Monday, December 29, 2008

new facebook profile picture...

How come I never have a picture of myself... oh, because I am always the one taking the pictures! (I really prefer it that way.)

So I took a self-portrait this morning (to change the photo on my facebook profile). I like this one - but I think my hair looks too red.


maybe, I'll try it in black and white...

That's much better.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

My baby is 4...





I am not really sure where the time has gone. It sure doesn't feel like a whole four years have passed, but they have and my baby is four.

We invited some family over to celebrate and play Wii. It was a great way to extend the holiday and spending time with family.
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!




I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We sure did... busy, crazy, loud, and perfect!!!!!
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

a snowman army...


While we run around and get ready for the impending holiday, we can't forget a very special birthday. Matt will be 4 this Saturday. He wants to bring cupcakes into school - like all his friends - so the teacher and I agreed that he could bring them in tomorrow.

We went with snowmen cupcakes. The eyes and buttons are drawn on with food safe markers.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

passing on traditions...



Molly made her first batch of dough tonight for THE cookies. Her great grandmother's Hungarian fruit filled cookies. She loved the fact that the dough is mixed by hand. (It is really as messy as it looks.) She showed her true inner-Hungarian tonight.

We usually make these cookies with Grandma Doris every year, but due to the incredible amount of snow that is STILL falling - I doubt we will be getting together to finish them.

We have left the dough to chill overnight. I can't wait to see how well she rolls them out tomorrow!

Funny story: Due to the forecast for tremendous amounts of snow, the kids didn't have school today. Instead, we ran around all morning trying to finish Christmas shopping (before the storm hit). So we headed to my parents' hometown and went to their favorite coffee shop to pick up a gift certificate to go with their Christmas presents. As I was laughing with the woman behind the counter talking about how my parents were ALWAYS there - they walked through the door! So much for the surprise! I guess they know what they are getting for Christmas. On the brighter side, we got to sit and have a donut with Grandma and Grandpa!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

teacher gifts...

There are a lot of things to love about magnet schools. One is the incredible teachers that your children get to work with. In fact, my two children have a combined 17 teachers at the school (crazy, I know!)

So how do you afford Christmas/Holiday gifts? You need to be creative...



The tag reads "Molly and Matt wish you a holiday season filled with..."

The candle says "warmth".
The jingle bell says "music".
The candy canes say "sweets".
The (very modest) Dunkin' Donuts gift card says "relaxing moments".

The buckets are from Target's dollar spot (I am totally addicted to the dollar spot).

I hope the teachers like them, we had a lot of fun making them.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

gingerbread christmas...


Tonight was Molly's 3rd grade Christmas play, Gingerbread Christmas. Molly and her best friends were in the chorus. They did a wonderful job! It is the school's first year as a magnet school and (although there have been rocky moments) I am really pleased with how much the school has to offer the kids (and I am not just saying that because I am PTO president).
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Monday, December 15, 2008

if you thought the grown-ups looked cute in the crowns....



The kids looked even cuter!

Found them in my pocket today and Molly and Matt couldn't wait to try them on. They wore them for most of the morning.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008


Matt: Mom, why do we keep the baby Jesus's in the drawer? (referring to the several Nativity set Jesus's that have not been put out yet)

Mom: Because, Jesus hasn't been born yet. He is born on Christmas Day.

Matt: But Jesus is alive! I met Jesus!

Mom: You did? When?

Matt: When I was a baby in the nursery with all the other babies. Jesus was there 'cause she isn't afraid of babies.

Mom: He isn't afraid of babies? What did he say? Did he tell you he loves you?

Matt: (completely exasperated) Mom, Jesus is a GIRL and SHE didn't have to tell us she loved us, we just felt it. (Matt wandered off and Molly and I looked at each other thinking - did he meet Jesus?)

A while back in church...

Our priest's son was wandering around quietly (since it was in the middle of the service) proclaiming his love for all things church related and Matt was completely ignoring him... UNTIL, Paddy announced "I love Jesus" to which Matt replied (loudly for the whole church to hear)"CHEESE-ITS, I LOVE CHEESE-ITS! Do you have any?"

