Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Last fall, when we were at the beach, my best friend Marian found a game of Checkers in our condo. While I was busy with laundry and things, she taught Flynn to play. I didn't even realize it. And I didn't appreciate it either. When we got home, Flynn mentioned it and I realized we didn't even own a game of Checkers. We have iPads and computer games. We have a Wii...granted it is covered in dust...and we have an Xbox. We have Scrabble and Monopoly too. But can you believe we didn't have Checkers? I quickly ordered a game from Amazon, and quickly remembered how much fun it is. Simple, good old fashioned fun. No batteries or cords or chargers needed. Well, when Steve and I were away recently, I found a large game. I brought it home and set it up on our little game table. I leave it out all the time. And you know what? We play it all the time! And I love it. I love that our well as Steve and myself...are spending time together playing a simple game of Checkers. And I have my dear friend Marian to thank for that. : )

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kids In The Kitchen

From the time they were little, my children have joined me in the kitchen. At first, it was because I simply enjoyed their company. And when I mean at first, I mean a babbling baby in a bouncy seat. Gradually, the bouncy seat was replaced by a high chair, and then a booster, until finally, little legs upon a stool helped my babes reach the counter. Where am I going with all of this? Without realizing, I had bestowed a passion and an ability for cooking and baking upon my children. Life Check.

One of my fondest memories from my children's childhood is Peyton and Rhett perched on their yellow Little Tikes chairs smack dab in front of the oven for an entire 30  minutes waiting for the brownies they mixed up to bake. Another is Peyton, not yet four, mixing up the incredible Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread she still makes today. Those moments with my children as littles in the kitchen may be gone, but the result of that precious time spent together is witnessed here everyday.

Madison, Peyton, and even Rhett show an ability beyond their ages in the cooking and baking department. Peyton and Madison each currently select a night during the week to plan and prepare a meal. Peyton's is most always Japanese, while Madison introduces us to new things like Pesto on Pasta. Of course Peyton is my master baker. She makes pies, cakes, cookies, and brownies, Madison made dessert tonight...a delicious apple blueberry crisp.

So, young mothers...bring your children into the kitchen with you. Show them how to mix with a spoon. Let them crack an egg...I know...Eek! Show them how to plan a meal, and how to set the table. You will make memories to store in your heart. You will also reap the benefits years down the road as you sit and watch your children prepare a delicious diner and amazing dessert. The downside? I still clean up after them a bit. I kinda like my kitchen just so. ; )

One of Madison's recent meals...Baked Salmon, whole grain pasta with pesto, and roasted vegetables...

One of Peyton's specialties...Nikujaga...

I came down Sunday morning to find my oldest in the kitchen...

preparing this. : )

Peyton's brownies are the best.
Her secret? She always adds an extra egg. Shhhh. : )

Peyton teaching Flynn, just as I taught her.

No words needed for this one.

Or this.

Madison is the queen of freshness.

While Peyton is the princess of pies...

Make happy memories my friends! : )

Friday, April 22, 2016

Random Photo Friday

Another week has passed. Here are some photos of what we've been up to in our country home.

Last Friday night I broke out the little black dress and went to a special dinner where my hubby was the guest speaker.

My mom and Madison joined us...

Madison introduced her father and I couldn't have been more proud...

of both of them. : )

Saturday was another beautiful day...

and these two enjoyed some swinging before we left for Mass.


And time OUTSIDE!!

We still have our inside snuggle time...

and our cozy afternoon snacks...

but spring has definitely arrived...

with early morning beauty...

and the first bouquets of the season. : )

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring! And A Few Changes

Spring arrived here this weekend! And we were ready. Sunday we ( meaning Steve and Rhett) washed off the side porch, filled bike tires, filled 200 or so random balls, swept the driveway, replaced light bulbs and garage door batteries and hung a new basketball net. Once Steve was all done, I had an idea! This year I purchased new pillows and d├ęcor for the front porch...ten years is a long time for the same ones, right? Anyway, I suddenly realized that we could hang the old stuff on our side porch! It made it much more cozy. This is where we sit while the kids ride bikes and play basketball. Steve was very happy to comply and got right to hanging all my decorations. : )

We have buds!

And blue skies!

And an independent climber...

who is very proud of herself. : )

And this...notice anything different?

Yep. We took down the baby swing. And Tara, you know how I feel about that...

Project "Prepare Our Home For Spring" Phase 1...

Have a wonderful day, dear friends!

Friday, April 15, 2016

( A Whole Bunch Of ) Random Photos Friday

Don't say I didn't warn you. : ) This week's random photo post has just that. A multitude of random photos. So let's get right to it, shall we?

Remember when I told you we were decorating for spring as the flurries began?
Well, this is the end result of that.

It was beautiful, and I reminded myself to be in the moment and enjoy it.
More than likely, we will see buds and green leaves and rainstorms and colored leaves and barren trees before we see this again.

Once the snow died down, Steve and I hopped in our car for a quick but much needed overnight getaway to our favorite place to recharge...
Bedford Springs Resort.

Our room was charming, quaint, cozy, and immaculate...

as was the gorgeous bathroom...

which was stocked with super good smelling toiletries.

While I headed out to visit the amazing spa for some relaxation,
Steve made use of those walking sticks and walked the beautiful trails.

We braved the chilly air to sit outside on the cozy rockers before
heading down to dinner.
Four words...Lobster Macaroni and Cheese. : )

The calm, peaceful beauty is present throughout the entire resort...

This is the view the moment you walk through the doors.

You are suddenly immersed in the history of this beautiful place...

and it is simply amazing.

This article explains the wonderful history of Bedford Springs way better than I can. : )

Oh...Room Service is really good too.

So we enjoyed that before heading home to our country house and our four precious children
and two adorable pups.

My little Mocha was eagerly waiting for me...

As were these delicious-homemade-by-my-daughter-Madison
Blueberry Crumb Muffins...

and this delicious-homemade-by-my-daughter-Peyton
Chocolate Brownie Fudge Cake!

Enjoy your weekend, my friends!
Thanks for visiting.