Saturday, July 31, 2010

Week in Review: Bento Lunches

When the twins first started preschool, I began packing a lunch two days a week. It was so new for me! I wanted the teacher to take pictures of what the other kids had so I could get some ideas. Well years later, I still wish the same thing. I was reading The New Girl's week of bento(ish) lunches and I felt inspired! I love my picks and want to try some very simple sandwich cut-outs.

So here is where I am starting:

This was a day before I went grocery shopping so I did not have a ton in the fridge. We have celery with peanut butter, pretzel sticks, leftover spaghetti and some applesauce.

Thomas calls these 'taco sandwiches' but it is turkey roll ups, peach slices, yogurt with strawberries and blueberries and celery with peanut butter.

Turkey sandwiches, pretzel sticks, yogurt with strawberries and some cantaloupe.

Recently I have been trying something new. I have been packing a lunch for James too. Now, he is at home but I am already packing two lunches, so what is one more? is so wonderful to be out and about and then come home and just open the laptop lunch and viola! Lunch is served.

Here are some of James' bentos:

Ritz crackers, turkey roll ups, mandarin oranges, berries and applesauce.

Ritz crackers, turkey, grapes, applesauce and mandarin oranges.

Turkey, pretzel sticks, yogurt with strawberries and melon.

Yogurt, whole wheat crackers, turkey rolled up with cream cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Finally I get to peak into others lunches! I have been reading so many post about bento lunches. This week, I bought some different veggies, hummus, and some other new lunch items. I haven't found cookie cutters for sandwiches but I want to swing by my dollar store this week to see what they have.

I am hoping I stay inspired throughout the whole school year:) Hopefully this blog will help!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Baby Steps towards Bento Lunches

Papa and Gigi bought the twins laptop lunches for their birthday this past year which helped me pack healthier lunches. Now, I just found these cute picks at Etsy and I have been branching out a bit.

Here is the bunny pick for my little bunny:)

And the lion one for Thomas:

The twins loves the tomatoes and cucumbers!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


It has been one of those of those, 'how did the remote end up in the refrigerator?' weeks. But if there is one thing to pull me out of a funk, it is this face:

Thomas lost a tooth. And I came this close to forgetting to swap money for the tooth but I remembered last minute. Phew! Thomas was so happy to find his two dollars...and he even gave one to Stella which made my heart melt!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.
~Author Unknown

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Big Brother

He was so excited to find out it was going to be a boy and he loved bringing you home. Even when you didn't do much, he took his role as big brother very seriously. Mama, the baby is crying. Mama, the baby needs something.

And then you began to notice him back. Your eyes followed him and would laugh at his silly antics. This delighted him to no end. He realized that he could make you happy that made him even prouder to be a big brother.

And now there is a full on love affair going on. You wake up and ask for him. Buba! You want everything he is playing with. Car! The two of you run and giggle and squeal with joy. Even when you mess up his line of cars, he still relishes in his role.

Thomas, you are such an amazing big brother and James loves you so much!

Monday, July 12, 2010

'Me Time'

I have been losing my mind recently with the kiddos. I forgot what it was like to have all three home all the time. I am making breakfast and before I can clean it up, they are hungry again. Repeat for lunch and dinner. Everyone seems to need me all the time.

Mama, what does a-g-a-i-n spell?

Mama, can you turn the Wii on?


Mama, what is the difference between a rabbit and a hare?

Again. It spells again.

Uh oh!

Mama, the Wii isn't working!

Ma! Car!

Mama, can I have some juice?

Mama, will you read to me?

Wait, the Wii is broken?

Mama! Mama! Mama!


Three kids is a lot!

Factor in, I can not remember the last night me and Tony went out, just the two of us, and I was beginning to feel crazy. Maybe that is why this post spoke to me so much. Now, I am no where near asphyxiating myself in my oven but I did appreciate the dark humor.

