Fun stuff this weekend and Takara giveaway winners

April 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

We are in moving hell over here.

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I’m not complaining because I’m really excited about moving to our new house. But packing up a house that you have lived in for 17 years is no small task. I have definitely discovered how DIRTY everything in our house is. I’m such a bad housekeeper. Everything has to be cleaned before I can pack it which slows things down considerably.

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So blogging just isn’t happening. I wish I could create some extra hours in the day. In addition to spending every spare moment packing our normal daily activities continue to take place somehow.

We walked to school a few times this week. We’re trying to get as many walks to school in as possible since after we move that won’t be an option.

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That was Mack’s wacky outfit for “April Foolish Day” on Monday. Sweet Chewie has no clue about the big change that’s about to happen in his life. He is curious about all of the boxes, though.

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Tuesday I went to school for my usual volunteer day.

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Mack’s teacher was out that day however, so I just ended up hanging with Mack in the courtyard during his lunch period.

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Last night was the last PTSA (like PTA with an S) meeting of the year at Cal’s school. The principal altruistically canceled the May mandatory meeting because there are other end-of-year activities that he wants the parents to attend.

Since finding a new house I’ve become obsessed with DIY/Home Improvement blogs and magazines, as evidenced by my entertainment for the meeting last night.

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I’m sure once we move in I’ll lose interest in all of that stuff, but it’s fun to look for decorating ideas for the new place.

That’s all I have for pictures from our fascinating life this week, but I did finally have Mack pick the winners for the two $20 gift certificates I have to give away from Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge. The spring menu preview that I attended was amazing, and it was so nice of them to give me some gift cards to give away! Mack did his duty…

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and picked two winners. Congratulations to Meghan and Ann!

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We have so much fun stuff planned for this weekend. I really need to keep plugging away at the packing, but all of these fun activities were planned weeks ago before we found our new house and knew we’d be moving soon. Here’s what’s on deck for the weekend…I’d love for you to check out some of these fabulous activities as well!


Tomorrow morning is the Shore Acres Eagle Dash 5K and Kids’ Dash.

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This event is a family-friendly 5K and there are kids’ runs for all ages…every kid dasher gets a ribbon. There is still time to register either today at Fit2Run St. Pete from 3-7 p.m. or tomorrow morning before the race. Check out the Facebook event link above for more details. I’d love to see you out there! Proceeds go to support the community garden at Mack’s school.

Tomorrow evening I’m going to a blogger meet-up at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City. Keel & Curley makes amazing blueberry wine. Strawberry season is almost over, but blueberry season is still going strong!

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Be sure to check out the Blueberry Festival April 27-28th!


So I mentioned that strawberry season is almost over, but not quite! Parkesdale Market is hosting a food truck meet-up on Sunday and it’s one of the last chances to grab one of their world-famous strawberry shortcakes!

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The boys and I will be stopping by Sunday morning for a food truck lunch and some strawberry shortcake. Can’t wait! Get more details on the Facebook event page for the Parkesdale Farm Market food truck event.

After the food truck event we’re going to hurry back to Tampa to meet Chad at the Tampa Theater. The Tampa Theater is kicking of a new Family Favorites movie series on Sunday afternoons by showing The Princess Bride this week!


I’m so excited for the boys to see The Princess Bride for the first time on the BIG SCREEN! It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite movies and I know they are going to love it. Other movies in this series will include Babe, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Annie, The Muppet Movie, The Neverending Story, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. All awesome movies! How great to see them again on the big screen in this historic theater. Check out the Tampa Theater website for more information.

Whew. What a fun weekend we have in store. I am forecasting utter exhaustion by Sunday night. If I can get through this month of home inspections, title companies, insurance companies, real estate agents, cardboard boxes, dust rags, 5Ks, triathlons, and lots of family fun as well, I will be worthy of the title #SHERO!

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Here’s one last fun thing this weekend (actually starting today) that we aren’t able to attend, but I wanted to share it in case you are…


I have heard that PhilFest is a huge and fantastic festival with some great food. I wish we could do EVERYTHING!

Have a great weekend!


{Disclosure: Keel & Curley Winery is hosting our blogger meet-up tomorrow evening and is providing us with a free tour and tasting. The Tampa Theater invited a group of bloggers to tour the theater before the movie on Sunday and also is providing free tickets to the showing of The Princess Bride for my family. No other compensation was provided for anything in this post.}