Baby Chicks (Wordless Wednesday)

Little, itty bitty baby chicks only 3 days old. They hatched on Monday in the lower school’s science lab and everyone is in love with them and wants to take them home. My kids are begging for one but alas our HOA won’t allow it!
Happy hump day everyone!
xoxo, Susi

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Magnolia blossoms

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the first magnolia blossoms to bloom at school. We have magnolia trees all across the campus and it’s a sight to see when they all pop up up – big and white and beautiful.
On Friday, as I was walking from my lab to the front office across campus I noticed some here and there and it made me smile. Of course, I couldn’t resist snapping a quick shot.
And I always think of my mom. She has always loved magnolia trees and wants a big one so bad!!!
xo, Susi

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Sunshine after Rain

The day dawned gloomy and grey, just like yesterday and while I sat in the dentist chair getting my teeth cleaned the skies opened and the rain poured down. Yeah, I felt like crying too… But then, who likes going to the dentist?
We all got a clean bill of dental health, minus one small cavity for little one which will be fixed soon.
When we left, the rain had stopped and the sun was peeking out behind the clouds so we took a drive along the ocean.
It was just about perfect.

Oh, and the smoothies we stopped for at McDonald’s helped too.
The bottom image is just a fun shot I took because I liked the sun flare!
Hope everyone has a great day!

xo, Susi

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Summer Memories

I’m sitting here by the pool in my bathing suit still drying off from my swim. The boy, Little One and I had our lunch right here at this shady table on our pool deck.

I wanted to write a recap of my experience at my first blog conference at She Con in Orlando two weekends ago.

But now, sitting here, in the midst of enjoying a nice Summer day, I decided to join Stasha instead and share with you some of my Summer memories!!!

These are 10 memories that came to me as I was thinking about summers gone by…

1) I’m six or seven, sitting in the grass opposite our house, in my shorts and sandals enjoying a wedge of fresh, cool watermelon that someone, the neighbor maybe, had somehow gotten his hands on, juice dripping all over my hands, legs, shirt and spitting out seeds. (At the time, I lived in communist controlled East-Germany and a watermelon was a treasure. I still remember how excited and happy we were each Summer for that one wedge… I still love watermelon.)

2) Around the same age, walking into town to the ice-cream shop that only opened it’s doors during the Summer. We took a thermos, had it filled with soft serve ice-cream to bring home and had a cone, usually strawberry for me, on the way back. Soft serve is still by far my favorite ice cream.

3) Summers spent at grandma’s house, sitting on her porch, surrounded by evergreens, vines and flowers, eating dinner outside… bratwurst on the grill, her cucumber-tomato salad, so colorful and refreshing.

4) Laundry, that I may or may not have hung, snapping in the breeze… my favorite always, sheets and pillowcases. Walking through them, smelling that fresh, clean scent.

5) Vacation in Prague, on to Slovakia were we stayed at a lake resort, walking through the campground to get to the lake, swimming in the cold, cold lake, walking with my little sister in the mornings to get fresh baked croissants from the little store for breakfast. A day in Vienna, seeing the city from a horse drawn carriage.

6) Our vacation in Sweden. Six hours in the car to get to Kiel, a 14 hours ferry ride to Goeteborg, Sweden, six more hours in the car to our destination in the mountains. Hiking in the mountains, around the lakes, long, long Summer nights that were light as day. I remember the light… so strange and beautiful.

7) Riding our bikes to the lake, swimming, having fun, being chased and dunked by the boys, standing in line for ice cream or a snack, laying on our towels in the grass, listening to Guns’n’Roses on our walkmans’ and not having a care in the world. 

8)The first time my uncle, aunt and cousin came to visit from Germany, going to Disney World with them in August, driving to Orlando after I had just gotten my license, being terrified on I-4, and then… the magic of Disney, seeing the Cinderella castle for the first time, finding a mister and feeling the coolness and the parade and fireworks at night.

9) The Summer of 1999, going back to Germany… for a visit and so much more. Frankfurt, the US Consulate, important paperwork, a doctors visit, time spent with friends that I hadn’t seen in a few years, hanging out, driving around, staying out all night with my sister, grandma and mom meeting us on the drive-way, upset and worried, us, tired, not a care in the world… then goodbyes that were hard, nervous on the flight back with sealed paperwork, arriving at the airport in Ft. Myers, sitting in an office, waiting, fingerprints and then… yes, our Greencards.

10) And now, each and every Summer for the past 10 years of living here in our home, days spent in our bathing suits, swimming, splashing around in our backyard pool sitting in the shade, relaxing with first one, then two and now three kids. One of my favorite ways to spent lazy Summer days. :)


Writing this post made me so happy. Thinking about these memories, replaying them in my mind, watching them like a movie. So fun!!! Thanks for letting me take a trip down memory lane…