Archive for June, 2014

Pool Par-tay!

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Dogs, Family Fun, Friends, Tampa
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Yesterday, we headed over to a friends’ house for some super relaxing BBQing and pool time… what fun it was!  Both pups were exhausted at the end of the day..

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What a month March was!  We headed out to both the Lakeland and Tampa Airports for some very different, and very fun, planes!

The Lakeland Airport was first, on March 3… a remote control jet airplane show… so neat!  Amazing that these little planes cost so much to build… thankful it was a beautiful day, and we had some friends meet up with us as well.  I think Richard was amazed at these planes… they are quite larger (and much more expensive!) than his little hobby. 🙂


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On March 22, we headed over to the MacDill Air Force Base, to check out Airfest 2014!  After a three year absence, the Thunderbirds came back to Tampa.  The show was packed with military aircraft, warbirds, military vehicles, equipment from all military branches, along with the displays of the incredible aviation and ground equipment of the bay area’s local law enforcement.

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And a short video… sorry it’s shaky, the sun was so bright!

Wedding, and funerals

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Tampa
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Wedding and funerals.

Both are significant life events, and there is a right time for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

Why is it that weddings and funerals always seem to come in threes?  In the first three months of this year, we attended many funerals and a wedding of a very good friend.  Memories of all will be forever with us.


I have had some anxiety of turning 30.. I am determined to live forever at the age of 24!

Trolling on some other blogs, looking for something interesting to occupy my time, I found the below list… I thought my commentary might provide a few laughs, and perhaps some feedback as to how you feel?!?

By 30, you should have:

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond. 
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30.

I am six months into being 30, and I am still trying to figure out what I expected it to be.  I look back and realize what I have accomplished in my first 30 years… well, let’s look at what I accomplished in the last 10… that’s a bit easier. 

  1. Graduated w/ my Masters in Psychology, Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a HS Diploma.
  2. Got engaged, married and bought a house w/ my love. ❤
  3. Found a career I really love… and was promoted to Ops Manager just two months before my 30th birthday.
  4. Learned how to ask for a raise, and get one!
  5. Owned my dream car, and drove it!  (Top down, hair flying in the wind.)
  6. How to working hard, and walk away when necessary.
  7. Lived on my own, in a totally different state, and although terrifying, it was exhilarating!
  8. Travel Europe.  (still plenty more to see!)
  9. Have seen Alaska and Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and DC.
  10. Achieved happiness.

I also look back and wonder if I missed out on anything?  Is it too late to see more of the world, or is it time to really settle down (ugh… it sounds so final!), or will we have kids and still be able to travel??  YIKES!  It’s so interesting to read about how others feel about turning 30.. what they learned in their 20s , what they think they learned in their 20s, wondering if I missed out on anything in my 20s, wondering what I will pass on to my own children (which inevitable, we do wish to do, at some point), and what happens in my 30s!  Feedback please!