The Last Supper..

Oh Our final night of dining... I had by then gained 16 lbs during the Summer which will be very apparent in the photos, but who cares... Life is good.. I will lose it when the misery kicks it.. I couldn't WAIT to go to this particular restaurant as my husband raved about how great the food was after dining during a business dinner...


Click here for the Dinner Menu

Again, we arrived very late in the evening..  The Valet guy was very pleasant but something just seemed off. There was a very pungent fishy smell as I walked towards front door. "Fooo!!" I said to Trevor.. "Good grief I know it's a seafood restaurant but they needed to put a Glage Plug Ins or something at the entrance." AS we entered, we were not greeted in the lounge area but instead we had to peak to see whether someone was there (bad impression number 2).. We were then brought in and shown all the different types of oysters from around the globe in this huge glass case then we were seated. ( That was Impressive)
We were escorted to our table...

It's time to change tables..

Lord, I could go on and on but I am getting agitated with all the negativity I have already typed so I will just give little tid bits.


Fall is sooo Yesterday.....

BBW Logo

Oh My Goshhh...... Oh My Goshhhhh...... I haven't even blogged about Fall.. The BEST time of the year in Tampa... but..... I couldn't WAIT to post about the yummy new mini candles for the HOLIDAY SEASON now available at Bath and Body Works ONLINE ONLY... (In stores October 3rd)...and they are

3 for $5 !!

Spiced Apple Toddy

Candies Sugar Plum

Merry Mistletoe

Dark Chocolate Mint


Marshmallow Peppermint

Winter Night

Cranberry Pear Bellini


Little Yummies Next Page..


Simple... "It's Love"

I wish God took video clips of people's lives and had a website where we could subscribe to view the courses of their lives.
I wonder at what point in a married couple's life that they experience that feeling of complete comfort with being in each other's company where nothing has to be said or implied.. It's no longer work.. It's just peace, solace, happiness...
Some things are not fair in life... Like when a couple who has been married to each other for over 60 years soon experience the loss and grief of one passing away... It should be in God's plan that they both leave this earth together...

I wonder if my husband and I will have the opportunity to look at our wrinkles together with whatever technological item that will be around that time.. But most importantly, I hope he will still want me to drop my dress and see my "boobies" at 79..
Thank you Bruce and Ester Huffman for showing us the purity of true love...


INVALUABLE Thanksgiving...

......It's Friday evening after the good news of the tests results among other things I will mention later... Brio closes at 11:00 pm on Fridays.. We left our house at 10:15 pm for our 40 minutes drive... Had to call our girl "Heather" at the bar to place the order before the kitchen closed... Never ran so quickly in heels...

                                                    Wow.. We made it... I'm dizzy!!!

INVALUABLE Birthday Gift....

Sooooo, to conclude my birthday celebration, there was one more important gift that I had to receive.. Remember in my earlier post here where I spoke of the importance of a regular pap smear, well it was time... I had to wait over a month for my appointment, but the time had come..
This year, I have been having the strangest of thoughts ..


Summer Dreams Part 3 (Nostalgia.)

... and so our little Summer escapades continue.. "Ma, are you still alive? You have to sleep Ma when the Logan finally falls asleep!.. I am not 17 anymore.. You don't have to wait up.."

So after our little evening rendezvous for my Birthday, we decided that we wanted to make another escape somewhere nearer as my mom got me so nervous after we returned.. You see, we could only leave the house after all three boys have fallen asleep.. There is no way my poor mother could handle them on her own, but apparently Mr. Brandon decided to wake up in the middle of his sleep to search for us. While my mom decided to have her momentary shut eye, he bursts into her room, all the lights blazing throughout the house, pulling her from her bed to come upstairs with him.. Logan is at this point latched onto her like a koala bear... Poor lady is in a panic because she has no idea what Brandon wanted.. This is just after our attempt to go the movies a couple of weeks earlier.. Our first movie getaway together in yearsssss!!!!!.... Here is what happened..


Summer Dreams (Part 2)

....So the Birthday celebration continued, and to continue the trend on focussing on myself, I decided to have, for the first time, a birthday party just for us..
The Family..
I didn't want the stress of overly cleaning..
The anxiety of making sure all the delicacies are presented perfectly...
The fear that people aren't enjoying themselves or if one of the kids poop to be fearful of the embarrassment of the smell..
Brandon having a tantrum because of the presence of too many people or him in isolation from the chaos..
I wanted to Dance Dance Dance... (Why don't people dance at parties here?)
I just wanted to have fun, fun, fun...

