Happy Birthday Ella

Happy 11th Birthday Ella!!

Today you turn 11. 

It doesn't seem like 11 years ago you entered the world at dawn, in a flower garden with only your daddy and I there. It was magical and will always be one of the BEST days of my life. This is your first photo with your daddy and your big sister Haley. You two love each other so much. You truly are the best of friends and it warms my heart to see how much you enjoy being with one another. 


At your first birthday party you were so happy. Ronin joined our family only a few days later and your world got turned upside down. 

Now at age 11 you LOVE all things nature. You love to be outside. You love the ocean, swimming, fishing, and you are ALWAYS up for an adventure. 

I can't wait to see what this next decade of your life will bring for you. Your first kiss, your first boyfriend. You'll learn to drive and you'll graduate high school and head off to college. I don't want to think about that just yet. For now, for now I'll focus on you being 11 and all the joy you bring to my life.




Pokémon GO @ Your Tampa Library

Pokémon GO has become a phenomenon in less than a week!! Prior to Pokémon GO I was not a Pokémon fan. Key word....PRIOR. 

After downloading the app and playing for a few days, I AM HOOKED!!


My library location, New Tampa Regional Library is a PokeStop. 



Here is a list of other Tampa libraries and what you can find at that location!!!

78th Street Community Library is a gym
Bloomingdale Regional Public Library is a stop
Brandon Regional Library is a gym
Charles J. Fendig Public Library is a stop
Egypt Lake Partnership Library is a stop
Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library is a stop
Jimmie B Keel Regional Library is a gym
John F. Germany Public Library is a stop
New Tampa Regional Library is a stop
Norma and Joseph Robinson Partnership Library at Sulphur Springs is a gym
North Tampa Branch Library is a gym
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library is a stop
Ruskin Branch Library is a stop
Seminole Heights Branch Library is a stop
SouthShore Regional Library is a stop
Temple Terrace Public Library is a stop
Thonotosassa Branch Library is a stop
Town 'N Country Regional Public Library is a gym
Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library is a gym
West Tampa Branch Library is a stop 


Today at the library, I had a wild and crazy Zubat flying right in front of BoB. I don't know which is more odd. The bat or the skeleton. But what is for sure odd is that I had 21 Poke balls and I could not catch this Zubat. Laughing 



Whether it's a Charmander or a Rattata, we want to know what you catch. Share your photos with us! #‎PokeLibrary‬ ‪#‎CatchThemAll‬ ‪#‎PokemonGo‬


I have been so insanely busy. Busier than I have ever been. Blogging has taken a bit of a backseat but I wanted to do a "CURRENTLY" post to keep you all up to date with what's going on with me and the #TamapTrio

Current Book(s): I am currently reading two books. 

These two books could not be more different! I am really enjoying both of them! I like the Katherine book for the pool and beach. The trio have been busy reading, too. Ronin is reading a Minecraft book (big surprise there...NOT!) Ella is reading The Fifth Wave. And Haley is just about to start Fablehaven. On our drive to North Carolina we will do an audiobook and listen to All Fall Down. 


 Current Music: I am so guilty of LOVING the soundtrack to the hit musical, Hamilton. I also have the kids hooked on it. It's really really good. I highly recommend you give it a listen. 

Current Guilty Pleasure: Brach's Peppermint Candy. 

Current Drink: Publix Diet Sweet Green Tea. It's so yummy and has a great pick me up too!

Current Food: I have not really been having a favorite current food these days. I am all over the place. Though I do eat the SAME thing for my work lunch EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. It's really good and I never seem to get bored with it. And it's fairly cheap. I can eat a full meal for under $2. Can't beat that. 


Current Favorite Show: OUTLANDER!! The season finale is TONIGHT!! ACK!! It's going to rip my heart out. I just know it. I've read up to book 5, so I know what will come tonight. 

Current Wish List: Water Rower.

Current needs: To lose weight. Enough said. 

Current Indulgence: Beer. I do love my beer. See above. 


Current Blessing: My family. I know, it sounds cheesy, but it's true. I would be nothing without them. I was able to take the girls with me to the ALA Annual Conference late last month and we had a great time!

 Current Outfit: Right now I’m typing up this post in my Star Wars sugar skull t-shirt and a pair of jeans, and my Fit Flops slip on sneakers. I am really beginning to love these shoes.

Current Excitement: VACATION!!!! The kids and I will have 16 days of BLISS!!! We'll be heading to Asheville, NC for half of that and then spending the other half just hanging out doing Staycation stuff.