Monday, December 12, 2011

The Season of Giving Part 2

Christmas this year is going to be much smaller at our house.

I told Henry that I don't need anything.

I told the kiddos that Santa's cutting back.

I skipped out on the family gift swap.

BUT... what we did do is sponsor some students.

Now, the school has a Holiday Helper's program that makes sure that the families who are struggling and the many homeless students enrolled, are able to have at least a little Christmas. Chef Hubby and I are both working at the same school and both emailed each other the blast to see if the other was interested. It was actually a little silly.

So I called the office and stated that we would sponsor a student. I was psyched! That meant I got to go shopping and find deals and totally make someone's Christmas, who otherwise wouldn't have one.

A few days later, I went to her office to get my assigned student, I found out that she had mistakenly given us a very small family. So we took it and then volunteered to take the student as well.

Can I just say the sales that I've been finding are ridiculous!! We've been able to fill their wishlists, including winter coats and infant snowsuits for an average of 30% of the price.

Then we went to church and they had a giving tree. There we were able to give games to a Veteran's Home. The kids classes are taking donations for the Lion's Club and Ronald McDonald House... and who can forget Gifts to Give??

We are so very blessed right now to have so much...
Our health
Stable jobs
Absolutely amazing friends
Loving relationships
A safe, warm roof over our heads
Cars to transport us... and carpool for school
Enough money to pay our bills
Children who are starting to see that it is important to give back :)

My job is settling in.
I've definitely turned a corner.

Things are going to be ok...

and I know that I can do absolutely anything with the support and love of my family and friends!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Starting to Feel Better

Yesterday was a lazy day for me and the family.

My mom had the entire family over for dinner... downstairs on the first floor.

We had dinner at our house on the second floor.

We weren't trying to be anti-social. We just wanted to take the chance to have our own tradition of Thanksgiving Day. I usually work the football games and well, as my last post said, I'm not an Athletic Trainer anymore, so I was home. Me and the girls watched the parade while Henry cooked dinner. He made breakfast too... hehe. Yes, I'm spoiled.

So the girls and I sat on the couch and watched the parade. I sorted through the fliers and created a game plan for Black Friday. We even ate dinner in our pjs :) It was awesome!

Then we went downstairs with our pies (after we got dressed) and joined the rest of the family for the afternoon. It was the best of both worlds. I even got to sneak back up to take a nap.

Told you I was spoiled!!

My mom let the kids sleep downstairs so hubby and I could go out this morning and grab some serious deals. I couldn't believe how well we did!

*** Doing the happy Dance *** 

We wanted to run out of Kohl's before they figured out they practically gave us the stuff to take home! Now, I have to wrap and ship out some gifts to my niece and nephew (I love saying that... lol) I just wish we were there to watch them open the packages. Hoping to be able to do that soon, maybe next year ;)  

Anyway, now I'm putting up the tree, listening to Christmas music, and maybe even baking some goodies. Still feeling a little off, but I think it might have been the whole missing the game yesterday and still trying to find my "thing". I have some ideas to roll with at school to get the kids more involved, but we'll have to see. 

OK - Merry Christmas everyone! And just remember... it's not what you get, but instead, what you give. It doesn't have to expensive or shiny. It can be as simple as a card, or a thank you, or even a smile. In this crazy time of year there are a lot of people struggling and the little things are what really matter. 

So, I wish you all enough...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I've been struggling.

I doubt that most people would believe that, but I have. I feel so lost right now that I really can't explain it.

My family has been so blessed this year. I became a Physical Education teacher at a regional high school. My husband was elected to the city council. Our children are still enrolled in the Catholic School that rocks! We booked our first "real" vacation for this summer... can't say where cuz of little reading eyes, but guess. Yup!

We had to make some house repairs and because of these changes, we had the money to deal with it. I no longer have to work at night or the weekends so I get to spend more time with the kids, my friends and my hubby.

Ok... so why am I struggling?

I feel lost because although I think I'm at least pretty good at my current job, I miss being an Athletic Trainer. I miss being able to "teach". I know that sounds like an oximoron somehow... I become a teacher and feel like I teach less. It's just that it's different.

I can explain the importance of moving and exercising. I can explain the rules to a game and the basic fundamentals to make it happen. I can teach some modifications for different abilities, etc. BUT I still "know" so much more. I want to teach them injury prevention and nutrition. I want to explain that you didn't really "break" your finger because it popped.

I almost miss the stress.

I'm also struggling a little because we just finished an insane campaign for the city council. There was throat cutting and all that. I knew it would happen, but at one point the opponent even attacked ME! I'm not running for office. She said that I made a face and turned away.

I know most people think that doesn't sound like a big thing, but it is.

I am a professional. I have to deal with a LOT of people. A few that I do NOT like. A few that I do NOT get along with. A few that I down right HATE to deal with!!! BUT... I do NOT make faces. I might bite my tongue til it bleeds but seriously?? Don't try to break down my character.

I used to have all day to myself in between dropping off the kids at school and then heading to work after school. Now, well now... I have no time! I always have to do laundry. I always have to clean the house. I am always playing catch up!! How the hell do people do this???

So, I miss my job, I'm in the political lime light, my house is a freaking disaster and I just want to sleep... so what happens??

I gain 20lbs back. Can I cry now??

I am still more than 50lbs less than my most, but I am terrified and for some reason, I feel like I'm caught in a current and can't get my feet under me. This sucks.

