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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!

Things & Stuff

Hi Blog!

It has indeed been a whirlwind around here. Last weekend was very festive with Tom’s birthday, the Halloween block party, annual spooky family dinner, and, of course, Trick-or-Treating. I didn’t take any pics. Who am I??!!

This week, I…

Have been immersed in my new (old) Julia Child cookbook that I found at the thrift store. She is so long winded. I love it! 2 whole pages on how to properly boil an egg!

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Could truthfully use the excuse “the cat ate my homework.”

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Listened to not one, but TWO, violin players in the house now! We’re on our way to being a string quartet!

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Have a great weekend, Friends!

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

Hi Blog!

I’m getting bored with these trip posts, so today let’s take a break to talk about what’s been going on around here lately.

Are you as happy as I am that Fall has arrived? It’s still hot in Pennsylvania, but there’s that bit of crispness in the air to show that the seasons are changing. Yay!

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I am feeling especially thankful these days to be back into our school and home routines. I do love me some routines! Taurus much?

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Soccer season is in full swing so our Saturday mornings are spent on the field. The weather has been perfect for this so I can’t complain. The boys have been playing hard and I love to watch them.

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In addition to Soccer, they both signed up for a running program that culminates in a 5k. Littlest said that he wanted us to run the 5k as a family. I foolishly agreed. This week, I broke out my super fashionable knee brace and 80s music mix and restarted the Couch to 5k training. Mom guilt sure makes you do some crazy things!

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I really fell off the gluten free train while we were away and it’s been soooooooo hard to get back on. Every day I start strong, then stuff like this happens…

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I know at some point I really need to commit to the diet again, but WHY IS GLUTEN SO DELICIOUS?!?!!!

Speaking of delicious, the boys and I continued our Saturday dinner tradition with an Asian inspired evening of Dumplings, Soy & Ginger Glazed Cornish Game Hen with Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms, and Mango Sorbet. Yum. They are seriously upping their game.

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And in stitching news… I’m discussing Halloween stitching in the October issue of CrossStitcher magazine, available on newsstands now (Haha. I’ve always wanted to say that)! It feels these days like I write about cross stitching more than I actually cross stitch, but blergh… such is the life of a working mother.

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Happy Friday, Friends!

Summer weekend

Hi Friends!

This weekend, we…

Went to a neighborhood ice cream social

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Built a long straw

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Caught minnows

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Learned to moonwalk

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Ate Doritos

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Cross stitched

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Cooked our fancy Saturday dinner in the rain

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Explored a retro video game store

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Looked fashionable

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Grilled a turkey for the first time. (It was so easy and turned out perfect!)

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Did you have a good weekend?

Summer!

Hi Blog!

Hope that you had a nice weekend celebrating all of the special men out there. I feel very blessed when I think about the loving, kind, and strong fathers and father figures that the boys and I have in our lives. I am so thankful for all of them.

The weekend felt like it went very fast. Biggest and I cooked another meal together and this time, Littlest joined in too. He was in charge of mashed potatoes and serving the food. We are all loving this new Saturday tradition.

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The rest of the weekend was filled with:

Trampoline jumping
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Battlebot building
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Snapchatting
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Bubble bathing (Littlest ran me a surprise bath and left this note!)
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Laughing
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Oh! And Ginger Beer making! It’s in a dark, cool corner of the pantry fermenting now but I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m so excited to try it!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Junior Chef

Hi Blog!

Here we are at Friday again and I never got to tell you about LAST weekend!

Biggest has been obsessed with cooking shows so we decided to plan a menu, shop, and cook an entire meal together. It was so much fun!

Tom helped Biggest type up the menu.

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He worked hard on his knife skills.

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And took great pride in presentation.

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He made the Avocado sauce on his own. It was delicious!

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We were really proud of him.

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There was chocolate fondue for dessert. We don’t have a fondue pot so made one out of an oil diffuser and a bowl.

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Our resident food critic says “Keep it!”

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It was such a fun activity to do together and we are already planning our next menu!

I spent Sunday in the kitchen too… Making yogurt for the first time. I felt very scientific with my thermometer.

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10 hours later, we had cute little cups of yogurt!!!

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It was really good!!! I can’t wait to experiment with other recipes.

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Lest you think that all we did was eat last weekend, we also drank the best Sangria. (Sangria = Summer)

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I got this book from the library and was excited to show Tom. It turned out he had already read it! We are a perfect match. By the way… I am now obsessed with George and Martha Washington, think that John Adams is a total nerd, and greatly admire Thomas Jefferson.

