Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oh, Hi! I am an unsuccessful regular blogger. It is what it is. But I just needed to share my excitement. I just put in my order for this and I can't wait for it to arrive! I'm feeling the holiday mood early this year!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New York

We are back in beautiful Upstate New York for the week. On the agenda is a day with Aunt Robin, celebrating Nathalie's 3rd birthday, reconnecting with old classmates (the kids, not me!) and maybe a little Fourth of July fun as well.

Things I would love to do but are less likely to fit in,

Go to the Chatham Coop. Especially on farmer's market day!

Take a stroll through The Warm Ewe

And pick up some cider donuts at Golden Harvest Farms

I guess I'm still a little homesick for Columbia County.

In other news, i just hit up the Tea Collection Summer Sale and was thrilled to walk aways with some sweet dresses for Lillian and a romper for Cecilia.

In the meanwhile, Seamus is holding down the fort at home in Maine. He is on his own for the week, especially since my in-laws also up and left for a trip down the Allagash this weekend. Hopefully this means he will have a lot of time to work on the house, even if it is a little lonely. Of course, he does have a little company, in the form of 2 dogs, 2 goldfish a crazy looking chicken and some tadpoles. What more could someone want?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Cleaning - Dusting off this old thing

Seeing that its been well over a year since I've touched this blog, lets start anew, shall we? Many things have happened since the last time I wrote anything here and its time to do a little catching up. Sometimes this part can feel over-whelming. What do I tell you about? What do I leave out? Whats actually interesting, as oppose to only interesting to me?

Tonight, we will start with the biggest changes in my life. The first would be that we don't live in Columbia County, NY anymore. We don't even live in New York anymore. About a year after my last blog entry, we moved here:

Can't tell where here is? Obviously we are in Maine...duh. Seamus and I moved the family back to his old stompin' grounds. This was something that we had discussed in the past and a new job opportunity for Seamus made it happen. This has been a huge change for me. There are many things I miss and left behind in New family, lovely Chatham, some fun co-workers and so much more. It was, afterall, my old stompin' grounds and there will always be a special place in my heart for lovely Upstate NY.

But I am fortunate that we are surrounded by wonderful family up here as well. My in-laws have been gracious enough to let us invade their house and over-run it with items they haven't seen in years. Baby cribs, Nerf guns, backpacks and superfluous amounts of finished worksheets and school-art masterpieces. And lets not forget the chaos, lots and lots of chaos. Fortunately for them, its only temporary. Coming this summer to a lot near my in-laws, will be our own little corner of the world, a house for us, and some sanity for them. House building will be the exciting story of this spring and summer, folks. Stay tuned! I mean really, does it get any more exciting than that for you for me?

Last but not least, an even bigger event for us since we last chatted, was the arrival of this little one:

Her name is Cecilia and she turned 3 months this past Saturday. She adds just that much more joy to our daily lives, just when you didn't think it was possible to add anymore. She also adds a lot more diapers... and removes a few more hours for sleeping. But you know, its all good...we like her, and we're gonna keep her!

I think this is enough to mull over for now. I hope we get to do this more often! My hope is to let you in a little on my life, and maybe show you some of the fun and neat things I come across on the internet. I'll try to post again in a few days...instead of in a few years. Sound good?

Saturday, August 30, 2008

HOW Cute!

This is what i do at 2:30 in the morning.

Admire more of the cute clothes Kathleen Dougherty gives away at Grosgrain.

Wandering Waif Collection GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

The Important Decisions of Motherhood

Do I go back in for the olives? Or do i just go home?

That is the question I faced around 5:00 tonight with four kids strapped into their car seats and booster seats. We had just made a quick trip through the grocery store to pick up about 8 things. I had a recipe all picked out, something fast and simple, well except for the shoveling all four kids into the car at 4:30 and braving the county fair traffic that stands between our house and the grocery to pick up a handful of things i was missing. But yeah, fast and simple to make my night easier.

Grocery shopping with the four kids is one of those things that, as a mom, I like to avoid but am stubborn enough to never let it stand in my way. "I can do it, I'm Mom, i have to know how to manage them in the grocery store." And I have to say we manage pretty well. My kids didn't get run over by any unsuspecting shoppers, no produce displays were toppled...we didn't come home with a basket full of extraneous, begged for treats. In and out. That's right, get what you need to get so we can fly home and make that 25 minute meal. Before we knew it, we were back in the car, everyone in place and I felt energized by the lack of disaster until i realized....

