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And then he was 12…

I have been so emotional! Maybe it is because we are in those whirlwind late elementary/middle school years, but it seems like the boys are growing up so quickly in so many ways. It is hitting me hard. Since I have a tendency to get caught up in my own busy-ness, I have been trying extra hard to be more present (Thanks ET!) and sit down to talk, cuddle, or hang out with everyone a bit more than usual.

This week…

There was snow! We went sledding.

And finally got to try making snow ice cream.

Have you ever done this? Mix snow (clean! no yellow snow!) with condensed milk and vanilla. It was super easy and the boys loved it.

My new Kitchenaid mixer arrived so I celebrated by baking bread. I used the recipe that came with the mixer and it came out delicious! It doesn’t look so delicious, but you can trust me. We ate both loaves in just a little over a day.

On Saturday, we hosted Biggest’s family birthday party. Most of the family have heard much about his new found love of cooking, but few have had the chance to try it. This year, he wanted to cook a “fancy” dinner for everyone. It was so much fun to help him plan and execute his dinner.

Too many cooks in the kitchen.

We went with stuffed portabella mushrooms, crab bisque, and braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. He did an amazing job! Yum!

He knew exactly how he wanted the tables to look.

By the time dinner was served, we were too excited/busy to take any food pics. Oops. But everyone had fun and I think it was a success.

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sensitive Biggest. You make me so proud and I am thankful to be your Mom!

Around here…

Tom and I have been taking turns being sick.

The two older guys (Tom and Biggest) went to the beach house to go crabbing. Biggest caught 2 blue crabs and proudly cooked them.

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Littlest and I went to the roller rink (old pic from last Summer, also known as my roller queen days)

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And prepared a fondue feast for Tom and Biggest’s return home.

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Sunday was cold and rainy, so…

I baked Pesto bread (which got weirdly tall), but tasted delicious.

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Tom hung our new (old) lucky horseshoes above the doors.

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Littlest sat at the top of the stairs creating comic book characters.

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Biggest disappeared into his room (Preteen! No photos!)

Sammy did what Sammy does best.

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Coal celebrated his 15th birthday!

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Charlie hung out in a box.

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What did you do this weekend?

Around here

It has been so long since the last post! In the last 9 days…

I accidentally flushed my fitbit down the toilet. I know, how does that kind of thing even happen? But it happened. Is it even worth it to move now that I don’t get credit for it? #lazygirlproblems

I’ve been commuting a lot to NYC which means train time to cross stitch.

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Making progress and feeling reinvigorated now that I’ve gotten past the lady! Can you see the man emerging with his little top hat and bobbed hair? Haha. What a looker!

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I’ve been having tummy troubles (for years) and have not had much success with doctors on the matter. Recently, I decided to give gluten-free a try to see if it helps. So far, it has! But it’s too early to know if it’s just coincidence or the real deal. (And, yes… the painful irony that I finally baked a good loaf of bread!)

I’ve been eating lots of zoodles…

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And Asian dishes…

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And we are loving gluten free chocolate chip cookies! Rice flour is my new best friend!

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We enjoyed some fishing…

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And Biggest earned his Arrow of Light award in Scouts. I’m proud of him for sticking with it considering he’s wanted to quit a bajillion times over the years. (And I’m beyond THRILLED to be ending my illustrious tenure as a Scout leader!)

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Awful lighting, no makeup, rambunctious kids, and lazy cat… This is pretty much sums up life around here. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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What’s new in your world???

Weekend Report

Hello Friends!

I hope that all of you had a great Mother’s Day! Before Biggest was born, I had a few miscarriages and it took what felt like a long time to become a Mom. Mother’s Day would sometimes be a sad day back then, so I feel especially thankful and blessed now to wake up to this:

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I must’ve done something very nice in a past life to deserve these three.

So far, 44 is turning out pretty good! My birthday goal of baking a great loaf of bread finally came true on Saturday! The crazy part is that I used the same recipe that I have tried many times before unsuccessfully. Go figure.

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The rain finally stopped and the weekend was sunshine-y and warm. Of course that meant we had to rollerblade (insert eye roll). It was actually more like: Littlest rollerbladed while I parked my butt on the playground, stranded because my shoes were in the car and I couldn’t bear the thought of rollerblading all the way back to get them.

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Last night was our final dance class. Our teacher wanted us to pose for pictures for her Facebook page. Clearly we were her star pupils! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (Not!)

