{Instagram Sunday} September 1

One week of school under our belt. A three day weekend. And a three day week coming up. Sounds good to me. I’ve shared my feelings about back to school and little one beginning her school career earlier this week so I won’t bore you with that again. If you would like you can read about it here.

Most of the week was spent getting used to the early morning schedule and the back to school routine but we had some fun too.

9-1 horsing around

The boy and little one were horsing around one afternoon and I caught them in the act. So fun to watch them play and tease each other.

9-1 sibling love

Of course, the small, tender moments are special too and sweet to boot. Little One adores her big brother and he often gets protective when she’s doing something she shouldn’t. I call him her second “daddy”!

9-1 my pretty girls

Sisters. My pretty girls on the way to Sunday lunch last week. Little One tries to copy her big sister every chance she gets – here she “stole” her big sisters sunglasses. Good thing she had another pair.

9-1 Finn

Our Finn sitting pretty in some morning light.

bowling fun

Since both the big kids were gone for sleepovers we spent some one on one time with little one and she was treated to some “only child for one night” activities. Bowling was a big hit. I never much cared for bowling but have to say I enjoyed it a lot and can’t wait to go back with the whole family.

9-1 little one

9-1 wildlife sanctary

This morning we headed out to pick up the big kids from their respective friends’ houses but made a few pit stops first. After lunch at one of hubby’s favorite seafood restaurants we headed to a wildlife sanctuary. We’ve been there before and I love it. All of the animals there are or were injured and are being treated there. Some will be released back into the wild, others will stay and live out their lives in the sanctuary.

9-1 big kids and mommy

Mommy got her big kids back and the whole brood is back together. On the way home we stopped by Burgerfi. I’m not a huge burger fan but oh my, these are something else. I get mine wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun and it’s just so juicy and yummy. The kids love the super cool soda machines. They have soooooo many flavors, it’s amazing.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and a great week!

xo, Susi

 

 

Instagram Sundays #11

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 new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram( or your camera phone if you don’t use Instagram) during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar!

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! :)

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

 

This week I didn’t take as many pictures with Instagram as I usually do. Still took plenty but it usually is much harder to pick which to use for my post on Sunday.

I also didn’t include the pitiful one of my Middle daughter who was utterly devastated by the loss of the semi-final game for the German team. I shared that one in my Friday post!

The weekend so far started off great. On Friday, I had the chance for some girl time. I was invited to lunch and a movie. Lunch was delicious (my first time at PF Chang’s ) and the movie was full of eye candy for women. “Magic Mike” indeed was magical!!! :) You have to see it to believe it, is all I can say.

Today, my new toy arrived and I spent some time learning the ins and outs of it. I will share pictures soon. It’s a laptop dock for my Android phone. It basically takes the phone and turns it into a laptop/tablet. No more wifi only tablet for me… now I can travel in style!!! ūüėČ

Okay, here are my Instagrams of the week:

My basil plant. I grew it from seeds. Not too bad for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb at all. I will be making some Veal Milano during the week!

Wednesday night we had dinner with grandma and saw this rainbow on the way home. Beautiful. I never get tired of seeing a rainbow.

It’s hard to see in this picture but that itty bitty white speck in the sky is the moon and it looked pretty cool next to the palm tree.

After camp one day this past week the kids all sat together being crafty with beads. It was such a pleasure to see them together and listen to their conversations while I was cooking dinner. Moments like this don’t happen too often anymore as the two big ones are getting older and doing their own thing.

Who wants to cook in this heat? Not me, and apparently neither does our in-house chef! So this is what we had instead. One of my “famous” cheese/Italian¬†salami and cracker platters. Loved by all…

Of course, its never too hot too bake… especially, if there are Ghiradelli chocolate chips involved. These chocolate chip muffins were gone as fast as I made them. :)

Last night, the boy wanted breakfast for dinner… so I finally went out and got us a waffle iron. Because, what’s a proper breakfast without some yummy, home-made waffles?

I think, we may do this a lot more frequently now!!!

Can you see that? That’s a toad, one of the many that are out and about all over the neighborhood at night. Let me just say they are not one of my favorite critters. I have on numerous occasions almost stepped on the small ones… Let’s just say, I scared myself with my screams. They give me the heebie-jeebies.

The birds, on the other hand, I enjoy a lot. There are so many different kinds and just the other day I saw a beautiful, red cardinal but didn’t have my phone or camera with me.

And this is what Little One and I did this afternoon to cool off after running errands. ¬†Heaven…

Now it’s your turn! What were you up to this past week?

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Instagram Sundays #10

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 new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! :)

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

This week I made a nice collage again and numbered my Instagrams. Following the collage will be the a small description of each shot. :)

1) Sisterly love. Enjoying the fruits of their labor. They decorated cupcakes for Middle’s birthday and were happy with their results.

2) My campers. Ready for their first day of camp… that was almost two weeks ago.

3) Girl time. Heading to lunch with great-grandma… just us girls. It was fun.

4) Three years old and she tells me when I do something wrong trying to set up one of her games. :)

5) Another awesome sunset. Love, love, love that view.

6) Middle, ecstatic after watching the German national team win the last group game in the Euro Cup 2012.

7) Me, supporting Team Germany for the first quarter-finals match against Greece. They won 4:2. On to the semi-finals now. Let the nail biting begin.

8) Date night. Hubby and I on out way to dinner. We had live, raw scallop. It was so good we had to get a second order. The waitress told us they still wiggle and move when they slice them!

9) Little One taking a break at a fountain in the mall. We were pooped. Middle daughter dragged us all over the place… birthday shopping is exhausting. I looked around me and saw the future… her and her friends turning into mall rats!!! :)

Now it’s your turn…

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Instagram Sundays #9 – Father’s Day Edition

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 new love affair/addiction with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my very own Sunday link up aptly called… Instagram Sundays!!!

I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures you captured with Instagram during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute, funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your Instagrams and add a small description.

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and maybe follow me… quick and simple.

My Instagram user name is of course, bocafrau!!! :)

I look forward to seeing your Instagrams on the big screen!!!

 

In honor of Father’s Day, I decided to make a collage of some of the Instagrams I have of the hubby instead of my usual weekly Instagrams. So, without further ado, here he is the father of my children.

They adore their daddy and I couldn’t wish for a better father for them.

Happy Father’s Day, honey. We love you!!!

“What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again. 

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt. 

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…”

–¬†Unknown
Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there… including my own dad and father-in-law.
Hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing. :)
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