Sunday, February 28, 2010

Goin' On a Cruise!

Lord V and I are joining our friends and going on a Cruise! I have never been on one and I am beyond excited :D

I love adventure, new places, new sights, sounds, food...*sigh* I can't wait.

Whats especially cool about this cruise is two of the ports we are going to I had been to when I was on my Internship year in College.

One is San Juan, Puerto Rico. I plan on dragging Lord V and our friends to El Morro--the famous fort that over looks the ocean and other places in Old San Juan that I can (vaguely) remember from my stay there in 1984.

Another stop is St Thomas. I have never been there--but we are taking a sailboat from St Thomas over to Buck Island where we will dive off the boat and snorkel around the protected reef/garden. This was my favorite place to snorkel when I spent part of my Internship in St Croix.

I am so excited to be able to see my old haunts again. I didn't think I'd ever be back to these places. Funny how life has circled back for me...but in a fun way :)

Did I mention I'm excited?! :)

Chanda is too ;)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Coffee Dilemma!

I love Hazelnut creamer in my coffee.

I despise the taste of black coffee.

What does one do when faced with enough creamer for two bland cups of coffee or one really rich and deliciously hazelnut flavored coffee?


Monday, February 22, 2010

Gabby Abby

Just in case you were wonderin'...

yep...she's still adorable :D !

Dontcha think?


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Beach Trip

Thursday this past week--my weekend--began with a brilliant blue sky filled with the magical light of a surprise pre-Spring Sun.

"MiniWarrior" I called over my shoulder to the lanky 12 year old stretched out on the sofa in the family room, "Come here I want to talk to you about something."

"What I'd do?" He said, body taught, paused in full alert for an impending Mom lecture.

"Nothing. I just want to talk to you for a moment."

He climbed off the sofa and shuffled slowly towards me, trying to read the expression on my face. "Yeah, Mom?"

"How'd you like to skip school tomorrow and head to the beach." I said, holding back a smile at the wary look on his face.

Shadows disappeared as his grin scattered joy from his mouth and lit up his eyes. "For real? Really?"

"For real. Really."

"You're the best Mom, ever!" He exclaimed as he pumped a victorious fist.

Indeed. I am. ;)

As always, pictures of said event can be found here: akatseyeview

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Mom, I broke up with my girlfriend today.

MiniWarriors sat cross legged in the passenger seat of my truck, looking down at his tennis shoes struggling to shift his sad face into a stoic manly one.

You did? What happened?

Well, there is this boy in school who is my friend but my girlfriend doesn't like him and her friend doesn't like him so they are rude to him.

He glanced at me, frowning and shaking his head in disapproval.

That's just not nice. So today I said, "Why can't we just all get along. Why can't you be nice to Nicholas?"

My girlfriend got mad and got up and walked away from me.

I went after her but she kept running away from me. She told me that she wishes that I would just leave the school and not come back.

He stared down at his shoes again.

I told her that I didn't want to be her boyfriend anymore because she was being so rude.

He shot me a look to see if I was mad about his decision.

I lay a gentle hand on his knee.

I'm so proud of you. You stood up for your friend even though you knew your girlfriend wouldn't like it. That takes character, Son.

Character? He was puzzled by that word.

Yes. Character. It's what makes you a good person and what will make you into a great man. You stood by what you believed to be right and stood up for your friend.

Yes. He smiled and straightened his shoulders. Yes, I did, didn't I?

Yes you did and I couldn't be more proud.

I'm still feeling a little emotional, Mom about not being (girlfriends name) boyfriend anymore. He added quietly.

I know son. You made a hard choice. I'm so proud of you.

He smiled at me but his eyes were sad. We drove for awhile in silence.

Little boy freckles still dance across his nose but his shoulders are broadening molding his frame into a man.

My MiniWarrior is moving from Mini to Warrior.

My heart aches at the loss of the little boy but is soothed and filled with the sight of the wonderful man he is becoming.

Temple Grandin Speaks!

This article is so...SO awesome. It's like being granted a peek inside my MiniWarriors mind.