Tuesday, June 21, 2016

top ten tuesday: fitbit obsessed

10 things you'll understand if you are slightly Fitbit obsessed.......

(1) walked in place because you are only a few hundred steps from your goal ✔

(2) got unnecessarily upset because you forgot to sync your Fitbit before midnight ✔

(3) or wanted to cry when you realized you have been walking around with a dead Fitbit all day ✔

(4) taken a Workweek Hustle Challenge a bit too seriously ✔(Never.Again.Wanda!)

(5) and unleashed a competitive side you never knew you had ✔️ (actually, I didn't think I was that competitive)

(6) got a little too excited when you received notification about a new award you just earned ✔

(7) taken an overly keen interest in your sleep habits ✔️✔

(8) deemed all exercise pointless if you leave your Fitbit at home ✔

(9) refused to move when your Fitbit is on charge ✔️✔

(10) and finally, you feel an instant connection with anyone you spot wearing that special band!! ✔️

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hello Fresh Review: Jamie Oliver's Paprika-Spiked Chicken Thighs

I don't know if it was because I couldn't get around to cooking it, or because I just didn't have my mind on it, but I finally cooked the third meal from my last HF shipment while at Lindsey's last Monday. It wasn't my favorite to say the least. I think it had too much going on and bulgur, what is that stuff anyway????? I did the best I could with eating some of it, but it seemed to be growing and there was quite a bit left over! I finally tossed the left-overs on Tuesday, since I was cooking something much yummier for Logan & Lindsey for dinner. :O)

Jamie Oliver's Paprika-Spiked Chicken Thighs w/ Herby Bulgur & Skinny Slaw

3/4 cup bulgur wheat
2 scallions
1 red chili pepper
2 oz. spinach
1/4 oz. parsley
1 lime
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 carrot
1 granny smith apple
1/2 cup feta cheese

I had been excited to try this one since it was a Jamie Oliver recipe, but it just wasn't a huge hit with me. Again, it was okay, but I really wasn't into cooking this meal. I will definitely be getting more Hello Fresh meals in the future, and as of now, the upcoming recipes from HF look much more appealing to me than the Blue Apron choices. I'm on hold until Peter goes back to work, but I'm looking forward to my next shipment!! :O)

Kamry's Homecoming 6/07/16

Kamry came home from the hospital on Tuesday June 7th after spending her first 6-1/2 weeks in the NICU at Johns Hopkins. Logan and Lindsey spent every minute they could with her and watched her grow and thrive over the weeks,
accomplishing every obstacle thrown at her like a champ.
We were overjoyed when she passed her last test, a second eye exam, with flying colors on Monday 6/06 and was set to be discharged the next morning. I went over on Sunday and started cleaning and getting things ready like a mad woman! :O) Yaaaa!!! She's coming home!!!

Allie's last night without her family.....

She carried around Kamry's blanket all day....waiting patiently....

what a gorgeous day to bring her home.....

They sent this pic en route.....

bless her sweet heart!!! <3 LOVE <3

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, we sat at the window and waited for this.....

what a sight!!!!

They're HOME!!!!!!

meeting little sissy......

Allie approved (and Kamry says she guesses she'll let her stay!) :O)

Bless this sweet family!!!!

Logan had to leave early the next morning, but at least he got to bring his girls home!
I stayed with Lindsey and Kamry until Friday evening, then again from Monday morning until Peter got home from the boat on Wednesday evening. Kamry has adjusted extremely well to being home and is the best baby. Lindsey is doing awesome as well, but was lacking night sleep. To help her catch up on much needed rest, I volunteered to get up early and take care of Kamry until lunchtime so that she could sleep. :O) :O) :O) What a job!!!! <3

I had the absolute best week ever!!! I wouldn't trade spending those first days of Kamry's homecoming with them for anything!!! <3 <3
Thanks again Lindsey for that very special time with both of you!!!
I love you all so much!!

