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Wordy Wednesday... With A Wink ;) 071719

Wordy Wednesday With a Wink

Hey, there!! Glad you found us!

So, by way of introduction to this new weekly feature, let me say that the "wink" part is because usually, yes, I know... Wednesday is supposed to be "wordless." However, if you know me, you'll realize that not only am I never without something to say, I cannot even define for you the word "succinct" with anything resembling brevity!

Therefore, yes, I will be posting my photography. One, more, several, a bunch, whatever I feel like. Please, you go ahead and do the same!

But also, whenever the mood strikes me (so always), I'll talk about it. Get it?

Let's go!

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Meet Periwinkle! She's the three-month-old kitten I adopted on Tuesday afternoon. Isn't she so cute?!

So now, that brings us up to four cats. I don't foresee getting anymore. She's so skinny! Her mama was a baby herself, dumped in a field behind the house of the lady we adopted her from as a pregnant kitten. Poor baby. Periwinkle is already spayed, microchipped, and has been given two rounds of shots, so she's healthy and well taken care of.

I love her so much already. She was very nervous at first, but now she's learned to defend herself against the dogs (Tapi's poor nose!) and has started eating and playing here. She likes to sit on my shoulder and just chill out.

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Wordless Wednesday: Tapioca Y Paco


In a move of Dogs Imitating Parents, our 5-month-old Chiweenie pup, Tapioca, flops on top of our 2-year-old Chihuahua, Paco, whenever it's time for a nap. She's kind of a pushy, bossy girl, and Paco is very patient and tolerant with her. Yes, definitely a case of Chis imitating Rob and me!


Wordless Wednesday: #SoThatHAPpened! Newest Newsy News...

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All of the following happened on Monday, August 1st, which was an AWESOME day for Team Odette:
Sophia, who was bucked off her horse Lacy on July 1st, had the cast taken off on August 1st. The break, which the pediatric sports orthopedist called "pretty nasty," healed rapidly beautifully and beautifully rapidly! There was even more and more widely distributed new bone growth than was expected on Monday, which the doc said may have been attributable to the immense quantity of milk Sophia consumes on a regular basis. Either way, YAY! When the signature-laden cast was taken off, Doc asked Sophie whether she was keeping it or not. Sophia gave a disgusted look and said, "Please. Throw it AWAY!" She hated that thing more than anything else on Earth. Three more weeks of taking it easy with the now-castless wrist until she can start truly riding Lacy again. Squee!
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Secondly, Tapioca the Chiweenie pup whom we were supposedly "temporarily" fostering for That Black Dog Rescue since May 14th... was adopted. BY US! We fell in love with her very quickly (immediately in my case), and we realized there would just not be any giving Tapi back to the rescue. So now, she is truly a member of Team Odette. We all adore her quirky, silly little self. Even Paco. Unless he's having a snack, and then paws off!
And finally, we got a new-to-us car! Our prior car, a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse, was traded in to Carvana, which is the company through which we purchased "Phoenix." Sprocket, the Eclipse, was so completely sucktastic that we plotted his demise every which way to Sunday and attempted to convince the Carvana delivery folks on Monday to carry at least one of them out, so who knows? Hee. But Phoenix is a 180º-difference from Sprocket, and all of Team Odette are excited beyond words to have her. Even Jack, who just abhors being photographed, trust me.
Oh, and one more thing happened: Since our new dental insurance kicked in that same day (it was a crazy one to be sure), we all had our first dentist appointments in, well, a year. All five of us have notoriously bad teeth, genetically speaking, so it was not a huge shocker when, one-by-one, we each went back and, one-by-one, came back with an abysmal report and astronomically expensive treatment plan. Chloë went last, and when the pediatric dentist came to me and told me that she had a great visit with NO CAVITIES and only needed sealants added, which would cost us $0 out of pocket, Oh, my gosh, you guys. I high-fived everyone right up to God himself. WOOT WOOT!!!
So that's what's new with us this week. What's new with y'all?

Wordless Wednesday: Bucked By Lacey


On Friday night, Rob took Sophia to her riding lesson. She was heading to a jump with her horse, Lacey, when Lacey decided to skip the jump and started bucking. Sophia didn't have her foot properly in the stirrup, and she (in Rob's words) tried playing Superman. She landed on her face and arm. They tried putting her back on her horse, but the arm wouldn't cooperate. Hours later, and x-rays showed a complete fracture of the radius, across the bone and up to the growth plate of the hand. So, she's in a cast for 4-6 weeks and off her horse for 6-8 weeks. She's been "over it" since about 5 minutes after that prognosis was given and can't wait to get back on Lacey again!


