Saturday, December 24, 2011

Shift Made

So its final. The new blog is up and ready. I have imported my posts from here so everything is there. Sadly, I will no longer be updating this blog. Its time for a change. Click here to see the new blog. You can enter your email address to receive updates and notifications of new posts. Its really easy to use! I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Switch

I am contemplating switching my blog from blogger to wordpress. I am not very happy with the templates and while I can change some of the html to customize it I am not familiar with the html so I always mess it up and risk the chance of messing the whole thing up. I have done some research and think I will be happy at wordpress. Once I make the final switch I will post the link. For now I am just testing it out. This blog will still be here but I will no longer post to it. I am going to see if I can bring this blog over to wordpress. I am not sure how it works.

I will keep you all updated!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Its Official!

Its official...Its Christmas!

The tree is up, the decorations are coming along.

Finally I feel it.

Its like its not really Christmas time until the tree is up. At least thats how I feel anyway.

We went to a farm and cut down our own tree this year.

Shane or should I say Mr. Independent took advantage of his freedom. The only thing is, he thought he was much more stable than he actually was. He fell all over the place and the ground was a mess. Needless to say, he was a mess.

Owen loved the tree farm as well. He had endless space to run and did just that.

I have entered the "its impossible to keep the kids still to take a nice picture" stage. Shane wants no part of being held down. Owen surprisingly will stop for a moment and smile.

The big question was how to do the three this year. I knew for a fact that if I put ornaments on the tree Shane would try to get them and would succeed. So we came up with lights and bows only. Tree pics to come. I have been trying to master the bow-tying thing. I will get it eventually.

A little lightage on the stairs!

The kids are really into it this year. Well Owen is always into it and Shane just kind of follows along.

I am obsessed with this website I found. Its called Pintrest. You need an invite but once you get one you wont be able to step away from your computer. You can look up anything that interests you and pin it to a board. I do mine by category. I am obsessed.  I have gotten so many amazing ideas already.

I love the holidays and everything that goes with them.

I am really into making my own decorations this year. I think I have always wanted to do this but never actually did it. So this year, I went crazy. Well not really crazy but I have been crafting away. And cant wait to buy a home and decorate it. I am all about the DIY!!!!  

Pics to come of the decor. 

Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Indian Summer

What a weekend. The weather was perfect for mid November in New England. So what do you do when its mid 60's on a Sunday. You hike.


Shaney was happy in the carrier for a little while.




But that didnt last long. Once he saw how much fun O was having he wanted out.



So I set him free.



He was so happy to be free as soon as I set him down he layed on the ground and cuddled with the leaves.


Owen tried to show him the ropes.



Hi my name is Shane and I am so cute I will melt your heart.





I don't know why we don't go more often. It was so nice to be outside, getting fresh air. An added bonus, my boys burned energy and were wiped when we got home. Not tired enough to nap though. I think I closed my eyes on the couch when we got home.


Shane and Kennedy are two little peas in a pod. I was cleaning out the toy box in preparation for the holidays and it turned out to be more fun that I thought.




They played in the toy box for at least an hour. They found new toys that were burried on the bottom and played even longer.

They are so funny.


I have a new project from Spring (yes, I am already thinking about spring). I got a beautiful dresser from my neighbor. I am planning on spending a weekend refinishing it. It will be my first re-do and I am a bit nervous. I think it will turn out good with a little help from my multi-talented husband. although he says its all me! We will see. Of course I will post pics when I am done with it.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Where has the time gone? I feel like I have neglected my little blog. What a bad blogger I am.

So much has been going on in our lives. I have hardly had the time to sit down and pour my mind onto a blank page.

Well I turned 30. I had two great parties. One I knew about, the other was a surprise that my wonderful husband put together. They were both alot of fun.


As usual, I was surrounded by just the right people. Brians parents came down and took us out to dinner. That was very nice and it was great to see them.

We had tons of Halloween fun.


Shaney was a monkey.



Owen was a Ninja.


My boys amaze me...they are so special and melt my heart every time I look at them.




Now we prepare for Thanksgiving. I am slowly cleaning every room in my house. Not that it matters because I have little mess makers that walk around behind me just to be sure nothing is really clean. So my house will be as clean as it can get.

Brian will cook a huge feast and we will be surrounded my people we love. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite occasion. Its the least stressful of them all. Christmas is great too but its is pretty chaotic. Birthday parties are great too but they too are chaotic.


Well, it has happened. My boy has grown up right before my eyes.

I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth and Owen came in to go potty. He said, "mom, don't look".

