Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Little Spring Break Getaway

Over April vacation we usually try to go skiing, but this year there was no snow. Since skiing/boarding was out of the question, my mom and I decided a little road trip would be fun. 

The big boys, my mom and I headed for a little trip to Connecticut.
Griffin spent the week with Nana and Papa. He had a great time at the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Boston Aquarium and LegoLand. I don't think he missed us one bit.
My mom, the boys and I headed out early Wednesday morning. Our first stop was Patriot Place and the soccer store.
Then we headed for the Providence Mall to do a little shopping and lunch at Dave and Busters. The boys had a blast at Dave and Busters and I had fun photo bombing their picture.
Our first evening was in Mystic. We walked around and browsed the shops at Mystic. We went swimming and had a nice dinner at the hotel and cocktails on the outside patio.

The next morning we spent at the Mystic Aquarium.
We had a great time seeing all the animals. 

The whales were so cool and we were fascinated with the jelly fish. I even got brave and touched a little shark. 
We had to visit the penguins because Trevor is a MSSM penguin.
Then we had lunch and walked around Mystic by the water. It was an lovely day.

After Mystic, we headed to Clinton, my mom's home town. We did a lot of shopping and some touring of Mom's old stomping ground.
We went by Mom's house growing up. We even got out to take a picture. Of course, Nolan was very nervous about it, but he did it.

We took a picture at the bench we had dedicated to my grandparents.

We had a nice dinner with Mom's friends from high school at a beautiful location.
And so sad, but when we heard of the death of Prince, we set up a little memorial. I still can't believe he is gone. He was one of my favorite artists, especially in college. What a loss.

We had the opportunity to hang out on Mom's friends boat. It is a beautiful boat and the boys had a great time exploring it. Although it never left dock, it was still so much fun. We look forward to setting sail on it in the future.

We had a great time. 
I did miss Griffin but we talked a lot about him and brought him back some treats!
And upon returning, we had to put Trevor on the bus back to school. It is always hard but particularly hard on Griffin. He wanted to go back to school with him.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Not a whole lot going on around here. But according to my phone, this is what we have been up to lately.
On Friday, after dropping Nolan at the middle school dance, we went to Griffin's school for Wellness Night. Griffin was so excited to go. We used to do all these school activities with the older two boys, but seem too busy to make these events with Griffin. It was nice that it worked with our schedule and Griffin was very happy. He enjoyed the fire truck the most.

We have had a house guest since Thursday and Nolan is so in love. Sophie is our friends dog and we have enjoyed having her around this week. She is one snorty girl. Griffin likes to sing Sophie the Pig Dog to the tune of Frosty the Snowman. She is quite the character.
We have been busy repainting our bedroom and bathroom. We also replaced our lights and mirrors in the bathroom. I love having such a fresh look. I need to do some shopping for some art for the walls.
Cleaning out some drawers in my room, I found this gem. I miss these babies so much. Just for a day, or even an hour, I would love to snuggle these sweet babies. I think after a day or an hour of having two little ones again I would be exhausted... but I would love it for a little while.

Next week is spring break for the boys and Trevor will be home. It is his last break before the summer. I look forward to having him home.  My mom and I are going to take the big boys on a little road trip next week and Griffin is going to have a fun packed week at Nana and Papa's. And I heard it will be 70 degrees next week... wooohoooo!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy 15th Birthday to Trevor

Today Trevor turns 15!!!

This is a tough one for me. He has grown and matured so quickly and I just can't get over the young man he has become.
From this to 
this in a blink of an eye.

It is also the first birthday that I don't get to spend with him. I am sure it will be a great day with his friends at school, but I will miss singing to him on this day.
It is hard to imagine that he was ever this bright, blued little boy. He is so grown and tall and mature.
I remember holding this little love in my arms and dreaming about the young man he would become. I never imagined that he would be 6 hours away at high school or that he would be attending a nationally ranked high school. I never imagined how smart, sensitive, witty, fair, kind and dedicated he would grow to be. I am blessed beyond measure to have Trevor as my son.