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Wordless Wednesday: A New Lease On Lacey

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Sophia decided she was ready to stop riding Buddy exclusively after five months, and she switched to a more challenging mare instead this past week: Lacey! ♥ Welcome, Lacey! ♥


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Wordless Wednesday: Gerblets!

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So that happened Monday morning: Lucy and Chibbikins are parents! ♥


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Wordless Wednesday: Heritage Horse Show

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Day One

This past weekend, Sophia entered her first equestrian show in Plantation, Florida. We arrived around 0745 on Saturday for her first five classes in the Hunters division for Beginning Crossrails.

[Yeah, yeah, this entry is supposed to be "wordless," but rules were made to be broken.]

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The tent where Sophie's stable, Miami International Riding Club, was situated

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Sophie's instructor, Daniela, tying her back number around her show coat.

[She was #398.]

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Almost ready to start warming up

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After a few canters around the warm-up arena, Sophie was ready for her first Beginning Crossrails Flats class.

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Anne-Marie and Meghan letting Sophie and Buddy out of the warm-up arena

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Sophia and Buddy waiting with Meghan, Anne-Marie, Delfina, and Dani

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Waiting to be judged in Beginning Crossrails - Flats

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Next up, Sophie entered the Beginning Crossrails jumping portion of Hunters.

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Sophia and Dani hugging it out after the Medals class

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Waiting with Anne-Marie to find out her standings in the five classes of Hunters she entered on Day One

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No matter what, Sophie was thrilled to have been at her first horse show!

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For Day One, Sophia received two 6ths and a 7th place!

~ ☼ ~ ☼ ~

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Day Two

Sophia watching while Anne-Marie tacks up Buddy

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Dani making sure the stirrup lengths are just right for Sophie

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Remember, Sophia: Heels Down!!

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Walking Buddy, flanked by Daniela and Anne-Marie, to warm up before her next five classes

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After a great warm-up in the practice arena, Sophia and Buddy were ready.

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Pats and smiles for Buddy

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I could tell Sophia was nervous for her second day, but she was all smiles just before entering the Hunters arena.

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She and Buddy took a 5th Place ribbon in the Flats portion of her morning.

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For enormous Buddy, Beginning Crossrails isn't much more than a step over the jump!

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Look at that ginormous grin, greeting Dani for the first time after riding her Medals class! She knew that ride felt great.

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Anne-Marie giving Sophia a huge hug after Sophie learned she took 2nd place (Reserve Champion) in the medals class on Day Two. There were definitely tears for Sophia!

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Letting Buddy-Budster graze in the grass after an amazing morning

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Sophie rigged up her ribbon and medal after we arrived at home. [Missing: an 8th Place brown ribbon]

~ ☼ ~ ☼ ~

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Wordless Wednesday: Sophia's First Equestrian Show


So I'm not quite going to be "wordless" today, because I never am. You guys know.

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Our Sophia, 11, has been taking horse riding lessons at Miami International Riding Club for eight months. This weekend, she will be exhibiting her skills at her first equestrian show. The first things she needed were some bows! These were just the beginning; when I say that I got to work making bows, I got to work, y'all!

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Sophia takes English riding lessons, and she will be riding Hunters on Saturday and Sunday. We finally pulled her show clothes together, with some help from friends, and... ta-da!


Sophia and Anne-Marie, one of the showjumping instructors at Miami International Riding Club

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For the first time, Sophie riding Buddy in her show clothes:

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She's looking beautiful for her first show, no? Dani, her team instructor, Anne-Marie, and Celia at MIRC: We hope to make you proud, no matter the outcome!

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Rob and Sophie giving a little lovin' to Argentina on the way out of the stables Tuesday

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Sophia Lorelei Is ELEVEN!

(I haven't been around the blogosphere for a while, because I've been in intense pain from Fibromyalgia. I'm trying to rally and come back, though, starting with this post in celebration of our youngest daughter Sophia's 11th birthday today.)


















