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Picture Perfect Weekly #28 {It's a circus}

November 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!!!

Here are mine…

We had a busy but fun week…

It started off with a beautiful sunset at our local park after the girls had some fun on the playground. I took my awesome Nikon for a spin and was not dissapointed with the absolutely gorgeous sunset I captured. But as you can see my phone didn’t do too shabby a job either. 😉

One, or two, or all three of the kids will usually accompany me on my afternoon walk with the pooches… they run, jump, scooter, bike, or as my boy likes to… roller blade. The girls will find any opportunity to pose for a quick shot.

Little One had a blast at Guitar Center when we had to stop in to pick up a pedal hubby had on hold there. She really gave the drums a work out. It was hard to get her to leave… I may be in denial but I think it’s inevitable that a drum set will make an appearance in our instrument collection in the future.

I’m not a big fan of self portraits (mostly because I never take decent ones) but couldn’t resist showing off my new color sans grey. A little magic in a bottle!!! 🙂

The kids had no school on Friday because of parent-teacher conferences… yay for three day weekends. We started the day with a delicious breakfast of home made waffles, scrambled eggs and sausage. I got some stuff done around the house, a little cleaning, a lot laundry and then got ourselves together for an afternoon of fun under the big top! Cole Brothers Circus comes to town every year around this time and stays for a few days. Middle’s friend and Little One’s little friend joined us… Everyone had a great time. And to finish the night of we had a nice kid-friendly dinner at Chili’s.

Hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend!!!

Your turn…

BocaFrau



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Picture Perfect Weekly #27 {The day trip edition}

November 3, 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!!!

This is my day in Instagram pics:

 

Sometimes, a change of plans leads to something wonderful. Thus was the case with our Saturday. Middle was supposed to have her friend sleepover last night and the boy was on the fence about going to his school’s homecoming dance. But plans changed and there was no sleepover. After middle was done with her round of pouting we decided to go to the Wings over Homestead airshow at the Airforce Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida today.

We got up, got ready to go and were out of the house before 10 AM which is an uncommon occurrence for us on the weekends, unless we have plans. The day was gorgeous… a cloudless, blue sky, the sun shining bright, and a gentle breeze blowing.

I always love seeing our military might up close and personal. Seeing the sleek F-22 Raptor (top right) or a F-15 Eagle and talking to a female pilot who has been in the cockpit of one of these babies for 7 years is amazing. The stunt flights are mind-boggling and heart-stopping. My belly was doing flips every time I saw a plane nose dive or do a cork screw in the air. I got to sit inside a military Humvee and talk to a Iraq veteran and thank him personally for putting his life on the line so we can do what we do every day.

The sun was beating down on us, there were people everywhere and we walked for what seemed like miles. The kids got cranky and tired and yet, I enjoyed every minute of our time at the AFB Homestead.

Since we were close to Key Largo we decided to end our day with a scrumptious seafood dinner at the Fish House in Key Largo. It is by far our favorite Florida seafood restaurant. Hubby has been going there for nearly 30 years. The lobster bisque is absolutely divine and don’t get me started on their key lime pie.

After the week we had, this was just what I needed. A day with the family, no rushing around and no schedule to keep.

We pulled back into the drive way just after sundown… exhausted but happy.

And I capped off my day with a leisurely soak in the tub. Heaven!!! 🙂

So, what have you been up to?

BocaFrau



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Picture Perfect Weekly #26 {A windy edition}

October 27, 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!!!

My week in Instagram pics:

Another week over. Another week that brought new things.

I tried raw oysters for the very first time this week! Something, I swore to myself I would never eat. But you know how that saying goes? “Never, say never!!!” It certainly proved true for me… we went to our favorite Japanese restaurant and had an assortment of raw seafood… starting with raw Kumomoto oysters (delish), raw abalone (my fave of the night) and raw giant clam and of course, a stable for us every time we go there now, raw scallop (to die for)!!! I love this place, always something new to try and just so well prepared.

We also did some baking and tried the first cupcake recipe out of Little One’s new princess baking recipe book. I’m planning on going through all the recipes and sharing them. Such cute ideas in that book.

The boy was modeling the newest fashions in video game head gear — little sister’s baby doll carrier!!! 😉 And he also got a new Lego set in honor of the season and as usual was finished much too fast. May I present the Vampyre Hearse!

Thursday afternoon after lunch with great-grandma and Little One posing in the landscaping, we had to go pick the big kids up early from school in preparation for Hurricane Sandy passing by close to shore. All in all, not too bad, rain on and off and very windy conditions. The girls’ hair was flying everywhere while we were out walking the dogs. Hubby decided to take advantage of the dreary, overcast skies and pressure clean the pool deck. It needed it and this way he wasn’t working in the blazing sun. It looks nice and clean and fresh now.

