December 19, 2017

Tis the Season to be a hostess with the mostess

December has been a humdinger for this girl.
This year I'm just about partied out and it ain't over yet.

December 1st I co-hosted a big party/fundraiser with a good friend of mine.
Was it fun? For our 40+ guests it was a LOT of fun. For me, it was a lot of work. But, we raised some good $$ and that was the goal.
I'm the fundraising chair for our local Night To Shine; A prom for people with special needs (started by The Tim Tebow Foundation. I'm still working on collecting $$ as the prom isn't until February.


On December 8th we had our annual company Christmas party for our employees.  I was able to enjoy a bit more this party....less work for me this night. IT was fabulous that both of our girls were able to join us and the other 90 guests we had. This year we added a DJ to the mix of our 'play' casino games.
The Coach teaching our girls and Lindsay's friend how to play craps. This is good parenting, I swear. 

The familamdingdong


On December 16th we held our annual Christmas cocktail party at our house; this was a lot of fun, but again, the hostess was kinda pooped by the time the party started.  It takes a few weeks to get the house prepped for the party overnight guests (we had 6 guests stay). I think at 50, I'm starting to tire out more than I did a few years ago.

I'm never too tired to give my honey some sugar though.....when my children read this, they'll gag a little bit.

Even Santa knows our parties are not to be missed.....what a ladies man he is!

Some of us....

We had a total of 38 guests....Lindsay was able to come, but Lolo has to work every other weekend. (She will be here Christmas Eve-Squeee!) It was a lot of fun and again....some dancing ensued and I could hardly move my knees the next day because I wanted to Drop it Like IT'S hot and get Low, Low, Low, looooowwwwww. LOL!
Suzanne needs to slow her roll....

Can you believe that both of my (kinda) blonde daughters now have dark hair? Light hair, dark hair, no hair, they're the best of the best! It's kind of disgusting how much I love them. :)

Anyhoo.....I'm pretty proud that I've updated the blog a few times this month; go me!
A few more days till Christmas Eve when we have our big family dinner; I'm gonna try real hard not to wear myself out.

Best wishes to all of my seven  readers! Merry Christmas!


December 11, 2017

This, That and The Other Thing

1) This

A few days after Thanksgiving I finally picked up the wishbone from the countertop and handed one side to the Coach.
Me: Lets do this.
Him: ohhhh, I don't like this because it means one of us will lose.
Me: It's ok, one of us will be a winner too.
We pulled it apart and we both lost.
Go figure.
We're both losers. :)


2) That
I'm finally back in Monarch butterfly business.
Hurricane Erma did a number on my garden and the butterflies that inhabited our yard.
Slowly but surely, my numbers are growing and some mornings I feel like Snow white.....monarchs flying all around me in the garden. It's a beautiful thing.


3) The Other Thing

Do you ever have a moment where you forget to spell the simplest of words? I've written Believe many many times.....but after a full day of Christmas decorating, it was beyond my comprehension.
I had a big giggle at my mistake and called it quits for that day.

I hope you are getting though this holiday season with all your wits about you....but if you're like me, you're completely out of wits and you get by on charm. :)

December 02, 2017

The Thanks and The Giving

Well, it happened.
It's December once again. *Pats self on back for making it another year*

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. All the usual suspects were in attendance with the addition to a few new people who were 'orphaned' for the holiday. There's nothing I like more than feeding orphans.

My Aunt, Uncle and Cuz Patrick drove down from ATL for a few days; it's always a treat to spend time with them. 

Aunt Trisha and Uncle Jim (or AT and UJ as we call them) will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month. WHAT A LOVELY UNION!!!

After dinner these three baristas were in the coffee area whipping up some frapaCappaChino something or other.....

Sometimes I get so excited to see my kids I just want to Nom nom nom on them.....

Thanksgiving morning Lolo strolled in at 5:30 from her shift the night before. She showered, went to sleep and woke up at 1:15 for our 2pm meal. She then got dressed again and left at 4:15 for her next shift. We were so happy to have even a few hours with her on Thanksgiving.
We had about 12 minutes in between our meal and her leaving to take a family pic for the Christmas card. Is it perfect and up to my standards? No, but I'm lowering my standards these days. Having all four of us together at once is a feat in itself.

