Jul 06

July 4th – Arkansas style


Posted under All in the family, Travel by MicheleP.

July 4th in Arkansas means sun and fun on a lake (note to self: take sunglasses and hats for children next time)
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and food…lots and lots and lots of food:

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This picture I took for Scott – I had a feeling his 4th meal was quite similar nothing like this (sorry sweetie!)[photopress:july_4_meal.jpg,full,pp_empty]

And of course the requisite flag “cake” but this was actually a banana fluff – similar to banana pudding but so much better![photopress:july_4_dessert.jpg,full,pp_empty]

Usually there would also be a lot of firework pictures but it was raining that night so we didn’t venture out on the lake and instead watched the Boston Pops on tv ;)

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Jul 04

Joo-Lie in Arkansas


Posted under All in the family, Life, Travel by MicheleP.

The girls and I left Puerto Rico on Wednesday to begin our 5 week trip to the States. 

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The first leg of our trip to Dallas was rather uneventful – which I was grateful for. We spent the night in Dallas with Skip, Anne and their two little kids (their two big kids are off on their own summer adventures). Unfortunately we were there less than 10 hours…8 of which were spent sleeping :(

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Thursday morning we were up bright and early for our flight to Little Rock. Although this leg of the trip was less than ¼ of the first – it seemed like an eternity. First, the girls were overtired from the long day and short night of travel the day before. Second, I was tired from the long day and short night of travel the day before. And third, it seemed that we were surrounded by people who had little no patience for 2 cranky three year olds and their tired mama. Every time my girls would as much as wiggle in their seats (which was a lot) the couple seated in front of them would glance back and roll their eyes. I know, I know. I’ve been there – when you are not traveling with children you really don’t want to hear or see them. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do to keep them neither still nor quiet and the 45 minute ride wasn’t fun for me nor anyone seated near us. My dad and Lynn (AKA Sho-Sho and Nana) were eagerly awaiting our arrival in Little Rock. I was sure glad to see them (and pass off a child…err…two children) but seeing the new Starbucks stand at the baggage claim made me smile even more I think ;) We got our bags and made the drive to Hot Springs – making a stop for lunch at the new freestanding Chick-Fil-A on the way. This place has it figured out; fast food that is actually good, a restaurant that is clean, courteous staff and a kids’ play area that I’m not afraid to let my kids play in. They even have Purell packs in the bathroom and outside the playroom – it’s a dream come true for a germ-o-phobic mom. It’s been almost a year since I’ve had a CFA fix and it was just as good as I remember. We got settled in at Sho-Sho’s and everyone went down for a nap – although I’m not sure if the girls or I fell asleep first. We are excited about the next 5 weeks and all of the fun we will have as we experience July (or as they say here “Joo-Lie”) in Arkansas.  

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Jul 01

Culebra…take FOUR!!!


Posted under All in the family, Puerto Rico, Trips & Tours by MicheleP.

It seems that in my attempt to perfect the trip to Culebra – the FORTH attempt is a charm.

We decided not to take any chances and we purchased plane tickets for the quick 10 minute flight over. This is absolutely the BEST way to go to Culebra. Of course you pay for that convenience – but on busy summer days, I’m convinced it’s the only way to make sure you can actually get there…and get back.

Our flight was scheduled to leave Culebra at 9:30. We arrived at the airport around 8:45 and by 9:00 we were in the boarding area ready to go. I had warned Heather about the type of flight this was and she didn’t seem concerned. Until she actually saw the plane – she said something about her dog being larger than the plane – and it didn’t help that etched on the nose of the plane was “In Memory Of…”. Not exactly the reassurance we needed.

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We got our seat “assignments” (which amounts to a balancing of the plane based on each passenger’s weight) and we were off.

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By 9:15 we had survived the flight and were standing on Culebra. By 9:30 we were here – and here we stayed until our flight home at 5pm

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I have honestly never seen a more beautiful beach. It is like being in a big swimming pool – the water is so crystal clear and the sand is soft and fine. The ONLY negative is that everyone else knows it’s the best beach in PR and so it’s quite popular – especially on weekends. It was a glorious day – I spent a good part of it brainstorming how I could make a living there. There is nothing like laying on a beach with the sounds of crashing waves  – even if I got a little too much sun.

