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Trekking through life: Faith, family, friends and a whole lot of coffee!

#WIWS, blue eyeliner and more…. June 29, 2014

Filed under: Faith,Family,Fashion,Life,Photos — tracye1 @ 9:53 PM
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Joining up with the lovelies at Fine Linen and Purple for a little Mass-wear edition and some Sunday Funday pics.

And so sadly, I don’t have a full shot of my dress, mostly because I thought I had blogged it and was going to steal it from a previous post and yet…..not so much, but I’ll give you what I got!

My super cute-knee-length scoop neck  and black cardi from Kohl's.

My super cute-knee-length scoop neck and black cardi from Kohl’s.

Fave necklace, fun ring and BOOM blue eyeliner...b/c I couldn't find my brown.

Fave necklace, fun ring and BOOM blue eyeliner…b/c I couldn’t find my brown.

Then we had some World Cup and birthday thank yous going on

Then we had some World Cup and birthday thank yous going on and mango salsa making for fish dinner

then we had some of this going on, b/c great waves for jumping over and under and well worth the itty raspberry on my knee from a poorly caught wave

then we had some of this going on, b/c great waves for jumping over and under and well worth the itty raspberry on my knee from a poorly caught wave

Some lovely snapdragons from our Trader Joe's trip..and some yumminess

Some lovely snapdragons from our Trader Joe’s trip..and some yumminess

lastly.....the 44 yo eyes were kicking in this morning, thankfully better by the afternoon.  OY.

lastly…..the 44 yo eyes were kicking in this morning, thankfully better by the afternoon. OY.

 

The birthday that lasted a Week! June 22, 2014

Filed under: Changes,Friends,Kids,Life,Photos — tracye1 @ 7:50 PM
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Our  youngest turned 11 last week, however, her birthday had the misfortune to fall during a tremendously hectic weekend and so we dragged out a few celebrations in order to celebrate a joyous day, as every birthday should, and to also celebrate with the family in entirety.

  • On her actual birthday, we celebrated in the morning with a giant cinnamon bun from Publix for breakfast and opening of cards and gifts.
  • The next day at Mass we celebrated with a hoot and holler (thanks, Dad!) after Mass during visitor/birthday and anniversary announcements and hot dogs and pool time for Father’s Day at Popop’s
  • Monday, we celebrated with the annual birthday dinner of choice (Chinese takee outee) and family birthday cake (made by joint effort of big brother and sis–Red Velvet delicious!)
    what's not to love about this?  #framer

    what’s not to love about this? #framer

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  • This weekend we finished up with a Mystery birthday Party (gotta love Dramatic Fanatic) and friends….with the men of the house vacating for the afternoon.
    Detective/Suspect Interviews...Who done it??

    Detective/Suspect Interviews…Who done it??

    The final table...thank YOU Pinterest..camp fire flames and s'mores chex mix for the win!

    The final table…thank YOU Pinterest..camp fire flames and s’mores chex mix for the win!

‘Twas a good day that the girls both had a Girl Scout event at the local water park after Mass for a relatively peaceful afternoon .

No complaints, yo!

 

20 years…let’s do it again! June 1, 2014

the young newleywedsI’m still processing a beautiful morning but for my friends and family who couldn’t make it to our 20 year Anniversary Vow Renewal…a few pics.

I have more pics.  I have more words.  Perhaps later this week.  I’ve got lots of words.  After 20 years I’ve got LOTS to say on marriage.  I’m thinking a little marriage series.  Like I said.  Processing.  For now.  You’ve got this.

9 a.m. Mass and BOOM right in the middle….a little vow renewal.  In front of God and everyone.  Again.  Neither of us cried.  Neither of us got the usual hysterical nervous giggles.  Neither of us passed out.  All good.  All.  Good.

Enjoy!

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Last birthday post…pinky promise! May 19, 2014

Filed under: Family,Kids,Life,Marriage,Photos — tracye1 @ 12:00 AM
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T’was a wonderful weekend, always is when you have an extra day, great weather and special date time with  your bestie!

Saturday was a lot of running kids around to various escapades, but I also ended up with a few hours to kill and went thrifting and had a super successful go at it.

Had my birthday dinner of pizza and salad from our fave pizza placed followed by cheesecake for dessert.

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Mass and beach with most of the fam on Sunday.  Followed by burgers and dogs on the grill and more cheesecake (the big girl had a culinary project and DARN IT, we  had an extra 1/2 of cheesecake to eat.  The sacrifices we make for our kids, right?

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Sweetness from the kids and time with Hubs….the year is off to a blessed and happy start!

Have a  great week!

 

WIWS….Birthday thrifting special May 18, 2014

Filed under: Fashion,Photos — tracye1 @ 7:45 PM
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And so with my birthday weekend coming to a close, I’m linking up with the lovely ladies at Fine Linen and Purple and the What I wore Sunday version.