Growing up, I could never imagine having the Popo at our house on a holiday and someone NOT going to jail. I've come full circle. :)

The Coach got some baby time.... Gosh do babies love him.

I wish I could update the blog more, but I've been a busy bee with some charity work and we have 2 parties that we're hosting this month. December is upon us and I'm rolling with it as best I can. I've got almost all the decorations up and I might shop for my people at some point.....
I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.


November 13, 2017

Giving to others is the best feeling ever felt.

Oh boy did the Coach and I have some good feels this weekend.

About a month ago it was brought to our attention that  there were quite a few families in a rather poor community East of us that were really struggling; this is a farming town with lots of families that work as 'pickers'.
This area has always been known as the 'poor' area; but they were even more devastated after hurricane Irma. We were told that the kids were wearing clothes to school that clearly were not meant for them, shoes that were way to large to be for them.
One of Coach's softball players lives in this area and she was telling him about how some families were down to having so little.
The Coach was touched by this and asked her if she could get us some family names and wants/needs lists from these families.
Well, it took her a few weeks, but she (along with her Mom and some school teachers) came up with 15 families that really needed help.

We got the lists and started asking good friends to help us with this endeavor. We sent 5 family lists to  our peeps on the East coast in Jupiter. The Coach and I took on 6 families and I shared the rest with some local friends/family.

Most people asked for clothes, cleaning supplies, personal supplies. (deodorant/soap/shampoo)
Some asked for beds, as a lot of them sleep on the floor. We were lucky enough to have several beds donated; but not enough. Some got beds, all got sleeping bags and pillows though.

It was a huge undertaking that took weeks to get together before we could all meet one morning in their neighborhood to distribute. Coach skipped practice that morning and most of his girls with parents showed up to help distribute everything. It was what I call organized chaos. We had about 30 volunteers to help get everything moving.

From 8am to 10:30 two truck loads were given away to deserving people.
Most of the children could not contain their joy to receive new clothes, shoes and things as simple as a basketball or doll.

No pics of the families as I didn't want to put them out there on the web.

A few pics of us loading one truck the night before in our garage.

We labeled all the items by family name; some had larger piles than others depending on how many kiddos they had.

I was shocked we were able to get so much in one truck. There was another truck that was full of furniture.

The Coach and I, along with our friends were so pleased at how this all turned out.

For it is in giving that we receive.
-Francis of Assisi

November 06, 2017

It's November for Heaven's sake!

Did you buy your turkey and plan the menu? No? Well, when are you going to put up the Christmas tree?
I swear, every year I say I'm gonna be more prepared and every year I wonder what the heck happened.
I shouldn't be surprised; I've met me before.....I know thyself.

I like to take on a lot and then wonder why I can't get 4,678 things done.

We've been very busy doing some good deeds for others, so my people will have to take a back seat on gifts this year. I've shopped so much lately for some families who really are in dire straits that I'm kinda shopped out.

Sorry familamadingdong.
Will a gift card and some mints from the bottom of my purse do?

Speaking of my familamadingdong. Lolo came over for dinner last weekend. Well, Lolo and her fur child Max. I love any time I get to visit with my girlies. And Max.

Lolo is enjoying being the PoPo. She works nights and is getting a lot of drunk drivers off the road....and that's a good thing. Ain't nobody got time for drunk drivers.
CALL.AN.UBER or keep your drinking azz home.


So, is anyone else feeling a bit of pressure from the upcoming events? If you're as cool as a cucumber, are you on medication?


October 26, 2017


Just prior to leaving for Costa Rica the Coach decided to plan another trip; this one would take place during his (and his BFF's) birthday.

He texted me and asked if I was open for these particular 5 days and after I checked with my assistant and my assistant's social assistant, I found out I was free.

Where are we going I asked? 

The Coach: Belize.

Suz: Belize?

Well, that came out of nowhere.

Turns out we were only flying INTO Belize. We were staying on a small island 30 miles off the coast of Belize.
I suppose that still makes IT Belize, but don't ask me anything about the country of Belize, because I really only saw the airport (small and nice) and this little island.

We flew into Belize City and from there we took a helicopter to our island.
Yeah, I was totally feeling like James Bond or Cher.