This year Father's day fell on my birthday, so it was like Christmas morning.. I had purchased a couple toys and supplies for the kids to keep them preoccupied during the Summer which we also wrapped. My first two sons have always loved the thrill of a birthday party... Dylan always believes he is going to get a "Surprise" as he calls it which are DVD's.. and Brandon is thrilled with confetti, streamers and balloons.... Logan is happy with cake... and Trevor, well he is my biggest kid.. he is just happy that there is a FOODDDDD!!!!! hahahaha.. Poor guy...
.. I didn't want much for my Birthday this year as I had to wait another 2 weeks for my most important Birthday Gift ( Upcoming post).... I wanted it to be whimsical, colorful and just all round Happy... How do you think it ended up.. You be the judge..


Finally.... ZARA.. finally......

So excited about this!!!!!!...
Ok.....I was first introduced to Zara several years ago on one of our many trips to Orlando with the children, but at the time I was not really interested in purchasing beautiful pieces as I rarely left the house to go places where I could adorn my tired self with such elegant pieces... Come on... Could you imagine me with classic pumps buying Almond Milk and diapers at Publix? Please.... However, when we moved up to the Tampa area about 3 to 4 years ago, while strolling through the International Plaza, I happened to be brave enough to walk in to browse at their items.. Beautiful.. Timeless.... Classic pieces....and the price!!!... Really... Beautiful sequined blouses under $40!!!! Shirts under $20!!!!!... Timeless Jackets under $100!!!!.. Oh Lord!!!!!! and their Large and Extra large FIT ME!!!!!!
Whenever I would jump in my car for my 40 minute drive to purchase a bag or pair of shoes I was salivating over online the night prior, but the time I got there, it was sold out!!!! Sniff Sniff... That was about $20 gas for nothing.. Way way way... 

.......UNTIL NOW......

As of tomorrow, SEPTEMBER 7th, 2011..... You could shop online at ZARA... I am soooooo excited!!!!!! All those delicious bags and shoes that they only receive one or two of per store at a time, I could purchase at the comfort of my home and so could you... Yippie Yah Yo!!!!!
Here are a couple accessories I have purchase within the last six months... Clothes you will see throughout other posts...


Summer Dreams...

                               Hello There Strangers!!!

How long has it been? Pretty much feels like an eternity.. I never predicted Summer would have come and gone and I would have created perhaps 2 or so posts.. It's times like these that we truly find the humor in the saying "When we Plan..God laughs".. This was an EYE OPENING 3 months for me... My mom was here for the entire duration.. MY plan or should I say hope was that she could perhaps watch the kids while I get many things I have been dying to accomplish done, but this life of mine is not for the faint of heart... My mom has been suffering from Macular Degeneration for the past 10 years which is rapidly deteriorating but she has sight in one eye right now which is what she is holding on to. Pretty sad for a woman who has always been so active and creative all her life.. but I will speak of my mom in a separate post in the near future..
The beginning of the Summer was rough. It began abruptly for the first two boys and they were not at all happy being at home.. No matter what I tried to engage them in, they were always bored ( sounds familiar?)...Until my Birthday...
This year I turned the big 3-5 and for almost a year I thought that I would have this swanky cocktail party at a lovely restaurant.. but as the time quickly approached, I realized that I wasn't quite prepared, so last minute, Trevor and I decided to go out to dinner, we would have reserved a couple seats for friends and it would be simple and intimate.. Well, everyone I called told me they couldn't make it which was actually a shocker considering I have always had parties and people had always come.. and whether it be me and/or Trevor always try to show up when invited.. Was this a joke? Was there a surprise brewing? Perhaps when I showed up they would be there... Well, my mom was able to hold on for dear life and watch the kids for a couple of hours while my husband and I prepared to go out to what was supposed to be my "adult" celebration.. During the car ride, I uttered to him "Is there going to be anyone?" he said "No baby, I am so sorry.. but I have a surprise for you, I got you the license plate you always dreamed of having for a community where you lived"....My heart dropped and it was at that moment... at THAT particular moment, I realized that this Summer, I was going to focus and invest my time once and for all on the two most important relationships in my life.. My relationship with Myself and My Husband and that's where the adventure began.. Here is part ONE of my "Birthday Gratitude Celebration".. at Brio..