This may be no big deal to most of you but to me it is a very big deal. Those three little words were a little shock to the heart. I smiled and turned around so he knew I wasn't looking. Why is this so significant, because my baby is no longer my baby. He is growing up and I am not sure how I feel about that. Of course I knew this day would come. The day when my baby became a boy who doesn't need me anymore, the day when my baby needs his privacy. I will happily give him any space he needs but with a heavy heart. I look at this two ways. One, he is growing up and we are moving onto a new phase in his life. I look forward to this new part of his life. Two, I need to keep having babies!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Parenting and ADHD


I have had so much on my mind. I start to write a post and then delete it and walk away. I dont know where to begin or what to say. So I guess I will just blurt it out!!!

Brian and I are the parents of a child with ADHD.

He was diagnosed with ADHD back in January. Truth be told, we have always known or at least I have. So I was not shocked when we got the diagnosis. And what a common diagnosis it is.

Does anything We have always been Owens parents and always will be. We have never known anything different.

As he gets older the struggles change and honestly get harder. As a parent we never want to see our kids struggle. We never want them to have a hard time at anything. And a child with ADHD does struggle. They have a hard time sitting still, paying attention, and unfortunately are constantly being reprimanded for their hyper and sometimes irrational behavior.

What does that do to a young child? It makes them feel like they cant do anything right, it makes them feel like they are not good enough and it takes away their confidence bit by bit.

In society today kids/people are expected to act a certain way or as I like to call it "fitting in the box". When they don't fit in the box they are told they are wrong. When in fact they are perfect just the way they are.

Owen fits in his own little box and its a perfect box.

There are plenty of daily struggles. It is not easy parenting a child with ADHD. Our biggest struggle and concern is how to help Owen be successful in school. How do we help him to focus and retain information.

For Owen its not that easy. He is such a smart boy. When he is sitting in a classroom full of other kids and has a task to finish its nearly impossible. Instead of seeing what is in front of him he sees and hears everything around him. Its like static in his brain. I am sure if a pin dropped two classrooms away he would hear it.

Our struggle as parents was how do we help him. We spent the year making changes in his diet, working with his teacher to come up with techniques that would help him. Nothing worked. He fell behind in reading and was getting frustrated. Homework was just as hard. We came home, sat down and spent forever doing it. He just couldn't focus. I sat here with him just as frustrated.

After another trip to the doctor in the summer we spoke with him and agreed that the best thing for Owen would be to try medication for school. I cringed in January when that came up. I refused it and said we would try other things. When nothing worked we started to rethink our decision.

The hardest thing about deciding to medicate your seven year old is the guilt that comes with that. It is such a taboo subject. There are so many people out there that flat out refuse and guess what, I used to be one of them. I always said no to medication and that there had to be another way. Well I was not in the situation I am in now and really had no clue what I was talking about.

If you look at the previous paragraph you will see that every other word is "I". Its all about how I feel and what I think. Truth be told, this is not about me, its not happening to me, its not me that has the problem. It is about Owen and helping him.

Together, Brian and I decided to take ourselves out of it and make it about him. Its not about us and what we feel, its about Owen and what he needs. We decided to try the meds out to see if they work. There is a misconception with ADHD medication. Many people think that it is something you take and it stays in your system which is what we thought. That is not true. You either take it or you don't and when its wears off its out of your system.

My train of thought was if your child had a heart condition you would give them medication. If they had allergies you would give them shots. Well what if they have ADHD? Its not as though he is sick but in a way he is. His brain doesn't work like it should. Why is it so taboo to give medicine to a child that needs it?

I have spent  many nights loosing sleep and many days crying over our decision to medicate him. We went back and fourth for months. Brian was for it, I was against it. I was for it and he was against it. I worried what giving such a young child chemicals for his brain would do. I worried about everything under the sun. I had anxiety, I had doubts but what it came down to is that he needs it. Its not about me its about him.

I am so lucky that I had friends to talk to about my concerns. Many of them being parents of Owens friends. Some with children who have ADD or ADHD. They helped me through my doubts. My family did nothing but support my decision and were standing by to help in any way they could. Support is key when dealing with something unknown and scary.

We gave him his medication for a week during the summer just to make sure he would not have any adverse reactions. I wanted to monitor him to see how he would feel. All went well. He felt fine. We made a choice to only medicate him for school. No summer, weekends or holidays. No days off from school.

We have been Owens parents for seven years with out medication and do not need it to parent him. I guess that is why it is so taboo. Some parents give it to their children to make parenting easier. We are doing this strictly for school and school only.

