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In the fog

Dear Blog,

Summer is officially here.

We started it off with a bang with Littlest graduating from Elementary School,

going fishing,

playing mini golf, cooking out, relaxing in the yard,

and I got a haircut!

Last Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day. Littlest worked hard on a portrait of Coal for Tom. I am quite impressed with his thick and thin linework. So expressive!

We also baked this cake which was SUPPOSED to be a spongecake, but it didn’t rise so we called it a shortbread, but then it was very dry so we decided it was biscotti. Ha! It’s all in the marketing.

Besides all of the happy moments, we are having some big sadness right now with a very sick family member. Tom went down to do some work on the beach house this morning and sent me this photo from the foggy pier.

It reminded me of this TNH quote.

Keep the faith, friends.


This week has been a roller coaster in parenting. Without getting into too much detail, one of the boys had a really rough experience. It is so difficult to watch your child go through something upsetting and be unable to help them. We can offer support and comfort, but they are ultimately the one going through it.

Thankfully the next day, he had a successful experience which helped to lift our spirits. But inside, my mom heart is still breaking and worrying and ruminating about what comes next. It is so hard to be a mom.

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In a pickle.

We had a busy Saturday with lots of running around for appointments and a birthday party. I was feeling really crappy so went to bed early with my books. I finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Loved them!

I was still feeling sick on Sunday, so I dragged myself around and didn’t do much. I made my first ever batch of Refrigerator Pickles. Chopping cukes was kinda therapeutic.

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I used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. They seem way too salty, but maybe they’ll mellow in the fridge. It was a really fun project!  Tom is a pickle fiend so I might give it another try this week.

The boys washed our cars and thought it was great fun. Why didn’t we think of this sooner? Entertainment + clean cars.

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I found Littlest quietly drawing by himself in the dining room with Coal next to him. It was pretty cute.

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When we were at my parent’s house a few months ago, my Mom gave me these old Tupperware things that she used to make Jello when I was little. The boys wanted to make Jello today, so I broke them out. I texted this picture to my sister and we got a kick out of seeing them. Who would have thought that a bunch of old Tupperware could bring back so many memories?

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Ship Shape.

Hi Blog! We are back from our vacation, and what a vacation it was!

I was nervous about going on a cruise, but OH MAN(!), we had fun! The 8 days positively flew by.

The highlights were:

Being with my little family.

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Boogie boarding.

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Tom and Biggest dressing like twinsies.

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Boys in ties.

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Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert.

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Almost every night.

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The whitest softest sand.

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Finding one perfect shell.

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Nothing but water for as far as the eye could see.

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Celebrating a special couple’s 50th Anniversary.

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Towel animals.

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Reading from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory every night before bed.

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Hours by the pool.

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Me and Biggest winning $1000 at Bingo!

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So much color.

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Wearing my floppy straw hat.

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A full moon over the water.

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Starting this.

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These three…

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… Always make me smile.

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What did I do to deserve this?

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Blah Blah Blah

Here’s what my blog has basically become…

More snow… blah blah blah blah … Have to go to NY… blah blah blah … Haven’t had time to stitch … blah blah blah blah … I love food… blah blah 

Seriously, such a broken record.

How was your weekend? Mine was a lot of running around with little kids… camp fair, birthday party, scout thing. I was in full-on Mom mode.

Biggest organized a family spelling bee on Saturday night and it was really fun. I went out on “daiquiri”. Who knew that there are 3 “I”s in “daiquiri”? I do now!

I decided to stay home instead of attending Super Bowl festivities. It was the BEST decision EVER! I was home ALONE. And I made myself a STEAK. And I ate it by MYSELF. In front of the TV. And no one interrupted me even ONCE to ask for something. And no one wanted a bite! Then I cleaned the HOUSE (I know, I’m wild), and took a BATH! Then I READ! ALONE! It was really fun, but then I kinda missed everyone after awhile.

The boys and I looked through baby pictures this weekend. Biggest turns 9 this week. I can’t believe it. This is one of my favorite photos of him. I took a photo of the photo because I am too lazy to look for the file. I know that I am biased, but have you ever seen a baby so cute? Where did all the time go?

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This weekend, I…

I got a really good night’s sleep last night. Finally. Who knew that sleep makes such a big difference in one’s life?

Our weekend was nice. The weather is getting chilly. I lit my Pumpkin Spice candle which means that Fall is officially on the way.

This weekend, I:

-made sugar-free apple zucchini muffins. I used stevia. They were not a hit.

-got our new family room furniture! YAY! At first I didn’t like it and had buyer’s remorse, but now I love it!

-rearranged our living room furniture. I think it looks better. Tom and I sat in there while the boys had friends over in the family room. We felt very grown up, like Ward and June.

-discovered a new Vietnamese restaurant that is closer to home. Yum. Yum. So good. Yum.

-shopped for new jeans for the boys. Why do they keep growing so fast?!!

-stitched a little bit, but got frustrated. This pattern keeps getting harder and harder. I’m at the part where I have to stitch cream colored sheep onto cream colored linen. So hard to see!!!

-learned how to make a photo collage. See?

