Monday, December 23, 2013

Cape San Blas, Barrier Dunes in Port St. Joe, Florida

We just got back from vacation. As in a real vacation. Which we haven't been on in a very long time. And I'm soooo ready to go back. Permanently! Even though it was chilly while we were there for Florida, 65 degrees. It was still way better than 4 degrees and snow. Aside from the long drive, everything was great. It was a relaxation style vacation.

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We stayed at Cape San Blas vacation rentals in Barrier Dunes in Port St. Joe, Florida. Wendy was wonderful to work with and had excellent communication in planning our stay. We stayed in the unit called Sea Breeze. It was large and very homey and beachy. Well stocked with everything we needed. And close to the beach! Which we went to everyday. All the grounds are kept very nice and clean. There are several pictures of A in a bunch of spots within their gated property (in the link below). The sand is so white and nice. The shells that washed up everyday was very fun to root through. The dogs are confirmed beach bums now and are definitely ready to go back. Spencer, who likes water, took to the waves instantly but backed off a bit after too much salt water. Haha. Toby, who hates water, eventually warmed up to it. A little bit. But he was all good lounging on the beach.

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I'm not going to post many pictures within this post because I have a link to them on the Snapshots page. I took close to 700 pictures, so I chose wisely and will only make you look at just under 200 of them. Sorry so many, but I have several people interested in seeing them. One of the biggest reason we chose this place was because of the private beach access. And oh my goodness was it. I think we passed 12 people all week, and 8 of them were the same people. You talk about A having one big huge sandbox to herself !

Now, you all know my fear of sharks right. If not, well, I'm a major chicken shit when it comes to oceans and sharks. For obvious reason. Attacks are on the news constantly. But I love the ocean and beach part of it. After being attacked on our Disney Cruise a very long time ago, by a 25 foot great white, I vowed to never return in the ocean water. My episode on the show I Shouldn't Be Alive should air soon. Oh alright, so I fell asleep on my floaty and floated too far out and got woke up when a 2 inch little fishy flopped on my mat. Same thing. 

But it was A's first time and all. One day the water was so calm, clear and blue. You could see every shell and every step you took. We didn't have suits on, so I said I'd take her out a little ways. I was feeling quite brave. 

Had I seen this 'before".......
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I'd have never done this.
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Our little friend was about 30-40 feet out I'd say. 

See our photo's over on the Snapshots page under Florida 2013.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Program

A's first Kindergarten Christmas Program. Was super cute and they all did so well. I'm not posting many pictures of it since I'm not comfortable showing close ups of children whom I don't have parental permission from to post them on this public blog. (Reason for the purple smiley faces).

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Santa & Parade

Our yearly Santa visit and a Christmas parade. This was a really good Santa. The last few she wouldn't sit on their lap or talk to them. This one warmed up to her a bit first and talked to her quite a bit. Like a good Santa should I think. 

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Decorating the Tree

It's funny how excited you are to decorate the tree and then by Christmas you just can't wait to get that sucker out of your house. 

I love, love, love all the homemade ornaments we are getting to put on our tree these days.

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We have 3 tree toppers. A Santa, sparkly star and an angel. They all fit the top of a tree differently. This tree needed the most lightweight, which is our angel. Which seems to have disappeared. Can't find her anywhere. Don't recall anything happening to her. She has vanished. Santa is too heavy, he nose dives off immediately. Same with the star.
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A says to me "Hold it right there sweetie! I'll fix this." She whips out construction paper, glue, tape, yarn and scissors. 10 minutes later, she has fixed our dilemma. The best and lightest angel tree topper we've ever had. She even has a little bling at the bottom.
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Christmas Tree Cutting

This was one of the better weather years we've had for cutting our tree down. In previous years, some of you who have followed my old blog, know that we've had some massive sized tree's before. This one is so tiny compared to those. We needed a table top/out of the way/don't take up anymore space-kind of tree's this year.

