Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bring on 2012!

I am so ready and excited for a new year like never before.  Life is good and it's only going to get better.  I hope I can keep this level of optimism up the whole year through....

My goals are simple...

  • Stay Fit - I'm proud to say I've been hitting the gym regularly since before Thanksgiving!
  • Loose 15 more pounds.
  • Spend more quiet time with the boys when I put them to bed, make more time for reading MORE books and snuggling a little longer.  I know that in the blink of an eye they will be all grown up.
  •  Incorporate my photo business.
  • Keep up with the laundry.
  • Get rid of the junk drawer, permanantly.
  • Save money.
  • Spend time on my marriage.  More date nights for Hubs and me:)
  • Get pregnant!  (Maybe, I REALLY want one more baby and I feel like this is the make or break year.)  If I can't get Hubs on board then....I can't even think about that.  I think he is coming around. 
Happy New Year to all!  

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Best Time

I'm trying not to think about how few days are left of my vacation.  I am one of the lucky few that is off from Christmas to New Years Day, every year.  My office completely shuts down and I love it!  So many of my friends and relatives had to go back the day after Christmas and I think that is such a shame.  The countdown to Christmas can be so crazy that I can't see how you could enjoy it if you didn't get this quiet family time afterward. 

We've been busy cleaning out the garage, kitchen drawers and cabinets with plenty of time left over to watch movies together and just be still.  I feel like our family has bonded this Christmas in an extra special way and it makes me so happy.

I'm so looking forward to 2012 in a way I've never been before.   I'm ready, bring it on!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I can't believe...

it's over!  All the prepping and decorating and shopping; and the baking and the wrapping and more  shopping!  How time flies when you're having fun.

We spent a wonderful Christmas Eve with family here in our home watching our favorite Christmas movies.  This year we added Christmas with the Kranks along with our standard NL's Christmas Vacation!  Take out Chinese and enough snacks, apps, and wine to feed an army.  We sat by the fire and laughed and ate and snuggled.

In record time Santa came and went.  It helped that Mrs. Claus had all the wrapping done ahead of time;) 

Puck kept asking and asking for Elf on the Shelf and couldn't undertstand why everyone seemed to have one but him, so 3 days before Christmas I caved and brought one home while he slept.  I left the box open in front of our Advent calendar since that's the first place he goes every morning.  We hid the elf so it looked like he had climbed out of the box himself. 

I had to leave for work early the next morning so I didn't get to see the excitement unfold but Hubs said Puck blasted into our room with the empty box yelling that the elf had come and was hiding somewhere in the house and he couldn't find him!!!  He was eventually found in our tree.  Puck phoned me at work to tell me the news and the excitement in his voice almost made me cry.  He was so full of joy and it made me joyful:)

So for 3 days we enjoyed Ralphie, the elf.  Hubs relented that I was right and it WAS worth it.

We had a great Christmas and I'm happy to say that life in my world is joyful and I'm so thankful for everything I have and all the people that are in it. 

I'm looking forward to a new year with new possibilities.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for my family first.

Then I'm thankful that as I grow older each year I become more aware of who I am, what I want, and where I'm going.  I feel comfortable in my own skin.  I learn new things everyday and regularly leave my comfort zone.

Cheers this Thanksgiving to all the wonderful woman and mothers out there!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's been so long, I forgot my password

It's been so long since I blogged that when I tried to log in this morning to comment on a few of my favorite blogs, I couldn't remember my password and had to reset it! 

I haven't been blogging for a while now.  Not sure why I fell out of it, for a while I felt like I just didn't have anything to say.  As I type right now and ramble on about nothing it feels good to be back at the keyboard. 

To catch you up, in case anyone is still reading this:

Puck just turned 7 years old!  I can hardly believe it.  We did the usual party and presents.  This year it was bowling and the kids had a blast. 
5 mos and 7 years!



My handsome future heartbreaker.


Muffin is improving all the time and is doing well in his Jr. Kindergarten class and still having speech once a week.

Brothers


I have lost 14 to 15 pounds and I am returning to Yoga on Monday.  I also stopped going to yoga, not sure why but I hope I can get back to a regular routine.    

Hope you are all well and hope to catch up soon!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Baby Clothes

I've just about cleared out my house of all the baby stuff...except the clothes.  I don't know why but I can't even think about parting with all those onesies, socks, and PJ's.  That cute little Christmas outfit, the adorable fuzzy zip up with the little bear ears on the hood.  I must have 12 plastic storage tubs full of everything baby boy from newborn on up.  They take up half my storage closet in the attic.