Saturday, December 13, 2008

carols at the spinet...

Nothing says holiday like sharing an evening with friends wearing paper crowns and singing Christmas carols!

Friday, December 12, 2008

mom, how do you make a sled with arms and legs...

Molly's third grade class was give a writing prompt...

You wake up one morning and realize that your sled is magic. What happens next?

Molly wrote a great story about a red sled that grew arms and legs when she sat on it and ran her all around the town. This weekend her assignment was to build the sled in her story.

Molly came home from school asking "Mom, how do you make a sled with arms and legs?" We did a little internet research on what sleds look like and how to make one (we found a great tutorial here. Molly did all the work and I helped with the hot gluing. Next we needed arms and legs, after a lot of discussion (clay, yarn, popsicle sticks), Molly thought of her brother's Mr. Potato Head and came up with arms and feet (sorry Matt - we will replace them, I promise!) More hot glue and ta da! A sled with arms and legs.

Molly was so proud, but was convinced it wasn't quite finished...

(Note: while working on this project Molly and I were enjoying some hot cocoa and the can of whipped cream was on the table) Molly picked up the lid to the whipped cream and said "this could be my body and remember the people we made for Halloween? Do we have any wood balls left over?" (by the way, I love the fact that my daughter thinks crafty!!!!!) So into the craft closet we ventured and found the perfect head for our person. Molly ran up to her room and came back with some bits of felt and loops from her weaving loom. From that she made a hat, scarf, mittens, arms and legs. Again, I helped to hot glue.

Molly was beaming! She loved her creation...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

not sick...

Both children stayed home from school today - each sick with a stomach bug. Matthew was insistent that he was not sick and that he didn't need to nap because he was not tired.

Here is my not tired, not sick boy...

He was totally frustrated with a puzzle he was working on. I asked him to take a seat on the couch, give me a minute to finish what I was doing, and I would sit and help him. He sat on the couch and pouted.

When I came back into the living room he was sitting just like this. I thought he was still pouting and was telling him to not be upset, it was just a puzzle. It wasn't until I sat next to him and heard the snoring that I realized he had fallen asleep.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

visit with the big guy...

Tonight was Ziti Supper Night at my children's school. The teachers serve dinner to the parents and the evening was extremely well-done and fun!

After dinner the "Big Guy" came out and listened to every child's Christmas wishes.

what a true believer looks like...

not a true believer...

Yes, my daughter came to me with a list of why it just isn't possible for "the Big Guy" to exist. I was crushed, my husband was devastated, and daughter was thrilled and vindicated because she had proof and was right!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Long day...

get the kids ready for picture day, work, meet with client in Windsor, get home at 5:30, go to meeting, make a ton of cupcakes...

I'll add sprinkles (red and green of course) tomorrow morning and then bring them to the kids' school for the Ziti Supper.

A slow day (compared to tomorrow)... don't you just love the holidays? (psst... I DO!!!!!)

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Oh yay, it snowed. (Please note the distinct lack of joy) I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland - snow everywhere... on my car, on the sidewalks (so that Matt fell twice on the way into church), etc.

Yes, as you may have guessed, I am not a fan of the white stuff. Snow truly is a four letter word in my opinion. However, since I haven't packed up my family and moved to a warmer climate, I have to deal with it. We made chili, snuggled on the sofa, played Christmas carols on the piano (Molly's personal favorite is "Mommy struggles to play Joy to the World" - yes, she came up with that title). So when life hands you lemons, make a snow bridge and get over it (how is that for mixing metaphors).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hamden tree lighting...

It was FREEZING outside today! So, of course, we went to an outdoor festival. Hamden Arts Commission put on a cute little fair for the annual tree lighting. We did arts and crafts (gratefully in a tent that kept the kids out of the wind), we rode the carousel (and by we I mean Andrew and the kids, I was cold enough without spinning), and waited for Santa.

