Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blogging Platforms - Need opinions

Hi Friends! :)

I know, I know. It's been awhile. I want to get back into blogging but I really need to revamp my site as due to life changes over the past two years, BrownEyedBell(e) no longer fits me. I have a great idea for what I want to do, BUT, I need opinions on where I should set my new blog up at. What do you prefer? Blogger, WorldPress, LiveJournal, TypePad, Tumblr, Jux, and the list goes on and on and on. Please give me some opinions on what has worked best for YOU!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

AMI Weekend and 12 years

This blog post is a few weeks overdue, but hey, I am trying to get back into the swing of things.

August 14th was the 12 year anniversary of my Mom's passing. And let me tell you, it never gets any easier.

If you have read my blog for awhile, you probably remember that every year around the anniversary of my mom's death, some of my friends and I head out to Anna Maria Island. AMI is my favorite place, and it really helps to spend this time with my girlfriends laughing and smiling. It keeps my mind off of the fact that August is such a hard month for me. Now, come August 1st, I am looking forward to AMI instead of "the anniversary" of my mom's death...Here is a recap of AMI 2011. We didn't make it out there in 2012. But, we resumed our trip this year, and, it was amazing! Here's a few pics from our day trip on Saturday the 10th.

And were off, Anna Maria Island, HERE WE COME!

Hat fun :)

Traditional pose in front of the sign!

Take 1, Take 2

One of the 3 piers on the island

Fun on the pier :)

Pure beauty

And we ended the night at home, with more great friends <3

On the actual anniversary, the 14th, I went to the cemetery that morning to take some flowers, and my friend surprised me with a marble stone he had engraved himself. It was a super sweet gesture! After that I went home and had one of my "nephews" over for a pool party before work. My room mates nephews also came over. Kids ALWAYS have a way of making everything better. We all had fun doing a picnic style lunch and swimming.

The top left picture is the stone my friend engraved. Yellow butterflies remind me of her!

He said he looked like Peter Parker in this picture, LOVE IT!

Action shot :)

So, all in all, I made it through the 12 year anniversary okay with no major meltdowns. I heard the Carrie Underwood song "I will see you again" twice that day, including right when I pulled up to the cemetery, and it brought me to tears each time. Also, at like 2am on the anniversary, I created an Elton John station on Pandora because my Mom loved him, and the first song that came on was "Candle in the wind" which my mom loved. That also brought me to tears. Oh how I love music!

One can get through anything with the love and support of amazing friends and family. I am SO blessed.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sister's Wedding: Deployment style

My sister recently got married to her best friend, and I am OH SO HAPPY for her.

Their wedding, while planned, was a little impromptu as her fiance was also in the process of preparing for yet another deployment. This makes his 5th. He truly is a Hero, and I am proud to call him my brother in law.

Sadly, I wasn't able to make it to this ceremony BUT, you can bet, as soon as he gets home, and they have their "big" reception/celebration, I will be there, no ifs ands or buts.

Thanks to technology I was still able to receive pics of the wedding as it was happening and I was at work. Here's a few of my favorites.

The tenderness of this photo melts my heart <3

My sister's best friends! and that adorable little girl :)

CHEERS to forever

Cake in the face!!

I can't even put into words the happiness I feel for my sister and her husband. They truly do inspire me and remind me that love is out there. Every day people are creating their very own fairy tales.

And she will be right here waiting for him. <3

I have so much respect for military spouses. I can't even fathom what they live through on a day to day basis.