So - this weekend, I am going to figure it out. I am going to think about what I am most thankful for. I am going to figure out what makes me happy. I am going to make a plan. I am going to start praying a little more and start reading over the bible again...

Happy Thanksgiving. Say a prayer for me. Ok

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Season of Giving

Today was an eye opening experience.

Honestly, I knew when I heard, but it was a reinforcing moment.

Today we brought about 48+ cans to the Cans Across the Park collection today. It was awesome! The best part was the kids were upset we had to leave. They were having fun organizing the cans and knew exactly why they were there. We were helping gather cans to feed the less fortunate.

In our house, we discuss this stuff all of the time.

We have a Pantry box that we stock with items from our shopping trips to donate to the food pantries. We don't throw away our clothes. Instead we pass them on to cousins, friends, or the less fortunate. We don't throw away the toys they no longer use. We usually donate them to a charity.

Well, today we left the park and headed over to Gifts to Give. This is a local non-profit organization that truly operates as a non-profit. None of the staff is paid. Yes, you read that correctly. They have been in operation for 2yrs and NONE of the staff is paid!!! Now, isn't that what a non-profit organization should be doing??

Anyway, they are awesome. They collect items from the community and then volunteers of all ages help sort, clean, organize, pack, wrap, etc all of the items. When I say all ages, I mean ALL ages!! They even have the 3-4 yr olds make wrapping paper for the birthday gifts that go out to the kids in need. Older kids can help sort clothes, repair or organize games, or clean toys.

They take everything people bring. Whatever is "rejected" for the gifts is either recycled, repurposed, sold in a yard sale that helps with their overhead, or (very little of it) is tossed.

So you might think that their main purpose is to send gifts and clothes to less fortunate, right?? NOPE!

Their main purpose is to get people to volunteer!

Isn't that great?!

It gives everyone the opportunity to get involved. It gives EVERYONE the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.

We are now trying to figure out when we can go help. The kids didn't want to leave that either. I love my kids! They are so amazing. I need to make sure that doesn't wear off. I need to make sure that it rubs off on our friends.

They already want to go through their stuff again and donate some of it. Maybe you have somethings you can bring over. Or you might want to volunteer some of your time to help. Visit their website!

It's the season of giving... what can you offer?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another apology...

I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since I've last posted. I didn't mean to step away for so long.

Things have been crazy!!

Phoebe will be in a show this weekend. It's going to be sooo cute... I can't wait. She's a "Who" in Seussical Jr - The Musical.

Her BFF got the understudy part Jo Jo, the smallest Who in Whoville, which caused a little bit of tension in the beginning. BUT then, Phoebe got the understudy part for the Young Kangaroo and it's all better now :) lol

Don't you wish problems were this easy to solve in the real world??

Actually, now that I think about it... maybe some of them ARE that easy to solve.

Since the last post, my husband won the primary election for our Ward in the city. I couldn't be more proud. I am impressed daily by his determination and commitment to this city. He has been nonstop answering calls, attending meeting, doing radio interviews and debates. It's just constant motion. He is so good at handling it. Me, not so much :(

I have to admit... I need to go back to Weight Watchers, because my coping method seems to have packed on a couple of extra pounds. **sigh**

I am NOT the politician in the family. I say stuff that shouldn't be said, without even realizing it. So I've learned to just say nothing... which is very difficult for me! ugh!!! I just keep saying the Penguins of Madagascar's mantra "Smile and wave, boys! Smile and wave."

That's pretty much what I've been doing my entire life because I'm not a big fan of conflict, but it's my coping mechanism now. I'm awful with names so you smile and shake hands, enter the small talk and pray to God you don't get caught not knowing.

Am I alone??

I don't know. The show is done this weekend. The official election is November 8th. I just need to make it til then. Unfortunately, Halloween falls in between which leaves plenty of candy in the house to soothe me!! lol

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my girlfriends!!! They have helped me in so many ways...

Watching my kids.
Letting me vent.
Dragging me for runs.
Mixing me a drink.
Making me laugh.
Letting me cry.
Just making me feel sane.

I love them...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Changes, changes, everywhere!!

Phew! It's over.

Remember way back when I posted my "Cryptic message"? Well, I had an interview for a teaching job.

A teaching job that I had applied for way back in March of last year.

My interview was the very first day of Football preseason! As many of the parents out there know... the first day of football preseason isn't pretty.

There are lots of forms that need to be turned in. Lots of kids who haven't done anything all summer. Lots of stupid injuries that could have been avoided. Lots of whining, moaning, groaning, etc.

All of which I am responsible for dealing with!!!

But, I had the interview too...

It lasted 17 minutes. Yeah. That's it. All my eggs in one basket. Hoping that those 17 mins were enough.

Fortunately, I had 2 a days to keep my occupied... oh and those final 30 miles in 2 weeks left to finish for my 99/100 Summer Run Challenge!

Anyway, I got the call with the job offer the following week and was able to start subbing "for myself" the day after Labor Day. It was fun. It was hectic. It was still NOT official, because my husband also worked at the school and they have an Anti-Nepotism rule, which meant that I had to be approved by the school committee the following week.

It passed and I was officially offered the job. THEN, I had to give my resignation at the high school I had been working at for 5+ years as the Athletic Trainer, or more specifically, the hospital I have been contracted out of. They require 2wks, but requested 3 weeks so that I could help with the transition. No problem. I love the people there - the kids, the coaches, the staff, heck, even the parents I work with there ROCK!

