Tuesday, January 21, 2014


After giving it a lot of thought and being really indecisive for at least a year now, I have finally decided to leave Blogger for tumblr. It was not an easy decision because I have used Blogger for so long and I have so many memories saved here. But as a working mom who doesn't have a lot of time to sit and write out lengthy posts, tumblr just fits me 1000% better now... hopefully my old posts from the past 9 years can stay archived here safely. Thanks for reading.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Preparing for Halloween

This weekend started out with Fall Festival at school on Friday night. It's sad how as time goes on, naturally my kids don't enjoy it like they used to. They get stressed out by the little crazy ones running around. I hate to admit it but they're definitely getting too old for it. David did play some games and I FINALLY got them both to go in the Haunted Hallway! Only took 8 years ;-) They liked it, although it was a little creepier than I thought it would be considering the age group of the kids going in it. For tonight's event, Sam dressed as a hockey player (since her real Halloween costume isn't finished yet) and David was TMNT's Leonardo. That big full moon was a nice background touch for these photos when we got home...

Saturday we set out to try and find the rest of the things my daughter needs for her Halloween costume. She's planning to be a "Night Fury Trainer", like Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. Very cool. The shopping was easier than I thought it would be and we got everything she needs. My husband ordered a furry, Viking-ish vest for her online a few weeks ago and so far the darn thing isn't here. We paid for expedited shipping only to find out the other day that it was shipped standard post. It probably won't get here until a couple of days before Halloween. At this point I'll be happy if it comes at all... :-/

We spent some extra time enjoying the creepy, gruesome sights at Party City. 
(Check out the body parts all packaged up with nutritional information and all.... Yum)

Today the kids enjoyed the mild, fall weather with some driveway hockey. They had friends over to play too but after a while it was just the two of them playing. They are both really good and entertaining (but I am wimpy and it was cold so I didn't stay out there too long to watch them). I love that they still do this together. Thank goodness someone in this town knows how to play hockey and score some goals this season!!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Goodbye Tommy

Yesterday was a terrible day. After much agonizing, praying and denial, my parents came to the decision to have Tommy put to sleep. They couldn't let him suffer. His breathing had gotten much more labored, he didn't want to snuggle, he no longer wanted food...he was fading fast.

I haven't seen my parents this distraught in a long time. It's heartbreaking. They've been through this many times before but I think maybe this is particularly difficult because he was just a kitten. He was my dad's shadow. He was their baby. He brought so much light into their lives in the short time he was here. And to hear my mom say she doesn't think she'll ever get another pet is pretty sobering. I've lost count of how many cats she has had over the years. She still has Sebastian... but I think he may be the last. I wish I could do something to take away their pain, I feel so helpless. All I can do is hug them and remind them that everything happens for a reason. Or so I'm told. It's just that sometimes it's very difficult to believe that there COULD be a good reason for some things... This is definitely one of those times...maybe someday we'll be able to understand. I still can't come to terms with the fact that nothing could be done to save this tiny little ball of joy.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

David Says...


I just found this in my son's school writing folder and my heart melted ❤️ Ever since he learned to speak he has been an adorable little story teller. Our family & friends have always gotten a kick out of the things he comes up with and for years we've been saying that we should keep a book of all the sweet, random and quirky things his mind works up. He has that admirable quality of being funny and entertaining without even trying. I ❤️ my awesomely random little man.