I forgot to buy the olives. Olives, how could i have forgotten? It was one of the two main ingredients in my recipe.

"what's the matter mom?"
"why do you keep saying that"

What do i do? I can't make dinner without them!

I could make something else, but i don't have any other recipes planned in my head.

I could improvise on the recipe i had. But the recipe says olives.

Have i ever told you that I don't really cook? I follow recipes and that's it. Veering away from what is printed in a book or magazine is a frightening to me. Improvisation or cooking on a whim? HA...that would be like me trying to read Japanese. I'm simply incapable. Cooking is not where i shine.

"Mommy, why can't we go back in and just buy them?"

Instead of responding with some more primitive grunting, I contemplated the suggestion. It would get me out of my predicament, but who on earth unbuckles all four of their children just to go back in and buy olives? Perhaps I should just grow a pair and cook without them, that's what any normal person would do.

But no, I was still a little high on mommy-satisfaction from the smooth-ness of our initial trip into the store. This was even easier, all i had to do was go get the olives and come back out. Hmmm, but the sky is starting to look very dark and grey. Eh, this will be fast. I think it was at this point i started removing myself from reality. Running in with four kids, buying Olives and running back out is not faster than an approaching storm. Hindsight is 20/20.

"OK, quick kids, lets go in, but lets be fast" I went into overdrive...this was going to be the fastest in/out ever in the history of grocery-shopping-mommyhood, determined to make the smallest dent in our time schedule as possible.

What good kids, we ran in and bought the olives and were in checkout before we knew it. ***Thinking to myself: "I'm so glad we went back in and bought the I can make my super fast, make-life-easier, dinner***

Cashier: "Boy its really pouring out there"
Bagger: "Oh man, it sure is"


OK, no biggy, we just wait it out for a little bit. These storms don't last too long. "Come on kids, lets go wait outside under the roof until the rain slows down" 5 or 10 minutes later and its still pouring. But its letting up a little. I decided it was time to break for it. I run with the kids all the way to the van, splashing through huge puddles in my crocs that had only collected in the last 15 minutes or so. Sure we are getting drenched, but now we are in the homestretch...soon we'll be in the nice dry car, heading our nice dry mini-va--"

Kid, not sure what one: "Mom! Ohhhhh! Look! You left the door open!" followed by a slight squeal of excitement, because you know rain pouring into the minivan is kind of cool.


It seems in my moment of decision to go back into the store with lightening speed, i forgot to take care of a few things, such as....closing the sliding van door. My calm and cool, no-big-deal, grocery trip had turn into a sopping wet carpet floor in my mini-van thanks to my spastic, one-track mind (is that an oxymoron?). I loaded the kids back into the van, lifting them over the panama canal that now resided by the entrance. I sighed as I schlepped into the drives seat (at least my door was closed) and placed the olives in with the rest of the grocer...

"wait, where are my groceries? Where are the rest of my groceries that I bought?"

Kids: "I don't know, they aren't back here in the trunk"

It only took me 10 seconds or so to figure it out. I got back out of the was only sprinkling now, walked over to the grocery cart that I had left beside the van before the "great rush for the olives"...picked up my pathetic looking little bag of groceries, dumping out the pool of rain that had collected inside, and tossed it into the car and drove home.

We made it back, with everything that i needed, but i felt a little defeated. Not by my kids, you know, the likely culprit. After all, that's why people say "You go grocery shopping with all four kids? I don't know how you do it.....why do you do it?" But I was defeated by my own self, my unwillingness fear to stray from written recipes, my easily distracted train of thought....and by my decision to 'go back for the olives'. I learned my lessons

1) Don't go back in, no matter what, don't go back in. You may think its worth it, but its really not

2)Olives are delish, but dinner is still edible and fills stomachs without them

3)A quick and easy dinner recipe isn't so quick and easy once you count the hour long trek for only 8 things and the wet van carpet I will be drying out for the next few days.

Oh, and the recipe was good, I'll make it again sometime.

Monday, August 25, 2008

As we enter the last week of summer vacation...

You know what sound I will miss the most from summer?

The sound of rocks tumbling in my dryer.

Moms, you know what I'm talking about.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Long time, no speak

Ok, I will start posting again if it means I have a chance to win this:

Garden Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

What an amazing site! Kathleen is an amazingly crafty sewer who makes beautiful clothes and then gives them away! Isn't that dress just darling? Since I can't seem to figure out how to make the time to sew clothes to keep for myself, i'm grateful for Kathleens generous and fun little idea!