Monday, June 30

I have 3 things to say this morning.

1. GEORGE MICHAEL WAS FRICKING AWESOME!!! Best concert Bill and I have EVER been to, including Seal, I might add. And those of you that know me well, know that I LOVE Seal!

B. Me, Bill, 2 beach chairs, suntan lotion, Crystal Cove Beach, CA - EVEN MORE AWESOME!!!!

and 3. Happy Birthday to James this past weekend!!!

Thursday, June 26


A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. ~H.A. Overstreet

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~Edward Elgar

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence. ~Robert Fripp

Music is love in search of a word. ~Sidney Lanier

some pretty cool music quotes I found

Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up listening not only to the top 40 music, but opera as well and learned to have an appreciation for all types of music. (except country, I must say.........the twangy-ness just kills it for me) Anyhoo. In these days of hip hop, some of which I actually enjoy listening too, others which I just want to become invisible when my car starts vibrating to the beat, I want the kids to grow up with the appreciation I learned to have. This being the choice of music for them these days......its a good place to start.
With this being said, Bill and I are getting ready to go to California to see George Michael. When we first met, we loved to listen to music together and some of it brings us back...........way back...Seal, Pink Floyd, George Michael...It will always remind us of how we came together as a couple and how special the music was for us back then.

And who can ever forget this.
Oh, yeah, baby...
And just to prove how important music is, when something like this happens, or even this.........society as a whole seems to forget of forgive or whatever and just enjoy the music.

Did I ask you already if you remember this?????

Now when is Seal going to tour?

Wednesday, June 25

June 25th

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents ... and only one for birthday presents, you know.
~Lewis Carroll

Tuesday, June 24

Darn...another trip to California??

It is official.

Our daughter has qualified in 3 events (so far) to swim the Summer Long Course Junior Olympics, in Mission Viejo, CA the beginning of August.

This past weekend, Hannah swam her a$$ off little heart out, trying to qualify for the Junior Olympics time cuts for 11-12 girls.

Just a quick Swimming 101 lesson, for those of you who have no flipping idea what I am talking about. As a young swimmer, you swim 2 years in an age group. Ages 8 and under, 9-10, and 11-12. Each has its own time standards which is relative to swimming in qualifying meets. Meaning, some meets you have to have the time cuts to swim in them - Junior Olympics being one of the hardest ones. Hannah is 10 right now, the top of her age group, but she turns 11 two weeks before Summer JO's. So she needs to be swimming those time standards NOW, to qualify to go in August. She just got 3 times! 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 200 Individual Medley. Not too shabby.....for a 10 year old.

We are so very proud of all her hard work everyday. She has been committed to working out 2 hours a day, Monday thru Friday 6:30 am to 8:30 am. Saturdays - 8:30 am to 11:00 am. And a double afternoon workout Tuesdays and Fridays. She is awesome and we love her!!!

Hard work truly pays off!
Now if we could only get her to understand that she is a competitive swimmer and not a competitive diver - she might qualify in a few other events by not wasting time doing pike dives!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 18

The Boys

there's no better way to start off the long, hot, summer ahead
than a great short haircut....

P.S. Garrin is sitting on the potty in the first picture!!! Yah!!!
P.P.S. Bill is NOT sitting on the potty in the second picture, but doesn't he look nice and tan???
P.P.P.S. Connor lost the surfer look, for the mohawk. I'm OK with that...

Tuesday, June 17


isn't always a bowl full of cherries.

so check out these berries instead...

the epitome of summer.
so colorful.
so juicy.
so sweet.
so refreshing.
so pretty.
so perfect.

unlike life sometimes. but when small things like this can make your day happier...........LOOK OUT!

Monday, June 16

the day after....

Could the kids and I ask for a better father/husband? I don't think so.
How many dad's would let their family spend the entire day Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend at a swim meet?
That would be Bill.

While the kids were busy swimming (awesomely, I might add) at the meet, and I was helping with the computer system (go ahead and say it - "I'm a geek deep down inside") Bill did one of his most favorite things - relaxed in our pool. Granted we were not there with him, yelling and fighting, screaming and splashing, throwing tantrums and talking disrespectfully, or saying "FINE" or being grumpy, but I think he enjoyed himself just the same.

So Bill,
Thanks for putting your heart and soul into everything you do for your kids.
Thank you for working so hard to provide the best for everyone.
Thanks for having the patience to deal with all the crap that goes on occasionally. And thank you for giving up part of your honorary day so the kids and I could be at the swim meet.
We love you more than words could say.

(Hola Daddy. Its Hannah)
I hope you had a good Father's Day!!! Love you and hope you had a great day, liked the cards, liked the cake, and the Stomp Out Loud Tickets!!!!!!!! Love you!!

(hi dad its connor)
i love you because you help me out and take me to hockey games!!!!
you are the best dad in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i hope you liked the cards that we got you
i love you!!!!

(that was from Garrin...)

