Aug 252014
 

10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Raising All Boys

Raising boys isn’t for the faint of heart and I can tell you this from firsthand experience. There are some things I wish I’d known about raising all boys before I began this journey. Here are ten things I wish I knew:

#1. Boys are so Sweet

You always hear all of the negative things about raising boys, but you hardly ever hear the positive. I wish I knew how sweet boys are because I would have had ten more (just kidding).

#2. Boys Love Dirt

I don’t know how many times I have to tell my sons to stop digging in the dirt. You let them outside for two minutes and they’re covered in dirt. No one told me how dirty boys get.

#3. Boys Make Great Brothers

I can’t imagine not having both of my boys because they make such great brothers. I honestly never knew how awesome having multiple boys could really be and the best part is that they impact my life on a daily basis. Continue reading »

Jul 092014
 

For some of you, this will be the fourth time you’re seeing this post and if that is the case – you should totally re-read it because it’s hilarious!  Why in the world would I be posting something for four years in a row you ask?  Because it’s my birthday and I feel like taking the day off.

So without further adeu…..

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..

Seriously, though, today is a very special day in history. Wanna know why? Because today is my birthday. Now, of course, I’ll never tell you how old I am, but I have compiled a list of some celebs who share this awesome day with me.

Here we go….

Everyone’s favorite castaway, gay lawyer, astronaut and Bosom Buddy…. the mermaid lovin’ Tom Hanks, was born on July 9th 1956.


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Apr 182014
 

Last year during the kids April vacation from school, we packed up and jetted off to San Diego for the week.  It was kind of a spur of the moment trip for us and by spur of the moment I mean the we only booked it about six weeks before we left.  I am a planner and for me, that was very last minute.  My sister in law, brother in law and adorable nephew live in San Diego, and since we don’t see them as much as we wish we did, we thought we’d go to them for a visit.

We left on a Friday and I surprised the kids, who knew nothing about the trip, by picking them up from school early.  Chris & I took them to lunch and told them that we were going to California.  They had never been to CA before, so to say they were excited was a total understatement.

I made the decision beforehand not to bring my laptop with me on the trip.  We had some major things planned for the week (Disney Land, the San Diego Zoo and Sea World to name a few), not to mention that I wanted to spend as much time with my in-laws as possible, so I figured I wouldn’t have much time to keep up with things on my end – hence my decision to leave my laptop home.

What I did was line up a bunch of guest posts for my blog before I left, so that way things wouldn’t go unattended for an entire week.  I got some great posts in and was really excited to share them with my readers.  The first two days, the posts went up without a hitch, but on the third day something horrible happened. Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 

Earlier this year, I told you how my husband, Chris, decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

If you missed it, you can read about his first step in the process here.  A couple of weeks ago, he took his second step in the process of running for the position when he participated in a public forum in which he got the opportunity to introduce himself to the voters and state why he’d be a good candidate for the job (you can watch a video of his speech here).

The week following his speech, he had a blurb written about him in the local town newspaper:

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Finally on April 5th, it was election day.  He and I both went to our local high school to cast our votes. Continue reading »

Apr 042014
 

I’m just going to come out and say it – I hate running.  With a passion.  I know some people love it and I want to love it – I really do, but I just can’t do it. The thing is, I know that running is a great workout and  I am going to need to run a timed mile in the very near future because of the martial arts training that I am currently going through (it’s part of the testing process).

Since I truly dislike running so much, I need something to help me get through my misery and music is that thing.

1.  Sound of Madness by Shinedown
2.  Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
3.  Bring the Action by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears
4.  Gold on the Ceiling by El Camino
5.  Everything Zen by Bush
6.  Berzerk by Eminem
7.  C’mon by Ke$ha
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Mar 272014
 

Earlier this year, I told you how my husband, Chris, decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

If you missed it, you can read about his first step in the process here.  Last week, he took his second step in the process of running for the position – he participated in a public forum in which he got the opportunity to introduce himself to the voters and state why he’d be a good candidate for the job. The forum was open to all candidates running for positions in the April town election (selectmen positions, school committee, finance committee, etc).

The thing is, my husband is very quiet and shy, so even though he didn’t admit it, I know he was nervous to get up and speak in front of a crowd. Especially since we really had no idea how many other candidates were going to show up and how big the audience would be. Continue reading »

Mar 042014
 

Because I have a small obsession with watching the news, mostly for the weather reports, I watch New England Cable News (NECN) often. It’s local (New England) and it’s 24 hour news station, so I can get my weather reports pretty much anytime I want.  The weather around here changes from day to day – literally – so we really don’t know how to dress unless we check with the weather people.  True story.