So for the past 5wks I have been working as a Physical Education teacher at one school, an Athletic Trainer at another school, a Campaign Manager for my husband's campaign, and a mom. Can you say EXHAUSTED??

Last night was my last "official" night at as the Athletic Trainer and I was sad.

There were so many former students that came to say goodbye and I was swarmed by hugs from the present ones. I cried AGAIN on the way home. Man, this has been a killer.

I am so excited to be a part of my new school. I can't wait to be able to add my spin to the mix. I've already learned so much from my coworkers and there is still so much left to figure out. I'm already planning to go to a lot of the games to make sure that everything is going well... and to actually be able to talk and mingle with the spectators.

Transitions are crazy. Change is scary. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I can't wait to figure it out :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I have 2 little girls, as most of you already know.

These 2 little "princesses" are very different. Phoebe is the Drama Queen. She will NEVER be happy.

EVER! Seriously!!

I know. I'm tough on her. I need to start "supporting" her more. Chef Hubby keeps telling me that maybe the reason she doesn't listen is because I'm always nagging. Well, maybe I wouldn't be nagging so freaking much if she started acting like a nice human being... ugh!!

Yes, I am frustrated today.

Yesterday, we had to divide and conquer. We had purchased tickets to the Princesses on Ice: Dare to Dream show a while ago. Well, we had purchased them through a friend and I completely forgot about them. Then another friend was planning a birthday and I assured her that we would be there. Of course!

Well, Wednesday Chef Hubby and I were watching tv and I saw a commercial for the show and freaked out! I totally messed up and needed to fix it. Fortunately, we have other friends :) Phew! So I asked if one of Payton's friends and her Dad wanted to go with Chef Hubby and Payton while Phoebe and I went to a "Tea Party".

While at the party, I got a text from Chef Hubby telling me that Payton said "Daddy, I really wish Phoebe was here. She'd like it".

Phoebe was having a blast with her friends and to be honest, even though she was having fun, was still REALLY upset that she didn't get to go to the Princess Show AND the Tea Party! Yeah...

OK - fast forward to when we got home...

Phoebe walks in the door and Payton runs over: "Phoebe, here this is for you!". Handing her a princess crown.

Phoebe turns around and gives her a pile of "stuff" from the Tea Party that was sent home for her, while saying "Oh, and you didn't get a fan because yours' was broken".

I watched a little disappointed and then a little sad when I asked Payton "Where is your crown?" and she replied "I gave it to Phoebe because she didn't get to go".

Please tell me that this is going to get better!! Please tell me that Payton will always be this way and that someday, Phoebe will realize there is more to life that "stuff". I don't know... I guess I'm just bummed. Did I drop the ball somewhere?? Did I get them too much stuff growing up? How do I fix this??

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I know, I've been cryptic for a while, but I couldn't jinx it.

OK - to be honest, I couldn't tell everyone about it and then not get it.

I'm kind of pathetic like that.

Anyway, last year (March to be exact) I submitted an application at Greater New Bedford Voc Tech for a Physical Education Teacher and then never heard anything, at all about it. Well, until the 3rd week of August. I finally "Got a call" and was asked to come in for an interview.

Of course, nothing can be easy because the interview had to be set up for the very first day of Pre-Season! ugh.

Well, I still hadn't heard anything after the 1st day of school started so I figured I should start checking the mail. So, like any other day, on Tuesday, August 30th, I headed out for a run without my phone. Who the heck's gonna call, right??

I came back to 11 missed calls! Wow - all within an hour! I was offered the job BUT because hubby works for the school already and they have a nepotism rule, I needed approval from the school committee. After subbing for myself for a week, I was APPROVED! Then, I handed in my resignation at FHS.

Now, I am still subbing for myself because I have to leave as soon as the last class lets our to run over to Fairhaven and take care of my kids. Man, I am seriously going to miss them :( It's a little over 2wks left for me to juggle to 2 jobs, 2 kids, the hubby, the kids, the dog, 3 hamsters, the house... oh, and the little thing known as the City Coucilor Campaign! I can't wait!!

Then and only then I will be celebrating my new position!!!! woohoo!!!

Wish me luck :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fill the Pantry Challenge... Again!

Today is a very special day for America. It represents a time that we came together as a country and shouted to the world that we are united and we get stronger when confronted. We fight to protect each other. United we stand, right?!

Well, I've always believed that you need to care for your family, your neighbor, your community before you try to help the more global charities. You need to keep your base strong, healthy, happy, and united. So I am reissuing the Fill the Pantry Challenge.

It costs only as much as you are willing/able to spend. Very basically, you can keep a box in your pantry, kitchen, hallway, whatever. Each time you go to the grocery store pick up one or two items to put in it. Or you can start a Fill the Pantry fund and put a dollar or two in it each week. Then pick a local charity, food bank, shelter to donate the goods or money.

The most important part is that you are making a commitment to help... and if you have children, you make them take an active role. I used to have my kiddos pick the items. I have to admit, even we got out of the habit of doing this for a while. BUT - we are breaking out the box again!

So help us unite again to make our community stronger! When people work together, talk together, get along it creates a safer, healthier, stronger environment... that YOU helped build :)

My prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims and heros of 9/11. I will ALWAYS remember!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Final Run!!

