Thursday, July 28, 2011

WOW!

It's been over a year since I've posted! Lot's has happened. I have a job that I can do from home, super cool social media stuff! Both kids are another year older and still amazing. I still love cooking and photography, coffee and tea, and being with my family.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Catching Up

So it's been a while since I've blogged. I've celebrated a wedding anniversary, visited Disney World for Star Wars Weekends, showed hubby how much we love him on Father's Day, participated in Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge, jumped for joy on the last day of school with my kids, and have just been living life the best I know how.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Food for Thought

This past Friday my son and I volunteered together for Global Youth Service Day. We gave 2 hours of our day to help others in need and it felt good for both of us. This wasn't our first time volunteering together but it was just as rewarding. Sometimes I can't help but feel selfish when I volunteer because I always feel good after and that can be a little confusing when your feeding homeless families.

We worked in the kitchen at the Sulzbacher Center. It is one of the only shelters in Jacksonville, Florida that will let families stay together during their time in the shelter. They are also the only shelter that provides 3 meals a day. I knew that we would see some children but I was truly blown away by the amount that were actually there. From a 6 week old baby boy to a teenage girl. Some mothers were there alone with their children, some had husbands or boyfriends. Some of the children were eating breakfast before they headed off to school just like any other child on a Friday morning except these kids were up eating at 6am. They were sitting with homeless men and women, some that looked unstable mentally or recovering from whatever addiction they are trying to kick. As a mom that scared me. I couldn't imagine being in that situation with my children and worrying about their safety while trying to keep a "normal" life for them. My heart ached for these kids and parents. You could see the people who were there because they were really trying to get back on their feet and you could see the ones that were there just because they had no other place and could use this shelter to their advantage. I hope I don't sound mean but it was evident.

My son worked on one side of the kitchen helping to make the plates of hot food and hand them out. I was on the opposite side serving drinks. The sugar packets were very popular! Some of the people just amazed me with their positive attitude and smiles. There were a few I wanted to reach over and hug. I get way too emotional. When my son was done he came over to where I was at and helped me. His side was mostly older men so he was surprised to see families and kids just like him eating in the family area where I was. He asked me "can we do this again? I feel good helping others." Mission accomplished. I wanted him to see that not everyone has what he does and that we should all do what we can to help each other. It doesn't have to be giving money or buying someone something. It's as simple as a smile. Being empathetic to someones situation, showing compassion so someone who needs it, and just passing on kindness. Those are all free but may mean the world to someone.

I remember when I was little my dad would take me to the pound every weekend. I couldn't understand why he would want to go because we never adopted an animal on these visits. I understand now that it was his compassion for these dogs and cats that drove him there every weekend just to put a hand through the fence and pet them or look in their eyes and say kind words. If he did see a dog that was up for euthanization he would do what he could to lead people who were there looking to adopt towards this particular dog. During my teenage years my dad adopted Bandit from the pound! He took this dog everywhere and even called him my brother!
My dad taught me many things and kindness and compassion were two of them.

One of my favorite quotes is "Be the change you want to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi.
I truly believe this.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Magic Kingdom Craziness

So the family and I went on a short vacay to Orlando this weekend. Left home Friday night around 6:30pm, the plan was to leave no later than 2pm but you know how that goes.....after many trips back into the house to either go to the bathroom, retrieve something forgotten, check the lizard one more time (along with my sanity), or to make sure doors were locked, we were off and on the road. One stop to eat some dinner and we made it to the hotel by 9pm. Thank goodness everyone was tired so there was no arguing. Showers were taken, teeth were brushed, and then it was shut eye time.

I booked our hotel through Priceline, sometimes we get lucky sometimes we don't. It was a little of both for this hotel. We stayed at the Galleria Palms Hotel off Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Very close to Disney World, especially Magic Kingdom which was where we were headed. The room looked pretty close to the online pictures except the carpet was pretty dirty with many noticeable stains. It grossed me out but hubby didn't want to change rooms. We had gotten lucky and were able to get a first floor room so I went with it. Pillow top beds were comfy, the pillows stunk in my opinion. The boys (hubby and 12yr old son) said the pillow were fine. The bathroom was clean and the shower had good pressure and hot water. Why hotels only put 3 towels in the bathroom for a room that sleeps four is beyond me but what do I know? There was a small fridge and micro in the room, both bonuses in my book. We like to bring a case of water with us and usually some fresh fruit too. There was also a small table with two chairs, a wardrobe (inside was the iron, ironing board, hangers, and some drawers), a chest of drawers, and a flat screen t.v.. We has two queen size beds and a small night stand with an alarm clock (the alarm part didn't work!). All and all it was decent (no noise problems, very quiet for the 1st floor) and we would only be there to lay our heads down at night.

The hotel offered a hot breakfast in the morning from 6am to 9am. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juices, and milk. Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels, mini muffins, donuts, and fruit (it looked like it was out of a can so we didn't have any). As soon as the eggs were put out people would swarm in and scoop them up so you really need to be fast at this place. There were plenty of tables to eat at if you went early but it did get crowded after 8am. They also offer a shuttle service to Disney World but only at 7:50am and then there are several shuttles coming back to the hotel that evening. We didn't use the shuttle service, I really cant' stand them unless you stay on Disney property. You end up stopping at several other hotels before finally making it to your final destination. Call me prissy but it's not my cup of tea to be crammed into a bus like sardines with a bunch of strangers for 30+ minutes to just go down the street.

Magic Kingdom was busy but the longest wait in line for us was about 45 minutes. Not to bad for Disney. We were able to go on all the rides that we wanted to and even able to fit in some new ones that we hadn't checked out before. As many times as we've been to MK we have never went to Tom Sawyer Island! The kids had a blast. You board a "raft" and head to the other side of the water to go onto the island. There were underground mines and caves, a barrel bridge (the kids really enjoyed this), a wooded fort that had places for them to run around in and the whole island was just fun for them to explore. We also checked out the Swiss Family Tree House, nothing special but fun to climb up and see the MK skyline. Both kids were finally old enough for us to go on Goofy' Barnstormer and we after many trips to MK we made it to Mickey's PhilharMagic 3D show. It was really good! We all enjoyed the show very much. The highlight of the trip was at Monsters , Incl Laugh Floor. They let you text in jokes before the show starts and if your lucky they will use your joke in the show. So both kids has me text in their funnys and my sons joke was chosen and used during the show! They said his name and where he was from then told his joke, he was so excited!!!! A very cool moment for the kiddo.

The only thing about vacations is I always feel like I need another one! I'm so worn out.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Expedition Everest Challenge here I come!!

I'm so excited! Doing another Disney run June 12th and this one looks like a lot of fun. It's a 5K with an obstacle course and scavenger hunt through Animal Kingdom at night!!! There will also be an after party done Disney style. I have a friend who just started running and we ran her first 5K together a couple weeks ago. Lets just say she caught the running bug and we will be doing Expedition Everest as a team! Also in Disney style we will be in costume representing Tinkerbell, our team name is Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust! We decided to make it a moms only weekend and will drive down Friday and enjoy some time by the pool doing absolutely NOTHING! I haven't had "mom time" in a few years so I'm pretty excited about this trip.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fhoto Friday ♥

Just some photo's of whats been going on around here this week.......

Food, and more food!






What your child will do when your not looking.......


They will hijack your camera and surprise you with funny pictures!



New pets... who really don't want to be pets. Yes, it's still alive and his name is Freddy
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