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Serendipity 3 vs. Bucket List

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Mike and the boys surprised me by taking me to Serendipity 3, as it was on my Bucket List! I was so excited to try their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate! If you go in the future, call ahead for a reservation. It is small and intimate, and has the cutest decorations! It would make a great place for ladies day out, or place to celebrate a family event. The sandwiches, taco salad, and kids foot long hot dog were fantastic! (I had no idea that cranberry mayonnaise was so delicious!!) The Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, was to die for, and just shy of heaven! If you are in Georgetown or New York City, you MUST try Serendipity 3! We ordered the Moccchacino Coffee, and it came with chocolate shavings and chocolate covered coffee beans. The boys ordered a strawberry sundae, and Mikey's eyes just about fell out of his head when it was brought to the table. He asked how many people would be eating the ice cream, as there was no way just he and Ryan would be able to finish it all by themselves? I am so happy…

Blog Dare: 121

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Today's Prompt: That is when I turned into Momma bear...

We recently went to a local and very popular park, where they have a section of playground geared for many age levels. There are signs posted on each section as to the minimum and maximum age level that should be playing on the equipment, swings or slides. The boys love the biggest cork screw slide, and will play on it over and over again. The great part about this play ground equipment is that it takes a good five minutes to climb your way back to the top, as it is so big. While we were there a group of teenagers arrived and quickly took over the swings. The group got louder and more rowdy and soon began to shout, swear and say very vulgar things. They then moved to the playground equipment and took over the slide that the boys were playing on. Mikey stood aside and let the teenagers have their turn, and asked when he would be able to go down the slide again. I told him it would be his turn next, and he would be able to go…

Washington D.C. Weekend

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Mike surprised the boys and I with a trip to Washington DC! Mikey has been asking to see the dinosaur bones at the Smithsonian, and Ryan wanted to see a jet. I wanted to visit the new National World War II Memorial, National Museum of the Marine Corps, and Arlington National Cemetery.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps was so cool! Ryan saw several jets, tanks, and helicopters, he was a very happy little boy! The boys then enjoyed the section about Boot Camp, and thought the booth with the Drill Instructor screaming at you was funny. I on the other hand almost wet my pants, as the female Drill Instructor was screaming at me...something about sending me home to my Mommy, as I just was not cutout to be a Marine. Mike tried the rifle range simulator, and did really well! I am so glad we made the extra trip to Virginia, as we really enjoyed all of the USMC history.

The Natural History Museum, in Washington D.C., was everything the boys wanted it to be! I was so proud when Ryan yelle…

Blog Dare: 120

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Today's Prompt: Something that has bothered me this year...
Something that has bothered me this year, is that our family is not here with us. Our family lives in Missouri, and we live in Maryland. I am especially reminded of this during the holidays, birthdays, and on Sundays.We normally had Sunday dinner with my Mother and Father-in-law, when we lived in St. Louis. The food was awesome, but we went so that they boys could spend time with their Grandparents and our nephew Dylan. I miss my Mom and Dad taking the boys for walks, and I am broken hearted that the boys have never ridden a horse. The time spent with our families normally was at home, and did not include lavish outings. Instead time was spent playing outside, swimming, or just snuggling on the couch. I struggle with the idea that we are here, and they are there. Time is flying by, and it has been a year since we have seen or hugged them in person. These are the small things I am reminded of when I know a family event is…

Blog Dare: 119

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Today's Prompt: The most ridiculous item (Think as seen on TV)

Thank you to television and their brainwashing commercials, my son has asked relentlessly for live bugs, in a niffy container. He thinks this is the greatest idea, he has ever heard of. He gets really excited ever time he sees the As Seen on TV advertisement for whatever they are currently hocking.
He tells me that he will care for them, and as everything needed is included...he would be able to do it all by himself. I happen to think these items are the most ridiculous items, I have ever seen!

I then explained that the kit does not even come with the live bugs, that they have to be ordered and sent through the mail. The live larvae or worms have to then be transferred to the housing unit. I also told him it isn't a fast process, and they would just eat the gel food, and crawl around for a few days or weeks, getting fat. Then one night while he is sleeping they will make a cocoon, and he wont see it happen. I then…

Blog Dare: 118

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Today's Prompt: The most interesting person I have met on vacation...
I have never met anyone famous, but I have met some interesting people while on vacation. I went on a school trip, when I was in eighth grade to see the Nation's Capital in Washington D.C. to see the many monuments and museums. As goofy teenagers from Missouri, most of my classmates were more interested in flying in a plane for the first time, staying in a hotel without our parents, and seeing how much we could get away with while running around famous museums.  My aunt bought me a travel guide, and I spent days soaking up all of the information I could. My friends called me the "tour guide," and told everyone that I knew a ton of pointless facts. I had a mental list of things I wanted to see and could not wait to get to our Nation's Capital.