Tomorrow is Labor Day... marking the 99th day of the Summer 2011 Run Challenge! We only have 3.8 miles to go.

We WORKED hard for this!!

We overcame sooo much.

We survived 2 surgeries, multiple injuries, sick kids, WAY too hot days, vacations, and well, just a couple days of just pure laziness.

Our mileage per run ranged from 1.6miles - just a little over 7!

We honestly didn't know we were as strong as we actually are. We amazed ourselves more than once. We finished strong on days that we didn't think we could move.

Mostly, we proved to ourselves that we could do it :)

AND... we raised money for the Shepherd's Pantry while doing it!! woohoo!!

It's not too late to help though. Feel free to sponsor us by clicking the "Donate" button on the side bar. Every little bit helps!

Next summer we will be doing this again and we're hoping that more people will join us :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


A lot of people talk about reading.

I was in a bookclub - that I actually started! But it was soooo tough for me to sit down and read.

I didn't even finish the book I chose!!

So yeah, thankfully, my kiddos love reading :)

Anyway, we've been going to church and praying and talking a lot more about religion, the church, where we fit it... all that stuff. I'm still debating the whole conversion to "Catholic" from the Episcopal Church. It's actually a silly debate I have in my head.

To be honest, I think that most of my beliefs are Catholic, but I remember the comfort of the smaller Episcopal Church. As I had stated previously, my grandmother taught us catechism at home for many, many years between making first communion and joining St. Peter's. I remember reading her book of "moral" stories, directed towards kids that always ended with a bible verse encompassing the meaning of the lesson,etc.

I also remember that every time she came, she brought Ring Dings!! wooo hooo!!

Anyway, I've drifted WAY off track... I remember having confirmation classes at St. Peter's and constantly being corrected on my beliefs. Apparently, even when I didn't think I was paying attention, it was sinking in. So, since these beliefs are ingrained in me, the answer should be easy, right???


I started reading Catholic Answers and Catholics Come Home based on a friends advice and well, I freaked out!

I am the perfect little parishioner in the Episcopal Church, but if I convert to Holy Name, I'm doomed to hell by a mortal sin. How is that far??

So, I stopped reading those sites and decided to open the Bible.

OH my GOODNESS!!! How the heck does anyone get through that?!?!

I'm sorry, I tried to pick it up and read it... I tried. And to be honest, I even cheated a little. My grandmother actually gave me a copy of the Good News Bible. It's written in "today's language" so it's supposed to be easier to comprehend.

ummm.... yeah.

I understand the words, but the stories are pretty overwhelming. So I talked to Henry and asked him what he thought. He showed me that many people pick up the bible and turn to page each day and read from there. Wow, that's cool!

So I started doing that. I started reading random passages each day and it seems better. I feel like I'm getting something out of it. I have a question though... Is this cheating?? Am I playing the "magic 8 ball" with the bible?

Does anyone have any other tips? And, are mortal sins forgiven if you really are sorry, while at the same time, standing behind your decision??

This is definitely one time that ignorance is bliss!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cryptic, I know...

Oh my goodness... I can't get my brain to stop!! 
I grew up with Calvin and Hobbes and
I keep trying to tell myself...

I hate transitions.

Every year I have a few sleepless nights about this time... Football starts tomorrow.
This year, there are a few more hurdles than I am used to and I am hoping to conquer them as easily as my brother used to in his hurdling days. 

I am telling myself that I rock. 
I have worked for everything that I have ever gotten.

Nothing worth it, ever comes easy.

And then I found this one...

I love this one!!

It drives me...

Don't take anything for granted and remember to spring through the finish line.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Our Summer...

I have to apologize for being so absent from the blog this summer. I really meant to stop in more to post about our adventures and stuff, but it's been going by so quickly that I was kind of lost in the whirlwind of events.

I will try to give you a small glimpse of what we've been up to :)

We went camping for an entire WEEK! Loved it!! Of course, we did have pretty much a full kitchen setup and a tent with it's own sun porch, oh and a basket ball hoop... lmao!!!

Ooohh yeah, and a portable DVD player for when they all just about had it...

And amazing friends to spend some time with... Thanks guys it was awesome (and Laurie, Dave and Audrey too!!)

 Rebel LOVES camping too... especially, because he usually helps clean up after dinner...

Then there were the playdates... this is right after Henry PAID them to clean the playroom. I do NOT do that... EVER!!!! So they were extremely excited. Can you tell??

 Then my big brother and niece visited... SOOO exciting... don't know why I can't fix the pics though... sorry

Most recently, we made our way up to Vermont to the MOST amazing place ever!! The Inn at Essex... It's a Culinary Resort and Spa and everything about it rocks! 

Check out the cake they made custom for Phoebe's birthday...
 Immediately following dinner, I got to enjoy a massage that Chef Hubby had booked for me :)  Then I tried out the eucalyptus steam shower AND the sauna, before heading to the indoor pool and hot tub with the family. Seriously, the best time EVER! Next time we definitely need to go with friends though... and spend more than 24hrs there.

  On the way back, we stopped at the Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop for a tour and of course some samples!

 So now we are back home and Monday starts Phoebe's Suessical camp at the school in preparation for the drama club performance she will be in this year. As well as, the first day of Pre-season at school for me. Man oh man, I hate transitions and this year is turning out to be a little more dramatic than usual... more on that later ;)

 Will be trying to stay more on top of this - AGAIN! It seems I've been saying that a lot lately, huh??? lol

Friday, July 29, 2011

Very Busy...

