Monday, June 29, 2015

Grilling....n' Chilling with Friends

Grilling...n' Chilling with Friends



Saturday was Town Day in Windham
The rec department always puts together fun activities for the kiddos and then they host fireworks, at night, up at the high school



We had plans to have friends over to grill and chill and then head up to the fireworks....



The friend part happened but the weather did not cooperate and the fireworks were postponed until Monday night


We made our own fun....kiddos had a blast with the slip n slide, sparklers and such

The grownups had...well too much fun!









 S'mores Dip by the way?  BIG HIT



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!




What we're eating this week?

Of course our streak of grilling continues but in addition to our grilled meat and salad dinners, we are adding in some meatless nights!

This Summer Veggie Tian is on tap for tomorrow...stay tuned!

Last Weekend, I made The Pioneer Woman's Chicken, Feta, Blueberry, Corn Salad again when we had our parents over.  I have been having leftovers for lunch because it is just...so...delish!

and I am making this dip for a party this weekend...doesn't it look good?  Hope the reviews are great!

and I am making this one for dessert...hope it is not too tricky!!


What I'm Reminiscing about?

Diana got her very first library card today.  Some of the books she checked out were books I grew up with.  It brings back such wonderful memories.  Did you ever read Miss Nelson is Missing? (It's a classic)





What I'm Loving

Walking...Jogging...Working out in my Neighborhood...I love where we live and I LOVE being outside...I also love the fact that we live near the Country Club in town and I get to look at the beautiful golf course...especially early in the morning...nothing like it


My cheese boards....I got to host our wine club last week and was very pleased with the presentation....not to mention how much fun we had too!





My Lilly glass from Ally made an appearance :)

awful but hysterical picture of me

and the last thing I am loving...but certainly not the least is my "Preppy Pidge"
(just need to pop her collar!)


What We Have Been Up To?

Wolverines Camp started and this year I am helping to coach Diana's cheer team
At times I think, "what did I get myself into?" and then when Diana says, "I am so excited that you are going to be my coach...I love spending time with you!" I know why and I know it will be worth it!  The first night was actually a blast and I was surprised at how happy the girls were to see me....kids really do appreciate things more than we realize!



What I'm Dreading?

Eva teething...she has started and I feel so bad for her when she is in pain...my poor Pidge...I just dread when the first tooth starts really breaking through :(

What I'm Working On?

Calorie counting and running.....building up to 2 miles straight and keeping calories between 1200-1600 daily...ongoing process


Did my first 5K in years with one of my besties Jill...It was the Lobster Tail Fight to Finish Cancer 5K in Windham....Jill is a great runner and she encouraged me and wouldn't let me back out and didn't mind walking half of the race with me...she didn't mind me holding her back and kept cheering me on...a true friend

What Am I Excited About?

The next two weekends!!!

This weekend is Town Day in Windham which means our fireworks and activities for the kiddos but beforehand we are grilling and chilling with some wonderful friends!!


and next weekend...for the 4th of July...we cannot wait to head to Kennebunkport Maine with Mimi and Papa...Diana is probably even more excited then we are...my mom and I already had a strategy session at Tewksbury Country Club one night...hysterical...dinner...wine...a great view and our strategy....restaurants...beach time...fireworks...shops...Oh My!  Can't wait!

What am I Watching?  Reading?

Watching?  In addition to the shows I debriefed you on a weeks back?  The Windham School Board meetings...yep...the local Channel 20...especially my hubby...Robby B

and we watched our wedding video...we showed Diana and she LOVED it...she got so emotional...especially during our parent dance...it was very touching...we then watched it again with my parents and had a ball


and an addition to my reading...because I have about four books going right now...a new recommendation from a friend...Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother...can't put it down

What I'm Listening To?

Love this tune!

What I'm Wearing?

My new Lilly finds on Ebay!
This pic is blurry but my fave is the blue striped dress I wore to our Summer Wine Night at Tuscan a few weeks ago...the colors are so vibrant

and the navy and coral sweater one...haven't worn it yet...will be debuting it in Maine...here is what it looks like...and yeah I wish I looked like that in it...pipe dream!

What I'm Doing This Weekend?

Using the fresh herbs on my deck to make some homemade recipes for some friends (referenced above and what I am excited about!)




What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month?

The beach....beach...duh!


What else is new?

Working on our summer list...Diana got her first library card today AND already read two books!  She is on her way :)



Linking up with Mel at The Larson Lingo HERE

Weekly Gratitude



This week, I am thankful for.....



Beautiful weather so I can workout outside....love exercising in my neighborhood...bursting with inner piece and gratitude




The arrival of Summer....my favorite time of year!!!!




The blessing of work and the wonderful people I get to do business with



The ability to recognize when it is time to step back, reassess and stay true to my values

Monday, June 22, 2015

Our 2015 Summer List

Diana and I make a Summer To Do List Every Year!


Click HERE for our 2014 Summer List and

***Unfortunately we did not make one in 2013 :( ***

 Click HERE for our 2012 Summer List

Click HERE for our 2011 Summer List and



Here is this year's list...completely drawn out and designed by Diana

and in case you can't make out the words, here you go:

1. Have a sleepover with Alice
2. Eat outside
3. Go to the beach and boogie board with Mommy
4. Go to Canobie Lake
5. Go to Cape Cod with Alexis and Alana
6. Go to Maine with Mimi & Papa
7. Go to Griffin Park with Eva
8. Do Sparklers with Ella
9. School Book with Daddy
10. Get library card and read 10 books this summer
11. Play dates with Lily, Ana, Yug and Brooklyn
12. Have my birthday!



The most magical time of a child's life....I always reminisce about the wonderful summers I had growing up...love giving my girls the memories too :)

Father's Day 2015

A Breakfast with all of the Kiddos was in order and




it was the perfect, relaxing day for my hubby




Shot of the Day

Kayla (25), Zach (19), Diana (6), Robby B (Age Unkown ha ha!), Eva (1) and Ally (22)

It's Show Time! Recital 2015!

The 30th Anniversary Dance Recital for
Carlene Nazarian Dance Center



Diana had a great year!  At times she got bored with ballet and tap but she fought through
I am even considering it a successful year now because she came to me and said, "I want to stay at Carlene's!" Okay...making some progress



The show was beautiful as always...so much talent...so entertaining...and Diana's biggest fans were there to route her on!








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