Crappy Summer.

You know what sucks? Pneumonia. I had it a couple weeks ago and it kicked my butt. I even spent two days in the hospital because my pulse ox was too low and I kept failing to peak flow test. After my brief stint in the hospital, and a 5 day Z-pack, I’m feeling much better.

Between being sick, and crappy weather, its made for a semi-crappy summer. We went on vacation to Mystic the first week of July, but since then we’ve done a whole lot of nothing. Before I was sick, Julia was sick, so that had put a damper on things, too.

This weekend I am planning to take the kids to my grandparents’ house in NJ, and then from there we are going to my other grandparents’ house down the shore. I am very much looking forward to it. I love visiting with family, and it will be a very welcomed change of pace/scenery for the kids and me. My sister has some time off from work, so she’ll be going down as well. I’m hoping that she and I can have a fun little sister date. I’m very excited to squeeze in a little getaway before summer fades away.

We are also planning Owen’s 1st birthday party. I CANNOT believe in a few short weeks he will be one. It’s really crazy how fast time goes when you have children.

Sick kid.

Julia’s been sick with a fever for the last day and a half, so I’ve been busy playing Dr. Mom. The fever breaks with Tylenol, only to return a couple hours later. I tend to like temps go b/c they are actually beneficial to an ill body, but her’s was getting kind of high and she was complaining of being achy, so I figured a little Tylenol wouldn’t hurt anything. Not sure what exactly is ailing her, but I hope it doesn’t spread. Though, if it does, I’d rather it be now then when we go on vacation.

We are going to Mystic, CT for the week of July 4th. I’m very excited, since this will be our first official family vacation as a family of four. We plan to see the seaport, and the aquarium, and hopefully a beach or two.

On July 2nd we are having a cookout at my mother-in-law’s. Some family and a few friends, good food, and an undisclosed amount of firecrackers. Should be a fun time 🙂


Well, this is a short post, as it’s nearing bedtime. Here are a few pictures of this kids I took this afternoon. Excuse the scratches on Julia’s face – she fell outside the other day.

Wow, it’s really been a while.

*Ahem*….Hi. So, apparently I sort of let this blog get swept under the rug. As you can well imagine, a LOT has happened since my last post. I am now the mother of two (still sounds strange) children. Julia is now almost 3 and a half years old. Too smart for her own (and my own) good, bright, energetic, funny, beautiful…I could go on forever about that little girl. Our newest addition is our son, Owen. He is 9 months old and is the sweetest little boy I have ever met (yes, I’m biased). He is a complete Mama’s boy – to match our Daddy’s girl.

I must say, I’ve adjusted pretty well to having two kids. When Owen came along it was like he was always meant to be here – a puzzle piece falling into place. Julia adjusted beautifully, and took right to her roll as Big Sister. Jason, of course, loves his boy, and is relishing in the admiration he gets from both children. Owen is the first boy in my side of the family in some 30 some-odd years, so of course he’s been quite doted on.

I’d like to say that a lot has happened in the last 18 months since I’ve posted, but sadly, not much to report (aside from the newest addition, of course). I’m still a stay-at-home mom, something I wouldn’t change for the world. As trying as it may be sometimes, it’s the most rewarding job I could imagine.


My loves:

Wow, it’s been a while.

So it’s been a good month and a half since I’ve last posted, and I must say, it’s been a pretty eventful month and a half. I’ll try to condense it, though. Christmas was great. We spent Christmas eve night at Jason’s mom’s house for our traditional seafood dinner. Christmas morning we got up on the early side and tore into the goodies that Santa left. Julia got SPOILED! We had another round of gift opening at my mother-in-law’s, and then a yummy ham supper. That weekend we went to my grandparents’ house in western New Jersey. I hadn’t seen them in a couple of years so it was a nice reunion, and they got to meet Julia, which was great! After that we went to my other grandparents’ house down on the Jersey coast, and spent a few days there. Two of my uncles, and my cousin Amelia were there as well.

For new year’s we went to dinner with some friend of ours, and then spent the evening at their house playing Wii, and Oo-ing and ah-ing over their 2 month old son. A snowfall forced us home before midnight though.

The day after the new year was the most shocking of all – I found out I am pregnant with our second child. The baby is due the first week of September, and we are so excited. Even Julia is happy to become a big sister!

January has been pretty uneventful. I’m still suffering from the letdown of the post-holiday season. In a couple weeks, however, will begin birthday season in my family. Between the end of January to the end of April there are about a dozen birthdays to contend with. I, myself, will be turning 26 at the end of the month. I can’t believe I’m going to be 26. It feels like I just turned 10, heh.

Well, that’s really all for now. I have a thirsty 2 year old begging for a drink!


Our Thanksgiving weekend was fun. We had a nice supper with Jason’s mom, no traffic on the way to Jersey, and a nice three day visit with my family at my grandparents’ house. My only qualm was that the weekend was over too soon.  We’re going back down in a few weeks for Christmas, though, so I’m looking forward to that.