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What did you do this weekend?

Christmas in September.

It might be overly ambitious, but I’m thinking about stitching the boys a little something for Christmas from the vehicle patterns that they picked out at the beach. The patterns really don’t go with their decor (who am I kidding… MY decor) so I’m throwing around the idea of making pillows for their beds so that they blend in more.

I’ve been slowly gathering the supplies and even did a few stitches on Littlest’s Humvee this weekend. Since time is of the essence, I’m stitching on Aida instead of linen. It’s probably not really any faster stitching on Aida since you’re still making the same number of stitches, but it seems faster in my mind because the Xs are so much larger. I also think that the bigger Xs are kinda fun for a kid’s aesthetic. I’ve never stitched on Aida before so this is a new experience!

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Christmas is my ultimate goal, but I’m not sure if that’s entirely realistic since time is so limited these days. I also don’t want the boys to see me working on these so that they’ll be surprised, but that limits my stitching time even further.  I know… this isn’t sounding good. Maybe they’ll be ready for Valentines Day or Easter. That is sounding better already!

My wish.

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I bought this black rocking chair many years ago at a yard sale in Trenton of all places. I remember driving by and making us stop when I spotted it at the side of the road.  It didn’t look so good up close but I felt bad for the old lady selling it so it came home with us. Besides, you can always use another rocking chair. This was 4 houses ago, so the chair has stuck around for awhile.

The boys love it and drag it from room to room. I never know where I will find it. Older boy was sick this weekend and in one of the rare moments when he wasn’t sacked out on the sofa or in his bed, he pulled the chair up close to the fire and rocked away. He’s my quiet, sensitive child and I often wonder what is going through his mind when he’s deep in thought like that. I worry that he’s the type who will carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. I know that feeling and don’t wish it on anyone, much less my sweet son.

Not sure why I feel melancholy today. Something about this picture does it to me. Maybe looking at it makes me wish that time could just stand still and I could keep my boys young and protected forever.

Thank you all for the sweet comments on my stitch design. I was really close to giving it up, but now I feel encouraged to keep going.

Happy Tuesday, Friends. Get on out there and make the most of it.

The artist as a young child.

My 8 year old has really been interested in money lately. The other night, he mentioned that he’d like to do some chores in order to earn money.

I told him that there are certain chores that he has to do just for being part of the family, but that we could consider other ones that he could do above and beyond for cash. Tom told him that the best way to make money is to do something for someone that they can’t or don’t want to do for themselves.

He considered what we said and then we brainstormed some ideas. (His comments in parenthesis.)

Take out the trash (Too messy! )
Take out the recycling (Too dangerous! Sharp cans! )
Tidy up the bathroom after he and his brother brush their teeth (Too gross! )
Put dishes away (Can’t reach the shelves! )

There were many other suggestions, but in the end he decided that he would feed the dogs and also “sell his art like that guy who painted big stars (Van Gogh).” I didn’t have the heart to tell him that Van Gogh was destitute his whole life and, of course, there was also that whole prostitute and cut-off ear thing. He spent the evening working on his first masterpiece entitled “The Fire” and talked Tom into buying it for 25 cents. He is quite the wheeler-dealer.

This might be worth a lot more than 25 cents some day…

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Not much stitching going on this week but here’s a sneak peek at the threads that I picked out for my project. I’m having trouble getting the colors right in this photo. I was going for “cheery and modern” but am worried that they are coming across “overly cutesy.” Maybe I can talk my budding entrepreneur/artist extraordinaire into doing a collaboration with me. Maybe we can even talk Tom into buying it.


Oooo Lo Lo.

My whining must have paid off because Spring has sprung here in Pennsylvania! The weather this weekend was GLORIOUS! If I had known that my complaining would be so effective, I would have started earlier (Note to self for next year).

We had such a productive weekend. Nice weather will do that to you. I cleaned out my entire closet which is a seriously huge task. This is always equal parts exciting and depressing. It makes me realize that I have a TON of clothes, but few that look good or fit right. Darn you, closet cleaning!

I also started my super secret stitching project. It’s not really a secret, but sounds way more dramatic if I call it that. I am working on a new cross stitch and it is my own design! This is also equal parts exciting and depressing because I’m excited to do it, but depressed because it looks much cooler in my imagination than on fabric. I’ll share some photos tomorrow.

On Saturday, we planned to go to our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. We were looking forward to it all day. Dinnertime finally came and we headed into the city. It is only about 12 miles from our house but traffic was terrible and the drive took close to an hour. I was very hungry and cranky by the time we arrived. We found a perfect parking spot and things were looking up. I may have even done a little jig as we walked to the restaurant. Then… we realized something… Tom had forgotten his wallet at home!!! ARGHHH! SO CLOSE and FOILED! (I hadn’t bothered to bring my purse). Sigh.

Totally not related to this post… but for your entertainment, here is a picture of a sensei saying “Oooo Lo Lo” drawn by littlest boy. I’m not sure what a sensei is doing saying “Oooo lo lo,” but have learned to not question such things.

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Happy Spring Monday to you! Hope that your day is full of Oooo Lo Los.

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