Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Summer: This Or That




 I got inspired by my blogging friend Jen to do this fun little summer-themed "This Or That"...here goes nothing!


Beach Or Mountains


BEACH all the way...my happy place...the ocean brings me peace and pure joy...get there as often as I can! 




Travel Or Stay-Cation


I say travel...now I also will tell you that there is no better place to be in the summer than New England but even when we travel to a New England beach town for a few days, I consider that travel.  This summer, our travel will be BIG :)


Ocean or Lake


Ocean all the way BUT I do love our time up at Lake Winnipesaukee with our dear friends.  I treasure those times and the beauty of the lake for sure!  I also love the time we spend with them boating.




Sunscreen or Tanning Lotion 



I know I should say sunscreen but if you have been following for awhile then you know I am a sun worshiper- it is a bad habit I know especially since I have had various growths removed.  I also see my dermatologist twice/year just to stay on top of everything 




Ice Cream or Slush


Ice Cream for sure- don't do it often but over the summer, I love to find a place, especially when we are away in a beach town, that has homemade ice cream and I will pick a super summery flavor and my favorite of all time was a Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream I tried in Kennebunkport Maine.




Early Mornings Or Late Nights


Always early mornings but especially in the summer...there is something so peaceful about early morning sunshine...hearing the bugs and birds (from a distance of course) and seeing sprinklers turn on...it is the promise of a hot summer day and there is nothing better!  I also love being up at the crack of dawn as I feel like I am getting a head start on the day!


 Camping Or Pool Party

I would have to say a pool party though we did enjoy our "glamping" when we did that for a few summers



 Sundress Or Overalls

Sundress for sure- have always been a big fan of dresses!



Water Balloons or Slip N Slide


My girls have loved Slip N Slide and I LOVED it as a kid :) 




Suntan or Swimming


Swimming because I love the water AND you can suntan at the same time - ha!





Monday, June 5, 2023

Hello Monday and Hello Weekened of Dance!


Hi Friends and Happy Monday!  Sarah and I are so glad you stopped by.

If you blogged about your weekend, grab our graphic above and link back up with us below.  Here is what our little weekend looked like...

Friday Night


I got to see my Goddaughter Alexis dance at her dress rehearsal and then Cass and I grabbed dinner with Lea down the street- it was a fun little night

This was my view when I crashed that night ;)


We were up bright and early to do hair and makeup as it was picture day at the studio.  Got some behind-the-scenes shots which are my fave :)

Then the girls stayed for Cinderella rehearsals.  Rob and I enjoyed a quiet breakfast at home which is unheard of- ha!  We got bowls from Troys

Then a little later it was time to grab Eva to do her hair and makeup for her Lorax performance at the Windham Strawberry Festival- it is a cute little play and the grandparents came to enjoy it as well :)


Eva played one of the Onceler Family Members

Eva stayed at the festival for awhile with her pal Connor while I picked up Diana and we headed home.  Rob played a gig/private party with his band and we grabbed Asian takeout and crashed early!


It was time for the hustle and bustle of show day.  Diana did Eva's hair and makeup for me.  I grabbed them Dunks for breakfast and Rob took the girls to the theater early for their warmups.  He was on tech crew so started working as soon as he got there.

It was great that he could join Papa and me for lunch before the show though

The girls made us proud


After the second show, there were many tears.  We have to say goodbye to friends who are graduating and some leaving to pursue other opportunities...we may be one of those families...we have some options to weigh this summer so the Fall could look very different!  We know God will lead us to where we should be for sure!

So...how as YOUR weekend my friends?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

What's Up Wednesday (May 2023)


Hi Friends! Ummm...yes this is my favorite post and link up of the month BUT how are we already at the end of May?  Seriously?  I love to savor my favorite months and I feel this one went by WAY too fast...how about YOU?

Anyway...we are answering the questions above so let's get to it....

Linking up HERE

Here is what is UP with us!

What We're Eating This Week


Monday-Eating at the Messina's

Tuesday- Leftovers

Wednesday- Pulled Chicken Tacos with Guac and Chips

Thursday- Turkey and Veggie Skillet

Friday- Breakfast for Dinner



 What I'm Reminiscing About


So much lately...my girls and when they were younger...my childhood...summers...get so melancholy sometimes but truly holding onto these days with my girls...grateful for it all

One of my faves- Summer 2019- 10 and 5



 What I'm Loving

My new hair waver

It is called the Mermade Pro Hair Waver

You can find it HERE



 It helps to make my hair "last" for a few days longer!



 What We've Been Up To

Just looking back over the last month makes me tired...anyway...we enjoyed a few days in NYC over April Break- we did Central Park- The Empire State Building- The Starbucks Reserve- Bagels and Pizza and The Sugar Factory and the highlight was seeing Lea Michele as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl!



 Upon our return, Daddy and Pidge cheered on the Bruins- but they lost- Boo



Mama and Diana went to see Judy Blume's new movie based on our favorite childhood novel AND we highly recommend it!