A few pics from my mornings with Kamry.....I may be a bit predjudice, but she is the prettiest little girl I ever saw!!

meeting Uncle Nate for the first time!! <3

Logan went home a few days before Kamry's homecoming to do some shopping at Babies R Us. We hadn't been able to do the shower, so she needed some things for her arrival. She is already getting lots of gifts including gifts from some of my repeat b&b guests....so sweet! :O) Thanks again Margaret & Etta K. :O)

Pop-Pop is here!!! :O)

Even though we get daily Kamry pics from Lindsey, I am sooooooo anxious to see them! This Nana is ready for some sweet girl snuggles!! xoxoxoxoxo

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day 2016

*role model*protector*mentor*encourager*coach*listener*taxi*bank
*sports fanatic*handyman*king of the remote*part-time fun guy*
*part-time police*tough on the outside*soft on the inside*friend*hero
I had to work until 3:00, but afterwards, Peter and I went out on the boat.
First stop, Watts Island.

Next stop, the Club House (half way to Crisfield). I had never been here (in all my 51 years!!). I think it was time!

While I have no interest in camping out on Watts Island, I think it would be pretty cool to spend a night at the Club House. Grill a little dinner, watch the sunset, then watch the sunrise...so cool.....on my bucket list for sure!! :O) Anyone out there who can set me up???


It was the most gorgeous day on the water!!!
We grilled for dinner......
Although it was Logan's first Father's Day, he missed spending it with his family. He is very anxious to get home to them on Wednesday!! Nathan was home, but other than giving Peter his gift in the morning, was out and about all day. So, we spent the day together doing all the things Peter loves best!! :O)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

*tangier at twilight*

momma & little ones.................


finally summer..........

that sky..............

[tangier at twilight]

Saturday 9: Papa Don't Preach


Saturday 9: Papa, Don't Preach (1986)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Madonna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Do you have any of her songs on your iPod/mp3 player/phone? not at the moment

2) When she first arrived in New York in search of fame and fortune, Madonna supported herself by working at Dunkin' Donuts. What did you order last time you were at Dunkin' Donuts? we stopped there after Kamry's pediatician appointment last Wednesday. I got a bacon, egg, cheese & a Coke plus a couple of glazed and chocolate covered donuts for later for me and Lindsey.

3) Madonna and her first husband, Sean Penn, ended their marriage on New Year's Eve, 1988. Sam's New Year's Eves are never that dramatic. What about you? Do you have any vivid New Year's Eve memories you'd like to share? nothing special....we always watch New Year's Rockin Eve and wait for the ball to drop (from our couch!). This past year was our first time not together on NYE since I was 15!!

4) Madonna admits she suffers from brontophobia, aka the fear of storms. Are you scared of thunder and lightening? nope

5) Onstage during the 2015 Coachella fest, Madonna shocked the audience by planting a kiss square on the lips of much-younger rapper Drake. What's something that surprised you recently? nothing seems to surprise me anymore!! ;0)

6) More recently, Madonna was at the center of a controversy because Prince fans didn't like her tribute at the Billboard Music Awards. They made themselves heard on social media. Was your last Facebook post or Tweet positive or negative? don't Facebook and I rarely Tweet, but my last Instagram post was positive (then again, do I ever post anything negative)??

7) One of the things Sam's papa preaches about is car maintenance. He reminds her to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip with us. Peter takes care of that stuff - so no, I don't.

8) When she was growing up, Sam's father was often away on business. He always remembered to bring back the complimentary shampoos, conditioners and lotions from the hotels where he stayed. When will you next stay in a hotel (or motel, bed-and-breakfast or Airbnb room)? It will be one night next week for a belated anniversary get-away!!!!

9) To celebrate Father's Day, Sam is giving away her father's favorite candy: LifeSavers. Would you prefer a roll of Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? Butter Rum reminds me of my childhood, but nowadays I prefer Wintergreen.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Anniversary!!!

❤We started this journey as teenagers, raised two amazing boys, became grandparents, and now our nest is emptying and it will be just us again.
These 33 years have been good to us....here's to 33 more! Love you!!❤

#june17 #1983 #happyanniversary #thankful #grateful
                #blessed #lovehimsomuch #thirtythreeyearsandcounting

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

{Sunday Morning Visitors}

Peter has been looking for these guys......#purplemartins