We had a great afternoon, once we finally got back home. Chris, Allison and James came over to grill and swim. It was a steamy 110 degrees, 3 percent humidity, pool water was 92 degrees, had a great meal, and an even greater ice cream cake to celebrate these two clowns:
You should have seen a couple of the poses for this shot...
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY (on this day late post)

Friday, June 13


The kids have been out of school for a week and a half and I am still getting my tushie up at this time:
and after more months than I can even believe, I am still doing this 5 or 6 times a week:

and then every morning I have been obsessed with looking at this:
(I know Bill, I am supposed to be only weighing myself once a week....)
Today, I got home from my spinning class and told Bill, for the first time I was able to do the whole entire class the "right" way, meaning that I didn't have to sit down on the bike when I was supposed to be up out of the seat.
Today, I feel stronger. I actually feel that my legs have toned up a bit. My arm muscles feel good, instead of sore. Even though I still got some jiggle goin' on, I feel better.
Better than I have since I started working out.
I have upped my cardio workouts after my weight training and I am thinking that that is what is doing it for me. Now if the scale would start the descent downward, life would be grand.
Here's to tomorrow.
Here's to a good workout to start the day.
Here's to getting to a better place,
physically and emotionally.
Happy Friday.

Thursday, June 12


I just haven't had time lately to peruse my local Target. Just walking around there makes me happy. So today I needed to go to buy 196 pairs of any kind of underwear my Garrin would remotely be interested in putting on his little hiney. We are full on potty training - last three days. I am the Get-Rid-Of-All-Signs-Of-Diapers and go right to Underwear kind of mom. Not crazy about the Pull-Up method. I'd rather buy 196 pairs of underwear and overload myself with laundry..............did I just say that??? Anyhoo.

Got some more Diego and Cars undies and then ran across this aisle:

Cynthia Rowley Outdoor Summer Goodies!!!!

Fifty Percent OFF!!!!

So I picked up a couple of things. What I mean to say is a couple of EACH of the things. 'Cause when they are 50% off............need I say more?
Check out these great deals:

So colorful. So bright. So summery. So yummy. So CHEAP.

We've got beach balls - 50% off 99 cents.
We've got huge beach towels - 50% off 9.99.
We've got jump ropes - 50% off 2.99.
We've got a water cooler for Hannah - 50% off 3.99.
We've got an awesome bag (for I'm not sure what yet) - 50% off 14.99.
We've got little net thingys to cover your food outside (not sure why I got those, we don't have flying bugs here) - 50% off 5.99.
What a great Target Kinda Day!

**and a little side note. Broke down and bought Pampers Easy-Ups for night time because Diego is on them. How could I pass that up?

Wednesday, June 11


"you don't have to be friends with everybody"
I have had to tell my kids that within the past couple of months for various reasons. Kids at school doing things like this. Or supposed friends just not being nice. I can relate. I, at 42, happen to think that in order to create peace within myself, I just can't be friends with everyone. Not everyone has to be friends with me. I am/was tired of trying to be that perfect "someone" that everyone liked. Been there, done that. Not how I want my kids to do things.
So what does this mean for me? It just means that I treasure the friends that I do have and hold each one in its unique spot in my heart. It means that I can just be who I am, and people appreciate that. It means that they can be who there are, and not be judged. It means my friendships can be based on reality and be effortless.
This past weekend was all about friends. We know this family from the swim team - we are pretty close with them. Well, they are about to embark on having a new baby, number 5, with their youngest being 8 years old. So it's been a while for them. We had an all out huge bash of a baby shower in their honor at our house. We brought together anyone and everyone that cares about this family to celebrate this time with them. Now THAT'S a lotta friends.
Our friends that moved to Colorado (boo hoo hoo) flew in for the festivities. It was great to be with them and practically 'pick up right where we left off'. Those are the kind of friends we should all have. Here is Hannah and Makenna - 2 years apart in age, but as close as ever. how come the only time Hannah does this with her hair is when she is with Makenna???)

I look at these two together and I know they will be friends for a very long time. I like that.
And here is MaryBeth and me. Ditto on the friendship.

(by the way - that is one of the 96 homemade cupcakes I lovingly made for the shower!!)
So to ALL of my friends that read this. I love you and am glad that you are in my life. I am glad that I don't have to try to be something I am not. I am glad that I can complain that my a$$ is too big, and you tell me how great I look. I am glad that we can talk about our kids to each other and say things that we would NEVER repeat in public. I am glad we can get through any little rough patch and come out caring for each other even more. I am glad that we have withstood many, many miles apart and still remained as close as we are....(hellllloooo....east coasters!!!) I am glad that I have you to make me laugh when I need to. I am glad that I can bi%ch about something, when I need to. I am glad that I can keep you entertained with my blog. I am glad that I don't have to be friends with everybody, and can just be friends with you without working at it. Ahh....said with a sigh of relief.

Monday, June 9

All Tuckered Out

a whole weekend of sun and swimming...

Friday, June 6

brotherly love

Garrin is funny, that in the morning, he either needs "his space" from his sister and brother or he is all lovey-dovey. This morning it was lovey-dovey for sure, with Connor.

Yes....they are laying on my coffee table.....what can I say?

