Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Walk in the woods


 We went for a nature walk on Sunday to enjoy time together.  The kids and I had a lot of fun.




 buba!

 She can make a great pouty face. :)

Lumber Jack Jordan

 We were gifted a bag of used clothes and Jordan fell in love with this orange shirt.  He decided that he was a lumber jack.
 He even drew some tools, like a flash light, and a small axe, etc.  He then asked if he could go outside and play.

 When Paolo went outside to check on him, this is what he found- a true lumber jack at the top of the tree.
I recommended that next time he let us know first (you know, just in case he falls from up there I can take him to the ER in a timely manner).

Friday, January 23, 2015

friends at the park and peek-a-boo

 What is one of my FAVORITE things in the whole wide world?  These toothless smiles.  When I see pictures of me around this age- toothless and awkward- I cringe.  But somehow with it being my own child, it makes me smile and I love seeing that toothless grin more than almost anything else in the whole world!






Saturday, January 17, 2015

singing and legos

 Lately my boys have been locking themselves in their room (aka locking Isabel out) to build legos and singing AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS! It's quite infectious to hear such happy singing!

 This is from the Beffana (that we got at a local party).  I'm too cheap to buy my kids a bag of candy (besides the fact that I don't think they need to eat a bag of candy), but at a locale close by they had a party for the kids and gave them out.  Lucky for them. :)

 Aaron lost his 8th tooth a few days ago.  He really does have a lot of missing teeth in the front.  Hopefully the other ones will eventually grow in.
video

Friday, January 2, 2015

we're normal

New Year's Day was a rough day for us.  We were tired (a certain little kiddo not sleeping well at night and therefore her parents too).  It's amazing how sleep deprivation lowers my threshold for tolerating stress.  We went to take the kids ice skating at the main square near us.  When we got there, the prices were higher than we thought.  Paolo realized that he left his cash at home.  I got skates for me and 3 kids and he headed home to get the money.

In the meantime a black cloud was hovering over my head.  I could barely stay on skates myself plus having 3 kids fall all over me, and let me tell you that my back still hurts.  Try and teach them to skate while keeping Isabel up dead weight wasn't fun.  Inside I was STRESSED OUT and no one to help, and I wasn't having fun- any fun whatsoever.  I felt abandoned.

And then Paolo finally came back and told me that he was in a car accident.  He turned left in front of a car he couldn't see because of the sun in his eyes.  At that moment all of the negative stress built up inside blew away in an instant.  I was worried about me and how I was doing.  My husband was surely having a worse day than me, and I felt bad for thinking only about poor me.

The rest of the day continued with dark clouds at our house, and Isabel screamed bloody murder for several hours that night (turns out she has a ruptured ear drumm today).

So as I was awake last night I was thinking to myself, and this thought came to me (one that I've always believed strongly in):  life isn't about what's handed to you, it's about how you act and react to it that determines where you're headed.  So the first day of the year starting out not so great does not determine where my year is going, but how I react certainly does.  So I re-commited to trying my best, let myself be human, and try, try again.  I feel "totally normal" in the sense of no glowing stories of success around my house these days, but I do feel like I'm in control of my life by the choices I make.

So here's to a new year, and moving forward.  And trying to take those bad days in stride.

Friday, December 26, 2014

sand angels for Christmas

If we can't have snow angels, I guess we'll settle for sand angels this year.  Happy Holidays to all of you!










Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

 This is my favorite picture of all time of Aaron- toothless Santa Claus.  He reminds me of the grandpa from the movie"Arthur Christmas".

Christmas Eve dinner with Paolo's family: