Lately… around here

June 16, 2014

Guys, I don’t know where to start. I feel like I’ve been gone forever. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting anything at all, not even a picture.

It’s been about 2 weeks since I last posted. A busy time all around. My mom’s birthday has come and gone, my cousin and her boyfriend went back home to Germany – we had a lovely but way too short visit, we celebrated middle’s 11th birthday – and spent a record 5 or so hours at the mall the day before doing some serious birthday shopping, and Father’s Day happened to fall on the same day as her birthday – just like 11 years ago when she was born, school ended and camp has started with a bang.

The birthday girl.


Summer camp!!! I’ve looked forward to it all year and now it’s already into week 3. Camp has been busy and fun and exhausting. I come home most days, too tired to do much of anything. By the time I’m done with the usual chores and tucking everyone into bed at night, I’m usually just about ready to keel over into my fluffy feather pillows and nod off to dream land.

Fridays are dress up days. First up, mix and match/backwards day!

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Next up, Hawaiian/Tourist day. Love my hula girls.

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This year, I’m the assistant director/camp counselor for a brand new camp experience – Science Adventure Camp – and we’ve had so much fun with our campers…

Our first field trip took us to the beach and had us surf the waves, or at least try too. πŸ™‚

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We also headed to this amazing place north of here called Blowing Rocks PreserveΒ – I haven’t seen a beach or part of the ocean this empty and beautiful since I moved to Florida, it was simply stunning,Β and I cannot wait to go back, hopefully at a time when the tide is high and the wind is right to see some wave action against the rocks. But even without that it was fun to explore the rocks and “cave” formations.

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We’ve also added to our small pet “zoo” when middle received two guinea pigs from her friend as a birthday present (with my approval). Sherlock and Watson have been getting a lot of love and attention from everyone and have been welcomed into the family with open arms. They are so much fun and I love all the little noises they make – too cute.

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An emergency also has us pet sitting our friend’s dog until Tuesday or Wednesday. Valentino is almost 14 years old, he’s deaf and blind and let’s just say, it’s been interesting having him around. But he’s a good boy!

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And then, there’s the FIFA World Cup that started on June 16th and has kept me captivated and enthralled since day 1. It’s been an interesting and surprising ride so far and I can hardly wait to see how it will continue to unfold. My stomach has been in knots more than once and my poor family has to deal with “crazy mommy” again. Luckily, it only happens every four years. πŸ™‚ Soccer, or Fussball, as we call it in Germany, is more or less the only sport I like to watch and I’m hopeful that David Beckham will come through with a MLS team for Miami. I might actually turn into an actual team fan then!

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Oh, yeah, I also chopped my hair off just in time for summer. It’s the perfect cut for me – simple and easy! And so me. πŸ™‚

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So, this is what we’ve been up to in a nutshell. Summer is continuing to be a busy, fun-filled time for all of us and my posting may continue to be very sporadic, as is my blog reading – I apologize if I haven’t made it by recently, I will try to stop by and say hello to all of you my friends. Soon, very soon.

I hope, everyone’s summer is off to a great start and you are having fun, fun, fun. I miss you guys and hope to catch up on some blog reading soon.

xoxo, Susi


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  • Janice June 24, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Sounds like you’re having a blast! No apologies needed, my friend. You look totally happy!

    • Susi June 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks, Janice! πŸ™‚

  • Rorybore June 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    sounds like lots of fun stuff has been happening — I wouldn’t miss it to be on the computer either. Luckily for me I still have my days to do blogging and catch up on reading. but I find with the nice weather calling me out to my garden —- I fall behind too.
    those two GPs are way way too cute.
    Your hair looks fabulous!!!

    • Susi June 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you! We love the guineas. They are just too cute… And I’ll figure out a blogging rhythm soon I hope. πŸ™‚

  • Katrin June 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Love your new haircut! You look fantastic! And aww, the guinea pigs and the dog! <3 So cute! I go crazy during the World Cup too, I guess all Germans do. πŸ™‚

    • Susi June 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Katrin, I think you may be right about that. I was a bit crazy again today!!! πŸ™‚ We’ll be getting a little bunny soon too – will post more pics for you to enjoy!

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