Archive for December, 2008

A great end to 2008

Breakfast at Ruby’s Diner, Hair cuts at Cool Cuts, Green Machines in the front, rented Three Musketeers from Blockbuster, brought out sorry sliders (Joe’s new board game). A lot of nice time together as a family.

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Nick won the first round, tony and nick were neck and neck the second round. Joe got excited and started to make a very unique bird sound. At first we were trying hard to turn it into something else…it was phuc, phuc, and then it got louder PHUC. We were trying very hard to direct him in a different bird call, quack-coocoo-peep through tears of laughter. Oh my stars are we in for an exciting 2009!

December 31, 2008 at 11:48 pm 1 comment

Will work for Candy Canes

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I had wanted this picture since last year when I saw  a friends blog. Her son noticed the heart in the candy cane and the picture was taken out of an organic moment. I combed Nick’s hair(made him cry), changed his shirt, and bribed him with two candy canes! Nick always draws me hearts, on the computer, in the sand at the beach, on paper, so I wanted to capture the candy cane heart as a symbol of all the hearts Nick always gives me…..not so organic, but symbolic!

December 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm 4 comments

Baking Monday

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This is more of an adult cookie, Tony(at ten) was the only kid to give it a thumbs up.

 I found this recipe Here Choco-nut Triangles

These fun cookies look a little trickier than they actually are – in fact, preparation is pretty easy! Love it!

  • 3/4 Cup stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pkg (6 squares) white baking chocolate
  • 1 Cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 square Semi-Sweet baking chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 13 x 9 pan with aluminum foil (parchment paper also works) with ends extending over sides of pan. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs, flour and baking powder.
  4. Chop five squares of white chocolate; stir into batter with peanuts. Spread into prepared pan.
  5. BAKE 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan.
  6. Microwave remaining white chocolate in a microwave safe container on high for one minute (stir after 30 seconds). Drizzle over baked rectangle. Microwave semi-sweet chocolate in microwave safe container on high for one minute (stir after 30 seconds). Drizzle over rectangle.
  7. Using the foil handles, lift from pan. Cut into triangles.

December 29, 2008 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Lost it

yep, I lost it today on Nick. I think my exact words would make you blush…..but it was to the effect of “Nick, don’t make me wish you were in school, because right now, at this very moment I wish a big yellow school bus would come up and take YOU to school.

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a little, Mommy dearest moment.

December 29, 2008 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

Lego Store

I had made purchases at the Lego store prior to Christmas and they gave me little boxes to fill up with Legos as an after Christmas, get em back in the store ploy(totally worked)! Armed with the little boxes and money Aunt Lorraine gave the boys for Christmas, we entered the Lego store building.

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Joe filling up his freebie box

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Nick heading to the counter with the goods.

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Tony is pleased as punch to be in a Lego store!

December 29, 2008 at 7:45 pm 3 comments

Biking and the beach

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We needed a nice long time outdoors. By we I mean the boys.They have been playing a lot on the green machines, but not enough. Tony took them on a nice long ride at the beach and then we played. Something about wide open spaces and boys. They came back totally at peace. A good day.

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65 degrees, Joe and Nick are jumping waves!

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Tony is always the hunter and gatherer in our family pack. He collected seashells and found about six sticks.

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Dad braved the wind and cold which excited the boys to know end.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings

December 28, 2008 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Christmas crafts

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I fell short on the amount of Christmas crafts I had intended to do this year so I will be doing after Christmas, Christmas/Winter Crafts starting with these little beauties! Gingerbread men.

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December 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

Green on the road

We packed up the green machines and headed over to the school black top. Wide open spaces, three boys, and three green machines. Smiles from ear to ear. This is a memory for me….happy boys playing, smiling, and enjoying youth. I savored today and thought about it as I fell asleep. Joe riding through the huge puddle, Nick timidly trying to spin out, and Tony spinning out so much I thought he’d get dizzy and fall off , a happy day!

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We also went to Toys r us and unloaded the gift certificates we were given for Christmas, bought our calendars for the new year, and played some new video games!

December 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm 2 comments

Escape

Little Tony is being mean to Nick. Since I was outside the entire time watching them on the green machines, I saw that it was totally unprovoked and I’m mad….super mad. So i escape to the computer to blog surf and this makes me smile probably more than it should. Carry on, lady knitting for a snail, carry on. You turned my frown upside down! Check out the blog HERE

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December 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas

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If only I were a perfect like the above picture….If I were on those stairs Christmas morn, you would see my dragon breath, hair sticking up, a little too much cleavage because of my pjs (as the fat person clothes designer thinks that because my body is big, my head must be enormous)…the muscles in my body tried to fight me as I was getting out of bed….only sleeping from 3am to 6am seems to piss them off a bit, grabbed my camera Tony grabbed the video camera, realized he didn’t have a tape so the boys were forced to stay in my room until Dad came back from CVS and then TA-DA…

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Santa was good, REAL good to the boys.

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And then the hit of Christmas, The Green Machines. I have my friend Wendy to Thank for finding Joe’s, the Green Machine H2O. Cyber Monday she and I were online shopping and we found the green machines 20% off and free shipping at Dick’s sporting goods, but the H2O was not to be found. I stopped to go get us food, and when I came back she had magically found the H2O. Nana gave them to the boys and they all said it was their favorite gift of all. I’m so happy that they like them. It made the crazy cyber chase worth it! 

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December 25, 2008 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

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