Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

I walked out of my mother-in-law's house today to this sweet message. Judah wrote on the sidewalk for me. This boy totally captures my heart :) Hope you had a great Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Latest Reads

I brought these two book on the cruise with us last week. I almost bought them in the bookstore. I am such a sucker in the bookstore...I love books. I always have. I love to flip the pages and read on...letting the story unfold. I am totally a book junkie. Well, I didn't buy them because I am also frugal. So, I went to the library and looked for them. And I found them in there....score!!!!
Okay, so for you Downton crazies...the first book on the left is awesome. All the background stuff about the show. I loved it. Did you know that they rarely eat in the scenes in the dining room...because the shooting of that scene can take 10 hours and they would have to eat the same piece of chicken the whole time (can we say yucky salmonella)? I love all the background facts. And if you like Downton Abbey, then you will love this.
Also, I read the book Below Stairs. It's very cute. It's the story of a real servant like the ones who serve on Downton. It gives a real account of life below the stairs. It's a quick read, and for those who love history give it a try.
Sadly, we have to wait so many months for Downton to continue. I don't get into too many television shows. Not much time around here. But I love this one. I am slightly addicted. So, I will keep my eye out for books like these to keep the addiction cooled down. Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Irish Brownie Parfait

This was the simple dessert I told you about yesterday that I found on Pinterest. I was searching just the night before because I ran out of time during week. I found this and knew that it would be a hit! It was super simple to make...inexpensive...not too heavy after a big meal...and most of all, delicious.
There is a brownie on the bottom, then vanilla pudding tinged with green (next time I will add some mint flavor to it), followed by cool whip and then an Andes candy on top. Super good! And I made them hours before hand and they stayed very nice and the brownie did not get soggy in the refrigerator. Love it! Give it a try at your house!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pleased to Meet You

The title says it all...I feel so distant from my blog. And I hate it. Life has been so busy lately, so I just haven't had time to post much. And I am sorry. And I know I will be sorry in the future because I like to look back at all the events of our life.
I briefly hinted before that we had something in the works around Bryn's 16th birthday. Well, that was a cruise that we had booked for her and a friend to celebrate her birthday.  The four of us went last Friday to Monday to the Bahamas on a Norwegian liner. And it was fabulous. It was fun to take her and celebrate her. She is so special and wonderful to us and this was the perfect way to celebrate the major milestone of a birthday. We had a blast being lazy on the beach down there and on the deck of the ship. It was super relaxing. Can't beat staring at crystal blue water while you drink a pina colada, right?
The worst part of the trip is coming home. All day Monday I washed clothes and got the house ready for the school week. Matt was starting to come down with a cold and Bryn wasn't feeling too hot either. I think they had a little too much food and party on the ship...their immune systems were down. Anyway, the week was just hard. Trying to keep up with work while feeling out of sorts. A friend mentioned to me that the time change probably made it hard too, which I probably agree with her. So, it was just a rough week. Lots to get done and not feeling like doing it. Blah.
Yesterday I went a local birth fair. I went with the company that I work for and it was a lot of fun. I love meeting with moms and their families. We made a lot of contacts and some possible clients...so it was totally worth it. I am working on my certification paperwork now, and I actually am waiting for a client to give birth (my first that I actually will get paid for). Matt is working super hard on a website for me. So, as soon as I have that done I will send it your way. I am so excited about this next stage of life for me. It is exciting and mysterious all at the same time.
Goodness, everything else is going good. We are having really good days with Caleb, which is awesome. Raising a child with special needs is difficult and unpredictable...but lately it has been super fabulous. The other boys are busy, busy, busy...as usual. Always building something, and then knocking it down...hahaha. The girls are good..just the same as always. I think the number one thing I say to them is to clean their room. Matt and I are very neat people, so I am not sure where these children came from :)
In one week we will be on spring break. Which I am looking forward to. School has been going well. We have been accomplishing a lot and pushing forward to the end of the year. This is our second year using Tapestry of Grace and I am still totally loving it. I actually am getting ready to buy next year's curriculum. The literature approach is totally my style and it works really well with the kids.
Running has been good, but different. After running the 10k with my sweet William, we took some days off to recover. Then I have been working with Esther on a 5k training in the evenings. I even got to run on the ship, which is so awesome. There is nothing like being out at sea and running....and the icing on the cake is watching the sun rise. It is so awesome. Anyway, so the running schedule has been a bit erratic. And now that the time changed, it has been hard since it is so dark in the morning. I got a good 3 miler in yesterday, which felt good. And I need to set my self up to work on speed work...that is my goal over the spring and part of the summer...to get faster.
I think that is all for now. Life has been busy, but that's normal, right? Planning a St. Patrick's day dinner tonight...some yummy traditional Irish dinner. And I found a yummy recipe for dessert on my favorite Pinterest. It is a cup of goodness...brownie on the bottom, then green pudding (really vanilla), then cool whip topped with an Andes candy. Super yummy. I will post a picture for you later :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

