he's home

taking a little break to remember the day we've been waiting for.


with a little paint


and some imagination


we created some signage. (was it wrong that i didn't correct spelling?)

wonder girl always entertaining.



more signage.


she sees, she runs, she hugs.


proud to show dad their work.

he's home.


count down

.count down.

in ten hours we will be a family again.
in ten hours we will be in each other's arms.
in ten hours there will be tears.
in ten hours there will be cheers.
in ten hours military man will be walking through the gates back into our lives.
in ten hours other passengers and families will see the joy in our eyes.
in ten hours we will be in the presence of a war hero.
in ten hours we will close a chapter of our story.
in ten hours we will meet again.



often times i want to be on topic. sometimes i choose to be witty. i always try to be honest but lately i've been absent. i have to admit that lately i've been absent (and repetitive). a post here...a comment there. blame it on adult ADD or the fact that military man's homecoming is a fews days away and i just can't sit still. it's been difficult to focus on anything and trying to read and catch up with my favorites has been very hard.

so, if you've missed my visits, lately, i'll be back soon...i promise.


pumpkin patch



Picnik collage




what happens when one gets involved in an auction committee at one's school? all free time gets sucked out of the day, which means little time to do what i love the best...reading, sleeping, picture taking, walks, exercise and fun times with kids. even though, i'm sitting on a committee with seven other women, there's still not enough of us to get all things done. it's exhausting and fun all rolled into one.

this day was different. i took the wonder kids, on our our day off from school, to the trinity pumpkin patch for a little fall fun. it's hard to get into the mood for fall activities down here with beach weather in the air. it's still in the nineties but i collected all of us and a neighbor for some pumkin picking in this heat. he was missing chicago and i miss new england. once you've experience new england in the fall, there's no comparison.

so, finding a pumpkin patch in florida that brings the tradition of harvest to this tropical state makes me smile.


and the winner is...

well, and i like to thank jules for this any many of my other awards. my most adoring fan. thank you...

now, there's a meme chain involved and you know how much i love these...NOT REALLY...but since it's from one of the most loyal bloggers i know; i will do it for her. here we go...

So the rules are:
Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. You must use only one word answers!

Once you have filled it out you then pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers and alert them that they have been awarded.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair?
3. Your mother?

4. Your father?

5. Your favorite food?

6. Your dream last night?

7. Your favorite drink?

8. Your dream/goal?
9. What room are you in?
10. Your hobby?

11. Your fear?

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?

13. Where were you last night?

14. Something that you aren't?

15. Muffins?
banana nut

16. Wish list item?

17. Where did you grow up?

18. Last thing you did?

19. What are you wearing?

20. Your TV?

21. Your pets?

22. Friends?

23. Your life?

24. Your mood?

25. Missing someone?
26. Vehicle?

27. Something you’re not wearing?

28. Your favorite store?

29. Your favorite color?

30. When was the last time you laughed?
last night
31. Last time you cried?
32. Your best friend?
33. One place that I go to over and over?
34. One person who emails me regularly?
military man
35. Favorite place to eat?
mekenita (tampa, fl)

The six bloggers I want to pass this on to are:


are we killing the magazine industry with our blogging


here's a short list of publications that are folding...

Gourmet -- in publication for over 60 years
Cookie -- oh, where will indulgent working mothers go?
Modern Bride
Elegant Bride
Wondertime -- my personal favorite and miss it like crazy!!!
Ebony -- on the chopping block
Town & Country
Cottage Living
National Geographic Traveler

I know that from personal experience I haven't subscribed to a magazine since I started my blog. There has been so much fabulous content posted for free on the internet that I just haven't found it necessary to pay for the glossy pages from the stands let alone a magazine subscription. Another reason is my serious attempt in going green. I just didn't feel the need to have a magazine delivered to my house that will eventually end up in the recycling bin. To add to that, it's been years that I picked up a newspaper, except to use it for packing materials. It's sad to admit it but why hide the fact that we are in tough times both econonically and with the environment.

It's not helping those in journalism. Many are using this medium to help further their careers but are they hurting themselves along the way? Now, that's another debate. I've personally enjoyed their blogs and making connections with them. So, I hope they never stop. It's been a great way of putting a personal touch to their professional work. In addition, is it helping or hurting the photography business? Hum, another debate. There are so many images online one might say that it is saturated and extremely useful for individuals that may need an image to enhance a project.

Now, I'll stick to something I know. My simple life of blogging. I entered this world to enhance my relationships with those I loved, never imagining that I would be making connections with fabulously talented individuals that I would have never met. I'll never give it up.


sick day

Wonder girl is home with a fever today. the poor thing has had this cold for a week and it's not going away. i have her in the bath splashing around and playing with her sister and bath toys while i clean up from the morning rush. it's helping with the fever and not to worry i'm only five feet away from the bathroom, well, within ear shot and in my view. she's singing and splashing and teaching her baby sister a few tricks but what's standing out to me the most is the change in her voice. she's growing into her little girl voice. she's sounds more articulate and grown up. i just love to hear her play make pretend with the figurines and include the baby in her world.

it's the cutest thing to hear. well, gotta go... she's out and wrapped in a towel asking me to smell her soap scented skin.


tt: time flies

Well, as you can see the blogs are all dressed up and running smoothly. it's thursday already and time is flying. i couldn't be happier. in just three weeks military man will be home from a hellacious two plus years. they're behind us, baby. thank God! it will all be over, soon.

what else can i say but HOOOOOORRRRRRAAAAAAAAYYYYY! no, nothing deep or poetic like willow or brian, or witty like subby, nor scandalous like jules...just hip hip hooray tomorrow is one less day!!!!!