Sara’s 12 Birthday

The past week was busy, as we prepped for Sara's 12th birthday that was held on Saturday.. The party consisted of two phases: Phase (1) a beach themed celebration at our house with family and friends, a water slide, a taco bar, and cupcakes; Phase (2) an afternoon with girlfriends, walking around the mall without parents. The…

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…

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…

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…

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…

RN Graduation Party

Wow, what can I say?!? The graduation party that Doug threw for me was the best party ever! I wish I could repeat that night.....over and over again, like the movie Groundhog Day. He's talked about this party and planned for it for the past few months. The last month has been loads of preparation, which…

The Nurse’s Week

Last week the many nurses around the world celebrated Nurse's Week. I celebrated Nurses Week by graduating nursing school! It was a week filled with ceremonies, a management shift, and planning a graduation party. It was a week in my life that I will never ever forget, and the love and congrats I received from all of…

Sophie’s 7th Birthday

Saturday December 6th we celebrated Sophie's 7th birthday. She decided on a "jump" theme. We rented a big jump house. The inside of the house was not only equipped with a jumping area but a basketball hoop, big slide, and bumpers to crash into. Guests started arriving at 11 am, and then the jumping began. Sara spent…

Zombie Cheerleader and Vampire Kitty

This last Halloween was  the first Halloween the girls veered from princess dresses, or animal print. Both girls wanted to be scary this year, which was shocking because they're usually the scared ones. Sara decided on playing the role of a zombie cheerleader. Sophie always wants to be a cat (I think she's been a cat…

Only One More Semester!

I am officially finished with 3rd semester of nursing school, and I have only one more semester to go before I can take the boards and be licensed as a Registered Nurse! The girls and I went to dinner to celebrate. We wish Daddy could have been there too, but he will be home soon.…

Great Extravaganza 2014

Back in September, our friends Dario and Lisa asked us to join them for the Great Extravaganza benefiting the Great Explorations Children's Museum. We gladly accepted their offer, and went searching for 20's apparel and accessories. I found a wonderful small checkered blazer for Doug, and he picked out a perfect little dress for me. We…

Weekend in the Harbor

It was another great weekend in the harbor. We started the weekend downtown for the monthly 3rd Friday festivities. Once a month, many Safety Harborites and friends from surrounding areas gather and stroll down Main street downtown (which is closed to car traffic) to eat, drink, listen to live music at the gazebo, catch up…

Labor Day Weekend

During the Labor day weekend, we took a quick excursion to the Hilton Orlando for a little pool play, sun, Blue Man group and time with our Goddaughter Harper and her family, for her 5th birthday. I left school early on Friday and then snatched the girls from school before lunch time. Then we left…

What Makes Me Smile!

Sara's braids make me smile. I think of Snoop Dogg when I see her walking around in stiff braids like this. My friend and Starbuck's barista Dana makes me smile. I enjoy her daily messages. Orville, they don't top yours! I never leave my SH Starbuck's without some sort of love letter. Sophie and her friend…

Sara’s 9th Birthday Celebration’s

Sara B is officially 9, as of Tuesday June 24th @ 4:45 p.m. At that point in the day Doug, the girls and I waited in line to board the big yellow circular raft at Busch Gardens; the Congo River Rapids ride. It was Sophie's favorite ride. Early that morning, on our way to the park,…

Ted. Teddy. Theordore. Theo. Beaver.

Ted. Teddy. Theo. Beaver. Theodore. These are the nicknames for one of my best friends in the whole wide world. In December of 1999, I got the chance to meet Ted Ciske for the first time. My new friend Doug had invited me to join him and a group of his friends for the Tampa…

It’s a New Year. 2014!

Sara and Sophia, As you look back through the year 2013, I hope you remember the great times and most of all how blessed you are! When I look back through the year of pictures, I feel a sense of gratitude. Yes, life is not always perfect, but choose to focus on the wonderful times..….this is…

It’s Christmas Time!

It's Christmas time! School is out for the girls and momma! We are loving the break, sleeping in, freedom from homework and playing together. Last week I sat through two days of orientation and spent one day of training on the floor at the new hospital I'll be working at, Mease Dunedin Hospital. The unit…