Sunday, August 30, 2015

10 Things to Smile About August

Saturday evening I was sitting at my grandma's table playing Aggravation with my grandma, dad, husband, and Tbug, Abug was switching laps she sat on. I received a text from my mom saying that a girl that I grew up showing horses with had been killed in a head on collision Friday night. It hit me hard. Yes, we've drifted off through the years but still, I grew up with her competitively showing horses against her, yet we're still a close family!

I hated to say anything on facebook as well as on here simply because, I asked for prayers for her family. I was not trying to make this about me in any way, shape, or form. I ask for prayers for her family. They're the ones suffering. Yes, I was heart broken to hear the news, but it isn't about me, it's about healing for her family. I wanted to make that clear.

I get accused sometimes of living in my own world. Usually it is when someone is trying to get under my skin... especially if I'm ticked off already... fight fair, what's that? But there is a lot of heart ache in the world. That's why it is always fun to participate in Emmy Mom's 10 Things to Smile About Memoir. Life is difficult, so any reason to smile is a good thing. And if you can laugh, that's even better. Plus as an added bonus you burn 5 calories every time you laugh.

So now... 10 Reasons why I smiled in the month of August.
1. I'm really thinking that this post could be summed up by Vacation!

2. Parasailing!!!

3. Planting my derriére in the sand and my feet in the ocean!

4. Eating with friends from home but 10 hours away.

5. Deep sea fishing, finally! Mark that off the bucket list!!

6. Going to the dark side and actually ordering fish for my meal. It was soooo good it was worth it. Now my grandma loves to point out that when I was a kid, she used to bring Captain D's home for dinner and I'd eat all my fish and half of my grandpa's.

7. Adding more sand to my collection. Now I really need to figure out what to actually do with it!!

8. My shugie bear turned another month older... she's not 14 months old.

9. I got my photo wall back!!

10. Even though my grandpa passed away in 2010, we still celebrate his birthday! It might be weird to some people... but it's in his honor!

Linking up, albeit late with Emmy Mom

Friday, August 28, 2015

How to: Make a Photo Wall

There has been a lot of uncertainty in our life in the last couple of years. Truthfully more than I even want to admit to... I know that God has great plans for everything and everything will work out in the end. I know that all the trials and tribulations help us grow into the people he wants us to develop in to. But I also know sometimes I just want to scream, pack up the bare minimum, move to a place no one knows me (far far away) and start a new life. Whew... uncertainty is very scary to say the least :). But that last part is an extreme.

So with that out of the way... If you know me at all, I take pictures of EVERYTHING. Think I'm kidding, just check my camera/phone/computer/external hard drive. No joke! For a long while I've wanted a photo wall, and I had one for a bit, then we took it down, and now we're putting it back up. It goes with some of that uncertainty....

The initial photo wall was hung up with the Command Strips so that it wouldn't put holes in the walls or do damage to the wall paper, etc... yeah that didn't work. Sad but true. I don't know if my sticky part of the command strips was too old or the wall paper was the wrong texture or what, but after I put them up, they came back down, some quickly (like a few days). It was extremely frustrating! So this time around there are holes in the wall. It was just easier that way...

Now here's how to do it:

What you'll need:
Photo frames/Photos (sizes up to you!!)
Scissors (just for cutting... ha. see below.)
Command Strips or Screws
if screws, then you need a drill
A Wall for photos

1. You'll want to trace your photo frames on to paper. The first time around I used newspaper, this time around I used regular notebook paper, except for my 8x10 frames. Then I went into Tbug's room and stole some used poster sized paper. Trace the size of your photo frames out onto the paper.

2. Using your scissors (just for cutting) cut out the sizes of your photo frames. I used 4x6's, 5x7's and 8x10's. My frames came from Walmart so that hopefully if I needed to buy more I could get the exact ones. If not, maybe I can add different ones in at a later date. We'll see.
Scissors just for cutting reference... Dumb comment by me. So one day I bought a pair of scissors just for cutting material (fabric). I walked in the house and pulled them out of the sack showing the scissors to hubby saying, "Now, these scissors are only for cutting." Then I walked off. I forgot to add material/fabric to the end of my sentence. Now like 3 years later any time scissors are bought or looked at or moved (whatever) they are referred to as scissors just for cutting.

