hearts and photos and randomness.

As I peek outside at the gray sky’s the feeling of winter surrounds me, with the exception of snow. Yes, we are still lacking in that department. Though the temperatures are still mild the air itself seems different, more winter-like. I want sun.

The birds are everywhere. Flying from tree to tree and across the river again. They are loving the apple tree out back, the apples that have fallen from it. There are still quite a few, not so pretty apples attached to branches, that is until the birds get those ones too.

Olive and I spent some time outside, though it felt colder so not as long as normal.


Olive LOVES LOVES LOVES talking to herself in the mirror and just being silly!

The evening before the big day Brandon spent most of it filling out cards and decorating envelopes. It was fun to watch him.

Valentines day was lovely.

I made a yummy stir fry.

And cookies.

All served on Valentines Day heart shaped paper plates. ;-D

We surprised Brandon with a pink hedgehog, chocolates, a marshmallow Spongebob and a Spongebob yoyo thingymajig.

‘Sup lonely park?


With temps up there lately, meaning way above normal I notice it. That itching to get out and do something fun. I love the fresh warm air and the blinding sun that calls for dark sunglasses. What better way to celebrate than to find the most lonely park and add some life to it in the middle of what is suppose to be winter. I put Olive in her stroller on Thursday afternoon, grabbed a quilt and my camera, and off we went.

It was brilliant. Olive was more than thrilled to be swinging and after every push she would start laughing and say to me “weeee, again?”

This park offers something our children have never experienced before. The  merry go round or as some call it the carousal. I spread the quilt out on it and sat her down.

At first she was a little hesitant until I hopped on with her, then she was all smiles.

The going ’rounds of course it flipped my stomach out haha but oh so worth it to see her loving it.

When it was time to go Olive was so upset and kept saying “swing”.

I can’t wait to go back, hopefully next week and take both she and Brandon. I know they will have a great time together and I know Brandon will absolutely love the merry go round.

One more full week of school and then Brandon will be on vacation. Ahhh, sweet vacation. More sleep. More r&r. More family time. Love.

Today was a do-nothing day for us, as most Saturdays are. The kids enjoyed staying in their pajamas all day and chilled out. That’s what I enjoy about the weekends with my family. It’s so laid back, nothing pressing to do. So relaxing.

Tomorrow we will work on Valentines Day cards.

One last thing, Olive is learning about feelings. When daddy is leaving she lays her head on my shoulder and pouts and says “I sad.” Or tonight when she hit Brandon with a wooden railroad piece and I said “no, Olive we don’t hit” she replied with “I sad” and pouted. Oh my gosh, It’s truly the sweetest thing.

Oh happy day.

Today was so beautiful. The sky. The sun. The warm 40 degree weather was so very welcoming.

Oh happy day, thank you for being so extraordinary being as I have felt very down lately and needed a bit of sun to perk me up.

Olive and I took advantage of it and walked into town to run a few errands before we greeted Brandon at the bus stop.

Yesterday was equally as nice though a little cooler.

We spent some time playing outside on the deck and talked about how great it will be this spring and summer when we can enjoy breakfast out there too.

I envision a picnic table with a cute vintage tablecloth, some spring flowers, grandma-style mugs, lots of coffee, conversations, happy kids  sipping orange juice while scribbling with chalk, making rainbows on the deck floor, lots of laughing and smiling, Oh and an abundance of sunrise. Okay so maybe it won’t be quite that dramatic haha, but I like to think it will.


This week has gone by so quickly.

Our apple-loving girl  checking out her tree.

Olive’s eye is getting better and doesn’t seem to bother her much, mostly it’s when she is first opening her eyes after waking up. We are hoping to get both she and Brandon in to see their new doctor for their check-ups as soon as possible. Not to mention Olive is due for her shots again, yikes.

saying  “love you” to herself in the mirror. Thats how she says her name right now.

Brandon is doing better with time management, both at school and at home. We are so proud of him. Every day is an improvement. I mostly blame myself because I treated him like a baby for so long, I mean wayyyyy after the baby stage, maybe like 7 years old, okay maybe closer to 8. It’s so hard though. Just hear me out on this. I’m sure some of you can relate. He was our first born. Not only that, but Brandon was an only child for 6 years. In that time we did everything for him. Really.   We started out with little things when Olive was born but never pushed the issue much. But I now realize this should have started many many years ago. I hate how this is affecting him in school. It had never crossed my mind until recently at a school meeting. His teacher sends home notes now letting us know how much he is improving already. This is good.


