Friday, March 24, 2017

Wrapping up the week....a song. SavinosBrickOven. Stemma. and Thank You for the earrings mystery person! How did you know?'s Friday.
There is a 90% chance of rain all weekend.
Looks like the office will finally be cleaned out.

Some of the cousins meeting us at the movie theatre for Sophia's birthday.

Baking sour dough.
I've been getting more involved this past year.
{Sour Dough post coming soon....}

Night time/full moon/snow shot on the iphone.

Do you guys follow Savino's Brick Oven on  Facebook and Instagram?
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This was our antipasto table from a wedding we catered last weekend.

Dear Mystery person who sent earrings to me in the mail...
...Funny story...I pulled my hair up into a headband.
I said.."I really should wear hoop earrings with this but I can't find mine"
...they have been missing for a while. I took the headband off.
Fast forward 3 hours when the mail arrived...Hoop Earrings...with a sweetly written card from???
I love hoops. I always have. So Thank You...whoever you are.

I can't stop listening to THIS SONG!
We have always been big Joshua Radin fans.
His music has always been consistent and his new album is pretty much perfect.

Our friends have this great site involving artists and food.
Seriously, could there a better combo? I don't think so.

One more thing... Drew Holcomb's new album is out!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.XxOo

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It was harder on me than them but he got a cake pop out of the deal and all was well in the end.

Plans were forced to change because of two girls in pajamas who still had morning eyes
an hour after their dear mother gently woke them up and told them to get ready.

I wanted so badly to take them along. I really did. I had a lovely day planned for us.
But I had to be consistent.

I'm working on NOT being  all talk and no action?
It's hard.

It's hard to be stern when I want to be soft.
It's hard to leave them home when I want to take them along with me.

It was harder on me than it was on them.
It was hard for me to see them looking sad when I left the house with only Frankie.
It was hard for me to watch them watch everyone else out the window this afternoon.
....but I was proud of myself for sticking to my word.

It's not an easy thing for follow through with a harsh{ish} punishment.
Is it easy for any parent? I don't think so.

In the long run though, it was for the better.
Lessons were learned today and character qualities were hopefully instilled.

Aaaaaand....Frankie and I had a great day together.
He ate his first ever cake pop and I bought him his very own little tin of green tea mints
from Trader Joe's because he asked for them so sweetly.

I also found cute Lucky boots on super ultra clearance
because I had lots and lots of time to browse. ;)

If you're feeling frustrated, if you feel like your household is out of control and
you are the only one dealing with stress...know you are not alone!
None of us have it all together.

Sit. Pray. Think. Organize. Plan. Come up with creative ways to discipline and teach.
Hey...Leave without the kids!
....this of course being a perk of having older children to leave them with.

You may become tired while trying. you may become exhausted,
but it will be worth it at the end of the day! I promise.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We started this new tradition and broke it on the very first try...because she wanted us to.

It's her 11th birthday today. How is our youngest girl 11?
I love and hate it.

She eats, sleeps and breathes gymnastics.
She is sweet and diligent and I never {hardly ever} have to remind her to
make her bed or sweep the school room.
She always has an extra pony holder on her wrist if you should need one.
She loves God. Loves her brothers and sister.Loves the movie Meet Me in St. Louis.
.....and can sing like an opera star. {but not in front of people...we're working on that}

I wanted to take a picture of Sophia on her birthday...then this ham got involved.

Sisters, glad they have each other.

We decided this year on each child's birthday, we are going to take them to dinner alone.
Restaurant of their choice. One on one time with each of our kids.
Then home for cake and presents and the singing of Happy Birthday.

Sophia has been asking for crab we planned to take her out for sea food.
We were ready to leave when she asked...
"Can we actually just stay home? and Dad?...can you make us crepes?"

So, the very first birthday of the year and our new tradition has already been broken.
Oh's her birthday. and our dining room table is much cheaper than crab legs. Ha!

Happy Birthday to Sophia.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The last minute decision that turned snowy and perfect and I still have no idea what possessed me to grab my boots.

Saturday morning we were heading south to drop Alex off for a basketball conference this week.
Instead of staying at our hotel, we made a last minute decision to cancel the room and
drive an extra hour and a half to Jeff's aunt and uncle's cabin in the Ozark Mountains.

Best last minute decision we could have made!
The snow was so pretty.

We woke up at sunrise, threw our coats on and ran out into the snow before it melted.
It was mostly gone by the time we left later that afternoon.

Funny side note*...I still have no idea why I packed my snow boots!
I stuck them into my suitcase right before we left....glad I did.


.....not everyone packed do what you have to do to keep those shoes dry, right.

Meanwhile inside Daksha's amazing kitchen.....

...blueberry scones, biscuits and gravy, homemade English muffins and
coffee from her nespresso machine. {which I think I will be investing in soon!} 

What a beautiful and wonderful world God gave us to enjoy.
I love how He created each and every season with it's own uniqueness.

Thank you Ron and Daksha for having us!
Thank you Mom for watching those we left behind for a couple of days.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hold your babies they said..time flies they a blink of an eye they said.

Hours turned into days that turned into weeks that turned into years and my oldest baby
walked out the door to take another college exam and I felt this proud sadness.
Why did he have to grow up so fast? How is he not at home all day with us anymore?

