Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gobble Gobble

So Papa bear went turkey hunting last weekend and Matthew doesn't quite get the difference between a turkey and a chicken so yesterday as we were prepping dinner Matthew asked, "Mama, is Papa at work or chicken hunting"?  It made me laugh and picture William bringing home a frozen chicken, slung over his shoulder...which would be fine too.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Totally stole this idea from but I wholly and completely identify with what she is trying to express.

1)  When Mama asks you to put something in your closet, the playroom, my room etc, what she means is for it to be put IN ITS PLACE in that room, not for you to walk in the appointed room and chunk the object in and run.

2)  The crazy nuts timeframe in which she is preparing dinner is NOT the time to request a snack.

3)  Her sewing machine is that, HERS.  Grubby little boys hands have no business touching it.  She shares EVERYTHING else with us (papa, her lap, her bed, her bathtime, her sleep, food, energy, quiet), let her have this little thing.

4)  Those random hugs, snuggles, sweet moments with Mama make her day EVERY SINGLE TIME.  So do it MORE!

5)  You know what toys go in which bins so putting them up the first time you are asked wins you GIANT brownie points in her book.

6)  Getting dressed is a NON-NEGOTIABLE.  As hard as I have tried to escape the house unclothed it has yet to happen.  So just get dressed and quit making a circus of the event.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


So I celebrated my 36th birthday today and I was reminiscing about how different life is now than it was say 6 short years ago.

On my 30th birthday weekend I;

   *  Enjoyed a fancy dinner out with some girlfriends and was surprised by a hubby that flew in from  Boston to wish me a happy day.

   *   Got my first and only tattoo.

   *   Flew to Boston and went to my first Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

   *   Before the game, we went to dinner and a bar...which oddly made me not able to remember parts of the aforementioned game (oops).

   *   Helped the hubby pack up the Boston digs and ride 5 million miles, at least that is what the trip from Boston to Atlanta felt like in a four wheel drive pick-up truck with my short legs propped up on a snowboard and a blender.

My 36th looked like this;

   *   Another Red Sox game, except this time no trip to the bar prior and the cutest player out there was my firstborn.

   *   No more ink, but there was some fun chalk and bubble play.

   *   The only roadtrips were within 10 miles of our house, thank goodness!

The years have definitely changed the shape of our celebrations but every single year I am reminded of how incredibly blessed and loved I am!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter 2012


Last week we made some Easter cards.

This week we dyed some eggs......

and hands.

Today, after digging in to their baskets and then getting hopped  up on chocolate and sugar 
we headed to church to worship.

After church our annual picture taking adventures began.  
We didn't get a shot with all four of us but got some cute ones separately.

We played tee-ball, gardened a little and Kimber and I took a nap (hallelujah). 

Our sweet friends the Zomkowski's came over for Easter dinner which consisted of 
Anita's scrumptious milk baked ham and a strawberry rhubarb pie.  
We also threw together some asparagus,  glazed carrots and white beans.  

I had intended to make some deviled eggs with all of our dyed eggs but quickly decided that was not going to happen with the 2-year old "helping" me peel the eggs.  He thought peeling meant digging for the yellow ball in the middle.  Oh well, egg salad for lunch next week will be a nice change!

On a side note, I was pretty happy with how the boys tie shirts turned out...
along with my matching skirt, the first clothing article I have ever made for myself!!!

Hope your Easter was filled with blessings...and just a little bit of sugar!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cheap Tee

My little baseball fan started tee-ball a few weeks ago and we have known about this for awhile and I have tried hard to get him gear on my frugal budget.  Months ago I scored a tee-ball bat at the thrift store for 3 bucks, he already had a glove and I had decided to go buy a tee because I had not been able to find a previously loved one.  Off we went to Sports Authority and imagine my surprise when the price on the tee was $54.  WHAT?  No way was I paying that, surely there was a better option. 

That night, my not-always-so-frugal-husband made me proud.  A $12 expenditure at Home Depot followed by the sawing of PVC pipe in the living room (grrrr)  resulted in a functional tee that has been getting lots of play around here.

I not have team

Matthew has recently started his first organized sport, tee-ball and he LOVES it.  Kimber enjoys going and watching but for the first few weeks when anyone would ask him what he thought about it he would very seriously look up at them with his big blue eyes and say "I not have team." 

 It is sad-adorable.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012