17 Years

My husband brought this ginormous bouquet of flowers home yesterday. So sweet. For our 17th anniversary. Love him.
Seventeen years...amazing! Can't believe we have been married that long. We have lots of good times and some very dark, sad times...but it's all about the journey. Who are we in the end. I hope one day our child will call us blessed and that we are not only touching our generation, but the next and next generation. Are we perfect? No way. Do we have perfect lives? Yeah, right. But God is so good. And I love this man more today than I did 17 years ago. It's about the journey, folks!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

16

This was the week. Bryn finally turned 16!!! The coveted age. She counted down for this one. There has been much anticipation for the day. It was a great birthday...and a great party. Super busy this week...will be back next week to share more. Enjoy the picture of our girl :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cold Morning

It's cold this morning...for Florida at least. About 43 this morning. Yes, I know for you northerners, not cold at all.  Anyway, the boys were rolling around the floor with their blankets and Mia came out for the morning...and headed right for the warm spot in the house. So smart. Love my little pug!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday, How I Love Thee...

One of my first thoughts at five this morning (when my eyes first opened) was...Thank God it's Friday. After a busy school week with 5 kids, I look forward to the end of the week. Matt will be home for the weekend and I don't have school to do. Lovely. Today we actually have co-op and then the park...so worth waiting for.
Now, don't think that I don't like homeschooling my kids. I love it. I truly do. It is one of my favorite things in the world and I think daily how blessed I am to do it. But this year has been harder. Five kids under my care in regard to their schooling. They stretch me totally. They demand so much of my attention. It is hard...point blank. There are times where I have 5 pairs of eyes staring at me waiting (not as patiently, I might add) for their turn (and they are usually holding a book that they have to show me which adds to the intensity). And then there is Judah. I was thinking yesterday that I truly have met my MATCH. He is his own story. He is STUBBORN. He thinks one way and it is hard to steer him any other way. I am amazed. Sometimes just to have him get a book out requires pulling teeth. He is so smart...but he has his own agenda. And it doesn't always (most of the time) match mine.
So, anyway...anything new going on? I have barely run this week...blah. My hip was hurting a bit this week, so I am giving it a mild break. Icing my lower back which soothes the pain. This happened the last time I ran a 10k, so I am not surprised. Next week...back to working hard. Going to be working on getting faster...no race training until the fall. My goal is to drop my time by several minutes...so that will take a lot of my energy.
We are prepping for our daughter's 16th birthday. Yes, I know...16??? Can't believe it. We are having a huge party for her on Sunday to celebrate. And then we are planning on taking her on a cruise! Yes, a cruise. To celebrate her. To let her know how much we care and love her. She really is a great girl and takes on a lot of responsibility as top girl of this crew. She deserves it.
I think that's all. Boring. Yes, a bit perhaps. I am headed out to breakfast this morning with my man. Good morning, everyone. Have a fantastic day!