Friday, April 30, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

Bits o' blue sky peeking through the leaves..temps will be soaring into the 80's today and for the rest of the weekend. Looking forward to warm weather and sunshine!

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Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

got surf?

The lone surfer on a peaceful Sunday morning...he has the whole beach to himself!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Irish Dancers

Our entertainment at the gala were these adorable Irish Dancers from the School of Irish Dance in Virginia Beach. They were great! Aren't their dresses fabulous?!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 State Leadership & Recognition Conference in Virginia Beach

And this is the reason we were in Virginia Beach. Ashlyn had to attend the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Leadership/Recognition Conference and there was a big gala for parents. (Ashlyn is 4th from the right, the little one :) )

To learn more about FCCLA and all that it has to offer, click HERE for National or HERE for the Virginia Chapter.

Ashlyn has been a part of FCCLA since the 8th grade and has really grown from it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Flock of Seagulls

I love seagulls. Being originally from San Diego, we saw them all the time. I always enjoyed feeding them while at the beach, even though I knew better because you know, you feed a couple and the next thing you know you are surrounded by hundreds all swooping down on you for a snack.

I miss seeing these oceanic icons and occasionally will see a lost one or two flying around a shopping center parking lot and wonder how they got there, being 5 hours from the coast like we are.

These seagulls pictured above are in Virginia Beach. Have a great day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

Cloudy skies over Virginia Beach. I can still smell the salty ocean! To see more skies from all over the world, visit SKYLEY!

Happy skywatching and enjoy your weekend :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No Cursing

Many of the street corners around Virginia Beach have these "No Cursing" signs attached to the light posts. How funny that this is actually a problem. We went to a little shop to buy some Salt Water Taffy and they had magnets of the "No Cursing" signs lol

Monday, April 19, 2010

On the Boardwalk

On Saturday, Nick and I drove up to Virginia Beach. Ashlyn had a FCCLA function that she had been at all week and there was a special banquet on Saturday night that we were able to attend. In the meantime, Nick and I had fun, just the two of us, cruising around the beach!

Friday, April 16, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

Dogwood branches reaching up into the sky....we made it to Friday! Happy SWF :)

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Thursday, April 15, 2010


and the ground has come alive with a tangled jungle of green vines...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010


I love all the different colors of spring! The yellow on the Forsythia has almost completely been replaced with green leaves but we still have the purple flowers of the Redbud trees hanging on.

Notice any cool changes around here? Thanks to Diane over at Blue Ridge Gal for making my blog all pretty :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

A blue and yellow mosaic sky! To see skies from all over the world, visit SKYLEY!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Spring is in full swing in my little part of Virginia. I have been out snapping up pictures of all the pretty spring time colors before it all turns green!

This is one of my favorite yards of Forsythia!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Country Roads

The road leading out of Craig Creek Rec Area....

How is your weather where you are at? We have had unseasonably warm weather, in the upper 80's/90's and I'm loving it! The kids are out of school for spring break this week, so happy they are getting nice warm weather to enjoy their time out of school!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


On Easter Sunday we spent the afternoon at Craig Creek Recreation Area

The water was still freezing cold but that didn't stop the boys from getting in! I am thinking we will be spending quite a few summer days at this spot!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Kids Recipes

A few weeks back we had a crab boil. We all love this, the kids and us both! It is so easy and fun and one of the best parts is the easy cleanup (notice how we use only newspapers instead of plates/silverware?) We usually do this outside but the rain came in so we had to move the party indoors. You can really use anything you like in the boil, we use crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes. Line your picnic table with newspaper and when your boil is finished, just dump the basket in the middle and everyone digs in! We have used crawfish in the past instead of shrimp but the kids are not big fans of crawfish and besides, we couldn't find any in the Roanoke area.
This is easily a summer family favorite that the kids request a lot! If you want to have your own boil, there are several recipes online if you do a google search.

I am always looking for fun and healthy foods that the kids will enjoy. What are some of your family favorites for the summer time?

We also do a lot of wraps, chicken mainly. Like yesterday for example, we went on a little road trip (pictures to follow this week of course lol) to a nearby creek. We stopped at Kroger and picked up a couple of rotisserie chickens (the twins alone eat a lot of chicken!)and brought some flour tortillas, cheese and fresh spinach and made chicken wraps when we got there for lunch. They were so light and yummy, great warm weather food! Avocados and tomatoes (although a really high price right now, need to grow out own!) and sprouts would have been a great addition! My kids actually like wraps better than sandwiches!

kids recipes

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Theme Day - Red

First of the month means Theme Day amongst the City Daily Photo Community.

Sunday was the Nascar race at Martinsville. It was cold and rainy and was eventually cancelled and rescheduled for Monday. Monday was a beautiful, sunny day at the race, two major extremes!

My contribution is the red McDonalds car, and I admit to completely forgetting about theme day this month till I saw Jilly's lady in red!

Happy Theme Day!

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