Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Projects

Here are a couple of the handmade gifts I did this year for our siblings.
The family name is at the top as well as est - and the year of their marriage
Then the family member's names are at the bottom.
All of this information has been removed for this posting to protect the innocent.

I've been waiting until after Christmas to get them up!
Now, I just need to make one for my own walls :)

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Hollywood Studios - our latest adventure

I took the girls and some friends to Disney last week.  Yes - what was I thinking??  During black out dates no less. 
It was a crazy crazy zoo of people.  But, we had some extra passes, and they needed to be used before the end of the year (I think we'll be burning two more this week as well).  The word insanity is coming to mind. 

In truth, we had a really good time. 
Despite the crowds. 

We spent the day at Hollywood Studios. 
We got to be part of a flash mob, singing and dancing in the streets while we waited for the parade.  
Then, the girls had fun making up words, and greeting strangers and passer bys.  Especially those who had birthday pins or first visit pins on.  And did I mention these girls LOVE LOVE LOVE to shop?  But they are little misers, and while they enjoy the looking part, there's no way they will part with their money at those prices.  (Guess we've trained them well).  Despite their miserly tendencies, I was amazed at the insatiable shopping appetite!

We got there around 10:30 am, and got home around 10:30.  
We hung out for a while at the Osbourne Family Lights and the girls found a corner that was mostly free of people where they danced, and sang, and spun each other.  We loved standing in the falling snow, and feeling it's cool tingle on our cheeks before it quickly melted.  
As we headed to the last show (that we'd been too late for earlier) someone dared the girls to start caroling. 
I was surprised, but they did.  4 girls walking together singing Christmas songs.  People would stop and look, trying to figure out what was going on.  Then, people started to join in.  Some humming, some clapping along, some singing out loud and clear.  It was really fun to see the reaction they caused. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary to us!

We recently celebrated our anniversary, and did something we've been wanting to do.
Pier fishing (I almost typed fier pishing there)
Yes, so romantic I know.
But, we've both been wanting to do it for several months and our mutinous children haven't wanted anything to do with it. So, we decided to try it out without them.

It really was fun.

Despite the cold weather.
I know, how can someone say "Florida" and cold in the same sentence? It doesn't seem legal.
We weren't really that cold.
Except that it was sprinkling when we started.
And the tide was in, and it was really windy.

And did I mention that it was raining?
The news crews were even there filming because flood advisories were in effect.

We lasted maybe an hour and a half.
Then we were hit with a deluge and the water was coming down in buckets.
We decided to cut our losses.

My beautiful kermit the frog fleece here, weighed about 20 lbs when we finished. I had to wring it out in the bathroom over the sink, and then it kept dripping pools in the restaurant where we had lunch. They kept getting out the mop!
When we left, 4 news vans were in the parking lot, and we had some fun seeing all of the water everywhere on the roads.  

My husband was victorious and caught 1 blue fin - he decided that he could ocean fish every day, and be quite happy.
I'd never been so grateful for the heater in our car, as we were chilled from the wind after we'd been soaked.
It was quite the memorable day.

Happy anniversary to us - and hoping for many more to follow!
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