This weekend we will shop for Valentines Day cards and cookies. Maybe we will try our hand at cake pops if we have time. He’s been wanting to make them, not to mention Olive is obsessed with the infomercials.


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. -Robert Brault

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Oh no’s.

Olive woke up on Thursday morning a little out of sorts, so to speak. I scooped her up and sat her in her highchair so I could make her and Brandon breakfast before I took him to school. I kept hearing “eyes” from around the corner. When I gave her the breakfast she pointed to the right one and said “eyes”. Of course I just thought she was making small talk like normal so I said it back to her. The morning went on and throughtout the afternoon she was still saying it and pointing. Still didn’t think anything was wrong because at that time they looked normal to me.

By evening, after dinner she started fussing and rubbing her face and eye, exclaiming “eyes”. I looked. It looked mildly bloodshot. I gave her a bath and put her to bed hoping by morning it would somehow resolve itself and be better.

She woke Friday and it looked a bit worse and she had a little swelling. I called the doctor but they were double booked and unable to see her but advised us to the Walk In Clinic which did not open until evening, when Olive would be in bed. She woke last night at 2am rubbing her eye. I could tell it must be super itchy and irritated. I suspected Pink Eye, also known as Conjunctivitis.

I took her to the Walk In this morning and she was diagnosed with Viral Conjunctivitis. “Oh No’s!” As Olive would say. No medications were necessary, just warm compresses and eye drops if needed. I hope Brandon doesn’t catch it as it is contagious for up to 14 days.


Last night we got a dusting of snow so here I was all excited thinking all morning that when Olive woke from her nap she, Brandon and I would be heading outside for some sledding. Sun is out just as bright and as warm as can be all day. I look out around 2:30pm and laugh because it practically disappeared within those few short hours. Goodbye snow. For now.




First photo was taken about a half hour ago. The other was taken 3 days ago. Yes it got up to 48 degrees that day as you can see towards the bottom of the digital. Nice, as Olive would say. Today it’s a chillin at 28 degrees, much more normal but obviously less desirable. Really I would absolutely love the 40’s with about 2 feet of snow vs the cold blustery conditions that are considered normal in the north east. Though that is not our reality as of yet. We have had a very mild winter thus far and the lack of snow here is almost unheard of in February.


More photos to come in the next few days.

back to school. and other musings.

Brandon has finally started back to school. We are crossing our fingers everything goes smoothly and he can get a full week in, something that has not been accomplished as of yet, since we moved here at the beginning of December. We crave routine. Structure in our children’s everyday lives. Something that we have lacked  lately.

Today we had a meeting with Brandon’s teacher to review his report card. He is doing excellent. Excellent at math, reading and science. Spelling too. Despite the missed days, he’s right on track with the other students. Tonight he was doing his homework and creating sentences on paper all by himself. He makes us so proud.

We are starting a task chart, which I am calling “Brandon’s List”, complete with a “Star Jar”. For each task he completes he earns a star for the jar. At the end of the week we will count the stars in the jar and if he has at least 22, he can play the Wii on the weekends. The list is to help motivate him, it includes simple things like eating your dinner in a timely manner, get ready for school, do homework, etc. I think it will work out great.


Olive has been teething like crazy these past few days. Like chewing on her sleeves till they are soaked. I would attempt to check her teeth but I’m afraid I would never get my fingers back, girlfriend has shark jaws hahah!

(she loves putting  Mr. Potato Head together)

I’ve been asking Olive if she can say certain words, usually when she’s in her highchair and I’m doing dishes, and here’s a list of most of the words she can say so far:




meme(our nickname for Mena, our dog)



























butterfly(fly fly)























olive (i love)


burt(as in Earnie and Bert)



poop (she is ALWAYS saying “I pooped”, even when she hasn’t.. 😀 )








french fries


thank you




…..She picks most words up by listening to her brother and if either Dennis or I are holding something or pick something up in front of her, we always say what it is out loud and ask her of she can say it.  We love hearing her talk, it makes us laugh hearing her little girl voice coming through now.

(reading Baby Talk magazine)


I’ve been working on our family tree. So much fun! I love reading about our ancestors. It’s amazing the research one can do with only a little bit of information. Very addicting.


We got a new car. This mama loves it.

But I must say, I dig the wheels on this car a bit more. 😉


I made ‘the best salad ever’. Seriously. Just had to put that out there.

This beautiful vintage table runner was Grammy White’s.  LOVE.


