More From Sunny Florida

I keep saying to myself, “I can’t believe I’m actually in Florida. I can’t believe I’m actually in Florida.”

It’s odd being here after having moved away 11 years ago because I thought I would feel more like a tourist rather than a previous Floridian. But after only the second day, I felt myself slipping into the familiar laidback and casual lifestyle that Florida invokes.

I’m doing exactly what I was hoping to do on this vacation, taking one day at a time and just hanging out.

On Tuesday, my brother Tom drove me back to our hometown, Boca Raton, where I had flashbacks of what it was like growing up there in the 70’s.

Here’s a photo of the home in which Tom and I grew up. You have no idea how many wonderful memories came back to me when I saw it.

 This is the high school I graduated from in 1974.
A photograph of my high school theater. I performed in several of the productions here before I graduated, and then moved to NYC to pursue a professional acting career.
This is the beach in Boca Raton where I use to hang out with my high school friends every weekend, slathering on baby oil and iodine; baking in the sun for SIX hours.
Boca Raton is notorious for having some of the most beautiful beachfront properties.  Here are a few photos of various homes and condominiums. 


My mother and brother currently live in a condo. Here is a photo collage I created of one of the pool areas at which I actually SUNNED myself this week. Yes, you heard me right…..SUNNED myself! But I swear, I only allowed the sun to touch my skin for one hour a day so that I would get just a tiny bit of color. Yet it’s ironic because my pale skin develops a tan VERY fast. Must be that “Italian” in me!
Wednesday night, my mother, brother and I went out to dinner with one of my mothers’ dear friends who took several photos of us.

This is my favorite image of the three of us together at last!

Hope you ladies and gents had a wonderful week. Thank you all for your comments on my previous post, I shared them with my family.

I can’t believe I’ve been here almost a week. Time is flying! I will be posting more photos in the upcoming week!

X

62 comments

  1. Hey there Ronnie,

    Great to hear that your vacation is happily rolling along. It's beautiful to see these very important places in your life. I have to say that your Mom look FABULOUS. Please pass on to her my best wishes as well as to your brother.

    Isn't it wonderful to go back and connect to past places? Great photos about your significant places. Goodness; what millionaire style homes.

    I have also visited a few times in HI places from my past. I so understand how you feel. Same here... I was imagining you cruising under the sun with your brother. I am sure that you had lots of fun together and there's a week more to come.

    I wish that you could send some sun to Paris. We had a few minutes today when it just poured. Hard to believe that it's summer...

    xo

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  2. What a great home you grew up in AND it looks like a great high school, too! Awesome to have a theater in your school big enough to be named!!!!

    And what the heck, Ron?? Why does your mom look so young????

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  3. Hey there Barb~

    "I have to say that your Mom look FABULOUS. Please pass on to her my best wishes as well as to your brother."

    Aw, thank you. And yes, I showed my mother and brother your comment and they said thank you as well!

    "Isn't it wonderful to go back and connect to past places? Great photos about your significant places. Goodness; what millionaire style homes."

    It sure is! Florida holds such sweet memories for me and my young adulthood.

    "I wish that you could send some sun to Paris. We had a few minutes today when it just poured. Hard to believe that it's summer..."

    ((((((( sending you some SUNSHINE )))))))

    But I have to tell you, it's soooooooo hot here. The past few days have been scorchers.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're having a super weekend!

    X to you and D!

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  4. Hi Bijoux~

    "What a great home you grew up in AND it looks like a great high school, too! Awesome to have a theater in your school big enough to be named!!!!"

    Thank you. Yes, the high school I went to had an amazing theater department. It was at this school that I developed the "theater bug" and went on to try it professionally.

    "And what the heck, Ron?? Why does your mom look so young????"

    I showed my mother your comment and she wanted me to tell you.....THANK YOU!

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

    X

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  5. So where's your mum? I see your sister and brother, but no mother!

    What a beautiful place to grow up in! It beats the streets of London, hands down! Then again, I suppose there are plus and minuses everywhere you go.

    Have a glorious second week Ron :)

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  6. What a beautiful family photo!! A real treasure.
    I'm thrilled that you got to revisit the places of your past. Must have brought back some great memories.
    Oooh, that beachfront property in Boca Raton looks super expensive!
    That first pool shot is very cool and inviting. OMG, Ron, it was soooo freaking hot today. It went over 100!! I posted a photo on FB of a snow scene and wished I could step into it for a bit.
    Continue to enjoy your vaca.
    {{sweaty hot HUGS from your NJ neighbor!}}

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  7. Hey there Babs~

    "So where's your mum? I see your sister and brother, but no mother!"

