What a Year

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2014 has been a pretty entertaining year, both in the way of fun and challenges.

Lots of lessons learned this year. Patience. Humility. Determination. Fighting on in the face of struggle.

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We started off 2014 by calling it “The Year of Fun”. It’s certainly been that as we have had a lot of fun. But it’s also been the year of continuing to be happy when our circumstances have dictated otherwise.

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; They just make the best of everything.”

It’s been a wonderful year of shelling the beaches of Sanibel.

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We took some great trips.

We had a ball at the Florida State Fair.

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We loved Lobster Fest in Key West.

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While the Blueberry Festival in Brooksville was memorable,

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the Central Florida Barbecue Blowout in Oveido was forgettable.

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We (I, actually) enjoyed the Pepper Fest in Pinellas, mainly because of the fun we had afterwards with our friend Karen at her home beach – Stump Pass.

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And we dove. Boy, did we dive.

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We dove Sanibel.

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And I found a MONSTER Alphabet Cone too.

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We dove the Keys – the upper, middle and lower….

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HWC

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and we’ll be diving in a few other exciting spots in a few days. We had 12 festival stops planned but did not get to hit them all. That’s ok though!

We also met and got to hang out with some very sweet and kind people this year. We’re quickly approaching 500 additional friends on our Facebook page. Thank you all for coming along for the ride this year.

We have a lot to be thankful for and we definitely are.

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We’ve had fun and learned some tough lessons as well, which has made us grow as people throughout this year’s journey.

But isn’t that what growing up is all about?

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😉

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, friends. See you in hopefully a very exciting and fun-filled 2015.

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Mini Festival Tour Stop – October 2014

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Let me first apologize for the lack of blogging as of late. The hustle and bustle of life (as we all experience) has been getting in the way of the Queen and I having fun and gallivanting all over the State of Florida.

This month, the festival stop we had planned wasn’t going to make it into our schedule. So we decided to stay close to home, scoop up the in-laws and make a quick stop Oktoberfest at the German-American Social Club in Cape Coral.

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 I’m goin’ on several months now without meat on a stick and that doesn’t sit well with me. But the lure of bratwurst and beer overtook my senses and now I’ll have to wait until next month for something on a stick.

So every year, the German American Club of Cape Coral puts on Oktoberfest, filled with bands, Sauerbraten, Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hocks), beer, a carnival, beer, bratwurst, beer, Leberkaese (liver loaf) and beer. This one is their 29th year.

Not sure if I mentioned it, but there’s beer there.

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 We’ve never attended Oktoberfest before and were pleasantly surprised at how large it was. Typical of most festivals, there were many booths set up offering trinkets of all sorts and businesses offering their swag.

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 They also offered a pretty nice sized carnival area for the kids with quite a few little areas where children could (easily) win stuffed prizes.

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 But the highlight for me as always was the food. I really wanted one of those barbecued turkey legs, but since we’re at a German festival, we had to stick with the theme.

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 The father in law and I snagged a Bratwurst with Sauerkraut. As you can tell by the pic, my mother in law doesn’t eat sauerkraut and I am disappointed. Sorry doll, but you’re missin out! It was served on a thick, crispy German roll and was delicious.

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 The Queen and her mom settled for German Potato Cakes with apple mash. I snuck a bite and gotta say they were pretty daggone good.

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What better way to enjoy a Brat than with a nice, Beck’s Oktoberfest. The link review says it’s “dangerously drinkable”. They are correct. That’s some good beer, dude.

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 Some German Chocolate Cake to wash it all down.

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 Why stop there? How about a funnel cake with a freshly squeezed lemonade? Sure, I’ll have one….and I’ll follow all that with a nice little nap.

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Oktoberfest continues next weekend – the 24th-26th. If you’re in town, take a couple hours out of your day and stop by. I’m sure you’ll have a good time!