right for me and I feel it’s so who I am.

Thank you all for bearing with me and putting up with my crazy notions!!! Love you all! 🙂

This week was fairly quiet and calm for the most part. No appointments, no crazy running around for school-related activities and also not too many pics taken with IG.

On Tuesday’s the boy has robotics club after school so the girls and I usually have an hour to kill before we can get him and head home. There is no point in going home and coming back… We try to find different things to do. We either go to Target, Starbucks, or Aldi. This time Dunkin Donuts won out. It was nice.

My favorite necklace is the one in the picture above. It’s a motto I try to live by. What would life be after all if we didn’t live it, shared love and laughed often?

Yesterday, the vampires took over. I make no secret out of my love and slight obsession with all things Twilight and both my girl and I were so happy that this day had finally arrived and we would see the end to the saga. And what an ending it was. I cried, screamed, laughed and sighed and I can’t wait to go back and see it again!!! 🙂

As I write this, I am sitting outside on the patio enjoying the sunshine and breeze rustling through the trees. It is a beautiful day. I’m not rushing around like a mad woman trying to get things done for tomorrow. It’s not that I’m not doing that but I’m doing it at a more leisurely pace. It helps that I broke up my work and did a little each day. Tomorrow can’t arrive soon enough. I miss my little sister. It’ll be so good to see her and the family again.

The lake view is one I never tire off. I love our neighborhood and enjoy walking through it and by the numerous lakes. I feel lucky to be able to enjoy this daily.

And now I leave you with this video to one of my new favorite songs. It is just so sweet!!!

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