Saturday, March 31, 2018

last day of eleven

11 was a big year sweet girl.
things i want to remember about 11...

  • you taught yourself how to play the ukulele by watching youtube tutorials
  • did your dance makeup all by yourself, first time applying mascara
  • first time in NYC. saw Cats on Broadway, kicked like a rockette,went to the Top of the Rock, central park, and so much more. then returned a second time for Comic Con.
  • always had your nose in a book (harry potter, secret garden, underland chronicles to name a few)
  • read the entire Harry Potter series in one summer
  • went away for 5 whole days to sleep away camp at Kieve with your whole 6th grade class. i missed you like crazy! while there you did SO many amazing things: climbed high into the tree tops and repelled down, made it to the top of the climbing wall.
  • started advanced science and english courses this year which you enjoy
  • shaved part of your head! :)
  • love ALL things anime, kawaii, and Japanese, even taught yourself how to count to 10 in Japanese 
  • you've become obsessed with Sailor Moon, the new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (jonathan is your fave) ,  funny memes and ALL THINGS SLIME! glitter slime, fluffy slime, clear slime, crunchy slime, cloud slime...
  • you have your own made up words that make me laugh, like moother, merm, schnazzy, ececucame, furrfurr to name a few
  • always wearing your fun fake 🤓 glasses, cool pins, overalls, and harry potter socks.
  • danced in several ceilis.
  • ice skated for the first time ever and really liked it, so much so you went again 
  • saw Michael Franti in concert 
  • really got into watching the winter olympics 
  • play the alto sax in concert band, and tenor sax in jazz band.
  • were chosen to perform in the 6th grade honors band.
  • love being involved; civil rights club, student council, band, and lots of fun with your friends. 
  • maybe the biggest milestone this year, you became an AUNT to "tiny child" Harrison. you adore him.
happy almost birthday to you casey shea.
you keep on being the fun, silly, smart, outgoing, strong girl you are. looking forward to 12.


Sunday, November 06, 2016


Halloween 2016 brought to you by Chewbacca and Pikachu :)
I'm so glad they still enjoy dressing up and having fun.
I must admit this was the easiest halloween by far. I sewed nothing.
They both chose these soft zip up pj's to wear.
Kellen already had the mask from his last birthday.
Casey just needed a Pokeball. After searching for one with no luck,
we decided to paint her plastic pumpkin instead.  Instant pokeball.

A fun safe night was had with their buddies.
Bonus, no rain! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

what i want to remember about 11

birthday eve is upon us.
my boy's last day of 11.
i think this year flashed by quicker than most. not sure if it's just how acutely i feel he is growing up, no longer a little boy, but a young man. right on the cusp of puberty. i'm sure this year ahead will bring a changing voice, and the year he grows taller than me. i will forever miss the tiny chubby boy with the big round noggin and sweet blonde curls, but now i get to know the young man growing before me, and of course that is a gift in a new lanky package.

11 was...
  • the year of star wars. the new movie and the deepened love of all things star wars. the year you built the lego millennium falcon and Poe's x-wing jet.
  • the year you went away from home for a full week with your fellow 6th graders to Camp Kieve where you climbed rock walls, lip synced with your buddies, ate lots of food and experienced so many cool things all on your own. (that was HUGE on my momma heart)
  • the year you continued to grow in your soccer game, becoming one of your team's lead goal scorers. also the year your dadda helped coach your team. making it an extra special season for you both.
  • you really blossomed as a trumpet player. leaps and bounds from your beginning last year. 
  • were chosen for district band.
  • the year you and your sister stopped sharing a bedroom and created solo spaces all your own.
  • got a new big queen bed to sleep in
  • dressed as a really awesome scarecrow for halloween
  • like playing video games, TF2 was a big fave this year 
  • continued to draw some great art. big nate style is still your favorite.
  • your favorite books are The Land of Stories series
  • your favorite music is movie soundtracks, like Star Wars and The Batman vs Superman soundtrack
  • you love to hang out with your buddies.
  • love to play with Harper.
  • LOVE comic books
  • became really interested in the presidential election, especially in Bernie Sanders, even attended a rally here in Maine and got to see him speak. you did a report on him for English class and even dressed up like him that day.
  • and you are still the best beach bum i know. 
eleven was full of goodness, just like you.
my wish is that you keep your sweetness. I know that can be tough in a world that doesn't always value gentle kindhearted boys. i promise to continue to remind you that that's what makes you you and we all are so much better knowing you. the world is better with you in it.

happy birthday eve my sweet boy.