 Diana and her play made it to the New England Drama Festival with their play, "A Reason To Live"- so proud!

and WHS ended up being the NH State Champs!  Diana won an award too, for excellence in acting!


 Eva and Miss Lea enjoyed their Communion and Confirmation Rehearsal!


 Mama loved going to Eva's Field Trip- we toured special places in our little town!

We all enjoyed and celebrated Eva as she received her First Holy Communion and Confirmation!


and it has been the "Spring of Eva"

She helped Miss Nancy at a craft fair- she makes and sells beautiful glass pieces


and she has been ripping up the softball field for both her Rec team AND her Tournament team- we are loving watching her!


Diana danced in the WHS Styles and SMILES Fashion Show- this show is put on every year to raise money for cancer funding



We said Goodbye to Cathy

Flashback to 2007

We celebrated Eva's 9th Birthday with her friends at the movies


Mama had a blast at Book Club at Martha's- We read "Hello Beautiful" by Ann Napolitano



There has been more softball...

and more Date Walks!

 and I have enjoyed ALL the blooms...especially the lilacs :)


Diana helped Eva get ready for her Lorax rehearsals and show- Mama was thankful!


Rob and I loved being at Sharon's Surprise 50th put on by her amazing parents- every last detail was beautiful and it made me grateful for all of our time together and special memories

We enjoyed a relaxing Mother's Day with Brunch then downtime at home

Diana sang in her spring concert


and also performed in the WHS Theater Co Cabaret Show- she sang "For Good" from Wicked with one of her senior friends AND played Emcee of the event


Mama enjoyed a Girls Weekend on Nantucket


Yes...more softball!


Wine Group, celebrating Cass and BA's Birthdays, was a blast!

Mama enjoyed a networking event with Laura


and we celebrated Memorial Day Weekend on the softball field...in the pool...decked out in red, white and blue...and with our friends from town...great way to kick off the summer!


What I'm Dreading

Nothing at the moment...keep thinking about last summer and praying and hoping to just feel better...it was a dark time...grateful for my health this year and appreciating every day


What I'm Working On

My Full Time Job- My Health- Managing My Household and 2023 Blackout!



What I'm Excited About


Seeing the girls perform next weekend in Cinderella

What I'm Watching/Reading

Well I would like to call this month the "Month of Finales"...some of my very favorite shows and series came to an end and I am still mourning them all...ugh

A Million Little Things

So very sad 

Workin' Moms

Beautiful way to wrap up this amazing series!

Firefly Lane

Ok not sure I ever cried that hard

and then I flew through "Love and Death" on HBO Maxx- it is another dramatic series on the Candy Montgomery case in McKinney TX- it is incredible- watch it!  Not as good as Candy was on Hulu but a close second for sure!

and then I loved the Judy Blume documentary on Amazon entitled "Forever" after one of her more controversial novels

and laughed my way through Wellmania on Netflix- really cute-can't wait for the next season

and my two books for May were both Book Club Reads!

First, for May it was "Hello Beautiful" by Ann Napolitano

A modern day Little Women if you will...William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him. With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable: Sylvie, the family’s dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all. With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?

An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic,
Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

and then my second read for our June Book Club was "The Bucket List" by Rachel Hanna

such a light and quick read and just what I needed! 

I NEVER wanted to be a daredevil. Even as the 49-year old adult that I am, I still don’t want to ride a roller coaster or jump out of a perfectly good airplane. And I don’t understand people who want to do those things - even my lifelong best friend.

And yet, here I am, holding a list of daredevil-ish things in my hand at my best friend’s will reading.

I am SO going to get her back for this in the afterlife.

So, my outgoing, adventurous best friend decided to leave me her estate but only if I completed her bucket list. HERS, not mine. And I have to do it before I turn 50 because she didn’t make it to 50.

I don’t know if it’s appropriate to want to kill someone who’s already dead, but I can’t help how I feel.

Still, I want to honor her wishes. And I kind of want that beach house she left me, too.

The next few months will either change my life, or I might join her in heaven if one goes terribly wrong. 

What I'm Listening To

Well this past weekend, it was all about my Memorial Day Weekend Playlist :)



 What I'm Wearing

For Nantucket, I dialed it up with some Lilly and some dresses of course

and when I am closer to home, I like wearing workout clothes and/or softball attire ( to support my little Pidge)



 and whenever she has time to do my hair, I love wearing Diana's "Hair Dos"


What I'm Doing This Weekend

Seeing my God Daughter Alexis dance on Friday night then seeing Eva perform in the Lorax at our town's Strawberry Festival on Saturday and then on Sunday, can't wait for the girls' show "Cinderella".  Eva is playing a Little Stepsister and Diana is dancing in about 10 numbers.  Looking forward to it all!


What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month


Less rushing around...time by the pool and quality time with my girls before they start their summer camps :)



 Favorite Recent Amazon Purchase


This raincoat HERE

Everyone loves it- I love the style, fit AND color.  It comes in so many different colors though!


That's a wrap!  What are YOU up to?

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