Thursday, June 5

It's a good thing Hannah swims

Because she really stinks at kickball...........and soccer, and tennis, and gymnastics....and that's just another post entirely. But last day of school was the fifth graders playing the teachers in kickball. The kids got their butts kicked, because the quality of playing didn't get much better than Hannah's three foul kicks.............

But they had fun, nonetheless. And here is Mr. Overachieving-I-Am-Great-At-All-Sports-Cause-All-I-Do-At-Home-Is-Play-With-All-Things-Ball....Connor watching the game, and dying to be able to get in there and play, I am sure.

And as the kids were gathering up the last of 2nd and 5th grade, Garrin stayed occupied on the computers.


Wednesday, June 4

Time Flies When You're Havin' Fun

How did time go from this:

To this:

In just 6 short years??? Hannah as a kindergartner and Hannah as a fifth grader. Wow. Well, yesterday was the big graduation, lunch and then PARTY!!! Whoo hoo......... I am so fine with Hannah going off to Middle School,..........really.............I am really................well, I was until I saw this sign in the Multi Purpose Room at school:

Oh daughter really is leaving this school..........this safe place...........this building that I have left her for the last 6 years for 180 days each the hands of people I know and trust.............oh my..........
But this day was all it could be and more for her and her friends. They are ready to move on. (I'm just thinking......maybe the age with eventually catch up with the attitude...)

The ceremony was lovely and the suitcase I packed with tricks and treats for Garrin to behave himself actually worked, so we were able to enjoy the moment. Before diplomas were given out there were some special awards given and unbenounced to Hannah she received the President's Award for Academic Excellence along with many other classmates. This award was given to students with Straight A's (or 1 B) in fourth and fifth grade combined. She looked pretty proud of herself, wouldn't you say?

I am by no means patting myself on the back for the continual slave driving love and support I give both my kids when it comes to homework/school work. She earned it, she has truly worked hard. Great Job, Hannah!!

And here is our principal handing out the diplomas.

And the happy graduate!!!!

Lunch was next and as in my previous post, we were ditched. No, not really, the kids let us adults have our table and enjoy grown up talk for a while.

Hannah and Alex.

Kaitlyn and Sydney.

Then back to school to change for the party. Their theme was can tell when you attend a uniform school, because the girls were so thrilled to be able to were spaghetti straps!

The all looked great!

And obviously had a blast. I snuck in at the end of it all to get a couple of pictures.

So that's the end of elementary school for Hannah Banana. Good luck next year baby!!
Love you.

Tuesday, June 3

A Tag

I was tagged a few days ago and am finally getting around to doing this little bit of further information about myself for all my many, many fans out there.

(Hellooooo, out there.....helloooo, out there....)
Did you just hear an echo?


Question one: What was I doing 10 years ago?

I don't know what I did yesterday, but I will give it a shot.

Wow, 10 years ago, I had an 11 month old baby, named Hannah, and we were just gearing up and planning her 1st birthday. Holy crapola!
We lived in CT, way back then, in an old historic home in Suffield on the CT River. I must admit it was one of the nicest places we had lived. I was semi-retired (I wrote that for you, Christopher) from my JOB. Yes folks, I had a job. Actually I owned a flower shop, which I had closed a few months before giving birth. I kept the business name and operated as a freelance business, keeping all of my large accounts and doing weddings and parties only. There was an attached carriage house to the house we rented, so I set up shop there. So being that is was June, 10 years ago, I was probably busy doing weddings as well.
Below is the actual artwork from my business cards and correspondence.

Wow, that brings me WAY BACK.

Question two: 5 things on my to-do list for today:

(because if it were, say the whole week, it would be more like the 386 things on my to-do list)
Back to the list:

Go to store to buy lots of ice and bring 100 water bottles to school for graduation.
Attend and try to keep Garrin occupied at said graduation for 2 (two), count them 1, 2 hours!
Take our graduated daughter to lunch to the Elephant Bar where she can ditch us 'cause her friends are all there spend quality parent/child time.
Bring back to school so she can party like it's 1999. (man that song is out of date now, huh?).
Get her snapped back into reality, and get her to the pool for workout.

Question three: Snacks I enjoy

fresh fruit
soy bars
granola/trail mix

OK, who am I kidding.

Salt&Vinegar Chips
Flamin' hot Cheetos
Snyder's Buffalo Pretzel Pieces

Question four: Things I would do if I were a billionaire.

Get out of debt free - Do not pass Go - Do not collect $100
Buy numerous vacation homes.
Have massive amounts of plastic surgery so I can stop dieting/working out.
Buy my kids anything they want (oh, I do that now - maybe that's why I need a get-out-of-debt-free card).
Pay for my kids to have a great college education.
Stop worrying.
Travel to poor countries and volunteer time to help in whatever small way I could to make a difference.
Did I mention vacation homes....such as on this island of Tortola???

And lastly, Question five: Places I have lived.
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada for a very, very, very short time.......
Hartford, CT
East Hartford, CT
Ashford, CT
Rockville, CT
Manchester, CT
Wethersfield, CT
Suffield, CT
Henderson, NV
(I think...)

That's it folks.......Thank you very much.
I'll be here all week....
Thank you.