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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,

Alicia

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Our Trip to Bushkill Falls Part 2

Our trip to Bushkill Falls, Pa continued after the boys decided they wanted to take off on their own.

Letting them go gave us the chance to stop for a while and enjoy the scenery and take lots of pictures with the girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oddly enough, there were not a lot of wildlife at the falls and even the birds were kind of quiet.  I did not want to see any bears, for sure, but a squirrel or deer would have been nice.

The whole trail took us about 2 1/2 hours and about half way through, we got to the bridal falls, the masterpiece of the park.

 

 

 

 

 

There were a lot of different kind of waterfalls including brooks and streams….all with their own charm…

 

 

 

 On our walk back from the Bridal Falls, we chose to take the hiker’s path back to the end of the trail. Bad move. My knees were hurting by the time we got the end and were begging for flatter ground! It will be the normal trail for us next time, for sure!

 

 The last two waterfalls were massive. the power of the water was just incredible, and the sunlight hitting the water was nothing short of magical looking!  What a beautiful end to a beautiful day!

 

 

 

 Over all, the trip was great and worth the $73 price tag for our family of 8. (We are really 9, but were missing our eldest Son.)  We can’t wait to go back again. Hopefully, we will make it in the Spring. 

 

Loudly Yours,


Alicia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA Part One

It’s a ride out to PA for about an hour, give or take. Just a relatively short ride to see some of nature’s beauty. We chose this time of the year to go to see the leaves and because October weather is usually so conducive to hiking. Just cold enough to keep you from sweating while you walk, but warm enough that you are not freezing. We tried to make this year’s trip with most of our neighborhood gang, but as life has it at times, it did not work out completely, but we were able to spend the day with one of our neighbor families and it worked out great!  So, the largest family and one of the smallest of Mt Tabor sojourned together to the falls. We arrived around mid day and the sun peeked out from the clouds as soon as we arrived.  We piled out of the car, paid the fare and checked out the trails. We opted for the biggest route and got right to hiking. ImageImageImageWe quickly realized that the boys were not going to keep the pace we were moving, so we made a decision to let them run ahead. It was a good decision. We would have held them back and we would have heard complaints the whole way through. We took out time, stopping to take pictures at will. ImageWe got a lot of good ones!  ImageIt is ironic how serene the woods can be while at the same time have such brute strength in the power of the falls.

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Loudly Yours,

Alicia

Dinner with a future Billionaire.

Yes, Billionaire…..with a B.

Seriously.

I did.

I made dinner and shortly dated a man who is now a Billionaire. Just made the connection yesterday, about 22 years later.

He was the last man I dated before I married my Husband.

I met him through a close friend I had from the gym.  I was Condo sitting her place and invited him over for dinner. No hanky panky, just dinner and maybe some snuggling. Alright, maybe a little more than that, but nothing rated R, if you get the picture.

I remember I made him Curry Chicken for dinner and took pains to make every ingredient just perfect. I was so excited to make everything look amazing. Candles on the table, table cloth, cloth napkins, lights down really low, dessert made…..just perfection. I knew he had money and I wanted to impress.

The door bell rang, my heart skipped a beat.  I ran to the door and slowed down as not to be out of breath. I answered the door and there he was, with a super smile and dressed casually, and with just the right balance of fashion and comfort. He had on great shoes, too.  I allowed him in and we headed to the kitchen to check on the food and he helped me up on the counter to get something I can’t recall, but I remember we had a chuckle about how I was too short to reach that item I needed. He helped me bring some the food into the dining area and we drank some wine and chatted candidly about things going on in our lives.

We sat at the dinner table and the conversation continued. I was pleased as punch that he liked the dinner and felt like such a success.

The evening continued at the kitchen where he helped me clean up the dishes (which impressed the heck out of me), then when we were done in the kitchen, we headed to the living room to watch a movie on the couch.

I have no idea what we watched and the night ended when he left to go home. I was not the one night stand kind of girl and I was not sure where this relationship was headed. So, I let him go…..and I never saw him again.

I heard from him after that. He called and we spoke….but he was just too busy to ever take my call as he was building his business….and build it he did.