Once we arrived, we had horrible weather, and I was wondering if we would even be able to see many of the outside venues and places of interest noted on …

Blog Dare: 117

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Today's Prompt: What caused me to change my career field...
When we left St. Louis a year ago, I left behind my corporate job in the field  of real estate as an administrative assistant. When we moved to Maryland, an opportunity to work from home,  came available to change my career field. The new job offered the chance for me to work from home, and allowed me to stay with the kids during the day. If I wanted to wear pajamas all day, while talking to clients via the phone, it was okay! If the kids wanted to play with play doh while I answered emails, no one was bothered by it or even knew. It was a perfect arrangement, and working from home was awesome! 
The career change also gave me the chance to focus on my blog! I am so excited to further my blog, and the opportunities that are on the horizon. I will be attending my first conference next month, and will learn so much about how to better improve my blog, and the business of blogging. I can not wait to attend Bloggy Boot Camp, i…

Worldless Wednesday

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Blog Dare: 116

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Today's Prompt: If I found $20 in my purse, I would buy...
If I found $20 in my purse or that I stashed away some where, I would buy or treat myself to:
1. A pedicure - Can you say pampering? Every Momma needs it!



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2. Cupcakes! I am having serious cupcake withdrawals, and there is French Toast cupcake from the Flavor Cupcakery that is calling my name! (Yes, that is bacon on top!)
Source: flavorcupcakery.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

3. Sandals - I wore my last pair till they fell apart. I need a new pair, and want something fun that has a splash of color.
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I think I could break away from the guys for a few hours, and splurge. Yes I know $20, is not much, but it would be a fun little challenge, and I know I am up for it. What would you spend twenty bucks on? How would you treat yourself on a budget?



Blog Dare: 115

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Today's Prompt: When I wish my husband would lie...
My husband is my biggest fan and supporter, but because he knows me so well, there are a few things he likes to tease me about. There are have been several times that I have wanted to crawl under the table and hide!
He is the first to tell everyone, that I burned macaroni noodles...who the heck does that? He normally backs up a conversation about my cooking, with a comment about how he enjoys my baking. "She cant cook a gourmet meal, but she is an awesome baker." There are times when I wish my husband would lie, about my cooking skills, or lack there of.
I am also the first to admit that I am not the queen of vehicle maintenance. He has mentioned in countless conversations, how I "destroyed," his bachelor/chick magnet truck with a smoothie, right before we got married! He fails to mention that we were in an accident, and it flew out of my hands on impact. It is not my fault that the smoothie coated the dash an…

Blog Dare: 114

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Today's Prompt: Good reasons to turn down a marriage proposal...
Are there good reasons to turn down a marriage proposal? I came up with a few: He doesn't get along with or adore your parents.He doesn't want children, and you want them with every fiber of your being.He doesn't share your appreciation for family gatherings or holiday celebrations.He isn't grounded in a faith that you were raised on, and you can not come to an agreement.He isn't smart with money, and he wont hand over the check book.He doesn't adore all of your hobbies, and will not encourage you to pursue them.If either of you are under the age of 21.If you are a St. Louis Cardinal fan and he is Chicago Cubs fan...it just wouldn't work.If you cant imagine growing old with him.If the thought of marriage freaks you out, or you have any doubts.
There are many reasons to marry someone, but I haven't really given much thought as to why you should not marry. The person you choose to live y…

Blog Dare: 113

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Today's Prompt: The uncomfortable silence...
I have already shared with you my first birth story, but I have not told you about the other woman who was, "with," me the whole time. At the time my doctor was debating what to do with my stalled labor and my son's questionable heart rate, the "other," woman was wheeled into the room. She had her mother with her, just like I did, but she could not have been any different than me. Her mother was covered head to toe, and she herself was in heavy labor, but wore a hijab. She never spoke English, but she labored loudly, and I couldn't help but be thankful for the thin curtain that separated us. After my son was born, I was sent to recovery, and once finally cleared I was taken to my room. I reveled in the stillness and calm of the quite room! Whoo hoo, no roommate!

Many hours later, medical staff came into the room and wheeled in the woman who I had shared labor and delivery room with. She had a huge entourage …

Blog Dare: 112

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Today's Prompt: My favorite leisure magazine...

Do people still read magazines? My favorite leisure magazine has always been "People Magazine," but I haven't looked at one in a year. Between the Internet and Twitter, I get updates on the "Stars," on a daily basis. I love all the mindless gossip, and what so-so wore to the red carpet, or the latest information on up and coming movie stars. The side by side comparison of who wore it better has always been a fun read. Just knowing that the stars shop at the same exclusive boutiques, that I will never be able to afford, it is fun to laugh at their fashion blunders.
The last magazine I read was the monthly publication for parents, called "Baltimore's Child," as there is a local community calendar and is a source of local information. I enjoy reading the monthly features, as the topic isn't always the same. It is fun to see what fun things are happening locally, and what we can do as a family.…

Blog Dare: 111

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Today's Prompt: Must have food items for the summer...

Must have food items for the summer are:

Watermelon - Both of the boys love watermelon, and can not wait for them to come into season. They both love eating watermelon, and spitting out the seeds! I try buy seedless, but they aren't as sweet. Source: healthinformationworld.com via Tracy on Pinterest







2. Barbecue - Nothing says summer like the sweet smells of BBQ! I just love the smokey flavor, and BBQ sauce slathered meat.
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3. Lemonade - The cool refreshing taste of lemonade is the only way to quench thirst in the summer heat.
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When I was a child, summer time was spent outdoors as a family. The barbecue grill was a source of a family meal, and long conversations. The TV wasn't on, cell phones were not glued to our hands, or a laptop to be found. Times were simple, the air was warm, and it was time for bonding and sharing the days …