Tuesday, May 26, 2015


No, I didn't have a baby; however, due to some heath challenges I am having this year I have certainly gained the weight to look like I had a baby.  My neighbor had a baby 9 days ago and she let me take a few pictures of her and her yummy baby. I also got to love all over him too!  Babies are yummy! The smell so good and their skin is so soft.  Welcome to the world little one!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Highlands, North Carolina

When we first moved to Georgia 12 years ago, a fellow pre-school mother told me about a weekend trip she took with her girlfriends to Highlands, North Carolina and how beautiful it was there and what a fun weekend she had. I made a mental note to visit this destination as I am always up for an adventure. I am not sure how 12 years slipped by without visiting this destination, but I suppose one thing or another got in the way of going.  Fast forward to this weekend and it is Memorial weekend her in the United States for those who live abroad this means it is a holiday weekend.  It was also the last day of school yesterday for most of of us here in Georgia. The last pencil was sharpened, desk were emptied, hugs were given and promises of play dates I am sure were exchanged among friends, and with that the next couple of months we no longer have to be up at 6:20 in the morning.  Can you hear the choir of angels singing hallelujah or at least this momma is singing hallelujah as I am truly not a morning person.  After school yesterday the children were met with silly string and a party at the pool followed with ice cream sundae's to boot.  We all went to bed happy and tired.  Our morning was lazy and after filling our bellies with sunny-side eggs and toast we loaded up the car and hit the road.  Sadly Frank couldn't go with us as he has too much work to catch up on and Harris was still fast asleep.  Teenagers become zombies and don't seem much in terms of day of light if they don't have too or at least my teenager is that way.  Our first stop was Highland, North Carolina where we enjoyed a nice lunch at the Main Street Inn and Cafe.  The town is cute, but doesn't offer much for young ones.  Then it was on to Dry Falls which was just down the road.  The hike was easy and my pictures don't nearly to the waterfall justice.  A quick stop at Bridal Veil Falls was next and then on to Glenn Falls which was also pretty impressive.  This hike was a little more difficult but the girls did fantastic and even beat their mom up the hill.  We ended the day with dinner of ice cream at Chick fil A!  Don't judge me, but it was what worked for our family and to be honest we weren't really that hungry for a full dinner as we had eaten such a late lunch.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Picnic in Provence "Corner View Sunshine part 2"

Thankfully this week has been much slower than the last couple of weeks.  I have actually had a moment to breath and even read a book.  I just finished the book Picnic in Provence and feel like I took a trip there myself.  Written by American Author Elizabeth Bard this book is a true story of her journey from New Yorker to living in Provence, France and her unexpected journey to new title of ice cream maker.  This book is witty and refreshing as she shares her struggles as a child who suffered living with a parent who was mentally ill, too being a new mother, and living in a country where no one is fat.  Picnic in Provence is also a cookbook.  This week I have made three recipes from the book: A Soup Au Pistou, Chickpeas and Roasted Peppers, and Saffron Carrot Cupcakes. This book is a little sunshine in ones day.

I obviously didn't read Francesca's note that she would be out of town last week, so if you want to see my first post on Sunshine go here.  Corner View is a weekly gathering - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you'd like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments below, and be sure to visit other participants too.

Monday, May 18, 2015


13!  Winston is 13!  Where did time go?  I know I seem to be saying this a lot lately, but we have had a lot of milestones this year and it seems like yesterday Frank and I just met on Whidby Island, Washington .Here we are now with a second teenager in the house.  Winston is such an awesome kid and I am so glad he is apart of our family. He is our winner.  He is baby whisperer.  He is helpful and considerate.  He is easy going and a peacemaker though he likes to stir the pot sometimes with his younger brother Roman.  He loves soccer and loves a good meal.  He doesn't ask for much.  Most the time you wouldn't know he was here because he is so quiet.  He loves to travel like his mommy and loves history.  He could tell you all about the American revolution or the Civil War.  We adore you Winston.  Thank you for being apart of our family!  You are going to do great things!

