The Zarb Homestead

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Baby Z’s Baby Shower September 18, 2013

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Last Sunday was Baby Z’s first baby shower and he was “showered” with countless gifts. I was super energized and even purchased a new dress for the occasion. The dress came in merely 2 days before the big event, it had me on pins and needles if it was going to arrive on time or not. I have never had a baby shower before so I wasn’t sure what to do. I have attended as a guest to several so I kind of knew what to except. The Safari Theme shower was thrown by my husband’s step mother and with help from her sister-in-law in her home and it turned out great! She went out of her way to make it very special.

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I was surprised by the turn out. There were many people there whom cared about my little man enough to spend some of their weekend at his baby shower. Sorry, I don’t have pictures of everyone who was there. I will have to get them from my father-in-law. There was great food and fun games. We played the “don’t say baby” game or you lose your necklace and a fill in the blank nursery rhyme game. I only got 7 out of 25. I guess I need to brush up on my nursery rhymes before Baby Z arrives because I had no idea who the three men in the tub were.

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Gifts! Wow what can I say but thank you! I am not one to except anything from anyone and I work hard for what I have and I know others do the same. For the guest to shower my little man with such wonderful heartfelt gifts is amazing to me.  It is very humbling to me. Again, thank you to all my friends and family that attended. Your gifts and attendance meant the world to me.

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Road Trip North to Michigan January 11, 2013

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This New Years, like many others in the past, we spent out-of-state. We usually are on the annual family vacation but regretfully we had to attend my husband’s grandfather’s memorial service, which was being held just outside of Detroit, MI. We left East Tennessee bright and early on Friday Dec 28 for our 8-9 hour drive north. The rain showers that had hit the south a few days prior headed north and turned into some very snowy conditions. Fortunately, we missed all the bad road conditions and just got to see the pretty aftermath of snowy landscapes. Along for the ride were my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. 4 people packed into the little toaster “Honda Element” made for good times 🙂 Naw, it wasn’t that terrible and the time passed by rather quickly, I didn’t even take a catnap. I wasn’t sure how the toaster would do in snowy conditions but to my surprise it did really well and got us all there safe and sound about 9 pm that night. After dinner we all settled into our hotel room for the night.

The memorial service was early the next morning, so no sleeping in that day. We all arrived at the funeral home at 9:45 am and the service began at 10:00. It was an exceedingly pleasant service and many friends and family attended. My mother-in-law, along with others, gathered pictures of her dad and had them placed around the room. That was uplifting to see all the fun things he had done in his life. It was also good to see some old faces again. Following the service the family held a luncheon at a local Italian restaurant. They had tremendous food I would go there again just to have dinner. It was a good day and everything went better than I had planned.

Over the next few days we toured the city and of course did the Michigan thing to do, eat. We ate and ate, I was stuffed the whole time but I wasn’t complaining at all because it was some good food. We had to stop and get a hot dog at one of their well-known Coney Island’s, yummy. We took a tour of Detroit’s Greektown. While there we ran into my husband’s Uncle from his father’s side of the family. I had never meant him and his family before so it was a nice surprise. During of time in Michigan we hung out with his Uncle a few times. Once we all had dinner together, another time we hit up the arcade with the children, and even caught a local hockey game.

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New Years Eve was spent at his uncles and aunts home (mother’s brother’s) outside of Detroit. His aunt cooked a lovely dinner and we had a few drinks and shot some pool in their basement. Of course we didn’t make it the whole time to watch the ball drop but we had a nice time just catching up but we had to hit the bed early because we had to pack and leave the next morning. The ride back home went well, other than many places being closed due to it being New Years day. We did get to stop by a Cabelas which we do not have locally and I have never been able to visit. My husband had a field day there and shopped for 2 hours, but so did I 😉 The weather on the drive home was almost ideal until we hit Tennessee then there was thick fog. After we passed Jellico, TN and got out of the top part of the mountain it was a smooth sailing all the way home with just a bit of a small rain fall. We arrive home about 11:00 pm. Tired and drained from the drive we hit the bed and didn’t unpack too much. It was odd to have just one animal in the house. The house cat, Heidi, was very happy to see us; I guess she got bored all alone for a few days. The next day I would have to pick all the other fur babies from their boarding places and Mr. Mal from granny’s house, he is a bit spoiled.

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We had a great time but it was nice to finally be home after weeks of travel and get back to normal life.


My Views on a Happy Life July 17, 2012

I have started this blog out 5 different ways now and they all tend to go into a different direction every time. So plain and simple I want to talk about life. How short it is and why you shouldn’t waste it. When you step back and look at how small you are in this universe, it is crazy. Our lives are small and fleeting in the scheme of things, and yet we get caught up in our events and forget the world around us. I am one not to waste anything espically time and I want to talk about what is important in life and my views on how to have a happy life.

Hobbies: You have to have something you are passionate about. I have so many they are hard to list but my favorite hobby is writing. I love to write and tell my story. Other than the writing, I like to garden, read, bike,camp, hike, boating, astronomy, crafts,bake, and many other things.


Love You: The key to happy life is loving who you are. Loving who you are as a person inside and out. Yes I said on the outside too but if you are really unhappy about something, do what you can to improve it! Be inspired by your life, do thing that seem unachievable, be a great person. Learn to let go of hatefulness and bitterness and love people for who they are.

Friends: You can never have too many great friends. You need people to share your life with. People you can always count on to be there for you when you need them. Life is lonely when you are alone. There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.

Family: Learn to be grateful for your family.

Love Your Job: I know this is hard but it makes a world of difference in your life. If you don’t love what you do then you can’t truly be happy. I know this first hand. I worked hard in business school and landed a job in big corporation. Hated it. Went to another job and worked 60 hours a week at a desk. Couldn’t take it anymore so I went back to the job I had while working my way though college, Vet Tech, and I love it.

Never Stop Exploring: Question everything in life. Learn new things everyday. Go to places that you have never been. Say yes more than no. There is so much to see and learn in such little time. Go explore!

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
-Charles Darwin