Tag Archives: Vacation

You never know what you have until you lose it.

These past 4 weeks have been insane. It seems like such a whirlwind.  It started on the last weekend of October, a kind of nervous energy that was in the air regarding the upcoming Hurricane.  Nothing seemed to get done due to the nervousness that was in the air. That nervousness was well justified. Many of our lives as we knew it, were to be changed forever; especially those who lived on the Barrier Islands of NJ.  I do not live on the Island, but I have been vacationing there for the last 23 years with my family.

It all started in 1990, when I went to visit my Boyfriend at the time.  He and his family were on their yearly vacation and I went to visit.  It was an eventful trip, as I got the chance to meet his family that would be my own the following year. Not only would I share their name, but the Ortley Vacations, year after year. I have to admit, being close to the “riff raff” that would frequent the next town over,  was not exactly one of the reasons I liked Ortley. It was the memories we, as a family had created year after year. My kids would not even consider going to any other beach in the world. EVER. This is their beach and they were never going anywhere else. Bozza Beach week is the official name of our vacation , and now that is has been turned upside down, it has been a bitter pill to swallow, watching the homes we frequented, get filled with water, one of them even smashed into pieces.

Many of those homes now, including the home of our Aunt and Uncle, are soon to be leveled. 7 feet high mounds of personal belongings, claimed by mold, in the after math of Sandy, are now left on every street. Friends are reunited and met by tears of joy and sorrow.  The human spirit of those in the area reaching out to help is a welcome salve to the wound that has been inflicted to this hard hit area.  It will never be the same. Ever.  The spirit of the town affected is still strong and is determined to come back and rebuild. Not everyone has the same resolve and new neighbors may be in the future, but there is one common thread that runs through the Shores of NJ and NY. We will rise again!

Gratitude Challenge Day #3

Today, I am grateful for vacations and family memories at the Shore. All my life, I have vacationed at the Jersey Shore. I have so many memories there.

I am grateful to my parents for the gift of travel. Although I love the Jersey Shore, I do have a piece of my heart in Ecuador and I am grateful for the memories of the time I have spent there.

I am grateful for the gift of always loving my job and being my own boss. It has been a challenge, but mostly a joy.


Loudly yours,


Vacation musings in Lavalette

The one thing I cherish most at the beach, besides making memories with my family, is the sunrise walks I take alone in the morning.  It is the most rejuvenating thing I do every day I can when I am on vacation. 

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I hate sand, but I sure love to look at it and it makes for a great back drop to the sunrise every morning. 

One of my favorite places to go is the Lavalette Boardwalk.  It is just a peaceful oasis for me.  I get to run, it’s flat, the people are so very nice there and the view is just beautiful.

Spending time at the boardwalk allows me to take the time to think, review the past year, create goals, thank God for his Mercy and Blessings, let go of anything useless to my life.  It is a cleansing of sorts, sweat out through running and the heat of the sun on my face. 

This year, I was focusing on one day having a house of my own in Lavalette, when a band of fireflies joined me in my celebration run. It was so cool to have them flying overhead, almost as if in agreeance with me that I did, indeed belong to the community already.  

I know they are hard to see, but they are there if you look closely!

So I went with the idea (sounded good to me) that I did already have a house in Lavalette.  How would I act to those around me? How would it feel?  

It felt free. It felt fun.  How would I act if I lived there?  I would want to make those living there and visiting there feel welcome and want to come back again or stay longer.  So I pretended. It was fun. “Good Morning!” I chanted to anyone who would listen.   Most chimed right in… “morning!”  They would say as we passed going one way.  “Have a great day!” I would recant as they passed me once again.  It was a joy.  At best, it was great practice to be a future resident of Lavalette.  At worst, it made for a happy run. Either way, I came out a winner.

Loudly yours,



Five Question Friday 7/6/12

1. Is love at 1st sight possible?

I think it is possible, but seeing and living are 2 different things. You could love what you see, but not what you’d would have to live with. I think there are cases where, yes, it might happen, like finding a soul mate, but I think it is not very often.