My second baby will be gone all week at a basketball tournament.
When did he become old enough to leave for a week without his mommy?

My third baby is in high school. How did that happen???

I spend most of my day with the girls and Frankie following me around.
The girls talk NON-stop.
I will not take this for granted...even though sometimes my ears hurt!
I will braid their hair whenever they ask.
I will paint their nails.
I will do yoga late in the evening with them even when I don't want to! for Frankie...well, I KNOW how fast little guys leave the stage of being little.
I'm so very thankful to have another little one around the's the best.
Soooo....all the kisses in the world everyday!
and he can jump into our bed in the middle of the night any old time he wants!

As "they" {and I now!} say.... The days are long, but the years are short.
Oh how short they are.

Enjoy them while you have them because they grow up way too fast.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wrapping up the of skillets {again} and paczkis and a favorite instagram-er and I really can't stand Michael Moore.

My dear mother in law brought paczkis to us on Fat Tuesday.
Frankie was excited for his blueberry pastry.
....but as soon as he picked it up, he put it right back down.

He can't handle being sticky. That was the end of the paczki! He didn't even eat one bite.
No worries...his pig mother ate most of it after she finished her's.

I did however give up sugar for Lent.
This is HUGE for me! HUGE.
It's been three days.

Yesterday our house was bustling with little boys.
Six cousins playing Thomas the Train.and trucks.and cars.and books.
....and obviously the piano. ;)

The week of skillets has come to a close. and guess what? I WON!!!
I am such an awesome wife. I even woke up twice this week in the four o'clock hour.

I am a morning person...I love early.
I can handle 5:30..maybe even 5:15 in the summer...but four o'clock:anytime ...No thanks.

Instead of love notes, Jeff sends me songs.
He has always given me "music love notes"
He used to send me cd's in the mail when he was away at college and
write the numbers of songs I should listen to. Ahhhh....memories.
He sent this one a couple of days ago.

Speaking of memories...this Sunday Jeff and I started dating 23 years ago!

I don't care if you are a Republican or Democrat. Whether you love Trump or hate him...
You shouldn't say these sorts of things
P.S. I can't stand you Michael Moore.

Currently my favorite instagram account. I've been following her for a while..and she's still a favorite.
Her photos are so...inspiring, beautiful, oh so lovely.
She makes me want to visit India, squeeze lemons and paint my kitchen pink!

You can find her home tour Here
I looooove her sweet little apartment. We have matching copper pots...just sayin.

Well you have a wonderful weekend, okay?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The mom who became all talk and little to no action...a crack down was inevitable.

*this post is mainly written about my youngest children*

Days were going a little something like this...
Good Morning.
Wake up.
Wake up.
Waaaaaaaakkkkkke Uuuuuup!
WAKE UP! That's it. Tonight you are going to bed early.

Two hours to get clothes on your body, toast a bagel and make your bed?
That's it! Tomorrow I'm setting a timer and if you don't finish I'm going to punish you.

Your room isn't clean?'s okay, go outside, but you have to finish before bed.
It's bedtime and you haven't finished your room?
That's it! Tomorrow you will clean this mess.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow.
Empty threats and yelling is what I've turned into.

When did I let this happen? When did I lose control?

I had become the mom of "all talk and little {to no} action".
I knew it. The kids knew it. Jeff may have mentioned it to me. {wink}
I was frustrated. The respect level for mother was dropping.
Something had to give, and it was up to me.

If Jeff tells the kids to do something, they do it! First time. No arguments.
Why? ...because he sticks to his word and our offspring know he means business.

He tells them all the time to respect their mom...but if I'm not standing firm,
backing my own words, those advantage takers will walk all over my soft little heart.

I realized this last week. That is when the crack down occurred.

It was late morning, the house was a mess and we hadn't even started school yet!

I became angry...I was mad at the kids,
but I was also mad at myself for letting things get so out of hand.

I called them all together for a lecture to talk.
I made lists, explained the rules, told them what I expected.
That day things were accomplished.

However, this had become the pattern....
Mom gets angry.
Mom yells.
Kids hurry and get things accomplished.

Next day things go back to usual...until....

Mom gets angry again.
Mom yells again.
Kids hurry and get things accomplished again...etc.

You get the point!
It was a cycle and I wanted out!

I made the decision last week to stick to the words that come out of my mouth.
Stick to those lists and schedules I take the time to write!

The threats would be empty NO more!
There was a new mom in town.

Let me tell you what sealed the deal.

One of my children said to another child....

"Hey, you know how mom always yells and doesn't always do what
she says with punishing us and stuff? This week she has. She is actually doing it."

My eyes were as WIIIIIIIDE as saucers!!!
Ouch. Ouch!

If I ever needed inspiration, that was it.

This world is filled with undisciplined children taking advantage of their parents.
They grow into unruly teens and entitled young adults.

I don't want that for my children.
I want them to be respectful.
I want them to be able to handle having a boss and following
through with a job given to them.

All of this needs to start in the home.
It's our responsibility as parents to teach our children these character qualities.
It's a tough job.

One that requires lots of prayer, grace and a sense of humor.
We need to encourage one another in this blessed and wonderful journey!
...because we all need it!