    OMG....my mother is going to LOVE reading that!!!

    ((((( Babs ))))))

    "What a beautiful place to grow up in! It beats the streets of London, hands down! Then again, I suppose there are plus and minuses everywhere you go."

    Yes, it is beautiful. But you're absolutely right, there ARE plus and minuses everywhere you go. I'm so glad that I grew up a big part of my life here because I have such fond memories. But I still prefer living in the northeast.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Babs! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    X to you and Mo!

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  8. Hey there Mary~

    Aw...thank, my friend. We had a such a great time Wednesday night when we went out for dinner.

    "I'm thrilled that you got to revisit the places of your past. Must have brought back some great memories."

    Yes, it did. Memories light the corners of my mind! I was having flashbacks!

    "Oooh, that beachfront property in Boca Raton looks super expensive!"

    It is. WAY too expensive for me - HA!

    "OMG, Ron, it was soooo freaking hot today. It went over 100!! I posted a photo on FB of a snow scene and wished I could step into it for a bit."

    OMG...it's HOT here too! I went out to walk around downtown so that I could take some photos, but I couldn't handle the heat more than 30 minutes. I was DRIPPING in sweat! I got back in the air conditioned car and drove around taking photos out the car window - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary! Hope you're enjoying weekend. Stay cool!

    X

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  9. How could you BEAR to leave that gorgeous place. Okay, I understand, but if it had been me it would have taken an army to drag me away. Loved the pictures, Ron, especially the one of your mother and brother and you. It's a happy photo, no wonder it's your favourite. Your mother looks really well, it's hard to think of how poorly she was when she looks so good. Carry on enjoying yourself and if you could send a slice of Florida weather to me I would truly be in your debt.

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  10. Looks like you are having a fantastic time Ron! I love going to Florida it is by far my favorite vacation spot :)

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  11. Hi Shae~

    Isn't Florida a great place to vacation? It instantly puts you in nice relaxed state, especially when your visiting!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Hope you had a Happy 4th of July!

    X

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  12. Good morning Valerie~

    "How could you BEAR to leave that gorgeous place. Okay, I understand, but if it had been me it would have taken an army to drag me away."

    HA! I know, many people have asked me that. As I shared in several of the posts I've written on this blog, I LOVED my time living in Florida, but I just felt like it was time to move back east.

    " It's a happy photo, no wonder it's your favourite. Your mother looks really well, it's hard to think of how poorly she was when she looks so good."

    Thank you. You're right, seeing her in person it's hard for me to recall how poorly she was back in March. She's made such amazing stride in her recovery. I'm so proud of her!

    "if you could send a slice of Florida weather to me I would truly be in your debt."

    Okay, here's some Florida sunshine coming your way....

    ((((( Florida sunshine )))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    X

    P.S. my brother and I are headed down to Miami today, so I'll have more photos later in the week :)

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  13. Dianne WilsonJuly 08, 2012

    I was thinking of you when I saw a weather report that indicated that it was 10 degrees cooler in Florida than it is up here

    you have great timing

    love all the photos, the homes are wonderful and the pool water looks so refreshing

    Mom is gorgeous
    and your brother looks like he gives great hugs

    continued good times
    Hope sends hugs

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  14. So glad you're having fun.
    What a fabulous family pic. Your mother looks great. Happy she's well.
    The pool collage is awesome...I wanted to jump right through my computer screen to cool off!

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  15. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    "I was thinking of you when I saw a weather report that indicated that it was 10 degrees cooler in Florida than it is up here"

    I know, can you believe that??? Although, I've forgotten how HUMID it gets here during the summer months, therefore it feels soooooo much hotter. Oy vey!

    "Mom is gorgeous
    and your brother looks like he gives great hugs"

    Aw, thanks, dear lady. My mother will be so happy to read your comment. And yes, my brother is such a sweet guy, you would love him!

    Hope you're having a super weekend! I'll be posting more photo this coming week.

    ((((( You and Hope )))))

    X ya's!

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  16. Hey there Suzi~

    Thank you, my friend. My mother is doing well :)

    "The pool collage is awesome...I wanted to jump right through my computer screen to cool off!"

    Ha! The other day while I was sitting out by the pool, it felt so refreshing to get into that pool :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Suzi. Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!

