A Very Special Weekend

954756_557965544262960_1632933656_nI have to be honest, I am still reeling from our weekend last weekend.  It is hard to believe that there is another weekend upon us.  Last weekend was very busy and filled with many different emotions.

My weekend started off with a funeral for my dear friends father.  He has been battling cancer for the last 16 months and his life was celebrated in the most beautiful way and in the most beautiful place.   Over 500 people came out to say “Good-Bye” and the service was filled with both laughter and tears.

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After the funeral I headed to the 4th Annual Kiki’s Garden Sunflower Soiree.  This event is in memory of Scott’s sister Krista and raises money for students who have a passion for the Arts.  It was another beautiful event but they are always filled with a great deal of emotion.  I got to spend most of my day as a participant (a first for me) and spent the day playing with Lil’C.

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We had a wonderful time visiting with princesses, crafting, playing with pirates, going on a hay ride, making fairy gardens and buying raffle tickets so that she could win Fairy Barbie.  I am relieved to say that she did win and that Barbie has not left her side all week.

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Sunday we celebrated Grandma Betsy’s 95th birthday.  It was a surprise party and I think the greatest surprise was having all 9 of her children, 11 of her 14 Grandchildren and 4 out of 5 of her great grand children (with another on the way) all there to celebrate with her.  Grandma’s family is spread out around the country and all were there for the big day.  It was a lovely afternoon and so nice to see such a special lady have such an amazing gift.10505447_10100244877627019_3568266815658590932_nIMG_1858IMG_1848

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So yes we are still tired.  It has not helped that this week has also been busy with more late nights.  We are hoping to find a few moments in the next few days to relax a bit…..we shall see.

 

 

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10 Years…..

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It is hard to believe that a decade has past since that beautiful foggy night under a blue moon.  10 years since Scott and I stood up before our family and friends and vowed to spend the rest of our lives together. These 10 years have flown by in the blink of an eye.

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We are not the same people we were back then, not by a long shot.  I would have to say we are a  little more wiser, a little more confident, a little more “fat in the face” and a little more tired but our hearts are so much fuller.

Happy Anniversary Scott!!!

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Friday Finds…..The Backstory on the Market Basket Craziness

UnknownFor those of you local folks trying to make sense of the drama centering around Market Basket, The Clam wrote two great blog posts that I wanted to share with you (Thanks to my Scott for sharing).  The first article explains both the crazy back story and history of the Demoulas Family (click here to read it).   The second article explains why folks are boycotting the stores this week, employees are walking out and why shelves are bare.  (click here).

I am not a Market Basket shopper but have many friends who are.  Despite not being a Market Basket Shopper, it is hard not to get sucked into this story and all that these employees are doing to stand up for their leader.  I admire them for taking a stand and I am very curious to see how this will all unfold. Market Basket Strong!

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You’re Reading Harry Potter Again?

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Yes. I. am.  I know I have read or listened to the entire series at least 5 times but I am reading it again.  Why am I reading the Harry Potter series again when I have a 700 page book club book to finish by the first week of August?!?!?!  For the same reason I watch the same old sitcoms or movies when I am sick or the reason I cuddle up with my old baby blanket when I am sad….it is a comfort.

This week has been an emotional one.  As I try to support a dear friend from a far as well as keep up with the day to day crazy that has been this summer, I need a little comfort of my own.  In my precious free moments I need to turn to something that I know, something that I love and something that I enjoy.

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Summer reading should be light in my opinion, that is why I often spend summer days rereading series or old favorites.  I have spent summers at Green Gables, out on the Prairie, with Jo and Beth or even Miss Elizabeth Bennet.  I find nothing more comforting than reading a story that I love with characters that I care a great deal about.

Yes, the 700 page book club book will not be finished and it took some time to come to terms with that.  At this time I am enjoying my time at Hogwarts and finding comfort in that.

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Thanks for a Great Birthday!

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I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who made my birthday so special.  From the birthday cards (my Aunt’s homemade card was one of the sweetest I have every received), the very thoughtful gifts, the birthday dinner, the pedicure, the broccoli and carrot cupcake (first I have ever had), the songs, the gluten free birthday cake, the birthday texts, the facebook messages and my surprise lunch and sail in Boston Harbor yesterday…it was all so great!  My Pokeno buddies are taking me out this week so the party isn’t over yet!

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I am so grateful to have so many caring people in my life.  I love and appreciate all of you.  Thanks again for making this birthday so special!!

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Birthday Eve ;) We crashed “MENS NIGHT” with Family Night!!

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My broccoli and carrot cupcake

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a toast to my Pops

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Birthday Lunch in Boston

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A great birthday date from Scott

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sipping vino from our favorite Napa vineyard in a gift from my friend Claire :)

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Happy Birthday Momma!!

