Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter is here

This is the view from my windows.

 Our backyard is lined with this huge wall of pine trees that get covered with snow in the winter. And I love it. I have no curtains or shades on my windows because I can't imagine covering this view (plus there's no one back there to see in!) It is the most peaceful sight in the morning. You'd never know that wall of trees is separating us from the highway.
I love the holidays. But, this year I'm pretty happy to see them go. I am so ready for peaceful quiet. By peaceful quiet I mean less activity of course as we are undoubtedly the loudest family on the planet. But I am ready to welcome the mundane days of winter where the most excitement we see is playing outside in the snow. Which is where my kids are right now- at 8:30am on a Saturday. Perfect perfect perfect. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Conversations with Nate and Sean

Me- "Nate, please stop wiping your nose on your shirt."
Nate- "You mean like this?" (and he does it again) 
Sean- "Eew Nate, that is so yucky. I don't wipe my nose on my shirt."
Me- "See? Even your little brother thinks it's gross. Cut it out!"
Sean- "Yeah, I wipe mine on Moms hat."


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas to us

This would be my kids first view of Santas good work when they came down the stairs Christmas morning

I realize that I shouldn't have the tv on while taking these pictures, but I feel like since 
I had It's A Wonderful Life playing that it sorta makes it okay. 

I love that we fill will up the whole mantel with our 8 stockings.

(and this is where the quality of my pictures takes a nosedive because it was actually Christmas morning and I cared more about experiencing the moment than taking pretty pictures!) 

Baby Kate enjoyed her first Christmas morning by being our only early riser. 

Followed by big brother Danny. And it was perfect. 

Dan still has this tiny baby voice and he sort of breathes some of his words. I say this because in that picture of him standing in front of the tree, you need to imagine his little baby whispering saying "wow" over and over. It was beautiful. 

Nate was the next one out of bed, he knew exactly what to do. 

But I think his true Christmas miracle came when he learned he actually had permission to get the other kids out of bed, something that is usually a serious no-no. 

And then Christmas happened. It was loud and messy but there were no tears and tons of smiles. All I could ever ask for. 

I had the flu. I wasn't able to make some gifts I had planned and the food wasn't all prepared as I would have liked. I was forced to let go of all expectations. But I learned a very important lesson. It's better that way! Nobody cared that my wrapping was sloppy and the food fed the family just the same. It was a perfect day documented by my imperfect photos, just the way I like it. 

Merry (day after) Christmas to all! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Babies, and Santas, and ornaments, oh my!

Will you hold the baby for me?
Whatever works. The most important lesson for anyone thinking of having 6 kids. 

Don't you just want to squeeze her? You know you do! 

Nate, Sean, and the most unpleasant looking Santa in all of human history. Luckily they had already seen the real Santa a few weeks ago, this was just one of his "helpers".

My most favorite Christmas ornaments from my Grandma. The little elves remind me of being small. 

My manger also belonged to my Grandma. It's origin is questionable and it was either a gift from, or belonged to my great Grandmother. It's made of cardboard and falling apart but I love it more than words can say. It still has the price tag on the bottom, it was $1.29! Is it normal that I am jealous of my manger for having been around for such simple times? 

So much work to do, such little time. But it's snowing outside and I'm about to put on some Christmas music and feed my squishy baby Kate. No other way I'd rather spend my morning!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hearts to Newtown

Hearts to Newtown? I think yes!!!  I saw this post about sending Hearts to Newtown on Maisymak (awesome blog in case you're not familiar) and am planning to hop right on board and I suggest you do the same. You can also find it information Here on facebook. Find it, read it, do it, pass it along! Spread love and joy to Newtown and to everyone else you see and everywhere else you go. Gun laws are great... warmth and kindness are better! 

Cut out a heart, fill it with prettiness and joy, include name age and state, send to: P.O. Box 754 Bethel, CT 06801

Conversations with Claire

"Me is a princess and there's a mean queen who's gonna fire the boys with a dinosaur! Then me is gonna find the dinosaur egg and me is gonna make breakfast for you."