I apologize to the few people still reading, about not posting anything in a LONG time!! We've been very, very busy lately and I promise I will try to post about it all very soon :)

Today, I'm home with the kiddos and their friends... baking!

OK - I'm baking. They are playing relatively quiet in the playroom.

We've already discussed that there will be quiet time later. Naptime for the younger ones and reading time for the older ones. They all agreed (for the most part).

Payton begged for a tea party and since it's one of the things on our summer list, I've decided we might just need to do it for lunch. Wish me luck! Now I have to look up tea party menus for stuff they will actually eat!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Baptism

So we were able to get the kiddos Baptized today :)

The church was warm and the kids had a bunch of friends and family surrounding them... so they were less than behaved, of course! Isn't that always the way?? Dress them up, take them out, and they go INSANE... but I love them :)

After the mass, we moved up to the front and gathered near the baptism "area". Laurie and my brother, Donald are Payton's godparents and Mary and Kevin are Phoebe's godparents. My Brother and Sister in Law were unable to attend, but they were definitely in our hearts as they are now even closer to the girls in this bond.

The girls are in Catholic school and understand that baptism is when you accept God into your life and become "one of his children". Also, thankfully, they have been absolved of all their sins. phew! 

Payton was thrilled about this baptism thing until Henry picked her up... actually, she was OK..

Until he went to pour the water on her... then she took a minute and settled in...

Phoebe was big enough not to have to be picked up...

I was so proud of my kiddos!! I love them so much and know that we are on the right path for our family. We have amazing friends, family, and teachers... both of the girls asked to invite their teachers for this event and they were both able to attend. YAY!

I looked into the Catholic schools in the area and picked Holy Family-Holy Name for so many reasons. For the most part, it seemed the most "kid-friendly", but I was sold when we went for the tour and the teachers welcomed my girls with open arms, and even hugs!  HUGS! yes... these teachers legitimately care about the students... and the parents. OK, OK... moving on... Here are some other shots

Is there a reason these candles need to be 8ft tall???

I think they looked like little angels in their dresses :) It was a great day with great people and amazing food - of course! Crashing on the couch now... so needed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Fun!

We've had lots of Girl Power so far this summer... and it's been AWESOME!!! Here is Phoebe with 2 of her BFFs all dressed up and ready to party!! I took this pic and laughed about how funny it will be to show them it in 10yrs when they are getting dressed for their proms.

Then I realized that might not be much fun... wow. In 10yrs, my baby is going to a junior in high school. She might be a cheerleader, or a drama queen, or President of her class. She of course, is NOT going to boy crazy... right?!?! See, of course NOT!! lol

After a few hours of playing dress-up, coloring, building blocks, cooking in their kitchen... I decided I needed a break :)

I packed up my car with 5 booster seats and headed to the movies! The lady at the concessions stand totally rocked and instead of giving me one big bucket of popcorn, I was able to get 3 bags for the price of a large. That way, we were paired up with a "popcorn buddy". No fights, no whining, no spilled giant bucket of popcorn.

We saw Kung Fu Panda 2. It was cute.

Alyssa was bummed for about a half a minute because she'd already seen it, but she was excited to see it with her friends this time.

Later that night, the other mommy's came over and hubby whipped up some drinks and we tried to watch Knocked Up. I couldn't believe Carolyn had never seen it!! Well, she still hasn't seen it, because the kiddos were kiddos and it was thundering... get it? Yup... knocked up is not a kids movie. Especially the uncut version!

The fun resumed Monday at the Buttonwood Park Zoo with Phoebe's friends and the Toe Jam Puppet Band! If you've never seen or heard of these guys, check it out. They rock!! The kids love their music. They are hilarious!

It's an hour show, every Monday at the zoo 10:30am and 12:30pm, that costs $5 per family plus zoo admission if you don't have the membership. We packed a lunch and had a blast.

Tuesday was the first official Tuesday Pool Day!! Had and Brae came over for the day and we packed up the car and headed over to see our friends. It was a great day. I was able to hang out with the grown ups while the kids splashed around for hours! I actually had to drag them out for a bit to force food into their little bellies... lol

Here are some of the best shots...

There was the general splashing in the pool.

Then there were the brave few who were willing to try to conquer the diving board! With a little hesitation...

Then, they took the jump!!

All in all, it was an amazing day!  
Yesterday, I was able to whip up the rest of the Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Bacon cookies I had prepped Monday. I had my dad over for dinner and laughed and talked and had fun. This was all after catching up a friend during the afternoon and helping her put together some stuff for the very soon to be baby boy :) So happy for them!

Today, Phoebe requested blueberry scones for breakfast and thankfully, while roaming Luzo's yesterday, I grabbed a can of them for a buck! Score... here you go, hunny. I'm loving this summer stuff!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer Has Begun... The Planning Stage :)

Summer has officially begun and we survived our first full day playdate. Actually, the mom's decided that the playdate wasn't really over after the movies and met up in Claire's for a little shopping with the girls. My kiddos ended up with 11 more headbands... mostly for dress-up, but some are really cute. How could I resist? They were 10 for $10!!

