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Sunny Days

Thank you sincerely for your comments on my last post! You are all so sweet and kind!

Life around here is slowly returning to normal, as life tends to do. This Summer feels as if it’s simultaneously flying at lightning speed while also creeping along at a snail’s pace. It’s a strange, unnerving combination.

It seems like every day I am met with reminders that the boys are growing up. It might be a quick glimpse of one from behind and noticing that he looks more like a young man than a boy, or overhearing one talking to his friends with a lot of “hey bruh” and “yo bro” thrown in, or hearing about how one helped Tom install kitchen cabinets and build a deck and other non-kid-like activities, or finding out that the very littlest one is now only 1/4 of an inch shorter than I am. All of this is not helping my rather introspective and melancholy mood of late. Time is such a curious thing.

Fortunately, even amidst all of these changes, I can count on some things to stay the same, such as…

Charlie will always be adorable,

I will always think up new hair brained projects (such as stripping all of the early 90s wallpaper from our house),

Tom will always do something to make me laugh (Blue Steel on the trampoline),

And the Sun will always rise again.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

The Scoop

Hi Blog!

It is a busy time around here. We are getting ready to end Summer with a bang! My parents arrive this week for a long visit, we are gearing up for Littlest’s 10th (OMG!) birthday festivities, and Tom and I are preparing to leave for a trip to Paris! All fun things, but lots of prep involved for each. You know the drill!

Around here:

I have now been gluten free for over 3 months! Yay! Last week, I attempted making gluten free pizza at home. It got the thumbs up!

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Instead of party planning and packing and all of the other stuff that needs to be done, I’ve been obsessively KonMari-ing the house. Have any of you tried the KonMari Method? It is strangely satisfying to fold underwear into cute little rectangles. Sometimes I open drawers just to admire them.

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In stitching related news, I’ll be in the September issue of CrossStitcher magazine. It will hit newsstands this Friday! It’s been really fun to write these little articles.

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That’s the scoop. What’s new with you?

In Pursuit

Hi Blog!

It was very unproductive around here this weekend, between having my nose stuck in a new library book (about that scandalous Henry VIII) and playing Pokemon Go.

I was so lazy and barely left the house, except to chase Pokemon in the yard. Tom took this picture of me while in hot pursuit of one. This game is so addictive!

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By Saturday night, everyone was getting a little bored so we went to the mall to run some errands. I had heard through the grapevine that the Summer edition of CrossStitcher was finally available here in the US, so you better believe that we went to Barnes & Noble to look for it.

Imagine the disappointment when I found this big EMPTY space where CrossStitcher should be. It was sold out!

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We are a determined bunch though, and this just meant a trip to a different Barnes & Noble. Behold… the Summer issue in which yours truly is a correspondent!

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Exciting times here in the Suburbs. Happy Tuesday!

Model Behavior

I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately. I miss you so! It’s been a whirlwind since returning from vacation.

I got a promotion at work! It is all very exciting (and a little overwhelming).

The boys started camp and come home sweaty and pooped each day.

Littlest and I got into the Pokemon Go craze. He’s interested in finding Pokemon and I’m more interested in posing with them for funny pictures.

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I have now been gluten free for 2 months! It feels pretty good!

I worked on my second little article for CrossStitcher magazine. I wanted to take some photos to go with it and asked Tom to be a stand-in while I set up the camera. Here are my favorite out-takes.

Of course, Charlie had to get in on the action.

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This model gets paid in tummy rubs.

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Blue Steel…

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I think he could have a successful career as a cross stitch model! (Thanks for being such a good sport, QT!)

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Happy Thursday!

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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Memorial Day at the Beach (in pictures)

Hi Blog!

We just returned from a lovely 5 days at the beach. It was very relaxing.

Biggest has developed a real passion for fishing, so there was plenty of that.

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Fishing is just my kind of activity. How can you go wrong with sitting around looking at the water and eating corn chips?

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We also gave crabbing a go. Don’t ask me why I felt the need to point at the crabs in every picture.

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We are lucky to live on the bay, so Biggest could run back and forth to check the traps. He was very dedicated and even went in the early morning drizzles. He caught 17 crabs!