Monday, April 11, 2016

what i want to remember about nine

what i want to remember about nine:
  • the year you taught yourself how to do a handstand and a one handed cartwheel 
  • the year you won "most promising dancer" award at your dance school
  • the year you found out you definitely had allergies, no cats or bee stings for you
  • you requested Totoro on your jack-o-lantern
  • you moved up to the advanced Irish step class and tried hard shoes for the first time ever
  • we took our first ever trip to Maratha's Vineyard as a family where you dug clams and actually ate one!
  • you won a bike at school, but then re-donated it to another student because you already had a bike and wanted someone else who needed it more to have the new one
  • you mastered your new snow tube
  • you gave harper thousands of kisses
  • you started middle school (!!!)
  • your great teachers were Mrs Lees for 3rd grade (i think a big fave of yours) and now Mrs Allen for 4th
  • you are an AVID reader
  • you still collect all things tiny.  right now, heavy on the shopkins :)
  • your favorite things: writing, mac n cheese, chicken caesar salads, the color yellow, the song "America's Sweetheart", playing outside, your best buddies kailee and charlotte, dancing, favorite puppy, sleeping in, and laughing 
NINE was mighty fine!
i admire your spunk, your spirit, your brain, your physical strength in that amazing tiny body of yours, your smile that lights up a room, your sense of humor, your kindness.

LOVE you kiddo!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

fun jar 2015

Many years ago, before my young ones were even born, my best girlfriend started saving wine corks in a fish bowl. Each cork marked with permanent marker telling the date and what event happened when the wine was opened. A party, birthday, anniversary, gathering, all easily reminisced over by looking through the fish bowl of corks. Feeling sad? grab the fish bowl! Right there were the good times spent with friends and family. I too started to date special corks of my own, trouble is I've never been much of a drinker, especially a wine drinker, so my collection was pretty sparse, but none the less, I loved the idea of saving little mementos of good times that you could hold in your hand.

Not til just 2 years ago did I pick this little ritual back up with a twist that better fit our family. The "fun jar" was born. I bought a simple glass cookie jar with a lid. Glass, because you want to be able to SEE what's inside, much like the fish bowl my bff used all those years ago. Then whenever we remembered, we'd toss in little bits of memories made. Ticket stubs, dinner receipts, ribbon, confetti, recital programs, band concert programs, wrist bands, game tickets, teacher awards, notes, drawings, etc. No rules, just whenever something seemed special, or fun, toss it in the jar. Then at the end of the year, OR as in the case this year, the beginning of the new year, we gather together around the table and bit by bit, go through the jar's contents. You'd be surprised how much you forget in just 1 year! I love it for that reason, not only is it special moments for us, but it's a time we spend remembering all we actually did do! The "oh yeah I forgot all about that! That was really fun!" come spilling out as each little piece is revealed. Then when we are all done reminiscing, we bag the year's contents up in a big ziplock bag and store it for years to come, and the empty jar goes back on the bookcase where we begin all over again for the new year.