While waiting, the kids and Andrew decided it would be way more fun to get some hot cocoa. With the unanimous decision made... we headed off to the heated diner for dinner. We did drive back by the tree to see it all lit and it looked beautiful from our nice warm car.

Friday, December 5, 2008

favorite Christmas things...

Andrew collects nativity sets. We have several beautiful sets from different people and places.. but one of my favorites is this Jim Shore three wise men set. It doesn't have a great story behind it... actually I think I may have even bought it for him. It is just one of my favorite Christmas things.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

where to hang Christmas cards...

I realized this week that I either have too many Christmas decorations or a tiny house. I walked around the house for 30 minutes with Christmas cards I had received in my hands thinking "where can I hang these".

I found some ribbon in my "Craft Closet of Death" (seriously things could fall out of there and kill someone - that sizzix machine is heavy) and hung them from the hutch. All in all, I think its cute.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

where the cat lives now...

Ever since the tree went up last weekend, the cats have found a new home. However, apparently only one will lay under there at a time - so one cat lays under the tree while the other two lay on the couch stalking stalking him... until he leaves and another one takes his place. This is how they now spend their days. I would mock them, but I think I am a little jealous.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

okay... I guess the weekend is really over...

and what a fun weekend it was!!!

I am always sad to see this weekend come to an end. It is so much fun to have Thanksgiving, get up early to shop, decorate the house, take a nap...

by the way... this is a picture of Matt and Andrew (taken 5 minutes ago) - both of whom insisted they were not tired at all!

Friday, November 28, 2008

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

The stockings are hung and the tree is decorated... now all we need is Santa!

In following tradition, I got up SUPER early this morning to do a little shopping... then we DECORATED!!!! Every ornament that came out of the box - Matt would squeal "that's the most beautiful ordadent in the uniwerse".
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


I am thankful for so many things this year...

my wonderful family, new friendship that have grown stronger, old friends I have reconnected with (Yay Facebook!), and an amazing year that presented so many new opportunities for me!

I hope that you all have a wonderful, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving! If you are not from the US - I hope that you have a great Thursday!!!!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mo, this one's for you...

Matt decided to write a song tonight... "Word of God"


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

turkey cookies...

While picking Molly up from school today, she announced that tomorrow they were asked to bring snack to school. Immediately, I thought of the turkey cookies featured on The Crafty Crow. I ended up using chocolate chips for the eyes instead of m&m's (to remove any nut allergy threat). I think they turned out cute...

Molly can't wait to bring them to school and wants to make more for Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

autumn tree...

Matt has been learning about trees in science. How they grow, why leaves fall, etc. He is soaking up everything his teachers say and repeats it to us at home (so cute). I love this learning explosion he is having.

After their unit on trees, his class made these adorable autumn trees...

very clever!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

elf on the shelf...

Do you have an elf on the shelf? We do!

This little guy was given to my kids, by my parents. I love it! Our elf (whom the kids named Mortimer) sits on a shelf in our home every day and then goes to the North Pole every night to report to Santa on how good/bad the kids are.

The kids have truly figured out how to use this direct link to Santa to their advantages. It all started when the elf was in the living room and the kids were in the family room. Matt came flying into the living room crying "did you see that Mortimer? Did you? Molly squeezed my hand really hard." Matt then called back to his sister "Santa's not happy!" To which Molly came running in "I did not Mortimer and He can't even talk Matt!" Well this fighting went on and on and I couldn't help but smile. Why you ask...

Because they were tattling on each other and whining to a plastic elf and not to me! Yeah Grandma and Grandpa - you rock!!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

christmas pictures...

196 photos WOW!!!!

That is how many the photographer sent us. There are so many I like for so many different reasons.

Here are a few favorites...

This one may be my favorite... I love the look she is giving me... LOL!!!!

Okay, I'll stop here... although I could keep posting photos!!!!

Kiera did a great job. You can check out her website at