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I wanted to take a minute to wish my mother a very Happy Birthday!  I look forward to celebrating with you later today.

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We use to have festive birthdays, the three of us (Pops, Mom and I) back when I was a kid.  There was always a cake for me and usually a shared dessert for the two of them.  It has been just mom and I celebrating for awhile now and last year I made us a GAPS friendly cake and skipped my annual Moxie Soda (in honor of Pops).  This year I am planning on eating Gluten Free Cake and drinking a few sips of Moxie.  Both of these are not on my diet but it is my birthday after all.

Happy Weekend Everyone, love you mom!

 

 

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Making Memories…..Loving Time with Friends

 

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This week has been filled with time with friends.  It was our goal for summer to spend as much time with friends and family and I think we have been doing a pretty good job.  There are some friends who we have not gotten to see much of but there is still time!!  Here is a glimpse of our week.

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The week started off with a swap.  I took the little girls to their first art class at a local art studio and Z went with friends to the Einstein Workshop.  The art class was called “Tea Party” and the girls enjoyed making crowns, drawing cupcakes and modeling tea cups (and other things) out of modeling clay.   The boys were in heaven as they played with LEGO and Z had his first taste of Mine Craft.

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The next day we met up with friends at their library.  Their children’s library was so nice and their summer reading program was really well organized (kind of made us wish we lived in their town). We had so much fun playing with all of the science experiments they had out and catching up with our good friends.

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After the library we went to the local diner for lunch.  This was a very special treat for all of us!

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Later in the week we did another swap.  Z had a play date with his friend and Lil’C went to their house to swim and play.  After playing and lunch, I took the boys to our library for a LEGO party.  It was a packed event but the children didn’t seem to mind and were all very focused on their creations.  They then got to put their creations on display.  After the LEGO party, we all went back for a swim.  It was a nice and relaxing afternoon.

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Today the kids are back with friends and I have a little time to get some projects done around the house.  I had to make a list to make sure I didn’t waste a second of my time.  It would be nice to sail into the weekend with a clean and organized house….here’s hoping it happens!

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A Great Weekend in a Beautiful Place

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We just got back from a lovely weekend in Maine.  My second parents invited us up to their little piece of heaven for the weekend and we had such an amazing time.  Their “camp” is in the woods on a quiet lake and it was impossible not to relax in this incredible location.

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The kids had so much fun with Grammy J and Uncle Hal and were kept quiet busy.  Lil C fell head over heels in love with Koda their Golden Doodle.

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On Friday night we had an unexpected surprise on our evening boat ride….Fireworks!  The boys camp on the lake put on a great show and we were so excited to have front row seats for the show.

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The kids LOVED tubing, Z took a sailing lesson with Uncle Hal and Daddy, the kids went on lots of hikes on the “Indian Trail”, we had a great campfire with s’mores and Z took a kayak ride with Uncle Hal.  We enjoyed getting up close with a great blue heron, loons and saw an osprey nest.  The weekend was filled with many laughs and so many great memories.

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On the way home we stopped in Freeport for lobster rolls and so Lil’C could see the BIG BOOT!  She was so excited to see it again and ran around LLBean like she owned the place.  It would not be summer without a picture with the Big Boot.

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Thanks  Grammy J and Uncle Hal for sharing your “camp” with us.  It was a wonderful weekend and we so appreciate all you did for us.  The pancakes, ice cream, delicious meals….we are so grateful for your hospitality!!

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Kittery Trading Post

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We LOVE Maine!!

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Roasting Marshmallows

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Friday Finds….Kiki’s Sunflower Children’s Art Competition

Kiki's Garden Logo in JPGWe are weeks away from the 4th Annual Kiki’s Garden Sunflower Soiree.  It our big scholarship fundraiser of the year.  The organization, in memory of my late sister in-law, has given out 11 scholarships to High School students pursuing a career in the arts.

One of my favorite parts of the Sunflower Soiree last year was the sunflower labyrinth that led to a gazebo tent filled with Children’s Sunflower Art.  It was an amazing sight and something I am looking forward to seeing again this year!  If your child would like to enter the Art Competition, please CLICK HERE for details.  They can mail in their entries, so it does not matter where in the world you are.

If you are local to RI and free on July 26th, we’d love to see you at the Sunflower Soiree!!

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A Day at the Theater

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We had our annual trip to the theater yesterday.  This year we saw Rapunzel with the cousins, Auntie and Neene.  They did a nice job combining the actual story with the Disney movie in just 45 minutes.  The kids all really enjoyed the performance and want to go back again this summer for another show.

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The boys had no interest in the Meet and Greet after the show and thus are not in many photos.  The girls on the other hand were very excited to meet Rapunzel, Flynn, Mother Gothel and the animals.

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After the show we headed to the kids favorite restaurant for lunch.  It was a really fun adventure!!

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