Today after breakfast I remembered we hadn't yet emptied our jar from 2015, so we cleared off the table, gathered around, and bit by bit, had lots of smiles and "oh yeahs" as we looked at each object in our jar. Such a simple happiness.

in this year's jar?
movie tickets to Paddington, Peanuts, Minions, Hotel Transylvania 2, Pan, Avengers Age of Ultron, Star Wars The Force Awakens, dance recital programs, marching band program, last elementary violin concert ever program (!!!!), star student tickets from school, Island Queen ferry schedule which took us to Martha's Vineyard, photo from Kellen's time at Camp Kieve and a leaf from there, ribbon from a gift, confetti from new year eve poppers, wristbands from Aquaboggan, MeCAF, Summit Adventures, Palace Playland, Funtown Splashtown (band trip), voter stickers, Casey's "tiniest pencil ever, a shiny rock, a flower barrette Casey found and liked, a playing card found on the beach when the kids came with me and watched the sunrise, popcorn bag from the new library grand opening party, first official day of summer parking permit ticket, last day of summer dinner receipt from Surf6, a hand tracing of kellen's, paper flowers they made me for Mother's day, a sticker from Maxwells Strawberry Farm, parking permit from Philly, map of the Franklin Institute, receipt from shake shack with Jen, smiley face token, Lego Exhibit Tickets, bowling receipt with our neighbors, a list Casey wrote of all she hoped to do in Philly, handwritten letters from "Big Nana" that Pa found and gifted us, a dried flower, field day ribbon, school friend birthday party invites, a brochure of The Frances (sailboat) from our anniversary sunset cruise, fortune cookie fortunes, all of this year's holiday photo cards we received, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all was finding 2 of Harper's puppy fang teeth in the bottom of the jar!  (eep! so tiny)

My advice, make your own fun jar, or fish bowl.
You won't regret it.
I promise. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

what i want to remember about 10

10 was...
drawing drawing drawing.
the year you joined band and chose the trumpet for your instrument.
soccer, this year you busted out and scored many goals for your team.
it was the year of our epic winter.
your 5th grade year where you are so well liked and admired by your teachers especially mrs clark and ms day.
the year you took home winner twice in spirit week, once for wacky wednesday and again for throwback thursday when you dressed as a greaser and mr shabo said you could join his band. :)
the very first time you ever kayaked (thank you meredith).
we brought home puppy harper to join the family.
you still own the beach, master wave rider and boogie boarder.
puberty is just beginning (you proudly announced after a shower that you were growing armpit hair... one or two)
you still have that great head of golden curls
and the very best heart of any boy i know.
i am privileged to watch you grow. and and speaking of growing, you are getting TALL, who knows next year you may be as tall as your momma. 

stay sweet dear boy. it is a GIFT. a huge gift that you share with the world.
for your birthday dinner you asked for shrimp and cheeseburgers. daddy said thats the young man's surf and turf. i love that! and YOU.

ten was grand.
cheers to your 11th year!
i love you,

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

eight was great

eight was great!

what i want to remember about you at 8:
  • 8 was the year you conquered a few fears. 
  • you learned how to ride your bike solo and we went on our first ever family bike ride.
  • by the end of last summer you were tackling the bigger ocean waves right along side your brother on your boogie board.
  • you cut 8 inches off your hair and donated it to pantene's beautiful lengths to help make a wig for patients fighting cancer
  • you were ladybug girl for halloween
  • we moved into a house of our own and welcomed a puppy into our family.
  • you discovered taylor swift
  • you mastered your cartwheel
  • you dyed your hair purple... then blue... then more purple.
  • you danced in the nutcracker
  • a photo of you sledding was in our local newspaper
  • you ran for class president
  • became a great partner in the kitchen wanting to help cook and bake more
  • learned how to hand sew, needlepoint and latch hook
  • you love to draw, dance, sing, play and laugh your big laugh (i hope you ALWAYS do)
  • you still ADORE all things tiny
  • we may need an extension on our house for all your beanie boos
  • you are an amazing speller/story writer and all around student
today is your last day of 8.
i asked a few questions this morning while bouncing on your bed exclaiming today is your last day of eight!!! eight is great!!!!! (she asked me to stop bouncing) :)
what's your favorite color? BLUE AND YELLOW
what's your favorite song? SUGAR (by Maroon 5)
your lucky number is 3 
what's your favorite food? SPAGHETTI
what's your favorite subject at school? SCIENCE
tomorrow you wake to a new year around the sun.
happy birthday eve sweet girl.
i love you.