About three weeks ago, I got an email with “media request from New England Cable News” in the subject line.  I happened to be sitting on my laptop at the time the email came in and honest to god, I couldn’t have opened it any faster.

The email asked me if I would be interested in helping Leslie Gaydos, NECN anchor/reporter with one of her Does it Work segments. I was told that they were searching for a  multi-tasking mom to test out a device that is supposed to hold your smart phone while you drive.

Um, let me think about that for a second…..

YES.

I emailed them back telling them that I was very interested & we worked out a date for them to come to my house to film a short interview & then take the product out with us in the car to see how it worked.

Chris was home that day and here are a few of the pictures he snapped of the interview they did in my kitchen:

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Feb 262014
 

He’s with me almost every day.  He helps me navigate from point A to point B almost effortlessly. Ok, maybe not effortlessly – there was that one time he told me to drive off a bridge……

He’s my GPS and his name is Lance.

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Most GPS units come pre-loaded with a few different accents and you can set most of them to speak to you in a male or a female voice. When I need to get somewhere, I really can’t get much better than getting my directions from a man with an Australian accent (swoon).  So, you guessed it, Lance is Australian.  I honestly don’t really have a reason as to why I chose Lance as his name.  I don’t know any Australians with the name Lance – and now that I think about it, I don’t actually know anyone named Lance.  It just seemed fitting at the time and it stuck.

So tell me, does your GPS have a name?  If so, what do you call it?

Feb 082014
 

Sometimes, when we need some fresh air, we head to the Plymouth Waterfront in Plymouth, MA (think Pilgrims).  There are tons of shops and restaurants along the waterfront and it’s an awesome place to take a walk and kill some time.

The Plymouth waterfront is only about 15 minutes from where we live, so it’s one of our favorite hangouts – especially in the summertime. Chris and I were sans kids a couple of weekends ago, and since it had happened to warm up around here (into the 40’s – whoa), we headed to the waterfront.  Obviously it’s winter here in Massachusetts, so the water was mostly frozen.

Here are some shots of Plymouth Harbor:

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Jan 272014
 

A while back, Chris decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

The first step in the process was going to the Town Clerk’s office at the town hall to get some paperwork.  He needs 50 signatures from registered voters in town to get his name on the ballot for the special election in April, so he went last week to get the papers he needed.

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Jan 192014
 

Do you love Instagram as much as I do?  I swear, I am always over there posting pictures of one thing or another.  Often times, I share the pictues on Twitter or Facebook, but not always.  It depends on my mood. Here’s a little peek at a few of the things that have been going on with me over on Instagram recently.

I snapped this picture of Milo sporting his winter coat out at the bus stop one morning.  Isn’t he adorbs?

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Chris and I had a date night down at the Fire House Theater in Newport.  We took in a hilarious improv comedy show by the Bit Players. Continue reading »

Jan 052014
 

About 14 months ago, I started taking Krav maga classes. Krav maga literally translates to “contact combat” and basically, it is a noncompetitive self-defense system developed in Israel that involves boxing, muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling techniques, along with realistic fight training. In summation, someday I am going to be a ninja.

Anyways, one day they did some board breaking. At that point I had only been taking class for less than two months and I have to admit that I was really nervous.  I was the only “newbie” in the class and let’s face it, breaking a piece of wood with a body part looks totally intimidating. Some people, mostly higher level belts and/or black belts, chose to break their boards with some sort of kick. I chose a hammer fist strike and I completely surprised myself when the board actually broke on my first try.

I asked the sensei (and owner) if he would sign my board for me so that I could proudly display the two pieces of broken wood somewhere in my house. Actually, this is what I asked him to write: Continue reading »

Jan 042014
 

Here in Massachusetts it started snowing late Wednesday night and we woke up to a dusting (under 2″) on Thursday morning.  Thursday was to supposed to be the first day back to school after Christmas vacation, but because the weather people had been talking about the impending storm for about a week before it happened, a lot of towns in my area canceled school for  both Thursday and Friday – before the snow even started.  Not my town, though.  My kids had school on Thursday, but since we got so much throughout the day that day, school was canceled for Friday.

Yesterday morning my boys woke up and couldn’t wait to get outside and play in the snow.  We got about 8 or 9″ in my neck of the woods, which was less than the foot of snow that they predicted, but once the snow totals get to a certain point, what’s a few more inches.  Go big or go home, right?

