Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Last week was spent with my whole family on our annual week-long beach vacation. It was not the usual Memorial Day week in the Outer Banks due to a number of reasons:

~pregnant sister

~2 teachers

~1 OT working in a school district

~2 people w/new jobs [read:not a lot of vacation time]

~2 kiddos in school fulltime

SO, we decided to keep it a little closer to home this year and rented a house in Ocean City, NJ. We were within 1 1/2 blocks of the beach and walking distance from the boardwalk amusement rides. The house was great ~ a little smaller than we're used to for so many people, but it worked out. The beach was gorgeous and the water was perfect! Many days we were some of the last people off the beach after 7 p.m.

The kids had a blast. Evan spent the entire vacation boogie boarding. Ryan was quite brave in the waves this year....going in up to his armpits and jumping the waves as they rolled in. Nathan had little to no fear either and split his time between water and sand. Needless to say, it was not a very restful, relaxing vacation for mom and dad. [Especially since Ryan had a knack for waking the entire house up around 6 a.m. EVERY day ~ I don't know where that kid gets his energy!]

A good time was had by all. Time spent together as family is never wasted. The kids enjoyed their cousins and the morning walks for donuts and the rides on the boardwalk and the evening walks for ice cream. Who am I kidding?!? The 'big' kids enjoyed it all, too! :)

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the week:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

so long, first grade

My 7(!) year old had his last day of first grade today!

Where does the time go?????

His teacher celebrated by treating the class to a pizza lunch followed by water ice for dessert. Isn't that nice?

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I completed this page a while ago, but never posted it here. I love this shot of Ryan and the journaling of all the actual ridiculous things he got into this day when he was only 3.

Now, in less than 2 months, my Ryan will be 5(!) and going to kindergarten in the fall!!!!

Where does the time go??

why are you so cute?

We met Mark out for dinner after work one night recently and while we were waiting, I went around the table and asked each boy the same question: Why are you so cute?

It was amusing to hear their responses and see their reactions, but I think the most interesting thing that I noticed was how their responses corresponded to their personalities:

The I-know-I'm-cute-but-will-pretend-I'm-not-Nathan: I don't know.

The Confident-social-butterfly-who-tells-it-like-it-is-Ryan: Because I am.


The Sweet-people-pleaser-with-the-kind-heart-Evan: Because you're so cute, Mom.

I love these boys :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

i've missed you....

so, it has been ENTIRELY too long of a 'no-blogging' spell.

i almost forgot how to do this, but it's like riding a bike, right?

i have been 'blogging' in my head for the last three plus months in which i've written little but experienced much. hopefully, i'll this little hurdle here of plunging back in will get me back on track.

i will do my best to hit the highlights of the last few months as we begin bloggin about our summer break - YAH!! :) :) :)