Sunday, February 27, 2011

Follow the Leader

The definition of a follower:



a person or thing that follows.
a person who follows  another in regard to his or her ideas orbelief; disciple or adherent.
a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal:He was little more than a follower of current modes.

This is my son. The follower. He does what ever his friends tell him to do, he says things to make them laugh even though it gets him in trouble, he likes what they like and does what they do.

I wish with all my being that he was the leader. The one to tell others what to do but he is not. So we accept our little follower for who he is and hope we can guide him along the way. He is who he is and we love him.


Brian is gone for the next four days. He is off to Palm beach for work. He has been away a night here and there but four days is long. I have been anxious since Friday. I keep thinking that this will be the time I get sick. I mean really sick. I keep thinking that Shaney is not sleeping (night or day), he is always crying, when will I get a break. Owen is well, Owen. He gets testy when he senses something is off.

I have pushed all of these worries away. We all woke up at 6am, came down, made tea, ate breakfast and played all morning. Shane took a quick nap, I showered and started playing with Owen. Owen is the man of the house now and is filling the roll just fine.

We will be just fine while dad is away. We can do it and do it well. I will take the next few days and get our house in order. One room at a time!



February break is coming to an end. We had a great week off, jam packed with fun stuff.

Day One
Brians parents came down to have lunch. It was a great visit. Followed by a visit from my friend. She was on her way back to NJ so she stopped in with her pup to say hello!

Day Two
Owen had a play date with one of his buddies

Day Three
Daddy and Owen day. I was at my sisters for the day so Brian too Owen to the movies. Then he had another play date later that afternoon.

Day Four
Play date and Ice Skating

Day Five
Visit with his cousin and then off to Ikea

Day Six

Day Seven

It has been a busy week and I have loved every moment of it. We have had a great time. I am ready for school to start tomorrow. I love vacations for the carefree schedule but I am ready to get back to the routine!


I keep telling myself that Shanes top teeth will come in soon and when they do he will sleep. He wont be so cranky. He will be much happier when he can sit up or crawl around.

In all reality, I think he is just a fussy boy who wants to be held by his mom. I am making some mistakes here and there but dont we all.

Poor Brian sleeps on the couch so he can actually sleep. He has to get up and go to work so with Shane waking up every two hours, its very hard. This works for us for now. I have been bringing Shane into bed with me around 2 or 3. Mistake, maybe but I am so desperate at this point. I will try anything to get sleep.

This too shall pass!!!

Goofy Drooly Face!


Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

No Fair

I am not sure if I should be flattered that Shane only wants me and cries any time he sees me or should I be worried here. He is teething now and if I am present he is in tears. I went out today for a bit and he was with Brian. The whole time Shane played on the floor in peace and Brian got some work done. NOT FAIR!

Oh well, I guess its cause I have what Shaney wants, MILK!

Monday, February 21, 2011


What makes one happy?

I often wonder. I know what makes me happy is my family.

For the first time in a long time I feel like I am right where I belong. I belong here, with my two beautiful boys and wonderful husband. Sometimes I think more money would make me happy but I know that no matter what I buy and no matter where I go it means nothing without my family behind me.

Brian and I have many conversations about what makes us happy and what we want out of life. I often wonder if I had taken a different path if I would be happier. The answer is no. I can not see myself anywhere but where I am right now. I have always wanted to me a mom and wife. I started young but am happy I did. I really don’t feel like I have missed out on anything. I get to go through life and all of its experiences with my husband and boys.


I am feeling sad these days. My baby is getting so big so fast. He is now six months, has two teeth, rolls all over the place, eats fruits and veggies and is almost sitting up. Why must they grow  so fast.  Before I know it he will be crawling. I know he wants to. I need time to stand still. Both Owen and Shane need to stop growing.


So much is going on in our lives. Between Owen and his social calendar, Brian and his job, Shane growing leaps and bounds, Me trying to make something out of a hobby and tons of things on the calendar in April my head is spinning.  My sister is getting married, my dear friend is getting married, there are friends having babies, and family celebrating birthdays.

Oh and did I mention that I am getting absolutely no sleep. So needless to say my head is absolutely spinning. But its all good. I have adjusted to the lack of sleep and am able to function just fine but only if its before 6:30pm because after that I am useless.

This year I turn 30. I cant believe it. I feel good for turning 30 but my birthday is still 8 months away.  Just about everyone in my circle is turning 30 this year too. Its going to be a fun year!!!!! I cant wait.


This is what we do when we are bored…

This pic is funny because Shane is looking at us like what the hell are you two dummies doing?

Off to have some wine and relax!!!! Its FEB VACA BABY!!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Heart Day

We are not big on celebrating Valentines Day. I show my valentine love all year long, this day is not any different.

It is a lot of fun for the kids, so I try to make a big deal for them. Owen usually has some type of celebration at school. This year I made his little cards to send to school with a little pack of candy.

Valentine_TagO copy
I got the template from iheartfaces. I love this website!

When he got home from school he came home to a little bag of goodies from Brian and I.

We made Brian a little surprise for when he came home and hung it on the door. This is how we do Valentines day!

And our littlest valentine...he just sits and smiles all day long!


I passed up on a chance to go back to work. Brian and I had been talking about it here and there and an opportunity for me to go back to my old job just fell in my lap. I thought I was ready but boy was I mistaken. After a long weekend of running over all the options and scenarios we agreed that it was not the best thing for us.

Yes, money is wonderful and it buys you a little bit of comfort and a little less stress but its not everything. It would not buy me time with my kids that will be spent in the office. I love that I am available for my children and can give them everything they need. I do not take that for granted for even one second. I am very lucky. Its not saying that we go without but its all worth it in my book.

So this morning I called and passed on the offer. I know in my heart that I made the right decision.

I need to focus on the big picture and thats raising my kids and being the best wife I can be!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby!

I am so happy to be celebrating my husbands 33rd birthday today. The day he was born is a very special day! We have been celebrating all weekend.

Tonight, we had a nice spaghetti dinner followed by a homemade chocolate cheesecake with an oreo cookie crust.

Birthdays are big in my house…they need to be celebrated and the person we are celebrating needs to feel important!!!

He is the most important person in my life.

He is the best father I know.

He is the best friend anyone could have.

He is the most thoughtful and romantic husband.

He is the smartest person I know.

I am so lucky to be his wife! I am thankful everyday to have him in my life and to be able to raise our two beautiful children together.


Happy Birthday Brian. I love you.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day

Phil says spring is coming early...he better be right because right now I see a few feet of snow covered with an inch of ice in my back yard with no signs of spring!!!

We had a snow day yesterday. That was a waste of a snow day. It was clear all day. We are into our April vacation now. Poor kids!!!! They are stuck inside on snow days and April vacation they can actually get outside and play.

Yesterday we painted

Today we baked oatmeal raisin cookies while Shaney slept. I have eaten too many!!!


While we waited for the cookies to bake someone was busy on facebook looking at pictures of his friend. I am totally against my kid having a facebook account but if he wants to look at appropriate pictures of our friends and their kids I am ok with that plus its cute! He is all proud of himself for being able to navigate around the screen.

End result...they are tasty!

Shaney finally woke up

I am just about done with this weather and the snow days. I love having Owen home with me but both he and I are going stir crazy.

I know, everyone is saying they are sick of the snow so will spare you by saying the cliche things New Englanders say after the eighth storm and five feet of snow.

I will let you look at pictures of my baby boy who will be six months old on the 16th.

Thats all folks!
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