We celebrated Winston's birthday first on Friday with a special pre- birthday dinner at Longhorn. This is becoming a favorite tradition between the boys and their dad. Saturday morning he got a breakfast of frenchtoast. We sprayed him with silly string to introduce him into being a teenager followed by cake and pizza.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tallulah Falls

Last Sunday after church, Frank took Winston on a hike in continuing to discover this great state of ours!  He has a goal to visit all 10 of the top waterfalls here in our state.  They went to Tallulah falls which isn't that far from the South Carolina border.  While I enjoy hiking, I am glad I was busy taking Nadja to the airport at it was 90 degrees and to get to the fall you have to climb down a series of 700 stairs.  Not for the faint in heart.  The falls are worth the effort though in my opinion.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Nadja comes to town!

This is kind of old news, but our friend Nadja came to town,  We have known her for 12 years!  She was just 18 years old when she came to live with us for the summer of 2003 and then 19 when she came to live with us for the summer of 2004.  She then came back in the winter of 2005 or 2006. I forget as that was before my blog writting days that now acts as my other half of my brain.  We met Nadja through a mutal friend who asked us if we would be willing to open our home to a young lady from Austria who wanted to further her English and in return she would help us with our children.  It was a perfect match.  My children love Nadja and see her almost like a sister.  I can't believe she is 30 now and works for a major corporation.  She was visiting a neighboring state for a work conference, so she decided to drive on down and visit us.  We were so happy to see her!  Last Friday, we went to Antico Pizza and then we went to see Avengers. Wouldn't recommend Avengers! Not enough dialog in ratio to action.  The movie is just one be action event. Saturday, she came with us to Spielstrasse and then we spent the afternoon with the children at the pool.  After putting the children to bed, Nadja and I watched a movie on Netflix.  On Sunday, I played hookie from church and hung out at the house with her before taking her to the airport.  It was a fun weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Homemade Shrimp Taco's

I have grown up eating Mexican my whole life!  It is in my blood and my children's blood. We could eat tacos about once a week or some version of Mexican food because that is how much we love it! When I was little a taco was just a beef taco, but today it can be made out of chicken, turkey, fish, or shrimp. This Mother's Day I decided to mix it up a little and make shrimp taco's.  I am licking my lips just thinking of them.  Here is what you will need to make them.
8-10 tortillas flour or corn ( I prefer corn)
1 pound of medium size shrimp 16-20 pieces
1 lime
2 Tablespoons of  taco seasoning
sour cream
fresh lettuce or shredded cabbage
red onions
4 ounces of Queso Fresco cheese
1 teaspoon of olive oil

Before making the shrimp, you will want to get all your topping ready such as salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and cheese  Cheese needs to be crumbled in small bite size pieces with a fork.  Now it is time to cook the shrimp. In a saute pan over medium heat add olive oil and shrimp along with taco seasoning.  Cook until shrimp are done.  Shrimp are cooked when the begin to curl into a c shape. Just takes a couple of minutes.    If you are using flour tortillas I like to use these war.  If you have a gas stove you can cook each tortilla until each one just have a little color and tortilla is warm or you can place them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes wrapped in aluminum foil.  If you choose corn like I use than you will need to cook these in oil forming a shell by folding tortilla over with a pair of tongs and removing from oil just as soon as they begin to get crispy.  Now assemble and devour!  My kids loved the change and gobbled them right down.  This recipe serves about 4 people.  Can be served with some spanish rice or a garden salad or perfectly good on their own.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spielstrasse 15 "Sunshine-Corner View"

On Saturday, we attended Spielstrasse which is the end of the year celebration for the German School of Atlanta.  The little kids had a fantastic year and Avery looks forward to going in the fall.  I am so happy we made the decision to return this year!  While it isn't easy to get up early every Saturday every morning German School is home for us and I feel good about giving the children an opportunity to speak a second language.  We were also able to share this event with out friend Nadja who lives in Austria who was here visiting us for the weekend.  My mom and her fried Harold came too! This year we had perfect weather! It was almost too hot!  The children had a blast and the wurst were perfection!  Until next year- Auf Wiedersehen!

Nadja and Frank

 Doesn't get any better than face painted, green hair, and cotten candy.
 My friend Christina and her son!

My mom and Harold

Corner View is a weekly gathering - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you'd like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments below, and be sure to visit other participants too