I also, finally, managed to get our Halloween decorations out this past Monday, quite early for me. As good as I am about decorating for the Holidays, Halloween is never big on my list. But I think, I did pretty good this year and the kids are very happy!

My girls had a blast today at their friend’s birthday party… they spent close to 5 hours on the bounce house/water slide combination and only took short breaks for cake and some pizza! I’d call that a success. They are pooped and have been asleep for a few hours already. I’ve been enjoying the quiet!!! 🙂

How about you? What have you been up to this week? Care to share?

I also want to take a moment and tell all my readers and bloggy friends who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm that I hope, you all stay safe and the damage won’t be as bad as expected. I’ll be thinking of you. Also, door’s always open if you’d like to come here for a few days and enjoy the sunshine!!!

BocaFrau



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In a fog… {Picture Perfect Weekly #25}

October 21, 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!!!

Some of you, if not most, know by now that my week has been a bit of a blur for me. I’ve been down for the count with a cold. I thought, I was getting better on Thursday but woke up feeling worse than ever on Friday. I feel like I’m in a fog and can’t seem to shake it. Ugh…

So, last night when I went to bed just before I passed out completely a thought popped into my head. “You didn’t do your Picture Perfect Weekly link up.” I promised myself to do it first thing in the morning and it faded away. Of course, this morning I woke up with cotton candy stuffed into my head and didn’t remember until I pretty much drowned my first cup of coffee.

So, here, after some delay is my week in Instagram pics…

I had animal encounters, some of the pet variety, some not. I love the shot I managed to get of the stork. Most of the wild birds around here tend to take off when I come by with my dogs. This one stayed and let me take a picture.

I joined little one one morning and painted my first watercolor painting in a long while. It was fun. I may not be very good at it but I have always enjoyed art.

No week would be complete without some shots of my girls. They don’t need any prompting and it is actually hard for me to get natural poses out of them… they see my phone or the camera and start posing for me. I do love catching their sisterly bond right now… it’s such a wonderful thing to see and often takes me back in time to my own childhood and my time with my little sister.

A few food shots also made an appearance this week. There’s the slow cooker chili I made yesterday. I had been wanting some for a few days and usually hubby makes the chili in our house. But dang it, I wanted to see if I could and felt like “cooking” even though I’m not feeling well. I also made chocolate cupcakes because little one wanted to bake. Someone stole one before I could take a pic of the whole tray!!! 🙂 We went for Pho because it was just what the doctor ordered. It’s our replacement for chicken noodle soup!!! And I had pumpkin frozen yogurt for the first time. What a treat for my sore throat. It was delicious.

And lastly, my new “toy”. I’m over the moon about it. Love, love, love my new camera. It feels so right in my hands. In a way, I finally understand hubby’s obsession with guitars and how you need a specific one to get a specific sound/play a specific song. I can’t wait to get my hands on some new lenses… But will have to be a good girl and wait for Hanukkah Harry or Santa. And that’s okay, after all Santa has already been here!!!! 🙂

Now it’s your turn. What have you been up to? Do you have any picture to share?

xo, Susi



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Picture Perfect Weekly #24

October 13, 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!!!

 

This week a collage of some of the moments I captured with Instagram.

There’s the bottle of wine I found at Publix after having it at the Park Tavern restaurant in Delray Beach. It is so good. I’m just now discovering that I do enjoy the occasional glass of red wine.

There are the pictures of Little One, when she got into her Hello Kitty make up, when she posed for me and told me to take her picture and when she fell asleep in the stroller on one of my power walks.

There’s also my Middle mermaid. She took a pair of old leggings and turned them into a mermaid tail. She also spent two days on the couch this week sick with a cold and tummy ache.

There’s Finn our acrocat as my friend BethAnn dubbed her after seeing the pictures.

And there’s Macy, sitting pretty for me on one of our morning walks.

Instead of a sunset, there’s a sunrise for a change. We had a couple of beautiful morning drives to school.

And lastly, there are the lit candles, a tub full of hot water with bubbles, music on low and a good book. Well deserved after a day of marathon cleaning, I think.

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend.

xo, Susi



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Picture Perfect Weekly #23 {Hello Kitty edition}

October 7, 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 are okay too) 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!!!

Today we had Little One’s birthday party and she requested a pink cake.

I baked last night at 9:30 pm after we got home from Oktoberfest.

I usually make a cupcake tower but she insisted on a layer cake.

