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Expecto Patronum!

You know how when the Dementors came around Little Whinging and everything felt depressing and dismal? That’s how it has been in Pennsylvania lately; rainy, cold and downright miserable. I am aching for a sunny day.

My Patronus, Charlie, hard at work.

We are heading to the beach house for the long holiday weekend and have our fingers crossed that the weather will improve. Biggest can’t wait to go crabbing. Littlest can’t wait to play video games on the Boardwalk. Tom can’t wait to go for morning walks with the dogs. And I can’t wait to sport my fanny pack and ride my bike around town.

This week…

Littlest went to Comicon. He looks forward to this every year.

Charlie and Tom (and I) were riveted by the OJ Simpson series on Netflix. I didn’t really follow the trial at the time but GEEZE what a circus! He did it!

I have been obsessed with ferns! I want to plant them everywhere, both inside and out. Which reminds me of the time the boys made up the nickname of “Fern Montague” for me when we were joking around pretending to be fancy people. Unfortunately, the alter ego stuck and Tom dares me on occasion to introduce myself as such when we visit Open Houses. Spoiler alert- I don’t do it!

What’s new with you this week? What’s your Patronus? Do you have an alter ego?

Long Lost Blogger

Hi Friends! Long time no talk!

Honestly, I’m not sure where to go with this blog. I love having a place to ramble on and record our family memories, but as the boys get older, it seems less OK to share their antics online. The things that I might find adorable as their Mother may seem mortifying to them as a tween and teen. Gah! Parenting is tricky. I guess I’ll just start writing and see how things evolve.

Anyhoo… Where did the last year and a half go? In that time, I have:

1. Barely been stitching (but have been feeling a bit of an itch to get started again)

I finally framed this…

and started this…

2. Moved into a new house (which we LOVE but required a change of schools which was HARD)

We have more space and a lot to garden, which is good and bad…

Tom’s favorite part is the long driveway which means he never has to talk to neighbors. My favorite part is the back patio and gazebo.

3. Got MARRIED (Yes, Tom finally made an honest woman of me after all of these years)!

I love him.

Family Forever.

4. And Charlie is great (I know you must be wondering).


How are you? What’s new? How’s life? Have you been stitching? Did you miss me? I missed you! It’s good to be back!

5/15/15!

Oh… heeeeey … Friday, glad you’re finally back!

This week started off really bad, then got better, then got good! So GOOD! And now it’s Friday, which makes it GREAT!

This weekend, we have a scout camping trip. I am not staying for the overnight portion = BONUS!

Today I am thankful for:

A successful violin concert

A reasonably good night’s sleep

A too-short dress that I turned into a shirt! HA!

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography (sooooo interesting!)

Red Sperry Topsiders

Our strawberries are coming back!

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Cross stitching!

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I love this quote.

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Have a great weekend!

Why hello there.

Monday. Blergh.

Why do weekends have to be so fun? That makes Mondays even worse!

On Friday, Littlest had his Taekwondo belt test. He did great! I’m so proud of him for sticking with it.

Afterwards, my friend and I went out to a new French restaurant. It was tasty. We had oysters and cheese and wine. How predictable. A young drunk landscaper guy tried to chat us up. We were like “Zing! We still got it for a couple of middle aged suburban Moms! Never mind that he was drunk!”

Saturday morning = soccer. The boys have not won a single game this season and are losing their motivation. I feel bad for them, but am secretly glad that we won’t have to sit through tournaments if they keep up this streak.

Tom and I went out on Saturday night. I know! 2 nights out in 1 weekend?! Who am I? We had drinks and dinner and it was fun. No drunk landscapers hit on me, but TOM DID which is even better.

I was laaaazy on Sunday. After a good bit of procrastination, I finally went grocery shopping. It was definitely a low energy cooking day. Accomplished: jambalaya, spaghetti sauce, banana pudding (Vietnamese style mmm!).

In other news:
Littlest modeled his Halloween costume. He says that he needs a new sword to go with it, because last year’s and the previous year’s ninja swords do not work with this particular ninja costume.

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Sammy discovered a box.

