Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy 16th 
birthday to this amazing guy!

Now if he were only home so I could wrap my arms around him. I hope he is having a great time celebrating with his friends at school.

I can't believe he is the sweet 16!

He is a true blessing and I am so proud of the young man he has become. I can't wait to see all that is in store for him, because I know it is going to be great!

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Day at the Slopes

We spent this sunny, seasonably warm February day at the slopes.
The weather was perfect for some skiing and riding. I was not able to ski so I hung out in the lodge. I love the atmosphere of ski lodge. Everyone is so friendly.

Griffin was very nervous at first but after a quick two hour ski lesson, he was ready to go. He was the last one off the slopes and he wanted to keep going. He is quite the ski bunny.

He and Dad spent lots of time heading up the lifts. Nolan joined them every once in awhile, until he got bored and needed to head to the top of the mountain.

Trevor and Nolan hit the top of the mountain and were hardly seen. They had a great time and Trevor even convinced Nolan to do a few black diamonds.

Rob has not skied in years and repeatedly said how much fun skiing is.

A great time was had by all.
And then this guy drove us home!

Now if we could just find time to get to the slopes more frequently.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Griffin is 9

Griffin is 9 years old.
I just can't even believe it is possible. He is and will always be my sweet Pumpkin Butter.

Griffin is the happiest boy I know. It is very rare for him to not be happy and full of life. He has a smile that lights up a room. His giggle is infectious. 
He is for the most part a very calm boy. He is happy watching his ipad and being chill. He is quiet most of the time, but he can be loud when he wants to be.
He is smart, oh so smart. He is a math whiz and loves to practice math problems all the time whether it be us coming up with problems for him or him doing math on the computer. He does not love reading, hopefully that will come.

He loves his brothers and family. He wants to go to school with his brother in Limestone. He loves animals. He wants a Pug.

At 9, Griffin loves Pokemon, nerf guns, youtube videos, Mario games, basketball and soccer. He is a great eater and would eat Orange Chicken every meal of the day if you let him.

He is a complete joy, my old soul and I am so blessed to be his mommy.
Griffin, happy 9th birthday. I love you to the moon and back!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


I did not take very many pictures of Christmas this year. At the moment, it felt good. I was completely in the moment with the joy and excitement of Christmas. Now I am regretful that I did not take pictures. I will miss having them.
Christmas Eve we had our annual Christmas Party with family and friends. It is always so much fun. A favorite night for sure. I look forward to it almost as much as Christmas day.

We had a blast playing games, chatting, laughing with great food and spirits.

Christmas was wonderful. The boys loved all their gifts and were very appreciative. I loved spending the day with my family. We always have so much fun.

It was another very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Card

Merry Christmas

from our family to yours!

Sunday, November 27, 2016


We had a very blessed Thanksgiving!
I am so incredibly thankful for these people. Nolan hates having his picture taken unless he is in hockey gear on the ice. He really was not as miserable as he looks.

We spent the holiday weekend black Friday shopping, getting our Christmas tree, decorating the house and going to hockey games.

Five hockey games this weekend. I feel like I live at the ice rink.

Now between games, I am binge watching The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016


This year Griffin knew exactly what he wanted to be
a coke bottle. Only I could not find a coke bottle costume that would fit him so he was a coke can.
We have no idea where he got the idea that he wanted to be a coke bottle but he did not waiver on that one... maybe the first year he was absolutely sure as to what he wanted to be.

Nolan, at the last minute, decided he needed to load up on candy. He and his buddies quickly dressed up in their hockey jerseys and terrorized the neighborhood. The got way more candy than they could ever need in a very quick time frame. They had to get to hockey practice so they ran around like crazy boys to collect the massive amount of candy.
It was a fun night, even if it was a Monday and did not feel quite as Halloween-y as a weekend.

And of course, we missed Trevor. He did not tell me much, but I heard a rumor that he dressed up with his gf and some other friends as the characters from the Wizard of Oz. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trevor's Soccer Game

A few days ago, Ash and I traveled way up north to visit Trevor for parents weekend.
It was a long but beautiful ride up. The trees and the colors were stunning. We stopped at the Mt. Katahdin look-out point to take some pictures.

And these pictures don't come close to doing the vibrant colors of the leaves justice. Just amazing how beautiful it was.

I met with Trevor's teachers for conferences. I left each conference feeling so proud. All the teachers talked about how much they enjoy having Trevor in their class, what an active participant he is and how naturally smart he is. So proud. The did say he was not working to his full potential. I would like to see him work harder but he is a teenage boy. Hopefully that will come with maturity. I am so incredibly blessed to be his mom. 
Ash and I got to catch one of his soccer games.

It was freezing and windy but so fun to watch Trevor play soccer. He loves soccer so much.
They did not win the game even though they outplayed the other team.
Win or lose, I had a great time watching him in action.

It was a great couple days spent up in the county.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Good Day For Soccer

Today was a good day for soccer... a very good day for soccer.
It started this morning with Nolan's soccer game. Nolan has been playing very well this season and today was no exception. He played hard all game. 
He got pushed which got the other team a penalty in the box. Nolan kicked the penalty shot and hit the cross bar. It was so close. Nolan's team was up by quite a few goals but gave up their lead in the second half which had them at a tie game. 
Very late in the second, Nolan scored a goal, with none other than his left foot.
It ended up being the game winning goal. Nolan's team had a 5-4 victory. It was a fun, exciting game.
In the afternoon, Griffin had two games. The boys are still learning positioning and passing. They all kind of bunch together.
The boys were losing and Griffin had a few good shots on goal with no success.  Finally, towards the end of the game, Griffin sends a beautiful ball in the air right to the goal. He scored!
His goal was perfect, but his celebrating was epic! I think he has the celebration down.
It is so exciting to score at that age. Even though they lost, I think Griffin was just happy to score his first goal of the season.
Today, was a great soccer day!

Trevor did not have a game today, but did not have such a great soccer day yesterday. He texted very upset at the outcome of his game. Not because they lost 2-1, but because the reffing was just horrible. I guess the calls were very one sided and the whole team was upset. Not every day can be a great soccer day!