"Mommy, you is my best friend and baby Kate is my best friend and dem boys is stinky."

"Me help you clean up and den me dance like a pretty pink princess! Dance with me Danny, DANCE!!"

"Baby Kate is got puke on her sleeve. Dat is too nasty."

"Me give baby Kate dem blocks to play with and me gonna spank Dannys butt for taking dem blocks away from her!"

"Me is in da bafroom Danny! Get outta here you bad boy!"

"Me want some apples! Me wanna watch No White! Me want apples and No White and a pretty pink birthday party! Mommy pleeeeeeeeeease gimme apples and No White and a paaaaaaaaaarty pleeeeease!!!!! Oh my gosh me is staaaaaaaaaarvin Mommy...wwwhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!"

Monday, December 17, 2012

Not just another Monday morning

This morning I gave my Nate a massive hug before sending him off to the bus stop. I also sent him off carrying a Thank You note for his teacher to tell her how much I appreciate her. 

I feel the same way that we all do, can't help but think what would have happened if that had been my child. But I refuse to let this horrible tragedy make me paranoid and afraid about sending my children off into the world. Because you know what? That's not something that we can help. 

We have to let our kids grow and experience. Our job is to prepare them as best as we can in hopes that they will make the right choices and become kind caring people.  I want to shield my babies from all of the worlds horrors as much as the next, but that is just not the reality that we live in. 

Instead, I am going to use this experience as a constant reminder, not to avoid or shelter, but to appreciate. I will recognize and cherish the good times and be genuinely grateful for them. I will hug tighter and be more present with my babies. I will remind myself that there are families everywhere, not just in Connecticut, that would give ANYTHING to have what we have and not take it all for granted. 

What happened last week was hideous and just truly unimaginable. I won't spend my time hiding and fearing, instead I will spend more time really living and loving my babies.  

"Run, because you can. Jump, because you can. Dance, because you can. Sing, because you can. Love, because you can. Smile, because you can. Be happy, because you can. Do it, for those who can't."

Friday, December 14, 2012

A prayer

I just received this email in response to the school shooting and I thought it appropriate to share. 

Please take a moment now in your home, in your place of work, wherever you are...and pray for those who have lost their lives, pray for their families, pray for this community, pray for these students, pray for the safety and protection of all of our young people.

The Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, Let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, Joy.

O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, As to console;
To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


One of THOSE days...again

It was brought to my attention by a dear friend last night that my blog writings and I sound like 2 totally different people. Well this was a quote from one of my dear lovelies this morning that will undoubtedly set the tone for my's going to be a long FUN one, I can just feel it...

"You better call Santa and tell him to keep ALL my presents because I'm being BAD today! ALL DAY LONG! That's how I'm being and I don't even care at all!" 

I did manage to remember Nates pajama day at school today, ok ok, so he remembered it and reminded me. But I'll take it, since I forgot all about Seans yesterday. I made a crack about forgetting his pj's to snooty mom #1 when picking him up yesterday to which she responded "yeah, sometimes people do that" without the slightest crack of a smile. Notice she didn't say I, because don't you know, snooty mom #1 would never ever do such an unthinkable thing. But surely someone somewhere must make mistakes like that. Darn me for having 6 kids to look after and allowing said forgetfulness to slice yet another irreplaceable chunk out of my little boys childhood! 

How's that for "real", doesn't it just scream Christmas cheer? Thinking I need some more coffee. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Must be a "full moon"

I had a really crappy night, followed by an even crappier morning. The cherry on top of my crappy mood sundae? A boy riding on the school bus in front of my car mooned me while at the stop light. I would like to thank his parents for raising such a charming young man. 

I certainly hope Santa was watching him and decided to gift him some coal this Christmas season... and some suspenders!   
Doesn't get any better than this folks!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Another new addition

Welcome to the world miss Molly Kathleen

This is the long anticipated daughter of my very best friend, she is perfectly wonderful in every way. 

Being surrounded by babies is about the best Christmas gift I could ever ask for! 

When I showed Mollys picture to my boys, Nate said "she looks just like our baby did!" to which Sean relied "Yeah Nate, because they went to go buy her at the same baby store where Mommy got hers." 