We rode our bikes a lot, which I loved. This is the best picture I could get without crashing.

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The beach was pretty cold, but people still got in. Those people did not include me.

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Look how tall he’s getting!

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We went to the old fashioned 5&10 store and I found a fanny pack! Why did these things ever fall out of fashion? I was so excited and texted this photo to Stephanie. She called it my granny pack. Thanks Steph.

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We ate a ton of yummy beach food.

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And visited the cats at the cat rescue. They had over 90 cats! It was like a real life version of Neko Atsume. We would’ve brought home a few if Tom hadn’t put his foot down. I guess it’s good that someone in our family can exercise restraint when it comes to cats.

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Of course, there was lots of cross stitching on the porch.

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Hello distinguished gentleman!

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Sammy kept me company with his loud snores.

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I love the beach!

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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Goodbye Summer.

We had a full and busy weekend. On Saturday, we hosted a big family party for Littlest’s birthday. It required a lot of cooking and cleaning and freaking out, which are my favorite things to do (cooking and cleaning, not freaking out).

On Sunday, we went fishing. I filmed the boys for 4 minutes reeling in a HUGE FISH, before we realized that it was a snag. It was exciting though while it lasted.

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I am always surprised that the boys actually enjoy fishing, because they are usually into higher energy (i.e. noisier) activities. I’m not complaining! It’s great to see them liking something that does not require batteries.

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Our guests left this morning and school begins next Tuesday! Summer is almost officially over!

The weeks are always busy once school starts, but I am looking forward to getting back into our regular routines. It feels good to get things accomplished.

Speaking of accomplishments, Tom has been working really hard at work AND at house renovations. I am so proud of and thankful for him! Sometimes I sneak around and take pictures of him, which he hates, but I think are cute. Here he is doing construction drawings. He is old school about certain things which cracks me up … no CAD for this guy!

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Hope that you all are enjoying the week. Happy Tuesday!

Around here

Hi Blog!

We currently have house guests. While it is always nice to see the people who come to visit, house guests make me so angsty and stressed. I am truly a creature of habit and solitude, best when surrounded with only my routines and people (and cat).

What has been going on around here? Let me tell you.

There was a big storm and our basement flooded. It sucked.

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My Littlest celebrated his 9th birthday. Guess he’s not so little anymore. I sure do love that chatty, funny, spirited, thoughtful kid.

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We have fully embraced the Zoodle. They are so good! From this…

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To this! Ta-daaa! You almost forget that you’re eating something healthy (ick!).

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Tom and I went to see Billy Joel in concert.

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We had terrible seats, but have fun no matter what.

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Charlie discovered OUTSIDE and he really likes it. I was surprised when I was going about my business and spotted this Peeping Tom (Charlie) in the window.

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Hope that you’re enjoying these last days of Summer!

Colonial Daze

Hi Friends! How are things?

We really enjoyed Williamsburg. I was pretty lazy about taking photos, so here is a random selection:

I think everyone who goes to Williamsburg has a picture like this. Littlest perfected his tortured look.

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Everything is so symmetrical! Squeeee!!! This house looks like it’s straight off of a cross stitch sampler.

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It is nearly impossible to get a photo of everyone smiling. When did these boys get so tall?!!!

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We all loved the ghost tour and I looooooved the house tours. It’s so interesting to hear how people lived back then.

Our tour guide was so cute. She was very enthusiastic!

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One house had cool needlework.

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And check it out! The chair! The wallpaper! And do you see the embroidery hoop?!!! I want to go back in time and be a colonial woman!

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Speaking of which, they had this event which I was BUMMED to miss.

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And, hellooooo…

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Aren’t these dresses great? I refrained from buying one though, as the boys would have been mortified for sure.

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The boys only had so much patience for Colonial Williamsburg, so we broke it up with visits to Busch Gardens…

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And Water Country USA. The waterpark was hands down their favorite part of the trip.

Of course it is always so great to get back home. We had a whole weekend to (slowly) catch up.

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I think that the animals missed us.

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Charlie hasn’t left my side (I’m OK with that).

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