We came home, ate, and the mommies all headed to the meeting at the school, for the Suessical Jr musical production they will be doing next fall. Tryouts were this past week and although Phoebe didn't really practice very much, her best friend kicked some serious butt and scored the understudy role of one of the leads... YAY, Hadleigh!!

Anyway, after hanging out there chatting, we decided that maybe a drink would be nice. So I headed to liquor store, stocked the bar and had hubby mix us some drinks. OK, so we were all done after one drink and then they couldn't leave, because in order to safely drive the kids home, there needed to be a little rest period. hehe

Well, it's now 9am the next morning and I think that one of the kids FINALLY woke up!! They never ever EVER sleep this late. Especially, on a day that I can sleep late too. But the dog decided that I still couldn't sleep and woke me up at 8am. Oh well.

We've been working on our Summer List like Meg and Laura and I think we have a pretty good start at this point. Not sure if we will be able to complete it all, but I can hope :)

The Summer List 2011
  1. Blueberry Picking
  2. Spend a night in a hotel
  3. Visit the Boston Science Museum
  4. Make a Lemonade Stand
  5. Library Trips
  6. Go Camping - we are staying in a tent (a HUGE tent!) for an entire week this summer :)
  7. Teach the kiddos how to ride their bikes
  8. Water Balloon Fight
  9. Watch the New Bedford Bay Sox play - I have to be medical coverage for a few games, but I want to bring the kids to at least one other one
  10. Hike some trails
  11. Go the the Freetown Water Park
  12. Make ice cream
  13. Go to a Drive-In Movie - with the kids!!
  14. Fishing
  15. Watch Fireworks
  16. Have a Bake Sale
  17. Play Mini Golf
  18. Go to Storytime
  19. Go to a Fair
  20. Have a Tea Party
  21. Have a picnic at the beach/park
  22. FINALLY - Get a Family Portrait!!! We've never had one :(
That's it for now. I'm excited. I know it doesn't seem that thrilling, but for me, it's huge!! I took the summer off to be with my family and I want to make the most of it. I can NOT wait!!

Bring it on Summer!!

Addition of Potentially Weekly Events:
  1. Pool Tuesday!
  2. Treat Tuesday - yes, Phoebe saw this on Meg's list and wouldn't drop it... lmao 
  3. Pool at Aunt Sue's Fridays :)
  4. Slumber Party in the Sunroom

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Has Begun!

So yesterday was the last day of school for the girls and hubby... my last day was Wednesday "officially". I will be doing work throughout the summer per diem and stuff that I have lingering at the school.

Today I offered to watch 2 of the girls best friends and then it occurred to me that another one of their friends doesn't get to come over very often and took advantage of taking her, as well. Ummm... yeah, that makes for 5 little girls. I thought we could go to the playground or the park, or even the beach. It would be awesome! BUT we do live in New England so, of course, it's raining.

They've played with the kitchen stuff.

They've played legos.

They've played baby dolls.

They've eaten breakfast and lunch.

They've dressed up in EVERYTHING!! I took a picture and I will be keeping it forever... well, at least until they are 16yrs old and getting ready for a high school prom. Very scary thought... that's only 10yrs away!!

Now, we are getting ready to go to the movies.

I will be bringing 5 girls 4-7yrs old to the movies ALONE! I am hoping that they are going to cooperate and get along. I am hoping that I will be able to watch the movie. I am really hoping that no one needs to go to the bathroom!! lmao

Wish me luck - ok :)

I love these kiddos! I love that I have such amazing friends and they have such amazing kids. I love that I have people to discuss my frustrations and concerns about my girls, who truly understand and don't judge.

Oh well, gotta go get dressed for the movies. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but hey I've been a chaperone on more field trips than I can count... this can't be much different, right? Good thing I have their teachers' number... hehe

Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Better

Phew... sorry about the last post. I wasn't in the best of moods.

I don't know how people like to go out and "Get wasted!!" I never liked that feeling. Well, ok, I liked that feeling in undergrad after I injured my shoulder. Then again, I think just about any other feeling was better than that initial pain. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it's just shoulder pain in general that I have issues with.

Anyway, I'm off the meds and mostly better. Today I even managed to put on a pair of jeans (without a belt) and SIT DOWN!! woohoo!!

This weekend has been insane. We had birthday parties, a retirement party, a baptism, AND a baby shower. I'm tired just thinking about it all. The cool part was that I was able to wear a couple of dresses, show off some new shoes, and spend a lot of time with wonderful people.

I still have a few more weeks before I can really workout, but until then, I will continue to do some low impact stuff around the house. I can't lift more than 20lbs, but tomorrow I think I will be doing a toning workout for my arms and shoulders. I figure as long as I stabilize with a chair or a bench to take the stress off my core for the most part, I can't do any damage. I just have to start making positive changes.

I have a couple more days of work before I am done for the summer. I have to admit, I'm excited... but nervous. Missing 9 paychecks seems a little scary right now, but I'm sure we'll manage. We always do... somehow.

Going to go settle on the couch with my hubby now. Haven't seen much of him this weekend and although last night was fun getting out with him, I pretty came home and crashed instantly following the retirement party. I'm such a pathetic thing this week... lol. Oh well, everyone keeps telling me I have to take care of myself.

Gonna go do that :) Good night!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Man, oh man...

So, I'm officially "recovering" from surgery. Gallbladder is gone!