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Wordless Wednesday: Pinto's Farm Visit

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This week, I'm going to be posting pictures from our trip to Pinto's Farm, here in Homestead, Florida, in the agricultural area known as the Redlands. We went for an Easter weekend about 10 days ago, and I've been sadly behind in blogging about it (and in general). There are a TON of photos, so feel free to skim as I plan on letting them (mostly) speak for themselves!

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Needless to say, we had quite a bit of fun! Thanks for stopping by!


Wordless Wednesday: Morning Glory


I snapped this open Morning Glory on my way to my appointment one morning at Sylvester Cancer Center in downtown Miami. That turned out to be the one bright spot about that morning, and I really needed it!

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Wordless Wednesday: Our 15th Anniversary Celebration at WonderWorks Orlando

On January 2, 2016, Rob and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we took the kids and headed up north to Orlando, Florida. We spent hours at WonderWorks, a really cool hands-on, science-y museum. We had a great time, but I won't bore you with words, since this is WW. Without further ado, here are a whole LOOOT of photos:

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Whew! That was a lot of uploading... I hope you enjoyed the photos!

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{Delicious food we ate at 15th St. Fisheries Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for an early 15th-anniversary dinner recently. Scrumptious!}

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Wordless Wednesday: Christmas 2015 Starts With A Video

I decided to do a little something different this week for Wordless Wednesday and make a little video representation of our afternoon. I hope you'll watch it and enjoy a little lighthearted fun!

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Wordless Wednesday: Jack's Morning Swim


We stayed at the Element hotel in Doral, Miami, last night. Jack was up early, so I took him to the pool for a swim. I played with my camera settings a lot during that outing, so here's what I got!


















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Wordless Wednesday: Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour Miami

This post is going to be not-so-wordless, because the event was so fantastic. You'll survive! ;)


Last night, I took my oldest kiddo Chloë, 14, to her first major concert: Taylor Swift! We went to the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami for the 1989 World Tour. Rather than navigate for an hour or seven through the streets looking for a decent - or at least, not expensive - parking spot, we parked well far away and road the Metro into the city. That turned out to be a fantastic plan, and we had zero trouble. Here we are together on the train, riding in to the city.


We finally arrived at the AAA, and Chloë's excitement was tangible by that point. Can you see?


We had zero problems getting into the arena, because it was so well managed. Of course, we needed to take advantage of the photo-op. It was a good thing, because after the show, the prop was gone.


When the show finally started at 1930, Vance Joy took the stage. He was great, but I felt bad for him. The huge, sold-out arena was only about a fifth full for Vance, and yet he performed like it was a full crowd. Kudos to him for that! I didn't really know any of the songs from his set, until he played "Riptide" at the end. Either way, he was fantastic. (And a cutie, to boot!)


In case you're wondering, we sat up in the nosebleed seats, and our tickets were not inexpensive! I bought them for Chloë's Christmas present last year, and she's been waiting for the concert all year. But no wonder Taylor is pulling in a million dollars a night on this tour!


After Vance performed, we waited about a half-hour for T-Swizzle to take the stage. By that point, the excitement coming from my daughter was palpable. When she finally arrived at 2030, the screaming was absolutely deafening from Chloë and the other 15,000 fans in the arena. And no, I did not bring earplugs. Heh. (I did take a video of her entrance, if you want to check it out on my Instagram: @Smellyann.)

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Taylor called us a "supercrowd" and said she had a few surprises for us throughout the show. (My phone died, so I had to pull these off the interwebs.) Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat was first. The crowd went ballistic as he presented Taylor with a team jersey. I had to look up the significance of the number 13, since I couldn't hear anything: it's her lucky number.


The second special guest was Pitbull, who performed with Taylor on the song "Give Me Everything." That was crazy-town, with the screams from the mostly-young female fans. As a lifelong pop music fan, though, I gotta admit I was pretty stoked, too!


The final special guest of the concert was Ricky Martin! He and Taylor performed "Livin' la Vida Loca" (naturally) for the Swifties. Chloë had no idea who that was or what that song was, but she had fun dancing along regardless. (My girl rocked OUT throughout the show, and I had a blast watching my normally-shy girl cut loose.) Anyway, that song was released when I was a young doctoral student at the University of South Florida in 1999, so I was all about it! So fun.