Here are a couple pictures:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is less than two days away, and I am beyond excited. It’s been one of my favorite holidays for as far back as I can remember. Then again, any holiday that involves good food and family is my favorite.

This year we’re having an early supper at my mother-in-laws house, then afterwards Julia and I will be driving 3 hours to my grandparents house. I’ve been on and off the phone with my grandmother refining our plans, discussing recipes, and updating the guest list. I’ve been making, and revising lists, and today I’ve been busy with last minute holiday preparations. Laundry is being done, as I’m picking out and folding outfits to pack in Julia’s overnight bag. Tomorrow I’m headed to my mother-in-laws house to make my famous cranberry sauce and a pecan Kahlua pie. I’ll run a few last minute errands, too. I want to make tomorrow as busy as possible so as not to have the day drag. Then finally, it will be Thursday!

As far as I know I’ll see practically my whole family this weekend. My grandparents, my mom and her boyfriend, my sister, and much of my extended family- uncles, aunts and cousins. Unfortunately my Uncle Jamie and Aunt Deborah won’t be making it due to a recent injury my uncle sustained.

To me, there is nothing more fun than a family gathering. And for some reason, I’m looking forward to this one more than usual. I just can’t wait to see everyone. I’m so thankful for every member of my family.

‘Tis all for now. I will have a complete Turkey  Day rundown sometime this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

New Moon.

Last night my sister and I went to see the highly anticipated second installment of the Twilight saga, New Moon. We’d been waiting months for it’s release, and were like giddy little schoolgirls on the way to the theater. We arrived at the Promenade about 3 hours before the movie was set to start, already there was a huge crowd of teenage girls, dressed in New Moon shirts, squawking and squealing in anticipation. My sister and I exchanged a nervous glance and made our way to the restaurant we had decided to eat at.

After we ate we made our way back to the theater to pick up our tickets. By this time the crowd had grown to include middle aged book club looking women, young 20-something’s who had managed to drag their reluctant boyfriends along, and a couple groups of 10 and under children. My sister and I exchanged another nervous glance as we elbowed our way into the lobby. Considering our showing was sold-out we decided to grab our snacks and head directly to our theater. Luckily we got there in time to still pick prime seats, and we settled in to enjoy our popcorn and take a couple cell phone pictures.

Surprisingly, the 50 minute wait for the movie to start went relatively fast, and as the lights dimmed a wave of swoons fell over the crowd. We patiently endured the previews, and everyone broke into applause as the opening credits rolled.

Despite the magnitude, and general age-group of the audience, there wasn’t too much screaming or squealing that occurred – which is what my sister and I had been so nervous about. The movie was awesome, even more-so than I expected it to be. When it was over my sister and I briefly contemplated checking to see if the next showing was sold-out or not, but considering it was already 10:30 pm, and we had an hour drive home, we decided against it.


In the meantime, Julia was with her Gramma and Papa. She must’ve had a blast with them because after we said goodbye and started heading home Julia was saying “‘Ma! Ma! Papa! Ma!” as little tears welled in her eyes. I reassured her that we’d see them again.


The picture on the left is Jason, circa 2 years old; the right, is, of course, Julia.


Most people say Julia looks just like me, but I think she’s Jason’s ‘mini-me’. Of course, I do see a lot of myself in her. She’s the perfect blend, I suppose.


November has been uneventful thus far. I am excited, however, for the 20th. I have a dinner and movie date with my sister, Hayden. We are going to see the much anticipated second installment of the Twilight Saga, titled New Moon. Hayden and I haven’t had a sister date in quite a while, so it’s bound to be a good time.

I’m also very excited for Thanksgiving weekend. We’ll be having dinner at my mother-in-law’s house, then Julia and I will be headed to my grandparents’ house for the rest of the weekend. I’m always excited to see my family, but for some reason I am extra excited to see them this month.

Happy Halloween!

Well, after spending the majority of the day peeking out the window and checking the weather radar every hour, the rain let up long enough for us to go trick or treating. We only went out for about an hour, but Julia had a blast. She loved going door to door, saying ‘hi to everyone she passed, and getting tons of goodies.

We had decided to walk around the next town over from where we live, and I’m glad we did. There were a couple of houses all decked out with Halloween decorations, and there were kids everywhere. We stopped at one house that had a strobe light flashing, a fog machine going, and two men dressed up like monsters lurking in the corner of the yard. I got a little nervous so I nominated Jason to take Julia to the door while Joyce (my mother in law), and I waited by the street. Julia didn’t skip a beat, she looked right at the man dressed as Freddie Krueger and waved to him. He waved back then turned to the man dressed as Michael Myers and said “Guess I won’t be scaring her.”  I don’t think he would have even if he had tried.

Despite it being a little wet and chilly, we had fun, and Julia made out like a bandit. I have some pictures I took before we went out, but didn’t take my camera along. My battery was dying and I didn’t have time to charge it. Here are the pics I managed to get, enjoy! And Happy Halloween!!!



My creepy Jack o Lantern.


My cute Jack o Lantern



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