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Ah the sound of the ocean…

It may be February and it may be cold (ok, DEFINITELY cold), but I’m at the beach and I’m loving the sound of the ocean.  My husband and I are having a weekend “away” – only about twenty minutes from home – and kind of celebrating my birthday early.  Two days of peace, quiet, and seafood …oh my!

Have I mentioned that I’m loving it? 😀

So far, it is delightful!  We’re staying in a resort, so we have a nice suite with a kitchen and a dining room/living room arrangement, a bathroom on a small hall, and a nice bedroom that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.  It is SO nice.  And I already feel more relaxed.  I am so very grateful to our families for watching our children for us for the weekend – they are wonderful folks.

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Ah summer…hot cranky kids and no quiet time

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That sounds grumpier than it should.  I am actually enjoying it (mostly) for the three days we’ve had so far.  Our little miss is cranky right after lunch, so we’re developing a nap routine.  I don’t know if it will last, but it does give her rest time and me a little bit of time to get stuff done.

That’s the real downside to summer – it becomes more difficult for me to get stuff done around the house and next to impossible for me to run errands.  Ah well.  This too shall pass.  Fall will be here before we know it and my life will go back to normal.  I just have to accept that there are some things that I probably won’t accomplish now that school is out for summer.

So far, it has been a quiet summer.  We haven’t done anything exciting.  I will say that temperatures today kind of discouraged it – we had a heat index of about 104.  That’s a bit warm to start the summer.  Sigh.  After a long, snowy (for us) winter,it seems we’re in for a HOT summer.

So…what am I thinking that we can do this summer?  Well, Alex and I am going to Alabama to visit my father and stepmother. I’ll be there for about 4 days, but Alex will stay for about 2 weeks.  I have also arranged to get tickets to a local water park for me and the kids. If my mother goes along to help me, I will be able to take the kids.  I know Sophie will really enjoy it.  That’s all I have planned at this point. I am hoping to be able to work out some time for me and Alex but that gets complicated.  It isn’t easy to find someone to watch Sophie.


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Thursday 13: Fifth Edition – 13 Places I’ve Visited

Ok. This one is tough – 13 places that I have visited and what I liked about each? Hmm…this requires a bit of thought.

  1. Cape Cod:  I stayed in a time share in Mash Pea.  It was a wonderful experience despite the fact that I came down with sinusitus and bronchitus.  The New England clam chowder – the honest-to-goodness clam chowder – is out of this world.  I loved the scenery, the food, the people.
  2. Orlando, FL:  I’ve stayed in a time share (my parents-in-law) a number of times.  I’ve had a terrific time down there, though I realized that I don’t want to live in FL again.  What I liked about my stays is that we were close to everything, including SeaWorld (my favorite place down there).
  3. New Orleans, LA: I visited New Orleans when I was much, much younger – for a World’s Fair.  It was a fantastic experience: lots of action, color, music, food.  Looking back, I realize we didn’t even get into the history of the area, the old houses, the architecture and so much more.  I have to go back some day.
  4. St. Augustine, FL:  A beautiful, beautiful place.  I didn’t get a chance to spend much time there, just a few days, so I want to go back.  I believe that this is the oldest city in the US and there is so much history.  I loved the history of the place, the architecture, the atmosphere.
  5. Chattanoga, TN: I visited Chattanoga several times with my father.  I absolutely LOVE the aquarium there; it is beyond words, really.  I cannot recommend this enough for people that are fascinated by ocean life.
  6. Murfeesboro, NC: This wasn’t a voluntary visit, exactly.  I went there in high school for band camp.  I can’t say that it is a hotbed of activity, but the people there are definitely charming.  It is a family environment and the picture of “small town America.”
  7. Williamsburg, VA:  In terms of history, this is a great place to visit.  I love to walk around Colonial Williamsburg and get a glimpse of how daily life in that time was.  I love the fact that discoveries are still taking place in this area.
  8. The Pocanos, PA: The Pocanos are a mountainous region in Pennsylvania.  I’ve been to several different areas of the Pocanos and they are beautiful – incredibly beautiful.  I love the waterfalls, the mountains, the greenery, the animal life…
  9. Key West, FL: I had a great time visiting the Keys when I was growing up.  If you like sun, sand, and water – hey, this is the place for you.  I imagine the bar scene is fun as well, but I haven’t been back since I was old enough to drink.  I recommend going, if you can get into a place to stay, just for the beauty of the place.  The sunsets are incredible.
  10. Nags Head, NC: A lovely place, and another nice place for beaches.
  11. Duck, NC: Similar to Nags Head – good for beaches, peace and quiet, etc.

Well, this week’s 13 is incomplete – I cannot think of two more places that I’ve visited.  I’ll keep thinking, but I figured I was close enough to include it in the Thursday 13.

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