Monday, June 19, 2017

He's not a fourth grader anymore ♥

Friday was John's last day of school! 

Here he is all dressed up and ready to go on Friday morning....

Can I get a bigger smile please? (says me every time I try to take his picture : ) 

Very funny.... ♥ 

The stampede as the bell rang and the double doors opened! 

See you in September! 


I remember that feeling! Nothing compares to it, except maybe Christmas. 

We celebrated by going to lunch with his friend Sean to McDonalds (their choice ♥)

He got a Happy Meal, and since it was technically still morning (it was 11:30) I got this bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit for breakfast.  It was SO good!! I haven't had one in years!!! 

After that we all went to the movies to see Cars 3!  He loved it! 

And just like that he's not a fourth grader anymore.  My baby is in fifth grade!  Hard to believe.  

I'm so proud of him.  This was certainly his most challenging year and he never gave up.  I can't wait to see what fifth grade brings! 

But.....after the summer break.  

Time to breathe.  Time to relax.  Time to be a kid.  

We have a lot of ice cream to eat over the next two and a half months...and I intend to do it as slowly as possible.  

Confession.  My day started with McDonald's and ended with this crazy banana split sundae. 

Oh dear.  

Well, I did it for John.  It was a special occasion.   What's a mom to do? 

Happy Summer, my friends! It's here!!! 

(no matter what the calendar says!) 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Desiderata of Happiness ♥

    Have you ever heard of The Desiderata?

     It's a poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1952.  It's probably one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. 

    Every time I read it, it fills me with joy & hope ♥ 
    (and who doesn't need that on a daily basis : ) 

    I like to use it as my "guide to life".  

    I would like to share this poem with you today, in the event that you need a little inspiration in your life.  

    The last paragraph is my favorite.... 


    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story. 

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism. 

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass. 

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself. 

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy. 

    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

    Wishing you all a very beautiful day.  Whatever you are going through, remember there is good in this world and I am grateful you are here.  

    Strive to be happy ♥ Xx 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday morning.  I know I'm a little late posting my weekly wrap up.  This past week was challenging for me. It was one of those crazy weeks where I was being pulled in ten different directions.  I'm not a person who does well under pressure. Nor am I a fan of change.  I much prefer life in the slow lane, but sometimes it doesn't always work out that way.  How do you deal with stress? Brownies and The Bachelorette are getting me through it. 
Also a good book!  I just started this one last night. It's the sequel to Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, which I LOVED.  I've been waiting for the perfect time to read this book.  Now is the time.  Only three chapters in and I'm loving it. 

There is nothing like getting completely lost in a book.  It's the best feeling ♥

The weather here has been totally unpredictable.  The week started with rain, rain, and more rain.  It was cold and actually felt more like November than June.  We resisted the urge to turn the heat on (although it was tempting!) and bundled up in cozy blankets at night.  Then all of a sudden the sun came out and up went the temperatures.  Tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 90's!

Me not wanting to get out of bed.......

John not wanting to get out of bed... (yes, that's fidget spinner on his nose...)

Spinach salad with poppy seed dressing.  My attempt to eat healthier at work his week. 

Makes me feel less guiltily about the brownies I just made. 
I can't help it.  I told you, I'm stressed ♥


This helps too! The Bachelorette is really good this season! 

It's watermelon season!!!  This one was very sweet! Just the way we like it.

Do you know my favorite way to eat corn on the cob?  I cut it off the cob so it still stays in long strips, and eat it that way.  I know it's weird, but it tastes just as good and it doesn't get stuck in your teeth.  A little trick I learned back when I wore braces ♥


And these yummy potatoes!  My mother always called this Italian Potato Salad.  Just boil little potatoes (skin on) until tender.  Slice them if half if you want to.  Drain and then toss them in Italian dressing, salt & pepper, and parsley. Chill.  They are delicious!  

I checked this out of the library today.  I've heard a lot about this book so I'm anxious to see what it's all about.  I hope to find some new and interesting recipes inside! I follow Jessica on Instagram and her food looks amazing!

