Monday, May 4, 2015

may 4, 2015

i may have recently become reacquainted with this delightful substance pictured below.  if you haven't ever had trader joe's cookie butter, then get yourself some!  it's divine.  having been on my recent fitness challenge and before that spending time eating special holiday food, i had almost forgotten it even existed.  then i discovered a jar in my cupboard while looking for something else and now this jar is almost empty...   my consolation is that i only eat it with fruit.  i usually have at least one banana and a cup of grapes along with a spoonful, so that balances out right??  nom nom nom...

p.s. may the fourth be with you ;)

05.04.15

Sunday, May 3, 2015

may 3, 2015

we had a fork take a dive down the side of the oven earlier this week and i just remembered to ask hubby to retrieve it for me.  he used the old coat hanger trick, but then someone else wanted help out.  turns out ian actually had a magnetic letter and a play kitchen utensil under there as well!  it was cute seeing him emulate hubby to a tee!  like father, like son :)

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

may 2, 2015

exciting day today!  the duchess of cambridge gave birth to her second baby, a little girl.  not only did she get admitted and deliver, they headed home to kensington palace after presenting their little babe to the world.  thanks to the telegraph's brilliant live stream, i was able to follow along all day, including seeing adorable new big brother prince george arrive to vist mum and little sister and then the cambridge's departure.  such a happy day for the monarchy and the united kingdom.  her royal highness has yet to be named, but i'm hoping they will reveal it soon.  my grandmother and i spoke via facetime today and our bets are on charlotte for a first name.  i'm also hoping they will honor diana somehow perhaps with a middle name.  we shall see!  with prince george they didn't announce his name until four days after he was born, so i'm not holding my breath :)

welcome to the world, little princess. 


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Friday, May 1, 2015

may 1, 2015

hubby and i were outnumbered for dinner tonight haha!  we had the pleasure of hosting our goddaughter and her little sister for dinner while their parents enjoyed dinner with their in-laws.  four kids under three (just...nell turns three in a couple weeks) is no joke!  we made pizza...we are cool parents/godparents after all...and the two consuming the majority of said pizza seemed pretty pleased about it, although you would never tell from their faces pictured below!  little miss lydia tried mangoes for the first time tonight and couldn't eat them fast enough.  ree (not pictured due to being worn in the ergo) had peans and green beans and a muffin mama had sent with her.  there was some fussing to begin with, toddlers wondering why babies were stalling the eating of pizza and babies wondering why they had to sit in high chairs and eat purees when there was pizza to be had :P  all in all, we had a fun evening and everyone survived!  

although dinnertime seems extra crazy these days with young kids requiring every ounce of attention (i should mention i didn't actually eat until after both my kiddos were in bed lol), i know i will miss the mad hubbub when my future teenagers are less than forthcoming with conversation ;)  for now, i say embrace the crazy!!

05.01.15

Thursday, April 30, 2015

april 30, 2015

we had this cutie's six month check up today and while i tried to get a pic of her sitting happily waiting for our pediatrician, she had other ideas including devouring the doctor's table paper lol.  it was once again confirmed that she continues to grow like a weed.  one of these days, i'll get around to blogging her monthly updates!  poor second child...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

april 29, 2015

we had a late evening tonight due to our wednesday night track run and while i was juggling getting ian his dinner and lydia into her pyjamas, i happened to glance out the window and saw this beautiful purple sky with a rosy pink glow.  it was fading fast, so i grabbed my camera, ran to the driveway in my socks and a baby on my hip and snapped this pic.  it is clearly not the most picturesque shot, but the colors make me happy :)

04.29.15

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

april 28, 2015

as mentioned over the weekend, hubby has begun working on our back yard project and today the first set of stones were delivered.  poor hubs had to carry them one by one (or two by two in the case of the smaller ones) through to the back, but he successfully got them all back and is planning on starting the wall tomorrow!  so excited to see it start to come together.  you can check out his version of the evening here...it's definitely good for a giggle :)

04.28.15

Monday, April 27, 2015

april 27, 2015

this morning the kiddos and i took a trip to tendercrop farm in newbury for some eggs.  we love farm raised eggs around here and we go through soooo many in a week that finding a place that has them fairly cheap is wonderful.  added bonus is being able to stop in and see their farm animals.  his favorite today...the pigs :)

04.27.15

Sunday, April 26, 2015

april 26, 2015

today was a busy day, which is why i am thankful for leftovers!  i made a yummy minestrone soup earlier in the week and we had some left over in the fridge.  this weekend has been much chillier than one would expect for almost may and it was perfect to warm up and sup this evening.

