Tag Archives: Life

Happy Easter!

20 Apr

I’m not Christian but I am so into that Easter Bunny on behalf of my bunny loving girl.


I had to mad bribe my son to smile and it worked!

We are off to my sister in laws today for an egg hunt and some family time.  Whatever you do today, whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope the day is enjoyable!

Family Fun at Lion Country Safari in Florida

19 Apr


I’m not being paid to write this post.  I felt compelled to share our experience at this amazing place.  We’ve been traveling to Florida for the past several years and basically hitting the same fun spots each time.  But it was while I was chatting with a friend a few weeks back that she told me about this Lion Country Safari….a safari in Florida you ask!? YES!  I don’t know about you, but I won’t be traveling to Africa anytime soon so this is about as close as I’ll get to a real live safari and wow it did not fail to completely wow me.

We headed there on a day when the weather was a bit iffy. You pay a fee per person in your car (you can also rent one there) and we found a coupon on the website.  You are provided with a CD to play as you travel through the safari.  The instructions are to keep windows up at all times.

And wow.  I’ll let my pictures do some of the talking.

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Other than the lions behind the fence all the animals roam freely; those zebras were right in front of the car blocking our path!

A total highlight for me were the giraffes….my favorite animal….they were everywhere and so gorgeous…

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The safari took us about 45 minutes and by the point the kids were done and ready to hit the amusement and water parks!


There are rides and fun stuff for the kids but also different things like paddle boats that you could take out for a ride.


And for an additional fee of 5 dollars per ride the kids each rode a camel :)

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is it me or is the camel smiling in this shot?!

is it me or is the camel smiling in this shot?!

My daughter’s highlight of the trip was her chance to feed a giraffe.  I think this is one of the coolest shots I have ever taken.


I you tell I’d much rather the kids spend time in a place like this than that other place in Florida with all the mice & princesses!

Have you ever been here?



Feeling Refreshed After A Week in Florida

18 Apr

Yesterday we returned home from our trip to Boca Raton.  We’ve been fortunate to be going there almost annually the past several years around spring break to visit with my in-laws and catch some great sun.  This is their backyard…I mean can you just die?!


And the beach is usually empty just like that…….we typically have the ocean all to ourselves, just like we like it :)




When we weren’t at the beach we were in the pool…….or I should really say, the kids and their dad were in the pool, while I lounged and occasionally sat up and took photos!


The only problem is that I don’t take enough photos!!! :)


We did a few other fun things which I will detail in another post.

Today is about unpacking…the unfun part about vacations!





“Get Out of My World” — Minecraft Madness

15 Apr


When the kids get home from school they throw down their backpacks and try to grab their iPods…like little crack addicts they are yearning to get on and play Minecraft.  As soon as they complete their homework they congregate together and start virtually assaulting each other in the world of Minecraft.

And this is what I hear “Get out of my world!  Watch out for the creepers!  Look there’s a zombie!  I need food…who has food!  Hey who’s hitting me!?” And on and on.  Yet they tell me it’s fun.  If I allowed it they would play all. day. long!

Anyone else have Minecraft addicts?

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth!

8 Apr

Okay I know it’s a little much with the teeth but I just had to post the update.


And once again it came out at school which just added to the excitement!

It’s a little sad how the missing teeth changes the appearance right?

Someone is Losing Some Teeth Over Here

6 Apr

First we had two loose teeth:


Then we had one finally fall out at school:


Now the other one has shifted over and is hanging by a thread:


And she yanks and she yanks!

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And sometimes dad does too!


It’s all very exciting for this 6-year-old…………… :)

In the meantime, I pulled out my son’s tooth and thought I was so masterful at this parental task…I suck.  I can’t for the life of me pull this one out.  How many of you have succeeded at pulling out your kids teeth?



A Six Year Old’s Favorite Thing About the Wind……

1 Apr


I’m so glad I stumbled upon this sheet between the reams of papers jammed in my little one’s backpack today. I think it’s brilliant! And it’s making me wish we were back in Mexico…….

I’m wondering…do you examine all your kids papers in the backpacks each evening?

The Sports Store

25 Mar

On Sunday we went shopping for cleats.  With all 3 kids in soccer, it feels like we shop for cleats every other month, yet we always have one thousand pairs at home that don’t fit anyone, sigh.  I don’t know what it is about the sports store (and I’m sure you know the one I’m talking about) but it holds universal appeal for kids once they hit about age 5 and suddenly, it seems, sporting goods, sports apparel for any and all sports, and exercise equipment become must have items from their perspective!



3 pairs of cleats later we made it out safe and sound but I’ve realized  it’s basically it’s not safe to shop in any store when kids are involved  :)

The Death of a Friend

18 Mar


Today I attended the funeral of a friend who died too young.  He attended school with my husband, though he was a couple of grades behind him.

It was much more painful than I had anticipated, sitting through the service, and ultimately the burial.  The message that the priest kept reiterating over and over was that though we are in pain, he is at peace.  It has me thinking about this Buddhist saying that I remember from years ago:

When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices.
When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.

My heart is heavy.  I hope the priest is right.
Squeeze your loved ones tight today.

When You’re a Mom, and It’s Your Birthday (and You Have Little Ones)

1 Mar

You wake up on your birthday to kisses and squeals of delight.  Any disdain you may feel about aging is replaced by the excitement of your kids as they present you with handmade cards and goodies that they tell you they worked really, really, hard on.


They tell everyone throughout the day that it’s their mommy’s birthday…teachers, friends, strangers…and try their hardest to demonstrate their best behavior of the year.

Over a special dinner celebration the kids tell the waiters it’s mom’s birthday too and to make sure to bring her a candle…….which they argue over who will blow out (and it sometimes it has to be re lit several times). :)


It’s my idea of a perfect birthday.  :)


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