It made me think back to the days pre-kiddos. I had so much time to myself! I have complied a list of the things I used to be able to do and do not see being able to do again anytime in the near future:

  1. Multiple showers! In the same day!! I would take a shower in the morning, go to work and then shower AGAIN before going out in the evening.
  2. Grooming time! I remember spending hours and hours, applying eye creams, hair treatments, foot name it. My hair stylist recently asked what my skin routine was and I had to laugh out loud...sleep deprivation, stress?
  3. Shopping...for me! I used to go out and buy a new outfit to wear out for Friday night. Ha! That makes me laugh now:)
  4. Weekends! I remember sleeping in and then getting up to go out for breakfast/brunch and then going home to take a nap!! What was I so tired from? Oh maybe staying out until 2am the night before? Ha!
  5. My pets. I had pictures of Ms. Cora Belle all over my room and she was always groomed with a cute collar. Now my priority is grooming my children...
  6. Getting ready. I could easily take an hour to get ready to go out. And if my hair did not turn out the way I wanted it too, I would start over.
  7. Weekday happy hours. Ahhhh, being done with work and not a single thing to do in the evening. Calling a friend and stopping off at Pizzaria Uno's for a Long Island Iced Tea.
  8. Dinners. I used to be able to eat at a restaurant with a friend and carry on a conversation. I remember saying to our waitress, We need a couple minutes, we are not in any hurry. Now it is, Check please!
  9. My mom. My mom and I still talk ten times a day but we used to be able to do things. We planned trips and went to the beach and got pedicures. Now if we do something it is usually with at least one of the kiddos in tow.
  10. Social calendar. Tony and I used to explore parks and different parts of Florida. We went to the beach a lot and to see live music. nights.

I was thirty when the twins were born and I am so happy I had all those years to enjoy the "me years". And as I am fishing out dog food from the fish tank and filling another juice order...sometimes I miss it. I miss the "me time" and the "us time". I know it is not anything a dinner out can't cure...just need to do it!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


So when I look back at the summer of 2010, will I remember what all my kiddos were doing? I hope so!

Six has been so sweet for Stella. I have written about how I have struggled parenting her and she can still exhaust me but six years old has brought out a really sweet, mature-ish, thoughtful side to my 'lil bunny. She is still a sleepy head in the morning and she still will not follow a direction because her head is a million miles away in a daydream. But now, she gets lost in her books and I know that will only get better as she becomes a better reader. She helps me cook, she helps me with James, she know when I get overwhelmed and can rally the boys to listen. Just being with her, hanging out, is so easy. I love our mother/daughter relationship.

James, my monkey butt, is such a good baby. Except he is so far from being a baby. He is a little man walking/running from the time he wakes up until the time he falls asleep. He runs around with his belly sticking out saying all sorts of words. You will hear "dabacardadadoodlebuguhohnono" and I swear he is learning a new word each day! James loves to climb...up the stairs, on top of tables, on chairs, on my name it! He loves his meals and he loves his crib. Even if he plays for an hour before he falls asleep, he is never screaming...just playing. So content. And that really describes him. Content. Stella had him sitting in a big, empty diaper box and she was pushing him around the house. Over the gate, around the rug, crash into the dogs....and he just goes with it. Such a good baby.

Thomas....I left Thomas for last. Thomas has always been my sweet, organized, good listener. Six...what have you done to my boy?? Six years old has been tough. Thomas is active; physical. He loves to act wild and can wiggle in your face. He tries to throw the baby around and wants to wrestle. I feel like there is this surge of testosterone shooting through his little body. Along with this burst of activity has come some sauciness. He always wants to have the last word, always pushing the limits with me. My mother said, I have not heard you discipline Thomas this much in his lifetime, the last time I was over her house. He is good at most sports and I have seen a real competitive side. Thomas at six years old has thrown me.

But this is a glimpse of my kiddos this summer.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July


Watching fireworks at Orlando Science Center with our dear friends from Maine!


Our family trip to Sanibel Island...the fireworks were amazing!

Our first road trip to Clearwater with our new little James! No pictures because I think I had my hands full:)

We had such a fun afternoon at Grandma Stella's and Grandpa Kerry's. It was so great to see Mona, Maria, Martha, Jimmy, Michael, Julie, Ryan, Michael and little Evan Donald (who is just two weeks younger than James). But again....not one single picture. :( I really need to get my act together and start bringing my camera!

Happy 4th!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


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