Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Today is bitter-sweet.....

Today, the NAVY bussed my son to Jacksonville for 2 days of testing. Bitter-sweet you ask? Well, I have an 18 year old son that just DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO! Sad, but true! I just pray that he has the knowledge and strength to make an informed decision about his future.

I always dreamed of him going to college and pursuing what I thought he loved, drafting. Guess I was wrong about that one!

I'm terrified on one hand, but have to admit.. I feel much relief, because I know this boy will soon become a man. He needs guidance and discipline, and he WILL get that there.

I'm am waiting by the phone, just to hear how his first unofficial day went!

If your reading this, please, take a moment and pray for my son. Pray that he is given the wisdom that he needs to make the right choices!

God Bless....

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sweet endings!

Well, after 12 beautiful days away from the daily grind... I thought it would nice to have a sweet ending! Christmas decorated strawberry cupcakes! Yummy! Chef Kylie was in charge of the bakery. She picked how each cupcake would be decorated, and who would get what! LOL She even delegated mommy as the dishwasher! Yikes, she is getting way to smart! LOL I didn't mind, anything to see my baby smile!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Vacation, it's all about fun... right? Well, Kylie has been begging forever to go on a train ride. I Googled train ride Florida and came up with this way cool dinner train located about an hour and a half away in Eustis, Florida!

Kylie got all dolled up to go on a very special train ride. One that mommy had to convince the receptionist and manager that she would be nothing less than perfect, that was an all adult dinner ride.

We loaded up the car, grabbed our googled directions and headed for Eustis. What a long ride. But in the end, soooo worth it. We checked in at the Magnolia Street Train Station and the excitement started! Kylie wanted photographs taken as she had plans to scrapbook her soon to be, memorable, "first train ride eva"! LOL

We first met MR THOMAS, one of the train ENGINEERS. What a pleasure he was. He took photographs with Kylie and spoke with her as she was just a little adult. (I was so proud of her and her manners..yes sir, yes please!) MR NEIL popped out of the train, he was our CONDUCTOR! Kylie was so excited, I really don't know what the child was thinking, all I could see was a big ole grin on her face and her eyes were going everywhere. I could tell she was in awe! MR NEIL was so kind as well. He was very welcoming... Here's a picture of Kylie with them both.

We got into the train and went into the lounge car. I believe this car was called the Illinois. Quite relaxing. After a few minutes, the CONDUCTOR came in and said dinner will be served in the dinner car, please join us! WoW, the excitement was on!

This was truly first class dinning! We had a four course meal over the course of 3 hours! It was so yummy! DH and myself had the ribeye, Kylie had the chicken! Next time, we are going to try the seafood stuffed tilapia! We kept hearing the folks behind us ranting and raving about how delcious it was! Here's daddy and Kylie eating the delicious crab cake appetizers!

What a wonderful experience for Kylie. It was nothing less than perfect and I am so thankful from the bottom of my heart to each person on that train for making our experience a beautiful one! We got to walk around the entire train, we visited the dome car, the sleeping car and 2 lounge cars. After dinner, we went the the rear of the train and looked at the "silver tracks" and listened to the beautiful sound of the train rollin down the tracks, clickety clack...clickety clack!

THANK YOU INLAND LAKES RAILWAY FOR allowing us to participate on that wonderful train ride Saturday night! MUAH!!!!

Friday, November 23, 2007


va·ca·tion (v-kshn, v-)
1. A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee

Ahhh, yes! It is vacation time! Typically, we travel somewhere for our vacation. This year, we are staying at home. We are vacationing in our own back yard.

Last night, we had a campfire. Relaxing, beautiful and lots of marshmallows!

We will hang Christmas lights today, go for a four-wheeler ride back in the woods and who knows what else! Miss Kylie wants to break the tent out and have a camp out...we shall see!