Sep 27, 2015 - News!    No Comments

Flavors of Fall

An absolutely beautiful fall season was enjoyed by all this year!  We went apple picking on Siena’s birthday and followed tradition by baking the first apple crisp to celebrate 19 years with our wonderful daughter.  We always have so much fun picking apples together, but more fun taking pictures.  Apple picking has become a family photo shoot!

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Happy Birthday Siena!

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Aug 20, 2015 - News!    No Comments

Summer Love

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Building sand sculptures, soaking in the sun.  Oceans, beaches, just having fun!

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Surfing, swimming, handstands in the sand.  Hanging with friends and lemonade stands!  Go-cart rides and bonfire’s high.  Celebrating with family on the fourth of July!

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Summer LOVE!  Where the sand is your seat and the waves kiss your feet!

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Jun 30, 2015 - News!    No Comments

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Our spring has been all about baseball and we love it!  Caden played in the Cal Ripken majors division on the Zimba team.  He played short-stop, second base, and did some pitching!  Although his team struggled to win games, Caden still played well and had a lot of fun!

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Caden made the All-Star team but they lost the first two games in the tournament.  It was pretty heart-breaking, but Caden made some cash for making two great catches in the outfield and two great hits!  It was a fun season!  We also had a great time at the Sea Dogs “kids at the park” day!  Caden got to play on the field with other Little League players, meet and get the autographs of some players, and hold the flag with his team!

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We also had an All-Star team bonfire night at our house!  We played parents vs. kids wiffle ball, lit off the bonfire, toasted s’mores, and even had a fireworks display!  A very fun night!

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This last picture is my favorite.  My little boy is growing up and I love watching him play the game of baseball.

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May 12, 2015 - News!    No Comments

Legacy XV

Another year and another successful dance recital!  We had two stars on that stage leaving behind their legacy, which I pray is a good one focused on loving others and always acting as young ladies, well mannered and full of grace.  We were very proud of Siena and Mia and got such joy from watching them dance on the stage!  Here are just some of the many pictures taken over the weekend.

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Mia’s favorite routine was the jazz number and boy did she bring the attitude!  I’ve never seen her eyes roll so much and she reminded us of a little Siena.  It was like deja vu – remembering Siena when she began dancing at the same age as Mia.  You could definitely tell they were sisters and we were happy to see them share such a special weekend together.  Siena’s favorite number was her tap piece.  Daddy and I were both very impressed by her talent in choreographing such a fun dance!

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Congratulations girls!  Job well done!  You are both beautiful on the outside, but more importantly, on the inside!

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May 12, 2015 - News!    No Comments

Chocolate Bunnies

Easter is my favorite holiday because “Christ Has Risen” and also because of the visual reminders of what that new life brings.  Seeing the grass turning green, watching flowers bloom, hearing the birds chirp, and just the smell of the spring air makes me feel alive and happy after a long winter.  This year was difficult because there was still snow on the ground!  I normally host an annual Easter party for the kids and their friends, but couldn’t do it this year because we couldn’t be outside.  And, poor Daddy was sick on Easter morning.  The kids and I tried to focus on the joy of Easter, but it was a little different without Daddy cooking the eggs!

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Here are the kids at Mammy and Bampy’s house eating Easter dinner, having an egg hunt in the snow, and yes….having a snowball fight!

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And here is my favorite picture of the day, the one Siena took from setting her phone camera on the hood of her car! Happy Easter!

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May 12, 2015 - News!    No Comments

A Taste of Winter

Wow!  What a winter we had this year!  Record breaking snow storms and cold, cold, COLD!  We didn’t venture outside as much this winter, but stayed cozy and warm in front of the wood stove most days.  However, we did get out on the snow shoes a few times and used the snow boards with some friends.  Here are a few pictures of some winter fun.

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Caden really mastered the snowboard this year and Siena?  Well……. she stayed on the board long enough to pose:)  Mia enjoyed digging out snow tunnels from the huge snowbanks Daddy made!  Mama and Daddy even snuck out one afternoon alone to do some snowshoeing while the kids stayed home and made snow ice cream!

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We also got a trip to Steele Hill as our Christmas gift from Mammy and Bampy.  The kids had so much fun sledding and swimming together that weekend.  It was a nostalgic trip for me and my siblings, bringing back the memories we made as children in this same place.  It was a neat experience to go back and watch our children making the same memories we did!

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Jan 18, 2015 - News!    No Comments

A Minecraft Mission

Caden turned eleven this weekend and I wondered if this mission of creating his ideal birthday party was possible.  He’s very particular about his themed birthdays!  We decided to rent the Fairfield Community Center so all his friends could play together and be as rough as they wanted.  What a great spot for a birthday, especially for 8 eleven year old boys!