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So, I’m finally making some stitching progress. Right side- here I come! Sorry for the terrible pictures.

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What’s new with you? Have a great week!

Spring Breakin’

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Hi strangers! It has been awhile! How are you?

Spring Break has come and gone. The weather was warm and glorious. I like to take walks and pick up weird specimens to draw. This is from a “Princess Tree”. Thanks Internets for the ID!

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Check out this cool branch formation. Nature is so symmetrical!

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I thought I had hit the thrift store jackpot on a Q-snap frame. Too bad I didn’t read the package carefully because… hello

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It is the size of a table! And made for quilts! Ugh.

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Faceplant

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Littlest sculpted this. I think the resemblance is uncanny.

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Look at these cute rolls I made!

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Tom tried to walk Charlie on a leash.

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They didn’t make it very far.

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I stitched a little. Le sigh. Same ol’ skirt.

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Littlest wanted to stitch too, which made me insanely happy.

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Cute… Cuter… Cutest!

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We built a volcano.

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Because what else do you do when you’re bored and want to make a giant mess?

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But it wasn’t all fun and games around here. We tried to instill a good work ethic in the boys by offering them money to clean up sticks in the yard.

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That lasted about 20 minutes until I looked out the window and saw them doing this instead.

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That about catches you up. Happy Spring!

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Breaking Bread

Hello Blog!

I went to the library during lunch last week and got a book on baking bread.

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Of course, that meant there was bread baking this weekend. The results were ok. I don’t know what the problem is, but my bread always seems just “ok”, never “stellar.” You know how sometimes you eat a piece of bread and there’s not even butter or anything on it, but it still tastes so amazing and delicious? Crispy on the outside but soft and a little chewy on the inside and just the right ratio of crust to center? That isn’t my bread. Does anyone have tips, or better yet, a secret family recipe to share? Sigh… dreams. 

I was cleaning on Saturday and came across my little loom from the weaving class that Stephanie and I took. I had no choice but to weave a few lines before putting it away. I just played around with trying to keep the lines even. It needs work.

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Littlest is starting roller hockey this week. It’s his first year, so in addition to learning the rules of hockey, he also has to learn how to roller blade! I am pretty impressed with how fast he got the hang of it.

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Yesterday, he asked me if I could practice with him, so I unearthed my dusty roller blades from the garage and strapped them on for the first time in 15 (gasp!) years. I’m not sure what I’m doing in this picture, but the smile is masking the terror I feel inside.

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Tom and I are watching the final season of Mad Men on Netflix (I know, we are hopelessly years behind on current pop culture). Binge watching a season means lots of cross stitching time.

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I finally finished the black part on creepy lady’s skirt. Wheeee! I’m on fire!

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Happy Monday! Did you have a fun weekend?

Snow Day

Instead of getting the nice weather that the weatherman promised, we got more snow! It started to fall early Thursday morning and fell and fell and fell.

School was cancelled and the roads were a disaster so I stayed home from work. As much as I’m tired of Winter, an unexpected day off is always a treat. It’s as if we have no choice but to slow down and enjoy all of those at-home cozy activities.

There was a lot of snow.

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One of these years we will remember to put the lawn furniture away before Winter.

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The kitchen was a mess because I was pretty much in it the entire day (my favorite place to be!).

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There were muffins to make…

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And eat! Here is Charlie scheming how to get one for himself.

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And bread to bake

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There is something so satisfying about having pans of fresh rolls rising on the stove (mismatched linens for bonus points).

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I tried a new bean prepping technique (in the crockpot!) and it worked like a dream!

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And made spaghetti sauce (no pics… oh well).

Of course there was some drawing.

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And maybe a little stitching.

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Until someone wanted to get into the act.

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YAY for snow days!

A Big Joe Holiday

The holidays already seem like they were so long ago now that the decorations have been taken down and the last of the goodies have been eaten.

I had 2 solid weeks off of work which was a real indulgence this year. It was fun to be home and putter around doing this and that with the boys. I pretended that I was a stay-at-home-mom.

Our Christmas was super. The boys were so spoiled by everyone in the family with loads and loads of gifts and attention. I am always torn between feeling so thankful and so guilty with how much we have and get. We are very blessed.

Our biggest highlight was, of course, Charlie. Littlest unwrapped a box with an ornament that said “I love my cat” and a little note from Santa himself directing them to go check the laundry room… and there was good ol’ Charlie waiting.

