Friday, August 19, 2016

Nolan is a Teenager

Nolan is thirteen!
We celebrated Nolan's birthday with a beautiful, fun weekend at camp.
Nolan's favorites were all part of the celebration: best friend, Margarita's, tubing, lots of attention, funny cards, great gifts. All good for this thirteen year old.
He is at the "don't take my picture" phase so I had to beg and plead for the few pictures I got.

Happy birthday and happy first teen year to Nolan.
You are one loved boy  teenager!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Moving Back up to School

Rob and I just returned home from moving Trevor into his sophomore year of MSSM in Limestone. And let me tell you, I may not be as nervous, but I was still super sad to say goodbye to my baby.
On the way up, he said he was a little nervous. I was so not expecting that and that was hard for me to hear. Part of me wanted to turn the car right around and take him home. I know MSSM is where he belongs and he is so happy there. Once we arrived at the school, his nerves were completely gone. He was happy to catch up with all his friends and settle in to what is sure to be a great year.
His room is much more spacious this year and he only has one roommate who is a friend of his. There room is arranged very nicely and his roommate is neat so I am sure it will force Trevor to be very neat.

As hard as it is to say good bye, I know he is the the perfect place for him. He has so many great friends and a sweet girl friend. He is challenged and being stretched and will be so prepared for college.
Our view of the sunset on our way back from dinner.
I am so proud of Trevor and all he has and will accomplish!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The 4th

We had a wonderful 4th week at camp.

The 4th we celebrated in our red, white and blue with lobsters and fireworks.

The fireworks over our lake are always a favorite!

The rest of the week we soaked up the sun when it was out and on the few rainy days we went bowling and to the movies to see Finding Dory.

It was a great week full of fun, family time celebrating the county and our 17 year anniversary.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Setting Sail to Montauk

So the past few weeks have been crazy! I am going to back up to the end of June when we went on what I call a once in a lifetime trip.
We had an incredible time with friends who have a beautiful 44 foot catamaran. We set sail to Montauk.

We arrived in CT on Wednesday night where the boat is docked. We slept on the boat and headed out early Thursday morning for Montauk, NY.
We arrived around lunch time at the Marina that we would call home for the next two nights.
We had fun living the boat life. We swam at the pool, visited Montauk, did a little shopping and dipped out feet in the cool Atlantic Ocean.
Saturday we headed back down the Long Island Sound to CT.
It truly was an incredible opportunity. One that we will never forget. The boys loved learning about the boat and hanging on water.

I took a lot of pictures and I will just let the pictures do the talking...

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!