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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day Beauty

 

Alyssa and the bubble.
Memorial Day is all about remembering our brave soldiers who lost their lives for our country. To some its about barbequing and the unofficial start to summer, but I thought I would change it up a bit and make it about life and beauty. So this is our Memorial Day weekend.....


The kids and I went on a nature walk...


We saw Bougainvillea...


Pretty orange and red flowers....

white flowers....
 
unusual purple flowers...
 
striking red flowers...
 
yellow flowers...
more yellow flowers...
We watched humming birds from our patio...


and more purple flowers.







 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mother's Day 2013


 I have been so overwhelmed these past few months, I just can't seem to catch up on anything. Take Mother's day for instance, here it is almost a week later and I'm just now posting about it. I actually had a wonderful Mother's Day this year. Sean didn't have to work, none of the kids were sick, and Sean wasn't suffering from a stomach bug, so the day was actually about "ME"!

Saturday night, Sean decided to make a French toast casserole for breakfast. He has never had luck with recipes he's found online, so he decided to make it up as he went. Raisin Cinnamon bread, (the red bag you find in all the grocery stores) bacon, breakfast sausage, eggs of course, heavy cream and pecans, chopped. He let it sit, covered overnight in the fridge so it would be ready for the morning. He also gave me my first gift that evening as well. Half  a dozen chocolate covered strawberries from Costco. THEY ARE THE BEST!!! I cannot express my love affair with chocolate covered strawberries. I would seriously take them over sex any day...lol.

Sunday morning, Mother's Day, for once it wasn't the kids that woke us up at the crack of dawn. Instead it was the freakin dogs barking their fool heads off at someone out front. Declan came to our bedroom door saying someone has a delivery for me and it needed to be signed for. So of course I had to get up and carry my half asleep ass butt downstairs to see what it was. Declan had actually brought in half the package, a giant fruit basket and balloons from Edible Arrangements. The delivery guy outside had another small red box which I had to sign for. Inside was 12 chocolate covered strawberries....LOL. It was from Mom and Dad! I LOVE Edible Arrangements. Their fruit is always fresh and so sweet. Perfect for the kids as well. Since Mom and Dad had started the "junk food festivities" Sean decided to give me another gift as well....a 2 lb. box of See's Candy, nut assortment! YUMMY!!! I am going to be SOOOOO FFFAAAATTT once this weekend is over.

Since we were already up, Sean had a few more errands to run, so I got up and took a shower with Sammy. By time we came downstairs, Sean had all the kids work together to clean up their rooms, the upstairs hallway and the entire downstairs, including the pit of a kitchen Sean left for me to clean up the night before. The day was off to a great start!



While Sean was gone, I cleaned up our bedroom (I know, I shouldn't be doing housework on Mother's Day) and had Declan serve the little ones the fruit from Grandma to tide them over while Sean was out. Of course that didn't go over well, so I had him give them cereal to calm their hems.

When Sean got home, he was very excited to give me another gift, from the kids. The girls brought over a pretty blue bag with a white swan on the front. Anyone who knows anything about crystal knows what that white swan is...Swarovski! Inside was a little blue box with a beautiful necklace. Nine hearts in a row all made of Swarovski Crystal. What more could a girl want! I love it!! The card even had three crystals on it as well. All the kids signed it.

Sean took a few minutes to put the French toast in the oven and dragged me out to our back porch.
He had me close my eyes.....this is what my next gift was! Ok, it actually wasn't in this condition when I got it. I had to put the table together, but that only took 15 minutes and he originally bought two chairs, but went back a couple hours later to get the last two. I LOVE IT!! We have never had a patio set. We have a beautiful patio that we can never enjoy, until now! The pretty red roses on the table were from these sweet little girls our kids play with, I'll get to that in a few....

Along with the patio set was my final gift, a beautiful rose bush for the patio. I am so not a plant person, plants come to my house to die...lol. So Sean took a chance and bought Miracle Grow rose bush food to help. It looks so pretty sitting in the planter next to the patio set.