Freeze pops on the go! ♥

Having fun with snapchat filters.  Clearly I need a vacation. 

So there you have it.  I'm hoping to be more organized next week.  Get more sleep, take more deep breaths, and think more clearly.  If all that fails......

Whose with me????

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Real talk, round 2 ♥

It's been raining all day! Since it was my day off I had it in mind to bake a nectarine custard pie (this one).  I made it last year and loved it. Ever since I've been meaning to make another one.  Well, today...It didn't happen.  You know how on rainy days you feel tired and unmotivated?  That was me pretty much all day.  
Hence, no pie.  I'm regretting that now, by the way.   
So instead of pie, for today's post I thought it was about time for another "real talk" post. 
Here I'll give you some random facts about me that you may have not already known.  For example, on rainy days I like to sit on the couch and watch reruns of The Facts of Life and not make pies....
(well ok....that was just today, but seriously, I did love that show!)
Keeping it Real. Here goes.... I hope we can still be friends after this! ♥

1. I have never read a Harry Potter book or seen any of the movies.  I know. I may be the last soul on Earth that is completely in the dark when it comes to Harry Potter.  When I hear people talk about "Dumbledore" and "Voldemort" I have no idea what they're talking about. I think the words are funny and I'm secretly jealous that I'm not one of the cool kids who understands this lingo.  To my knowledge John has seen at least one of the movies but has not read any of the books.  Maybe a summer reading project for us? Tell me it worth all the hype?  I would have A LOT to catch up on. 
2. I am a reality TV junkie.  It's true.  Mindless TV is my jam.  I'm not proud if it, but it's true.  I talk a lot about my love for Downton Abby and my endless devotion to I Love Lucy (we all know this) but what you may not know is that if there's a show on E or Bravo, chances are I'm into it.  Real Housewives of (insert a city/doesn't matter/watch them all/but I do love Beverly Hills and New Jersey the best), The Bachelor/Bachelorette, The Kardashians.  You get the idea. Please don't judge me, because I actually kind of love it.
3. I very rarely go out.  Now I don't want you to think that I'm a hermit or anything.  It's not that I don't leave the house.  I go to work everyday, run errands, and function in society.  It's just that socially I prefer to stay home.  I've always been this way.  I didn't go to my senior prom, I never went to football games, or parties on the weekends.  I've always preferred small get togethers over big ones. Even now,  I would rather meet a friend for coffee or go to a movie, (or stay home in my jammies) than attend a big party.  That's just me.  I like people, but I'm not a people person.  Does that make sense? And by the husband is the exact that makes things interesting.  Yup.
4. I still use hairspray like it's 1985.  Another thing I'm not proud of but have never been able to break the habit of.  I spray my hair everyday till it's rock hard.  Why do I do this? I hate the feeling of hair in my face, falling against my cheeks, or in my eyes. When I leave the house in the morning I do not want one hair out of place and let me tell you...thanks to Tresemme Extreme Hold, my hair isn't going anywhere!  I wish so badly I had a carefree hairstyle where I could just toss it about and it would look grand.  I've tried people.  I can't handle it. 
So there's 4 random "real life" facts about me.  Those weren't too weird or crazy, right? 
I would love to hear some "real life" random facts about you if you want to share : )
Well, I'm off to get a good night's sleep tonight.  I have a pie to bake tomorrow! ♥

Friday, June 2, 2017

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello my friends! Can you believe it's Friday again already?  Its currently Friday evening and I'm sitting at my computer.  I've just made a cup of tea and right after I finish this post I'm headed straight for the couch.  It's been a long week! 
Today Rob went with John on a school field trip to an amusement park in New Hampshire.  They left at 10 am this morning and haven't gotten back yet.  The last text I got about a half hour ago said they were just loading the bus.  I imagine John will probably sleep till noon tomorrow.
My husband is a saint, because I know I would never have been able to last that long : )
Anyway, while I wait for them, here's a little peek into the past week....

June is in full bloom (on my deck anyway)

The best breakfast I had all week.  French toast with bananas and blueberries.