    X

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  17. Great photos, Ron! Makes me want to be in Florida too. Love the photographs of the beachfront homes. Wooo!

    The photo of you and your family is so sweet. You can tell how happy you all are to be together just from the image.

    Have a wonderful next week and enjoy yourself. Can't wait to see more photos.

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  18. Hola Denise~

    "Makes me want to be in Florida too. Love the photographs of the beachfront homes. Wooo!"

    I totally forgot how GRAND some of the beachfront homes are in Boca.

    "The photo of you and your family is so sweet. You can tell how happy you all are to be together just from the image."

    Thank you, girl. Yes, we are all very happy to be sharing this time with one another. I can't believe I've been here a week already!?!?

    Hope you're having a great weekend. Mucho thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  19. WOW what gorgeous places--and what a walk down memory lane. I hope that served up lots of happy memories.
    And gosh...the mom looks really, really, REALLY good--who could guessed all that she's had to contend with. And goodness--not the least bit 'wicked step-mother' material.
    Too happy.
    Too 'nice'.....and wayyyyyyyyy too pretty.

    *sigh*
    And way too young to be adopting me.
    Dangitall........

    But I'm glad she has the likes of both of you to terrorize her. LOL Brother looks like he's JUST as big of a handful as you no doubt were and still can be. LOLOL I'm thinkin' it's neck to neck on that one..and I've NO doubt that there's lots of good times when you all get together.

    Pool, sunbathing........AND a romp around the old 'hood'.
    And MOM time!!

    Lucky youse guys........

    *hugs all the way around!*

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  20. Aww...great to see the three of you! Your mom looks healthy and quite well, Ron - you'd never know she recently battled cancer. Sounds like you're having a great time down there. I'd avoid the baby oil; that stuff will BAKE your skin.

    And it's nice to see somebody else visit the house where they lived once, and their old high school. Feels like you're channeling my spirit, and that's fine with me.

    Enjoy the rest of your time down there!

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  21. Hiya Mel~

    "WOW what gorgeous places--and what a walk down memory lane. I hope that served up lots of happy memories."

    Yes, LOTS of happy memories. I have to say, the time I spent living in Florida was truly a wonderful period in my life.

    "And gosh...the mom looks really, really, REALLY good--who could guessed all that she's had to contend with. And goodness--not the least bit 'wicked step-mother' material.
    Too happy.
    Too 'nice'.....and wayyyyyyyyy too pretty.

    *sigh*
    And way too young to be adopting me.
    Dangitall........"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Mel, you crack me up! And thank you, yes, my mom does look really good for all that she's had to contend with. She's a Libra like us, we bounce back fast :)

    "Pool, sunbathing........AND a romp around the old 'hood'.
    And MOM time!!"

    It's really been such a great time for all of us. I can't believe I've been here a week already. Time is flying.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you had a SUPER weekend!

    (((((( You ))))))

    X ya!

    P.S. more pictures coming soon!

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  22. Howdy Mark~

    " Your mom looks healthy and quite well, Ron - you'd never know she recently battled cancer."

    Aw...thanks, buddy. It's truly amazing how great she really looks and feels. And yes, we're having delightful time!

    "I'd avoid the baby oil; that stuff will BAKE your skin."

    OMG, no, I would never use that stuff again on my skin - YIKES! Actually, I'm not using anything on my skin while tanning because I'm only out there an hour every couple of days.

    "And it's nice to see somebody else visit the house where they lived once, and their old high school. Feels like you're channeling my spirit, and that's fine with me."

    Mark, it's been such a blast visiting my old hometown. And YES, it is as if I'm channeling your spirit!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, bud. Hope you and Tara had a great weekend, and that you enjoyed your first week back at work!

    X to you and Tara!

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  23. absolutely loved this post and the photos. thanks for sharing ron. it looks so sunny, beautiful, green and clean there. i love florida and it's on my one of the places i would like to live. the beach house photos were my favorite, beautiful colors. reminds me of the outer banks beach homes. looks like you are having a great time so carry on my friend!

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  24. Herman TurnipJuly 08, 2012

    Your brother is rocking' the gold chain! Awesome :-)

    Sounds like you're have a great time while the rest of us peons are slaving away at work. Damn you! Heh...

    I've been to Florida once while attending Tech School in the Air Force, but never got to see the sights. Thanks for the flood of pics! Really shows me what I missed...

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  25. Hey Val Girl~

    " it looks so sunny, beautiful, green and clean there. i love florida and it's on my one of the places i would like to live."

