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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.

 

Wow… it’s been several months, very long and very challenging months.. happy to have the start of a new year upon us!

Since I last posted… Acadia National Park reopened!  The government still has some major issues to resolve.. but, whatever… I wrapped up my last (allegedly) of five full seasons in Bar Harbor, and New England, moved back to Plant City, started in my new role as the Operations Manager in Tampa, celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, and my thirtieth birthday!  Whew!

The season in Tampa started mid-November, although I felt like I had been on the go from mid-August!  It’s been a challenging few months moving into my new role, constantly learning and adjusting… it’s been a mix of highs and lows as I learn to manage people, and it’s amazing to think that there is still more to learn!  Crazy, right?  Extremely thankful that the season in Tampa is seasonal… for one, I know the itch to travel is going to hit soon!

Richard has been traveling a lot for work, so it feels like we have switched roles..  He headed to Virginia with his father for Thanksgiving (to go hunting, of course) and spent time with Grandma Jane and other family, while I headed over to Mom’s for a relaxing week, and Alex joined us for a lovely meal at home.

After much traveling for work, Richard was finally home a few days before Christmas, and we headed back over to Mom’s and crashed at her place for a few days.  It was quite nice to relax, celebrate Christmas, eat delicious foods and not have to clean up!  We didn’t do any decorating this year… mainly because Richard was out of town and I am not a fan of going into the attic, but I knew I didn’t want to have to clean up either!  Mom got a fabulous black Christmas tree this year, and decorated with white and silver, it was gorgeous!  At work, the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas helped us to celebrate the holidays too, we decorated the terminal and the team wore fun hats… the ship gave us a delicious cake too!

A most fabulous end to 2013 was my fabulous dirty thirty birthday party!  (this deserves a post of its’ own!) ….and I am waiting on the pics from Alex too!

A last minute decision… and it was a great one!  Knowing that we would be living in two different states for the next three months, I wanted to do something with Richard that he is always asking me to do… and I keep putting off.  (I know, I know, I deserve a round of applause and about +200 in the love bank!)

We headed out fairly early (for me) and not early enough for him… with a truckload of supplies, a full tank of gas, and two very excited puppies.  Up to the Gandy Bridge Boat Ramp, and launched the boat for a full day of fun… the weather was HOT but perfect, Richard had a little luck fishing, we found a fairly empty portion of beach along Ft. DeSoto to play on, and the weather stayed great all day.

Here’s a few snaps from the day:

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My first trip to the beach (in Florida) this summer!

Richard suggested heading out to Ft. DeSoto on Saturday, July 13, and spending the day in the sun and sand.

It was a beautiful day, we stopped to pick up sandwiches on the way out, and sat under our beach tent while enjoying the other dogs around us, and the waves crashing in the forefront.  The dogs were not so thrilled about the sand at first, as always…. but Oscar really got into rolling around in it…. he looked a little like cat poo in the litter box by the time he was done.  It was hilarious!  Brisbee jumped into the water by herself, she hates to be left on the beach while Richard and I are in the water.  Oscar was less interested, and patrolled the beach and manned our tent instead.

Opening Night of NHL

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Tampa

What an awesome night!!  Scored tickets thanks to a friend’s dad, who works at the Forum… we sat in the 300 level, but it was fantastic.

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