Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween
from an adorable monster,
a scary biker dude
and a kid that is too cool to dress up for halloween.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's snow early...

We have a few inches of snow and it is not even November.  Here at the Gava home, we love snow.  So we took the opportunity to enjoy the sun and warmer (relatively speaking) weather and play in the snow.
It was the perfect snow to build our friend Count Snowula.  I am sure he will be gone by tonight but we had fun building him.  I must say we have much improved on building a snowman since our last attempt.  Check it out here
Snow balls were thrown, sledding was attempted (not the best snow for it) and fun was had by all!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Today I had Trevor and Nolan's school conferences.  I could have sat there all day and listened to all the wonderful things the teachers said about my boys.  It is so nice to hear kind, compassionate, smart, hard-working and thoughtful in a the same sentence as Trevor and Nolan. 

I know my kids are good kids, but there are days I think I have raised monsters.  It is nice to know that the monster in my kids never goes to school with them. 

Nolan's teacher thinks he is going to be an engineer.  She says she can see the excitement in his eyes when he does math.  He loves it!  She is such a wonderful teacher and Nolan is so lucky to have such a dedicated teacher.

Trevor continues to do well.  His teacher is really challenging him this year and that is just what he needs.  He an excellent writer and she is going to get him writing lots this year. 

Trevor and Nolan I am so proud of both of you.  You are both amazing, sweet, smart boys!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Nolan

Nolan is such a character.  He is difficult to describe because at times he can be so shy but other times he is the life of the party.  He often comes up with these one-liners out of the blue.  I am often asking myself where he came from!
He and a few friends are running a business at school.  They are making things (fans, planes) out of paper and selling them.  It is so funny hearing him talk about his business.
The other day he told me he could not wait until he could move out so he could move to Los Angeles where are the sexy girls live.  Help me!!!
He rarely says bye, it is usually peace-out.  He is so wild and crazy.  He keeps me on my toes and there is not often a dull moment when Nolan is around.
I love this kid!  I would be lying if I did not say I don't know how I am going to survive his preteen and teen years.  It will definitely be a wild ride...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Big Boy

Griffin loves to tell me that he is a big boy.  And he is right.  He is getting so big.
I have spent the last few years worried about Griffin.  Worried something was wrong because he did not speak much, worried because someone (who should not have and was not qualified to) gave him a label.  I spent many hours analyzing everything about him. 
I am finally believing all the people (family, friends, his pediatrician) that have told me that Griffin is just fine.  Yes, he is still speech delayed but he is making huge strides!
He is talking tons.  He knows his numbers, some of his letters, shapes and colors.  He knows feelings.  Yesterday he told me he was smiling because he was happy. 
He is a sweet boy.  So happy, easy going and affectionate.  I am so fortunate to have a happy, healthy big boy.  Now if I could just get him 100% potty trained!

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Student Ambassador

Trevor completed an application of essay questions to be chosen as a 5th grade student ambassador.  He is responsible for coming up with ways to improve the school, the community and the country.  He is also responsible for embracing and teaching the schools code of conduct (Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Commpassion and Honesty). 
Since this is a brand new school, yesterday they had the schools dedication ceremony.  The student ambassadors were the greeters and tour guides.  And the had to dress up for this!  We are not a very fancy family so this was the first time he had to wear a tie.
He was not fond of the tie, but he looked adorable.  He could not wait to get it off and he keep playing with it. 
I have said it before and I will say it many, many more times, but I am so proud of Trevor and I am so fortunate to be his mom. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


We spent the day at PumpkinLand.  I have to say the big boys, Gia and I were rather disappointed.  Griffin seemed to enjoy it though. 
Not much to say about it.  Zip lines, swings, animals and a haunted day ride.  The weather was nice and it was a fun day with the boys.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Snake in the Garage

Yesterday morning, after Rob went off to Nolan's soccer game with Griffin, Trevor and I decided we would run to the store to get a few things.

Trevor is in the car waiting for me when I open the garage and start to round the back of my car to the drivers seat, when I stop in my tracks!  Sitting right at the edge of the garage is a big, huge, nasty snake!  I am terrified of snakes.  Let me say that again, I am absolutely TERRIFIED of snakes.
I see this snake and run, screaming back into the basement.  Not sure what Trevor was thinking, but he had no idea I had just encountered a garter snake the size of a boa constrictor.  After I put my heart back in my chest and composed myself, I stand at the door and yell at Trevor to get rid of the snake. 

Trevor decides to try to scare the snake with the snow shovel, but the big, nasty snake did not budge.  Trevor finally got the courage to push the snake across yard into the lawn. 

We jump in the car and take off as quickly as we can.  Trevor is my hero!  I am still scared out of my mind to open the garage door.
So if I am going to be honest, the snake really looked more like this.  But to me, a snake is a snake and they are all incredibly scary to me!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Phone Dump

1.  Nolan at a friends birthday party.
2.  The highlight of the week.  The school bus is coming down our road.  I have waited for this day for 6 years.  Our road is finally a public road and the bus can finally come and pick up the kids.
3.  A big fish at L.L.Bean.
4.  T riding his scooter before soccer practice.
5.  My favorite site as I enter my town.  I love this huge flag!
6.  Our pumpkins out front.
7.  Griffin checking out the big fish from the observation spot.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sometimes I feel like I live at the zoo

And it is not just because I have these three wild monkeys
It because I can look out front and see wild turkeys
Or I can look out back and see a family of deer.
I love it.  I love the majestic deer, the silly turkeys and most of all my three wild monkeys!

Monday, October 3, 2011

It begins Again

Tonight is the start to another hockey season.  Evaluations are this evening and Wednesday.  Nolan is so excited.  He got in all his hockey gear way before he needed to because he is so excited!  Did I tell you that Nolan is so excited about hockey?
He has been obsessed with hockey, well, since he started talking.  He took skating lessons at 3 and started hockey at 4.  These are his first skates next to the skates he will wear this year.  The picture does not do the size difference justice.  It amazes me that Nolan has been obsessed with hockey for so long... he did not get it from his dad or me.
So tonight starts another season of hockey and Nolan is so excited.  I may be a little excited, too!