The stupid part is that the area that is killing me the most, wasn't even touched!! I am having pretty severe pain in my shoulder. Now, the nurse told me yesterday, not to be surprised if I have pain in my shoulder. She said that the increased pressure on my diaphragm can cause referred pain to the shoulder. No problem, right? Well, it is a problem! I don't like pain in my shoulder :(

I can handle the pain in my abdomen... you know, where the freaking surgery took place!

I can't deal with the stabbing pain in my shoulder for no apparent reason. It doesn't hurt when I move it and not hurt if I'm just sitting there, like an injury pain should feel. NO! It just decides to hurt whenever the hell it wants to!

Oh, I'm also not a very good medicine taker. I never take medicine. I may occasionally take 600 mg of ibuprofen for a headache or an allergy tablet when my eyes feel like they are going to fall out of my head, but I don't take anything regularly. I can't even remember to take a multi-vitamin, so I gave them up.

But the doctor gave me the hard stuff. A narcotic painkiller. Doesn't that sound bad?? I started taking 1/2 a pill yesterday twice. Then 1 full tablet at bedtime... just in case. Today my shoulder started to hurt a LOT so I took 2. NOT good!!! Now, I have some pain in my shoulder AND I feel drugged. How do people like this feeling?!?

Oh well, going to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, eat something, and pray to God that this wears off soon! My baby girl graduates from Preschool 3 tonight and I would really like to enjoy it :)

Was going to write a post about her growing up, etc, but to be honest... not focused enough to look through pics and stuff. Check it out tomorrow though :) Should even have video!

Wish me luck... and check out the status of the 99/100 Summer 2011 Run Challenge

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Baby Girl...

First Christmas - 4 months old
Today I brought the kids to school, as usual. We parked the car and walked to the school with their friends... like always. But today when I bent down to kiss Phoebe good-bye for the day, I had to say "Good luck, babe. I hope you do well on your exam. I love you!"

Yes, my baby girl has her first final exam today. It's on religion... they go to a Catholic School. I'm pretty sure she knows the material, but this weekend, when we were studying for it, she was saying she didn't know any of the sacraments or pretty much any of the other things either... grrr! 

I can't believe my baby girl is taking a FINAL today!!! 

2 yrs old and playing in her favorite rocker
When did kids start growing up so fast?? Why do people keep telling me that my kids won't be ready for the MCAS in high school because they are in Catholic School now... do their kids take freaking finals?? She's got more later too!

Oh well, so this is what I've been thinking about all morning... well, except for my run! I am moving the running back over to my other blog though. I feel like this one should stay just family, crafts, recipes, and random thoughts... is that cool?

Almost 3 and she did her own make-up to look "just like mommy"

Here's my baby girl "all grown up"
1st grade - Orphan in Annie Jr.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Run #1... Done!

So this was our first run! It was a total of 2.91miles, which I'm pretty bummed about because I thought for sure it was at LEAST 3miles :(  Oh well, at least we started on our goal of 100 miles in 99 days!

That means that we have 97.1 more miles to complete in the next 98 days. It's definitely doable and we're looking forward to it. Many of our friends have said  that they'd be interested in doing the challenge, and even participating in the 5K we are going to toss together on Labor Day weekend. I hope that this helps motivate you to get up and get going!

Let me know how your workouts are going? Today was an early morning - 7am with a temperature of about 70 degrees F with serious mugginess and sun!  This is NOT going to get me down... that would be just another excuse, right??

Have a great day with your family!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The 99/100 Challenge!

Anyone up for a challenge?? Actually, in terms of challenges, this one is rather small.

There are 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and in that time me and Elizabeth will be running 100 miles. Yeah, yeah, yeah... I'm sure all you runners out there are thinking this is a pathetically small distance to complete in 99 days, right? Well, not for us! It works out to be a little more than a mile a day... 7.14miles per week actually. However, when you factor in jobs, kids, vacations, dogs, and well... just about anything else; getting out to run everyday is tough. I know, I feel better when I run and I know I like the results of toning my body, BUT seriously, it's just EASIER to do nothing!!

So we are going to be posting about our runs, distances, epiphanies (ummm... yeah), and maybe a little whining... but we're hoping that you might join us! So grab the link at top and post this challenge on your blog. In the end, we will be wrapping it all up Labor Day weekend with a 5K for our family and friends to help benefit a local food pantry... more details to come :)

I will set up a sidebar so we can all keep track of each others' progress, because seriously, isn't a lot more of a challenge/motivation when you aren't doing it alone??

Now, for those of you still hesitant about this challenge... you don't have to RUN! Heck, get the kids involved and walk to the park everyday. Break out the roller blades, scooters, or bikes. The idea is to get moving and you never know, maybe your friends have been looking for a reason to get up and going as well.

Good luck and let me know when you decide to join the challenge! We're starting tomorrow at 7am... who's in?!?

Beginning to Feel Like Summer

This week I was able to mow the rest of my lawn and tame the ever growing raspberry bush we have in the yard. I know comparatively speaking, we have a small lot here in the city, but it's a lot for someone who has never actually had to take care of any land.

I planted some seeds in a starter kit a few weeks ago and today we are going to relocate them to the yard! YAY!! I am also going to do the daunting task of cleaning the grill. I am dreading it :(  Downstairs used it to cook all winter and it's pretty caked on at this point... bummer! I am marinating some chicken and veggies and they WILL be cooked on the grill... so it needs to be done.