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This tree farm maintains their tree's so well. Literally every single tree is a good one. You just need to pick your size, because the shape is perfect.
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We have a winner !
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A and her Mama.
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A and her Daddy. Some days....I could put that rope around both their necks. (Hey, DCFS I was teasing!)
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Hey D, are you reading this? Now that you've bolted to another state on us, your little wittle baby sister has to cut down the tree, which was always your job, even if you never did pick that job willingly.
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All by herself...
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And walk uphill...in a snowstorm...barefoot....both ways....
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You maize well have just sent her to a sweatshop in China.
Don't worry readers, D isn't feeling guilty at all, he's not buying my BS. Because he's probably sitting on a beach somewhere enjoying the palm kind of tree's, smiling and so relieved that he doesn't have to cut the darn tree down this year.
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Isn't this snowman tree the cutest thing ever?
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Comfy Cozy

There is nothing better than your favorite dog pillow, on an unmade bed, with the sun coming in strong through the window.  This has to be close to staying in your jammies all day.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Countdown to Christmas

We use a different way of counting down to Christmas every year. It's always homemade. We've done a snowman, Santa's beard, a big Christmas tree and each number was an ornament. This year was a rush and we were in a scramble. So it's a simple stocking that we colored hanging on string. Each one is dated and shows how many days left on the toe. Typically we start on Dec 1, but A was too excited to start counting this year. So we started around Thanksgiving. 

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Free 2 Play

Back in September A and I signed up for one of those Family Fitness Nights, Free 2 Play. It was the first time I'd heard of it, so we tried it. Aside from the awful painful horrible headache I had and it was about 175 degrees out, it was really fun and we'll probably do it again next year. 

I did a search to see if we made any of the picture's I saw them taking. From what I can find, we made it in one.

We are in 2nd photo.
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I am in the neon yellow shirt and purple shorts trying not to pass out from a throbbing headache. A is right by me in the purple shirt and lime green shorts.
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I guess the photo credit goes Hammond Henry Hospital.

Disney on Ice

We went to Disney on Ice over the weekend. It was us, A and her Grandparents and we all enjoyed it. The biggest highlight according to A was when Tinker Bell specifically waved to her twice and blew her 3 separate kisses throughout the show. Oh yea, this is the big time people ! Huge !  Although it was a great show, none of fully realized quite how cold it is down by the ice. BRRR.

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The Lion King
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Little Mermaid
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Stitch
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Mickey (& Minnie)
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Peter Pan
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Donald and Diasy
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Touching the ice.
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A showing off her Ariel and Tinkerbell necklaces.
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Arc Customizable Notebook-Calendar - Review

Score !!!!

The Arc is the best invention for Anal OCD people. Only available from Staples as far as I know. You can choose your cover. Choose your notebook or calendar pages. Choose the size rings you want. And you can take pages out, move then, insert more easily. You can even make these cool little half inserts. The possibilities are endless really. I've seen so many ideas with it. I use it for my daily planner. 

FYI - the lighting sucks really bad in my kitchen when I don't have a sunny day providing good natural light.
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So I have my months and calendar pages (that I make, see below). I also have additional sections, Fitness for you know, logging fitness stuff. Future dates, for things that come up for the next year that no one will remember without writing it down. I have a Books section I write books I want to get, look in to or get from the library for both myself and A. I also have a To Do Later section, for non-urgent stuff I don't want to forget about, but I also don't want it in my face daily. You know, I'll come find you when I want you type stuff.
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See that funny little half page I stuck up so you could see it, I punch that so it sticks up about 1/2 inch above the other pages and that's my current week I'm. So when it's closed, that sticks up so I can quick open to the right spot. And I use it for quick notes I jot down.
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I use Arc's other pages but I do print my own calendar on thick card-stock. Mainly because I do not think anyone makes a calendar for my Anal OCD ways. I am not one of those people that can have a calendar in one spot, notes in another, a chart on the wall for school stuff and some other binder for meal planning. I have to have it all in one spot, or things get missed. Really badly. I like it quick, easy and all in one.

Here's a close up of one day. On the right is pretty self explanatory with the Meals, Bills and School having their own space. I also write meals in blue, bills in green and school appointments and activities in red pen. Is this normal? I'm certain it is. 

On the left, is everything else. Written in blue of course, daily reminders and to do's. Any appointment or important date gets written in red so it stands out. At the bottom I write all friends and family's birthdays and anniversary's in purple pen. 
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Overall I have been more than impressed with this system. They have several different types and styles of covers and pages to choose from in both half page and full page options.


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