    I can't tell how many times I've thought of YOU while here because I know HOW MUCH you love the warm weather. Val, you would ADORE living here, it's warm and sunny almost all the time.

    "the beach house photos were my favorite, beautiful colors. reminds me of the outer banks beach homes."

    Aren't the homes faaaaaabulous? They're HUGE!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Hope you had a great weekend!

    X

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  26. Howdy Herman~

    "Sounds like you're have a great time while the rest of us peons are slaving away at work. Damn you! Heh..."

    HA! Yes, I'm having a faaaaabulous time, but in one more week I'll be back to sweet REALITY :(

    " but never got to see the sights. Thanks for the flood of pics! Really shows me what I missed..."

    I think you would love Florida because the weather kinda similar to parts of the west coast, minus the HUMIDITY.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Hope you had an awesome weekend!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  27. Rob LenihanJuly 08, 2012

    Great post, Ron! I love these photos--I'm getting a tan just looking at them. I especially like the group photo--you saved the best for last! "Slathering on baby oil and iodine; baking in the sun for SIX hours!!!"--were you trying to look like a crocodile?!? Keep enjoying yourself, buddy! Hope this vacation is a blast!

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  28. Hey there Rob~

    Aw, thanks!

    " I love these photos--I'm getting a tan just looking at them."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It's funny because I haven't laid out in the sun in so many years, I'm not use to seeing myself with a TAN!

    ""Slathering on baby oil and iodine; baking in the sun for SIX hours!!!"--were you trying to look like a crocodile?!?"

    Yes, can you believe I use to do that? It's a wonder I even have any skin left on my body!?!?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Hope you had a SUPA weekend! Have a grrrrreat week!

    X

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  29. AkelamaluJuly 09, 2012

    The house where you grew up is just beautiful! Love all the images from your vacation and the photo of you with your mother and brother is fabulous!

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  30. Hello Pearl~

    Thank you, m'dear!

    I think of you often while here because I know of your love for warm, tropical weather :)

    Have a lovely week and thank you for stopping by!

    X

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  31. whenpigsflyJuly 09, 2012

    Love the photos! Your mom looks amazing. I think she must be so happy you are home finally for a long visit. A little sun is a good thing. Like everything, it's keeping it in moderation. Keep having fun and us posted.

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  32. love that group photo!!! y'all look so happy, just like you've had to make yourselves stop laughing for 10 seconds to take the picture. I think i know what you're talking about - catching a glimpse of places from your past. Comforting that they are still there and you can see kids riding their bikes down the street in your mind's eye. Hope the rest of your week together is wonderful :) hugs, diane

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  33. I am smiling smiling SMILING! Your childhood pictures are incredible. Your house reminds me of the San Diego house we lived in. Have fun and keep taking pictures! xxxooo!

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  34. Hey there Jen~

    "Your mom looks amazing."

    Aw...thanks, girl! I can't get over how strong and positive she is after having gone through what she went through back in March.

    "I think she must be so happy you are home finally for a long visit. "
    This has been such a wonderful reunion for all of us :)

    "A little sun is a good thing. Like everything, it's keeping it in moderation."

    I've only laid out a few days (for about an hour) but my skin has gotten dark so fast, I'm amazed.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a faaaaaaabulous week!

    Yes, I will be posting more photos later this week, so stay tuned.

    X

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  35. Hey there Diane~

    "love that group photo!!!"

    Aw, thank you. That photo was taken while waiting for our car from valet right after we walked out of a restaurant at which we were waiting FOREVER to get served, so we decided to go to another restaurant.

    "catching a glimpse of places from your past. Comforting that they are still there and you can see kids riding their bikes down the street in your mind's eye."

    You said it. That's exactly what it felt like. I have such wonderful memories of my 20 years living in Florida.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful week!

    (((( You )))))

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

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  36. Hey Ron! So sorry I have not been around to leave comments lately...too many things going on in my life right now. I am SO thrilled to hear that your vacation with your mom and brother is going so well!!! Boca Raton is positively gorgeous!! I have been MANY places in Florida...my favorites being Beverly / Flagler Beach and anywhere in the Keys! My daughter will be getting married in Siesta Key so we will be exploring another part of your former state!! Your mom and your bro look SO happy that you are there with them!!! Hope you are having a rockin' good time!! xo
    Jeanne

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  37. Hey there Jeanne~

    No worries, dear lady, I totally understand. While on this vacation, I've been busy too; not having a lot of time to visit and comment on everyone's blog. I'll be catching up when I return next week.

