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Picture Perfect Weekly #1 {A Day On The Water}

January 6, 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!!!

Here we are again. After taking last week off to enjoy some family time for New Year’s I’m back for the first Picture Perfect Weekly  post of 2013.

We’ve had quite the busy week working on the house. Not only did I put all the Christmas decorations and tree away, we also decided to rearrange some furniture and move the family room into the living room and make the family room into an office/music room. Of course, one thing led to another and things snowballed… this shelf had to be moved to this room and that one to the other room etc. We are still not finished. Now we are looking for some new shelves, wall sconces/cubes and also a new couch. Once everything is more in order I’d be happy to share some pics with you guys.

This morning dawned bright and clear and we thought we were in for a relaxing day at home. But plans have a way of changing. So, instead of spending the day sitting around at home we unexpectedly ended up spending it on the water instead.

1-6 Intracoastal

 

My father in law called in the morning and invited us to come along for a ride on his boat. We went south on the Intracoastal to a waterfront restaurant (for lunch) where you can dock the boat and back again. It was an absolute gorgeous Winter day in South Florida with the sun shining brightly and the breeze blowing gently.

1-6 Middle on boat

 

Here’s Middle right after we got on the boat. Besides the five of us, hubby’s aunt and her husband, as well as my FIL and his wife and her niece and nephew who are visiting from Brazil, were on the boat. Oh, and of course the captain who got us safely  to the restaurant and back.

1-6 Lake Boca

 

This is an area of the Intracoastal called Lake Boca where the weekend warriors anchor their boats and hang out. Kids were swimming in inner tubes or tooling around on wave runners and people were soaking up the sun. Today was one of those days where it hit me again how lucky I am to live here in beautiful South Florida.

1-6 Middle and I

 

Middle and I. I was busy as usual taking a million pics (which I will share soon) but stopped to ask my MIL for a pic with me in it. You know, for proof I was there too! 🙂

1-6 family pic

 

This is actually the first Instagram pic of the year. My mom took it for us before we headed home on New Year’s Day. It’s not perfect, but neither are we. It is family though, and that’s what matters.

1-6 hubby and I

 

Hubby and I on our first date night of the year. Yay for us. Thanks to our awesome babysitter we had a wonderful dinner out all by ourselves at out favorite Japanese restaurant. Sake, anyone?

1-6 waffle iron

 

And tonight, I made these. As a treat for the last night of the Winter break. I was sneaky and used whole wheat flour (half and half) in the batch and the kids were none the wiser and enjoyed their seconds before hubby gave away my secret! I also served them with strawberries.

So, how was your first week of the new year? Anything exciting to share? I’d love to see what you did.

BocaFrau



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Last fill in of the year!!!

December 28, 2012

This is the last Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun hop of the year! Can’t believe it’s almost over. Crazy how time flies when you are having fun…

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our 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 Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Tami from Empty Nest in IL– she came up with the last statement!

Hilary 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. without fail, whenever I fly__
2. I used to be___
3. When I ___ I ___
4. My greatest fear is ______.

My answers:

1. Without fail, whenever I fly (which hasn’t happened in a while) I listen to music and read. I can never sleep because I feel like I need to keep my eyes in the kids at all times.

2. I used to be a waitress in my parents restaurant when we first came to the US.

3. When I get up in the morning, I first walk the dogs and then have my first cup of coffee.

4. My greatest fear is losing one of my children. My heart hurts just thinking about it.

 

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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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The 5 Days of Florida Christmas… and some Fill In Fun!

December 21, 2012

This week for your viewing pleasure I give you the one and only — Ashley — singing The 5 Days of Florida Christmas!

This was a school assignment. The children were supposed to take a holiday song and change the words to make it funny and different. After some consideration Ashley and I decided to go with the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and give it a Florida spin.

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Each week, Hilary 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 Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Pam from Trooppetrie– she came up with the last two statements!

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help me spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:
1. When I am in a ____ mood I ___
2. When I ___ I ___
3. If I could donate a ton of money to a charity it would be_____ because _______.
4. I like to visit ______________blog(s) because __________________

My answers:

1. When I am in a bad mood, I tend to pout and get very quiet.

2. When I get home from dropping the kids off at school, I have to go around the house and make all the beds before I can do anything else.