So she got layers, one pink, one with sprinkles… and lots of pink cream cheese frosting!

Here I am, with my girls ready to head out to Sanrio Surprises for a Hello Kitty birthday party.

Hello Kitty heaven. We had to wait a few minutes for the party before us to leave and Little One

checked out every single thing in the store.

Birthday girl was the first one to get her make over. Here she’s getting her hair done

and her little friend is waiting for her nail polish to dry.

Caught her admiring herself in the mirror. Can you blame her?

Hair, make up and nails, all done…

And this, well, this I simply have no words for.

My baby is now a 4 year old.

Middle loved getting the make over just as much if not more than her little sister.

Showing off her cornrows and green hair extension.

When we came home it was time for cake, some snacks and playtime.

While we were playing outside the ice cream man drove by.

So, an ice cream break was had by all.

The girls didn’t want all the fun to end and so decided they were going to have a sleepover.

So much excitement.

Alas, as I’m typing this Little One is asleep in bed and her little friend is on the couch next to me

watching Backyardigans and waiting for  her mom to come get her.

Next time!

 

What have you been up to? Want to share?

And don’t forget to enter my blogaversay giveaway for a chance to win some Pumpkin Spice goodness.

BocaFrau



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Picture Perfect Weekly #22 {A perfect day}

September 29, 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 days like today.

Nowhere to be, no rushing around, just a “lazy” day at home.

All of us together.

I started the day by baking homemade drop biscuits for breakfast.

Hubby made the gravy to go with them.

We all ate breakfast together.

I continued on my de-cluttering mission and cleaned and straightened up a bit.

The girls helped when they weren’t busy painting.

The boys went to get desperately needed haircuts. Finally!

Hubby jammed on his guitars while I snapped away with my camera.

Then I did some more baking.

A new recipe. Pumpkin Spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

I will share the recipe soon. They are divine and perfect for Fall!

Because it was a perfect lazy day we went fishing.

Hubby had to go to a birthday party.

Gorgeous evening.

 

The fish were biting. At least for me! I caught two catfish.

One of them snapped my rod.

After an easy dinner and getting everyone settled I soaked in the tub and lost myself in the pages of “New Moon”.

The house is quiet now.

I’m sipping tea and going through all the pictures I snapped today.

Can’t wait to show them off.

Hope you all had a great weekend!!! 🙂

Now it’s your turn to show of your perfect pictures!

Please, grab the code for the badge in the sidebar and show off your favorite shots of the week.

xo, Susi

BocaFrau



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Picture Perfect Weekly #21 {Time with my girls}

September 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!!!

Here are a few pics from my weekend spent with my girls:

I’ve told you in my previous post that I was going to spend some one on one time with Little One.

After we sent hubby and the boy on their merry way, we headed to Tarjay for some groceries. She loved being my shopping helper and eagerly picked things out from the shelf and put them in the cart. She even managed to grab a gallon of milk and put it on the bottom of the cart. Such a strong little thing my princess.

I stocked up on my favorite coffee of the season – Pumpkin Spice – it seems that the K-cups in that flavor are running low and the only place I could find it are at our local Target. The minute we got home I brewed myself a cup too enjoy… 🙂

Today, we had lunch at McDonald’s. We woke up to gloomy, stormy skies and had to cancel our play ground plans. But I got lucky and was able to get an appointment with my favorite stylist for a quick trim. I was long overdue.

Mommy wasn’t the only one who got her hair cut. Little One got her first “big girl” shampoo and yes, that’s a chicken McNugget she’s holding in her hand.

And here we are, all done and Little One got a lollipop for sitting still and being a good girl. I was actually really surprised by how patient she was sitting and waiting for me to finish. I’d never taken her with me before because she doesn’t have the best track record with patiently waiting and sitting still!!!

After we got home from the hairdresser, I was finally able to walk the dogs since it had cleared up and the sun was shining. And then we had to head out to pick up Middle from her friends house where she had a sleepover. By the time we got close to home it was dinner time and I’ve been wanting some Pho in the worst way… so we stopped at 5 Spice and had us some nice Asian cuisine. Yum!!!

The best part of the night… getting the foot spa out and doing pedis. It was my turn first and the girls did a great job of scrubbing and smoothing. They thoroughly enjoyed their spa pedis and now they have blue colored toes!

Last but not least, a gratuitous photo of Daisy, middle’s hamster. She’s so cute and sweet and we just love to play with her.

BocaFrau



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Picture Perfect Weekly #20 {My Weekend}

September 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!!!