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I am re-reading the Little House books and can’t put them down. My favorite part is when Mary’s all like “My blonde hair is prettier than your brown hair” to Laura and Laura SOCKS HER! Mary totally deserved it.

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I walked around the woody area in the back of our yard looking for some kind of berry bush that my friend Sharon wanted. I couldn’t find the bush, but did find this SPECTACULAR HOLLOW TREE! It was COMPLETELY HOLLOW!

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How was your weekend?

Down by the river.

My office is next to a river. I found that if I squeeze through a gap in the overgrown bushes in just the right spot, there is a tiny beach.

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It’s not much to look at and is, unfortunately, strewn with trash, but I like to go there at lunch time. It’s a good place to take a breath and decompress. I suppose people know it’s there, but I like to think of it as my secret beach. I like to hear the waves crashing or just watch them ripple softly, depending on the day. I like listening to the leaves rustle overhead and the birds chirping. I like feeling the wind on my face. It even smells beachy. If I close my eyes, I can pretend that I’m at the ocean instead of just standing behind the bushes outside of an office building.

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Sometimes I go for a little walk. Lately, I’ve been trying to notice how the plants and trees are changing through the seasons and work on identifying them. For instance, this week I noticed that all of the Honeysuckle is gone and has been replaced by bunches and bunches of Queen Anne’s Lace. I guess it’s technically a weed, but I’ve always been a fan.

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Did you know that Queen Anne’s Lace is also called a wild carrot? I pulled one up to look at the root and it did indeed resemble a white carrot and it smelled like one too.

Did you also know that there are a few tiny purple blossoms on each flower? They almost look like a squished bug in this picture.

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Those purple blossoms are one way to tell the difference between Queen Anne’s Lace and Hemlock (which is poisonous!). The other is that Queen Anne’s Lace has hairy stems. See the things you can learn by taking a lunchtime walk?

Last night, I went to my first ever stitching group meeting! The ladies were so welcoming and I really enjoyed it.

We learned some specialty stitches and worked on Christmas ornaments. Here’s where I got with mine.

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I tried to use nontraditional Christmas colors. We are supposed to complete stitching by the next meeting so that we can work on finishing techniques. So fun! I think I will enjoy being a part of this group.

Finish & Start & Summer & a Boat Trip

Hi Blog! I can’t believe that it has been so long since the last post!

Summer has been busy so far. Here’s what’s been going on…

The boys are enjoying camp; swimming and playing soccer and doing archery each day.

Littlest switched to a new TaeKwonDo school which is super intense.

We have had a lot of playdates.  Everyone is pooped by the end of the day.

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We found our first red strawberry, only to have it stolen by a chipmunk or some other pest the very next day.

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I got my hair cut by a Korean lady who didn’t speak much English. I told her I wanted VOLUME and she smiled and nodded and just started cutting away. Now I have bangs and a lot of layers. It’s growing on me.

This is how I usually find Tom and Coal.  Tom: reading. Coal: anywhere that Tom is.

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Good Old Llama (Littlest’s favorite stuffed animal during the baby/toddler years) was rediscovered and has been seen toted around the house again. I love him.

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I finally baked a good loaf of bread! (No pictures, Darn, but trust me!)

Raven Bewitched is finished! This was SO FUN! Definitely my most relaxing stitch ever.

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We are leaving this Sunday for an 8 day cruise to celebrate Tom’s parent’s 50th Anniversary. I have never been on a cruise before and am nervous about 1. getting sea sick and 2. being bored.

To deal with #1, I went to Target and bought every kind of motion sickness medicine that I could get my hands on. To deal with #2, I am packing many books AND a new cross stitch project. So…

Introducing…

Floral Heart Pillow by Modern Folk!

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I’ve admired his patterns for awhile. I clearly have a thing for monochromatic symmetrical traditional looking pieces, so this fits the bill. Doesn’t it look like it will be such a bliss-out-relaxing-no-thinking-at-all stitch?

NEW PROJECT! YAY!

Summer!

The last week of school is finally here. The boys (and I) are excited for Summer to start. I always seem to think that things will slow down over the Summer, but really they go just as fast.