3. If I could donate a ton of money to a charity it would be St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Humane Society because families that have to deal with their very sick children shouldn’t have to worry about paying the bills and such, and I love animals. Our pooches all came from the humane society. I would never, ever pay thousands of dollars for a pet when there are so many waiting for good homes.

4. I like to visit photography blog(s) because I learn so much just from reading and I feel it has helped my photography tremendously. 

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Picture Perfect Sundays #14

July 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 Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays Picture Perfect Sundays!!! (I had been thinking about changing the name and format for a little while to include all types of photographs… Instagram, phone camera and any other type of camera. Thanks to my hubby we have a new name!!!)
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.

Instagram   Twitter   Facebook

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

 

Here are some of my favorite moments from the past week, all captured with Instagram…

Last Sunday we spent the early evening fishing and Middle caught a big catfish. She was so happy that the fish were biting.

 

I’m thankful for the big banyan trees in our neighborhood. The shade they provide is much needed when we are out walking the dogs in the mid afternoon heat!

 

We’ve had a few rainy days this week as well. One afternoon it just poured incessantly.

 

I spilled a good portion of my good Rooibus the other night. The Rooibus that my aunt brought me from Germany. But I managed to safe some and have some more in the freezer.

 

Our cat Finn just loves sleeping on my laptop keyboard. I often forget to lock it so she has sent out an e-mail or Skype or two.

 

I made the boy some chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast this morning. He was very happy about it.

 

My very own little Lady Gaga. She got those glasses when she was an itty bitty baby and still loves to play with them. 🙂

 

Giddy up horsie. Having fun with big sister.

 

This is my favorite for the week. Swimming with great-grandma… one of those life-time memories.

 

Little One changed for our evening walk. She wanted to look pretty!

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Picture Perfect Sundays #13 {Formerly Instagram Sundays}

July 14, 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 aptly called… Instagram Sundays  Picture Perfect Sundays!!! (I had been thinking about changing the name and format for a little while to include all types of photographs… Instagram, phone camera and any other type of camera. Thanks to my hubby we have a new name!!!)

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.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

Here is my week in Instagrams:

Little One who is three ordered these alligator yakitory skewers at one of our fave Japanese restaurants. They are really good and taste kinda like a mix between chicken and veal.

 

A slice of the banana bread I baked Friday night and ate for breakfast on Saturday morning. I added some chopped almonds and oh my… it tastes great.

 

I just baked theses lemon glazed cookies tonight. They are delicious. Thanks for the recipe Katie at Sluiter Nation!

 

One of the birds that frequent our neighborhood lakes. I think, it’s an egret but not 100% sure. It was watching us very carefully probably wondering if the dogs were going to go after it.

 

Ducks. Two of the many that cause traffic jams and other ills… it’s not fun walking the dogs trying to dodge their poop on the sidewalks! 🙂

 

Look who came to visit our neighborhood lakes… an otter. Him and some of his buddies come a few times a year. He was sitting by the edge of the lake and munching on a fish, watching me. I love watching otters swim, play and frolic in the water.

 

Lots of hair… from our Yorkie. She finally got a much needed cut. It amazes me how much hair this little 5 lbs canine has.

 

Our old girl Macy… she’s 12 now and showing her age more and more. I still remember when the hubby surprised me with her. She was such a tiny little bundle.

 

This has been my sight most of the week. Middle came down with the dreaded summer cold. So far none of the rest of us have come down with anything and I hope, it stays that way.

 

Little One floating in the pool. She just mastered this skill this week. I’m so impressed with her… she swims from one end to the other, dives under and touches the pool floor and relaxes and floats.

 

Under my favorite big tree in the neighborhood… enjoying the view and shade.

 

And of course, what would my week be without one sunset shot. I tried to get a different perspective and took the picture through the fence. I kinda like the way it came out.

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Instagram Sundays #11

June 30, 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 aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram( or your camera phone if you don’t use Instagram) during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar!

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

 

This week I didn’t take as many pictures with Instagram as I usually do. Still took plenty but it usually is much harder to pick which to use for my post on Sunday.

I also didn’t include the pitiful one of my Middle daughter who was utterly devastated by the loss of the semi-final game for the German team. I shared that one in my Friday post!