Now for the twist in Sean's Mother's Day plans...While I was on the porch putting together the table, here comes Iama to our back gate. She is the 4-year old little girl Mary plays with. (Declan has a crush on her older sister Hanna, but that's a story for another day.) Of course Mary freaks out and just has to go out and play with her little friend. Meanwhile, the casserole is almost finished and half the kids decide to go out and play with the girls. (Keep in mind, it's about 11am at this point...) The kids completely ignore breakfast, Sean is somewhat annoyed because he had this whole time line of events planned, involving food. Iama and Mary are running in and out of the house. Sean feels bad because we are eating and we can't offer any food to Hanna because she is lactose intolerant. So Sean gives all the kids a box of candy instead....lol. Now I have never in my life met two more polite children. Hanna goes out of her way to thank us for anything we do for them. She even asks if there is anything she can help with. AND SHE'S ONLY 11!!!! Her manors are stellar.

While The kids spent the better part of the day playing with the girls, we sat on the porch watching the Red Sox game on Sean's tablet and the Bruins game on his S4, at the same time. We are such tech nerds...lol. It was a little warm out, but our patio is covered so it wasn't too bad. The kids were hot from running all over like mad men so Sean gave them all 100% fruit popsicles. By 4pm, Hanna and Iama had to go home. Iama insisted on hugs from everyone and even wanted one from Sean. It was very cute. In the end, we thought it was odd that they didn't spend Mother's Day with their own Mother.....


Iama with the flowers we sent her Mother.
For the rest of the evening, we sat on the porch, had a yummy barbeque with marinated tri-tip, potato salad, corn on the cob and baked mac and cheese. For dessert, homemade strawberry short cake. It was one of the best Mother's Days I've ever had. I am blessed to have 7 beautiful, healthy children (and two adopted girls) and a wonderful husband that went out of his way to make my day special. I love my "little" family.






Monday, May 6, 2013

Stress and Birthdays

I have just not had a moment to breath these past few weeks. Life around here has been full of stress, school, work and everything in between. Where to start....

Sean had been working two weeks straight without a day off. The Galaxy S4 launched last weekend and he has been doing nothing but store visits and presentations. He's been pulling 12-14 hour days with school, meetings and computer worked in the mix. He has not had time to breath and had been under enormous pressure to impress the big wigs and make a name for himself. This weekend is looking pretty good for some much needed R&R.

On top of all that, we had a bit of a scare with the landlord. Around two months ago when Sean first started this job, we weren't sure if the commute would work out. We live about an hour and a half from his territory. He contacted our landlord, since our lease is up in June, to see if she would let us stay another year. Neither of us wanted to move again and the area we would have to move to is pretty ghetto. She was totally cool and willing to work with us. Sean told her he wanted to try out the commute and would get back to her in about a month. Well, last Monday, we decided the commute would be alright and Sean gave her a call to renew the lease. She never called him back. He waited a couple of days and sent her a text. Still no response. He was starting to think maybe she was mad at us for some reason. So he called her again. Still she didn't respond. He finally left her one last text Thursday night, which she of course didn't respond to. By Friday morning, Sean was totally stressed out with not only the phone launch, but now we though we were going to have to find a new place to live in ONE MONTH....ugh!!!! I was starting to panic and frantically started searching Realtor.com. Later that morning, Sean called me saying the landlord left him a text saying we were good to go, and we could sign a new lease for another year. Of course she gave no reason as to why it took her so long to respond, but in the end it doesn't really matter. There was one huge stress off our shoulders.

In the middle of all the craziness, Fionn celebrated his 6th birthday. His party was this past Saturday. We had a fun day of Xbox and movies. I made cupcakes and Sean barbequed. Below is a video of him blowing out his candles, pretty funny stuff!



Fionny and the Sonic Screwdriver. (Doctor Who)
Toy Story 3 Xbox game.
Stupid Iron Man...lol.

Fionny and the Talking Dalik. (Doctor Who)
Fionny buried in gifts!