Lately… around here

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. :)

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We also headed to this amazing place north of here called Blowing Rocks Preserve – I haven’t seen a beach or part of the ocean this empty and beautiful since I moved to Florida, it was simply stunning, 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. :) 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. :)

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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


Picture Perfect Weekly #7

I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy little blogger when Instagram became available on Android devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media bandwagon and have developed a love affair/addiction with it. That has not changed with the beginning of the new year. 2013 here I come!

Won’t you please join me once a week by sharing your favorite pictures from your phone and Instagram?

It’s easy – share just one or many of your favorite shots from the week with a small description and link up your post.

Please, paste the badge into your post or sidebar.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!


Here are the moments I captured on IG this past week!

*Click on one of the images to open a slide show and to read the captions explaining each picture!


Creative with a K and no E… Kreativ Blogger Award

Since my brain is mush and I can’t come up with anything original at the moment–thanks for the head cold Little One–I will answer some questions and maybe, just maybe, come up with another 10 random facts. Am I allowed to have help? But first I need to say thank you. A mere thank you just doesn’t seem enough… how about in bold and italics?… THANK YOU … yup that looks better. :) A great big thank you to one of my fave bloggy friends, the wonderful, highly caffeinated and super talented word smith Rory from Time out for Mom. To get an award from her is super exciting to me. I adore her and look up to her and aspire to have her way with words (in my dreams).

First I must, yes, it’s a must, post the rules!

So, here are the rules:
1. Thank & link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Answer the form questions below.
3. Share ten random facts / thoughts about yourself.
4. Nominate (at least) 7 other blogs for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

Favorite Song  “With or Without you” by U2. First one that popped into my head. I also love “Set fire to the Rain” by Adele right now.

Favorite Dessert  I have a huge sweet tooth so finding just one is tough. I’ll go with Key Lime Pie from the Fish House in Key Largo!!! It’s decadent.

What ticks me off  Parents who involve your and their children in their squabbles. It’s a long story. Needless to say they are no longer around me and mine!!!

When I’m upset, I… usually pout and fume about it or you’ll know right away. I can get loud and have a potty mouth, too.

Favorite pet(s) We have 2 dogs and a cat. I love them all but always considered myself more of a dog person.

Black or White Black because it’s slimming!!! :)

Biggest Fear  I’m a mom, so yes, it would definitely be something bad happening to one of the kids.

Everyday attitude Smile, even if you’re tired and cranky.

What is perfection? When you figure that one out, please, let me know. But a bubble bath, candles, soft music, a good book and an hour of peace and quiet sounds about perfect!!!

My guilty pleasures * see above. :)

Ok, not sure if my fogged-in brain can come up with 10 random facts, but I’ll give it a shot.

1. I love when hubby makes his chili… chili dog, anyone?

2. My little girl’s squealing laughter makes my heart sing.

3. I’m eternally grateful for my laptop… how else could I lounge on my bed and do this.

4. Tazo makes some awesome teas. Love their Chai.

5. Reading the Hunger Games right now. I hope to finish it before the movie comes out on my birthday!!!

6. I desperately need a haircut. I keep it short and can never, ever manage to grow it out. It’s hopeless. Oh well, I’m happy that I can rock the pixie cut!!! :)

7. Right now, my pooches are lounging on bed with me and keeping me company. They are also waiting for their night-time walk.

8. I know, I mentioned this before… I love Netflix, how else would we be able to watch Spiderman and his amazing friends (the cartoon version)????

9. Have I mentioned that I love doing Pilates? I have a bunch of different workout DVDs and switch them up depending on my mood.

10. As much as I love my pooches, doggie kisses and slobber are not welcome. Yuck!

Wow, I amaze myself sometimes, I came up with 10 more random things. Yippee.

The problem I now have is to decide who to give this award too. I just recently had to give this one and another one to 15 people… let’s see if I can come up with 7 lovely people who have not received this.

Here is the list of the 7 bloggers I’m handing the award over to…

Karen @ Life with Karen

Janice @ A Colorful Adventure

Angela @ Angels are Kids and Furkids

Marti @ Marvi Marti

Ali @ My Suitcase full of Tricks

Alena @ A little bit of wonderful

Holly @ Tropic of mom

Woohoo, I did it. I apologize if you have received this award already and I just gave you seconds. But as my friend Rory said “it’s fun to get seconds.” Right? :) I hope you all have a wonderful weekend or what’s left of it. I’m going for my guilty pleasure :) and then bed… Hopefully, the NyQuil will help give this weary body a restful night.