Monday was Memorial Day.  It was rainy and cold so we didn't go to any parades. 
I did make s'mores brownies though!  What better way to celebrate the kick off of summer ♥

And this pasta salad! YUM
My kitchen in the morning light. 

This week brought our first trip to Dairy Queen! It's John's favorite!

We met some friends and saw the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.  We got to the theater a half hour early to get tickets.  It was a good thing because it got very crowded. 
For the record, I didn't really love it. John and I both agreed we like the original cast better. (but that's just us : )  

Killing time before the movie started.

I'm back on a smoothie kick.  I love my Magic Bullet!  This one is made with frozen bananas, blueberries, and peach yogurt.  It was sooo good!

 Me at work this week.....every. day.

I'm obsessed with ChapStick.  This is my new favorite.  Pink Grapefruit.  Amazing!
(also that day it matched my

Snapchatting about my cookie addiction!

The first day of June.  My peonies are beginning to open. 

Last week some of you asked me about my watercolors.  Here is the palate and pad that I've been using.  The brand is Artist's Loft and the paints are in pastels.  I got them both on sale at Michaels for $5 each!  Thank you for all your words of encouragement.  I am enjoying my new hobby. 
It's fun to try something new once in a while ♥

And then there's this.... a little reminder to my myself to remember to breathe. 
It does wonders ♥
Well, Rob just called and said the bus is back at school (it's 9pm!) They are on their way home.  Better get my spot on the couch.  These guys are gonna crash!
Have a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day ♥


To all who serve and who have served I thank you ♥♥♥
God bless America xo

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly wrap up (and a quick family dinner) ♥

Good Morning Friends! It's Friday once again.  Is it just me or are the weeks simply flying by lately?  I do hope summer takes its time and goes nice and slow.  We've waited so long for it to get here. 

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend!  The "unofficial" kick off to summer.  We don't have any definite plans except I promised to take John to see the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.  We are a bit skeptical of this one because its a whole new cast and we really loved the original.  Hopefully we will be pleasantly surprised.  

Other than that, we are finishing off the last of our spring cleaning tasks and hoping for some R&R.  I want to work a walk into the mix and many ice creams!  Dairy Queen is open for the season! Yay!  

Here are a few random snaps from the past week...

We had lots of rain, which the grass and plants are loving! Everything is lush and in bloom :) 

In between rain showers I managed to have my coffee on the back deck which I really love, especially in the early morning.  All the birds (and me) wake up together. 

This happened! Corn on the cob season is here! 

Whoops! Then this happened.  Hot dogs. I like mine with ketchup and relish.  Is that weird? 

I made pasta this week my favorite sauce, a little olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. I added a few broccoli florets for color.  So delicious! I ate this for lunch two days in a row after! High five! 

John reading with the sun in his eyes! Look at the finger prints on his kindle!  I wipe that thing clean literally 10 times a day.  Boys! 

Aaaand, I started a new hobby.  Watercolors!  I love it.  It's very therapeutic and relaxing.  Whatever you do, please don't zoom in on the picture.  I'm not very good.  But I am loving the process.  Hopefully I will get better. I've founds some great tutorials on YouTube that are helping me.  

YouTube is really the answer to everything, isn't it? lol 

And here's a quick little family recipe that I don't think I've ever shared before.  

Breaded cube steak
My mother made this for us all the time growing up and now I make it for my family.  John is not a fan of steak but he loves this : ) 

All you do is take cube steaks, which by the way are very inexpensive...dip them in oil (I used canola but you can use olive oil too)  and then dip them in seasoned breadcrumbs.  I sometimes add Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs too. 

Then put them in the oven and broil them on high 3 - 5 minutes per side.  Watch them closely so the breadcrumbs don't burn.  They cook up very fast. 

That's it! 

Dinner is served! 

This is me...can you relate? 

And there you have it! It's been a busy week with the school year winding down and it will no doubt be crazy next week too. But it will all be worth it because summer is coming! Yippeee! 

 I'm going to savor my quiet moments this weekend.  I hope you all have a great weekend with the ones you love! ♥

Have a great Friday!  xo