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Caution! Beware of Dream Killers

Ever dream of having your own business, inventing a widget, learning to fly, or taking that missions trip …..?

Most of us at some point in life have had a dream, wanted to try something new, or wanted to go on the adventure of a lifetime, only to have that dream to be squashed at inception by mostly well meaning loved ones or friends.  How many people do you know that encourage you in your dreams?  I find it hard to find the true encouragers, but there are a ew of them out there!

You open your mouth and let someone in on this dream just to hear that it would never work, it has already been tried before and it failed, it would be too costly, ………. the negative reasoning goes on and on until you decide not share your dreams anymore, even talk yourself out of doing it because it is too risky, not safe, or just a crazy idea.  Just think about it – you can only imagine what a success it might have been, but you’ll never know how it would have turned out because you never followed through to the end.  It may have just turned into a brand new beginning!

Consider David, a pure at heart example of what to believe in!  He knew what he knew, stood on that, removed himself from the naysayers, found favor in the sight of another, made a plan and followed through, come what may! (many times over)  Look what his strong faith and convictions took him through!  Let us learn from his example!

Hang on to that entrepreneurial spirit by being careful of who you hang around with, keep trying it again!  Stick with what you know!

A New Way – Use every day as a learning experience to test your wings and take the failures, and use them as a springboard to find your success!  Remove yourself from the dream killers, surround yourself with positive influences, and find/follow your dreams!

 

Making Banana Pudding from Scratch!

Our little chef was at it again!  She saw the bananas getting a little too ripe to enjoy and asked if she could learn how to make banana pudding.  She had watched me before and just needed a little coaching!

All of the tools and ingredients were gathered on the counter.  The double boiler was set up and the eye turned on while she measured the flour, sugar, and adding the milk slowly to mix without lumps.  Then she separated the egg whites from the yolks, whisking in only the yolks to the mixture in the double boiler, which was by now heating up well.

Then, in between frequent stirring with the whisk she peeled the bananas, and put the first layers of nilla wafers and sliced bananas.

All of the sudden the mixture in the double boiler started transforming from a runny sweetened milk to a thicker, silky smooth pudding texture!  It was time to turn the heat off and add the vanilla!  That was the prettiest pudding I’ve ever seen!  It’s consistency was perfect!  Now was the time to finish the layering process and garnish with nilla crumbs!

There’s nothing like warm homemade banana pudding!  MMM MMM Good!  Maybe next time we’ll try to make the merange for the fun of it!  I hear that is a huge transformation as well!

Family Fun in Magical Myrtle Beach

I finally took a day off from the 9-to-5 grind for some family fun at Myrtle Beach. No, we didn’t actually go to the “beach” for a beach day. Instead, we opted for an inexspensive family brunch at Spring House Family Resturaunt before we went on a “magical” shopping spree at Barefoot Landing. There, we looked for a few things to help Jonathan with his study of magic.

Jonathan took a fancy to learning card tricks several months ago and has become quite good at slight-of-hand card and coin magic. He seems to draw a crowd wherever he goes and has become bolder in talking to strangers and showing them his amazing feats!

He found some cool card decks and Tim found some good instructional DVDs to help him learn more about style and presentation! Kendra thinks she’s ready for a magic set of her own now!

We then moved on to Broadway at the Beach and another neat magic shop. Tim even found a couple of tricks he wants to work on. We all enjoyed talking with the shop owner and sharing tricks!

When we found there was not quite enough time for a trip through the museum before supper, Jonathan and I decided to climb a THREE story rope challenge, all suited up for repelling. There were gators in the water below! And we had to walk the gangplank on the third level! Arggh, Matey! We were able to master the challenges with time to spare, and didn’t lose any limbs to the gators in the process either!

Tim and Kendra took to the safer path. They opted for the park rides; merry-go-round, ferris wheel, battle planes, and bumper cars! Smiles for all!

Then, we moved on to the FUDGE shop! MMM MMM!! And ended up buying the special; B4-G2F. “3” Maple/nut for me, “2” Dark Choc w/ pecans for Tim and “1” Cookies n Cream for Kendra. As for Jonathan, he wasn’t interested in fudge. He was busy wowing the employees of the Olive Oil shop across the walkway with his “card magic”!

Then, it was off for an EXCELLENT pizza and toasted raviolis for supper. We finished eating; and off to the Magician’s Ring Meeting with Jonathan.

What a neat group of people the magicians all were; getting together and sharing the same interests! Everyone at the meeting was able to learn about the first zebras to do the high trapeze act! What fun! One old time “carney” magician performed an entire routine for the group. Then several others, including Jonathan (with his “ambitious” card routine), performed short single acts.

It was a full day of fun! The kids slept the last leg of our drive home. Too bad I had to be at work in the morning, but it didn’t stifle our outing a bit!

Time to plan our next adventure together!

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