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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 21

Day 21: A Picture of Yourself
There are very few pictures of me since I'm always the one taking the picture and even fewer that I like (who likes pictures of themselves anyway...), but our Honeymoon was so much fun and I thought this picture was funny. This was after a day on the beach - in the sun if you couldn't tell. I was a little toasty (both from the sun and the tequila) and we were about to head back to the ship to rest a while! Image of a fun day, though!
 (link up at Katie's site)

Trick-or-Treat

Happy Halloween

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: Nicknames
I've only had one real nickname - okay, being named Hanna everyone has called me Hanna Banana at one time or another, but that's not my nickname!! Since I was born my father has called me MishMish - it's the Egyptian word for Apricot. I don't know why he chose this name for me honestly, but it is what he has always called me. He rarely calls me Hanna. I also use it online all the time now - my site is MishMish.Org - when I don't want to use my real name online I use MishMish - it's what most of my online profiles say.
Michael has a name that can be shortened. A lot of people call him Mike - I don't!! My children don't really have names that can be shortened. Emma & Aaron. I mean, I've called Emma "Em" a couple of times - but I can't really shorten Aaron unless I just call him "A" - LOL! I call them brother & sister a lot, but I think a lot of moms do that. 
Honestly I really didn't want names tha…

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 19

Day 19: Something You Miss
Well, being a parent there are those typical things like sleeping late, sleeping all night, being able to pick up and go out whenever you want, having no cares or worries b/c you aren't responsible for anyone but yourself...but to have those things back would mean not having my babies and well...then I just don't miss those things! I do miss traveling, though. We go on vacations a lot now, but they are short weekend trips or sometimes week long trips (and I do love every minute of them!!!). I used to travel internationally a lot. I have family in Switzerland & Egypt - I've gone on vacation with friends to Spain & spent spring break my senior year of college in Italy. For now my kids are too young for that kind of travel really - I do want to take them places, but I'd like them to remember the trips, too! I want them to be cultured and see what the rest of the world is like!! So hopefully - this is something we'll get to do again o…

An Award! YAY - thank you TY!

Thanks TY @ Rants, Raves, Ridiculous!!
To accept the Versatile Blogger Award the rules are: 1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass it along to 7 blogs you've recently discovered and enjoy
4. Leave your recipients a note, telling them about the award. So...here are 7 things about myself: I am half Egyptian - my father is EgyptianI grew up in a teeny tiny town...I mean it. TEENY tiny. I graduated with 25 people. I was Salutatorian for the class & my niece was Valedictorian.I come from a HUGE family! There are a LOT of us!I've never ice skated - really, never! I would love to try it, though.I suffer from Migraines - have since I was 4 years old. I've discovered that sugar is a major trigger, so I've pretty much had to give it up. Which is sad, b/c I love chocolate.I have an MBA - went back after being out of college 7 years, but I finished it!!I wish I could make my same salary being a full time photographer - what a gr…

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 18

Day 18: Something You Regret
One thing I have always said I wish I had done was live abroad - either just on my own or as a student. There were great college programs to do a semester abroad & I really wish I had done that. I know it would have been such a rewarding experience and I would have gained a lot from the time. I hope that my kiddos have the opportunity and the desire to do it as well - though I know it would be so hard to be so far away from them. Every time I flew without my parents (even when I was grown & out of college) I could always see the worry on my mother's face. And now that I've had kids of my own (and b/c I saw the movie Taken - Ha ha) I can understand where she was coming from.
Have you seen Taken??? OMG!!!
Sometimes I also regret not continuing my piano lessons...but shhhh...don't tell my daddy that! He always told me that I would regret quitting - and I do!! Don't ya hate it when your parents are right about something?? :) And sometim…

