Thursday, October 28, 2010

thankful thursday

Today I am thankful for beautiful sunsets right out my front door:

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

wordless wednesday

I caught a Logan smile! :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

quote of the week

Ryan: I'm the King of Food!

Except for basagna [rhymes with lasagne].

I don't really like basagna.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

i fired the tooth fairy

Evan lost his third tooth this week. We were play-wrestling [READ: mommy was trying to snag a hug] one day after school and he yelled, "Stop!", stood up, and spit his tooth out. Now his tooth was loose, but this still was kind of a shock for me.
The night he lost it, we both completely forgot to put it under the pillow for the tooth fairy. So on Thursday night, I made a point of remembering to put it in the pocket of the little tooth pillow my mom made him and placing it alongside of his pillow after I kissed him goodnight.
Fast forward to the boys' 6:45 a.m. wake-up call.
Evan, who is normally as hard to wake as a hibernating bear, pops up from his pillow to check his tooth pillow. And....the. tooth. is. still. there.
Mommy, who is normally not quick on her feet, literally or figuratively, declares, "That's IT! I'm calling the tooth fairy! I can't believe she FORGOT to take your tooth! I'm going downstairs to call her right now and telling her she's fired!!"
I took the tooth pillow downstairs, pretended to make a phone call, and switched out the tooth for DOUBLE the monetary gift [READ: guilt offering].
I returned the tooth pillow to Evan and told him the tooth fairy was fired. Not sure if he totally bought it, but he smiled.
Crisis averted.
What will we do upon the next lost tooth?
Hire a new tooth fairy, of course.
She better tie a string around her finger or set her Blackberry alarm or something...

Friday, October 22, 2010




yes...that is my kitchen ceiling!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

thankful thursday

Today I am thankful for one of my best friends, Andrea.
I can tell her anything and know that she'll love me anyway.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

wordless wednesday

my little monster...

Monday, October 18, 2010

goggle boy strikes again....

Goggle Boy, in the hopes of going incognito, dons his basketball pajamas.
No one will ever discover me now. I blend right in with those 6-foot + tall basketball players.
However, his plan is foiled when he is noticed in the crowd by some discerning Phillies fans [a.k.a. Evan & Ryan]
Nice try, Goggle Boy.
Better luck next time!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

happy birthday to me...

I can't wait to dig into these new papers! My mom gave me $20 'pin' money to spend on myself last weekend and I took it upon myself to order my very first order from Studio Calico.
SO exciting!! Thanks, MOM!!
BTW, anyone know what 'pin' money is?? I'll have to post the definition another time...

Friday, October 15, 2010


Don't you just love a good surprise?

Something that you aren't expecting that just completely brightens your day?
I think if I won the lottery, I would send surprises to different people every week.

I sent this out to my college roommate last week. I hope I brightened her day :)
I made the was so fun to make a girly card and I love the way the banner turned out.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

thankful thursday

Now I know where Evan gets his humongous forehead!

Today (everyday) I am thankful for my mom.

She is a strong, beautiful woman and I love her dearly.

She is goofy and funny and loving and honest.

I am thankful that we got to celebrate our birthdays together this past weekend
~ our birthdays are only 3 days apart!
I am especially thankful that she is still here to celebrate another birthday.
I love my mom :)
What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Ryan came home last week on "Yellow" on his behavior chart with this handwritten note from his teacher:

"He was calling another classmate 'potty' names."

I immediately run through all the possibilities of what 'potty' names could be. Ryan denies each option and conveniently can NOT remember ANY details of this event....

That is, until I sent him to his room to think about it.

After his think time was over, I asked him again what 'potty' name he called a little boy in his class.

His answer: Toilet

Secretly relieved that it wasn't something worse, but still upset with him,
my response: Really!?! Ryan, why would you ever call someone a toilet?

Fast forward to this week...

I had to email Ryan's teacher about another left behind/lost sweatshirt - we're going on 3 now and it's only October! - and I happened to mention Ryan's confession. Out of curiousity, I asked her if what he told us was true.

Lo and behold, it was not. I know, you're shocked!

She wrote "he called John a poopyhead or something to that effect."


I guess I should look on the bright side....
he understands synonyms.

Every reading teacher's dream...lucky me.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

thankful thursday

Today I am thankful for Evan's ability to read
and entertain his brothers while I make dinner:

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

two of my favorite things....


The big boys have a reading program at their schools called "The 100 Book Challenge." They bring home books at their independent reading levels every night and are supposed to read "steps." A step = 15 minutes of reading ~ Evan has to read 2 steps/night and Ryan has to read 1 step/night. For every 100 steps of reading, they receive a medal and bragging rights. Last year was the first year of the program and Evan read over 400 steps, which is the equivalent of over 100 hours of reading! Isn't that awesome!?! This program is very motivating for kids ~ as a reading teacher and mom, I LOVE it!

Anyway, Nathan is so darn cute. He wants to read Ryan's books every night, too. Not have them read to him, but read them. Ryan's books typically follow a predictable pattern or repeat a phrase over and over again, so they are easy to pick up. Nathan will listen to one of us read it once through and then, he'll take the book and "read" it, too. Love that he's doing this, but then again, he's always loved books.....

Write.Click.Scrapbook recently did a whole week's worth of inspiring ideas for scrapbooking about books and reading. It made me think of these two layouts I'd done about Nathan and his love of books...

Green patterned paper, Scenic Route; Diecut paper, Jenny Bowlin Studios;
Ribbon & Thickers, American Crafts; Rub-ons, Little Yellow Bicycle
Supplies: Patterned papers, October Afternoon, MME, imaginisce, foofala;
Letter diecut, KI Memories; Owl & other diecut shape, MME;
Thickers, American Crafts.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

quote of the week

Ryan: You're the best mommy ever.

Evan: Then why do you say mommy's mean sometimes?

Ryan: Because she's mean when she tells me no.

Mommy: Ryan, I can't always let you have your own way. Sometimes I have to tell you no. That's my job.

Ryan: That is not your job. YES is your job....NO is my job.

Isn't that the truth?!?