The result, when school started he did amazing. He noticed a difference immediately. Homework, gets done quickly and easily. Granted it is only 1st grade review but still. Its better than it used to be. He told me that he doesn't have a hard time following directions and getting his work done.

I talked to his teacher and told him our situation and how new this is to us. He will work with us to make sure we are all on the same page. In speaking with his teacher from last year she said she sees such a huge difference in him just in the lunch room.

Kids with ADHD have a very hard time when there is a lot going on around them. When there is a lot of action and excitement they get so over stimulated and cant handle it. The lunch room was a perfect example of that. Its loud, chaotic, and pure over stimulation. He always had a hard time remaining calm enough to sit and eat. He wont usually eat when there is a lot going on around him. At birthday parties, family parties, functions...he doesn't eat. He cant focus long enough to sit and eat a meal. Even at dinner time he gets up three or four times.

I don't want him to think that he needs his medication to do good in school so on the weekends we read, draw and do other things with out the meds just to prove to him that he can be successful with out it.

The hyperactivity is still there and will always be there. That is Owen. I wouldn't change it for the world. The meds don't take that away. It strictly removes that static so he can focus on what is in front of him. His little brain is less chaotic.

How do we deal with the hyperactivity? The same way you would with any hyper boy. We keep him active. He plays outside and RUNS all the time.

All of this has been on my mind for so long. I wanted to share but didn't want my boy labeled as the boy with ADHD. We kept it sort of quiet for a while. Only telling family and friends.

The I realized, this is nothing to hide. There is nothing wrong with sharing this with others and our decision in how to treat him. I stand behind our choice and our boy. We support him and encourage him to be who he is and never change. I will love him no matter what he does in life and will only coach him along to make sure he gets through it all unharmed.

In a previous post I spoke about parenting and how hard it can be at times. How you have to roll with the punches and are constantly changing your views as you go. I never want to judge others for the way they parent and hope in return no one would judge me. I know there are those out there that do look down on others for certain things they do but I know in my heart that we are doing the best thing as parents for our children. We love them and support them. We teach them and help them grow. That is the best we can do. We are here for them no matter what.

I am not going to say that parenting a child with ADHD is not very hard at times. It is extremely difficult and requires a lot of patience. In all honesty, my patience wears thin often and I have to remind myself to calm down and take a step back. Every day is a new day. And as I tell Owen when he asks if he had a bad day, no day is a bad day there are only bad moments. If you have a bad moment breathe, and move on to the next. For so long we got caught up on good days bad days. 

Not anymore. We have good days everyday...well, that is a lie. Not everyday is a good day but I wake up every morning and try to have a good day. That doesn't always happen but I will continue to try to make it happen.



Fall is in the air...yeah right. Its hot, and muggy. I feel like I live in FL. Its almost October. I want cold mornings, sunny cool afternoons, and cold evenings. I want to put away all of the summer clothes . I want to burn my Pumpkin Spice candle, bake pumpkin breads, make french onion soup in the crock pot and take walks in the neighborhood so I can hear the leaves crunch under my feet. Go away Indian summer!

I have been so busy the past few weeks. School has started, bake sales are being organized and homework is getting done. Thank god I dont work. Well I do work I just dont get paid for it.

I started watching my friends daughter a few weeks ago. Her name is Kennedy, she is a beautiful two year old girl (pictures coming). Shane loves having her here. They are buddies. We go to the library once a week. It has been really great having her here.

Well off to play with my kids, Shaney just woke up. He is not feeling well so I need to go wipe boogies.

Have a great day!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Ago

Like most Americans I remember exactly where I was and who I was with on this day 10 years ago. I was working in an office, it was quiet and my co-worker turned to me and said, "wow, a plane just hit the World Trade Center".  I thought she was joking. We thought it was an accident. I called my mom who was home from having knee surgery. I told her to turn on the TV immediately. 

I spent the entire day on the phone with my family and friends, came home from work and spent the night in front of the television. I could not believe my eyes and ears. I could not believe what happened to our country.

It was a sad, sad day. You never realize how these things affect you. I was not there and did not know anyone there. Yet still, to this day I have such a heavy feeling in my heart any time I think about that day. 

As Brian and I sit here and watch the ceremonies that go on we both feel so emotional. I look at my babies, sit back and realize I am one lucky lady. I have a beautiful, healthy, safe family. I know many affected by that day have gone on with their lives as many do.  I hold a special place in my heart for each and every one of the people that lost their lives and their families on that sad day. 

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