Truth be told I would love just one more baby but I just don't think that's in the cards for us.  A shot at a little sister for Puck and Muffin is really tempting but I still wouldn't be able use all those boy clothes.  We are practical people and practically speaking I guess it's not a good idea.  Money, house, daycare, jobs, age, etc... It's sad to think that my body is done doing the most amazing thing it can do, grow a human.

A friend just found out she is pregnant so that gives my 9 months to work up the strength to give her all my sweet cotton memories of my babies.  I hate that all those clothes are going to waste and I really do want someone to be able to use them. 

There is just something about those teeny tiny baby-powdered smelling soft little outfits...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Plain

I was out today unusually window shopping.  My first stop, DSW.  Not to look for some cute flats to wear out on the town, nope.  I was looking for a pair of totally comfortable and completely practical for my day to day school photography job.  Did they have my size?  Nope.  I didn't even browse the shelves for a suitable replacement.  I just left, dejected and disappointed, destined to order online and overpay for shipping. 


Before heading back to my car I thought I would stop in at Home Goods.  You know, maybe to replace that bath rug that is almost in shreds, one more wash and it may just disintegrate in the dryer.  I wandered around for 20 minutes looking at all the stuff.  Such beautiful things for every room in your house!  Your house, not my house.  I picked up a couple of things only to set them down again thinking, I don't need that or that doesn't go with anything in my house I already have, etc.  I find shopping in stores like that to be quite overwhelming.  Again, I left empty handed which is fine because I really didn't have any free money to spend.


As I was walking to my car I spotted a gorgeous woman walking into the DSW.  I'm fairly certain she wasn't looking for practical shoes, and then at the same time this word hit me right in the face. 

PLAIN

I'm plain.  Dull.  Colorless.  Drab.  I looked down at my old jeans that were just small enough to be too tight, the only T-Shirt I have I think looks good on me and silver flats that were cute 3 years ago.  My purse was a hand-me-down from a coworker.  I'm not talking money here either people.  I just don't invest the time in  myself that I should.  Yes, some extra spending money would make it easier to pick up some fun clothing or accessories but with my shopping phobias I don't think it would help all that much.  

I'll try and be brighter tomorrow.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Turning the Corner

...on this cold.  Finally.  It took over and ruined my whole weekend:(  At least I got to sleep a lot, that in itself is a gift to any and all mothers. 

It's just me and the dog here on the couch tonight.  We are watching Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford in Working Girl.  I love watching old movies.  Hubs left to watch a football game at a neighbors and so here I sit with my Labradoodle and great big hair and even bigger shoulder pads.  What is up with those anyway?  I'm so glad I never had to wear shoulder pads.

I can't think of anything else to write. 

Good Night.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Night Leftovers

  • I'm sick.  I'm a mom, you know what that means.  
  • I have 2 shoots scheduled this weekend, and of course I'm sick...ugh.
  • I feel like a hamster on a wheel.  It's always the same sh*t, different day.
  • Muffin seems to have breezed through his transition to a new class and a better teacher.  Sometimes things are just meant to be and work out for the best.  Sometimes:)
  • I plan to take a long hot steamy shower tonight before I collapse into my bed and hopefully a deep sleep for 8+ hours.
  • I'm so glad this week is over.

Go visit Danifred to enjoy the rest of the leftovers, trust me she is much better company than I am.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Divine Intervention, Maybe

Being Robin, not Batman

Well after last nights post I thought I had to accept that Muffin was stuck in a less than desirable situation for the rest of the school year.  Then my phone rang today and it was the director of his preschool calling about switching Muffin to the other Jr. K class.  Turns out 4 kids that were supposed to be enrolled in the other class never showed.

Bonus, this teacher is much more aware of SPD and has had kids with special needs in her class before.  Even better, she was warm and kind and comforting.  She has invited Cade to come to school early tomorrow so he can get a tour of his new classroom.  The assistant teacher knows Muffin back from his MMO days.

Sensory Seekers like to be upside down.  Here he is watching TV.
I can't tell you the hope and relief I am feeling.  My mother in law said (she takes Muffin to and from school 4 days a week) the old teacher didn't even make time to  talk to her at pick up, was gruff, didn't day goodbye to Muffin, and just said, "His knew teacher is over there."

This is the right thing.  Someone up there must be looking out for my babe.