Aaron's Menu - I'm Talking Homemade Baby Food

So...I've been making homemade baby food, like I said before...why, oh why haven't I been doing this all along? Why didn't I do this with Emma? It's awesome & tasty - even I like the taste of it. I taste everything I feed my children - I figure if I don't like it I can't really expect them to either. 
I started with just veggies - mixed veggies - then mac 'n cheese - then chicken - then on to fruits! So basically whatever we're having for dinner I usually set some aside for Aaron (so it doesn't get all seasoned up) and whatever he doesn't finish for dinner I take to the babysitter for his lunch. On the weekends I make big batches & freeze some then the babysitter has some on reserves just in case!
I don't know why I thought this was a grueling process before:
 First off - I love my Pampered Chef Steamer - this is the best thing I've every purchased from PC. I use this almost nightly when I cook dinner. It too easy not to - just …

Look what's growing in our backyard!

Michael is so excited - though I don't know why he's surprised - the man can grow anything!

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 17

Day 17: Something You're Looking Forward To
Yesterday I wrote about our fantastic neighbors & that we try to plan a yearly get-away for all of us...as soon as we came home from our last little get-away togetherwe immediately starting thinking about what we were going to do next year...
We threw around ideas for a while then the idea of renting a beach house came up - turns out a friend of my neighbor's owns a beach house that she rents out & it will more than accommodate our whole group!! Her mother has actually rented it during the summer for the last few years and we've decided that's what we're doing next year. We've already booked it for the Spring!! It's a 5 bedroom beach house that will sleep 18 (there's 14 of us) with its own private pier! I am so looking forward to relaxing at this beach house!!
I found a few pictures online:  Look at that porch - won't it be awesome to sit out there in the morning & drink coffee!?!?  And the kid…

The Monster Mash - Kubeczka Style

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: My Dream House
Any dream house that I can dream up has to meet one general criteria - it has to be able to fit exactly where I live right now!!! I never want to move. 
When we built our home no one lived on our street. There were empty lots & half built homes so we had no real way of knowing much about our neighbors b/c we didn't have any. Well, the Lord truly blessed us b/c we live on the best street - we have the greatest neighbors. 
The two houses on either side of us have quickly become our best friends. One already had two girls when they moved it, but then we all had babies together so we now have 5 little ones all within a couple years of one another - they'll grow up being best friends & the old kids are also now our babysitters as well as friends. We go on family vacations together and have get togethers all the time.  Actually, we have all said that we'll be neighbors at least until our kiddos graduate b/c we don't plan to separate them! 
Bes…

Jacob's 2nd Birthday - A Pirate Party

First off - well done Jamie!! The party was adorable - even down to the Pirates of the Caribbean playing in the background. Nice touch!! All the decorations were cute & the favors & well, just all of it! Especially the birthday boy - he and his sister were dressed up in pirate costumes!

Emma had a great time AND she got to jump on their new trampoline - this was a first for her. She was a little timid at first (as she always is with something new), but after a while she didn't want to get off!! LOL!

There were treasure maps & eye patches as favors and the next day at my parents' house Emma & Anne (friend visiting) went on treasure hunts for the pumpkin that Emma had decorated at the pumpkin patch. She would put on her eye patch and then have to go take a look at her map to figure out where the "treasure" had been hidden! They did this for the longest time - it was hilarious! So - great favors Jamie!!

The birthday boy was having such a great time he d…

Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

Saturday was a busy day - we had errands to run & a birthday party that evening, plus we have wanted to go to the pumpkin patch that is near the house for a while now - so we were up and at 'em early Saturday!! (Update about the birthday party to follow - it was fabulous!!)
There is an exotic animal farm near our house - I've driven past it a time or two, but never paid too much attention to it. I just thought it was someone with an interest in camels & kangaroos and such! Well, our neighbors informed us that they have a pumpkin patch there, too with lots of activities for the kiddos! So, off we went Saturday morning to visit!!
They had tons of pumpkins of course, but they also had a lot of crafts - face painting, pumpkin painting, paper crafts, etc. They also had several photo sites set up to take pictures of your little ones. Now I've mentioned before that lately Emma doesn't want to sit & smile for pictures for me much anymore and when there are tons of…