Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a Girl Thing...

Isn't it crazy to get presents for kids from age 11-14.  I call it the black hole of gift shopping.  They are too old for toys, but don't have clear ideas of what they want for Christmas, birthdays, etc...They think they want huge electronics with bills through the roof and at our house it's just not an option not only because of cost, but my child that age doesn't need a cell phone, their own laptop, e-reader and everything else.  Go play outside!!! 

This year for Christmas I feel like we nailed it with Bella.  Two of her best buds' parents and I planned to get the girls a Day Trip to NYC.  They love Wicked and the city and so that's what we did.  So on January 31st, in the midst of the bitter cold of east coast winters, we braved the city with three girls and three moms.  It really was a great time.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter Blahs and the Food That Comforts Me

 The winter blahs have officially kicked in.  What to do?  What to do?
Start power-lifting again.  Set new goals.

Get my hair dyed red!
And eat myself into a food coma.  No wonder I gain weight in the winter. 
Some new and old favorites.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Snow Days or Not

This year we've had some snow.  Not a ton, and none that made our school district have a snow day yet.  Just early dismissals and delays. 
I love it, but I do need one good storm.  Let's hope it comes some Friday and then we won't miss any school still.
I love watching the kids play outside. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Notables and Landmarks of the Dominican Republic

So being a bit of a nerd and my love of learning, we picked the DR for our vacation this year because it was the last major place I wanted to visit in the Caribbean (I may reconsider Barbados - it's up in the air) and it is the hotbed of the whole "New World".  It's where Christopher Colombus landed, the beginning of the Americas, and hosts a slew of firsts and by far the oldests of this part of the world. 


In closing, our vacation was amazing, I love to travel, and my hubster is still my best friend in the whole world.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Land and Sea...

...and bird and butterfly and tree and nature in general.

Vacation Days: Food

I love traveling.  The adventurer in me is in heaven, the sociologist in me is curiously watching everyone, and the foodie is euphoric over each new and exciting bite of the familiar and brand new.

Today's post is food: (I'll let it speak for itself)