I wanted to also include this link HERE to an old (2007) Time Magazine story.  I think it is still a great article.  I posted it on my Facebook page asking that anyone who hasn't yet heard of Sensory Processing Disorder read it.  People ask me all the time if it's a "real" thing.  I'm living it, it's real.

We've got 1 year until Kindergarten and we WILL be ready!!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

When Your Kid is Different

For the most part I can make myself forget that Muffin has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  Everyone that knows Muffin and knows our family just accepts him for who he is. 

But last week he went back to school.  He's in a class with 16 other 4 & 5 year olds and he is different.  I know my son and I know he is trying his hardest to fit in and do what a "big boy" is supposed to do.  He has definitely been enjoying his new class.  He comes home happy and for the first time in all his years of preschool has mentioned a classmate by name and said he wants him to come over and play.

I made the teacher aware from the beginning what she could expect from Muffin.  You should have seen the look on her face when I showed her his weighted vest.  I wasn't sure at first if she believed me or believed in SPD.  When I picked him up one day and asked how he did she made that "so so" motion with her hand and said, "he manages."  I felt my heart drop to my feet.  I thought the worst, that she was annoyed that she had to deal with him and worse I feared she had already written him off.

I almost lost it and went all Mama Bear on her but I stayed calm and called her that evening as she had requested we do.  I felt a lot better after talking to her.  She thanked me for giving her Hartley Steiner's Book, "Gabriel Making Sense of School."  It explains a lot really quickly about the different facets of SPD and what teachers can do to manage SPD in their students.  I think we are all on the same page now...I hope.

My heart breaks for Muffin.  What if he doesn't have any friends in school?  What if adults that should know better pass judgement on him.  I can't be there to protect him all the time and the constant advocating is exhausting.

My poor little man...


Monday, September 12, 2011

Domestic I Am

I can be domestic when I want to be.  

Today I took Muffin to his 1st day of Jr. Kindergarten he was gone from 9:30 - 2:30.   He has been so excited about going but in the car on the way there he said, " I don't want to go to Jr. Kindergarten."  When we got to the classroom door he looked so sad but he didn't cry and I hugged him hard and kissed his cheek and sent him off into the world.  It's always hard to walk away from your child when you know they are scared or nervous.  It's one of those pushing them out of the nest and hoping they fly moments. 

During my time alone (since Puck is in 1st grade all day) I cleaned the house, put dinner in the crock pot, washed my bedroom drapes and duvet.  Oh, and I was able to catch Hoda and Kathy Lee, a rare event for me.  I liked it:)  I liked being able to take care of the home that we live in and prepare food to put on the table.   I wish I could be here everyday.  I wish I didn't have to leave my boys to go to work, but I do and that is my reality.  Traffic, office politics, early mornings, long commutes...a tired mommy at the end of the day.  I hope I am giving my kids the best I can.

Friday, September 9, 2011

It Stopped Raining

Finally after a full week it has stopped raining.
My super cute umbrella I finally broke down and bought at Target for $12.99.  I haven't owned an umbrella in over a decade!

I can't remember getting more rain day after day...ever!  It was nice at first since the plants and lawn really needed it but when it fell so fast that flash floods were happening all over and they had to close schools on the 4th day, that was enough.  Not to mention the frizz fest that was going on in my hair everyday.  Uggg!

So today it stopped raining and all of a sudden the sun can out and the sky turned this amazing shade of blue.  I felt instantly happier and positive:)  Yeah Vitamin D!

Taken with iPhone 4, SOOC!  Look how blue:)

Now I am enjoying a nice glass of wine to end the week.  Cupcake, Red Velvet...delicious:)  It's just in addition to the sunshine to help ease the stress that built up during the week.  I've had this strange tightness in my chest and you know, since the sun reappeared I'm feeling much better.  Who knows, if it comes back I'll have to see a doctor but I'm hoping it will not.

Happy Weekend to All:)

Monday, September 5, 2011

24 Hours to Go

...until the school bus comes to take Puck to First grade!!!  I'm going to miss it of course because I have to work:(  I'm so excited for him to make new friends and take this new adventure.  I hope it's a great year for my little big man.  He turns 7 in only 2 months time.  SEVEN!  That just blows my mind. 

Yesterday I found him leaning over this large notebook writing.  He never writes or colors for fun, it's just not him.  This is what he was doing...