3. Now if you are using multiple sized photos, it is helpful to mark on the paper what size frame the paper is made for. My photo wall is very random but if you are very specific on your wall, this sizing mention is extremely handy.

4. Another helpful thing is to have your pictures ready. I don't have all the pictures printed out that will be included on my wall but those I did I went ahead and placed in the photo frames. On my pieces of paper I drew arrows to show which way the frame should be placed on the wall.

5. My wall is next to my bedroom so I spread the paper sizes out on the bed, placing them the way they will go on the wall to help aid in placing them on the wall. My wall is random so I placed my 8x10's first so that there was room on the wall for the frames.

6. Ah, the blank canvas. See the white splotches on the wallpaper? That's where the command strips came off the wall. They harmed my wall :(. I did not wall paper the wall, it was here when we moved in but it covers so much of the walls that we haven't decided to pull it down and make it our own yet (and we've lived here 5 years).

7. Now it is time to place the papers on the walls in the order/place you'd like the particular photos. This helps you decide where to place each photo frame without drilling holes in the wall and winding up with more than you wanted. Plus you aren't having to put a picture up and then later decide you didn't like where it was. In fact, I put this up one night and stared at it a couple days before we put the pictures on the wall, that way I could guarantee I liked the placing of the photos.

8. Finally it is time to use a drill, place the screws in the wall (or the command strips on the wall) and put your photos up. I was actually in class the night this was done. I got to come home to my beautiful picture wall, finished by my husband. I love you baby!

Now I don't have photos in all the photo frames. Plus I can either change out photos as I please or there is area to buy more frames and add to my picture wall.

This is just a great way to display a lot of photos in a small area. One complaint I have about our house is I just don't have enough walls for photos. But, I love pictures so.....

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Peanut Post: Abugisms & 14 Month Update

14 Months on the 26th
  •  We're having to slowly move out your 6 month clothes, you're too long/tall for them.
  • You're wearing size 4 diapers.
  • The other day you handed grandma a diaper, she figured that meant you needed a changing.
  • You fight naps, but by the end of the night if you haven't had a nap you're a little cranky.
  • You love bed time even though you sometimes fight sleep.
  • No naps though make you fall asleep immediately.
  • When I can do it, you have 2 naps a day adding up to around 3 hours.
  • You love to greet everyone you meet and you don't understand when they don't reciprocate.
  • You're walking, but only when you want to.
  • You stand up like it's nothing, even from the middle of the floor.
  • You say no to everything which is sometimes comical.
  • You have learned yes though.
  • When you use yes and no, most times you use it correctly.
  • You love real food. Now we're fighting times when you "don't like something" yet you really do. oy!
  • You still only have 4 teeth.
  • You love having your teeth brushed.
  • You really need a bang cut at least because pulling it up won't keep it completely out of your eyes anymore. I think though we're not going to cut your hair, instead we'll grow it out. A ponytail will just have to help for now.
  • Any time you see Grandpa J you jump into his arms.
  • You love having Tbug around
  • You enjoy the water.
  • You love bath time.
  • You are a wild child.
  • For months you've been sticking our tongue out and going pbbbbbbbbbb (spelling??) But now you say Hi and then go ppppbbbbbbbbbbb. We've been working on stopping that. While it is cute, sometimes you over do it and we need to teach you when it is and isn't appropriate.
  • One night we went to pick you up at grandma and grandpas, you were asleep and immediately woke up, looked at Tbug (who was with us) and that's how you greeted her, ppppbbbbbbbb.
  • You love to climb in and out of chairs. For hours on end!
  • You'll give fives!
  • Recently you've been giving people fives with other people's hands. If someone asks for a five, you grab a second person's hand and give the first person the five.
  • You know where your nose is, your mouth, your eyes and we're working on ears.
  • You know where mommy's nose (and eyes and mouth) is too!
  • You've learned to climb up on mommy and daddy's bed... I'm not sure I'm ready for that one.
  • You've learned to climb down off of mommy and daddy's bed (definitely not ready for that). 
  • You've learned how to "blow" kisses 
  • When you get mad you've started trying to bite a person. We've quickly had to put a stop to that. I don't know where you decided to pick that one up although daddy said that is a natural habit.
  • Also when you get mad you wipe your hand across your mouth very quickly and sternly and growl. It's funny but I try not to laugh at you because I don't want you to continue that habit.
  • Also when you get mad you've started small pinches to your arm or mine (or the adult around you). Again, not sure where this came from and we've quickly put a stop to that.
  • I definitely wouldn't change you for the world! Your daddy and I love you with all our heart!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sand the rest of the story, ha!

