No Time Exists

No time exists here. The mornings run into afternoons, run into evenings..and nothing matters but the moments in which we exist.  These are my favorite days of the year. The days in which just the 4 of us enjoy solitude, time together, falling into the trance of the hypnotizing sea waves, sand beneath our feet,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

14 Year NC Anniversary Trip

On November 11th, Doug and I celebrated our 14 year anniversary. To celebrate the 14 years of love, weight gain and weight loss, growth, hardships, comfort, stress, fun, surprises, and kids, we traveled to our favorite cabin in NC, a place we call heaven. Thanks to our wonderful friends, who open up their place to us…

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…

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,…

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…

A Frozen (but warm) Thanksgiving

The last time Sara saw snow, she was 4 years old. She loved it, except the 5 layers that she had to put over her skin. Sophie was too young to remember snow. The better part of this November was spent dreaming and talking with the girls about cold and snow, flying on an airplane,…