Trevor has made me so proud and I have enjoyed the last 15 years albeit way too quick. I know there are wonderful things in store for Trevor and I look forward to his future (but no rush at all).
Fifteen years ago on this very day, Trevor came into our lives and brought us happiness, joy and a lot of love. He has continued to do that every day since. On your birthday, I wish you, Trevor, all the happiness and joy. 
Happy Birthday, Trevor. I love you more than you can ever know.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter at Camp

We spent Easter at my favorite place...
We had a wonderful weekend with family playing games in front of the fire, eating a delicious meal overlooking the lake and relaxing at the most wonderful place.
The Easter bunny came this morning and brought Nolan and Griffin their baskets and hid lots of eggs out in the mud (it is mud season after all).
The Easter bunny also sent Trevor and Easter box to school.
We had a wonderful weekend but it was definitely not the same without Trevor. I sure missed him. It was the first holiday I spent without him. He did not have this weekend off from school.
Easter was low key, casual and spent at the place I love with the ones I love... It does not get any better than that.

Happy Easter.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

It Has Been Too Long

It has been a long, long time since I wrote anything on this little ol' blog of mine. Many reasons for not writing, but the biggest reason was my broken wrist. After doing my best to type at work, my wrist was just exhausted by the time I got home and the very last thing I wanted to do was be on a computer. Now that my arm is mostly healed, I should be writing regularly... but let's be real that will most likely not happen.

So let's catch up. I had every intention of posting phone pictures on here, but we have a new computer that I just have not figured out yet and so there will be no pictures for now.

Rob and I spent parents weekend up at Trevor's school with him a few weekends ago. We chatted with a few of his teachers. It is always nice to hear how well our son is doing and all the extracurricular activities the would like to see him do like math team and student senate. It is great to see Trevor in "his" environment. He is very happy at school and even though I miss him so much I know he is in the right place. This weekend he will not be home for Easter or his birthday which will be difficult. His first birthday and holiday that I will not get to spend with him. He surely will be missed.

This past week Nolan spent 3 days trying out for the travel hockey team for next season. I am very proud of dedication and hard work he put into these tryouts (now if I could just get that same dedication to school work). Tryouts were supposed to be two days but because of the large numbers of kids trying out, they added a third day. He pushed himself and it paid off. Nolan made the travel team. We are very proud of him and look forward to a very busy, exciting hockey season next winter.

And as for Griffin, he is just growing into quite the boy. He amazes me daily with his big words he uses. He is doing great in school. He thinks he is a basketball star. He was so happy this past weekend to have is oldest brother home. He really adores Trevor.

So that has been the goings on at the Gava house. It has been busy, busy, busy! I need to bust out my big camera and work to document our days a little better. I can't remember yesterday, so I know if I don't document these precious, fleeting days they, too, may be forgotten.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hockey Play Ins

For the past 3 days, we have spent almost every waking hour at the rink for the hockey play-ins.
If Nolan was not on the ice, he was cheering on his friends on the other team.
The boys secured a spot in the state finals!
Although some great hockey was played, my favorite of the weekend was the celebrations, smiles and cheers.
Next weekend, we head to the state finals for more great hockey, smiles, team building, laughs ans (if all goes well) lots of celebrating.
This will be Nolan's 4th time heading to state finals and I know, win or lose, he will never forget this experience (nor will I).

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday Griffin

Unbelievable, but Griffin is 8 years old today.
Griffin is a fun, funny, silly kid. He loves to dance, play soccer and basketball.
His favorite foods are orange chicken, Gia's baked beans and pulled pork.

Griffin is a mommy's boy. Mom is definitely his #1.
He is a sweet, sensitive, old soul. He is understands and wise beyond his years. He can also be grumpy and stubborn like an old man.
Griffin loves animals and has a ridiculous amount of animal facts stored in his head. He is a quick study and a math whiz.
He loves electronics, Wild Kratts and Master Chef Jr.
He is an absolute joy and we could not love this boy anymore. Griffin has great things in store for him and I look forward to a great eighth year for Griff!