Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Recap!

Wow!  This was a busy one!  Full of family fun and never stopping!  I love weekends like this though....ones that are crazy busy but you can still sqeak in a Sunday afternoon nap...FTW!


Here is what our weekend looked like......


Friday Night

I went to the stations of the cross.  Our church does this on Friday nights during lent.  I really enjoyed it!  Then, we headed to the high school play with Diana and Sam.  (Eva stayed with Papa)
It was awesome!
They did the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  We had some friends' kids in the show and they were all so talented...we really enjoyed it and the kids did too!
 Diana got to see our babysitter Mandi in the show- she is such a talent!  She posed with the girls after the show was over!


Saturday

We divided and conquered!

Rob took Eva to her gymnastics and dance classes.  While he was doing that, I went to the grocery store to prepare for dinner that night!  You will see why.  After the grocery store, I raced to the high school so I could be at the new player and cheerleader registration for the Wolverines.  
Rob is always good about getting videos so he got a couple at gymnastics and one at dance so I wouldn't miss out :)



After that there was some more running around to do....liquor store..the butcher...you get it.  

We all met up at home and then headed to the town hall to witness Daddy being sworn in to the school board.  This part, though, ended up being very stressful.  I didn't think I would need the diaper bag.  (Show of hands, who else has ever said that to themselves and then had a disaster?)

Pidge decided to poop.  We were all in such a small room waiting for the meeting to start.  I was stuck.  I did not want to miss Rob being sworn in.  Thank God for my friend Jess.  She said, I will go and grab your diapers.  So she took my keys and went to my house and saved the day.  I had to apologize to so many people for the smell (kind of funny now but wasn't funny at the moment)

Pidge is also a Daddy's girl and she decided to freak out because she couldn't sit with Daddy and the rest of the school board.  A friend from town, Cyndi, helped me by entertaining her with her phone.  Thank God!

Behind the scenes there was stressful election news happening.  It was all too much to take at once.  Things are still very up in the air but Daddy got to be sworn in, in good faith.  I got a video- praise the Lord!

Once Daddy was sworn in and the board was re-organized, the girls and I headed home to get Diana ready for her cheer comp and for Mama ready for her office to come over!

Thank God for our village- Lea and Tricia took Diana to her comp for me.  It ended up being Saturday night (go figure).  These girls never compete at night but the one night I am having my office for dinner is the night that this happens.  It all worked out though.

Courtney snapped a pic of the Windham girls at the competition


At home, I was preparing dinner for my office.  
We started with a bruschetta bar and sparkler cocktails.

Rob snapped a pic of all of the bruschetta goodness

We all had such a great time.  It was nice to get together outside of the office and with our spouses.  Stories were told- laughs were had and we had a yummy dinner which consisted of sirloin with gorgonzola sauce on the side, grilled salmon, roasted potatoes, roasted green beans and arugula salad!
I broke out some fancy wine for the occasion too- Coleen gave us this awesome bottle and it paired so well with the sirloin.

Dan and Sandy brought me these beautiful tulips- as you know, I LOVE fresh flowers!

I am so glad we did this; it was a great night

Sunday 

We usually head to mass but this Sunday was different.  The MOMS Club of Windham hosted a private event for its members.  We got to meet the Easter Bunny!  The girls had a blast.  The MOMS club had snacks and crafts while we were waiting and we got to hang out with our closest pals, the Grahams and some other friends from town.  It was so cute!

Diana and Alice- BFFs waiting for the Bunny :)

The girls with the Big Guy :)

After that, we headed to Diana's very first lacrosse scrimmage- it was SO COLD!  It felt more like football weather- we have had the longest winter EVER...we have all had ENOUGH!
Besides the cold, it was fun to watch the game alongside one of my besties Lea :)
Snapped a couple of pics of course



After that, we crashed!  Woosh...just tired typing all of this!  Love my little fam and love our village....blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives!  Happy Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites (March 24, 2017)


Yeah!  My favorite day of the week!
As always, linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea HERE


Here are my favorites from this week!