I'm not a fan of flying, but being in a helicopter is so much easier than a plane. So, yes, I'm requesting a helicopter for my next birthday.

Plus, the views were breathtaking.

The Belize great barrier reef is second largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

And then you add seeing the Blue Hole  in person. 
WOWZA. It's a large sink hole that is popular with divers; it's over 400 feet deep and over 1,000 feet in width. 

Nope. We did not swim or dive in this area. We did however snorkel all around our little island and saw a lot of beauty.


Don and Kelly with a large starfish. We actually found a lot of these; don't worry, we only took one out for a pic and he was quickly put back in the sea. 

The view from our upper deck.

Our island was really small; actually smaller than our property at home. It held a small home with two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a living area and dining/kitchen.

Kelly and I pretty much stayed on the island aside from one boat trip to another little island bar for a cocktail. The boys ended up going fishing and really enjoyed themselves.

We ate like (Island) Queens and Kings.

The front yard with a dock and helicopter pad. Not too shabby....Actually, it's UNBelizable.

 Fresh lobster caught that day.

 A Belizian sunrise.

One evening we had a rowdy game of Jenga.....the completion was fierce.

We had so much fun and we can't wait to go back.

The ONLY thing that I didn't love was ALL the litter that washed up to the island. Kelly and I did have fun collecting all the different shoes/flip flops. (There was a dedicated staff member who cleaned up every morning though) BUT, the styrofoam was just endless and not fun to see. Ughhh....stop using styrofoam people. IT never goes away.

Coach's Bday.

We kayaked, snorkeled, ate, watched the porpoise play, drank, laughed and truly enjoyed ourselves.

The water was SO crystal clear I could hardly Belize My eyes.

Have any of you ever been to Belize? Going there we thought we'd have to use some of our terribly broken Spanish....turns out everyone there speaks English as Belize used to be a British Colony. Who knew?

October 17, 2017


Just like everyone else on that early Monday morning, we were stunned, heartbroken and sad.

It was just a year ago that we were THOSE music fans, THOSE people out for a lovely weekend with good friends and good music.
We were them, but without the heartbreak, the pain and the sadness.

I couldn't bear to watch the news. It hurt too much.

Our group of eight had a text thread going that morning about how thankful we were that I'd just had that big birthday and that BIG trip....otherwise we would have without a doubt been in Vegas ourselves on that horrific night.

God bless those who've lost their lives and those who mourn their loved ones.

Something has got to change.


September 30, 2017

Traveling and turning the big 50

I've been talking about my 50th birthday trip since I, around 46?
We've visited Costa Rica twice before and I knew it was where I wanted to return to for the big 5 0.

We started the trip details back in January along with 3 other couples.
We rented a fabulous house on the beach in Tamarindo; the house had all the creature comforts....ya know, many bedrooms, a gorgeous pool/spa, gourmet kitchen, a chef and housekeeper, a gym and golf carts for us to tool around town in.
 Unbeknownst to me, my friends brought along lovely decorations and more presents than I deserve!

 We even had our own custom made Yeti's for the trip!

We all enjoyed playing in the pool.....just give us a few beers and balls and we're kiddos again.

The view from the chickie hut looking out to the pacific was magical....we saw a few humpback whales while here. That was a first for all of us. 

And this guy visited us daily. Too bad iguana's aren't that cute, but I never let him know this....surely they have feelings too. 

 We had an excursion one day that included a beautiful Costa Rican lunch and then a boat ride along a river where we saw many crocodiles, howler monkeys and lots of lovely birds. Also, we stopped and saw this gorgeous waterfall. FYI: The Coach and I declared this was the most perfect meal...and it was cooked in an outdoor kitchen/grill.

My sweet friends arranged for a birthday dinner one evening prepared by a local Chef; it was

 They made a lot of these really cute caption cards for us to play with all week.

And they even created these lovely menu cards for my birthday dinner.
Please note, the date is incorrect because we had to move UP the special dinner because of IRMA!

Am I a little angry at Irma?
Why, yes, I am.

Do I love my husband and sweet friends? yes I DO! They made my birthday so special.
This is only the first part of our trip.....It was extended because of IRMA. (there I go, being angry again)

I'll post the second part soon because since I'm getting OLD, I may forget otherwise.