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They played the entire three hours they were there!  Football, basketball, dodge ball, Nerf guns, & frisbee!  They stopped to fuel up and open gifts.  Caden got some great Lego gifts and lots of gift cards!  They also enjoyed “mining” for gems at the candy table and drinking “creeper punch!”

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They finished the night off with a homemade ice cream creeper cake!  I have yet to order a cake for Caden’s birthday.  He likes me to make homemade ones and I’m glad this one was a hit!

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A great time with some great friends and family.  I’d say this was a “Mission Accomplished!”  Happy Birthday Caden!

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Dec 26, 2014 - News!    1 Comment

A Very Merry Christmas

We celebrated a beautiful Christmas together as a family.  I bought Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift and read the kids one devotion a day to keep our hearts and minds focused on Jesus, the reason for the season.  It was a beautiful story and we enjoyed it very much.  We also enjoyed many traditions, including cutting down a tree and decorating it to get in the Christmas spirit!

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We also baked Christmas cookies, made challah bread, visited Santa and left him a note with cookies and carrots for the reindeer!

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Christmas Eve we ordered Chinese food and celebrated with Mammy and Bampy Fitz.  We then went to the candlelight service at church where Siena did a reading and Caden and Mia sang, Go Tell It On a Mountain.  My favorite part of Christmas is when we dim the lights and sing Silent Night.  It makes me feel the true spirit of Christmas and makes me realize how blessed I am to know and love Jesus!

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Christmas morning brought much excitement in our house opening stockings and gifts!  Daddy and I teased the kids like we always do and realized they’re not going to all fit on the top step together much longer!

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Lots of thoughtful and wonderful gifts this year, with the most exciting being Siena’s Full House complete series & new winter coat, Daddy’s Uncle Buck movie & Guinness pack, Caden’s XBox & Minecraft figures, and Mia’s tumbling mats & American Girl Doll.  Mama had a very special Christmas getting two pairs of the boots I wanted (my Christmas miracle #mostawesomehusband), a 3-hole punch and my Latte pillow!

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I’ll end this post with our Christmas card pictures which I think came out really cute!  I also used the kid’s pics to make their annual ornament!  It’s so fun to see them change and grow a little older each year.  My prayer is that they also grow in their faith more and more each year and keep Jesus in their hearts always.  Merry Christmas!

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Nov 10, 2014 - News!    No Comments

A Gr”8″t Party!

We celebrated Mia’s 8th birthday party yesterday at the Best Western Swim & Fitness Center.  Mia wanted a swimming party and the kids didn’t stop swimming the entire time they were there!  She got a lot of great gifts including craft kits, jewelry, clothes, food, & her new doll which she named “Sal.”

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I was so proud of how gracious and polite Mia was during her party, letting Frankie blow out the last candle, letting all her friends help her open her gifts, and making sure to give love and say thank you to everyone.  She had a great time playing with her friends.  We went home and she immediately started using her new craft kits!

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Happy 8th Birthday, Mia Mary!

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Nov 7, 2014 - News!    No Comments

Falling For Sports!

I’m a proud Mama and going to do some bragging in this post!  I’m very proud of our children for committing to playing a fall sport.  Caden decided to give football a try, but was very nervous about it.  Daddy and I were so proud of how he joined a tackle football team and worked hard to learn positions, plays, and the proper way to tackle.  Having never played, it was a scary thing for him to jump in with no former experience, and at times he cried and didn’t want to continue.  However, he didn’t let his fear hold him back and ended up loving the team and having a great season!  He can’t wait to play next year!

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Mia chose to play soccer this year, and she tore it up on the field!  She’s so fun to watch play a sport because she plays by instinct and doesn’t always think about the “proper” positions or taking the ball away from her own teammates!  She just wants to get the ball and put it in the goal!  She scored one goal this year and it just so happened to be at the game that Mammy and Bampy and Auntie Amy had come to watch.  What a cheering section and what a proud little girl.  She liked playing soccer, but she thinks she’d like to try football next year!

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And then there’s Siena!  She went away and competed in the “Dance America” Competition in Brockton, Massachusetts.  She entered her tap solo and choreographed another tap routine for the seniors called, “Hit the Road Jack.”  She ended up winning a trophy for the best “Young Choreographer Award!”  Here’s what was said about her performance:  ”Siena rocked her self-choreographed tap solo, “Say Something”. She earned first place points, first place in the senior solo tap category, and a Dancer of the Year nomination. Siena was also the winner of the “Young Choreographer’s Award” for the dance team’s hip hop/tap routine, “Hit the Road Jack”. The judges said, “We hope to see more of this young lady’s work,” and we agree!”  Congratulations, Siena!

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