On Saturday, I got it into my head that we needed a new couch for the living room. I was hemming and hawing about it, but then we came up with the brilliant idea to move the furniture from the family room to the living room and get new family room furniture instead. I don’t know what I was thinking when we got light colored furniture for the family room last year. Boys + expensive light colored couch = very bad idea. So, I picked out a new couch and it wasn’t custom order and it was in stock and, lo and behold, it was delivered on Monday and we are already busy breaking it in. How easy was that?

You can’t really see the couch in this picture, but Littlest and I are cuddling on it here. It’s huge! And comfy!

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We still need to find a chair though. Decisions.

So since I was on a redecorating rampage, I also got it into my head that I wanted to paint the desk black. It was previously a kooky chinoiserie number. Here it is in progress.

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I love it!

And in other news, Tom spotted the first tomato this morning.

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And, here I am stitching on the train again.

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Can I tell you how ANNOYED I am? I went to re-buy the threads that had blown away in the wind and the store was OUT of Hickory Sticks by Crescent Colours. UGH! Now I have to order online and pay to ship just one skein of floss. I suppose I could substitute the color, but the perfectionist in me is having a hard time coming to terms with this. I know. Someone (me) needs to take a chill pill.

Around here.

I feel bluesy today for no good reason. I guess I am just missing the weekend and being home with my guys.

It has been a busy few days. I had to go to NY twice already and I have to go AGAIN on Thursday. Stressful.

Tom and I had two dates last weekend. One to Sushi (mmm… FEED ME SUSHI!) and one to a Mexican place. I’ve kinda been obsessed with Mexican lately. Once again, our fajitas did not come out sizzling, so Tom asked the waiter about it. He told us that sizzling Fajitas are an American invention and real fajitas don’t come that way. Huh. Imagine that.

I had my bi-annual psychic reading on Saturday. Awesome! We talked about my life’s purpose and about the kids. I’ve been talking a lot about psychics lately, so sorry if you’re not into that. I LOVE psychics!

Tom has been on a pruning rampage in the yard. Seriously… he is pruning LIKE CRAZY! On Sunday night, he went back out to prune some more after dinner and wouldn’t come back in until dark. He’s obsessed. But the yard looks really good, so I guess it’s a productive obsession.

Speaking of obsessions, I’ve barely stitched lately. I miss it sooooo much! It’s just been so nice out that I’d much rather go for a walk or read a book in the evenings. If only there was a way to stitch and walk at the same time. I’d be all over it!

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Tiny trains and giant frogs.

I’m sitting here looking through the photos from the weekend. They make me happy.

The Arboretum has a outdoor model railroad display. The whole environment is made of natural materials; plants, twigs, rocks etc. You wouldn’t believe your eyes!

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Seriously… made out of twigs!

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I could stare at it for hours.

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We also visited an old log cabin. It’s a real one from way back when. The boys call it the witch’s house. I’m not sure where they got that.

It’s so small and I like to imagine what it would’ve been like to fit a whole family in there. I guess they didn’t need media rooms back then or Expedit storage units from IKEA.

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My inner Laura Ingalls Wilder was going crazy!

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This lovely little brook was bubbling right outside the door. Can you imagine a more peaceful place?

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Someone enjoyed tickling the giant frog statue.

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I took 1,369,7664 photos of flowers. I won’t torture you with all of them.

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I also took photos of cute boys when they weren’t looking.

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Because God forbid I ask them to pose for a picture. This is what I get…

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Have a happy day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Did you have a nice Mother’s Day?

We had a lovely time… out to breakfast, a visit to an arboretum, and dinner with Tom’s parents. I took a ton of photos at the arboretum. It’s hard to pick my favorites.

There was a bug exhibit.. They had giant wooden sculptures everywhere… so cool!

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I enjoyed all of the puffy yummy flowers. Nature is pretty amazing.

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Too bad we can’t just move in there. Can you imagine a better place to sit and stitch?

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The boys had fun exploring.

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Can you see the butterfly?

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And the baby birds peeking out of the nest? We saw their Mama flying back and forth with food for them. I guess she didn’t get to rest on her Mother’s Day.

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Little boy… Big hill.

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It was a magical place.

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