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Tricks & Treats

Hi Blog! Another weekend has come and gone.

Saturday was windy and cold! Tom and Biggest went to the beach house to do some fishing and crabbing. Biggest has really caught the fishing bug! It’s great to see his enthusiasm.

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While they were away, Littlest and I spent some quality time together. We:

shopped for Halloween costumes,

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picked out Tom’s birthday presents (this Thursday! 45! Wheeee!),

made gluten free pumpkin muffins (yes, I’m back at it!),

did a little grocery shopping, where I managed to drop and shatter a glass bottle of tea tree oil in the checkout line at Whole Foods. Mortifying! Especially when people started to wrinkle their noses and say “What’s that smell?”

went on a gluten free pizza and frozen yogurt date,

and watched Zootopia while cross stitching!!!

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On Sunday, we dragged the Halloween bins down from the attic, which led to hours of trying on old costumes and giggling hysterically. Here’s a random sampling of what we modeled:

Spock ears
Karate outfit
Cowboy/Cowgirl
Caveman/Cavegirl
Chinese dress
Red Riding Hood/Wolf
Monk with pug head
Wednesday Addams

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The BEST part is that I found a costume that I made for Sammy when he was just a puppy. He wore it to a costume contest and won. He was even featured on the evening news! Sammy has put on some weight over the years (sigh… haven’t we all?) and it no longer fits, but Charlie was able to be squeezed into it! HA!

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The WORST part is that it’s been a few years since I’ve worn some of these costumes too and could barely get them zipped up. Sammy, I feel your pain.

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Charlie, afterwards, obviously trying to forget the entire ordeal. Sorry, Charlie!

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Happy Monday!

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?

Simple Joys

Today I am happy because:

It’s Friday!

It’s rainy, which means that my feet got all wet walking from the car into the office, but it’s not as hot and it’s kinda cozy and grey.

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I came to terms with not being able to keep everything together on my own and asked our housekeeper to come back. I mean, who doesn’t love coming home to toilet paper roses?

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My ultra food planning was a success. I packed lunches for the boys and Tom and me every single day this week. I love putting an extra treat in there for them, although yesterday I forgot Tom’s ice pack and his chocolate cookies melted into a big gooey mess.

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I finally got a new fitbit and have met the 10,000 step goal every day except yesterday. One night, Tom and Littlest made some kind of deal before our evening walk about having to wear their clothes backwards. Don’t ask.

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I haven’t been on Facebook since Monday! And I don’t miss it! And I feel better! There’s a lot to be said for blissful ignorance.

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I got together with a friend in NY after a meeting on Wednesday. Usually I make plans and then cancel when my anxiety sets in (secret shame) but this time I stuck with it and we had a lovely visit.

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What’s making you happy this week?

A Simple Home

Hi Blog!

Where did this week go? Last night we had crazy thunderstorms. Thunder is kinda cool, but it keeps me up, which is not cool. Insomnia = baking.

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Stephanie and I went to an antique place last weekend. I got this.

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At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but the sales ladies were staring me down as I was making my decision and it was only $14, which is something a bargain shopper like me could not resist. It’s growing on me now, but I feel like I am walking that fine line between decorating my house with “vintage character” and decorating my house “like a granny.”

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I also made a second batch of deodorant bars. So far, they are working really well. The true test will be when Summer comes. They will have their job cut out for them.

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The other night, during a different bout of insomnia (do I sense a theme?), I wrote down all of the things that we have been doing towards our goal of living more simply and naturally. It included fun stuff like making our own deodorant and soap and cleaning supplies and basic but useful stuff like recycling old tshirts into rags and using cloth napkins. I felt really proud once I realized how many of these things have become part of our daily routines.

Speaking of daily routines, Sammy has found a new favorite napping spot… the hamper. He seems to prefer it when it is filled with the smelliest boy socks.

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And then there’s Charlie. This is his favorite place these days, sitting and watching the birds flutter by. I think he’s as excited about Spring returning as I am.

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And as for me, I’ve been sketching…

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And stitching. I finally tackled frogging and re-stitching the ghoulish lady.
Remember all that fuss over her skin?

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So that about sums up the latest around here. What’s new in your world?

Winter Home

Hi Blog!

It is sooooo cold out these days. It takes a lot of brain power and energy to keep everyone entertained on these long cooped-up Winter weekends.

I experimented with making Quinoa cookies.

