Sunday, July 31, 2011

3 weeks - 3 trips

July has been a whirlwind around here!

TRIP #1 was our wedding weekend in New Jersey, which I've already posted about here

TRIP #2 was our annual pilgrimage to Eagle Camp... a.k.a. heaven here on earth.  EC is on an island out in the middle of Lake Champlain, with the Green Mountains on one side and the Adirondacks mountains on the other.  Now you know why its considered heaven on earth.  What a week we had!!  For the first time ever we didn't have any rain!!  And, at age 3 3/4, this was certainly Thomas' year!  He thoroughly enjoyed so many friends, all the activities, and even playhouse.  Yes, that's right - 3 hours a day for mama and daddy all to ourselves for him to play with friends, do crafts, play on the swings, dress up.  Aaaahhhh!  We talked it up big the month prior to camp to get him pumped and it certainly did the trick.  Thomas also met a new love - Alice.  They were perfect together.  Unfortunately, Alice lives in Colorado, so I guess it will just be Summer Lovin for them. 
Lots of bubbles.  This next pic looks bad, but actually I snapped it at the exact moment a bubble passed in front of the camera.  Neat. 
Girlfriend Alice - let the chase begin!
Gotcha!  Oh, but he was easy!

Tent Sweet Tent
Best dang cider donuts EVER
My boys
Swimming with Daddy and Emma (our adopted daughter)
Thoroughly enjoying the camp show
The breathtaking sunsets

TRIP #3 was to visit our family in Connecticut at "the cottage".  The cottage has been in my mom's family for almost 50 years and my aunt, uncle, cousin Jenn and her twin girls reside there in the summer.  We had more beautiful weather days full of beach, ice cream truck, fun with cousins, and a rousing game of Left, Right, Center.  LRC is pretty much the easiest game going, requires no skill, and is enjoyed by all ages - 3 to 71 on this particular evening.
my cousin Jenn gets crazier by the minute
breakfast with cousins - adorable

While I enjoyed all our travels and visits immensely, I'm beat!  (not to mention Mount Washmore staring me down!) Looking forward to a long, quiet August here at home, welcoming friends and family to our beach and yard and home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Four Whole Days

Paulo's best friend got married last weekend
and Paulo was the best man.

The wedding was in New Jersey.  Paulo had to be there for four.whole.days.
While I had very good childcare ready, willing and able (aka Nana and Big T), I did not want to leave the boy that long. 

I resisted...dug my heels in about leaving for four.whole.days...declared NEVER.  So we devised a very elaborate plan that would have each of us making the 550 mile round trip to New Jersey in separate cars just so I could be there for only 24hrs.

However, a mere 48 hrs before Paulo's departure, our elaborate plan began to unravel - as so often happens with best laid plans.  It became clear that I was to accompany my husband....for the whole trip...and leave behind my boy....for the four.whole.days.

But ooooo....four.whole.days.

Time a plenty for...

Long passionate discussions with my husband about life, ideals, goals...not the daily grind but heart matters.

Deep, heavy sleep all.night.long in a luxurious king size bed

Totally fabulous and inexpensive diner food! (Jersey Diners Rock!  Now that should be a reality show!)

Indulgent, leisure time activities such as a pedicure, the hotel pool and reading a book completely un-interupted while Paulo played golf.

And then the the wedding itself...

Oh Marone!

Beautiful bride, handsome groom

open bar, gourmet food,

big band, dancing,

chocolate fountain, espresso bar

gorgeous sunset view

celebrating some of God's awesome gifts -

marriage, love and friendship

Four.Whole.Days can really make a difference....

for a couple....

for a wife...

for a mom.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


For years I dreamed about the house I would have someday. 
I designed it over and over in my head - 
rooms, colors, finishes, decor. 

For starters, my house had to have a fireplace - 
that was not optional. 

I wanted a warm, inviting kitchen 
for cooking to my heart's content, 
and room a plenty for friends to sit 
and sip tea or wine while I worked. 

Both my grandmother's houses 
and the house I grew up in all had pantries,
so my house had to have one too. 

I wanted a room spacious enough for the whole family to gather, 
yet cozy enough for us to play games, watch football, read stories-

My house had to have good closet space...
including a linen and a coat closet. 

I wanted my house to have lots of color and character.
My piano had to fit of course...
and lots of wall space for all our photos.

I wanted an outdoor sitting space...
porch or deck - of this I wasn't too picky. 
But definitely a big yard for the family...
to run, play, swing, kick a soccer ball.

And since this is all just a big ole dream...
I wanted a water view.

Yes - that's the house I dreamed of.  
You know, just dreamed about. 

This is why we have dreams. 

Because sometimes, 
right smack in the middle of life....

Dreams really do come true. 

*** One year ago today, we found our dream home***

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Photo Friday 7/1

(on Saturday...of course)

Now that's a good day at the beach!