04.26.15

Saturday, April 25, 2015

april 25, 2015

don't let the sunshine fool you...it was a mere forty degrees today and very windy!  that aside, hubby decided to get started on our first spring project.  we have a rotten retaining wall between our patio and lawn and hubby is going to rebuild it with stones (instead of wood) and rebrick our patio.  after this he will till the very uneven lawn, reseed it and hopefully by august we will have a fresh, clean back yard for us to enjoy :)  he got a great start today and the giant wooden beams are all removed and a trench dug for the stones that will be arriving on tuesday!  it's a lot of manual labor for him to be doing alone, but i know he will be proud and happy to have it all done soon.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

april 24, 2015

well it would seem we have skipped summer here in new england!  last week we had a hint at more springlike weather with abundant sunshine and temps close to seventy.  today it's barely in the forties and so unbelievably windy, it truly feels more like fall.  we made the best of it anyway and headed to the park to meet up with some friends.  i doubt the kiddos even noticed the cold due to how much running around they were doing, but even with the cold wind, the sun was still shining brightly.  my rambunctious big boy had so much fun.  he's really loving being ale to go out to parks again now the snow has melted.

in this pic i snapped of him swinging, i can see hubby in him so clearly.  everyone still says he is a complete mini version of my husband, but i don't always see it.  then i get a quick glimpse, such as below, and then i see what they do :)  

04.24.15

Thursday, April 23, 2015

april 23, 2015

what else does one do while mum is cooking dinner in the kitchen other than build a fort?  somebody was very proud of said fort, shared it with the dog, ate his snack in there and brought in pillows and blankets for a bed.  i absolutely love watching his imagination come to life and overhear the little conversations he has with himself while playing.  oh, and please just mentally block out the lunch pots still on the kitchen table!!  

04.23.15

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

april 22, 2015

today we were home for the majority of the day and i need some activities to do with ian to keep him close by.  i've been wanting to try these chocolate chip blondies for over a year now and just never seem to get around to making them.  finally decided today was the day and ian and i whipped these up while lydia was napping.  they didn't disappoint, although hubby said he wasn't so sure about them lol.  i'm sure i'll be making them again, plus perusing other recipes from chocolate covered katie!

04.22.15

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

april 21, 2015

after a very rainy, thunderstormy start to the day, the sun "woke up from his bed" as ian has started saying and came streaming through our windows.  we had the windows open and some lovely fresh air breezing in.  it's really starting to feel like spring now and these days are wonderful.  warmer temps, sunshine, fresh air, but no bugs or humidity...best of everything :)

04.21.15

Monday, April 20, 2015

april 20, 2015

today's molo challenge was to take a pic of the inside of our fridge and post it to our group page with changes in our eating habits since the beginning of our challenge.  (this week is our last of the twelve week fitness challenge.)  so here's the inside of my fridge, not super clean or super organized, but full of healthy, yummy food!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

april 19, 2015

this blue-eyed beauty turned six months old today!  we celebrated with sweet potatoes for breakfast (more pics to come later), mostly sitting quietly through church, a photo shoot, popping out a tooth during her unfortunately shortened afternoon nap and then wolfing down more sweet potatoes for dinner.  it was a good day and i can't believe it was six months ago that i was snuggled up with my squishy newborn girlie for our first night together.  where does the time go???

04.19.15

Saturday, April 18, 2015

april 18, 2015

since spring has finally decided to show up here in massachusetts, baby boot camp classes have moved back outside to lynch park in beverly.  this morning was gloriously sunny and although it was only about 55 degrees, it felt a lot warmer in the sunshine.  the ocean was sparkling and the sky was free of clouds.  we are so lucky to live on the coast and have this view when working out!

04.18.15

Friday, April 17, 2015

april 17, 2015

a suitcase in the middle of the floor can only mean one thing...hubby is home!  we were so excited that his flight got in earlier than expected and he was able to make it home for bath time and bedtime.  ian was so surprised to see him and it was cute to see him start rolling off all the details from the week (well, the ones that are important to a 2.5 year old :).  we are glad we have hubby home for a few weeks before his next business trip!

04.17.15

Thursday, April 16, 2015

april 16, 2015

today we received a sweet package in the mail from craftypants.  a mama friend from church and her good friend have a baby crafting business where they make the sweetest things.  they recently launched their etsy store and this week had a spring giveaway on instagram.  i eagerly reposted the pic and to my surprise found out last night i had won!  today we received a super cute teething ring and a tissue pack holder.  the teether could not have been more perfectly timed as we noticed lydia is cutting a new tooth this afternoon.  those pesky front top teeth are no fun, so this teething ring will definitely give her something to gnaw on!

4.16.15

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

april 15, 2015

unfortunately my usually impeccable, british immune system has finally been overthrown by germs.  after four weeks of being sneezed and coughed upon by the kiddos, the week spring finally shows up and also a week when hubby is away for business, i came down with the dreaded cold.  the good news is it isn't terrible and and the end of the day, it's just a cold :)  even better, i have a super sweet friend who made me yummy soup and hand delivered it to my front door!!  after the children went down for their naps, i heated up this delicious corn chowder, put my feet up and watched an episode (or two) of covert affairs.  so enjoyable :)

