Friday, July 29, 2011


My sweet little boy is 3 and a half.  Three and a half, how did that happen?
Griffin continues to be a happy, easy-going boy.  His happy spirit is occasionally overcome by a strong-willed, stubborn boy, but thankfully that is not too often.

Griffin loves his school, friends (especially Cabot and Isiah) and his teachers.  In September, he will be moving into a new class.  He will be leaving the toddler class and going to the preschool class.  How is he old enough to go to preschool?  Griffin is continuing to have speech therapy and he is doing great.  He is talking so much more and is becoming more understandable with every day. 
His favorite color is yellow and his favorite food right now is Lunchables (any kind).  He loves the show Team Umizoomi and the movie Cars.  His favorite treat is popsicles and skittles.

He loves to play with cars and pretend to be a superhero.  He loves sports, swimming and playing outside.  He imitates his brothers and loves electronic devices.  It is absolutely adorable to hear him sing along with his ipod.  His favorite song is Dynamite.
He has put a smile on my face every single day for the past 3.5 years.  He is an absolute joy and we are so blessed to be his parents. 
"Young boys should never go to bed, they always wake up one day older."  - From Finding Neverland

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brotherly Love

I love sweet moments like this!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Quiet Home

Yesterday I dropped the big boys off at the cottage to spend a few days with Nana and Papa.  As you can see they were very sad about this.  Haha.
They are having a blast.  Trevor called last night to say he caught a bass that was at least a foot long.  Can't wait to see pictures of that.  Nolan has been catching lots of sun fish.  They have been swimming and playing and just enjoying having Nana and Papa's undivided attention. 
Griffin was not happy to have to come home with me.  Maybe next year he can stay with them.  I think it is so nice for the big boys to have some time without the Griff. 
Not to mention, our house is so quiet.  I am not sure I would know what to do with myself if all of the boys were gone.  Griffin keeps asking where Nolan and Trevor are.  He is so used to having someone constantly bugging him that he is not sure what to do with himself.

We sure do miss the Trevor and Nolan and although the quiet is nice, we will be happy to have them back home on Friday.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Pantry

I like no clutter visible in my home.  People often comment on how neat my home is.  But I have a confession.  My drawers, closets and basement are usually an absolute mess.  I put things out of sight so I don't have to see the clutter but the non visible places in my house are packed to the gills with all the clutter that I don't want to see. 

This weekend I decided that I needed to tackle my pantry and hopefully make so changes that will help keep it organized for awhile.  I spent a lot of time in my pantry because it doubles as my laundry room (and I always have laundry to wash or fold!).

Very embarassing but here are the before photos:
And (sigh) after:
I am hoping the bins will help me stay organized.  It is so nice walking into the pantry now.  I no longer need to worry about what is going to fall on me.

Now I need to tackle the rest of the closets, drawers and the dreaded basement.  That will be another day, for now I am going to enjoy my organized pantry!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Newest Members

The Gava gang has welcomed two new family members.

Met Carter Kane Gava.  He resides in Trevor's bedroom.  He is a bit shy.  He can often be found hiding behind the plants.  He seems to be happy and adjusting well to his new home.
 Met Jack "Sparrow" Gava.  He resides in Nolan's room.  He is very friendly and loves to eat.  He, too, seems to be happy in his new abode.
Hopefully, they will both stick around for awhile!

And speaking of pets, C.C.  has not been featured on the blog in awhile.
C.C.  has a new summer do and seems to be quite happy barking at walkers in the neighborhood.  She has no comment on the new additions.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Midnight Showing

Last night my Harry Potter loving boy, Trevor and his dad went to see the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie. 
We were not sure he would stay awake for the entire movie, but he did. The theatre was packed and they had to sit in the front row, but it did not phase Trevor.  He had a great time and loved the movie.

All the news is talking about it being the end of an era, which is so sad.  Trevor started reading this series in first grade and this series is what started Trevor's love of books.  I hope there continues to be great books for the tweens!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


This was a great sight to see on my way home from a busy day.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sebago Lake

We spent a hot couple of days at Sebago Lake. 
It was a great time!  We swam, visited with friends, swam, ate and swam some more! 
This little Mister rarely left the water.  He spent almost the entire day in the water.
Trevor also spent lots of time in the water snorkeling.  He had a great time finding fish.
Nolan enjoyed doing crazy jumps off the dock.
It was a perfect day! 
Thank you Phinney family for having us over.
I would love to post more about our fun, but it is way too hot here!  Time to go sit and be still!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I go to park.

This morning while Nolan was at camp, Trevor, Griffin and I ran some errands.  I told Griffin if he was good we would go to the park on the way home to play and feed the ducks.
Every store we went in he took his bag of stale bread for the ducks and announced to anyone who would listen, "I go to park."
He had a great time feeding the ducks.  Instead of breaking off small pieces of bread, he would throw the whole slice. 
He loved swinging, sliding and having some special time with his oldest brother!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 4th of July Weekend

We had another fun filled weekend with family and friends celebrating.  We celebrated Kelsey's graduation, Rob and my 12th anniversary and, of course, Independence Day.
We started on Saturday with a trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Cancun.  We gave Kelsey her graduation presents and sang "Happy Graduation to you" in Spanish.  Here she is on the boat after we got back.
Sunday, we celebrated with lobster and steamers.  At times it seems like forever and at times it seems like just yesterday, but Rob and I have been married for 12 years.  I am so fortunate to have someone who cares so deeply about family!  Happy Anniversary, Rob.
On Monday, we celebrated America.  We spent lots of time on the boat and playing games. 
I always say this after spending time with family, but it is so true.  I am so blessed to have a family where we all truly enjoy spending time together.  We spent four days in a row together (yes, at times we annoy one another) and I loved every minute of it!