He built it to the tune of 23 Billion (yes billion) dollars. Hmmmm. that is a lot of money.   A LOT of money.

Shortly after I realized that it was not going to work out with Mr. Got Rocks, I started dating my Hubby. I knew He was the man I was going to marry soon after we met, although I did not believe it at first. He did not own his own car, he was still living at home and worked retail. Not the worldly ideal; but what he does have is a Billion Dollar heart and that is what attracted me to him the most.  Do I regret me decision not to pursue Mr. Got Rocks? No. My children are treasures worth more than gold or riches and so is my dear husband.

It is interesting to think of what life might have been if I had kept on Mr. Got Rocks. It would be a super spoiled version of me. Not too sure I would want to be in the room with that.  It might not be too pretty. How knows? Maybe I would. I would like to think that I would have a heart big enough to share with a lot of people in need, with all of his money.  Maybe. Then again, I look to people who had nothing, and made all the difference in the world, like Blessed Mother Theresa.

This morning, when I woke up, I heard a whisper from God, telling me that He has blessed me with treasure beyond measure in my children and that they were more that all the riches in the world.

Yeah…what God said.

Loudly yours.

Alicia

Here’s what happened over the summer….

Doing work you love is hard, but when you love it as much as I do, it seems mostly effortless.  The only down side is that it takes up much of your time and life seems to fly by so very fast. Take for instance, my blog.  My diary to my family, today and tomorrow, and to the world (not that the whole world is interested, but that it is open to everyone in it who is curious enough to look)

 Summer is officially over, so there are a few things I want to jot down so I will not forget they ever happened.  This Summer, I had some changes in my life; one was to say good bye to my accompanist, Maddie, who went to Notre Dame University to bigger and better things than playing at our sweet little chapel in the woods….

 

Here is one of our last pictures together.  She was a very, very sweet young lady, who did a great job providing music for our Masses every week. 

 

Another change in my life was that of work.  I am still dedicated to my wonderful Precious Metal position, but am beginning to feel a shift in the industry in the area of gold buying parties.  To create an excitement to my hostesses, I brought on It Works, Global on board as a sister business to create a stir, and it has.  I have been buying gold and silver and wrapping bodies all summer long. 

 


www.aliciabozza.com for more info or www.fb.com/aliciaitworksbozza

 

I have also cut 9 inches off my hair….

 

 

Children’s Day Festivities…

 

 

An impromptu photo session at the Water Tower Park…our annual trip down the shore and a trip to Tabor Lake!

 

 

Other highlights include the Baptism of Sonny where we got to see some old friends….

and finally, the beginning of school to get things back into order….

I am still singing weekly at Mass and a Funeral or 2 every month as well as Weddings now and again.  I had a special treat when I got to see my Catholic Elementary School Principal, Sr. Ascenza, who I love very much. It wasn’t the best picture, but you can see how happy we are to see each other. 🙂

 


Overall, it was a great Summer and I am happy that fall is here to bring on new adventures in our loud, crazy life!

 

Loudly yours.

 

Alicia

Baby Boy

This past Sunday, we celebrated the birth of my baby boy, number 6 or 7 kids.  He is funny little guy who has a hard time keeping his hands to himself and his emotions in check.  He is, though, a love.  He has a funny relationship with his younger Sister, Bella.  They are like an old married couple who likes to fight. 🙂

Mr Wonderful

Of the 3 things I am grateful for today, one big one is Mr. Wonderful, my hubby. I  am able to honor him in a contest today, so here goes.

Mr. Wonderful and I have 7 children.  Our family has the benefit of having very hands on Daddy who cooks, cleans up, does the main grocery shopping every week, takes the time to hang out with the boys watching movies as well as pay attention to the

girls and their interests.  Attends their school dances with me, goes to their night time events, takes lots of pictures of the family, all the time.  Works a steady job with he enjoys, is easy going, has a great voice, and is very intelligent.   What more can you ask of a Mr. Wonderful? He is my Mr. Wonderful and I love him. 🙂


Real quick:

I am grateful for new friends (I made some last night at a party I attended to benefit my friend Rachel)

 

I am also grateful for new business connections!!  Made a nice one last night that I think will be great for both of us!

 

Loudly yours,

Alicia