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Hola!

Hola Blog! Did you miss me? We just returned from a nice long family vacation to Mexico. It was so much fun!

My goals were to:

  • eat guacamole at every meal
  • ride a zip-line
  • relax and spend time with my family

I am happy to say that I achieved my goals! (*There was one night at an Asian restaurant where there was no guacamole, but I’m still going to count that goal as 99% met.)

Of course I took a million trip photos because that’s what I do.

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I thought that I was really original to wear a straw hat to Mexico. HA! So did everyone else. The boys made a game out of “count how many people are wearing the same hat as Mommy.” We counted 9 before we even got on the plane.

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This is where we stayed. It was so beautiful, I almost couldn’t stand it.

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We spent most of our time at the pool. It’s hard to leave when they kept walking by offering fresh guacamole and drinks.

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Littlest really embraced the good life.

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We did get off of our butts long enough to have a few adventures, like zip-lining,

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(That little blue dot is Biggest high in the trees!)

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ATV riding,

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swimming in a cenote (Tom was the only one of us brave enough to jump in),

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watching lots of cool shows,

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and getting fish pedicures! (They tickled!)

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Speaking of fish, we went to a little fishing village called Puerto Morelos.

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They are known for their leaning tower.

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The beach where we stayed was so clear and warm and white, a far cry from our familiar Jersey Shore.

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Biggest spent his time building and demolishing sand castles.

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Littlest spent his time following the ultra cool Entertainment staff guys around.

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I spent my time applying sunscreen (obligatory pool selfie) and looking for coral.

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Tom spent his time drinking cerveza and reading about Benjamin Franklin. (Seriously, didn’t I say that we are two peas in a pod?)

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It was a great vacation and just what we needed after a very busy year of school and work.

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I am so thankful that we were able to take the time and spend it together. Yay Mexico!

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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!

Fancy Blog Stuff

Hi Blog!

Do you notice something different at the top there? I have my own domain!

Hopefully you were seamlessly redirected here to the sparkly new stitch-therapy.com but if you use bookmarks or a blog reader, they will need to be updated. WordPress followers and email subscribers are supposed to transfer automatically to the new site (fingers crossed), but it might not be a bad idea to add yourself as a follower to the new blog because I’m not sure how long you’ll get transferred (technologically challenged). Please let me know if you run into any problems. Sorry!

OK, enough housekeeping. How are you? What’s new?

The boys are very excited to be finishing up their last week of school. I can’t believe that another year has come and gone. Good-bye 3rd and 5th grades!

This weekend…

Littlest played his final roller hockey game of the season. He really loved his first hockey experience and is already talking about trying ice hockey. I am happy to be hanging up my skates for the time being.

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We discovered an amazing gluten free pizza place. It was so good!

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I have officially been off of gluten now for over 4 weeks! I can’t say that there has been a radical change in my health or that all of my problems have gone away, but I do feel somewhat better and plan to stick with it longer to see how things go. Giving up gluten has surprisingly not been too hard, but it WAS pretty exciting to eat pizza again.

We enjoyed our first meal outside. We are in that weather sweet spot where it’s no longer rainy (but not too sunny) and it’s warm (but not too hot) and the mosquitos aren’t out yet (but the lightening bugs are).

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No stitching to tell you about because this website stuff has been consuming my free time (Ick!). Hopefully we are in the home stretch and stitching will resume PRONTO!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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???

Virtuoso

Happy Thursday!

Last night, Biggest had his Spring Orchestra concert. He was really nervous the night before, which in turn made this Mama Bear really nervous, but he did GREAT!

If you haven’t noticed, there aren’t many pictures of Biggest on this blog. He HATES getting his picture taken. I’d like to say that I respect his wishes and don’t take his picture, but the reality is that I try to take his picture anyway and he usually hides. Each time he spotted my phone last night, he ducked behind another kid/piano/sheet music. It was equal parts annoying/impressive/hilarious. Here’s the only photo I managed of the elusive violinist. I’m so proud of him!

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It’s been rainy and cold this week, which has been perfect for cozy nights on the sofa with kids and cat and cross stitch. Most evenings, I can only manage a half hour at most before someone needs a drink or a fight breaks out over couch space or it’s bedtime, but I’ll take it!

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How’s your stitching coming along?

Around Here

Hi Blog!

How do you follow up on a dramatic post about sewage? I don’t know… maybe a post about…

A car accident?!!

Yes, that would be little old me minding my own business on the way to work yesterday only to get caught up in a 3 car fender bender. Thankfully it was minor.

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But let’s talk about fun stuff.

This weekend was great. Things are pretty much getting back to normal at home. I have never appreciated plumbing so much. I spent Saturday and Sunday getting the house in order and catching up on fun stuff, such as:

… Baking ooey gooey chocolatey cookies with my boy.

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… Making homemade deodorant. They’re miniature which is not on purpose! I totally screwed up and ordered the wrong size containers. They’re good for travel or if you have tiny armpits.

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… Making magnesium gummies!

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I once wrote about the benefits of Magnesium on my health and wellness blog (which lasted for all of about 5 posts). It helps with a million things such as anxiety (check!), depression (check!) and insomnia (CHECK!) and most people don’t get enough of it. Anyhoo… I followed a recipe from Pinterest and made these. Aren’t they so cute? And super tasty. I’ll let you know if they actually work.

… Watching a lot of hockey. Does it ever get easy to watch your kid get slammed against the fence or wipe out on skates? Thank goodness for padding.

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… Secretly Snapchatting Tom and using funny filters.

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… Catching Charlie hanging out with his stuffed pal.

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Good Times. What’s new with you?

Accomplished

Hi Blog.

Behold… a cross stitching miracle…

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I finished the skirt! I don’t know why it has taken me so long. My heart just hasn’t been in it. But it’s done! Hooooo-ray!

This has felt like a long week (so much to do!) but at the same time like a fast week (no free time!). Isn’t it weird how it can feel like both things at once? How is that even possible? Doesn’t that go against all the laws of time and space?

Our accomplishments this week included:

Looking cute

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Getting a lot better at roller hockey. Check out #5! That’s my boy!

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Reinterpreting George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog paintings if Blue Dog was into skateboards.

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Finally mastering 5th grade fractions!!! Hallelujah!

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Charlie thinks that homework time also means chin scratching time.

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Did you have a good week? Happy Friday!

The Grumps

I have been in the worst sort of mood lately. It doesn’t help that work is stressful, we have a million +1 obligations in the evenings and weekends, and I haven’t had much time at home. We introverts really need our down time at home. Am I right?

Today, especially, I need to remember the things for which I am thankful:

Biggest wanted to buy a crystal mining set with his own money. He spent all evening mining for crystals and would carefully wash each one that he found before showing it to us. Do you see Littlest in the background?

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He is soooo excited for roller hockey. He got his new helmet and wore it around all weekend.

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He wanted to practice roller blading before the big player assessment on Sunday. I didn’t realize that 1. there are still roller rinks around and 2. they’d be so crowded! It ended up being a ton of fun. Here I am showing off my stuff!

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Here is Littlest at the assessment. Doesn’t he look so official? My little BABY!!!

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The weather was gorgeous all weekend and perfect for outdoor activities.

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I love when something as simple as catching minnows can entertain the boys for a whole afternoon.

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Being outside does me a ton of good too. There’s just something about the sound of water rippling and the feeling of the sun sparkling from up above. It’s good for the soul.

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Tom and I went to a christening.

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And last night we learned the Foxtrot!

The End.

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?

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