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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Jude

Happy Birthday to my Jude Bug!  He was born on Labor Day six years ago today.   What a six years it has been.  

Jude you are the baby that made me a mommy.  I love you dearly for the joy you bring me everyday.  Even on the hard days your smile and your caring way lightens my spirit.  You are always thankful and caring. 

So Happy Birthday!  Hope you enjoyed your special day.   Cherish everyday you have as I have cherished everyday with you!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Did the Time Go?

Six years ago today Jude was still rolling around in my belly.  Today he started Kindergarten.  How the time flies.  While the times were not always easy and tears were shed by all, it has been the best time of my life. Part of me was sad today with the realization the baby years are gone, but I celebrate the wonderful young man Jude is becoming.

Today is the start of a new journey for our family.  The first official day of home school. The smile on his face melts my heart and warms my soul!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Moms Night Out With Music Under the Stars

If you've been looking at my pics on Instagram or Twitter you saw the great time I had on Saturday night!  My great friend Jen and I headed to Blossom Music Center to see Yo-Yo Ma with the Cleveland Orchestra.  This concert was part of the 2014 Blossom Music Festival.  

Blossom is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra.  It is a wonderful outdoor venue to see concerts in Northern Ohio.  For Orchestra events, you can even bring in your own picnic dinner including wine.  We took the opportunity to pack up some yummy treats including cheese, crackers, fruit, vegetables (some just picked out of my garden), chips, dessert and of course wine which we made into tasty spritzers.

Yo-Yo Ma accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra was simply beautiful.  The Cleveland Orchestra is world-renowned and spending one night listening you'll know why.  The night included an Overture by Bedrich Smetana, Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar highlighting perfectly the amazing talents of Yo-Yo Ma, and finished with Symphony No. 6 by Antonin Dvorak.

Yo-Yo Ma is probably the world's most famous cellist at this time.  His talent is unsurpassed.  The program from the event stated that the cellos he plays are from the 1700's, showcasing the fact that true music is timeless.  

The Cleveland Orchestra still has a few more concert events at Blossom this summer. One of which is the Family FunFest, which will feature family friendly music from the Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz and Frozen. This will be a great way to get kids excited about the orchestra and the arts.  So if you live in Northern Ohio, take the time out to visit the Orchestra at Blossom.  Not in our area, support your local arts and they will keep giving back!  

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chilling with Real Frut at the Farmers Market

So tonight I'm having mom's night out.  Yeah!  So I needed to do a little preparation and get some tasty treats for a picnic dinner.  I figured we could combine my need for shopping with a little family bonding time and have some fun at the Crocker Park North Union Farmers Market.  As soon as the kids heard farmers market, Jude replied "can we get the shook-up lemonade? " What's shook-up lemonade you ask?  Well let me tell you about Real Frut.

Real Frut is company started right here in Northeast Ohio.  They make Shake-ups which are a combination of water, ice, sugar and fruit shaken up like a cocktail rather than mixed in a blender. They are delicious!  We like the Original which is a mix-up of strawberries and lemons. Yum! They have many more flavors including raspberries, blackberries, pineapples and even mango.  

Where can you find Real Frut?  CLICK HERE for a list of events they will be attending or CLICK HERE for a list of all the farmers markets where they set-up their stand.  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are in the area, check them out!

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