Today’s My Birthday

Today is my birthday.  It’s hard to believe I am 45 years old – but it’s true.  It’s probably harder for my parents to believe!!!!

I have lead a blessed life so far and see many many more years ahead.  I am healthy.  My family is healthy.  And my memories are beautiful and precious!  To celebrate, I’m going to share my favorite pictures from the past few years – each one has a story and a special place in my heart.

I hope you are blessed with so many fabulous memories to look back on year after year!

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2015 – in front of Hampton Court

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Lighthouse Beach, Eleuthera, Bahamas

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2015 – Big Ben

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San Gimignano in the mist…taken from my torre bedroom window

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My sister, Becky, and I!

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So much Caprese!

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A gorgeous setting for a wine tasting at Palagetto

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Touring the Colosseum

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It isn’t hard to eat like a local in Italy. Lemon risotto – the most amazing risotto ever!

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Culinary magic!

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In Florence at the most adorable cafe right near the Duomo!

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My hubby and I!

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Cheers – again!

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Fire and Ice…I love this picture!

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Lined up for the toboggan ride! Quebec City, Quebec.

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What a beauty!

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I didn’t know she stuck her tongue out until I looked at the pictures that night!!! Notre Dame in the background.

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Eiffel Tower!!!! 2019

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Sea Lion Encounter, St. Maarten 2019

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June 2018. Shortly after sunrise over Vatican City. I ache for another opportunity like this one….we were high tailing it to our private Vatican Tour so we could barely stop to smell the roses, but man, I wish I could’ve frozen time in this very spot. It was so peaceful and serene.

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Pucker up!!!

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February 2019 aboard the Symphony of the Seas. Sunset while docked off the coast of St. Marteen.

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March 2013. Argenton-sur-Creuse. This was sunrise out the window of our charming 16 century townhouse at the end of the bridge.

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I have a picture of my kids doing this SAME thing in London in 2013. It is fun to recreate special moments in different locations! EPCOT 2019

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Symphony After Dark! Stunning!

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Yes, these were BOTH for me!

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Brother had to get into the action!

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Photo from the top of one of the towers – San Gimignano, Italy

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Try to blend in. Zurich, Switzerland – these are our “Polish faces” – my sister in law is Polish, and she said Americans smile too big in pictures – so this is how we imagine the Poles smile!

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Prickly Pear blossom – so many foods are made from prickly pear – candies, licorice, jams and jellys, beer…you name it! But look at those thorns!!! Tuscon, AZ

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Sagrada Familia – needs no introduction!

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2015 – Barcelona cathedral rooftop. Spain

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Try a new form of transportation….Char and Sable on a Segway tour of the city – in Europe, kids can do many things they aren’t “allowed” to do in the US.

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Atop the battlements of Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George Castle)

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2015 – Outside of Jeronimos Monastery

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Malaga – breathtaking!

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Scooting in Cinque Terre, Italy.

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On board the Anthem of the Seas, moored off the coast of Nice, France.

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Gibraltar – long lost cousins? Oh and behind Kelton in the distance? AFRICA!!!!!

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Cousin’s Trip – Animal Kingdom 2016

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Magic Kingdom 2017 – mom and dad’s second trip to Disney without kids!!!!

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Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Magic Kingdom 2018

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Windsor, Char and Sable – you all haven’t met Sable yet, but this kitty gets around. She even has her own book series in the works!

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Family photo taken by dad. Yes it was cold, rainy and windy – it was April in England!!!

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Kelton’s hair resembled Albert Einstein’s a bit too much!! Madame Tussauds.

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My beautiful rose petal and Hampton Court gardens.

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Mind the gap. We got an Oyster Card and used all manner of public transportation throughout London! I love this shot of Char and Sable!

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These adorable sheep were all over the city and the kids posed with them whenever possible! The sheep were dressed in outfits that represented the area where they stood.

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Monte Alban behind me!

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Seasoned crickets at the market – I tried one and it wasn’t too bad!

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Mount Washington, New Hampshire

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Ossippee Lake, New Hampshire

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Swift River, Kancamagus Highway, White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

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Ossippee Lake, New Hampshire

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The best welcoming committee EVER!!!

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Near sunrise, the island of Oahu, Hawai’i

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Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawai’i

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Sunset Perfection!!!

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Char playing her Ukulele at sunset…so perfectly cliche!!!

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An evening toast to the good life. We are standing on the Old Stone Bridge in Wurzburg, Germany, marveling at the fortification in the background and enjoying a common daily activity.

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Bamberg, Germany

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Our favorite mode of transportation!

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Outside the observatory. It was cold and windy!

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Best bite in the city!

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Gimmewald, Switzerland – 2019

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The happy tourists! Strasbourg, France

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American tourists – Amsterdam – 2020

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Flowers in January. And people say it’s too cold to travel to Europe in winter!

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My handsome date for the evening.

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A canal boat awaiting passengers.

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From the bottom – a look towards the fortress.

 

 

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