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05.13.15

posted by Stelzl Family in Family News, Farm & Garden

It’s been a while, but we’re still around and very very busy! Much has happened since February’s Florida beach trip… here’s a little review in pictures.

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Spring planting … vegetable garden, herb garden, and orchard.

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Preparing to move Calendula plants to the ground

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Seedlings in the hoop house … and school work

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Garden buddies :-)

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All of the girls attended a dear friend’s wedding down in GA

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A sisterly outing {and fresh homemade ice cream from the Waxhaw creamery!} to deliver baked goods for a brother, who was recovering from intensive jaw surgery.IMG_1864

Welcome home David! This was less than 1 week after his jaw surgery.

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Making apple butters … filling orders …

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First event of the year – David and Sarah were vendors with their products {Something Gourmet Bakery and The Country Muffin}.

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All of the girls attended a baby shower for cousin Christine at a little cafe uptown – Luna’s makes healthy unique dishes. We all ordered fun smoothies to try!

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Our little guy drinking Immune Booster Wellness Tea for a sore throat … and the last of calendula plants put into the ground one evening.

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Tiny Tim puts boxes together for a catering job David had one weekend … fresh baked sugar cookies for one of Sarah’s Country Muffin events in town.

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Fresh strawberries coming in from the orchard. Hannah chose frozen strawberry pie for her birthday dessert.

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Hannah and David celebrated their birthdays on May 1st.

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Happy hour at Starbucks – 1/2 off frappuccinos! Sarah and Bethany at the Family Fun Day in downtown Waxhaw, selling Country Muffin products.

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Family trip to the beach – Hilton Head Island – for Mother’s day! Our day started at 3 am, and we arrived home after midnight, Monday morning.

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Fresh chives are one of many plants blooming in the herb garden right now! Sarah & Tiny Tim took a morning bike ride to get some fresh air and spend a little time together. <3

Next up… pictures from our Mother’s Day outing – family day trip to the beach! :-) :-) :-)

Sunshine and Smiles | Orlando FL

03.03.15

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

Last day in FL! Following our fun outing to the beach on Friday evening, we drove another 2 1/2 hours to Orland and arrived late at our hotel. Wow… seeing the city after dark is pretty incredible! It’s been 15 years remember? And on that last trip when we were all so much younger we visited the Holy Land in Orlando.

The following morning we completed our trip home. But first… a stop at Wawa!

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Wawa is a chain of gas stations that are only in a few states. We don’t have one anywhere near home. And while visiting PA over the years {before our grandfather’s passing in 2011} we discovered that this gas station has amazing coffee. In fact, we like to make it a special point to go there if we know there’s one along our route!

Now it’s a Stelzl family thing. Who will see it first? Who will shout “Wawa!” first when one comes into sight? It’s contagious… our uncle does it too, and a dear friend who often accompanied us to PA during the time that our grandfather was rapidly declining in health.

Wawa! :-)

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We even came up with a fun saying, combining a series of gas station names that exist in the PA town my mom grew up in.

Scooty Getty Yum Yum at Wawa {those are all gas stations}!

How fun is that? 😉

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So… we got Wawa coffees and then made the long trek home. :-)

What a trip! What a time spent together as family! What a blessing! :-)

We are so grateful for the experience we received at our Singer Island stay. This is something we never would have been able to do without the special offer given to us through Marriott. We are thankful for the time spent visiting with our grandparents, aunt and uncle… for the many fun places we visited and the activities we did. The new scenery, the fun foods, the fellowship and laughter… the pictures to remember it all by.

So very grateful for the gift of family, and the blessing of special memories made together.

Sunshine and Smiles | The Beach

03.03.15

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

Off to the gulf! But first a fun stop at the Beach close to our aunt and uncle! We drove to a park that goes out to a point where there is a beach all around. Off in the distance we saw a huge bridge!

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And off to the gulf!

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Sadly, there was very little sunset. We saw some pink through the clouds as we drove to dinner with our aunt and uncle. It was very cloudy, gray, cold and windy that day.

What a glorious day though! Fun times :-)

Part 7 | Orlando FL

Sunshine and Smiles | Bradenton FL

03.03.15

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

Following our lovely stay at Singer Island for 4 days, we traveled to Bradenton FL to visit our aunt and uncle!

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They treated us to a delicious meal at the Cracker Barrel!!

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From there we went to their home and took a tour of the garden area. They have no grass to mow! But they do have lovely tropical plants that grow oranges, lemons and bananas… star fruits, a kiwi vine, small mango tree, and more! We’ve never seen some of these things actually growing before. What fun!

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Our uncle saved these fruits so that we could pick them!

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Then we all went inside and tasted the starfruit… and our uncle made fresh lemonade!

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Mmmm! Good stuff! Fresh is always the best. And homegrown… Wow! :-)

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Off to the Manatee viewing center! Lots of people come to this little place by the big factory. The factory warms the waters, attracting the Manatee. We were able to walk out on the overlook deck and see hundreds of them!

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We also went into the education room and learned a lot about manatee. There was a gift shop too!

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A little sisterly fun as well… 😉

And then… off to the FL gulf for sunset!

Part 6 | The Beach

Sunshine and Smiles | Singer Island 2

03.03.15

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

Good Morning!

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Isn’t it beautiful! We enjoyed many such mornings like this on Singer Island. Each and every sunrise was a little different. Such lovely colors!

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Mother and daughter <3

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Look at the sharks!! :-)

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Part 5 | Bradenton FL