A Picnic at the Springs

Today we traveled to visit my husband’s family, a little over an hour away from where we live. We packed a picnic lunch, so after our visit, we could visit Lithia Springs State Park, and let the girls swim in the natural springs. It was the perfect day for a swim, and the water was refreshing, as it stays at a constant 72 degrees year round. I am sure we will visit again once our Florida summer heatwave returns.

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope everyone is having a lovely day. My girls both have Valentine’s Day parties at their schools, and were very excited to take their cards in to class today. I baked a chocolate cake for the occasion, and look forward to a quiet night at home with my husband and kids. I think pizza and DVD rentals are in order.

A Warm January Day

It is BEAUTIFUL today in Florida. The weather is sunny and warm with a high of 78 degrees. I knew when I woke up this morning, that today was not a day to be wasted. We decided to take the girls to visit the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. This animal sanctuary rescues animals, mainly primates, from laboratories, retired acting chimps, and failed attempts at keeping these animals as pets. For a small fee, you can tour the facility, and feed the many different species of primates. After our monkey viewing experience, we went to a favorite old roadside ice cream stand for a cold treat.

I know many of you are experiencing freezing temps right now, so I am sending you sunny greetings from Florida, with the hopes of warmer days ahead for you, too.

Happy 2014!

We started our last day of 2013 out right with a big breakfast at our favorite diner, Lenny’s. Afterwards, we took the girls to the park for a little bird watching, and jungle gym action. Later that night, I put out a party spread just for the four of us, and we made a fire in our backyard, where we enjoyed some yummy s’mores. It has become a tradition these last few years to have a fire on NYE and a sparkling grape juice toast with the girls before they go to bed. On New Year’s Day, my family came over for dinner. I made homemade cupcakes, and baked macaroni, and my mom brought over pork chops and black eyed peas. It was a lovely start to what I hope will be a banner year!

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 
Happy New Year to all of you!
I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog. High-res

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 

Happy New Year to all of you!

I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog.

Christmas

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I hope you all had a very merry holiday with your family! Our Christmas Eve/Day was the BEST. Christmas Eve was spent with my family eating way too much food, listening to my grandparents old 45 records, retelling funny stories from years past, and lots and lots of laughter. On Christmas morning we did it all again! It was really fun to watch the girls open their presents this year, and we have spent much of the day opening up and playing with all of their new treasures. Also, naps.

Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our day was pretty great. We started the day with doughnuts and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, we lazed about in the afternoon watching movies, and I spent some time in the kitchen getting the food ready. Can I just say that peeling potatoes is not my favorite. Anyway, the food was delicious, and we all had a great time laughing and telling stories from years past. The girls got to wear their new xmas pajamas, and we watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, and are now watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The day was filled with tradition and love, and I have so very much to be thankful for!

p.s. I have finally started an Instagram account. I can be found @modernmommyblog.

Outdoor Living

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We will FINALLY get our first cold front of the season this week, and I can not wait! I spent the morning tidying up the deck right off our house in preparation for the nicer weather and alfresco dining. After hiding out in the air conditioning for months, I am really looking forward to opening up the windows, and getting outside more for family time in the yard. Our deck really is magical at night.

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