Thursday, January 27, 2011


My little James is developing quite the personality lately. He will do this thing where he says:

Ice cream cone? Nooooooooooooo
Popsicles? Noooooooooo
Coffee? Noooooooooo

He is so funny....I tried to get some cute video of him in the bath but he was too distracted by his favorite big brother:)


Here are some pictures of James sporting his false eyelashes!!

My sweet baby boy!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Look Ma!

...Yep, not only did I color on your chair and my toes and my hands and my head, but I got my belly too!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Gigi!!

This past weekend we went to dinner to celebrate Gigi's birthday. We went to one of our favorite restaurants and then went back to my house and folded laundry. Wow! We know how to have fun;)

Wishing you a Happy Birthday tomorrow Mama. I love you and hope you know how much I appreciate you!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Stella: Knock! Knock!
Me: Who’s there?
Stella: Tomato
Me: Tomato who?

Stella: Knock! Knock!
Me: Who’s there?
Stella: Tomato
Me: Tomato who?

Stella: Knock! Knock!
Me: Who’s there?
Stella: Tomato
Me: Tomato who?

Stella: Knock! Knock!
Me: Who’s there?
Stella: Orange
Me: Orange who?
Stella: Aren’t you glad I didn’t say banana?

Matching Outfits

First matching pj's...

...and now matching track suits. Cuteness courtesy of Grandma Stella!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Don't You Ever Grow Up

I have both Taylor Swift CD's in my car since I am slowly losing control of the music choices in the car. Have you heard this song? I listen to it all the time.

You're in the car on the way to the movies
And you're mortified your mom's dropping you off
At 14, there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots

But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she's getting older, too
And don't lose the way that you dance around
In your PJs getting ready for school


I won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
No, no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up

Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple


See this adorable face?

Adorable, right?

Well let me tell you about some of his new tricks. He can take one arm out of his pj shirt at night and then call "Maaaaammmmmmmaaaaaaaaaa! Hellllpppppp peeeessssseeee Maaaaammmmmaaaaaaa". I go in, fix his shirt and then repeat.

Adorable, no?

He also can unlock. Unlock the garage door, unlock the front door, unlock...not to be confused with 'lockdown'.

Sooo adorable!

He also pulls the dogs and cats tails, climbs on furniture, dumps out the entire car box, throws giant firetrucks and pulls Stella's hair.

Even with all these new tricks...I think he is so adorable. My adorable baby.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Camera

Tony bought me a new camera for Christmas. Today the twins were back in school and so James and I headed out to the science center and I took a couple pictures.


How cute is that monkey butt??

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 Review

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I left the baby. Well, he is not a baby anymore but I left all three kiddos for the first time in 2010.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did not make any in 2010 but I am making some for 2011.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes!! We had two speechies at work give birth:)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. My grandmother, my husband’s grandfather and my father in law.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I would like to have more ‘me’ time. Amanda writes about it beautifully here. I want to get back to me.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 21, 2010. My father in law died suddenly and we are still feeling the ripple effect.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not going insane? No really…probably just being very present with my children. There has been a lot of chaos and stress and I think I have kept things very ‘normal’ and fun for the kiddos.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing the ‘back to me’ attitude. I wanted to focus on me and make improvements but that never happened. I put many others ahead of me.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really….a cold here or there. Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A car. I bought my Ford Escape from my parents neighbor in cash. No car payments makes me very, very, very happy!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My parents. They have come and visited or taken the kiddos monthly. And in the last six weeks when I thought I was going to lose my mind, they really have supported me.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Many people…none of which I can write about here.

14. Where did most of your money go?
House, groceries, nanny, etc.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My friend Erin’s photography business. She is an amazing photography and I am so happy that she is doing well!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Taio Cruz - Dynamite

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
a) happier
b) Pretty much the same
c) Richer, but most definitely not rich.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home with the kiddos, my parents, Aunt Lynn and her family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
No. I am already in love and that love was tested.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
LOST….Best. Show. Ever!!

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I do not hate anyone.

24. What was the best book you read?
Well, I just got a Nook for Christmas and the only book I read was Goodnight Nobody.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Yo Gabba Gabba?

26. What did you want and get?
A completed family.

27. What did you want and not get?
A completed family.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I loved The Hangover, Marley and Me…wait, were those 2010 movies? Well I watched them in 2010.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 37! Wow! I spent it with my family:)

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To have my husband figure a couple things out that he needs to. I think a marriage is easier when you both are in a good place personally.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Fashion concept? Hahahahahahahahaha….I usually go for clean clothes. Clean.

32. What kept you sane?
My meds.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Michelle Obama

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Don’t ask don’t tell

35. Who did you miss?
My sisters. I miss them so much and we always have such a good time. They are amazing aunts to my children and I can’t wait to see them soon!!!!

36. Who was the best new person you met?
New person? I can’t think of anyone.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Keep my mouth shut.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Nothings impossible I have found
For when my chin is on the ground
I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again

Don't lose your confidence if you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again

Work like a soul inspired till the battle of the day is won
You may be sick and tired but you'll be a man my son
Don't you remember the famous man who had to fall to rise again?
They picked themselves up, dust themselves off and started all over again

~Diana Krall

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Here are two pictures from a recent play date with some of my cousins and their children. It is crazy that there are SEVEN children in this picture under the age of SIX and two kiddos are missing (we missed you Slim;)!! All of us live close enough where we are going to try to get together with the kiddos more often.

Such fun;)


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