    "I have been MANY places in Florida...my favorites being Beverly / Flagler Beach and anywhere in the Keys!"

    Yes, I've to both those places.

    " My daughter will be getting married in Siesta Key so we will be exploring another part of your former state!!"

    Oh, how cool! I love the Keys!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jeanne, I've still got the remainder of this week and then I'll be heading back east next Monday. See ya then!

    X to you and the girlz!

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  38. Katherine MurrayJuly 10, 2012

    I am smiling smiling SMILING! Your childhood pictures are incredible. Your house reminds me of the San Diego house we lived in. Have fun and keep taking pictures! xxxooo!

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  39. Hey Katherine~

    :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Hope you're having a super week!

    X

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  40. Ron, your mom looks FANTASTIC! OMG. I am so happy for all of you

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  41. Hey there Lora~

    OMG, this is too funny because I was just thinking of you earlier this morning and wondering how you were!!!!

    "your mom looks FANTASTIC!"

    Aw, thank you!!!!

    Hope you're having a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Say hello to Philly for me!

    X

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  42. What a great place and wonderful trip you are having. The smile on all of your faces is only exceeded by the love that is exuded from your three hearts. I envy you my dear friend. Have a grand time and bake until you flake. You reminded me of the idiodine and baby oil that all of us who are the product of the sixties used. Except I use shoe polish and olive oil. I got real dark and smelled like a Caesar salad all summer. Then there was the time I used Castor oil and wood stain number 4. I had to shit every thirty seconds. Ah the wonderful time of youth. Hey buddy, have a time that stays in your soul and lives in your heart. As always thanks for sharing.

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  43. Hey there Mr. Dave!

    " The smile on all of your faces is only exceeded by the love that is exuded from your three hearts."

    Aw, thanks, buddy. Yes, we're having a wonderful together. My brother and I are about to head down to Fort Lauderdale for the day to take some photos and have some lunch.

    "You reminded me of the idiodine and baby oil that all of us who are the product of the sixties used. Except I use shoe polish and olive oil. I got real dark and smelled like a Caesar salad all summer. Then there was the time I used Castor oil and wood stain number 4. I had to shit every thirty seconds."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahhahaha!

    Dave, that CRACKED ME THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!! Freakin' HILARIOUS!!!!

    "Hey buddy, have a time that stays in your soul and lives in your heart. "

    Thanks, buddy :)

    Hope you're having a faaaaaabulous week! See ya soon!

    X

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  44. Hey Ron,
    What's up?

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  45. Hey bro!

    Yaaaaaaaaaay....now you have your own avatar!!!

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  46. Ron, your childhood home is adorable! And I just love seeing pictures of your high school and the theater where you got your first taste of acting!

    You, your brother and your mom look SO happy! I’ll bet you three are having the time of your lives and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Knowing YOU there are all kinds of stunts going on and your mom is probably in her glory having you around again.

    Seeing that beach, it’s no wonder you couldn’t resist being a tan worshipper! I would’ve wanted to be out there too catching some rays, although I would’ve had to lather on at least a 20-something sunscreen because I burn to a lobster color if I don’t—it’s the cheap Irish skin, I wasn’t blessed with hearty Italian skin, probably because neither parent is Italian! lol! But I swear, I WAS Italian in a former life, you know, when you and I were brother and sister.

    I’m SO thrilled you are having fun and taking one day at a time, making it last as long as possible.

    ((YOU))

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  47. *waving from Florida*

    Hellooooooo Pam~

    "You, your brother and your mom look SO happy! I’ll bet you three are having the time of your lives and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Knowing YOU there are all kinds of stunts going on and your mom is probably in her glory having you around again."

    Oh, we're having such a great time with one another. We just home from having an awesome lunch at a restaurant in Hillsborough Beach. It rained a bit today, but it cooled things off so that we were able to sit outside, right on the beach and eat a delicious lunch! In fact, that's all I've been doing since I got here....EATING!!!!

    "although I would’ve had to lather on at least a 20-something sunscreen because I burn to a lobster color if I don’t—it’s the cheap Irish skin, I wasn’t blessed with hearty Italian skin, probably because neither parent is Italian! lol! But I swear, I WAS Italian in a former life, you know, when you and I were brother and sister."

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA! Yup, I bet that's when you and I were Italian brother and sister in a past life!

