Thursday, December 8, 2011
Lilly came home yesterday and told me about her day. "Mommy, I got a ticket today for helping someone who was having trouble with his reading." so I tell her that I am so glad that she is being a good helper, but that wasn't the end of her story. "L, this boy in my class has trouble. He has a disability. He can't focus and can't sit still, and sometimes in music class he sings when we aren't supposed to and gets up and dances around. He's always getting into trouble. He never gets a ticket, so I put his name on my ticket so he would have a chance. " My heart about burst right out of my chest at that point. I told her how proud I was of her and what an amazing thing she did. I am so glad that I am getting through to them and that they are doing it, they are being the people who make a difference. This is an amazing feeling, I am so proud. I have amazing kids.
Friday, November 18, 2011
1. Make and deliver cards to a local nursing home (as many as each child wants to make)
2. Cook a meal for a neighbor with a busy schedule
3.Bake Christmas cookies for our neighbors (each child picks a neighbor)
4. put together a few bags with handwarmers, socks, granola bars to hand to people on the street asking for money
5.make a food donation to the soup kitchen
6. Make a food donation to the food bank
7. Make a food/supply donation to the animal shelter
8. Donate socks hats and mittens to the teen shelter
9.adopt a family for Christmas gifts
10. Provide a meal to a family in need
11. Donate clothes and toys to kids in foster care
12. Bake treats and deliver to the fire station
13. Bake treats and deliver to the police station
14.Donate snowpants to the girl's school for kids who dont have them
15. Bring treats to the nurses on the children's unit of our local hospital
16. Pay for the meal of someone eating alone
17. Babysit for friends overnight so they get a break
18.Bring coffee to construction workers who are freezing out there (the kids love to bring popsicles when it's crazy hot)
19. Donate to Heifer International
20. Sponsor a child through Compassion
21. Bring Hot chocolate to the teachers who wait outside for the busses and children arriving to school in the morning
22. Make cards for kids in the hospital
23. Secretly shovel a neighbor's walk
24. Pay for the coffee of someone behind us in line at the drive thru and hope they pass in on
25. Deliver PW's hot cinnamon rolls Christmas morning to our favorite neighbors.
So, that's what we'll be up to in December, but I may start a little early with a few spontaneous additions along the way.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
At the lake today Maya achieved rockstar status. She caught a big turtle. She was immediately swarmed by no less than 25 kids, all amazed by her capture. I had to escort her back to the spot she caught it and supervise the release so no one caught him again. Seriously rockstar.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Girl weekend in Boston this weekend was so much fun! (Steph was there too, but left earlier that morning) We had a blast. We saw tons of Boston, ate amazing food, including Mike's canoli. It was the most laid back, spur of the moment, let the day unfold as it may kind of trip, my favorite. The weekend started when The Laura Case came in on Thursday night and then did family pictures for us on Friday morning. I will never forget this day. It was raining raining raining and we decided to try and get some photos anyway. Lets just say that Laura is amazing. She stood in the rain and whipping wind cheerfully while trying to get the grouchy (this person will remain unnamed for his/her own protection) in our family to smile. Not an easy task. There was a giant frame and tiny car involved, as well as many fake mustaches, I cannot wait to see how they turned out. We met up with Joanna, Liz and Steph later that day and had a fantastic dinner. Warrior Dash ended up not happening for us as it was fah-reez-ing and pouring so hard you couldn't see at times. We warriored our way right back to the hotel and relaxed and then walked around the city after the weather cleared instead. Much better than being cold, wet and muddy. It was like hanging out with friends I see all the time. It was so much fun and so refreshing to be around fun easy going people. We had another great dinner Saturday night. These ladies are funny. Seriously funny. Sunday we went to Harvard Yard and Laura did Liz's family pictures. Liz has the most beautiful family, and sweet, so sweet. We went back to her house for a cookout and relaxed. It was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. (picture taken in the backyard) Laura and I made a quick trip to Ikea while trying to burn some time before going to the airport. I love me some Ikea. I had the best time and thank all of these ladies for a great time.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
We have a tiny camp about 2 hours from home, on a fantastic river. We took the kids there for the first time (I'm not sure what we had been doing not going there all these years, but wow, what a bummer. We will be making up for that poor judgement this summer.) and they loved it! We managed one photo on the front porch before we had to go exploring again. Maya found a crayfish in the river, and Will found a walking stick that had been cut by beavers. It was a fantastic time, but now they want to live there.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
So we went to Rhode Island for my brother in law's wedding. Very sweet tiny ceremony, wedged in between the rain and wind, the one dryish part of the day. It was lovely.
