Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back to School

Today was the first day of school for the 2011-2012 school year.  I love the summer and having the kids home but I also love, love the school year.  Today was a big day for all three of my boys.  The boys look so big.  This was my post from the first day of school last year.

Trevor and Nolan started at a brand new school in our town.  Trevor will only be there this year but Nolan will be there through 5th grade.  The school is beautiful and the boys are so fortunate to have to opportunity to go to a new, bright school.
Trevor started 5th grade.  This is his last year of elementary school (I don't even want to think about next year).  He loves his teacher and is very excited about the year.
Nolan started 3rd grade.  Nolan was very nervous this morning (which is so like him), but came home from school very positive and excited about his class, teacher and friends (thank goodness, I was so worried).
And my little Griffin is now in preschool.  That is right, preschool.  How. did. that. happen?  He is at the same school with his same classmates but in a new classroom with new teachers.  I am so sad he is not still with Ms. Lesley but I am sure I will like his new teachers just as much.
So after sending all the boys off to school, I shed a few tears and then pulled myself together.  I will survive this year.  The year will go by too fast, just like all the rest.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I have be dreading Hurricane (or in our case, Tropical Storm) Irene.  I am not one to want to spend the entire day home.  And then to think about losing power, with three kids home, all day long is not my idea of a good time.
So we prepared with lots of flashlights.  So far, we have not lost power...I am so thankful.
It has been good for me to be home today.  I got some things accomplished, that was much needed.

I made two different types of cookies with Trevor and Nolan.
We cleaned backpacks and prepared school supplies.  T and N are start school again on Tuesday, yippee!
Most importantly, we cleaned and organized the playroom.  We have officially removed all toys from the family room.  I love not having to see toys in the family room but it also means my baby is growing up.
Speaking of baby... here is Griffin being a ham today.
Now I am off to enjoy some wine and relax the rest of the day while Irene blows through.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Nolan's Birthday Recap

First we celebrated with his friends at a Sea Dogs game. 
Then we celebrated with family.
Nolan had his 8 year physical today.  And so I don't forget, he is in the 75% on both weight and height (64 pounds and 50.25 inches). 
Nolan had a great 8th birthday and hopefully he will have an even better 8th year!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Nolan!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mo or Faux


Nolan needs a haircut.  So today Debbie is taking him while I am at work.  He has been talking about getting a mo-hawk for quite a while now.  I must say I strongly dislike mo-hawks.  But being a hip, understanding mom (and knowing hair grows back) I said told Nolan he could do whatever he wanted, although I did strongly suggest a faux-hawk (because really they are adorable). 

So today when I come home from work I will see if it is mo or faux.  I am really, really hoping he opts for the faux!  I am sure I will be very upset if I see a mohawk.  I need to keep it in prospective, it is only hair and it will grow back! 

So stay tuned and this afternoon we will see if he went for the mo-hawk (please no) or the faux-hawk....

So his choice was....

A faux-hawk!!!
I am so happy and he looks adorable (if I do say so myself).

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dear Nolan

Dear Nolan,

In a matter of days you are going to be eight years old.  I remember your birth like it was yesterday.  I will never forget it.  Your birth story is so telling of your personality.  When you decided it was time to be born, you were born (almost not making it to the hospital). 

You are one determined young man.  I know without a doubt, if you want to do something... you will do it.  You are a very hard worker when you want to be.  On the flip side, you are a very stubborn boy.  You don't do anything you don't want to do.  I am hoping as you grow into a young man, you learn to use these traits to benefit you.
Nolan, you are a strong boy.  You are a great little athlete and I love to watch your enthusiasm for sports.  I love how passionate you are about hockey and I love to watch you play.  I hope you continue to find joy in playing sports.

Your rough and tumble personality has a very sensitive, caring side.  You are extremely sensitive to others feelings.  You often have a hard time apologizing just because you have such a hard time accepting that you hurt another person.  Even though you don't always make the best choices, I know you want to do right. 
You are my cuddle bug.  I hope even when you are eighteen you will still want to cuddle up with me.  You are very loving and affectionate.

I am so proud of who you are becoming.  You are really starting to come into your own.  You have interests and hobbies that are unique to you.  I look forward to seeing how your love and interest in all things animals plays a role in your future.  I look forward to many years of watching you play hockey.  I look forward to you continue to learn and excel in school.
Nolan, you are one special boy.  Even though you have given me almost every grey hair on my head, I would not change it for the world.  I love, love, love you!

Happy, happy birthday my sweet son.


Monday, August 15, 2011


  • We finally had a weekend without any commitments!  We were able to get a lot done.
  • Last week we had a new fridge, dishwasher and dryer delivered.  I am so happy to have all the appliances but after not having a working dryer, I am most thankful for the dryer.  It is very difficult to do laundry for a family of 5 without a dryer.
  • Rob brought me some beautiful roses yesterday.  It is such a nice treat when he gets flowers for me.
  • Trevor starts a week of travel soccer camp today.  It is raining so I am guessing he will come home a tired, wet, muddy mess!
  • The other night (I think Saturday) we had such a beautiful moon.
  • Trevor and I have started the couch to 5k. I was considering not mentioning it but maybe by mentioning it I will be more accountable?!?
  • We have a busy exciting week this week.  My sweet Nolan is turning 8 on Friday.  We will be celebrating with a kids party at the SeaDogs baseball game (fingers crossed for no rain) and a family party on Sunday.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Swimming and Sunsets and More

We had another wonderful week at camp!
One of my most favorite things about camp is the sunsets. The sunsets are amazing and the pictures don't do them justice.
One of the boys favorite things about camp is swimming. They can spend hours in the water jumping off the dock and swimming. I usually spend the least amount of time in the water, but this year due to the humidity and heat I spent quite a bit of time in the water.
The kids {little and big} enjoyed tubing. A few of us decided to stay on the boat and not try tubing...I for one am not a big fan of a ton of water splashing in my face. Trevor and Nolan absolutely loved tubing. They had a great time with their tricks {hands free, riding a bull, and who knows what else}.
Griffin did have a great time watching everyone tube. He thought it was quite funny.
And of course what is camp without lobster.  Yummy!
My sister tried kayaking for the first time.  Trevor and Nolan went for kayak/canoe rides too.  Trevor tipped his kayak when he went to explore the island but recovered well.
I miss being at camp and returning to the real world has not been easy. Both our dishwasher and dryer broke right before we left so we have had to deal with that. We also have a very busy schedule for the next few weeks before school starts. The boys are at different camps and Trevor's soccer has started in full force. I love that I have the memories of camp and can't wait to go back next year!