our journey into parenthood & beyond...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween!


We got lucky. Power stayed on.  All tree limbs remained in place. No flooding here.  No damage. I believe the only difference is that there are more leaves on the ground. We are grateful. However, not everyone got off as lucky as we did. Sandy left so many people and communities devastated. The pictures and stories are heartbreaking. Please keep those people in your thoughts & prayers as they begin to face the loss that Sandy left them with.

Monday, October 29, 2012


We are having a  visitor tonight. Her name is  Sandy. I am being told  she should be arriving sometime this evening. She is so thoughtful, she is also visiting some other family on her way up the east coast today. We are batten down the hatches and getting some non perishables ready for her. School is even closing early today for her arrival.  I guess she is really mad...hopefully she loses her attitude by the time she gets to NY.  Will update after she leaves...hoping she doesn't leave too much of a mess for us to clean up.

Friday, October 19, 2012

flash friday

family tree 2012

Today's post is dedicated to my one and only -no particular reason, just because I love him so much. We have had a good week, minus this weird virus I picked up somewhere that took my voice away for a day, an unexpected car repair and a missing Lightning McQueen car. Andrew and I even played hooky on Wednesday and started our Christmas shopping. I felt a bit guilty about sending Liam to daycare when we both had the day off, but as the day went on, I realized how important it was for us to just be us for a little bit. Plus, Liam was super pumped to have made pumpkin pies at school.   And tomorrow I am off for an overnight. I do believe this will be my first overnight without Andrew or Liam. So while I am excited and looking forward to a girls weekend away, I am sure my heart will be even more excited when I return  Sunday to both of my guys (& Olive, of course). 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


photo credit: Family Tree Photography 2012
This photo makes my heart melt into a little love puddle.
 I love this photo and these two sooooo much.

Thank you April!

Monday, October 15, 2012

bob the builder

I avoid anything Bob the Builder and Thomas the Train at all costs.  Because those creatures are freaking creepy. I put them into the porcelain doll creepy category. Liam gets so offended when I refer to Bob or Thomas as a creeper. And honestly, the shows are lame-o.

Liam loves to sing "Bob The Builder, Can we fix it? YES we can!". So I have taken it upon myself to switch it up a bit" Bob the Builder, Is he creepy? YES he is!"  Which outrages Liam.  Which makes me chuckle a little bit on the inside.

However on Sunday when Liam was suppose to be having "rest" time I over heard Liam singing " Bob the Builder, Is he creepy? YES he is!". (insert evil laugh here).  Next mission- to take down Thomas...

Sunday, October 14, 2012


I had so much fun with you this weekend. I missed Dad & I know you did, too. But spending time with just you is one of my most favorite things to do.ever. Seriously.  Have I told you lately that you are one of my most favorite people? Even though our slumber party was a bust and Olive was obnoxious with her dog bombs, I think this weekend ranks high on the "best times ever" list. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Until Our Next Adventure...

extra life

If you have a few extra buck or a lot of extra bucks, please consider making a donation to Extra Life. You can read all about it here on my friend Andrea's page. Bascially, a group of our friends are dedicating 24 hours to playing video games in order to raise money for our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.  Awesome.

 I know a few families who have used this hospital during times of need and crisis in their lives; I can't even begin to image what these families and children have been through.  I am proud of my friends who are taking time (a whole day) to dedicate to these families and children. I can't wait to see how much the group raises, and how much they will contribute to the families and children who live here, locally and in our communities. Good friends. Good cause.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


If you ever find your self with three bucks in your pocket and in need of a HUGE pumpkin or small pumpkin, please go visit the Amish on Newport Road in Schuyler. I am intrigued by their way of life. They seem to keep life simple. basic.  & they don't fool around when it comes to growing pumpkins.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


 ice cream. m&m's. rainy day treat.

Indian Ladder Farm.

Almost 3.

 Go West.

All mine.

Friday, October 5, 2012

flash friday

No pictures this week, but this post by Allison Tate is a great reminder to be in the photos, more often. I really need to do this, and remember that Liam loves me not because of my hair, my weight, my outfit, my painted (or unpainted)toe nails, but because I am his mom. Another reason I am excited to have our photos taken tomorrow- rain or shine.