January Updates

First, an update on my Meniere’s Disease.  I still experience dizziness everyday but hadn’t had a full blown vertigo attack in almost 7 months until a few weeks ago when I had 5 vertigo attacks in 3 days.  The disease just wanted to remind me that it’s here to stay J Since then I’ve been experiencing more dizziness than before.  The good days are great and the bad days are horrible.  It’s been a rough few weeks but I’m trying to push through. 
I have eliminated all processed foods from my diet, eating low sodium, gluten free and 95% organic.  I’m trying to do grain free but that takes a little more work and food prep/planning.  I’ve lost over 15lbs. just in diet alone.  I’m also using essential oils.  Brian jokingly refers to me as his “hippie” wife.  Since using essential oils we haven’t been to the doctor since November.  If you are familiar with this blog you will remember how many times I’ve posted about the kids being sick, doctors appointments, etc.  Essential oils have been so helpful.  Addison used to have Molluscum for over 2 years and after 3 applications of Lavender it is gone and hasn’t returned.  Enzo has it and his is taking a little longer to treat but after 5 applications he only has 4 dots left. 
My work has temporarily allowed me to work from home full time.  In a couple months I will be back onsite three days a week and work from home 2 days a week.
The kids are doing well.  Addison really is a different kid since she had her tonsils removed.  She still has her sass but her behavior has done a 360.  She is enjoying gymnastics.  She did cheer this year but didn’t like it so we know not to enroll her next year.  She has decided this year for her birthday that she doesn’t want a party with friends and instead wants to go to Disney.  Looking forward to that.  She really wants a cat…to the point of begging on a regular basis.  I told her that as long as we have Gizmo we probably won’t get one…Brian would rather get her a rabbit. 
Enzo is doing good.  Some days we see that 3 year old independence rear it’s head but for the most part he is such a sweet soul.  He is obsessed with sports and loves to watch bull riding on the iPad.  He always says “I want to watch Angry Bulls.”  Thankfully the PBR is coming to our area soon so Brian promised him that we would go.  He loves horses as well and asks every weekend if we can go to a farm to ride.  He is excited for the Super Bowl tonight and loves the Patriots like Daddy.  Thanks to Papa D and Beth for sending him a Patriots jersey.  He wears it often :)

Our Breezy Beach Life

January Tan

Oh, the weather we’ve been having these past ten days!  It’s beach weather, gardening weather, biking, jogging …. whatever your outdoor pleasure, it’s been fantastic here.   I see lots of cars occupying the nicely discreet (but accessible!) public parking Atlantic Beach offers its visitors; more than usual, for January. The rest of us are taking to the beach on foot, or bike, scooter or golf cart.  It’s been far too fabulous a January to play couch potato this year.

Florida winters are my favorite.  Having arrived in my little corner of ‘paradise meets dream-come-true’, I do relish cooler weather, the relief from the heat and humidity of May – September.  I like that we get our cold snaps, that we can actually wear our cute jackets and boots and pants, and that our hair can blow freely under a winter blue sky with low humidity.  This is the time of year when the phone calls come: “What are you doing over spring break this year?” from friends and relatives in the dark, gray, cold north.  There, they are surfing the Internet for flights to Florida while my son is surfing the waves on our neighborhood beach after school.

So while I love this weather for many reasons – one is that we haven’t had to run either the heat or the air conditioner (a nice break on the utility bill), I won’t mind if our 75 degrees becomes 55 degrees, either.  Chances are, it will.  Winter here is changeable that way.   As long as we don’t have to endure hard freeze nights, when we scurry to cover those tropical plants we insist on planting despite their not actually being native to this zone (they are so pretty! and most winters we don’t lose any of them anyway!), I find our beaches winter weather quite delicious.   I love biking in cooler temps, wearing a windbreaker but not arctic outerwear.  I love working in the yard and not sweating.  And I also thrill to the spike in temps from ‘normal’ (mid 60s) to warm (73 – 80 degrees!) when we beachlifers feel extra blessed and sun-kissed in January.  Instagram and Facebook are rife with photos that virtually shout, “We love where we live!” —and are implied invitations to our friends far and wide  (whether or not the photographer intends it!)

The other day, we saw our photo posted repeatedly on Facebook…. but it wasn’t just our photo.  It was dozens of people from our little beach town who happened to see the same breathtaking sunset sky, and had to snap, and share.   Yeah.  We love where we live.






And last Saturday, oh boy, did I ever love it.  I got started on my 2013 tan.  I put on sunscreen, grabbed my summer beach chair, an armful of beach reading, and passed a lovely few hours in the warm winter sun.  My black-polish-pedicure was about the only thing that said winter that day.





Atlantic Beachlife