Yes, that wasn't puny... although it was....

Okay so I blogged 12 days in a row and then fell off the face of blog land for 2 days. I can't explain it other than I think school might just kick my butt this semester. Not only do I have classes but I have comps. Remember my mention about the book list.... ugh! But I'll have you know I just finished Wurthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

Anyway I mentioned in our post coming home from Pensacola Beach that there was a story about us and sand and that I would share it at a future date. Today is the future date.

I've mentioned before that my husband and I went to high school together... we were just friends, never dated.

Our sophomore year of high school our band went to Disney World. One of the days that we were in Florida the band headed over to Cocoa Beach. That was only my second time ever going to the beach because hello... I live in a land locked state. (My first was to South Carolina 3 years previous to this trip.)

While at the beach I might have snagged a handful of sand. At the time I did it I didn't realize I'd still have it almost 20 years later and that it would have some meaning. Meaning you ask? Well... my husband and I were at this beach at the same time as really good friends. And yes, I still have the sand... Sadly it almost got dumped one day just because I knocked over the ring box. Yes, you'd think I'd put it in a better box, but for now, that's what it's in and has been for years.

So jump forward a few years... when hubby and I went to Hawaii on our 1 year anniversary, I just so happened to bring home a handful of sand from the beach again.

So in 2013 when hubby and I became Scuba Certified I grabbed a handful of sand again. I don't have a picture of it though... it's in a Coca Cola bottle somewhere in my house, at the time it's been misplaced but it isn't totally lost!

So that meant that the next time we went to the ocean, we needed sand, right? Yup, we picked up a handful of sand from Pensacola Beach.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pensacola Beach Eats: Peg Leg Pete's

I definitely wouldn't have nearly as many posts about Pensacola Beach if I didn't break each restaurant down into its own post... that's for sure. I think I might think about food way to much too.... look how much I've been talking about food. And it's not like everyone enjoys looking at what we ate... but that's okay, it's memories. Some day when we're all eating pills for our nutrition... the future will be able to see how we pigged out on real food :). You're welcome future!

btw, I'm eating animal crackers right now. :)

When we got back from Deep Sea Fishing we were hungry. The night before we'd tried to get into Peg Leg Pete's but the wait was so horendous we wound up at Hemingway's Island Grill instead. We decided at 3pm on a Monday, surely we could get in for lunch, right? You betcha we did so we finally got to try the... Peg Leg Pete's.

That morning we didn't have breakfast so by 3pm we were all a bit hungry. We decided to go with an appetizer of Spinach Artichoke Dip. YUM! That's all that matters. The chips were good, but the dip itself... YUM!

I noticed on the menu that the Chicken Parmesan was the Captains Choice. I decided it sounded good, I wasn't being adventurous about getting fish, and so chicken it was. This chicken wasn't bad. I ate it all, I was hungry! 

Tbug went with the Fried Catfish. She must have been hungry or really liked it or both because she ate everything on her plate. ha!

Hubby and dad went for the Combo Platter. Gulf shrimp, oysters, bay scallops, and grouper.  This is Florida.  Delicious! Ha :). I told you hubby was in heaven when it came to Seafood!

The food was okay. The restaurant was very cool. And I was definitely happy we went. I think I could have made a meal out of the appetizer!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pensacola Beach: Deep Sea Fishing

I baited my own hook.
Wait, what?
Okay... if you know me at all, you know I don't like fish. Something about them... I don't eat them (although I went to the dark side), I don't touch them, I don't like them. Although I did poke one with my finger when we went scuba diving at Mermet Springs... then I screamed... Underwater... Loudly.

The only plans that were made when we went to Pensacola Beach was to go Deep Sea Fishing. Dad mentioned it, hubby thought it sounded like fun, so he did some research and then they decided to mention it to grandma. Grandma was all game.

Back in the early 90's when I went to South Carolina with my grandparents I had the opportunity to go but got talked out of it by my ex-uncle. I just don't think he wanted me to go.... So when hubby and dad were talking about it I said, I WANT TO GO!

