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Simplifying in 2011

One of my New Year’s plans is to simplify things.  This is a tough one for me, because I have so many interests and I love diversification… but I have decided that one of my simplifications will be moving this blog over to Blogspot, as I have a few others over there as well.  Having everything together in one place will be easier on me, I hope, and I hope that it won’t be too much trouble for you, either.  🙂

In the meantime, I may post a few more things here, and this site will remain up for some time, but please check us out at Making Our Dream Life Happen over at the new site.  There are some exciting changes coming up this year for us, so I hope to see you there!

As always, I enjoy hearing from you, so please check us out, and I hope to see you there!!!

I’m also going to post a quick list of blogs that I have.  Some of these are new, and some have been around but quiet for a while.  I have plans to keep these blogs going, and a plan for regular updates on them.  Please feel free to check them out as well, and drop me a quick line, letting me know that you found me.  🙂

My photography blog.

My photography website.

Inked in the South.

As I said, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back by within a couple of weeks, so feel free to leave me a comment here, but I’ll be checking the new blog daily.  🙂


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Today’s a play day

We’ve just been playing today.  We came up to my parents’ to visit my husband for the weekend.  This is a relatively short road trip for us, about 4 hours.  🙂

He had to work today, so the kids decided to fish off my parents’ dock today.  It was a great opportunity to get some photos, and then I got some landscapes.  Thought I’d share a few of them here with you.  🙂  If you’d like to see a few more, please feel free to take a look at my photography site, and see them.  🙂

Here’s some of the kiddos playing.  The landscapes are too large to upload, so feel free to check out my photography page to see them.

Hope you enjoyed!  😀

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Surfside with the Fam

We’ve been at Surfside Beach this weekend with the fam:  my parents, my sister, her husband, their two boys, my cousin (actually my late cousin’s husband, and we’ve adopted him  🙂  ), his two boys, and me, my hubby, and four of our kiddos.  We’ve got a 3-bedroom beach house for the weekend, thanks to my AWESOME parents, and it has been a BLAST!!! I have spent more time out of doors this summer than I have in many years, and am just now realizing how much I’ve missed it.  I miss the beach, the sound of the surf, the call of the gulls, and the gulf breeze.  I’ve missed looking for shells and just sitting in the warm water.  I’ve missed being uncomfortably hot and knowing the only way to cool off is to either go inside for a while (and watch the surf from the living room window), sit in a shady area and feel the gulf breeze, or jump in the water with the boogie board for a while.  😀  I usually choose the boogie board, but on rare occasions, I’m tired of being sticky, so I jump in the shower and change into regular clothes and spend some time on the beach and/or on the porch of the beach house.

The boys really enjoyed it, too.  What a fun time!!!  Thought I’d share just a few pictures from the weekend.

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Link to a great article about water safety

I already shared this on Facebook, but realized that I wanted to share here, too.  This is something that I think is important for people to know, and in light of our pool activities and beach plans this week, thought it would be a good idea to share it here.

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

While we were at the pool, I tried to gauge each child’s swimming abilities.  The older boys all did exceptionally well with treading water, and I was pleasantly surprised that Chris (who told me he’d never had swimming lessons) was doing a freestyle stroke, then switching fluidly to do a backstroke.  I still need to get the twins in swimming lessons.

Anyways, hope you enjoy the article… it is well worth reading, no matter if you’re a water sprite or not.  😀

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – Movie Day

It’s been raining in Jax this week, which makes it a little difficult to plan for a beach day.  We’re going on Sunday, rain or shine, though…  🙂   Today the rain has been pretty much all day, so we decided to see a movie.

Mimi treated us all (thank you Mimi) to Avatar:  The Last Airbender in 3D.  This isn’t a review, because I didn’t go in with a review mindset, taking notes and comparing.  We went for entertainment, and we were entertained.  I will tell you that if you’re considering seeing it, I wouldn’t advise spending the extra money to see it in 3D, go for 2D.  My husband and I both said that although we really liked the movie, we would have preferred to see it in 2D with the HD-quality sharpness, etc., rather than the novelty of 3D.  🙂  The kids enjoyed it.  A few of the adults did and a few didn’t.  We did, and are looking forward to M. Night Shamalan’s next installment in the series.

That’s pretty much it for today.  It’s rainy, and I’m thinking the perfect time for a little nap!  🙂

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Pool Day

So we went to Cecil pool. It’s almost hard to remember what it looked like when it was Cecil Field now. Here’s just a few pics of the day. 🙂

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Slidell, LA to Jacksonville, FL – Day 2

So the second day of the trip, there’s still not a whole lot to tell.  😛  As I’ve said, we’ve made this trip so many times, there’s just not a lot to talk about.  We did make one stop for some sweet tea, and saw one of the tent cities for the oil spill workers.  That led to an impromptu lesson on the oil spill and the dangers of drilling, the advantages (and disadvantages) of electric cars, and all kinds of other stuff.  We bought a paper, and read up on the small Mississippi town (I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me), and saw where they’re begging for help for the cleanup.  But we didn’t wind up going down Hwy 98 (the coastal Highway here in Florida), and I was disappointed about that.  At the same time, though, this is a long enough drive, so adding to it when we’re all ready to get there isn’t a really good idea.  🙂  So maybe on the way back…

Today was a good day…  Tom & his sister did some grocery shopping, I hung out at the house with the boys and read and refereed.  😛  In the household right now, we have me and Tom, his sister, her husband, my mother-in-law, their oldest son (18), and the “kids” are (all boys):  13, 12, 11, 10, and twin 5-year-olds.  Fun, Fun!  😛  Oh yeah, we also have 2 good-sized dogs.  😀

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