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Hooray, It’s Friday! Leggings, Bracelets, and Swimming!

Friday, August 17, 2018


Time for another random Friday update!


I was recently contacted about trying a product from the Koral Activewear collection. I decided to try the Drive Jacquard Leggings. I can usually wear a size small in leggings because I’m short and my waist isn’t so big (it’s the part above that is big!) but these were definitely too small. Luckily I have a skinny teenager who loves wearing leggings and who was happy to be gifted a pair! She told me a few times how she needed new leggings for dance, and then she did this:

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I think they’ll do!


I did a thing…


Yeah, I got myself an Apple Watch. I never really thought I needed one, but lately I’d been thinking about getting one, and when my FitBit died completely randomly AGAIN while we were in Yellowstone, I decided I would go for it. And then of course I had to put Mickey Mouse on my watch face!

One cool thing about having an Apple Watch is that now I can wear one watch for the time and keeping track of steps. Before I was wearing a watch on one hand and my Fitbit on the other. This has left my other hand free to wear bracelets. Wind Passion recently sent me two really cool handmade bracelets and I’m happily wearing them now!


The orange and black one is the “Dakar” Orange Braided Rope Bracelet and the blue and black one is the “Dark Ocean” Blue Surfer Anchor Bracelet. They come in a variety of colors and would make great gifts! I really like the sliding knot adjustment system and I especially like the white loop on the blue bracelet as it is unique and cute! Here’s a closer look at it from the website:



We have a new swimmer in the house! Simon has been going to lessons at Goldfish Swim School for a little over one month and he can already swim on his own, under water, both on his front and on his back! I will be posting more about the Swim School and how much we love it there, but for now, check out my swimmer!



I got my DNA results back and found out I’m 100% Ashkenazi Jewish. No big surprise! I already connected with a third cousin, which is very cool! I messaged a few other people hoping to find out how we are related!


In case you missed it, this week I posted about:

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Have a great weekend!


The Magic Kingdom Part 1

Thursday, August 16, 2018


In my last Disney post, I told you about our day at Epcot. That was on a Friday and we took Saturday off from the parks. On Sunday, it was Magic Kingdom time! We were up early and on our way on a bus, which brought us right to the entrance of the park – no need for monorails or ferries.


Since I’d last been there, the opening show had changed and now you can walk down Main Street to the castle before the park opens, so we had time to make use of the Main Street Transportation – we rode the fire truck!


We took some castle photos and then waited for the opening show. We watched from the Tomorrowland side because Dave, Gabbie, and Zachary were planning to ride Space Mountain when it opened.

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Simon wanted to ride the Barnstormer first, but on our way there we hopped on Winnie The Pooh!


Next, we did ride the Barnstormer, followed by Dumbo.

My Favorite Quotes

Wednesday, August 15, 2018



Today I’m joining in with some of my favorite bloggers to post about my favorite quotes. The link up is actually tomorrow, but I’m posting today! I have always loved quotes and even once had a website dedicated to my favorites! Today I’m sharing a few of the most meaningful quotes that I love. I’ve even found images to go with them!


“Take my hand, and lead me to salvation. Take my love, for love is everlasting. And remember, the truth that once was spoken. ‘To love another person is to see the face of God.” - Les Misérables


“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.” - Ba’al Shem Tov


“Some people come into our lives and quickly go, while others stay and leave footprints in our hearts and we are never the same.”


“Cleaning the house while children are growing is like shoveling snow while it’s still snowing.” – Phyllis Diller


“I believe I’ve passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage. I’ve found that just surviving was a noble fight. I once believed in causes too, I had my pointless point of view, and life went on no matter who was wrong or right.” - Billy Joel


“There’s only us, there’s only this, forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.’ – Rent


“A hundred years from now…It will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the whole world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

What is one of your favorite quotes?



How Well Do You Know Your Brother? Simon is 8!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


It’s time for another round of How Well Do You Know Your Sibling, this time featuring Simon, in honor of his birthday today! First up, we will hear from Simon’s siblings, and then we will hear his answers so we can see how well Zachary and Gabbie know him.

Zachary’s Answers

[August 2017]

1. What does Simon like to talk about?


2. Fill in the blank: “Simon Says…”


3. What does Simon like to do?


[September 2017]

4. What is Simon’s favorite food?


5. What is his favorite color?


[October 2017]

6. What is his favorite animal?

Dragon. (Um?)

7. If he could travel somewhere, where would he go?

Disney World.

8. What is something that Simon is good at?

He’s not good at anything. (Brotherly love right there…)

[November 2017]

9. What would you get Simon for his birthday with any amount of money?

Something that I could also use.

Gabbie’s Answers

[December 2017]

1. What does Simon like to talk about?


2. Fill in the blank: “Simon Says…”

Chicken, Baby, Mommy. (He used to say that all the time…)

3. What does Simon like to do?

Watch YouTube all day.

[January 2018]

4. What is Simon’s favorite food?


5. What is his favorite color?

Red and green. (Used to be!)

[February 2018]

6. What is his favorite animal?


7. If he could travel somewhere, where would he go?

Disney World.

[March 2018]

8. What is something that Simon is good at?

Being cute and funny.

9. What would you get Simon for his birthday with any amount of money?

Whatever he wants.

Simon’s Answers

[April 2018]

1. What do you like to talk about?


2. Fill in the blank: “Simon Says…”


[May 2018]

3. What do you like to do?

Play on Mommy’s computer.

4. What is your favorite food?

Mac and cheese.

[June 2018]

5. What is your favorite color?


6. What is your favorite animal?


[July 2018]

7. If you could travel somewhere, where would you go?

Paris. Just because I’ve never been there and I want to go to the Eifel Tower.

8. What is something that you are good at?

Talking about cars.

9. What would you get for your birthday with any amount of money?

iPhone X.

They know him a bit, I think! Happy Birthday Simon!