Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

We kicked off the weekend with a water balloon fight.  We don't have any big plans for the holiday weekend and it's kind of nice just playing and relaxing around the house. 

Whenever we hit Currier with a balloon he would say in his best Boston accent, "You ah so wicked bummin for that one!"

Friday, May 28, 2010

School's Out For Summer!

Today was Currier's last day of school.  He's off for the next two months.  I can only imagine the antics he'll pull with all that free time.  Please pray for me!

Sleeping Position

Rya likes to sleep in the standard "Hi my name is Chubby!" position. 


Currier had his four-year-old check up this week.  He is 39 3/4 inches long and weighs 41.8 lbs.  Trent and the nurse had to corner him and hold him down for his immunizations while I stood by cringing.  Seeing the fear and pain in his eyes was absolute torture and it made me realize how lucky I am to have healthy children that only have to be subjected to needles and shots once a year.  I can't imagine the anguish of parents who watch their sick children go through that kind of pain daily. 

Friday Favorites- Ella Gamba's Photography

Here are a few more shots from our session with my talented photographer friend, Ella Gamba.  If you're interested in hiring Ella, she is very reasonably priced, works well with children, is a total sweetheart and can be contacted via email-

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dear Four-Year-Old Currier,

When you turned three years old other parents warned me, "If you thought the terrible twos were bad, the threes are way worse."  I kindly thanked them for their upbeat insight into our future while rolling my eyes but damn it they were right! You became more verbal and you have different ideas about things and you want things a certain way. You took every opportunity to push the limits and you pushed me to my breaking point on many occasions but we made it through the year and we're all still alive. Although seriously I almost murdered you for the egg smashing incident, you little turd! 

Of course this year wasn't all bad. You are growing into a fine young man. You are kind, sensitive and so smart. You give compliments and have good manners without my prompting you. You are so sweet to your sister (unless she touches one of your toys!).  You are starting to read words and you speak more Italian than I do (which isn't saying much!). And you have your Mama's wicked sense of humor that will serve you well during the tough times in life—trust me.

Other parents have assured me that the fours are a breeze compared to the twos and threes so bring on the better behavior my friend because your little sister is about to hit the terrible twos and I can't handle two monsters under one roof! 

All my love,


My dad came and spent a week with us.  Several weeks ago he received news that his cancer is back and started another round of chemotherapy right away.  This trip had already been planned so he took a much needed break from the doctors, the hospitals and the drugs and came down to South Carolina to see his grandchildren. 

We lounged by the pool a lot, had a seafood lunch on Shem Creek, went to our first Charleston Riverdogs baseball game, spent a whole day at the beach, watched several funny movies, shopped downtown Charleston, celebrated Currier's 4th birthday at a Japanese Steakhouse and heard Rya say "Papa" for the first time.      

It was a bittersweet visit.  

* A special thank you to my very talented friend,
Ella Gamba for taking these photos!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I Love...

this wire with clips that I bought at Ikea.  It dries and displays my kids' artwork.  When I sit on my deck, I feel like I'm in a little art gallery and it makes me smile. 

I Hate... 
that Rya is getting too big for baths in the kitchen sink after she creates these wonderful works of art.  I miss the awesomeness of a tiny baby.  It almost makes me wish I didn't get my tubes tied.  Almost.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

This is what I did all day without any kids and it was glorious! 
Best Mother's Day ever.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Strawberry Picking

This morning the kids and I went strawberry picking at the Boone Hall Plantation.  We got some of the biggest, juiciest strawberries we'd ever seen and plan on making Strawberry Shortcake for dessert tonight!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


As we pulled into our driveway this afternoon, we found this little guy hanging out under our hose faucet.   

Apparently lost and in need of some water, we hydrated him and tried to feed him some spinach and carrots.  Currier begged to keep Diego the turtle but I explained that it's mating season and Diego is looking for Dora.  So we released Diego into the pond by our house. 

But not before humiliating him with some Cinco de Mayo sombrero pictures.  Happy Cinco de Drinko!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Uno de Mayo Fiesta

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Myrtle Beach With My Fairy Godmother

The kids and I spent a few days in Myrtle Beach visiting my Godmother at her timeshare.  Helen and her friend, Mary, were wonderful hosts and treated us to a nice little mini vacation.    

We spent most of our visit behind the condo feeding ducks, geese (right out of our hands!), swans and turtles.  The kids got such a kick out of this and truthfully so did the adults.  By the end of our visit the geese were so fat they couldn't fly! 

The resort had a fantastic kiddie pool area featuring a lazy river, a jacuzzi, and a mini water park.  Such fun!  We also packed in a nice seafood dinner, an evening looking through old photo albums of my mother and a day at the beach.  Lovely visit. 

I love my Fairy Godmother!  She is kind, funny and the only person I know who talks more than me!