Composing?
I was shocked.  I took music and band throughout all my years in school.  Could it be it's in his blood?  I've never mentioned or encouraged music to him, not yet anyway.  He looks athletic but he hasn't really shown an interest in sports besides TKD.  This will be something to nurture if it comes up again. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blue

I'm in a little bit of a funk this morning.  I'm thinking about all the things that need to be done around the house, the busy few weeks ahead with school, PTO, work, etc.  I'm so ready for school to start back on Tuesday but I also remember how crazy the fall is for our schedule both at home and at work and I already feel tired.

I need a manicure and a pedicure and that's just not going to happen anytime soon.  At least I was able to get my hair cut last week, that's a start.  Now if this extra 35lbs I'm holding onto would just disappear...no it's still here.

We are having an end of summer cookout today for everyone on the block and to also celebrated Hubs' 36th B-day, or is it 37?  Hmmm.  I have a terrible memory.  Terrible.  Maybe a hamburger will cheer me up as long as I don't think about where it's ending up on my thighs.

It was a great summer.  Maybe I'm just feeling blue that it's almost over.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Boys Going Bonkers

My boys are going bonkers.  Screaming, yelling, wrestling, hitting, jumping, fighting, chasing.  My family room has become a jungle gym, a playground...complete chaos.

Please oh please send that big yellow school bus down my street ASAP!  Puck heads to 1st Grade on Tuesday and not a minute too soon.  Muffin has to wait one more week but I'm completely excited that he will be attending the Jr. K program at his preschool...it's extended day 9:30-2:30!  Both of my boys need these long days to wear them out and the constant structure and daily routine really help keep them focused.

Wow, if I didn't have to go to work I would have so much time!  But at least the house can't get messy when no one is home;)

Maybe a trip to the playground today to pass the dog days of summer.  That and a giant pile of laundry is waiting for me upstairs. 

More coffee please!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Summers End

Before we know it the leaves will fall from the trees and the air will grow cool.  I'm ready for Fall I suppose.  Ready for the kids to be back into a routine.  Ready to see the big yellow school bus rumble down the street.  Ready to pull out the jeans and the sweaters.  There is nothing like the feel of a hot cup of coffee between your hands on a cold morning.

It was a good summer.  We definitely made the most of it.  Lots of activities for the boys.  Trips to the pool, bike riding, staying up late with friends and eating from an almost endless supply of icee pops.

I miss the beach already and I truly feel that is where I am supposed to be but I take solace in the knowledge that it will be waiting for me come Memorial Day.  Don't we all want something to look forward to?


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday Night Leftovers

  • We are ready for school to start here in our house.  Sept 6 can't come fast enough.  The boys are fighting constantly and seem to be bored with just about every activity under the sun including riding bikes.  They have been playing waaaaaaay toooooooo much Super Mario for Wii but I kind of don't blame them.  I will literally be jumping for joy when the school bus pulls up outside our house.
  • Super excited about Muffins new Speech Therapist that is more affordable, will get to see him weekly, AND will be meeting with him at school!  No more shuttling back and forth to the therapist office and my wallet is getting a break too!  Yippee:)
  • I think I am going to make a list of personal and family goals and post them on my bathroom mirror.  I really need to lose 35lbs...really.  Ugg.  I also think our house hold needs a more structured routine.  I have some ideas to make daily life in our house calmer and more comfortable for everyone.  
  • They changed our dress code at work and I don't have hardly any professional looking clothes that fit.  No more flip flops, which I can totally understand and winter is coming any how but...I have like 1 pair of black pants and 3 blouses....not to mention I get up and get dressed when it's still dark and "dressing up" is just going to make my morning crazier.
  • I have a Family Reunion shoot tonight.  I'm guessing it's going to be windy and raining...this will be fun.
  • Oh, I almost forgot.  I never shared Muffins hair cut with you!  It was a big week for him.  Big boy hair cut, big boy booster seat in the car and he learned to ride his bike without training wheels at 4-1/2!


Muffin without the curls...sniff sniff...

Go taste the leftovers at Danifred's place!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Slipped in the Shower

Yesterday after we got home and unloaded the minivan it felt good to be home.  The boys wanted to go to the pool.  Yep, you read that right.  A month at the beach and they wanted to go to "their" pool.  I said to myself why not, they were stuck in the car for 3 hours it would be good to let them get some energy out and then we can go grocery shopping.

So we went for a good hour, I read my book, they swam.  We came home and they were playing quietly so I thought it would be a good time to take a shower. 

