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!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Life Lately

So if I had to sum up January in a few words, it would be

doctors appointments.

It seems that every week we are running to doctors or orthodontist appointments.
Mostly because of this!
I fell on ice and broke my wrist the Monday before last. It has been a big ole' painful burden. Rob has to help blow dry my hair. I can't even open a can. I'm pretty much helpless.

We have had some fun though. We had a great night at the Red Claws. Slippy G (as Griffin says is his hip-hop name) came to the game to dance. He showed us his moves every time a song came on.

I  also took engagement pics and went wedding dress shopping for my sister (as I call her).

We spent a fun, hockey-filled weekend at a tourney in Bangor. It was a whirlwind of hockey, snow, friends and a few wins!
T just finished j-term, a 2 week intensive study where he built and learned to play a ukulele.
Tomorrow, we will be wishing this 8 year old a very happy birthday. Wow, my baby is 8!!!

The weekend is filled with 5 hockey games and a few family birthday celebrations!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January Blues

It seems like every January I lack ambition and have the blues. Maybe it is the short days. Maybe it is the cold days. Maybe it is the quiet after all the holiday excitement. Whatever it is, I wish it would just go away.
I think this January has been harder than others because I once again had to put Trevor on a bus back to school. This time he spent 3 weeks home and I got really used to having him around. The house is just so different with him not around.

We had a great time with Trevor home and aside from all the holiday festivities, we spent a day in Boston.

We went to the Museum of Science and the special Pixar exhibit.
We also were hoping to do the Sports Museum at the Garden but the timing did not work out.

So now Trevor is back at school and we are trying to get used to him not being home. He will be home for a week in February so that is something to look forward to.
This weekend Nolan has a hockey tournament in Bangor which should be fun.

Hopefully the days will start to get longer.
I doubt the weather will get warmer, but I hope I can perk back up quickly.
And if not, maybe some if these will do the trick :).

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year

Our New Years celebration was tame and quiet and actually Trevor was the only one up at midnight.

Most importantly the last few days have been spent with family and that is my favorite way to spend any day.

Looking back over the past year, it was mostly good with some bad mixed in. I have pulled a favorite picture from each month of 2015 as a recap of the year...

January
We celebrated Griffin's seventh birthday.

February
We had a fun-filled vacation to Los Angeles and San Diego.

March
The boys went on their (final) Harlem Globetrotter game. There will forever be great memories of these games.
We celebrated Trevor turning 14!

April
 We celebrated my mom's birthday with this lovely cake that I made (which is a big deal, I don't bake)
We took a family ski trip

May
We went to camp for the "unofficial" start to summer.

June
 Griffin sang and danced in the 1st grade concert.
Trevor graduated from 8th grade!

July
We enjoyed time at camp, celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and the 4th.

August
 Trevor moved into school to start 9th grade. So bitter-sweet.
We celebrated Nolan's 12th birthday at camp.

September

School started. Nolan started 7th and Griffin started 2nd.

October
 Trevor came home for a weekend and Griffin sure had missed him.
My Mom and I spent a few days at MSSM and got to watch Trevor play in one of his varsity soccer games.

November
 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Nolan was named team Captain of his hockey team.

December
We had a blessed Christmas.

And now on to 2016. I am looking forward to a great year.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas

We had a great Christmas, but for the most part, you will just have to take my word for that.
I failed at getting a picture of the family.

I failed at getting a picture of the boys in their matching pajama's.
I failed at getting a picture of our lovely brunch and dinner table.

By the time I remembered I needed/wanted a picture of the boys together, the wheels had started to come off. For it was a great day, but one that is highly anticipated with little sleep leading up to the big day. Griffin was so cute and excited about all his gifts, but became over exhausted and had a melt down in the afternoon. He got over it quickly, but I knew that a picture would not be successful. Oh well.
We had family and friends on Christmas Eve and it is one of my favorite things about the holiday. It is always a good time with lots of great food, good cheer, laughs and fun.
Christmas morning was spent with family opening presents. I think I managed to surprise all the boys with at least one gift. Trevor was most excited and surprised with his apple watch.
We had a wonderful brunch and later a delicious dinner of surf and turf. In between meals, we spent a lot of time building toys and playing games.
It was another wonderful Christmas. I say this often but I know I am so blessed to have a family I enjoy being with. We all have such a great time together and it truly makes for the very best holiday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Eve Eve

I just love this time of year. I only wish it did not go by so fast. Time has flown since Thanksgiving. It seems every year it just goes by faster and faster.
I am trying to soak up every minute of this most wonderful time of the year and not focus on the speed at which the time is going and the rate at which my kids are growing.
Christmas Eve Eve might be my favorite day of the year. I love the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holiday. I enjoy the anticipation and love that the holiday is still yet to come.
I absolutely love having my whole heart under one roof. Having Trevor home with Nolan and Griffin for the holidays is the best. gift. ever.
I love the house decorated and the glow of the lights with beautifully wrapped presents under the tree.
The coziness of the fire under the decorated mantel warms my heart.
Getting and sending Christmas cards is one of my favorite things about the holiday.
I look forward to having friends and family over on Christmas Eve to share laughter, food and good cheer.
I look forward to a Christmas Day spent with the ones I love and cherish most.
It is the most WONDERFUL time of the year.
 
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