04.15.15

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

april 14, 2015

with the arrival of actual spring-like weather, i decided some spring cleaning should be enacted upon our stale, winterized house!  it felt so great to get the windows open, fresh air in, cobwebs hoovered away.  although i loooove the character that the old wooden beams give our home, i had no idea how much they hang onto dust and cobwebs.  i took my dyson to them and 45 minutes later they were looking much better!  ian followed me around with one of the vacuum attachments and helped.  it's a fun age he's at right now where he wants to do chores with me, albeit he's not super effective yet.  hopefully we'll hit the sweet spot soon where he still wants to do chores and can actually get a decent result ;)  overall, i'm sat here enjoying a cleaner living room and feeling pretty good about what i got accomplished today!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

april 13, 2015

this evening we attended a fun event at the hamilton-wenham library.  it was a small fair like gathering with representatives from local pre-schools, activity groups, law enforcement and such aimed at ages 0-8.  each table had a fun activity for the kids and ian's favorite was definitely painting.  i have to admit, we don't really paint much at home (worst mother here!!!) but i'm just not sure how to handle the mess!  the gordon-conwell nursery school station had these nifty dot paints that had the paint contained in a tube with a sponge applicator at the end.  you could dot or draw with them and ian loved them (plus they are washable!).  that i can work with at home, so i'm thinking some painting may be in our future after all.  a good rainy spring day activity!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

april 12, 2015

today's photo brings you a sleepy, mopey puppy.  he's sad because his daddy has left on another business trip and he doesn't have anyone to cuddle, never mind the fact that i'm still here...   apparently, i'm not good enough and he prefers sleeping on the bed in hubby's spot until he returns home!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

april 11, 2015

today we had sunny, semi warm weather!  it almost felt like spring...shhh...don't want to jinx anything!  my molo challenge was to do something as a family to get your blood moving.  so we went for a walk.  danvers is on a great rail trail that goes for many miles.  we walked up into downtown danvers and picked up the trail from there.  it's a lovely quiet, scenic walk and it's easy to just keep going and going.  we did just that and ended up on the wenham border where there is a small playground on the edge of the trail.  there is no getting past a playground with ian, so we embraced the moment and let him stretch his legs for a bit.  he's not usually one for the swings, but he was all for it today (first time at a playground since before lydia was born...this kid was ready for anything!!).   we sat them side by side and let lydia enjoy her first "ride" in a swing.  she thought it was hilarious.  ian did surprisingly well for a kid who probably had even forgotten what a swing looked like due to our insane winter and even got the hang of using his legs to swing himself.

the whole afternoon was such a welcome break from afternoons spent indoors or shoveling endless snowbanks!  we can't wait for more of these warmer temps!!!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

april 10, 2015

this morning we returned home from a few errands to find road construction right outside our house.  my digger-obsessed son found this absolutely riveting and watched for a while at the window until lunch was ready.  he even got some of his books and held them up in the window for the digger to see...the mind of a toddler :)

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

april 9, 2015

ian received a very cool egg for easter from his grandma and grandpa.  it required being put into water, where it fizzed ferociously for a few minutes, and promptly revealed a tiny dinosaur.  ian was most impressed with this process and watched intently with hubby as the egg did its thing.  only slight challenge came at the end when he said, "do it again!"  :)

04.09.15

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

april 8, 2015

things i didn't expect to be doing today when i first woke up this morning...removing my bedroom door handle in order to access it to get changed for my track workout this evening!  

ian has discovered locks.  we have the round door knobs with the little twist lock on the back.  until today, i don't think he realized that there was one on our master bedroom door.  well now he does!  today he locked it, shut the door and walked away.  fortunately he shut the door behind him and only locked the dog in, who was none the wiser since he spends most of the day sleeping on our bed anyway!  unfortunately, the quick release mechanism on our door handle is apparently broken and none of my efforts of sticking a toothpick, bobbi pin, mini screwdriver in that tiny hole were releasing the lock.  one facetime conversation later with hubby, it was determined the door handle would need to be removed.  i successfully removed the handle unlocked the door, reattached the handle and rescued the dog and still made it to my track workout on time!  

oh, to be the mother of a mischievous little boy!

04.08.15

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

april 7, 2015

i had great intentions of making a simnel cake for easter this year.  i remember my mum making them when i was younger and really wanted to try my hand at one.  well, among getting ready for our own easter morning, preparing food to bring for easter dinner, prepping easter outfits, etc. it never quite happened.  but...easter is a season and i am determined to make one anyway!  today i whipped up the almond paste and hopefully tomorrow the cake will follow suit.  it's a bit grainier than anticipated, but i think it will work just fine.  

04.07.15

Monday, April 6, 2015

april 6, 2015

nom nom nom...easter leftovers!  we had such a yummy dinner yesterday, but the best part of big holiday meals...the leftovers :)  i allowed myself to indulge in a slice of homemade key lime pie (recipe courtesy of smitten kitchen) and it tasted even better today.  totally worth painstakingly zesting, and subsequently squeezing, a whole bag of teeny key limes!

04.06.15

Sunday, April 5, 2015

april 5, 2015

 alleluia!  the lord is risen indeed!

happy easter :)  although i would love to share our family pic from today, i did not take the picture myself (for obvious reasons) so i will save that for another post and share this girlie instead!  it was her first easter today and she enjoyed it with her usual cheery grins and smiles.  i had waaaaay too much fun picking out her outfit (found this adorable dress at a recent consignment sale for a steal) and loved the headband i found for her.  i do realize baby headbands are ridiculous, but she looked so stinking cute in it, i couldn't resist :)

04.05.15