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Dad’s Birthday Adventure at Fort Matanzas

July 29, 2013
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To celebrate my dad’s birthday this year, we loaded up the car and made the 45-minute drive down to Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine. Located on Rattlesnake Island on the Matanzas inlet, it’s one of my dad’s favorite local haunts. We got to the park right right as the opened at 9 a.m. and were fortunate enough to catch the first ferry over to the island. For those of you not familiar with the history of this particular monument, Fort…

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Day 7: Hooray for Birthdays!

July 7, 2013
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Today’s letter is in celebration of my cousin Kristen’s birthday! I feel pretty fortunate to be so close to both my cousins (Kristen and her older sister, Kelli).  And they’ve both been taking the world by storm as of late – Kelli is off in China teaching English, and recently Kristen moved to Tennessee to work as a nurse. My cousin’s one groovy chica, and she’s definitely been missed since her move to the mountains. Thankfully, we do manage to…

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Day 5: Just Because…

July 5, 2013
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One of things that I’m already loving about the 31 Letters in 31 Days project is the fact that it’s motivated me to reach out to people I’ve truly been missing in my life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hecticness of our day-to-day challenges and lose sight of the things that are really important, like cultivating and maintaining our relationships with family members and friends alike. Today’s letter is for my Uncle David, Aunt Linda and…

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Independence Day on Kingsley Lake

July 5, 2013
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Every Fourth of July, Chris and I join his family at their lake house on Kingsley Lake, a tradition that I look forward to every year. It’s a chance to disconnect (mostly) and enjoy the beauty of the lake – the sound of the water against the house (situated literally on the lake), the feel of the sun on the dock, and the cool, calm water after the heat has driven us from sunning on the dock. It’s also a…

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31 Letters in 31 Days

31 Letters in 31 Days

June 25, 2013
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For our anniversary this year, Chris gifted me a subscription to a monthly service called My Olive Box. Despite my daytime dealings as a social media director, I have a deep-rooted love for papercrafts – so the subscription is akin to getting a surprise present each month full of my favorite things. (Isn’t my hubs the BEST?!) The items in the box vary – sometimes you get cards or books, other times it’s artwork or gift wrap – but each one…

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Father’s Day: A Hike Down Memory Lane

June 19, 2013
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One of my fondest memories as a tween/young teen was not actually a singular moment, but rather a collective recollection of trips taken with my dad and brother to the Willie Browne trail, part of a trail system in the Theodore Roosevelt area of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.  (If you recall at all from recent posts, Chris and I rediscovered the Willie Browne trail back in February after several weekend trips to the Fort Caroline area, relying on…

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Giving Thanks

November 22, 2012
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In keeping with the theme of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I’d share a short list of some of the things I’ve been especially grateful for this year. My husband. So I’m sure many of you might write this one off as a given, but I think that our relationships with our loved ones are often some of the more obvious and thus overlooked blessings we have. One of the things that I’ve really come to appreciate about my relationship…

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Sean Gets Beef Tacos!

March 19, 2010
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Sean was able to call my parents from his patrol post in Afghanistan to give them an update yesterday afternoon. It looks like he’s been getting our packages faster if we have the post office mark them “perishable.” With the two boxes he just got from Mom and Dad, he was able to have the first good meals he’s had in awhile: beef tacos (complete w/ mushrooms and real Babybel cheese) and Cap’n Crunch.…

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Shen Yun: A Journey to China

February 4, 2010
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This week has flown by in a flurry of activity, but I really wanted to sit down and write about Shen Yun, the show that Rhiannon, Mom and I saw last Saturday night. The evening started with an amazing dinner at Bistro Aix. Mom had some scallops “aixoise”, Rhiannon devoured their duck breast and I had the roasted chicken or coq au vin if you prefer. ^_^ (Dessert was a decadent apple cobbler a lá mode.) Yum! From there, we…

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Moving Day

January 31, 2010
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After years of frustration living in a house she’s never really liked, my mom made the command decision to get the heck out of dodge. Which translated into Chris, myself, David, Inho and Blake spending half the weekend getting all their stuff moved in the new place. I’m really digging the new digs. ^_^ I think it’s a lot more functional, and I’m (dare I say it?) jealous. I’d definitely be okay with our first house having a similar floor…

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