Saturday I found myself with 2 rarities:  money in my pocket (for ME, birthday cashola) and EVERYone else in the fam occupied, so what’s a girl to do?  Thrift!!!

I hit 2 stores I don’t generally go to since they don’t have kid’s stuff and are a little more  high end, but I had cash and no kids so off I went.

Total score:

  • 2 dresses
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 shirt
  • 1 pair of shoes

Total price:  $50, weeeeeeeeeeee, color me super excited!

So, here’s a little peek with today’s Mass outfit!  Enjoy and don’t forget the ladies at FLAP   for more fashion fun!

Last year's Mother's Day/Anniversary gift...most awesome necklace ever from Penny and a Wish and my trust Lia Sofia bracelet (and blooming iris!)

Last year’s Mother’s Day/Anniversary gift from the Hubs…most awesome necklace ever from Penny and a Wish and my trusty Lia Sofia bracelet (and blooming iris!)

Franco Sarto shoes, perfect heel/height and whoa, they match my mulch!  Bonus.  Extra credit my birthday Calla Lilies!

Franco Sarto shoes, perfect heel/height and whoa, they match my mulch! Bonus. Extra credit my birthday Calla Lilies!

 

This dress is super comfy and I love the gathering in the middle, giving me an actual waist....FOR THE WIN!

This dress is super comfy and I love the gathering in the middle, giving me an actual waist….FOR THE WIN!

 

Celebrate: ME!! My birthday post! May 16, 2014

Woman, you lost it.  You’ve got enough candles on that cake to burn down the whole flippin’ house and you celebrate?  Yup.  44 and totally going to enjoy it.  Life’s too short, people.  So, imma gonna seize the WHOLE day. And join in Jen for some Quick Takes.  Because I can.  So, enjoy….my

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  1. But first…

    Let me take a selfie....straight out of bed, fresh cut yesterday...love new 'do...or same 'do, fresh cut.

    Lemmee take a selfie….straight out of bed, fresh cut yesterday…love new ‘do…or same ‘do, fresh cut.

  2. I took the day off today (and so did Hubs) and our sweet little sicky who I blogged about yesterday, had a miraculous healing!!  Woot, woot!!!  Happy birthday to ME!!!  Off to school, my little cherub.  I know, totally crazy and selfish move, right?  Well, that’s how I roll around here as evidenced by the FIRST BIRTHDAY I have ever even taken the day off for (that I remember anyway….things are a little foggy sometimes….send gingko wouldya?).  Anyhooooo, as I enjoyed my morning coffee ofcoffee
  3. I spied this little loveliness on the back porch.
    New plants!  And new pots!!  Be still my heart.  Sweet Hubs.  Totally rocked it!!

    New plants! And new pots!! Be still my heart. Sweet Hubs. Totally rocked it!!

     

  4. Then this:
    chocolate, too???  What the???  He is totally racking up Hubby points, here.

    A card and chocolate, too??? What the??? He is totally racking up Hubby points, here.

     

  5. Of course I still have Facebook to keep up with today (such fun all those birthday wishes, worth holding off purging the list for a while), several early texts and phone calls (since I’m off I can actually talk on the phone today….unless I’m in the pool or riding my bike on the beach…) and then this awesome pile of snail mail to savor later!!
    Love cards.  And presents.  It's my love language.

    Love cards. And presents. It’s my love language.

     

  6. Yesterday at work my awesome work peeps had a chip and dip celebration followed by jello cake topped with cool whip.  Homemade crab dip and Hand chopped with love and claw inducing mango salsa by my bestie work bud!)  Delicious, it was breakfast and lunch….dips
  7. But, lest you think it’s all awesome food, no responsibilities, flowers and chocolate….I’m still a Mama and regular life still goes on.  And it’s all good!!

    In honor of MY birthday, I am showing an act of mercy and doing the boy's laundry.  Told you I am a selfish B....just keepin' it real!

    In honor of MY birthday, I am showing an act of mercy and doing the boy’s laundry. Told you I am a selfish B….just keepin’ it real!

 

Have a great day, y’all!!

 

 

Helping out a friend May 8, 2014

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One of my friends that I grew up with in NJ, has a borderline obsession/love with Bret Michaels and has been to many concerts of his, meet and greets, etc.  She is now in a contest, ending May 16, to have dinner with him.  They are currently on round 2 and this girl……..she’s in the top 6!  Her posts on FB are hilarious and her gifs are getting more creative every day, so I am passing on the ability for YOU to help this sister out and vote.  They’ve changed it up for this round and NO ONE KNOWS who is in what place.  It’s crazy.  You can vote 6 times a day….just open up 6 tabs, hit mute on your speaker and go.  The tab is here:

Dinner with Bret

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