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Happy New Year 2014
Posted by Tina on Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 01:38 AM
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Family News Tina writes " The New Year of 2014 has begun! To all my family, relatives, and friends I wish for 2014 to bring you many treasured moments!
The year of 2013 brought my family as well as extended family new job opportunities, new homes, and two blessed events, the Armand marriages. These wonderful accomplishments and new beginnings filled my heart with happiness! My grandchildren, Alexa and Paul Andrew, continue to light up my life and allow me to be a kid again. And their hugs just melt my heart.....
I am grateful that my dear husband and I were able to travel to so many wonderful places and also visit family along the way. I will never forget our hikes this year in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Colorado Rockies!
It is now time to say goodbye to 2013 and tuck all these memories away and welcome 2014. Indeed the new year has begun......"

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July 4th 2013
Posted by Tina on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 11:40 PM
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Family News Tina writes " The weathermen all agreed- July 4th MIGHT be the first day of the month of July that it would not rain off and on all day. Definitely not the forecast you want for a beach vacation! And sure enough Monday , July 1st was a washout.... We arrived at Siesta Key , Sarasota on Wednesday joining the Armands family and friends for some fun and sun. We did manage to get in beach time each day but rain showers were the main event in the afternoon. There were lots of waves and even an undertow from the heavy surf but it did not deter Paul Andrew and all of us water lovers! Alexa and I went under using the boogey board when a big wave hit us but she surfaced without a scratch. We flew the Scott Sled kites fashioned out of garbage bags just like those I made back when I worked at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Grandpa got to make the kites this time!! The children had a blast running through an obstacle course and even the Grandmas got into the fun! We used the inflatable pool later to house all the "tickly" mole crabs the kids found at the water edge. And then that afternoon a wild wind played havoc with the beach chairs and canopies!
Fortunately, Dan was able to get off from work this year and was able to enjoy the fireworks on the Siesta Key beachfront. And it definitely was a blast as usual!!"

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Home Sweet North Carolina
Posted by Tina on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 02:29 AM
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Family News Tina writes " When we traveled to North Carolina with Paul and Dan back in June 1999 we said we would not wait another 9 years for our next visit. Somehow we did not make it back until 14 years later! We arrived by plane to Norfolk, Va. on May 28th and spent the first part of our visit with my brother Bob. He drove us around and I got the chance to visit some of my childhood and teenage years stomping grounds. My Catholic School, Christ the King, had new additions but most of the school was as I remembered. Ocean View Beach where my girlfriends and I hung out was all updated with the removal of all the old beach properties. In the evening my brother Bob took us to some delicious seafood restaurants and obeyed my rule of no cooking on this visit!
We rented a Ford Taurus and headed south to the Outer Banks. We first visited Hatteras Island and enjoyed talking to John Couch. I worked at his family's gas station and tackle shop in the summer of 1973 before starting my freshmen year at Virginia Tech. That summer I was already deeply in love with my husband of now 39 years. We had first met in June of 1972 at the Cape Point Campground where the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is located. Memories, memories..... The next day we then drove north back up to Kill Devil Hills where we stayed on the Atlantic Ocean beachfront. During our 3 day stay we visited Roanoke Island- both Wanchese where we lived for 13 years- and Manteo where we both taught at Manteo High School. On Roanoke Island we enjoyed visits to the Ft Raleigh National Historic Site where I worked several years and the Roanoke Island Aquarium where I volunteered. Of course I had to visit Wright Brothers National Memorial where I gave countless flight room presentations . It was great seeing Darrell Collins who started working at Wright brothers in the late 70's as well!
Highlights of our visit where spending time with my brother Bob at Virginia Beach and seeing our friends, coworkers. and past students. John Couch of Buxton, George and Elena Gundaker of Wanchese, Bett and Jim Beasley of Manns Harbor and all of Gene's students that joined us for dinner we truly feel blessed for all the fond memories we shared during our years on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as well as the new memories from this visit....."

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Mother's Day
Posted by Tina on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 01:49 AM
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Family News Tina writes " Dad and I drove over on Saturday, May 11th to visit all the family in Miami. The week before Paul,Gloria and the grandkids went on a Disney Cruise with Gloria's family and close friends. It was fun seeing all the cruise pics as well as Paul's unbelievable close encounter video of a green sea turtle! I could not believe how long he stayed with this sea turtle!
Dan ended up driving over to Miami to join us when his overtime work was cancelled and on Mother's Day I was with 2 of my 3 sons. Not to forget, Dave called me and we had a nice chat. We had a great time at the Armand's on Mother's Day celebrating with a cookout. It was a hot day - yes the summer heat had arrived- but then that means summer vacation is just around the corner!!

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Winter-Spring 2013
Posted by Tina on Sunday, May 05, 2013 - 10:02 PM
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Family News Tina writes " From the lack of entries ( since December) one would think I had not one interesting or fun event to discuss or I was just too busy ( a lame excuse). So, on this beautiful Cinco de Mayo day, relaxing by my lovely butterfly garden, I will finally
January 1st rolled in quietly and for most of the month it was mid 80's and definitely not sweater days. Great for snowbirds but not for me- grumble, grumble.
Katie's wedding shower was a fun-filled event on January 13th. It was a beautiful day and Yoyi as always outdid herself. The guests loved the 50's Housewife Theme-
the 50's magazine illustrations posted on the white door were hilarious as so our comments we posted! On a different note Yoyi displayed a variety of photos of family members depicting special events and weddings that took place decades ago in Cuba. It was so heartwarming sharing the family history.... And then there was the pink stove on display ! In all my life I never knew that pink ovens existed!
February 2nd arrived and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means an early spring. Well that groundhog got it wrong. Winter kicked in to gear and not just in Florida. My spring break in late March had daily lows of the upper 40's! And just 4 days ago on May 1st Denver got several inches of snow! On February 16th we celebrated Karen's birthday, our wonderful neighbor across the street, with her friends and family. We had lots of fun and stories to share... The first part of March Karen and I took a sewing class to learn how to sew with knit fabrics. I want to teach Alexa one day how to sew. Her Dad when he was
a small boy learned to do cross stitch and needlepoint!
Katie and Eddy's wedding day arrived on March 16th. Just like Paul and Gloria as well as Dave and Lori's wedding days you could not ask for a prettier day. Katie was beautiful beyond words and indeed one could not find a more beautiful or handsome wedding party! Alexa , our beautiful princess and Paul Andrew our handsome prince were unforgettable in their wedding finery..... The reception was a spectacular event celebrating the marriage of a very special couple we dearly love-Katie and Eddy.
On April 20th Gene and I did our Earth Day participation at Estero High which we have done for many years. The native plants are flourishing that my students and I planted over a decade ago but there are still problem plants we have to
keep under control. On April 26th we watched the EverBlades play ice hockey- it has been many years since we watched them play but unfortunately they lost in overtime.
I have to mention Gene got a great deal on a ton of flowers and so we went crazy planting them all over the yard. It definitely looks like spring has sprung here in our yard! I also have quite a few tomato plants started by seed back in February- time will tell if I have a green thumb like Gene.....


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