Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Finding Christmas ....

Friends and family know how much I love Christmas
but I'm just not feeling it this year
I'm having a hard time with the idea of Christmas
without Momma
I told my daughter Jacquelyn this and she said I needed
to do something "Christmas" with Declan and it would get me
in to the holiday spirit.
So for football Sunday, I thought I would get some Christmas crafts
for the boys to do. Saturday evening I went over to Michaels...they
have so many things to choose from.
here's some pictures from Sunday.........I think the boys
had a good time and it warmed my heart to have them over
having fun. I still haven't hit that Christmas excitement that
I always have at this time of the year but I'm sure it will come.
Like Jacquelyn said, once I start getting my decorations out, that
will for sure make me happy.
My November chalk board

Declan looking so cute in his new vest

Baby John aka: drool machine
only one tooth through but looks like a few more
are trying hard to come through

Busy working on their Christmas crafts

Nicole does crafts with Gabe and Maddox quite often
so they were really enjoying it

Our sweet Maddox suffers from nose bleeds when the fall comes...
the dry air is rough on his little nose. Well he had a bad one and it
just messed his little nose up so much. Nicole has it coated down
good with medicine so that is why it is red and shiny!!

haha........I love how John is looking up at his Daddy, so funny

you can see his little tooth good in this picture

Nicole put John's seat up on the table so
he could see what was going on. Next year he'll
be doing some crafts!

I asked Declan to show me one of his and he held it
out for each person to see, it was cute

Maddox's turn to show his work......

and now Gabe's turn....

they each did 4


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


My last post was September 24th
Not sure I have ever gone that long without posting

It's not that I don't have a lot to say......or a lot to share
but instead, life has not been too kind lately.

October 1st my Mom had surgery.......nothing serious. She was recovering well and then she was not, like over night, she was not. Sadly, my precious Momma passed away on Oct 10th. It was very unexpected and shocked our family. I, along with my siblings, took a week off of work to be with Daddy, do some house cleaning and funeral arrangements and really, just be together. I will write a post about my Momma at a later date. She deserves so much more than just a little paragraph but I just can't for now.
So for the last 3 weeks, life has just been existing for me. As I type this, I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since Momma passed. I feel like I'm in limbo, like this isn't even real. I have not been exercising, not eating all that great and not getting a solid nights sleep. I need to take care of myself because my Momma would be disappointed if I didn't. She was proud of me for eating clean and getting exercise.  And part of getting back to normal needs to be blogging my family life for my family journal here.
So hoping to put up some pictures soon and some good recipes, good thoughts and good news!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Beach pictures ....

On the first day, after we went to the Aquarium, we went
to Jeannette's Pier. Declan of course was fascinated by that
he had gone to the beach last year when he was
only 7 months old so didn't really remember
So this trip was fun watching him fall in love with
the Outer Banks!
We also went out to lunch and then hit up the grocery
store for things we would need right away.
Once we were able to check in, we couldn't wait
to take him out to the sand and ocean.
Little cutie waiting at the door so we can head down to the beach

and the look of wonderment!

a little startled by the water so needed his mommy
to hold him

he loved playing in the sand


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beach Vacation 2014 ....

Labor Day weekend
we headed down to our favorite vacation spot,
the Outer Banks of North Carolina
We rented a condo with Jacquelyn, Bucky, Declan and Lynne
for a week of fun and sun!!
September is my favorite time to go down to the OBX
and though it was nice, it was also still very hot
We arrived on Saturday but you are unable to check in to
your condo until about 4:00 so we tried to find some things
to do that would keep Declan happy. First we went out
to breakfast. Then we headed over to the Aquarium
here's some pics......

Declan was fascinated by the water fountain

and he loved throwing coins in to the water

as I'm going through my vacation pictures I see that I
pretty much only took pictures of Declan......haha
I need to start taking pics of other people too!