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We went bike riding.

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There was a neighborhood yard sale. One lady was selling 5(!) spinning wheels! I was incredulous that someone living so close to me owned 5 spinning wheels and that we weren’t best friends. I don’t think I need to tell you how hard it was to walk away without bringing one home.

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I did bring this home though. Isn’t it cute?

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Speaking of cute, this is how I found him “working.”

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And him “not working.” (He sleeps in the weirdest positions.)

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What’s new in your world? Have a great 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???

Crazy Cat Lady

Hi Blog!

I’ve been trying to post more on Instagram so if you follow me there, some of these pics are a repeat, so sorry! I can’t wrap my head around what to post where. #oldladyproblems

I’m not quite recovered from traveling and am still getting up in the wee hours of the morning. It’s annoying to be falling asleep by 8pm, but I do enjoy those quiet early morning hours alone in the kitchen.

On Saturday, I made Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), which is a favorite for Tom and Biggest. The recipe starts with grinding and roasting spices which is such a satisfying task.

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The only problem is that the spices smell so good as they are roasting that it makes me hungry and, at that point, the broth is still many hours from being finished. It’s a process.

By mid morning, the boys were going a little stir crazy, so we decided to venture out in search of a sledding hill that still had some snow, not an easy feat! The hill at the school was a slushy muddy mess. Then Biggest suggested that we try the seminary near our house. It was still pristine and snowy! I guess the seminary folks aren’t big on sledding.

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Sunday was chore day. I’m pretty much a weirdo who enjoys doing things like cleaning out the Tupperware cabinet and lining up the canned goods in the pantry. So satisfying. Anyone else with me on that one? Please tell me I’m not alone.

Charlie kept climbing into my shopping bags as I was trying to fill them with decluttered junk. It would have been really annoying if he wasn’t the cutest cat on Earth.

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Speaking of cute cats, I have been addicted to an app called Neko Atsume. It’s a game where you try to attract cats to your yard by leaving out toys and beds and food. Then you can take pictures of them and buy more stuff for them. Basically, it’s pointless, but I am obsessed.

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OMG! Aren’t you dying at how cute the cats are? I keep texting pics of my screen to Tom and Stephanie. I know that they are rolling their eyes at me, but they humor me because they are the BEST! Evolution to crazy cat lady… LEVEL: COMPLETE.

And finally, Pinewood Derby time! Biggest won “Best in Show”. Yay!

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How was your weekend? Can you believe it’s FEBRUARY?!!

Cupcakes, Cats, & Cross stitch

Hi Blog.

I leave for Paris tomorrow. I realize it’s totally obnoxious to say, but I am dreading this trip big time. I get very anxious about traveling and being away from my family. It’s the worst.

We had such a great few days though. I will write a post and read it when I am homesick.

I have been keeping up with the Couch to 5K training, even though it’s not quite as fun anymore. On Saturday, the boys wanted to go to the playground, so I ran around the school while they played. It is much harder to run outside vs. on a treadmill!

Littlest practiced skateboarding while I ran. He has been determined to get good enough to go to the skatepark with the older kids. I admire his determination!

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It was a busy few days with indoor soccer and playdates and work. We were happy to stay home for a game night. Bingo!

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Of course, you know who got into the action.

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In other news, we finally got our first little bit of snow!

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Littlest got a snowboard for Christmas. He is dying to use it and has been trying all kinds of tricks to make it snow; including the snow dance (point your forefingers up like you’re saying #1 and dance), sleeping with a spoon under your pillow, and putting your clothes in the bathtub at night. Unfortunately, the snow wasn’t enough for actual snow boarding but the forecast is calling for a possible blizzard this weekend. His techniques may be working!

The boys have really been into that show “Cupcake Wars” on Netflix. On Monday we decided to have our own Cupcake War. I baked up a batch of cupcakes and they worked to develop flavors and decoration.

It was so much fun and I couldn’t believe how focused and creative they were.

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We had flavors such as S’mores, Peanut Butter & Banana, Apple & Maple, and Tropical Coconut.

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I thought that the results were quite beautiful.

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Biggest’s work:

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And Littlest’s:

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Of course, they deserted me when it was time to clean up the kitchen (but it was worth it).

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After the exhausting Cupcake Wars, we enjoyed some down time on the couch watching YouTube videos and cross stitching. I just noticed that we were watching cat videos while our cat was watching us!

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Someday I will learn to take better photos, but that someday isn’t today.

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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