  Friday afternoon found me gazing at this view from the passenger seat of hubby’s car. After my mom arrived at our house and took over the reigns for the weekend, we headed north on Florida’s Turnpike to Orlando. For a weekend filled with fun, good food, great friends and useful information. CFLBlogCon was our reason for a child-free weekend but we combined business with pleasure so to speak!!! 🙂

See this empty car seat? It was a bit strange to be on the road heading to Orlando of all places without nary a child in sight. The ride was quiet, filled with conversation and not a “Mommy he’s poking me!” complaint anywhere to be heard. There was some cussing on hubby’s part as the other drivers on the road where not inclined to follow road rules!!! 😉

After a record 2 1/2 hours we made it and were able to leave the highway behind and head into down town Orlando. I always love seeing these signs… and getting of the highway to see more scenery around me again.

We have been staying at Embassy Suite hotels over the past year or so. It just works out great when travelling with children. Hubby signed up for a rewards program and every time we stay at any of the Hilton Honors hotels we get points. Which can lead to a pleasant surprise like this: Hubby asked for a room on a top floor preferably with a lake view. The hotel sure delivered… we had a room, excuse me, suite on THE top floor, with balcony overlooking Lake Eola in down town Orlando and all without paying a dime extra for the upgrades. Sweet, huh? 🙂

This was the view. Very nice to wake up to in the morning… It is so pretty, with the fountain and the paddle boats, which look like swans, out on the lake.

After checking in and freshening up a bit, we headed out again to meet my friend for dinner. We went to The Ravenous Pig in Winterpark, Florida. Hubby had to make reservations weeks in advance and the place was hopping with people still coming in for dinner when we were getting ready to leave at close to 10 pm at night. The food was phenomenal and we all ate way too much. (More to come on our experience there!)

This rib eye steak dinner for two was our main course. Before it was served a waiter came out and showed us the steak cooked to see if we were happy with it and then he took it back to the kitchen to cut it into more manageable pieces.

Saturday night after a busy day at the conference hubby and I were meeting our friend again to try an Italian restaurant in Winterpark. We were early so we had a cheesy snack and a glass of red wine at the Wine Room. Oh my, what a fantastic place. Another one I will go into more detail at a later time. Let’s just say I’m very happy that I’m starting to enjoy the occasional glass of red wine!

And today, I gazed out the window again as we were heading South on the Turnpike towards home and our three angels after a busy weekend, full of laughter and amazing memories. We even saw a deer run right along side the highway. I was a little worried about the poor thing as there was no fence between the fast moving cars and the grass strip it was running on.

So now it’s your turn to show off your favorite shots of the week! Grab the button on the sidebar and go! 😉

BocaFrau



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Picture Perfect Weekly #19

September 9, 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 Weekly!!! (I changed it from Sunday to weekly so it’s more clear that you can link up for the whole week and not just on 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!!!

Here are some of my memories from the past 2 weeks:

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. My best friend came to visit over Labor Day weekend and we went to the west coast to visit my mom. Girls only. Here we are on Ft. Myers Beach enjoying the beautiful sunset.

2. A pelican. I took this pic for my friend Brenda who loves pelicans.

3. Little gator. We stopped at a rest area on Alligator Alley to see if there were any gators in the canal and this little fellow was waiting for us. My friend was super excited to see one in the wild. 🙂

4. Squirrel buddies. Saw these two playing on one of my morning walks. They were having the time of their lives. So fun.

5. You are never too old for friendship bracelets. I wear mine proudly.

6. This yummy Caprese salad was waiting for me when we got home after our fun weekend away. My hubby rocks.

7. Little One ready to go on our morning power walk. I finally got back into the swing of things. Much needed.

8. My boy at the pediatrician’s office. He was home sick most of the week. Poor thing… thankfully he is on the mend.

9. Middle playing with one of the masks at Cracker Barrel. Ready for a masquerade ball!!!

10. I made another hair bow. This time with all of her hair in a pony not just part of it. She loved it.

11. Dancing at the birthday party we went to today and showing off her moves.

12. After her first performance in her dance uniform… only thing missing… her silver pom poms. She’s my little dancing queen.

13. Meet Bertram, one of two new family members. He’s my boy’s new gerbil. Cute and funny little critter.

14. And this is Daisy saying “Hello”. Middle adopted her from school… the science lab had an over abundance of little hamsters if you know what I mean!!! 😉

15. Little One practicing her chopsticks skills at a favorite sushi restaurant.

16. Yes, I started rereading Twilight. Only two more months until Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 comes out… I’m super excited after seeing the new trailer at the VMAs on Thursday!!! Once a Twihard, always a Twihard!!! 😉

BocaFrau