Fashion Faves of the Week

These espadrilles are ON POINT
You can still find them at Macy's HERE



and they pair perfectly with my kick crop jeans from Loft.  
You can still find some HERE


This week, I paired them with a sweater I bought about a year ago and never wore.  When I tossed it on this week, it became the perfect outfit with the jeans and espadrilles.  I am SO MAD I did not take a picture BUT maybe I will put it on again tonight and snap a pic for next week.   You know when you LOVE LOVE an outfit- every piece is just right?  That is what happened to me this week.
You can still find the sweater on Ebay and on Amazon HERE





I added my turquoise Kendra Scott Rayne Pendant and topped it off with my J Crew black puffer vest
I am telling you friends, an outfit FTW!
Find it HERE

and you can still find similar vests on Ebay like HERE 
(Keep in mind, mine is 7 years old!)



Lunch Dates

A definite fave of the week was meeting my besties for lunch- Monday with Lea at Old School (so of course got the lobster salad) and Wednesday with Cass at Red's.  We were SO GOOD with our salads- the double stack tomato salad with grilled chicken on it is delish!  Exhibit A


BUT when they started cooking with truffle oil and that is all we could smell our mouths were watering so we had to order not one but TWO orders of truffle fries- they melted in our mouths- we ate them so fast, I didn't even get a chance to take a picture ;)
We mapped out our September Newport trip for the Wine Festival while we were at it- it really gives me something to look forward to and work hard for



Cheer Comp Pictures

Well the ones I ordered from the first comp of the season, in Hartford CT, just came in and we LOVE THEM!  They truly show you are fierce Diana can be and how serious she is about this sport :)







And More Pictures

While we are on pictures...we have some funny ones of Eva this week too!

Celebrating St. Patty's Day at School- ha ha!
and playing dress up at home :)

and lastly, this girl LOVES to put her little hands in her pockets- I could just eat her right up! 
Cute right?  :)



Birthday Celebrations

Mid March and the beginning of Spring is always the time we celebrate our parents- my mom's bday is on the 21st and my father in law's bday is on the 22nd.
We had fun celebrating them both this week

We had my mom for dinner and cake and games and fun on Sunday!  The girls were very happy to celebrate with her :)





and my parents got to see the girls all dressed up for the Daddy Daughter Dance which was an added bonus :)


and then on Wednesday night, we celebrated Papa Bob.
We were going to do dinner and his favorite, ricotta pie, at home but my mother in law has been in the hospital all week.  It has been stressful and draining.  We decided to take him out to his favorite place, Lobster Tail, in town.  We had a ball and the new owners have really stepped it up there!  The menu is incredible!
Snapped a few fun pics :)







The last of the election victory was erased this week when we erased Rob's "Vision Board" so we could start meal planning again :)
One last look...this was a definite FAVE of the campaign :)  Daddy gets sworn in again tomorrow!  We are going in person to witness it this time- so excited!




and my final fave of the week is this....enough said


Have a wonderful weekend!  Ours is jam packed with all sorts of fun: a play, Daddy being sworn in, gymnastics, dance, my office coming over for dinner, pictures with the Easter Bunny and Diana's first lacrosse scrimmage......This is what life is all about


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Weekly Gratitude



This week, I am thankful for....


The faith in my husband that our community has


For the successful election and the fact that we are finally getting our school and solving the overcrowding issue...so happy for our kids


Blind faith


The opportunity to try again

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Annual Daddy Daughter Dance!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that the Daddy Daughter Dance is one of our favorite events all year!

This was Diana's 8th dance!

Let's take a trip down memory lane :)

2011 (Read about it HERE )
2012 (Read about it HERE )
 2013 (Read about it HERE )

2014 (Read about it HERE )

2015 (Read about it HERE )

2016 (Read about it HERE )

and this year was the first year that Eva, a.k.a Pidge, joined in on the fun.  The girls were so excited to get dressed up and get their corsages from Daddy.  They had a "pre-dance party" in our kitchen!
Snapped a couple of shots before they headed off to the big event









and Rob snapped a few pics at the dance




Rob also got a couple of videos of Eva dancing- so precious- going to try and figure out how to share them here!
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