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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

First Day Back

Today Sara started 4th grade and Sophie started 1st grade. I start the 3rd semester of nursing school tomorrow. It's hard moving back into a strict schedule after a relaxing and lazy summer, but we will become accustomed to it after a week or so, I hope.The weekend was divine. It was a weekend of…

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…

Summertime Gladness

It's summertime and we're feeling summertime gladness. Life without early mornings, studying, and busy jam-packed schedules is exactly what we needed. Here's a compilation of pictures from our summer vacation so far: The girls performed in their end of the year dance recital on Sunday June 1st. They looked gorgeous and performed beautifully. Daddy travled to NYC for…

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…

Art and Jazz

The weekend included Art and Jazz: * Safety Harbor Third Friday Night- Every 3rd Friday, Main Street is closed to traffic and downtown buzzes with street vendors, live music at the gazebo, neighbors, friends, family, dogs, food, fun & beer.  We try to attend every 3rd Friday downtown. This year has been extra special since Sophie…

She’s Me!

This afternoon Sophie and I bonded while watching a wound dressing change video tutorial. She's me. She will definitely be a nurse someday. As soon as I pressed play on the computer to activate the tutorial, she stood watching intently, asking pertinent questions along the way (critical thinking is important). Then after a minute, she…