New Year

Today marks the start of the school year for my children and hundreds of other families around the country.  We scrubbed our little darlings, dressed them up in their new outfits and sent them off into the world to learn, grow and, hopefully, have a great day.

This year we are marking distinctive first days for all three of our children.  Continue reading

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Since Last We Met…

Since I last posted, life has exploded.  I have been working harder than ever, selling kitchens and bathroom remodels like hotcakes.  Madison, my mother and I walked a 6k together, I planned an executed Maddie’s elementary school Silent Auction and I’ve only gone slightly crazier than usual.  The laundry may be piling up and I may be needing a break, but I’m back and determined to keep this little blog chug chug chugging along! 

Since Last We Met…

Since I last posted, life has exploded.  I have been working harder than ever, selling kitchens and bathroom remodels like hotcakes.  Madison, my mother and I walked a 6k together, I planned an executed Maddie’s elementary school Silent Auction and I’ve only gone slightly crazier than usual.  The laundry may be piling up and I may be needing a break, but I’m back and determined to keep this little blog chug chug chugging along! 

Someday…

A few months ago my oldest daughter, Madison, mentioned to me that she might like to be a librarian when she grows up.  I tried not to burst with pride (I am an avid reader and bibliophile) and probed her carefully.  “What makes you excited about the idea of being a librarian?”

“I love books.” She told me in her matter of fact, Madison way.

Again, I felt like I was going to burst with pride, but what she said next concerned me.  “Books let me escape the world.  You know.  All the stress and anxiety of every day.” (Yes. My ten year old talks like that.  I am convinced it is the result of her being an only child who hung around with mostly adults until she was six.)  “Sometimes it’s better in books.”  That blew my mind.  Stress and anxiety?  Why does my ten year old prefer the company of Hermione Granger and Percy Jackson to her real life?  What am I doing wrong?  I began to have a mini panic attack.  Determined to get to the bottom of things, I casually asked her a few questions.

“What is so stressful to you?”

“You know, stuff.”

“Is there anything I can do for you?  What are some things causing your anxiety?”

“No.  It’s fine.”

I sighed.  This was getting us nowhere.

“It’s like this.  I get up and go to school and that’s real.  And I like my friends and I love my school. But…”

And then, in the midst of my overreaction (I was sure she was going to tell me about some life shattering issue she hadn’t shared with me), my daughter said the most amazing, prophetic thing any child has ever said (to me at least).

“We all need a break.  I may just be a kid, but school is like work to me and when I get home, I just need to relax sometimes.  Books are like a vacation I can take anytime I want.”

My heart swelled.  I love this kid.  Her ability to put complex emotions into the simplest of terms never ceases to amaze me.  So maybe Maddie will be a librarian someday.  She always tells me how the librarian at our local library is one of her personal heroes because she introduced her to so many of her favorite books when I had run out ideas. Maybe someday she’ll lead the next generation of kids to forgotten classics and brand new worlds.  Maybe…

Tuesdays with Mama: Cocktail Edition

I love a good party and a reason to celebrate.  Sometimes we go dry to respect the kids and family members who don’t drink, but other times a good cocktail is necessary for big fun!

I love fruit all year round.  These amazing looking cocktails taste amazing as well.

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The next time I throw a Harry Potter Party, these amazing recipes will be in the mix.

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Tuesdays With Mama: Foodie Edition

I’m loving Pinterest!  Since I joined less than a month ago, I have found so many amazing recipes.  It’s like the Holy Grail for cooks and bakers alike.  Tonight I am planning to try one of these, I haven’t decided which one I am going to do yet.  Let me know which one you think we should try!  Remember to click the photos for the recipe.

Zuchinni Cakes

Getting veggies into my kids' diets has never been so easy!

Pasta Putanesca

The Pioneer Woman’s Dr. Pepper Chicken

Happy 10th Birthday Madison!

Madison on her fifth birthday.

Today marks a very important milestone for my daughter and for my husband and me.  We have, as of this very moment, been parents for a decade.  We are so blessed to have three amazing kids who make our world both fun and frustrating.  It all started with Madison.

It is so hard to see my little girl growing up so quickly.  She is growing into such an amazing person and I am blessed every minute that I am her mother.  As every parent knows, kids grow up so quickly.  It seems like only yesterday she was in my arms at Sibley Hospital and I was completely clueless as to how I was going to take care of someone so small and fragile. It seems we have figured it out!

Madison a couple of weeks ago with her little sister before we had a fun day at American Girl in Tyson's Corner.

For the past ten years, I have watched my little baby learn, grow and blossom into a chatty, friendly, kind girl who loves her family, helps take such good care of her little brother and sister and is just an all around amazing person.Being her mother has taught me patience, compassion, empathy, responsibility, and the true meaning of love.  I always joke that Maddie is my guinea pig.  She is the trailblazer of our family.  The first to do most everything.  She has helped teach me what being a parent is all about and for that, I am truly appreciative.