I've never really been fishing... I have but I haven't... it's hard to explain and too long of a story right now. (As Ross says on Friends.... "I believe the word you're looking for is... Anyway...")

We decided to go with a private charter. They were set up for 6 people and there were 5 of us, so it was perfect. Dad, hubby, Grandma, Tbug and me.

We had to get up around 6 to get ready and head out. We were supposed to check in around 6:40-6:45. Oy, these crazy fishermen :).

As we were headed out to sea, we had to go through the bay. There were Seagulls and Crane's everywhere. In fact there was one pole where there were 8 cranes. They were everywhere.

Dad, Tbug and I decided to ride on the front of the boat. The guys told us that it was the bumpiest ride. We were ready for it. In the bay, Tbug was like, this isn't so bad. Once we got out though, it was a bit choppier. Hubby, Tbug, and I took Meclizine though just to make sure we didn't get sea sick. We heard them talking on the radio that one charter had 9 people on board and 7 of the 9 got sea sick and they had to abort the fishing.

At the very end of the island is Fort Pickens.

I was quite surprised that the light house was over on land and not at the end of the island.

It took us about 20 minutes to get outside the bay and then we were off to the wide open seas. Quickly I noticed we were approaching a bunch of boats and I wasn't sure what was going on. Turns out we were going to the site of a wreck where there was good fishing for bait fish. Jason, our deck hand set grandma and Tbug up with poles and told them how to catch bait fish. Then he helped get the fish off the hooks and put them in the live well on the boat. Tbug offered to let dad and me have a shot but we told her she was doing just fine and continue on.

Then we were off again. We went about an hour or so off shore, I have no idea how many miles but i learned the boat was running about 30 miles per hour to get us out there. Tbug kept getting splashed with water that came up over the side of the boat. And once we started to fish, the bottom was around 100 feet down.

No one took a picture of me fishing. But at least you know I was there because here is proof plus you saw a few pictures of my feet. Predominately it seemed like all we caught were Trigger fish which right now are being protected by the government. We had to keep throwing them back. I got so frustrated toward the end of our 6 hour fishing trip because all we were catching was the stupid trigger fish that I finally just gave up. I do want you to know though, after a couple pep talks to myself I baited my own hook. Jason said he'd bait everyone's hook as long as he wasn't helping get fish off lines. Fish off lines was his many goal. So eventually I was like, I grew up on a farm, I've had my hands in some really "fun" farm stuff, I can soooooo do this and bam, I baited my own hook with cut up fish pieces. Then I caught a fish we got to bring on board and I freaked out because it was jumping all around the deck. ha!

Fun story, going out I was on this side, dad was in the middle and Tbug was on the right. (as you're looking at this picture). Eventually while we were out Captain took us another 2 1/2 miles out so the three of us piled on the seat in front. This time Tbug and I switched places. I got SOAKED! Water kept splashing up over the side and just totally soaked me. Just me. The other 2 got splashes but I got soaked. So I grumbled that I wasn't sitting there on the way back and reclaimed my seat on the left. Going back, the hour and 20 minute ride in, I got soaked in my original seat. Seriously?

Also on the way back in I fell asleep and the boat hit a bump and I just about fell off the seat and landed on the boat floor. Everyone got a good laugh at my expense. Hubby fell asleep on the front facing us. Grandma fell asleep in the back and about fell of her seat. Apparently we were all tired.

We were able to keep a little bit of our catch. Mainly Ruby Red type fish... not Red Snappers, I'm not sure what they were called, plus we caught a Barracuda. Jason and Captain Chaz cut our fish up for us. (Finding dry ice to bring the fish one with was extremely difficult. The Publix had it! whew. Plus you can only have 5lbs of dry ice in your checked bag to ship it home on an airplane. And bam, info you needed. You're welcome!)

After we went fishing, mom came and picked us up. We went back to the room, grandma went to bed while dad, hubby, Tbug and I took quick showers and went to lunch. From there hubby and I came back and both crawled into bed and slept for 2 hours.

This is the part of the trip where I burned the CRAP out of my legs. Woops. And it's funny because I was on my mom, aunt and MIL not to let my baby get a sunburn and then I forgot about myself and I burned my legs. Oy!  Oh well the baby didn't get sunburned, they went on a dolphin cruise. That's all that matters is the baby didn't get burned! (and my mom will shoot me for these pictures, but I don't care. Love you mom)


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