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There was a blind taste test to see if they could pick out the secret ingredient. Littlest guessed, “pepper.” Biggest guessed, “I have no idea, but did you bake any regular chocolate chip cookies?” Tom guessed, “A little weird, but I’ll still eat them.”

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We drew fake animal wounds on arms with liquid eyeliner and other old makeup from my drawer  (and then posed for pictures).

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I talked Littlest in having a sketching session with me, partially to force myself to draw too.

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My copy of Down to Earth finally came and I read it from cover to cover. Le sigh… I want to run away from suburbia and raise chickens on a farm, except I don’t really like chickens and I suck at gardening.

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Oh to be Charlie for a day…

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We had some nice quiet moments, petting animals…

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And cross stitching.

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And some rowdy ones.

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I love my little family.

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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!

Oh Christmas Tree…

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas around here:

We got our tree!

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I was picky about finding one that wasn’t too bald on the top so we went to two lots before finding a non-bald tree. I know, I feel sorry for my family too. When we found the perfect tree, Tom felt the need to strike a pose next to it.

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We broke out Christmas jammies.

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Some of us may have been more excited about it than others. (UGH! The stove looks so dusty and gross!)

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I decorated the rosemary tree in the kitchen with ornaments that the boys made when they were really little. The ornaments are too big for the tree but I like looking at them while washing dishes.

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I have officially lost my stitching mojo. Maybe Santa will bring it for Christmas.

Happy Monday!

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!

Happy Halloween!

Hi Friends! Did you have a good Halloween?

We are all a bit pooped from an overly social weekend. Too much socializing + introverts like us = eventual melt down.

Our festivities included:

Going to a total of 8 stores in search of SOLD OUT pumpkins. Who knew that this even happens? I finally gave up and bought an acorn squash. So lame.

Having our annual Halloween dinner. It was a bit low key this year since I was exhausted from the great pumpkin search.

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The menu highlights were the Spider (olives) and Jack O’Lantern pizzas,

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And Dracula’s Dentures cookies, which ended up looking more like Jokey Chattering Teeth instead.

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There was also some “magical potion” to drink. It was fizzy and bloody and made curious popping noises. Between you and me, it was seltzer, black cherry kool aid, and pop rocks.

We had a little visitor for the weekend. Holly!

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She did not appreciate having to wear a costume and hid under the table, but it was just too cute to take off.

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I did not get a single photo of the boys before we were off to trick or treat and various events. This was officially the year of bad planning.

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On Sunday, we had family over for yet another birthday dinner. Birthdays go on forever around here. This was the grand finale!

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By the time everyone left, I was ready to collapse somewhere alone with my stitching. Charlie had other ideas though.

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He was almost too cute to move, but even a cute cat can’t keep a woman away from her stitch-a-long. Deadlines, People!

I finished Day 2.

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And got ambitious with Day 3. This is as far as I got before giving up and going to bed.

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Sometimes you just have to quit while you’re ahead.

The End.

First Day

It’s hard to believe that another Summer has come and gone.

The boys had their first day of school yesterday, so I took the obligatory first day of school photos. I think that this picture really shows their difference in personalities. 3rd and 5th grade!

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I was so excited to get home and hear about their days. Me: How was your day!?? Was it fun?? Did you like your teachers?!! Who’s in your class??!! Them: Eh… good. 

Boys! After some prodding, I did eventually get the scoop. The teachers were nice. They have friends in their classes. The bus ride was fun. They liked the fancy sandwiches that I packed for lunch (grilled pesto chicken on french baguette… Let’s see how long I last before it goes back to salami on grocery store white bread).

Around here…

I was a lucky duck and got to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I made two batches of soap!

Oatmeal & Brown Sugar and Castile Soap with Lemongrass

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I’m digging the Oatmeal soap. The Castile soap seems too crumbly. Hopefully it will improve as it cures.

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In an unprecedented turn of events, Charlie was discovered sleeping in his own bed. The one that was bought specifically for him when he first came home. The one that he has never even given a second glance. Go figure.

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Last night, Tom had to run an errand after dinner. This is what the animals do until his safe return. Our animals are so funny.

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After a long hiatus, I FINALLY had time to stitch! I made a little nest for myself outside while the boys entertained themselves with the hose and buckets of water.

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It was like rediscovering an old friend.

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I made some progress.

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Of course, Charlie had to get into the act.

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Some things never change.

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