We had a whole weekend to fill. We let the kids spend the entire morning in the hotel pool. When they came out their hair had formed what I can only describe as rubberized ropes, and even after several days of washing conditioning rinsing repeating, it's still a mess. Any ideas what happened there?
Then we met up with some of our oldest friends and went to this teeny tiny kick ass aquarium where there were more touch tanks than anything else. Maya was absolutely taken with the shark petting tank. Yup, that's right. There were two tiny dogfish sharks that you could pat, and they were actually seeking out people to get some love. I think she stood there for close to an hour playing with the sharks. (that's a sentence that I never thought I'd write) Lilly also braved the sea creatures and held a giant horseshoe crab. It was pretty awesome. We then had ice-cream for lunch and spent three hours at a playground right around the corner from where Will grew up. It was a great weekend.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
And now the damn blogger app isn't working...stat tuned for the picture!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Maya loves the dog. Loves him. He sleeps on her bed every night. I think the feeling is mutual.
When did my girl get so old?! She is making such a goofy face, but looks so old to me.
Maya spotted these on our way out today. They made us all so hopeful for spring. I will not mention the "heavy amounts of snow" forecast for Friday.
Allie fell asleep like this tonight. She loves this nightlight. Loves it.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Guard dogs. Apparently bad dreams climb the ladder, and these guys prevent that from happening. No bad dreams since they've been on the job.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Just so we can look back and laugh in a few years. This week we have had in chronological order;
Maya diagnosed with Strep throat, and run a fever of 102
Our 100 year old furnace died Monday
Stayed at home even though it is below freezing, because our house is apparently crazy well insulated and although it is -3 with the windchill it's still 54* in the house
Built a gajillion fires in the fireplace
Lilly up literally the entire night Tuesday vomiting every 15 minutes
With no heat
Lilly diagnosed with Strep Wednesday
Still no heat
Got home from the doctors with Lilly and immediately have Allie say she has a sore throat
Call the doctor, have them call in a prescription for Allie as well
Discover that Lilly is allergic to Penicillin.
Still no heat
Call the doctor and get Lilly on a different antibiotic. Thursday.
Buy tons of yogurt
Buy flowers for the Target pharmacists because holy crap they are the nicest, most helpful go out of their way to help a Mom with everyone on antibiotics you have ever seen
Go to the pharmacy and deliver said flowers, pick up Allie's prescription and Lilly's new prescription.
Still no heat
Sit at home with 4 kids (yup, Ryleigh gets to have it too) who really don't want to be cooped up anymore. Thursday, still no heat
Try to take a shower but the furnace guys have shut off the gas because they are at the point of converting the new furnace from oil to gas, so no shower for me.
Try to be thankful that we have the means to buy medicine and have a new furnace coming.
Wish really hard that spring would just get here already.
Still no heat.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
I took Lilly and Allie to lunch at the most fun local restaurant to celebrate the last day of school before vacation. They loved it there and continue to beg to go back. That *might* have something to do with the slice of chocolate cake we shared that was bigger than Allie's head. We ended up taking most of the meal to go, but we had such a good time together. Makes me realize that it date night with individual girls are fun, but having two at a time is such a treat! We played cards while waiting for our food, laughed so hard, and told great stories of the day. This was such a great time, we will definitely be doing more two girls at a time days.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Monday, February 21, 2011
We took the girls ice skating yesterday, and despite only having skated once before (last year) Maya rocked it! She flew around that rink, and left her sisters in the dust. They were impressed that she was so fast (and a little jealous) and wanted to know why she was so good at it. She skated with her friend Noah who is going to play hockey in April (see his cute gear?) and she ha now decided that she might like to play too. Now the question is whether or not I can be a hockey Mom.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
That said, I do do a little something for the girls. I only do things that I probably would have anyway, but it was nice to have an extra reason to stay up late sewing paper hearts together to make garland for their room, and paper heart necklaces for them to wear today. I cut their sandwiches into hearts to send in their lunches and left a few small gifts on the ends of their beds, as well as a love letter for each of them, and they were happy. When I got back to the grocery store, there was a letter in our mailbox, stamp and all, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Our last name. It was from Lilly. They are working on letter writing at school, and she had written us a letter that made me tear up. Her cursive is gorgeous, but her words are something that I will always remember.
"Dear Mom and Dad,
I love you because...
you're always there for me when I need you. When I get scared you cuddle meand tell me it's ok. I love you because you make me laugh. I love you because you tuck me in at night and spray sweet dreams spray over my head to scare away the bad dreams and nightmares. I love you because you're you.
P.S. Here is the key (picture of a key) to my heart (pic of a heart)