Happiness all around,
We love you Molly!

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Christmas Swap- Trinkets and Traditions

Back in the fall I participated in Fall Friendship Swap, and it was such a good time that I was thrilled when I stumbled along Lauras blog A Hearty Overflow and found a Christmas Swap! 

The idea is sort of like a secret Santa via the mail. As we all know, "grown up" mail can be BORNING so the idea of getting a surprise in the mail just makes my whole day! 

The day my package came was so exciting, it had been a rough day and it was the perfect pick-me-up.

A make your own ornament kit for my kiddies- perfect for looong afternoons.

An entire recipe binder just for me! Perfect because a) somehow I don't have one, and b) because she filled it with yummy goodness! 

And last but not least, some Christmas cheer for my nails- perfect because I have 3 Christmas parties left and (this is the best part)  I take rotten pictures so you can tell, but this red is the most sparkly ruby slipper red ever and is about my most favorite thing on the planet!!

 Thank you so much to my new bloggy buddy Lauren (visit her at Teach*Pray*Love) for sharing her family yummies and holiday spirit! 

Happy Birthday Corey

You are the best stick-ball officiator, 

 red and white park explorer, 

bath giver, 

and group photo participant there is. 

You are the firefighting hero to our kids who doesn't get thanked enough for all of the hard work you do for our family. You give your all every single day and the only thing you ask for in return is a cold ice pack and some black socks. Thank you for everything you do, we love you! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Another perfect day

Welcome my new niece Sloane Elizabeth to this world! She came last night at a little after 2am, from what I have seen she looks absolutely perfect. 

It's amazing how much love these babies are born in to. Can you imagine getting off a plane with about 30 people waiting for you? They have been circling the airport for a few weeks just waiting for the moment they hear you're going to land. When they hear the plane is in the area they park themselves at the gate and wait patiently, and there they will stay no matter how many times the flight might be delayed. None of these 30 people have ever met you, but they all love you with every ounce of their being, and think that you're the most beautiful thing they've ever seen- no matter how tired you might be from the flight home. You're greeted with tears of joy, hugs, kisses, laughter, and massive genuine smiles. What it must feel like to be in a room filled with nothing but pure joy. Can you imagine how amazing life would be if everyday was was filled with as much love and happiness as the day we were born? Definitely a thought I'm going to try and keep in the back of my mind as I go through my day. 

Give your own babies an extra hug today and enjoy your blessings.
Life is perfect today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas has been violated

Heard while upstairs this morning...
"Mommy!!! Nate has the nutcracker ornament down his pants!!!"
Wrong on so many, many levels. 

My poor tree is under constant surveillance seeing as how Dan has already fallen in in TWICE, broken one ornament, and keeps trying to take bites out of another (it's an apple, he refuses to accept that it's not real). 

Last night two of the shrubs outside decided to allow their lights to die out prematurely, scrooges! 

I caught Nate and Dan pretending to assassinate the residents of my manger scene with storm troopers this morning. I gasp in horror.

Someone who shall remain nameless used my pretty snowman hand towel to clean up tinkle puddles on the toilet seat. 

Last but not least, I melted a battery pack on my little light up mantle trees with a candle. The scent of scorching plastic is finally out of my house, but the memory of almost burning down my house  in the name of a little holiday cheer will live on through the ages. 

Merry Christmas to all!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The best Tuesday ever

We're back! The sickness is finally on the outs with baby Kate being on the last few days of her prescription. Our weather is oddly warm so these windows are getting cracked and we're filling this house with some clean air today. My tree is up and sparkling, I have finally worked up the courage to try a -made from scratch- bread recipe I found, and this is the week I'm taking my Gran to a fun Christmas dinner... Happiness has returned! Danny exploded a whole tub of yogurt this morning and it didn't even phase me. Feel free to tap into my flow of positivity in case you're in need, because to be honest it'll probably last about 2hrs. Off to do some overdue cleaning and set up my manger in the dining room to some blaring holiday music. I love Christmas!!!