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Long time, no see and a few pics from my camera roll

July 19, 2018

It’s been a while…

Due to some tech related issues it seemed that every time I tried to post something on here, I got side-tracked and ended up trying to fix the issue instead of posting.

I got so used to posting from the app that I was majorly frustrated when I couldn’t.

I didn’t fix the issue but may have found a way around it.

We’ll see.

Here are a few pics from my camera roll just to get the ball rolling again. Ha ha ha. Did you see what I did there?

Ally with her new glasses. She did end up needing a new prescription and I’m just happy that I was able to get her in for an appointment before the new school year.

Bite size donuts from Doughboy in Boca Raton. So yummy!!!

Ash is always up for a little photo shoot especially when it’s at a place that’s so Instagram ready!

I got talked into trying a new mascara at Sephora and I’m not hating it.

Ally had the best time at Florida Supercon with her dad. Here she is modeling her Luna Lovegood look. People ended up taking photos with her and that made her so happy.

No words needed.

Say hello to my little friend the puffer fish. Isn’t he kind of cute?

Spending lots of time cooling off in he pool and swimming laps.

Hope your summer is going well!

xoxo, Susi


Grandfather Mountain and the Mile High Swinging Bridge – A Photo Gallery

November 7, 2017

All images taken with my Nikon D3200 and Tamron 18-200mm lens on a gorgeous summer day in the High Country of North Carolina.



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


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 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!!!


Where are you from?

October 17, 2011
(*This was one of the first posts I wrote. It’s the beginning of my story. I went back to read it, to get my writing mojo back so to speak and decided to add some links for more information. So, here is part of my story again… I’m thinking about reposting part two in three in the next few weeks, as well. Let me know if you’d like to read more!)

Where are you from? People ask me that all the time because of my accent. “Germany”, I always answer. Most of the time they will nod and smile and that’s it. But sometimes someone will ask “Where in Germany?” I always answer the same way and say “About two hours south of Berlin.” Nobody I have ever met, knows the little village I grew up in. If the person seems really interested, I will say “Near Leipzig.” But usually, they hear Berlin and that’s the end of it.

My story began in a sleepy, little town in what was then East-Germany. I was born and raised there and had what many would consider (myself included) an idyllic childhood. I was able to roam about with my friends, investigate the woods close to home and built forts. In the Winter, we’d go sledding on the hills, during Spring we would wait for the crocuses to bloom, during Summer go and pick cherries and eat them til we got sick to our tummies and in Fall do the same with apples.

I didn’t have a care in the world and didn’t really know what it meant to live “behind the wall”. I knew, there was another Germany and that we had aunts and cousins there, we weren’t allowed to see but none of that mattered, not to me or any of my friends, I imagine.

And then, the Wall fell and Germany reunited. I didn’t understand the repercussions of those events until much later. All I cared about was the yummy candy on the store shelves and the Barbie under our Christmas tree that year.

What I learned as time went on and I got older was that things weren’t so rosy for a lot of people. The federal state I lived in had one of the highest rates of unemployment, if not the highest in Germany. People were losing their jobs, friends, relatives …people we knew, and one of them was my mom.

So, when I was a Junior in High School my parents decided it was time for a change.Time to take a chance . They sat my sister and I down for a family discussion and let us know what had been on their minds. They wanted to know how we felt about moving to America?

Well, I will tell you how we felt…soon.

Stay tuned for the next installment!!!