Getting back to it….

I was out of the pocket over the past few days because I went to see my sister and family in Virginia. It was nice to be there, but it wasn’t long enough!! I HATE leaving them behind! My kids LOVE being with their cousins..




And don’t forget THIS sweet face…

20140805-200827-72507788.jpgThe LAST of the cousins!

My boys LOVE to travel! They are like me…they have the TRAVEL BUG!!


We left Tampa to Reagan National Airport. SN: If you EVER have the Jet Blue! From the ticket counter to the on flight crew..EVERYTHING about this airline was AMAZING!! They have gained a customer for LIFE! I have never had such a great experience with an airline is a LONG time!! My Dad worked for Pan Am and I have been SPOILED regarding air travel. They set the standards HIGH at Pan Am! Well…Jet Blue is my 2K14 Pan Am! I hope you get a chance to fly them!!!๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

I’ll fill you in on our adventures…..

Ever heard of Haymarket,VA ? (Part 3)

Ok…last day in Haymarket. The last morning was finally PERFECT for a run! I didn’t do ANY runs because of the horrible weather in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings!! So after I had the pleasure of walking my nephew to school, I took off!



20140616-220506-79506793.jpgMany views in my sister’s neighborhood, Dominion Valley BEAUTIFUL, huh?


20140616-221100-79860342.jpgI was only able to get in a little over 2 miles but it felt GREAT!!

Later in the day, I was able to go see my nephew at school to have lunch with him. I’ve never done this…even with my own children because of work #badMOM
It was so great! I’m going to make sure I try to do it with Aidan this coming school year. Second graders still think that’s cool….


20140616-221759-80279922.jpgWhat a CUTIE my nephew is!! A smart like NO business!! I have to study just to talk to him sometimes!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had a fantastic time in Haymarket! I hated leaving my sister and the rest of my family behind! But I am lucky and BLESSED that I get to come back again in July. Counting the days…โค๏ธ

Ever heard of Haymarket, VA? (Part 2)

….On to day 2 in beautiful Haymarket! It was still a VERY rainy day but I was with my family, so I really didn’t notice too much! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Day 2 came with a nice surprise because I was able to see my ONLY niece graduate from Pre-K. She’s our “rose amongst the thorns”…you know…the ONLY girl in her immediate family (she has 3 brothers) and the ONLY girl of all the cousins (I have 2 boys to add to the mix!).

20140615-092501-33901402.jpgOur “rose” with my mom, dubbed “Grandma Sunshine”

It wasn’t that long ago that Aidan was graduating! Hell…it feels like yesterday that Julian graduated from Pre-K! It does seem like time flies…..

Still didn’t get to run because of the weather. My sister thinks I’m nuts because I’m on vacation and workout. I HAVE to do something so I may enjoy the food and DRINKS that I will partake in! #sorrynotSORRY
Am I crazy? Yes
Am I a tad bit unstable? Why…YES! But I am comfortable in my insanity! It works for me!๐Ÿ˜‰

Last day in Haymarket tomorrow…..

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there! I am very blessed to have a wonderful Dad

20140615-165720-61040279.jpg Dad and I at Texas de Brazil (Tampa,FL)

…and a wonderful husband who is a wonderful father to our sons…


20140615-165953-61193352.jpgThank you for all of your love and for showing our young men how to be GREAT men.โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

Ever heard of Haymarket, VA??

I am just returning from a GREAT trip at my sister’s in Haymarket, VA. Never heard of it? Neither did I until she moved there. ๐Ÿ˜‰. Come to find out it has a rich history dating back to the Civil War Era. It still has that small town feeling amongst today’s “hustle and bustle” of busy people.

My trip was for two purposes…obviously to visit and catch up with my sister

20140614-102615-37575349.jpgThat’s is from Thanksgiving 2013 in Haymarket

…and two, to see my brand new nephew!!

20140614-102804-37684283.jpgMeet 3M’s newest member, Gavin!! (born in May)

I was EXCITED to meet him!! My boys are 13 and 7, so it is really nice to see, hold, and smell a baby! No…before you even ask..I’m TOO old and poor to have another kid! Remember…I JUST turned 42!!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ (I don’t think there are enough emoticons to express THAT!!)

This was a trip SANS children, so even MORE of a reason to be happy!! The weather was not conducive to a mini va-cay.. but I do make the best of it!!

Got to eat some great places and First up….

Lion and Bull Restaurant. It’s a cute pub around the corner from where Mo (that’s my sister) lives.

20140614-105917-39557153.jpgChicken Tortilla soup was to DIE for and I only wish that it was a bigger bowl!

20140614-110014-39614953.jpg Mo and my mom had the chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens! Usually I’m picky about those kind of salads but this was GREAT!! The right mix of chicken with mayo, onions and celery. #YUM

20140614-171138-61898282.jpgSorry for the bite!!! I had the Buffalo Grilled Chicken wrap (86 the Buffalo sauce). It had provolone cheese and lettuce. Works for me!!!

I didn’t get to run because it was RAINING! (ie NOT conducive to vacations!).

That was Day #1….

Tomorrow…Day#2 and #3 of my visit to Haymarket.