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(and for the record, Mom, I did apply #30 THREE times – the sun here just doesn’t mess around!)

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Jul 01

All good things – do they really have to end?


Posted under All in the family, Puerto Rico, Trips & Tours by MicheleP.

Yesterday we said goodbye to Heather. There were some tears. I had so much fun having my friend here. It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to hang out with a friend like Heather. Scott summed Heather up well when he said, “Heather is a perfect friend because she brings out the real you.” I don’t have to pretend ANYTHING with her. I can just be who I am and she loves me…maybe even LIKES me for it…and that’s, well, it’s just priceless.

I had planned on doing daily blogs of all of our adventures…but then the internet wasn’t behaving and then, well, I really didn’t think I should share details of our complete laziness day by day (we did eventually get out of pajamas each day – although some days we only made it as far as swimsuits). So, I’ll just give you a few of the highlights in pictures.

We spent one day in Old San Juan and the Fort…in Heather’s words, “It’s really old.” She’s quite profound like that.

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We finally wised up and rode the free trolleys through town. Why it took us 6 months to figure this out, I don’t know – but it’s the best way to see the city and save your feet in the process.

We enjoyed a day on the island of Vieques

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We spent days at the beach and by the pool (but since Heather and I have a pact that we don’t post pics of each other in swimsuits…you won’t be seeing any photo evidence of these days

We also ate. A lot.

Including fresh strawberry shortcake

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And a night of some serious fondue fun

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Or, rather, not so serious…but fun…

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(and this should totally be Heather’s new facebook photo)

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And even though we enjoyed our day on the island of Culebra Vieques - we made plans to try again – but this time we were determined to actually make it to Culebra ;) . So what do you think…were we successful or not?

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Jun 17

Movie Night


Posted under All in the family, Around the house, Clara and Libby by MicheleP.

While I sometimes miss the “baby” days with the girls, I’m enjoying doing big kid things more and more now. Recently we started having weekly movie night. After dinner, we make a quick trip to our local RedBox (LOVE this!), get in our pajamas, pile pillows and blankets (Scott and I pass on the blankets but the girls insist ;) ) on the floor, pop the popcorn and put on a movie. The girls seem to really love it. In addition to the popcorn, we usually have a little special movie snack…m&m’s, skittles, jelly beans…I’m not sure if the girls are more excited about the movie or the movie snacks but it’s a big hit around here and the girls are a bundle of energy (thanks to the movie snacks ;) ) and enjoy every minute of it.

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Scott, on the other hand, needs a bit more than movie snacks and a cartoon to stay awake it seems

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(he is sooo gonna kill me for that one…but I keep saying…get your own blog and you can post whatever YOU want there. Oh wait, he HAS a blog…just never uses it ;) )

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Jun 15

All about our Papa


Posted under All in the family, Clara and Libby by MicheleP.

To make a Father’s Day card for Scott, I asked the girls a series of questions…here is all about their Papa in their own words… 

All About Our Papa 

by Libby and Clara

Our papa’s name is Papa.
Our Papa’s FIRST name is Scott.
Our Papa’s hair is black (it’s brown)
Our Papa is ??? years old?  (Mama says he is 37. “Oh wow. That’s so long.” )
Our Papa’s favorite sport to play is mowing (definately not his favorite thing to do nor sport)
Our Papa’s favorite color is blue (not sure where this came from)
Our Papa’s favorite animal is a duck (nor this!)
Our Papa’s favorite TV show is basketball.
Our Papa gets up when it’s time to go to work (pretty clever, no?)
Our Papa’s favorite food is Croissant bread and his favorite drink is coffee (too funny – I was expecting “chicken nuggets”)

And if the above didn’t tug at your heart…these will…

We like our Papa the best because he plays with us.
Our favorite thing to do with Papa is to go for night walks.
Our Papa is special because God made him.
 

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