In other news, here it is ALMOST FEBRUARY, working on the 40 degree mark in the next few days and we have no snow right now, just patches of ice here and there. So not like Vermont at all.  Of course this can only mean one thing, We will be getting some very very soon and then my friends, we will be able to enjoy all that sledding we promised the kids.









Thursday Quicky. Mostly pictures.

A quick low-down..

Because this was written last night and I fell asleep before i hit the publish button.

Today was a rare sleep-in-late kind of day.  One of those mornings you wish you could just sleep a few more hours but crawl out of the covers at 9am because, alas, all good things must come to an end and just knowing my favorite Golden French Toast coffee is waiting, waiting for my anticipated morning conversation with my husband, along with two children greeting me with big smiles…so worth  it.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the sunrises and sunsets here?

Ahh-maaa-zing! And that’s to say the least. Even the mid day views are beautiful.

We can’t wait to enjoy it moreso in the spring out on the back deck.

Breakfast I whipped up for my sweet husband because, well, he rocks my world and I appreciate him so much. 😀

Our snow is pretty much non existent as of this moment, some ice here and there, some grass too. Temperatures are making it feel and look more spring-like than anything. And I have yet to take pictures of our grass, but I will before it is covered by that pretty white stuff again tonight.

All of the photos in this post were taken over the past week and a half.

Olive has her very own mirror, which she loves to look at herself  in and  say hello to “I love” (this is how she says Olive).

Stream of Conscience

So, I hate to do it but I’m going to start off with a rant. Yesterday I had a blog post all typed via my cell phone. Battery was low. I knew it was a bad idea, yet I kept typing anyway, just because sometimes I’m a bad-ass like that. Then, just as quickly as I had wrote, my phone shut off on me. Not saving a draft on it’s way out… Figures.


Initially, I wrote about how on Friday Brandon came home from school with a rash which I dismissed until Saturday morning because at first it didn’t look like anything to worry about. He had no other symptoms besides rash and itching and it seemed mild. I thought maybe it was an allergic reaction to something he was doing at school and assumed it would be better by the end of the weekend. Saturday morning I took him up to the ER, where he was diagnosed with Chicken Pox, even though he was vaccinated when he was little. Olive has been vaccinated also so I asked what the chances would be that she would catch this. Apparently, when you get vaccinated it only protects you 85%, so there is still that small chance. Brandon must have been that small chance. So, no school until Monday, or until it resolves. Scary because his lymph nodes in his skull are swollen. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it and I was unaware we even had lymph nodes in our skull. In the meantime we will be doing school work from home.


I’ve taken some photos this past week, which I will post later this evening.


Olive’s hair is coming in so beautifully. I was just talking to Dennis about how in a few more months she would be wearing barrettes. Finally. I can’t wait. To see her with hair, eep. I plan on purchasing a pretty box this spring for all of her hair accessories.


Today greeted us with above normal temperatures here in Vermont. A very mild 40 degrees. I see grass. Lots of green grass. And water. Our back yard is looking more like a pond right now.


I will be back later with new pictures.. Have a great day.

A bug. Oldies.

It was 2am this morning when I awoke to the sound of crying in between a puking episode. Poor Olive. I quickly changed her, her bedding and started a load of laundry. I put her back to bed but she knew puppy was in the wash and we all know girlfriend can’t sleep without it so she waited. And waited. Around 5am, somewhere between listening to Steve Perry’s “Oh, Sherry” and Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing compares to you”  I heard the buzz of the dryer  proclaiming it’s done. The puppy was finally dry. She snuggled with him a few moments before drifting off to sleep again. It must have been just a slight touch of the flu bug because she was fine all day today. Whew.  Really, I hate to see our children sick. I turn into a little helpless mama. I get all panicky and emotional seeing our babies sick and want nothing more but for them to feel better again.


Tonight I cuddled with Brandon in the big chair and watched a show we use to watch all the time together, Wipe Out. We hadn’t watched it since last fall I believe. We laughed out loud. It felt good to just laugh. Tomorrow, I’m planning on opening his new Battleship game he got from Santa and coaxing him into playing it with me. I haven’t played Battleship myself since I was just a little girl and the games have really gotten better with time. Can’t wait.


I know I haven’t taken and posted any pictures from my camera in over a week. Truth is, I have been avoiding it. The camera. Like a plague. Last time I used it we were going to see dad. I look at the bag several times a day but I have yet to open it.

I will in time. ..


Meantime, Here are a few oldies, as I like to call them. It’s always nice to look back and remember.


Oh, one more thing.

When I ask Olive if she can say Olive, she replies with “love you”. Every time. Melts my heart.