Thursday, September 9, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game


Declan finally got to experience a baseball game at the stadium.  We took him to McCoy to watch the Paw Sox play their last game of the season. 




He got really excited when the players hit the ball.




My two favorite guys.



Me and my little sweet tart.



After about 5 innings Declan did get a little ants in his pants.




Thankfully we sat all the way at the top of the stands so he was able to play in the space behind our seats. 






He thought he was pretty cool with that foam bear claw. 



The game was really fun, even for the kiddos.  Next year we will definitely try to go to a few more. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

He’s a Kindergartener

Today this little monkey started kindergarten.  I can’t believe that Declan is old enough to actually be going to school. 




He wore his new “school” sneakers.  I remember going shopping for school clothes when I was a  kid and how exciting it was to have new stuff to wear the first few days of the new school year. 




He does not take a bus to school so I do the driving there and back.  I like this time with him,  we get to chat about what happened during his day. 



He is growing up way to fast.  That is my little sweet heart right there. 




I love this kid!!! 




Honestly, I shed more than a tear once I got back in my truck after seeing him walk through the school doors.  It was more like sobbing.  Yeah it was not a pretty sight.  I am pretty sure that it will be easier tomorrow.  The first day is always the hardest. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

What a Month

Well one whole month has almost past since my last post.  Let me tell you, the month of May was a doozy.   It all started out great.  We celebrated our anniversary with a trip to the city.  The D man came along and enjoyed dining out with us at Bouchee on Newbury Street. 



My boy is a serious crusty bread-a-holic.  He even dips it in olive oil.  His favorite is the oil that is infused with garlic – he has a sophisticated palate for a 5 year old.




We all shared a flatbread (arugula, fresh tomato, garlic and parmesan).  The crust was seriously as good as it gets.  I love when it is a crispy as a cracker.  D and Charlie though it was outstanding as well. 




Charlie and I shared a Nicoise Tuna Salad.  It pretty much rocked too.




Then the week came when it all went down hill.  D got a stomach virus that was so bad he was throwing up for an hour and a half the first night.  As much as I felt bad for myself cleaning puke from the cracks of my hardwood floors with Q-Tips at 2 AM, I felt even worse for my little man who’s only source of substance for 2 days was ginger ale and oyster crackers.  That week was really tough but we made it through it.  But then, he got sick again.  This time he came down with scarlet fever.  With a little antibiotics in his system he recovered pretty quickly.  The one thing with antibiotics is they really mess with his tummy.  He did not have much of an appetite while taking his meds. 

Thankfully he was well enough to attend the Davis’ Farmland trip that his school had planned.  Parents had to go along which was fine with me – I loved all the baby animals.  Especially this guy.  His fleece was so soft. 




This farm is really great because there are a lot of pens that you are allowed to go in and interact with the animals. 




This goat looked like she was read to bust and apparently she was not preggers.



D’s favorite was a little baby goat named Shadow.  It was so cute and very friendly. 



He got to feed the calves. 



And brush them. 




I was surprised that he got that close to them because at first he was a little standoffish.




We went on a hay ride where we learned the history behind the farm and got to see a bunch of other animals that were not in the pens at the petting farm. 




   To end our day at the farm, D got to milk a goat. 




He got some milk on his hands which I don’t think went over too well.  He was flinging his arms around and insisted on washing ASAP. 




Other exciting news -   D is officially a preschool grad!!!




Here is D accepting his certificate.  Daddy was manning the camera at this point so I am blaming him for the next few not so clear photos. 





I still can’t believe he is going to kindergarten this fall.  My little boy is growing up way to fast.




So other than that I have been reading up a storm.  I read 4 books last month and I am already 100 pages into American Wife (amazing so far I might add).  I started the month with Modoc which was a wonderful story about the greatest elephant that ever lived.  Then I read my very first book by Ann Patchett titled Run.  It sucked me right in and I read it in like a week.  Then I read A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.  I had not read any reviews of it but the blurb on the back cover made it seem interesting.  And it was superb.  I read it in less than a week.  The last book I read was Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan.  I started it one day and read only about 30 pages and the next day I read the rest of the book.  Yes, it was that good.  I took it everywhere and even read in the car.  I actually took all the book everywhere with me.  For some reason I am able to read in the car now – something that I could not do when I was younger, it made me nauseous.  Thankfully that is no longer the case.

Alrighty, time to go party with the D man.  He has been playing the Wii for way to long and I think we should get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather we are having today. 

Happy Monday!!! 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Did I forget it?

I planned on making a repeat batch of pumpkin oats for breakfast today.  I was hustling this morning since D and I had to be at the gym by 8:30 for my weekly gig.  Somehow the pumpkin never made it into my bowl.  Of course I did not even realize it until I was brushing my teeth. I said to myself  - “did I forget to add the pumpkin?”  While consuming said bowl of yumminess I thought it looked a little naked.  That’s why.

So I just added that orange creamy goodness to my lunch salad.  It totally worked well with all the other components and made for a very tasty dish.



Cottage cheese is always a nice addition to a bed of greens – at least in my book.



Along with a dollop of hummus. 

Anyone else adore raw cauliflower?  I would much rather eat it raw then cooked.  I think it is a texture thing.  I love that it is super crunchy.  I do not dig it when it is all mushy.




I doused the entire salad with paprika, cumin and cinnamon.  The spices really give it some life.  Salad dressing can be over powering to the veggies - this blend of spice really just enhances their natural flavor.

Today is flying by.  It is almost time to go retrieve D from school.  Where did my afternoon go?  Oh yeah, I was cleaning and doing laundry – typical mommy duties.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Where is Libby’s?

Am I the only one who can not find Libby’s canned pumpkin?  I can’t remember the last time I saw it on the self at the grocery store.  I used to be able to purchase it all year round.  I think the last time it was at my local store was during the fall holiday season.  What is up???  Anyone? 

This morning I decided to cheat on my beloved Libby’s with a can of the Whole Foods brand.  It really feels like ages since the last time I consumed pumpkin oats. 




I fixed that this morning.  I added the pumpkin along with a banana and lots of cinnamon to my oatmeal.  It was glorious!!!  Definitely not as good as Libby’s but it will have to do for now.  The 365 brand is not as thick as Libby’s and the pumpkin flavor isn’t as strong. 



I tried one of the tea cups in  my new single cup brewer




It was stellar!!  Still in love with my new contraption. 



Now if you will excuse me there is a little boy in need of a wash down.  Must make sure to get behind the ears (you would be surprised by what I have found back there).  Little boys can be so grimy on the outside but so sweet at heart. 

Have a great day.

Monday, May 10, 2010

7 Years Ago Today


We were doing this. 




Yes, seven years ago, Charlie and I got married.  It was such an amazing day. 




Up until I gave birth to D, it was the most joyous day of my life. 




We had such a blast at our reception.




We even took ballroom dancing classes prior to the wedding so that we did not look like goof balls on the dance floor.  I’m actually not sure that it helped.  We did tear it up though.




Everything about that day was perfect.  I will always look back on our wedding day and smile.




Honestly, I would marry Charlie all over again any day.  He really is a great husband.  I hope that if you decide to get married someday, your day is everything that you imagine it to be.  I know that mine was. 

Enjoy your day.