my baby is six

The End by A.A. Milnecolin

When I was one
I had just begun
When I was two
I was nearly new
When I was three
I was hardly me
When I was four
I was not much more
When I was five
I was just alive
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever;
so I think I’ll be six now
for ever and ever

time to chat

Time for our weekly chat!

Last week was broken up into two (not very fun) parts:
Cleaning like crazy and organizing the basement. I feel like Super Woman! I’m almost, almost done! By the end of this week, I should be 100% done! There is nothing like a super clean house to make you feel energized and ready to take on the world!
Dealing with the stomach bug. Colin threw up at school on Wednesday. He was fine on Thursday, then threw up again on Friday. Then he was fine! Then Sunday night, he said he was sick again. He’s back in school, but it was an insane week! I’m looking forward to working without Jake and the Neverland Pirates on in the background.

Excited! My baby sis is coming to visit this weekend and I can’t WAIT! She hasn’t been to our new house yet – or even to Providence – so we’re so excited to show her around and feed her loads of seafood.

About God. I’m still reading Crazy Love - chapter 5 is called “Serving Leftovers to a Holy God.” Just think about that title for a minute. I give all day… to my family, to my job, to friends, to family… am I only giving what’s left over to God? Is that how its supposed to be? Its time for a change.

It was 60 degrees on Saturday so husband grilled his fabulous bison burgers. OHMYWORD, I’ve forgotten how good food tastes grilled! I am so excited for warm weather so we can grill more often.

Caffe Vergnano -ÈSPRESSO® 1882.  YUM! Caffe Vergnano is a 130 year old coffee company that is now offering their authentic Italian espresso in pods that I can use in my Nespresso machine.  It’s balanced, a bit sweet and just… perfection.


Crazy Love. Can’t rush this one.

Well, since this past week I had a sick kid on the couch, I’ve watched more Disney Junior and animated movies than I have in forever! I’m done for a bit, thankyouverymuch.

My job. I love that I can still work when I have a sick kid hanging around.

How cute my dog and son are. We bought this new bed for Winston at Sam’s – and it was HUGE – but we couldn’t take it back. Not when Colin was like “Yay! I can cuddle with him!”


What’s up with you?


disclosure: i received complimentary samples of the espresso. i was not compensated or under obligation to post – but loved them and wanted to share!

Let’s Chat

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s catch up:

latte and work

For the last few days, we’ve been outside as much as humanly possible. Its incredible what a dose of fresh air and sunshine can do for the soul. We’ve been biking, running, playing soccer and basketball, drawing with chalk, taking walks, exploring… and generally just enjoying this burst of spring.
Along with the spring air, I’ve been gripped with a bout of spring cleaning. I decided to (finally) organize the basement. When we moved in last August, it was SO HOT that I just couldn’t organize down there. So we just kind-of closed the door and left it all. Now I’m trying to go through and make sense of everything. The questions that keep popping in my head:
Why did we move this?
Why do we even OWN this?
What is this?
Where did this even come from?
I’m about half way done. I’ve collected about 15 bags of trash/donate and I can’t lose steam now, as we have a truck from Big Brothers Big Sisters coming on Monday to collect our boxes of outgrown clothes, toys, games, books and who knows what else!!

Overwhelmed. Life has gotten extra… something. I’ve feeling like I’m in over my head in a lot of areas – especially parenting. I truly thought that after potty training, nothing could be worse. But I was not prepared for the tween growing pains, getting three children to get along, the sheer volume of nagging involved in getting three little people to get schoolwork done, practice instruments and get out the door on time.

About being apart. We have many wonderful friends here in Rhode Island, but the fact remains that all of our oldest and dearest (and most related) friends are far, far away. We have Skype and texting and chatting and Facebook and phone calls, but I am still craving actual face time. It breaks my heart to see someone struggling and not be able to go visit or help because I’m too far away. I’ve been trying to plan out ways we can see everyone as soon as possible.

We went out for Indian food on Sunday and have been eating leftovers for lunch every day. Is there anything better? It was the first time in months we went to an Indian Restaurant. I miss the $8.95 All-You-Can-Eat buffets in West Philly!

My new favorite wine. Our friends here honeymooned in Portugal and love Portuguese wines. They have me hooked!

Crazy Love. Only on Chapter 2 and I can already feel this one is a game changer.

I just finished watching Chuck on Netflix. LOVED IT. I was sad when it was over. I need a new show. Any suggestions?

My husband. He got me a ticket to fly out to spend a weekend with my sisters and attend my nephew’s first birthday. Just the therapy my heart needs!

My new boots. They’re even better than I imagined…

What’s up with you?

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