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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.

Expecto Patronum!

You know how when the Dementors came around Little Whinging and everything felt depressing and dismal? That’s how it has been in Pennsylvania lately; rainy, cold and downright miserable. I am aching for a sunny day.

My Patronus, Charlie, hard at work.

We are heading to the beach house for the long holiday weekend and have our fingers crossed that the weather will improve. Biggest can’t wait to go crabbing. Littlest can’t wait to play video games on the Boardwalk. Tom can’t wait to go for morning walks with the dogs. And I can’t wait to sport my fanny pack and ride my bike around town.

This week…

Littlest went to Comicon. He looks forward to this every year.

Charlie and Tom (and I) were riveted by the OJ Simpson series on Netflix. I didn’t really follow the trial at the time but GEEZE what a circus! He did it!

I have been obsessed with ferns! I want to plant them everywhere, both inside and out. Which reminds me of the time the boys made up the nickname of “Fern Montague” for me when we were joking around pretending to be fancy people. Unfortunately, the alter ego stuck and Tom dares me on occasion to introduce myself as such when we visit Open Houses. Spoiler alert- I don’t do it!

What’s new with you this week? What’s your Patronus? Do you have an alter ego?

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!

Ho Ho Ho

Hi Blog. Well, that was a nice long break!

We did a lot and saw a lot and ate a lot. That about sums it up.

Not really! Here are some photos.

Christmas was great. Every year, I am torn by the materialism of it all vs. the desire to have a low key simple holiday. Usually the materialism wins because 1.) I can’t resist indulging the boys while they’re still in the Santa stage and 2.) I run out of time to make all the stuff that I want to make.

We always spend Christmas Eve with Tom’s family. Biggest does this annoying thing now where he sticks his tongue out in all of his pictures.

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He and Tom were twinning, complete with matching tongues.

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Santa came after dinner, as he does every year. The kids all know by now that it’s not the real Santa, but there is always a lot of speculation about who will have to conveniently “step out and take an important call” just before Santa arrives. For those wondering, it was Steve.

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Christmas morning is so so so fun with kids. (See the tongue again?)

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This year, Littlest asked for a hoverboard and a husky (as in the dog). We didn’t get him a hoverboard (because of those terrible explosion stories) and didn’t get him a real husky either (for obvious reasons). Santa did, however, bring him a STUFFED husky.

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That Santa! It goes to show that you have to be very specific in your letter to Santa. He loves his stuffed husky, by the way, and named him Max.

Sammy got a new blanket. He claimed that as well as Coal’s new bed as his own. Sammy had a very good Christmas.

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I got a lot of wonderful gifts, including these beauties. Who doesn’t need some really fuzzy pink slippers?

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I rarely get to wear them though because they keep getting stolen by little boys who think they are the funniest and coziest things ever.

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My favorite part of Christmas is the after, when everyone is happy and cozy and we sit down to breakfast.

These two made fresh squeezed orange juice. It tasted even better because they looked so cute making it. It was a real team effort.

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After Christmas, we went to New York City and the Beach, but those are stories for another day.

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Hope that you had a great holiday!

Life

What a weekend!

Biggest went to see the new Hunger Games movie with some of his friends on Friday night and didn’t get home until after 10:30pm! This gave us a glimpse of the future teenage years and I DID NOT like it at all!

On Saturday, we took the train into the city for a Scout trip at the Franklin Institute. Did you know that a canary has a really fast heartbeat?

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I love the pendulum that swings in the main staircase.

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And, of course, the giant heart. Who doesn’t love the giant heart?

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Afterward, we rushed home for the big soccer tournament. It was pretty exciting. Our team didn’t win, but I was super proud of the boys for playing really hard.

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The best part of the weekend, though, was when we lit our first fire of the season, had a picnic dinner on the living room floor, and played Life.

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Sammy snuggled in to watch.

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Charlie insisted on being the banker. (He’s very good with money.)

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There is just something so wonderful about a fire in the fireplace and all my peeps at home. I feel so cozy and thankful and happy in moments like these.

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Later on, the fire died out, the kids were tucked in bed, and we were left with sleepy animals and our books. It was an introvert’s dream come true.

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Sunday was a long cold day. Littlest and I somehow ended up at home by ourselves. He was bored so we looked up science experiments on the internet. Who knew that Borax could be so entertaining?

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Scientist hard at work.

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A homemade lava lamp!

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In other news, Charlie showed his displeasure at wearing a coat.

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And I did a little stitching on Day 4!

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Have a great week!

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