The weekend so far started off great. On Friday, I had the chance for some girl time. I was invited to lunch and a movie. Lunch was delicious (my first time at PF Chang’s ) and the movie was full of eye candy for women. “Magic Mike” indeed was magical!!! 🙂 You have to see it to believe it, is all I can say.

Today, my new toy arrived and I spent some time learning the ins and outs of it. I will share pictures soon. It’s a laptop dock for my Android phone. It basically takes the phone and turns it into a laptop/tablet. No more wifi only tablet for me… now I can travel in style!!! 😉

Okay, here are my Instagrams of the week:

My basil plant. I grew it from seeds. Not too bad for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb at all. I will be making some Veal Milano during the week!

Wednesday night we had dinner with grandma and saw this rainbow on the way home. Beautiful. I never get tired of seeing a rainbow.

It’s hard to see in this picture but that itty bitty white speck in the sky is the moon and it looked pretty cool next to the palm tree.

After camp one day this past week the kids all sat together being crafty with beads. It was such a pleasure to see them together and listen to their conversations while I was cooking dinner. Moments like this don’t happen too often anymore as the two big ones are getting older and doing their own thing.

Who wants to cook in this heat? Not me, and apparently neither does our in-house chef! So this is what we had instead. One of my “famous” cheese/Italian salami and cracker platters. Loved by all…

Of course, its never too hot too bake… especially, if there are Ghiradelli chocolate chips involved. These chocolate chip muffins were gone as fast as I made them. 🙂

Last night, the boy wanted breakfast for dinner… so I finally went out and got us a waffle iron. Because, what’s a proper breakfast without some yummy, home-made waffles?

I think, we may do this a lot more frequently now!!!

Can you see that? That’s a toad, one of the many that are out and about all over the neighborhood at night. Let me just say they are not one of my favorite critters. I have on numerous occasions almost stepped on the small ones… Let’s just say, I scared myself with my screams. They give me the heebie-jeebies.

The birds, on the other hand, I enjoy a lot. There are so many different kinds and just the other day I saw a beautiful, red cardinal but didn’t have my phone or camera with me.

And this is what Little One and I did this afternoon to cool off after running errands.  Heaven…

Now it’s your turn! What were you up to this past week?

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Instagram Sundays #10

June 23, 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 aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

This week I made a nice collage again and numbered my Instagrams. Following the collage will be the a small description of each shot. 🙂

1) Sisterly love. Enjoying the fruits of their labor. They decorated cupcakes for Middle’s birthday and were happy with their results.

2) My campers. Ready for their first day of camp… that was almost two weeks ago.

3) Girl time. Heading to lunch with great-grandma… just us girls. It was fun.

4) Three years old and she tells me when I do something wrong trying to set up one of her games. 🙂

5) Another awesome sunset. Love, love, love that view.

6) Middle, ecstatic after watching the German national team win the last group game in the Euro Cup 2012.

7) Me, supporting Team Germany for the first quarter-finals match against Greece. They won 4:2. On to the semi-finals now. Let the nail biting begin.

8) Date night. Hubby and I on out way to dinner. We had live, raw scallop. It was so good we had to get a second order. The waitress told us they still wiggle and move when they slice them!

9) Little One taking a break at a fountain in the mall. We were pooped. Middle daughter dragged us all over the place… birthday shopping is exhausting. I looked around me and saw the future… her and her friends turning into mall rats!!! 🙂

Now it’s your turn…

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Instagram Sundays #9 – Father's Day Edition

June 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 Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

 

In honor of Father’s Day, I decided to make a collage of some of the Instagrams I have of the hubby instead of my usual weekly Instagrams. So, without further ado, here he is the father of my children.

They adore their daddy and I couldn’t wish for a better father for them.

Happy Father’s Day, honey. We love you!!!

“What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again. 

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt. 

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…”

– Unknown
Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there… including my own dad and father-in-law.
Hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing. 🙂
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Instagram Sundays #8

June 9, 2012
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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 aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! 🙂

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

Here are my Instagrams for the past week:

There you have it… a peek into my week. I’m utterly exhausted now and just want to crawl into my own bed. Sleeping in a hotel, even for just one night is not conducive to a good nights sleep. (Especially, since Little One ended up sideways a few times and my ribs did not like that. )

I will share pictures and a run down of our quick, unplanned and very spontaneous getaway soon.

Have a wonderful day. I can’t wait to see your treasures…