Anyhow, here are a few pictures of the snow that I snapped on my deck.  I was still in my pajamas at the time, so I didn’t go out in it like the kids & Chris did.

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Jan 032014
 

Yesterday I told you about how we brewed our own beer at Barleycorn’s Craft Brew. It was a very cool experience! Our beer had to sit and ferment for three weeks, so we made an appointment to go back so that we could bottle & label what we made. You saw yesterday that we brewed a huge vat of beer – enough to fill six cases. Yes SIX. That’s a lot of beer, huh?

The first thing we had to do was wash our bottles. We were given the option to bring our own or buy bottles from them for $25. Since we’re really not huge beer drinkers, we bought the bottles from them.

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Chris is such a good guy – he did all the washing. After he was done, he & I placed them on these trees to dry a little bit. Continue reading »

Jan 022014
 

Chris has a knack for coming up with really cool date ideas.  I don’t know where he comes up with them, but really does come up with some cool things for us to do.  Our most recent date was a trip to brew our own beer at Barleycorn’s Craft Brew in Natick, MA.

When we first arrived, they gave us a list of different beers that we could choose from to make.  There are IPA’s, Lagers, Specialty Beers and frankly, just about any kind of beer you can imagine. The list/menu explains what each beer is and I think I’m safe in saying that there were at least 100 different kinds of beers to choose from.  We went with a lager.  It was actually called the Firehouse Lager  and the description on the menu said “Similar to a Sam Adams Lager, but mildly hopped for less bitterness”.  Since Chris was a fire fighter in the military and we both like lagers, it seemed appropriate.

Each beer has it’s own recipe and yes, there are people there to walk you through all the steps.

The first step was for us to measure out our grains.  They told us exactly which ones to use and how much of each to measure out.

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Dec 252013
 

Merry Christmas!

I love Christmas music and I have to confess that I listen to Christmas songs all year long – not just at Christmas.  There are very few Christmas songs that I don’t like, but I decided that I’d put together a list of my ten favorites.

In no particular order…….

Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes

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Dec 052013
 

Yesterday I posted about our awesome family Christmas card photo shoot.  Man, I am still patting myself on the back over how good they came out…..

But I digress.

With five people that were going to be in the picture, there was no way we’d get it right on the first try.  Surprisingly, it only took six or seven tries before we got it right, though.  It was the coldest day of the year at that point and it was only about 30 degrees out, so we were freezing out there in t-shirts – which definitely motivated us to get it right quickly.

Anyways, here are a few of the cuter outtakes from out photo shoot:

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I showed you the picture that I chose for our cards in my post yesterday and as soon as we got it, we ran inside.  Then it was time for a little fun before we started the process of removing all that make-up.
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Dec 042013
 

If you are my friend on Facebook, then you already probably know that I had something pretty cool planned for my family’s Christmas cards.  Actually, I went so far as to say that it was EPIC and I really think they turned out awesome.

First thing’s first, though.  Although the idea for the pictures was our own, we never could have pulled it off without the help of my good friend Denise McDonuts.  Her and I met through blogging a few years ago when she started stalking me, but she’s become a real-life friend.

Let me start by saying that our original plan for pictures didn’t pan out for a couple of reasons – which are boring and you probably wouldn’t care anyways, so I’ll spare you.  What we ended up doing was a spin on our original idea and we knew with Denise’s help, we could make it happen. You see, Denise is a make-up artist and does the make-up for the monsters, zombies, etc at the Hanover House of Horrors (in Hanover, MA) at Halloween time. Chris and I knew this and asked her if she would do our make-up for a family Christmas picture and thankfully, she agreed.

Are you curious about what the heck we did for our pictures?

She sent me a list of a few things we needed for our shoot, which I was able to get at a costume shop in Plymouth, MA:

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Dec 032013
 

Guess what? We adopted a dog on Sunday!  Both boys, but especially my nine year old, have been nagging to get a dog for months.  The time seemed right, so I started looking for a dog that would fit in well with us about a month ago.

Milo is a little over two years old and was living with a foster family because his original family either didn’t want him (crazy, right?) or wasn’t able to keep him for some reason.   His adoption was done through a local shelter and it must have been written in the stars because not only did he need a home, but we wanted a dog just like him!

He is a Chihuahua mix and his name is Milo.  We absolutely LOVE him and he totally fits right in here with us.

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