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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!!!

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



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Follow Friday Four Fill in Fun #62

May 10, 2012

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I’m so excited. It’s Friday again. One day closer to the weekend and time spend with my family that’s visiting from Germany. It’s so good to have them here (well, at my mom’s) but still – close by. My kids adore their great-uncle and love to play and laugh with him. He’s the best. 🙂

But now time for filling in some blanks. Each week Hilary at Feeling Beachie lists for statements on her blog with blanks for us to fill in on our own. This week I get to be her very happy and excited co-host. The last two statements are from me.

Here are this weeks statements :

1.       In the summer ___

2.       I always ____ when I___

3.       Reading ___  makes me ____

4.       I like to live _______ because  _____

And here are my answers:

1. In the summer I swim pretty much each and every day and live in my flip flops.

2. I always eat Twizzlers  when I watch any of the Twilight movies. (Sometimes even when I read the books.)

3. Reading on my Kindle app makes me really happy. I like it because I can read in bed at night without worrying about having lights on. Just recently made that discovery!

4. I like to live here in Florida because of the weather, being close to the ocean and all that nature here has to offer. 

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Let's play tag…

February 2, 2012

I was tagged, not once but twice. The first time by my lovely friend Hilary over at Feeling Beachie and then again a few days later by the sweet Sarah at The Mama Pirate. I decided to give them both their due and write up two posts, since the rules are a little different for each tag meme. Sarah’s will be up in a few days.

Hilary wrote hers from both her and her handsome cat Alex’s perspective. I don’t want to offend any of my critters by choosing one over the others so mine will be solely from my perspective.

1. Describe yourself in 7 words:

helpful, kind, Twilight obsessed, clumsy, lovely (according to the hubby), talkative

2. What keeps you up at night?

Worrying about the kids. And the cat playing at one in the morning!!!! 🙂

3. Who would I like to be?

That’s a tough one. I’m pretty happy with who and what I am. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my life.

4. What am I wearing now?

Cargo pants, white shirt and the ever-present flip-flops.

5. What scares me?

Something happening to my kids or hubby.

6. The best and worst of blogging:

The best: Setting up the blog, learning new things (html and css) and the blogging community. Such great peeps.

The worst: Losing a whole post after working on it for an hour (Yes, I am talking about this one.) The time it involves and not being able to comment and read blogs I am interested in.

7. The last website I visited:

FeelingBeachie.com so I can finish this post. So sorry it took so long.

8. What is the one thing I would change about myself

I wish I was less of a neat freak and would worry less about what other think.

9. Slankets yes or no?

Snuggies!!!!!! 🙂

10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you:

Hilary is a real life friend of mine who I have known some time. She played a huge part in getting this blog of the ground and her help was invaluable. She’s always bubbly and smiley and a good listener, at least when I’m around and talk her ear off! 🙂

Now it’s my turn to tag some people. It doesn’t specify how many so I’ll stick to 5 since I still have another post to do.

Nicole @ By Word of Mouth Musings

Nicolette @ Working on a Project

Carley @ Tried, Tested and True Mommy

Karen @ Life with Karen

Melissa @ A Wide Line

Come play along… Why should I have all the fun and do all the work!!!! 🙂

 

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Follow Friday Four Fun Fill-In

January 19, 2012

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It’s time for some fun, follow Friday four fill-in fun, that is. Hilary @ Feeling Beachie posts four blank statements each week for us to fill-in on our own blogs. This week, I’m super happy to say, I am her co-host. The last two statements came from me. So, take a break, have another cup of coffee or tea and join us!!! 🙂

This weeks statements:

  1. I used to enjoy_______but now I don’t really anymore except for when I_____.
  2. My first job was______.
  3. I am a bit obsessed with______at the moment.
  4. If I don’t have my_______at night, I don’t sleep well.

My answers:

  1. I used to enjoy Twizzlers but now I don’t really anymore, except for when I watch Twilight.
  2. My first job was as a waitress in my parents restaurant. (Not my favorite!!! Working with family can be tough.)
  3. I am a bit obsessed with The Twilight Saga at the moment. Maybe more than a bit, I cannot wait for Breaking Dawn to come out on DVD February 10th!!!
  4. If I don’t have my cup of Rooibus tea and hubby snoring next to me at night, I don’t sleep well.