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Sweet Surprises…

My soul mate and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last month…Although we planned our anniversary trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming together there was a little sneaking around going on with some of the details.  I thought I would surprise my husband by ordering a small version of our wedding cake from a local Jackson bakery.

When we arrived in Jackson our room wasn’t ready so we decided to take a walk around town. Our hotel was right off the town square and everything was within a 4 block radius.  As we walked I began to talk about this bakery I had heard of in Jackson.  I talked and talked about the macaroons they made and I expressed how I just had to have a macaroon while we were there.  We walked until we came to the bakery I had found online. I asked my husband to wait while I ran and checked to see if they had the desired sweet available at such a late hour of the day.  I came out with a little white cake box that held the cake I had ordered weeks earlier. I smiled, he smiled..we walked back to the hotel.  What was really in the box was still my little secret surprise.

We walked back to the hotel with the little cake box.  Our room wasn’t quite ready so we sat in the lobby in front of the big fireplace and looked through a couple local magazines.  The wait wasn’t too long. Finally our room was ready, our bags were taken up and a few minutes later we walked into the most beautiful hotel room.  That’s when I discovered I wasn’t the only who had been planning a little surprise.,,the room was filled with flowers.  Roses, lilies, hydrangea…where do you find hydrangea in February in Wyoming?

It was so sweet knowing that we both had been thinking about making our anniversary extra special for the other by planning, plotting, researching and seeing to a few extra special surprise details.

sweet surprises

The cake was 6 layers of sweet red velvet covered in cream cheese buttercream icing. The flowers were lovely and fragrant…all of my favorites.

white flowers

Cake

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One in a Million…

It is estimated that approximately 3 million people visit Lake Tahoe each year. Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed areas of the lake.  Therefore, I am certain that this photo I took on my recent visit is one in a million

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Travel Theme: UP

 

I am joining up with the Alisa and her traveling backpack…this weeks Travel Theme is UP!

We will be looking UP at the Key West Lighthouse from outside and also from within…

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Check out Alisa at Where’s My Backpack…for the latest travel themes…you just never know where the day will take you.

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Xel-Ha

In 2008 we took a little vacation south of the border…and landed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  We took up residence at the Iberostar, Quetzal all-inclusive resort located on the beautiful Playacar Beach. 

Our visit was filled with food, fun and sun…we swam, snorkeled and parasailed.  We shopped in the small town of Playa del Carmen…and enjoyed the entertainment at the infamous Carlos and Charlies. 

About 4 days into our little getaway we decided to spend the day at Xel Ha. The worlds largest aquarium…if you have ever gazed into a saltwater aquarium and wondered what it would be like…or if you have ever seen the Don Knots movie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet and thought “I wish I were a Fish”,  then Xel Ha can make that dream come true.

Xel Ha is a natural park composed of a group of inlets, lagoons, cenotes and caves.  A low deciduous forest and water system that is a mix of the salty waters from the Caribbean Sea  and fresh water from springs from underground rivers from the Yucatan Peninsula. Xel Ha’s rainforest is home to over 100 species of birds and over 230 varieties of plants, flowers and trees.  It’s lagoon is home to more than 90 marine species.

Xel Ha offers a wide variety of water related activities.  We floated through the mangrove forest…we did a little cave diving…we snorkeled…we hung out in the greatest hammocks ever made…and we swam with the fish!!!  It was like swimming in a giant aquarium with Mr. Limpet.

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Quintessence…

This week’s topic for our A-Z ARCHIVE Tuesday’s photo challenge: the letter “Q”: introduce one photo of your own archive with a “Q” keyword for example Quintessence(like me) or QUEEN, QUILT, QUESTION etc. – get some inspirations via frizztext’s “Q”-Photo-Archive at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/the-q-photo-archive/ – I’m sure you’ll find a picture in your own shoe boxes to scan – tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to my site, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

Quintessence of Quiet…the pure and concentrated essence of the perfect embodiment of  the heavenly bodies of air, earth, and water.

 

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Wishing I was Here!

For the past 3 weeks I have been consummed with contacting, training and assigning over 200 volunteers to help out with the Welcome Ministry during our 7  Easter services.  It is such a blessing to have so many individuals voluntarily offer their time to help with “the chores” at the church.  These volunteers greeted, served and seated over 7,500 people.  Some of them served during every service…and they did it with a smile on their face and joy in their heart. 

The Church Leadership team has given the staff today off as well as an additional day that can be taken before the end of the month. 

Today is a day of rest…my body needs it…my mind requires it…my soul desires it…Wishing I was back here…in this Hammock…enjoying my day off!

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “H”!

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A-Z Archive: N! Challenge…NOLA, New Orleans!