Not five minutes into my shower did I start to hear the screaming, the running, and the doors slamming.  Of course I can't do anything about it because I'm covered in shampoo and obviously completely wet, mid-shower.  I have to call Puck like 10 times before he comes to the bathroom door and I ask him to stop fighting with his brother and slamming the doors.  Yeah right, ok mom...

They are experts at ignoring me.

The shouting continues, the running feet pounding as they chase each other back and forth.  I'm yelling in vain as I hurry to shave one leg.  It's useless, they know I'm in the shower and that I can't stop them.  I'm livid at this point so I say to myself, I will show them, they won't expect me to barge in and break up their fight before the conditioner is even rinsed from my hair. 

I slide the shower door open and step out.  Next thing I know I am laying face down and naked in a huge puddle of water on the cold tile floor.  My foot is killing me as I somehow slammed in onto the metal track of the shower door.  I don't even move, I begin to cry, really cry.  It's funny now, but at the time I was really upset.

Puck comes running in apologizing and I just choke out to both of them, "Go to your rooms!"  I look down at my foot and it's turning a lovely shade of purple.  It's really swollen and painful today.  My back hurts too.  Uggg, I hate to whine. 

When Puck came out of his room he was holding a note for me.  It was the sweetest apology note I've ever received.  I loved the typos and spellings that only a 6 year old can make.  It was actually the best writing I've seen him do yet. 

Well, off to ice my foot.  I never knew being a mother to boys would be such an adventure. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm Ready

and by ready I mean the bags are packed and the condo is clean.  I'm not ready but I'm "ready."  We had a great last day...

We discovered Dairy Queen...

Yummy:)

You gotta love a playground that doesn't require shoes.

Our last evening on the beach.



I had to bribe them to get this shot.

The Last Day

...has arrived.  A whole month I've been here now:)  Last night as I started packing and cleaning the little beach condo my stomach hurt and my heart ached a little bit.  I'm all grown up so I know all too well that just because I want something doesn't mean I can have it.

What a gift this month has been.  We've been everywhere we could and then some!

I took lots of photos but probably not as many as usual since I was trying to live in the moment and not watch it happen in front of me.

I'm nervous about everything that is waiting at home for me.  Swirling around in my head is work, back-to-school, new speech therapist, bills, the house, activities for the boys, commuting...and so much more.

The beach will always be here.

Sunset

Special Dinner-Date with my Dad!  

My handsome, almost 7 year old!

Just hanging around.

Top of the world!

My little monkey!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Low Tide, High Tide...

Leaving behind something you love is always hard.  It tugs at your heart and leaves that nagging feeling like you have forgotten something but can't remember what.

I've spent almost one month exactly here at my heaven on the bay.  I have lived out my summer fantasy.  I have walked on the beach with my dog and my coffee.  I have swam in the ocean and the pool and watched my youngest learn to swim all on his own.  I have reconnected with old friends and family.  I wore a bathing suit everyday and I sipped enough cocktails, beer, and wine to get me through the winter until I can return here next summer.

I love that when you walk on the beach here you have to be careful not to step on the pinecones.  I love that the trees sometimes completely cover the streets like huge green umbrellas.  I love that the $3.00 kites I bought for my boys at the grocery store got plenty of air time and that I got to play fetch with my dog 100 times.

In just a few days time I will once again wake up in my own bed.  I will have to return to work and live in the real world again.  I will go back to my Keurig and my commute but my heart will be here on the bay...always.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Being a Mother Isn't Always Perfect

What do you do when your child misbehaves and humiliates you in public in front of strangers or worse, in front of your family?

What am I supposed to do when I try to discipline my 4 year old and no matter what I say or threaten he responds back to me a resounding, "NO!" I can say, "Don't you say no to Mama" and he says, "NO!"  It is so frustrating and honestly it breaks my heart...but he is 4 so I can only hope he'll grow out of this bad habit.  Tonight as I was trying to put him in his car seat in front of my father, Muffin hit me.  Everyone gasped, of course.  I didn't look up at anyone while I was fighting with him to get him buckled in his carseat...humiliated.

My 6 year old who will be turning 7 in 3 months is so disrespectful and non-compliant.  I feel like the more angry I get the funnier he thinks it is.  How do I get him to know I mean business?  He has no impulse control and I just end up yelling way too often.  I love both of my boys but when this stuff happens I am so hurt.

How do you teach a child to show respect?