I need to find stuff for the yard for the kiddos too. I want to get rid of the sandbox because they are really getting too big for it and would LOVE to put in a swingset, but the cost is ridiculous. Actually, I've also been trying to find one without the stupid seesaw thingy. You might as well call them a concussion waiting to happen! I've never seen a kid get whacked with a swing or mauled by a kid sliding down a slide, but ALWAYS see at least one get taken out by the stupid seesaw. Not cool!!

Side note... Payton just came out with a dress she wore yesterday...

Me: No, you can't wear that. You wore it yesterday.
Payton: But Daddy didn't put it in the hamper so it's not dirty.
Me: It is dirty. You wore it all day. Go find something else to wear.
Payton: It's not fair.
Me: Hey... Oh forget it.
Payton: What??
Me: Forget it.
Payton: What?!?!
Me: I said forget it. I was gonna say something, but I changed my mind.
Payton: Mommy, how can you change your mind about saying something???
Me: Seriously, go get dressed!!

When did she get so grown up?? She pays attention to everything and misses nothing. I am so screwed!!

Ok - Headed outside again :)  Yay... I love this weather!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


"Regret the things you don't do, not the things you do"

I have no idea who said it. I have to be honest, I read it on someone's Facebook status last week, but I can't get it out of my head.

I have a problem where I can remember a LOT of things that I've done wrong in my life. When I've said something that hurt someone's feelings. When I've done something that should NOT have been done. I wish that I had the time to make a list that would cover all of my regrets and say I'm sorry to all of the people that I've hurt. I think there was a show about it, right? Earl something or other... I should Google it, but I'm not in the mood.

I've said some really stupid shit in my day. I've been downright mean... why?? I don't know. Most of the time, I can say it was defensive. I have a way of lashing back with some pretty fucked up stuff... I guess it's a perk of growing up with 3 brothers. I couldn't fight but I could talk.

I apologize for the language tonight. I'm stressed. I'm angry. I'm frustrated. I'm a little scared. I just want some time off... I think I need some time off. I need money... I need a way to make more money that is. I'm leaving it in God's hands right now.

I know that might sound corny to people. Hell, a while back I would have read that and called the person who wrote it an idiot. I don't mean that I'm going to sit back and do nothing, but instead, I'm going to do the best I can. I'm going to continue to do the "right thing". I'm going to continue to try to improve myself, my family, my community. I'm going to continue to pray. I'm going to continue to believe that I can make a difference, that I can help create change, that I am showing my girls to never give up.

I'm stressed.

I want to go for a run.

I want to eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's Late Night Snack Ice Cream!

I want to go to sleep.

What the hell is my problem??

I keep looking at my Positivity bracelet. I love this thing.

Sadly, in the past few weeks, it's been my ground. You know when people are trying to break a habit so they wear a rubber band on their wrist and snap it when they get an urge or something... well, it's like that. When I start to get upset, frustrated, or even scared. I look at it and it grounds me. I don't know why. I think it just reminds me that things can always be worse.

I am so blessed. I mean, seriously blessed! I think I'm going to go lay on the couch and think about my blessings...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Belly Ache

Apparently my stomach pain was a little more severe than I had expected. Seriously, I thought it was acid reflux or heart burn at first, then figured it must be an ulcer... NO! It's my freaking Gallbladder :(

So quick anatomy lesson via Health Central... this is what it's supposed to look like. I think that the fact that the damn organ is green, is pretty gross to begin with, but add the bile and acid and YUCK!!

Then this is what mine probably looks like...
Yes, those stupid little stones make it more disgusting!
I've been having pain on and off for a while now. The absolute worst was the weekend of my birthday. We did go out for Mexican, drinking, dancing and then followed it with breakfast at 1:30am, but I didn't know I was a ticking time bomb. 

I had the worst pain ever with some other symptoms... basically not fun!

Figured it was acid reflux, went to bed. 

A few "attacks" later and I finally decided I had to go to the doctor's to get meds for my "ulcer". Yup, I self-diagnosed myself. I thought I was good. Went in and talked to her and she said it could be a bunch of stuff... one of them was an ulcer. I held onto that!! 

Two days ago I got to go for some tests to determine the "exact" issue. I had an upper abdominal ultrasound and an abdominal x-ray to check for gallstones. 

Today I got the call... I need to meet with a surgeon to get my gallbladder removed. I have several stones and a thickening of the wall. Uh oh... that doesn't sound very good. BUT it gets worse! 

Apparently, if it continues the way it's been going I could potentially get an infection, that could potentially spread to my other organs and I could potentially become septic. Now, there are a lot of potentiallys there, but the whole septic thing could lead to death, so I think maybe I should avoid the potential for that, huh?

BUT - silver lining!!
 I was told there are 2-3 days of downtime for recovery... SCORE! OK... so I admit, I've been a little overwhelmed lately. Actually, the other day I thought I was going to get hit by a car and for a minute... or even less... I thought "If I get hurt, maybe I'll be able to sleep in tomorrow". 

I know, it's a sick thought, and I wouldn't ever really want to get hit by car, BUT I would LOVE to sleep in... lmao. My hubby works so hard and there are a lot of weekends where I get to sleep in on Saturday, but not lately. Things have been too crazy. The school year is almost over and we are both looking forward to some down time with the kiddos.

Right now though... I need to get them out of the tub. hehe. They've been in there for almost an hour! Ahh.... I love bathtime :)