I could go on and on (and on) about how epic the concert was, but I'll reign it in this one time. Suffice it to say, while I already loved Taylor Swift's music, particularly on the 1989 album, from the radio, I was not a superfan like Chloë is. However, seeing Taylor really belting out on some songs - no lip syncing for her, guys - and playing several instruments last night was eye-opening for me. I gained a whole new respect for her, not just as a performer, but as a musician. This young woman is incredibly talented, and she is unstoppable!


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Wordless Wednesday: Sophia's Riding Lesson With Cloud Nine






Sophia's fifth lesson at Miami International Riding Club on the beautiful gelding, Cloud Nine, took place on Tuesday afternoon. Her confidence is growing by leaps and bounds!

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Wordless Wednesday: Animal Shelter Donations


I had the children write a Summer Bucket List for this past break, and one of the items on their list was to visit the animal shelter and donate some food to the kitties and poochies. Well, we visited the SPCA in Aiken, SC, with my dad back in August as you can read here, but we didn't have any donations.

A couple of days ago, I picked up some Purina ProPlan dog food and all kinds of canned cat food for them to donate to our local Humane Society. Today, during our lunch break, we delivered the food to our nearest office, where it will be distributed to the surrounding areas most in need. And they were most grateful, which was really uplifting to realize.

Yay for crossing something great off our SBL!

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Wordless Wednesday: Sophie's Sumi-e Ink Wash Painting


Sophia adores her Kiwi Doodle Crates so much, she did extra chores when I told her she had to do them in order to open the box right NOW. Anybody who knows Sophia knows this is a HUGE deal.


This month's subscription to the Kiwi Doodle Crate was for Ink Wash Painting. Lemme tell you, there was ink EVERYWHERE (blah blah blah, Sophie being the reason why) during this activity, but she really enjoyed learning a new artsy technique.

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The Sumi-e ink wash drawing she ultimately created was pretty cool, I thought, for never having done it before. I liked it so well, I forgave her for forgetting to do an important thing or two I'd asked of her before she started..!

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Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Puppy


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Paco, our Chihuahua baby who appears to be fully grown at a hefty six pounds, passed the one-year mark this past weekend. Poor pup wasn't feeling too well for his big day, but we still treated him to a few licks of a Wendy's vanilla Frosty just the same. 

He's such a fun pooch, and we love having him as part of our family!

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Wordless Wednesday: Independence Day 2015


We started off our July 4th celebration at the Homestead Speedway just down the road from us, for fun, games, food trucks and fireworks.


Silly string was definitely involved... Hee!


When Chloë's flag wouldn't light up, Sophia happily donated hers to the cause. ♥ Love my babes! ♥


A quick pre-fireworks selfie with Sophie, my youngest lassie.


And boom! There they go! I didn't take a million pictures of the fireworks (you're welcome), because hey, you know, they're just better in person, right?!


Back at home, we did a couple dozen sparklers... definitely one of THIS mama's favorite parts of the holiday!















(That's Luis on the left, one of the kids' best neighborhood pals.)


Sophia having entirely too much fun!



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Wordless Wednesday: Cooking With Jack


Jack loves to help out with cooking and baking, I think more than his sisters. The other day, he wanted to make Strawberry Shortcake from the Bisquick recipe. I directed him, but he did the whole thing himself.




I just love the look of intense concentration on his face.



He was as proud of his results as the girls were to eat them!


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Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: Ernest Hemingway House

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(Oops, I didn't get a chance to finish the post yesterday. Forgive me.)

Last week, we went on a field trip overnight to Key West, so that we could visit Ernest Hemingway's house there on Friday. 

{Full Disclosure: The staff gave my family of five courtesy passes to visit the property, in exchange for this post. No other compensation was provided. As always, all opinions in this post are solely my own.}

As a lover of literature in general, and big fan of Hemingway thanks to Old Man and the Sea, I was super excited to visit the property. As cat lovers, the three kiddos were delighted about all the six-toed Hemingway kitties roaming around everywhere there. Hubs was thrilled for both reasons and for the history lesson, to boot.

Anyway, I'll try to be less wordy here, and just post some snaps of the awesome sights and scenes we witnessed at the Hemingway House:




















This guy was very photogenic, and he LOVED having his picture taken!









The kids were enamored of all the six-toed kitty paw prints in the cement!









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Hemingway's writing studio was the most wonderful vignette seen this day. Amazing!









We all had a great time visiting the Hemingway House - even Jack, who just did not want to smile anymore for the camera - and are truly grateful to the staff for providing us with the complimentary passes to visit it.

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