Sunday, June 29, 2008


Andrew and the kids packed up this morning and headed off for Cape Cod. His family is having a week-long reunion and I have to work and go to Sound of Music rehearsals. I will be packing up to join them on Thursday evening...

but, in the meantime...

this is strange.

No one is yelling for me, no one is demanding something, and I haven't had to raise my voice... at all. It is simply unnatural.

Maybe, they will have a horrible time and come home early. I miss them already and they just left an hour ago. It is going to be a long week.

Friday, June 20, 2008

a Boston birthday...

Molly decided that because she was turning 8...
and 8 was her favorite number...
she should have an extra special kind of party.

We had many discussion on where to go and what we should do...
and after MUCH negotiation...
we decided on Boston.

Molly chose three friends to come with her on a day long adventure in Boston. We went to the Children's Museum, ate lunch at the Milk Bottle, had an amazing party at Metro Meeting Centers (the conference center my company runs) with make your own ice cream sundaes, visited the Aquarium, ate dinner at Cheers, and shopped Quincy Market.

It was a fun, full day! The kids had a lot of fun (and most of them slept on the ride home).

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

busy, busy, busy...

Life can sometimes get in the way...

Life has been crazy around here lately. I have a full-time job, I have been attending rehearsals for Sound of Music, and trying to still be around for my kids. Well, the hour I see my kids (that happens to coincide with making dinnner, etc.) tends to be a little crazy. Therefore, this post is a belated "Why my husband rocks/Father's Day" post.

I have to say that I agreed to be the director of the Sound of Music (without consulting my husband) and my husband said okay (and threw his support behind me). However, in all my "oh it won't really cut into family time" speeches - the reality is that it does cut in to family time and I am currently the part-time Mom.

So this is a thank-you to my dear husband. Thank you for being there for the kids - while I live out some "pre-children" fantasy. Thank you for cleaning the house today - because my parents are coming over tomorrow. Thank you for your support - I really do notice it and appreciate it (even if I forget to tell you).

So to round this mushy post out... My husband rocks (and I should show my appreciation way more than I do).

Thanks sweetheart, I love you.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

happy birthday...

EIGHT YEARS!!!! Where on earth did the time go?
Happy Birthday Molly!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

not my baby grass!!!!!!!!

Let me start by saying... I realize that my family is very blessed and my heart goes out to the people in other parts of this country who are losing their homes to violent storms and flooding...


My heart just sank when we woke up this morning (after some heavy storms came through last night ending this heatwave) and I saw this out my family room window.

Yes, that is my brand, new baby grass under that tree (and my kids new sprinkler - dang it, we loved that thing). Now I know I am a little obssessive about my baby grass, but my husband and his friend have worked so hard at cleaning up the yard - I just feel bad that they have to do it again!

Another bummer is that with this tree coming down we lose some privacy between yards. It is hard when you live in such close quarters to feel like you are alone in your own space - so I will miss this tree... LOTS!

Like I said at the beginning of this post. We are blessed. No one was hurt, no damage was done, and less leaves to rake this fall... I am going to miss that tree.

Monday, June 9, 2008

I follow many blogs (in fact this post has made me realize I need to update my blog roll), but one of my favorites has to be the Diary of a Crafty Chica. She is so much fun and has such a great zest for life - including a pro-glitter campaign against Ellen DeGeneres.

When I saw her post this week about some great graduation centerpieces, it reminded me of something I did for my parents anniversary over a year ago. So I searched through my pictures from the party (long before I had a blog and thought to photograph all my crafty ideas) and lo and behold - someone had actually taken a picture of them.

I actually called these "Did you knows...". There were 50 cards (it was their 50th anniversary) and each one had part of a story about my parents at some point in their 50 years of marriage.

At the bottom of each one I added "ask ____ for details". (for example: Did you know that my parents captured a monkey in a garbage can - right on their back porch? Ask one of their kids for the details) Sometimes it was ask one of their kids or ask Aunt Mary or ask a neighbor, etc. It was a great ice breaker and brought back a lot of funny memories.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

we're having a heatwave...

Day two of 90+ degree heat has come and gone, two more to go (according to my local weatherman). So how did we beat the heat?

The kids had a blast playing in the sprinkler and water table. We are just trying to keep cool... are you all in this heat? How are you dealing with it?

Friday, June 6, 2008

tadpoles, frogs, and stuff...

Know what these are?

They are baby frogs! We took them (and their baby brothers and sisters - who were still tadpoles) to the pond. Andrew's class has been raising the frogs and watching them grow from eggs to frogs, but since the school year is almost over... it was time to set them free.

We had a few tears (my 3 year old wasn't quite ready to let them go) and many questions... What will they eat now? Will they make new friends?

But after releasing them and the kids saw the hundreds of tadpoles swimming around - any fears that they would be lonely or not be able to find something to eat dissapated and everyone went home happy.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

dollhouse - a work in progress...

This dollhouse kit was a mother's day gift from the kids. I have had very little time to work on it - therefore, it sits half-finished in my dining room. This gift was supposed to be something my daughter and I worked on together. But then IT happened. You know, IT, when you decide that only you can complete the project perfectly and you stress over each and every thing you do - hoping to achieve some sort of perfection.

Tonight, I came into the dining room becauase I heard my son acting out a typical family dinner in my house (and I was laughing at how well he had me pegged "sit down and finish your dinner or no one gets dessert"). When I saw him playing in "MY" dollhouse.

My first reaction was to yell at him to drop the people and back away slowly... then it dawned on me... this was supposed to be a family project and I was hogging it. So, I backed away and didn't say anything (he played there for another 30 minutes). My daughter and I will finish this project together... and I will try not to be a perfectionist (really I will).

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I just love to picnik! I do not have photo editing software on my computer, but this site is great for beginners like me.

In an attempt to start the posters for the production of "The Sound of Music" we will be putting on this summer at our church, I took the following picture...

...and changed it into this

Which should look very nice on our black and white posters!

There are all kinds of fun options to change your pictures. I am off to play some more with pictures of my kids!!!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

practice makes perfect...

It seems like ages ago we held auditions for the Sound of Music, but the time has finally arrived... rehearsals have started.

We started working with the von Trapp kids and nuns first (just due to the vast amount of music both groups have to learn). I came home tonight from rehearsal just beaming. The kids and nuns sound even better than I imagined. This was a great start to the rehearsal process.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

you know it is going to be a rough month when...

... the calendar looks like this and we haven't even started yet! I just noticed four items that are not on the calendar - uugghh!!!!!