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Weekend Fun {Quotable Bits}

October 9, 2012

“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” ย ย ~ Chuck Palahniuk


So. How was your weekend?


Oh, wonderful. Well, let me tell you about mine! ๐Ÿ™‚


We started our weekend with a trip to Oktoberfest in Oakland Park, Fl. Hubby found out that our favorite German restaurant was going to serve the food. So, off we went to get some Bratwurst on a bun and some Sauerkraut.

Middle’s bestie joined us. Here are the girls at the entrance of the “Biergarten” where we sat and ate some delicious food. And of course, hubby had to have a good German beer. What other beer is there? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t you just love this shot. Hubby in his Ballack jersey and Little One in my old dirndl dress.

All three of the girls with my hubby. It took a few tries to get all 4 of them to look at the camera but I finally got a good shot.

I love seeing my girls wear this special dress. I wore it when I was a little girl, Middle has worn it to a previous Oktoberfest when she was little and now Little One is wearing it too. She wore it for Middle’s Heritage Day at school last year. At first, she was super excited but as soon as it was time to go she started crying. Insert head scratch here.ย Turns out she didn’t want to look like Cinderella in her cleaning dress!!!! Okay, then. This time we didn’t have that issue and she wore it very happily.

Hubby again in his Ballack jersey. Micheal Ballack was the team captain for the German national soccer team (die Nationalmannschaft) and we found out this weekend that he had actually just retired.

After sitting in the Biergarten eating some yummy German food, listening to the band play some traditional German tunes and wandering around the vendor booths, we headed over to the rides. The highlight of the night for the girls.

Little One was thrilled with this alligator roller coaster and kept riding it over and over again. She’s a little speed demon, that one.

Middle and her friend meanwhile enjoyed the swing ride. They were able to spin the seat while it was flying through the air. Let’s just say I’m happy I wasn’t on it with them. My Bratwurst would probably have made an appearance again!

Now this giant monstrosity was a slide. The girls loved it. Me, not so much. By the time they reached the bottom they had so much speed that they usually twisted and tumbled over before coming to a stop. At one point I thought Middle hurt her neck ย it was so bad. But all three girls were having the time of their lives.

And of course, we couldn’t miss out on the water guns!!! Money pits that they are. Little One won the first round with a little help from daddy and walked away with a cute little stuffed puppy.

Saying “Good Bye” after a fun few hours. By the time we got back home everyone was pooped and I had yet to bake a birthday cake!!!

Linking up with Bianca at Bits of Bee.



It's October, it's Fall

October 2, 2012


Fall is here.

I wish, I could feel it just a bit.

It’ll be a few more weeks before cooler weather marches in.

Until then, I’ll enjoy seeing Fall pictures that everyone is sharing.

And my pumpkin spice – everything!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

And wish for a pile of leaves to jump into.


xo, Susiย 

Linking up with Bianca.


My Boy…

August 14, 2012

ย ย “Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart.” ~Unknown

It’s been a week of many new things,

more grown-up things.

The first locker at school,

learning how to open that lock.

A pierced ear,

because that seemed to be the thing to do.

Meetings for joining the golf team.

Trying on golf shoes,

in your mom’s shoe size.

A doctor’s check-up,

the news that you’ve grown three inches.

How did my baby, my first-born, my only son

grow into such a big boy?

Where does the time go?

Not a mischievous toddler anymore,

but a brainy middle schooler.

(Who got into some honors classes! Yes, this mommy is very proud. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

No matter your size,

I’ll love you,



Linking up with Alison and Galit for Memories Captured and Bianca for Quotable Bits. Last but not least Greta of G*funk*ified for ippp.


Beach Lover

August 8, 2012

See that little one running?

That’s one of my beach babes…

the youngest.

I wish I could stop time,

maybe slow it down a bit.

Today, I went with the boy to buy his books.

He’s a middle schooler now.

Before we know it,

it’ll be early mornings,

drives to school

and afternoons spend doing homework.

I’m relishing these last few weeks of summer.

And I’m already counting the days until next year!!!

xo, Susi



July 24, 2012

ย I consider myself a fairly patient person.

I roll with the punches and don’t get too frustrated when things don’t go quite as planned.

I can wait without too much trouble for events in the future.

Except, right now my patience is being tested and I feel very impatient.

This shower/bathroom remodel seems to be taking a toll on me.

Maybe it’s because hubby and I have to share the kids bathroom… not a big deal at all, except that it’s not ours.

For me, the bathroom is a sanctuary.

I retreat there for an hour of quiet time at night, soaking in the tub to relax the day away.

That’s not happening right now because my bathtub is full of tools.

After the tile guys left today, I looked to see how far they progressed…

there’s tile and a border on the shower walls, not all the way up yet but it’s there.

There’s also, finally, some tile on the floor.

But it doesn’t seem enough.

Our bathroom isn’t that big…

Maybe, it bothers me that the guys come in the morning around 9,

leave for lunch by 11:30,

come back and finish for the day at 2-2:30.

I expected them to at least work til 5 every day.

That would give them another 3 hours to accomplish stuff.

I know, it’ll be so worth it in the end.

A new, repaired shower that’s not leaking into the laundry room.

And my sanctuary back.

Deep breath and on to another day!


A child's laughter {Quotable Bits}

July 12, 2012

Don’t you agree?

I know that when I have a bad day,

when I’m down,

when I’m upset,

when things don’t go the way I planned,

when I want to crawl into a hole…

The sound of my children’s laughter

will always put a smile on my face,

will make me happy,

is music to my ears,

will make me feel 100% better.

The sound of their laughter

is precious.

Linking up with Nicole for Time Travel Tuesday!!!!


Red, White and Blue

July 2, 2012

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we celebrate Independence Day!

As we have for many years.

But this year, it will be special for me.

It’s my first 4th of July as an American citizen.

I think that’s pretty awesome.

I don’t think about it on a day to day basis.

But sometimes, especially on national holidays, it hits me.

I’m an American.

And proud of it.


Linking up with Bianca for Quotable Bits.


A positive attitude

June 26, 2012


I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times to come…

I like to have a positive outlook on life and always try to make the best of every situation.

This quote is just so true. And so, well,ย positive.

I love that last line… a spark that creates extraordinary results.

If all of us just look at life with a bit more positivity, I wonder how many more extraordinary things will happen!!!

So for today, be positive, smile and create a spark!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


All Good Things

June 18, 2012


I love this proverb and it’s really something I try to strive for.

I try to see the positive in all things and people. ( Some would say that’s naive.)

I believe in the benefit of the doubt, in the glass half full and things happening for a reason.

I definitely believe we should love more and not hate. What’s the point in it? Hate is exhausting.

I’d much rather give and receive love.

And I believe a smile can cure many ills.

So, smile… ๐Ÿ™‚


Knowing Yourself ~ A Quote

June 12, 2012


Isn’t this just so true?

Instead of always wanting more, sometimes I think, it’s good to stop and just look around you and appreciate what you have.

I know, I’m guilty of it… guilty of wanting more, wanting something bigger and better than what I have now.

It’s not always a bad thing.

But I try to stop and smell the roses so to speak.

Today, as I was swimming my laps in our sparkling pool, enjoying the quiet and letting my mind wander…

I stopped to appreciate my life and all I am and have.

Every once in a while it’s good to do that!