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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! 

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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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.

In the Keys…

Sorry for, once again, missing a Tuesdays with Mama Recipe Edition!  I know you’re all heartbroken, but I have some very fun things to share with you.  As I write this, I am looking out the screened door to my left out onto the canal in Key Colony Beach, FL.  It is windy and a little chilly here, but we woke up to weather that was much nicer than the 27 degrees back home.

Madison got very sick last night so we (fortunately) missed our fishing expedition this morning.  Hopefully we will make it out on the Marathon Lady tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to fresh fish for dinner!

Now that Maddie is feeling a little bit better, Nana, Papa, Grace, Madison and I are heading down to Key West for the evening.  We plan to visit the Southernmost tip of the US this evening and will be having dinner at one of Hemmingway’s favorite watering holes.  I’m a literary dork, what can I say?

For now, enjoy the pictures!

This is the gorgeous view from outside of my back door here in the Keys!

 

 

Monday Brain Dump…

Wow.  I can’t believe it has been nearly a week since I posted here.  So much is going on around here!

Business estimates are starting to pick up feverishly which means I am spending most of my days guiding customers through the selection process for their kitchens and bathrooms.  Additions and kitchens and bathrooms, OH MY!  On top of all of that, I am working to expand and overhaul a lot of our marketing and our internal operations to help the company run more smoothly.

It’s tax season again and so my amazing husband is working crazy hours.  Yesterday was his last day off of work for the next month and a half so that kind of stinks.  Fortunately, I have a date night planned after he gets off of work on Friday night so, while we won’t be getting a ton of family time in, at least I’ll get some face time with my guy!

Genius me decided that tax season (full time work and, basically, full time single mom) was the best time to start taking classes to further my career.  Writing, remodeling, social media, relationship management… All things I need to improve upon.  The way I see it, my career is broken down into three categories and each and every one of them is an enormous part of who I want my future self to be.

First, we have the remodeling aspect of things.  Aging in place, kitchen design, bathroom design and business growth are all areas that I have wanted to improve on.  One of my three classes is a self-study relationship management class.  Keith Ferazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back, has an amazing online course that I am working through one week at a time.  I have always been a little socially retarded and it something I need to improve on for business and life in general.  I’m working on it and this class, amazingly, is helping me out a lot.

Second, on the writing and blogging front, I am taking a writing class with one of my favorite authors, Christina Katz.  I found Christina after reading an article she wrote in Writer’s Digest magazine.  After getting to know her through her work and Facebook exchanges, I realized that, writing wise, she is really where I want to be in my writing career (except my work is more fiction and blogging).  Finding out that we became mothers on the exact same day was icing on the cake.  When I decided I needed a writing class to keep me accountable to my writing, she was my go to gal!

Last, we have self branding.  With a blog, a writing career on the horizon and an established remodeling company that could possibly be mine to run someday, I really need to streamline myself and all of my business related hat.  In Media Bistro’s Social Media Boot Camp, I am learning to craft a full on social media persona that will combine all aspects of my personal and professional life.

Outside of the classes and business, my kiddos are having a blast.  My littles are taking music classes and staying a little later at preschool every day now.  While I miss my time with them, they are loving every minute of it!  Madison is swimming three evenings a week which gives me much needed time to go to the gym.  Health is one of the things I promised myself would take precedence in my life this year and that is a promise I am not willing to break.

So, to sum it all up, we’re busy.  Happily, joyfully busy.  Sometimes the laundry piles up, the dishes don’t get done right away and I catch flack for it.  I have taken time to set my priorities and I have elected to fill my plate with the things that are important to me.  My children first, my marriage second, my friends and family next followed by my community and career obligations.  Sometimes I throw myself in there too J

I hope all of you reading the blog are enjoying it.  I am amazed to see the traffic going up constantly and look forward to keeping you in the loop on what I am working on.

A Family of Bookworms

My family loves to read books.  Between Nana and Papa’s Kindles, Mommy and Daddy’s iPads and the girls with their own Nooks, we are a reading family.  Even Michael is getting in on the action theses days.  Tonight, these are the books we read.

I love all things Richard Scarry! This one is great because it's teaching the littles manners.

Grace swears up and down that she can read this book. I'm pretty sure she just has it memorized. "Do you like my hat?"

The eternal favorite... Margaret Wise Brown's beautiful story and Clement Hurd's classic illustrations just warm up the evening and make me feel happy inside.