How do you teach them empathy?

I love my boys so much but I often feel like I must have really screwed up when they were little.  I'm hurt.  I do everything for them.  I live and breath only for them and their happiness and they walk all over me.

Just venting....I'm at a loss.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Favorite Moments

today I want to always remember...

-swimming and snuggling my babies (now 4 and 6) in the little pool here at our tiny beach condo.


Monday, August 8, 2011

The Wonder of Children

I always feel like I did my job as a mom when my boys fall asleep before their heads hit their pillows.  It was a busy day.


I love watching them discover the world.
-Scooter ride to breakfast at our favorite diner.  
-Trip to Target for Legos and Rio.
-3 Hours at the Aquarium.  
-Grocery Shopping
-Dinner
-Kite Flying and a sunset swim on the bay...


Pushing the button for the wave machine, he loved it.

Us!

Starfish

Snack Time




Let's go fly a kite...or two.


Swimming at sunset...heaven.


Success:)  

Now I'm watching old movies on cable TV and sipping on some delicious red wine.  I've got friends coming to visit, a busy week ahead!  

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life Advice

I borrowed this from a friends Facebook page and wanted to share it here.  They are all things we've heard before but when I sat down and read each one I realized it's all so true isn't it?

 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Now Muffin is sick:(

I'm laying in bed next to Muffin with a fever of 103.7 which is after a cool bath and Tylenol. Oh, and he just puked too which is really why he ended up in the tub. I don't want to go back to sleep until I know he's ok.
I guess he got whatever bug Puck picked up. I hope it's only a 24 hour thing.

Poor baby:(


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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sick on Vacation

We've been lucky as it goes.  I can't remember a time when either of the boys was sick on vacation.  It happened yesterday.  We had been down on the beach for maybe 30 minutes when the whining started.  Whining is not unusual when talking about my boys, but this was different.  Puck was asking to go back to the house.  Part of me just thought he was bored and whining the way he has been known to do.  I laid the beach chair all the way back and put the towel down for him.  He fell asleep right away and didn't move for an hour.  I felt bad that he wasn't feeling well but it also reminded me of the many times he napped on the beach as a baby and toddler...

When he woke and wasn't impressed by the blue crabs that Hubs had caught I knew he was sick.  I took him up and showered off the sand and got him dressed in some comfy clothes and nestled him up on the couch with a movie.  He slept some more...

Later that night he napped in the bedroom for another hour.  Poor little man!  His fever reached 103.7.  I slept with him last night...my own personal space heater.  He seems more lively this morning and is happily playing DSi side by side with his brother.  I hope the fever stays down.  It's no fun to be sick on vacation. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Vacay Updates

This morning Hubs and Puck left on a chartered fishing cruise for half the day.  I hope they have a great morning of sun, seas, and father-son bonding and of course, fish!  So Muffin and I are chilling in our little condo here and plan to hit the pool a little later:)

I think it's safe to say that we are all enjoying our time away from the regular day in and day out of our regular lives.  I am particularly relishing a break from my commute.  I've hardly had to get behind the wheel at all, which I love.

Even the dog loves it here:)  Watching him swim makes me smile.  He's getting better at fetching too.

Yesterday we took a break from the beach.  It's been so hot but yesterday was cool and it even rained.  Puck and I had a date to see the Smurfs and he loved it.  I'm always shocked how much I spend on popcorn and soda.  It's extortion, really.  Next time I'll be sneaking in my own treats for sure. 

Then it was a nice walk to the corner for dinner.  Steamed shrimp with drawn butter and crap soup...I mean, what else could you really ask for?  Delicious.

 I try not to think too much.  I've been reading a lot, already on book 2.  Loving Elin Hilderbrand for great beach reads.  Watching movies and drinking yummy red wine in the evenings before bed.   Vacation.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Night Leftovers



-I love it here and I don't want to leave.  I won't even begin to go into the reasons why...
-Anger hurts.  Please treat others the way you would want them to treat you, I don't know how many times I can say it.
-My 4 year old, Muffin, has taught himself to swim!  He is amazing.
-I have a new fav author, Elin Hilderbrand...I'm pretty sure I can write a book someday.
-I am tan.  Very tan.
-Need some new people to tweet with, anyone interested?

Please go help yourself at Danifred's Buffet.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inner Peace...

...Looks like this.



This is the neighborhood I want to live in...

Happiness

Sunset Swim

Even the dog is having fun!

Bliss