Sara’s 6th Grade Band Concert

This year Sara played flute in the middle school band. She's done a great job, and made big improvements throughout the year. She uses my old flute, which is probably at least 22 years old. After the show: We enjoyed dinner, and ice cream at the mall afterwards to celebrate. Great job on a great performance…

Sophie’s Studio Dance Recital

Sophie's always loved dancing, specifically ballet. She attends a 1.5 hour ballet class weekly. To show off their moves, the little dancers put on a studio recital once a year, in addition to The Nutcracker and a spring performance. Sophie's recital was on Sunday May 21st this year. She gracefully danced alongside 5 other girls,…

Sophie’s 50’s Concert

  Sophie and a few of her friends found a spot at the front of the school auditorium stage, and  twisted and turned to the tune The Peppermint Twist, in their cute poodle skirts and Keds last Thursday night. The 3rd grade 50's concert was more than any parent could handle.   After the show, these cute kids…

Easter Weekend

Easter weekend was a weekend of relaxation and family time. On Saturday morning the wind was strong and the water choppy, creating unsuitable weather for boating, and ideal weather for kiting. We decided to play around town for the day, and it started with dog walking our neighbors dogs Lilli and Marcy. Then we walked across the brand new…

Spring Break Part II

Our dear friends Ross and Rhonda, and their children came for a visit 3 weeks ago. The girls enjoyed a second spring break vacation while they were here. Our friends arrived Monday afternoon, a little after we collected S&S from school. Our first few hours together was spent cruising around the bay in the boat, and…

North Carolina Getaway

It's an anniversary tradition to run away to a cabin in N.C. every year for our anniversary in November. However, last November, I was immersed in learning Emergency Nursing via an internship that's required to transition into the E.R. So, our trip was postponed a bit, but we made it to our favorite spot a…

Sophie’s 9!

Sophie J had a birthday! She's officially 9 years old as of Wed. Dec. 14th! We celebrated her special day with friends and family last Saturday the 10th. The theme she chose was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". The party started at 4:30 pm, and she arrived home just in time for her celebration. She attended…

Tis the Season

It feels like the holidays around here. Our elf Charles Kringle Webber has arrived, the house is decorated inside and out with lights and decor, and we've already viewed the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas. There's a list of Christmas movies  waiting in the queue for the remainder of the holiday season. We've also spent time baking cookies,…

Winter in Florida

Salosa, our boat, was gone for a bit receiving some TLC, but since she's been back, we've enjoyed several wonderful and relaxing boat rides. Doug and I took her out the Friday she arrived home, about 2 weeks ago. As soon as we hit the water, a school of dolphins started playing behind the boat, jumping…

Little Surprises

The temperature has been perfect lately, and give's the sense of the approaching holidays. We've switched our attire from dresses, short's and flip flops, to jeans, sweaters and boots. We've appreciated several nights of cool weather by an outdoor fire, while roasting marshmallow's, and we've definitely taken advantage of warm Starbuck's drinks. Last weekend I…

A Tribute to Dear Sus

Dearest Sus, I remember when we moved onto Bayshore Drive, in the house right next to yours. You  and Salu gave us an instant and warm welcome. You invited us into your home. We enjoyed beautiful dinner's together over wine and intently listened to wonderful stories about the Safety Harbor Spa, back when it was a destination…

NC Summer Family Vacation 2016

  I love Doug! We've been planning our summer family vacation for about 3 months now, but he did 99% of the leg work, which included fun little surprises for the girls, lots of planning, and coordinating  all accommodations. He poured his whole heart into our summer family vacation and all the adventures along the way, and it…

Middle School & Third Grade

The girls went back to school about 3 weeks ago. Sara started middle school, and Sophie 3rd grade. Of course Sara was all nerves the first day, and rightfully so,  with a new environment, new classmates, lots of teachers, 4 minutes to get from class to class, and figuring out when to run to her…

Sea Banana’s

Florida's notorious for summer afternoon rainstorms, and we've been caught in a few recently, during our weekend boat excursions. At first it was a little frightening, but we've learned to adapt. The bimini top covers the rain from above and our big beach umbrella acts as a shield in front of us, like a knights…

Sara’s 11th Birthday

Sara's 11! Wow. To celebrate this transition from child to tween, kids menu to adult menu (as she's completely offended now when a waitress hands her crayons and a coloring page), elementary school to middle school, we invited family and a few close friends for lunch and partying at our house. The party began at…

Tubing with the Vdb’s

A weekend ago we spent an afternoon on the boat with our dear friends Carl, Kristin and their two girls, Aubrey and Adelie. We've been friends for over 15 years, and we imported little girls into the world mostly in the same time frames as they did.  Carl and Kristin are wonderful people, great parents and great friends. We've…

Head Shots- 5th and 2nd Grade

Head shots of the girls were taken at Daddy's studio a week ago, to replace the counterfeit smiles, blah background, and shifted head pose shots, characteristic of the classic school portrait.  While there's something special about school photo's, the contracted photographer the school uses,  doesn't care care about my children in the same way we do. Doug…