    I'm amazed that my skin is not burning, but rather tanning. I'm trying to stay out for only a hour every other day, so maybe that's why I'm not burning.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Hope you're enjoying a fantabulous week! I should be posting more photos in a day or two. I can't believe I only have 4 more days left. Time is flying, but I'm having such a wonderful time!

    ((((( You )))))

    X

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  48. nite byrdJuly 11, 2012

    You all look so very happy! I'm glad you're having a good time and that the weather has been cooperative. You are using sunscreen, right?

    City Place?

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  49. Hey there Nitebyrd~

    OMG....I'm having a faaaaabulous time and the weather has been PERFECT!

    Funny you mentioned City Place! I'll call you sometime tomorrow and touch base, okay?

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis! Talk to ya soon!

    X

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  50. Hey Ron! Just popping in to say Hello!!! LOVE your Florida pics! I wish I could take the heat...I would really love to live there!! Actually, I'd love to spend each winter there!! Hope you and your mom and brother are having a BLAST!!!
    xo Jeanne

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  51. Helloooooooooooo Jeanne!

    Aw, thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. I will be posting one last post sometime today before I leave on Monday.

    "Actually, I'd love to spend each winter there!!"

    That's actually the BEST time to be here because it's not as hot as it is during the summer months.

    Hope you're having a faaaaaaabulous week!

    Much X to you and the girlz!

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  52. la skjødtJuly 12, 2012

    wow, 50 comments already... what happens when i go offline for a few... you and your family look adorable and your mom is so cute! i have to share with you i just had the strangest thing EVER happen to me. your brother looks EXACTLY like mine!!!!!!!!! OMG ron, my heart is beating faster than a jack rabbit's, i was so shocked when i saw this photo... i, of course, never expected to see my brother as your brother... and we're not even italian! isn't that weird????!!

    well anyway, give yourself more than an hour for sunning, you won't melt. and everyone will be jealous when you go back to work looking so healthy. ;)
    xoxoxo i can't wait to see what you think about your bro/my bro being the same bro...geez, i am still in shock!

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  53. Hey there Linda~

    " i have to share with you i just had the strangest thing EVER happen to me. your brother looks EXACTLY like mine!!!!!!!!! OMG ron, my heart is beating faster than a jack rabbit's, i was so shocked when i saw this photo... "

    OMG...you're kidding me?!?!?!!? How ironic is that????

    "i, of course, never expected to see my brother as your brother... and we're not even italian! isn't that weird????!!"

    Yes....that is soooooooooo weird!!! Maybe you and are related!!!

    Well, they say that everyone has a twin, so maybe your brother and my brother are TWINS!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend! Hope you're having a faaaaaaaabulous week!

    (((((( Linda ))))))


    xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  54. awwwww look at how cute your family is!!! just like you. I"m so happy you are taking it easy and how fun to go back home and visit all those spots.

    have a splendid time my bestie. xoxox

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  55. Hey there Brit!

    Thanks girl! It was so great getting away for two weeks and visiting my family again after so many years.

    We had a blast!

    Have a super week, bestie!

    xoxoxo

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  56. Katherine KrigeJuly 19, 2012

    That is a beautiful picture of you and your kin Ron! I am flip flopping between your trip posts, but it sounds like you had a fabulous time. I know what you are talking about having a hard time getting back into the swing of life again though. I was gone for one week to a getaway at a cottage in Maine and darned if I can set myself back into routine again. I suppose it doesn't help having the kids home too, but I could have used another week!

    Welcome home!

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  57. Hey there Katherine~

    Thank you! And yes, we all had a faaaaaaaabulous time being together. In fact, I just got off the phone with my brother because I had emailed him a couple of photos I took while I was there.

    " I was gone for one week to a getaway at a cottage in Maine and darned if I can set myself back into routine again."

    Ain't that the truth? For the first couple of days back, I felt like I couldn't even focus on anything because I was still in Florida vacation mode. Today is the first day I feel NORMAL.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Hope you're enjoying a SUPER summer!

    X to you and your girls!

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  58. Oh Ron!! These photos are FABULOUS! I know I am SO late to the game over here - but it sure looks and sounds like you had an amazing time in Florida!

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  59. Nooooooooo...you're never late. You're right on time!

    And yes, I had an amazing time in Florida.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my other posts. You're a sweetheart!

    (((( You )))))

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  60. Your mom looks so happy to have both her boys home!

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  61. OMG...for the first two days, all we did was say...."I can't believe we're finally all together again!

    We had such a super time!

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