2. How did you choose your pet’s name?
I have four birds. Nessa, Sam, Luke, and Bruiser. Nessa was named for the disabled witch from Wicked since I love that show and she was the smallest, Sam since we were not sure if he was a boy or girl (still really don’t know) Luke, short for Alucard, (Dracula backwards…named by my 2nd Son) and Bruiser since we found him through my neighbor, who spotted him in a tree! He was the biggest, hence Bruiser, (also the name if the dog from one of my favorite movies, Legally Blonde)

3. What are you considering giving up (cable, home phone)?

We have considered the cable, but since it is bundled with the phone and the computer, it would be kind of hard to give up!

4. How much do you pay your babysitter?

I thankfully do not have to pay one often, but when I do, it is usually based per hour, per child, rounded up, depending on the age. The older the sitter, the more $$. So if a 15 yr old is sitting with 3 children, I would pay them $5 per kid, per hour. So for 2 hrs, $30.

5. How “young” is old enough to babysit?

Depends on the maturity of the sitter and age.

3 things I am grateful for this week….
Nice weather on vacation
Good Family Memories
Alone time with sunrises and morning runs on the Lavalette boards

Truthful Tuesday. May 15, 2012


I wish I had a plane that I could hop on and fly away for a day. Alone. Just to recharge my batteries.


I don’t. So I day dream about going away to places near and far.


I love my family, but sometimes I just want to go forward, free.



I am a responsible Mother and Wife and running forward, free is not one of those things you can do if you are a good Mother and Wife.  I am sure it would get really old, really fast.  It is just the idea of being free that seems amazing.  I have to think to myself, “what would being free really entail?”  I would be missing out on free kisses, free hugs, free conversations, free love from my kids and husband.  I would miss that. Truly.


I want to be a recording artist who sells recordings.  I want to be on Broadway.



I have a job and 7 kids and one wonderful Husband.  Time away from all of them right now is not much of an option.  The truth is, they need me.  I am the house Secretary, Treasurer, Organizer.  Things would not function well without me and it would be costly to try and replace me. I still record stuff, but it is out there for free and for now, I’ll take the joy of making the recordings, even if it is just on my iPad or Droid Cell Phone. 


I hate rehearsing in front of other people, unless it is my family.  I want people to see the finished product, not the yuck that comes with the stuff on the way to making it sound great. 

I love the bond that I share with those who listen to my song.  If I am singing the song properly, there is a connection between me and my listeners that is broken if sung in a wrong key or if the timing is wrong. 

I love that a song can bring people together to a different place.  I love it when I am singing at Mass and people close their eyes so their ears can hear better.  That means I am doing my job to get the message I am trying to send to them.  That God loves them and that there is hope.  I am fortunate to have the honor of being the one who gets to tell them that message.  Really honored.

And that is just the truth!

Loudly yours,


Five question Friday! 3/2/12

BOY!  Am I glad March is here.  February was a very rough month for me and I am so happy to be moving on!!  I had some tough surgery with my wonderful Dentist and am recuperating well. Yea, March!
1. Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Ah! Jeckyll Island, GA.  Hands down.  Feels like you are in another world when you get there.  It is just beautiful.  It is the former vacation spot for the Goodyear Family and is the spot where JFK Jr. was married, God rest his soul and the soul of his beautiful bride.  It is just a magical place. Quiet, but lots of beautiful land to explore…it is hard to understand if you have not been there yourself. There is just something magical about that place.




2. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Taking naps or baths….with the size of my family, you might not think I would have the time, but making the time is worth the effort!
3. What is your favorite fashion trend right now? Or, in the past?
Big hats.  I just love Audrey Hepburn.  Right now, I really like the furry trend with all the fur, especially since it is winter, (somewhat)  My kind of winter, that is!
4. What are your spring break plans?
Ah!! Great Wolf Lodge.  I just love the Poconos …and love the accommodations at that place and the fun that comes with it!!!  It is the place for me!  I just wish they had more outside fun stuff to do like a resort does.  I would be more likely to stay longer.  We usually stay only one night because you technically get 2 days worth of visit and the cost is up there.  You can see my review of GWL by clicking HERE.
5. What baby names do you hate?
Weird ones, like Seven.  Not a fan for the crazy celeb names, but I will not pain you to name them all.  The last time I questioned a baby name out loud, I got in trouble with someone close to me.  Ugh!
Loudly yours,