Here are some other highlights:

Seeing Christmas lights with my little dudes. Are they growing or am I shrinking?

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Coal was selected to play Santa this year. You can tell by his expression that he was thrilled.

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I’m not sure what is happening here. A Charlie selfie? That cat cracks me up!

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Christmas Eve at Tom’s parent’s house. Somehow Santa lost his nose. Santa gets weirder and weirder every year.

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Christmas morning was fantastic.

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I got some bling from the boys. This is my idea of a priceless jewel. <3

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The boys requested these crazy bean bag chairs that they call “Big Joes.”

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The Big Joes were a surprising hit. Here you can see them enjoying hot cocoas in their Big Joe man cave.

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Sammy wasted no time trying out the Big Joe for himself.

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I did too (shhhhh!). They are indeed super comfy!

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In addition to my fancy rare pink diamond, I got a stand mixer for Christmas! That is going to take my baking to a whole new level.

First I made brownies.

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Then I attempted French Baguettes.

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Then I attempted them again, but accidentally fell asleep while they were rising. (Note the bed head and over-risen dough. Oops!)

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So I turned them into rolls to go with our New Years pork and sauerkraut. How’s that for improvising?

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Speaking of New Years, we all made it till midnight except for this guy, who fell asleep with his dog and his Big Joe.

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And so with that I will end this holiday recap.

I hope that all of you…

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had a wonderful holiday…

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with your family and friends.

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Who’s ready for 2015???

Monday!

Work has been turning me into a grump, so I decided that an attitude shift was in order. Last week, I tried really hard not to COMPLAIN and, you know what, it worked! I felt much more positive by week’s end.

It may also have helped that I got a lot of stitching time. On Friday, I brought my cross stitching to work and spent my lunch time stitching in the park. A stitch break was just what I needed.

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Friday night, I sewed my first pair of pajama pants (for Biggest)! It was pretty exciting.

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Stephanie and I hung out on Saturday. Lunch (Yum!), followed by a trip to the fabric store (Yay!), followed by afternoon cocktails (YUMMM!), followed by a quiet evening at home with TV and stitching (Perfection!). I am making good progress on this.

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Sunday was sooooooooooper productive. I spent almost all day in the kitchen (Fun!). I made:

  • chocolate zucchini bread
  • regular bread
  • spaghetti sauce (for this week)
  • more pickles (New recipe… this one is a keeper!)
  • meatloaf, potatoes, and green beans (for dinner)

I love productive days! I also did laundry, went grocery shopping, cleaned up the house, and made another pair of these…

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Oh, and look at my cute sewing buddy!

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Happy Monday!

Finish & Start & Summer & a Boat Trip

Hi Blog! I can’t believe that it has been so long since the last post!

Summer has been busy so far. Here’s what’s been going on…

The boys are enjoying camp; swimming and playing soccer and doing archery each day.

Littlest switched to a new TaeKwonDo school which is super intense.

We have had a lot of playdates.  Everyone is pooped by the end of the day.

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We found our first red strawberry, only to have it stolen by a chipmunk or some other pest the very next day.

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I got my hair cut by a Korean lady who didn’t speak much English. I told her I wanted VOLUME and she smiled and nodded and just started cutting away. Now I have bangs and a lot of layers. It’s growing on me.

This is how I usually find Tom and Coal.  Tom: reading. Coal: anywhere that Tom is.

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Good Old Llama (Littlest’s favorite stuffed animal during the baby/toddler years) was rediscovered and has been seen toted around the house again. I love him.

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I finally baked a good loaf of bread! (No pictures, Darn, but trust me!)

Raven Bewitched is finished! This was SO FUN! Definitely my most relaxing stitch ever.

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We are leaving this Sunday for an 8 day cruise to celebrate Tom’s parent’s 50th Anniversary. I have never been on a cruise before and am nervous about 1. getting sea sick and 2. being bored.

To deal with #1, I went to Target and bought every kind of motion sickness medicine that I could get my hands on. To deal with #2, I am packing many books AND a new cross stitch project. So…

Introducing…

Floral Heart Pillow by Modern Folk!

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I’ve admired his patterns for awhile. I clearly have a thing for monochromatic symmetrical traditional looking pieces, so this fits the bill. Doesn’t it look like it will be such a bliss-out-relaxing-no-thinking-at-all stitch?

NEW PROJECT! YAY!

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