Aussie in the USA

Spring break is such a blessing.  And it isn’t just for college students. At least I don’t think it should be.

Michelle, my dear childhood friend who continues to put up with me after 20+ years, came home to GB for “Holiday” aka vacation here in the states aka Evan’s spring break 2013.

One of the perks to my job is that I can arrange my schedule to take only 3 days vacation and end up with 12 days off in a row.  Awesome, right?!

This was one of the most unique and memorable spring breaks to date.  I finished up a long stretch of shifts at the hospital while the globe trotters worked out the jet leg.  Then it all started as I got to met Michelle’s 1st born baby boy. Lachlan. Or Lochie.  ADORABLE!  We spent a few days reminiscing in GB, then drove to Atlanta to see Ginny and her family, then hopped a flight to Boston to see Michelle’s sister, Jenny,  and a few other GB turn Bostonians, then back via Atlanta and a 6 hour drive home.

This spring break was unique because it didn’t involve bathing suits and sunscreen but pea coats and scarfs.  Most memorable because for the first time I was able to see my bestie as a new mom!  And the strangest and exciting thing was instead of being surrounded by friends I was surrounded by my friends and LOTS of babies!  Other than Tillman I met all these sweet little faces for the first time during the break.

Lachlan – Michelle’s 5 month old

Tillman – Ginny’s 8 month old

Emily – Jenny’s 7 day old

Gracin (baby girl) – Ansley’s 1 year old

Oliva – Erin’s 3 month old

Lots of babies and great friends. Lots of fun.

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WEDDING DAY! + 2 years

Happy Anniversary to my Patient, Strong, Wise, Hardworking, Loving, and of course Handsome Hubby.

BEST DAY EVER

It seems we are starting an Anniversary Tradition at the ball park.

This weekend Jeff and I spent a weekend in Atlanta and enjoy a Braves vs Marlins Game on the 6th row. Super fun.

Anniversary Weekend 2012

Last Year we spent a weekend in Chicago and had a great time Wrigley.

Anniversary Weekend 2011  

This is good stuff too. 

Thanks to the Hoods for our loved Wedding Pics.

Dolphin Fishing

No we didn’t try to kill flipper. While in the Keys we went with a friend of Jeff’s Parent’s Dolphin Fishing.  Dolphin are better known around here, as well as most places, as Mahi Mahi.  We spent a soil 12 hours on the boat, caught 23 Dolphin, and I enjoyed the best fish taco of my life for the rest of the week (I ate them everyday by choice bc I was obsessed).We had a blast and I managed to get a small about of video to share with you.

Thanks Again to George and Kevin for a memory we won’t forget.

Dolphin Fishing

Summer Vacation ~ THE FLORIDA KEYS.

We finally made it happen. A Vacation!  For Jeff’s birthday, June 8th whoo hoo, we headed down to The Keys for some R&R.  We met up with Jeff’s family who are from Homestead just south of Miami for a week of adventures.  And thanks to Mrs. Marilyn for the photos!

After a 7 hour lay over in Pensacola due to flooded runways we made it to MIA.

Homestead/Miami

The Keys

The next morning we made it to Tavernier where we were staying.

We spent the week soaking up sun, fishing, eating our fill in fresh catch, and best of all spending time together.

A family friend of Bill & Marilyn’s were gracious enough to lend us their beach house for the week.  It was beautiful and right on a canal with was perfect for Mr Bill’s boat. Not to mention its view.

Then we FISHED!! A Lot.

We found this gorgeous spot just boating around the first day.  We caught some mangrove snapper and a few other little things.  But we saw some great wildlife here. Sting rays, Loggerhead turtle, and a bonnet head shark baby. Did I mention it was beautiful?

Then another friend of Bill’s, he has the greatest friends, took us Dolphin fishing.  George is his name, and no he doesn’t hunt Flipper.  Dolphin the fish aka Mahi-Mahi.

Thanks Again, George. You’re the best!!

After trolling the deep blue for a bit we got a bite.  Jeff let me get the 1st one.

We caught 23 Dolphin and Kevin our 1st Mate and George’s buddy filleted them for us! Kevin is a filet ninja!!

Once home and showered we made the best meal I think I’ve ever had. The freshest fish taco of my life!  Lightly fired Dolphin, cilantro lime cream sauce, shredded cabbage, cheese, fresh mango salsa (the mango’s were in tree’s everywhere down there), and chipotle tomato salsa…YUMMY!!

This was so good I ate it the next three nights! And we still didn’t eat all the fish.

I really wanted to do some snorkeling while there so we hook up with a snorkel tour from John PenneKamp Coral Reef State Park.  It was a blast and we saw TONS of sea life.

We saw countless fish, lobster, barracuda (scary), gorgeous coral, and even a shark!

I LOVE VACATIONS and the Keys were Ahhhh mazing!  One last view for you to drool over until your next vacation

Video’s to come.

BEACH LOVE

Hi. I spent the afternoon relaxing at the beach and it was wonderful. Bear was with me and he loved it too.  I happened to have my camera and made a little video for you.  Feel free to whip up a  pina colada to go along with this video.