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “N” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “N” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

This picture was taken on a weekend trip to NOLA in August of 2011.  We were standing on Royal Street looking East towards the Business District located on Canal Street.  It is a great contrast of the 1800′s Spanish influenced architecture and modern New Orleans

Some of my favorite things about NOLA are the balconies,

the alleyways

and the courtyards…not to mention all of the great live music and delicious food!

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A-Z Archive: E! Challenge

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “E” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “E” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

A-Z Archive: E! ChallengeExcitement, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm, Exuberance

A-Z Archive: E! Challenge...Excitement, Enjoyment, Enthusiasm...

 Durango Mountain Resort…Lower Styx…E! Challenge

The A-Z Archive: E! Challenge Trackbacks….

http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/e-challenge-etegami-wisdom/

http://jullianeford.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-z-archive-e-challenge-evergreen/

http://withoutstringstied.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/weekly-a-z-archive-e-challenge/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/eyes/

http://2e0mca.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-z-archive-e-challenge/

http://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/exercise-equipment/

http://wp.me/p25HJs-6U

 

 

 

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Victorian Country Charm…Texas Style

The hubs and I took a little road trip this past weekend.  He managed to find us a Bed & Breakfast with  Victorian county charm…Texas style.

I have wanted to stay at a B&B for sometime, but the opportunity never really presented itself.  This past weekend the chain hotels were either booked or asking $199 per night.  The hubs found this out-of-the-way B&B for $116 per night.  It included great company, an evening dessert and a wonderful homemade breakfast.

Check out where we stayed…

Victoria Country Charm...Texas Style

We were greeted by the home owner Patty and her companion Scooter…

Victorian Country Charm...Texas Style

We were welcomed into a Victorian wonderland and quickly introduced to the other man of the house, Patty’s husband Bobby.

Victorian Country Charm...Texas Style

Patty is a retired teacher and Bobby is a retired football coach.  They are the most delightful couple.

Victorian Country Charm...Texas Style

This beautiful B&B sits on 20 acres in the east Texas town of Edgewood.  Edgewood is just north of the town of Canton, Texas.  Canton is home to one of the largest Market Days in Texas.  Canton Market Days is held the weekend before the first Monday of every month.  There are hundreds of vendors that carry everything from vintage americana to homemade arts and crafts.  If you ever find yourself in East Texas and in need of a place to lay your head…I recommend the Victorian country charm…with Texas style of Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast.

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Louisiana Swamp Tour

Louisiana Swamp Tour

This past weekend was the family reunion for my Mom’s side of the family.  There were 37 family members and friends in attendance.  We began our reunion day with a Louisiana swamp tour.  The weather was cool and breezy which was great for us but it limited the wildlife experience. 

I grew up in swamp country.  My paternal Grandparents raised 9 children on the bayou we toured.  I played with my cousins, fished and crabbed on the banks of Bayou Manchac.  The tour company was doing a brisk business on this October weekend.  It was great to see so many people taking an interest in the bayou way of life. 

There were alligators aplenty but the stiff breeze kept the birds and water fowl hidden from view.  This was a bit disappointing because Louisiana is called the Sportsman Paradise and is home to hundreds of different bird species. 

Here are few pictures of our morning spent on the bayou…As I mentioned there were plenty of gators for the tourists.  The alligator found in Louisiana is the American alligator.  It has remained almost unchanged since the Cretaceous period. Louisiana has the largest alligator population.

Louisiana Swamp Tour...American Alligator

There are an estimated 1 million alligators living in the Louisiana swamps. The American Alligator lives in freshwater environments such as ponds, wetlands, marshes and swamps.  The American alligator will grow to be an average of 13′ long and weigh as much as 800 pounds.  Large male alligators are solitary territorial animals. When a female alligator is mature enough to reproduce she will build a nest of decomposing vegetation during the summer months.  The decomposing vegetation creates heat and the heat inside the nest determines the sex of the alligators.  The mother will defend the nest from predators and assist the newly hatched babies into the water.  The babies will remain with the mother until they are about 18 months old.    Smaller gators like the one in the picture are more tolerant of being in close proximity to other gators.  However, the larger alligator of the group will defend prime territory. 

 The jaw muscles of an alligator are extremely powerful.  However, the muscles that open the jaw are much weaker in comparison.  An adult human can hold an alligator’s mouth closed with a bare hand.  Alligators main prey is smaller animals that can be eaten in one bite. Alligators are typically timid creatures and will avoid humans.  However, when humans feed animals in the wild they begin to associate humans with food.  This will eventually will cause the animal to lose its fear of the humans and can become a greater danger. 

Our swamp tour was on Bayou Manchac near what was once the fishing village of Frenier.  Frenier was a fishing village that during the late 1800′s grew to be home to more than 300 residents. The black storm (hurricane) of 1915 destroyed the village and killed most of the residents.  The survivors soon abandoned the village.  Today Frenier is home to 75 full-time residents and 12 part-time residents.

Louisiana Swamp Tour

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