Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top Ten of 2010.

It's so easy to bitch and moan about everything that makes a person annoyed, sad, irritated or just plain pissed off....
It's never quite as easy to take a few minutes to say what makes you greatful, happy, loved, or just makes you smile. So, as a wrap up to 2010 I am going to make my top ten list of things that make me happy.

And...after you're done reading, if you haven't yet-- go check out my 2010 pictorial review...

10. My memories of 2010... we had some great family vacations, laughs and parties... those are the things that despite all the finances, arguments, stressors, that will go with me to 2011.

9. My BBM. Sounds silly, but, ooh without that I may have gone insane!!!!!! <3
8. My cats. Yes, I do love my kitties and its nice to have some one to cuddle with when people just don't cut it. :0)
7. My home. I complain that its not as big, or decorated as I'd like... and we rent, not own, but ya know what? It's a great townhouse, and I have a nice, warm, comfortable place that is for my family.

6. My health. I'm not fit, I'm not the greatest eater. But, really, I'm healthy and have that to be happy and thankful for.

5. My job. Times like these are tough. I am lucky to have a job - as stressful as it is sometimes - I have a job with some amazing co-workers-- and I get to work with such special children.

4. My friends. I have friends spread out around the area, and even in other states. No matter where we've met, how we became friends -- I thank you. You are in my life for a reason - big or small, and you've helped me somehow (in cases, MANY somehows!) *yes, even those that are part of #9 are included here!!!

3. My family. They are an amazing support system for us and our kids. There's a lot of you - but, thank you.

2. My Husband. Of course we fight, and argue, and have our stressors, but at the end of the day, I really would rather fight with him than any other person.

1. My Children. they make me smile, and laugh and make me feel more love than i thought was humanly possible.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 A Pictorial Review


Ringing in the New Year! Welcome 2010


Connors 1st haircut!

Paige's Baptism! (shown with Godparents)




Watching the Memorial Day Parade


a visit from our favorite family.

Paige and Daddys first Fathers Day together

the Bazaar!


4th of July



First beach trip -- Mystic, Ct


Apple picking!


Connor turned 2!

my football player

little lady bug


Paige  turned 1!

hitting the pinata


Simply Having...A Wonderful Christmastime

Yes, i'm singing this song to myself as I type - and I'm sure you are doing the same.
But, its the truth! We've had a lucky holiday, and its not over!! We still have some more grandparents to go visiting!

Connor woke up so early Christmas morning and woke me up by peering at me over the bed - he was ready to see if Santa arrived! was not even 6 a.m. so Mommy shuffled him back to bed and laid with him for a little while longer. From there...we had Christmas Day extravaganza!
The kids were DELIGHTED to see what Santa brought them (especially the play house....Paige never left it, I even had to deliver her gifts to her) and Connor would alternate playing in the house, opening a gift...and so on.

Then, we hurried up and left the house to go to Grandma T's house for breakfast and more presents  (everyone stayed in jammies)....  the kids got an easel at Grandmas house!

Then, we went back home to relax for a little while so the kids could play with their toys and we got dressed up in our Christmas best so that we could see the whole family at Ma's house (great-grandma)

What a busy, but GREAT Christmas Day!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Grammy's house (my mom) with Grammy, Grandpa Ted, Aunt Kelley,  Uncle Steve and our family of 4.  After a delicious dinner we exchanged presents with one another. Connor was so funny as he unwrapped, if he pulled some paper open and didn't see a toy right away he tossed the box aside to see what was in the next package! Paige really only cared about climbing on top of the tall boxes to see if she could make it up without help. When she did, she called to our attention to make sure we applauded! (Christmas Eve pictures to come)

On the way home both kids fell asleep -- Jason and I unloaded the loot and brought the kids inside. Of course they woke up, but were still half zombies so we hurried things along to get upstairs to bed. We made sure Connor laid out some cookies and milk for Santa and then went up to the kids room to listen to Daddy read Twas the Night Before Christmas (last year we started this as our family tradition).

I stayed in the kids room to see them off to sleep while Jason aka Santa set up the presents under the tree downstairs. Paige didn't take too long to fall back asleep, but poor Connor -- he was too excited. He tried so hard to fall asleep right away - he was so tired... but everytime his eyelids would get heavy he'd pop them back open and look at me with a gigantic smile. I'd whisper "It's ok, go to sleep....Christmas will be here when you wake up..."... but I think he was hoping it was NOW!!!!

He finally fell asleep and when I came downstairs I helped cover the "big items" with blankets because they were too large to wrap...and I may have helped Santa with the cookies too.

And so we baked!

Yesterday I had a bakeathon!

I wasn't quite sure how I was going to pull it off with the two little ones running around. (I'm not any type of kitchen whiz so i don't have a high level of confidence when baking)

First, I had decided to make Red Velvet Cake Balls (I forget where I got the recipe, but I will post link when I find it)... for someone who doesn't have a high level of confidence I certainly took on a big task!

However, I enlisted some good help to get me through the beginning stages!

After the cakes were baked I had to break them up into small pieces...

Then, we had to add some frosting to the bowl...

Next, they had to be mixed together and rolled into small balls (mine weren't so round, but oh well!)

and, a little taste testing helped too! (For Quality Assurance purposes of course!)