Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Last Day of School

The school year has come to an end. It has been another great year for the boys. I am so thankful that they enjoy school (for the most part) and that they are all good students.
Here Griffin is on his first day of second grade
and on his last full day of second grade.

Griffin had an excellent year in Mrs. Sturgis' class. He learned a lot. He is a math whiz and wealth of vocabulary words. I am so proud of how he has grown this year.

I am not so familiar with the 3rd grade teachers, but I am sure they are all great. He is thrilled because he got the teacher, Ms. Kelly, that he wanted. He says she is super nice and he has lots of friends in his class.

I did not even try to get a last day of school pic of Nolan, maybe I will later. Some things are just not worth the battle and taking a pictures of Nolan is always a battle.

Nolan had a great year. He is a smart kid that needs to put in a little bit more effort. I am sure that will come with maturity. He was selected to test for the algebra class and he passed the test and will be in algebra next year. We are so proud of him and hope it provided the confidence he needs.

Nolan wanted to be on Boon, the 4 teacher team and he is. So he is one happy boy. He has lots of friends on his team, in his classes and in his advisory. All good.

It looks like next year is going to be another great year for the Gava boys... makes my heart so happy!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Life Lately

First, I can't ignore the horrific tragedy that happened in America yesterday. Being a mom, my heart just breaks for those moms looking for their children. I can't even, I can't even imagine how that must feel. There is no place in this world for hate like that. I will continue to pray for peace and love.


A few weeks ago, Rob and I made the trek up to get Trevor. He completed his first year, his freshman year of boarding high school. He had a great year and for that I am grateful.
Rob and I stopped at the Katadin look out point on our way up. It was a beautiful, clear day.
Since Trevor has been home, he has been busy with drivers ed. And I have been trying to get bits and pieces of information about his life at MSSM. #boymomproblems This boy does not talk too much, but I love hearing as much as I possibly can about his world. I did get to see some more prom pictures, which made me happy!
We have kicked off the summer and are trying to spend as much time lakeside as we can. Camp is really our happy place. We have had some fun weekends there and look forward to a summer of fun, family, friends and sun up at camp.
Griffin has enjoyed kayaking and all the boys have tried out the new paddle board.
Nolan and Griffin finish another great year of school tomorrow and we  are all ready for the lazy days of summer!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


My baby went to prom. 

Yeah, unbelievable.

He had a great time with friends and his girlfriend. Trevor looked so handsome and his girlfriend looked beautiful.

Well, I only got like three selfie head shots but I am sure they both looked great head to toe.

I was so bummer that I could not be there to take pictures and see them off, but that is the way it goes when your son goes to school 6 hours from home.

I hope more pictures will surface in the coming weeks, but for now this is the best of what I have.
I love this handsome boy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Go Fly a Kite

Griffin has been wanting to fly a kite.
The weather on Saturday could not be better, so we packed a picnic dinner and headed for Fort William.
We let Griffin pick out a kite and of course BB8 was the kite of choice.

The wind was definitely in our favor and Griffin rocked flying a kite.

He was all smiles and when he tired of flying the kite he had a blast chasing it.

We had a picnic lunch up on the hill and Griffin soaked up all the individual attention.

After we filled our bellies, Griffin was ready to explore. We checked out the light house, the mansion and the fort. It is such a beautiful location. We even got to crash a wedding that was happening on the lawn (okay so we did not crash it... we just watched it from a distance).

Griffin wanted to go swimming. Of course, we had no bathing suit and the water is not really to a comfortable swimming temperature. We did go down and dip our feet, or in Griffin's case, up to his waist in the cool Atlantic Ocean. Griffin tried to skip rocks. His dad showed him how but he never really got one to skip.
It was such a fun afternoon with Griffin. I just adore this boy. One of the best things about Griffin is he loves with his whole heart. It does not matter if it is his food or his family or playing a game or doing math this kid does it with his whole heart. He is such a delight. He is funny, outgoing and happy. He is always happy. His smile lights up the room and it is impossible not to smile when you are around him. 
It really is a shame this boy has no personality at all... HA!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Soccer

Griffin decided to forgo lacrosse and baseball and instead decided to play spring soccer. His soccer loving dad could not be any happier.

Griffin, I think partially due to having big brothers, really gets soccer.
He runs circles around a lot of the kids and is loving the game.
He spent some time in net and even the coach was impressed by his "boot".
It has been so much fun to watch him really get the game, go to open space and dribble the ball.
He has also perfected the celebration. And it may be even more impressive than his goals. It is quite the show. 
I look forward to his first year of GYSA this fall.

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.