Monday, October 19


Well, without going into a lengthy explanation, let's just say I really miss this space and my little opportunities to capture moments like the ones you will see visually represented here.

I've been scrapping more and more of late and this blog is a HUGE help to me in the journaling and remembering department. 
While I have less and less time to sit and update on the minutiae of the life and times of everyone here, I find that I really miss blogging and sharing and being able to search for what we were up to on "such and such a date".

Gabriel turns thirteen today.

There is a lot for me to reflect on and a lot of emotions tied up in the fact that we now have a teenager. I'm not even sure I can put it all into words quite yet.

So let's begin with events from the past week and how we chose to celebrate this momentous occasion of coming into the teen years.

We started last Thursday, the 15th with Matt Maher's Saints and Sinners tour. We hiked all the way out to Plum, PA for an amazing show with Matt, I am They, Jon Guerra and Hannah Kerr. It was a great night and worth the drive and keeping these guys up late!

Saturday we traveled to Coopers Lake for the Cross Country Championships with just Gabriel in tow (props to mi madre for watching the other 5).

This is Gabe's first year running. Ever. He runs for soccer, but that is nothing like what we saw him accomplish in this sport.

We are super proud of him. I really don't know I could ever do it. I hope to get all the boys on board next year though. 

He ran in the last race and it was a very cold and blustery day, and for the most part, NO RAIN! So we just dressed warmly and drank cocoa and persevered.

He was shocked when we told him he had to take off his coat and pants to run. This is his "I'm a teenager" face.

Lots more of those to come... 

After the race we had to book it back home for a JV and Varsity soccer game! Max and then Gabe played in two cold late in the day games. One lost, one won. Gabe even scored a goal against a pretty tough team!

And because we are crazy people, Vinny and I went out for an evening of worship that night at the Seminary. IT was WORTH it though and we felt recharged afterwards.

Sunday brought our family birthday party and its was a very Dr. Who-ish kinda party.

I'm still learning all the ways of Whovians, so I did lots of pinterest surfing for ideas...

I made a tardis card after reading this post and learned how to make a turkish fold from this post.

Mr. Crafty took Gabe and his friends to see the new Goosebumps movie -- I had made mini-Tardis favor boxes filled with snickers (Gabriel's fave candy bar)for him to hand out to his friends.

(it's definitely bigger on the inside)

And because I was kinda tied up for days with activities, I left the cake making to Sam's Club and added a Tardis on top of it to tie it all together.

We dined on Pizza and roast beef and veggies and salad. Dessert was cake and Antney's ice cream (coffee cocoa and Chocolate mint oreo).

Our friends, the Mitlos, were able to join us for the festivities and it was a fun night all around. 

Gabriel enjoyed all his Dr. Who gifts and a lego set with The Flash, A Flash framed poster for his room.

The boys trying to all get together for a picture... we tried!

Sophia and Luke were thrilled to have a party (these two LOVE a party) - but were so busy the whole time I couldn't get a decent picture of them.... so here's one from pre-party!

So Mr. Crafty and I are officially parents of a teenager. We really have been going through the transition for some time already. Anyone with a teenager can attest to that truth!

We know that God has some amazing things in store for this crew of kids he's blessed us with over the past 13 years.

Saturday, February 21

February Birthday Girl ~ 2.21.15

And just like that! She is THREE!

I have been attempting to write this post since the 8th of February. good grief.
While it appears that all signs point to the fact that I should just abandon the blog and in the words of Sophia and Luke's favorite song, "let it go".... I'm going to press on! I have things to say and memories to keep!

So three Wednesdays ago, this little girl woke up and declared, Today is my Birthday! She was elated and excited and could barely wait to see her friends and eat cake!

As I have done for all the kids, I asked her what kind of cake she might like for her birthday. Her one and only request was PINK.

So she wanted a pink cake and a pink cake is what she got! I made sure that it was pink inside and out, too!
(I simply used white cake mix from a box for this cake and made my own buttercream icing. I also added a layer of raspberry filling because I could and it was PINK!)

We had mac 'n cheese and pulled pork and coleslaw for dinner. Sophia wanted "all her friends" to come and thankfully that was just her neighbor friends and their brothers. Her Nonno and Nonna came, too. And her BFF Kathryn, aka our babysitter. It was a great time!

Sophia has turned out to be quite a girly girl and loves dressing up in sequins and glitter every now and then.

Most days we hang out in pajamas because we can and they're cozy and it's winter.

A few of her famous lines are:

I want to see "all the people" or "who is going to be there? all the people"?
I love her generalities.

Sometimes we have to watch Olivia or Daniel on the "picuter" because "the brothers" are occupying the living room tv.

Her Uncle Bill made the YHL dollhouse that I have been requesting all year long. I have yet to finalize it and decorate it like I want to but suffice it to say, it was big hit.

And it melts my heart to see "the brothers" playing right along with her and rearranging the mismatched-not-all-the-right-scale furniture!

Currently it's residing in our bedroom because Luke has figured out how to climb it.

Speaking of Luke, he and Sophia are best buddies. Not a day goes by that they don't play and giggle and share their cups/food with one another.

This summer the two of them moved in together. They've been doing great in the same minimally decorated bedroom now for almost 5 months. I love the way they talk and play together. Last night as we were saying our bedtime prayers, Sophia prayed for Luke and said "He is so funny" (and then she giggled). It's the most adorable thing ever.

I love that regardless of the fact that Luke is eternally taking her stuff and claiming it as her own, she's pretty laid back about that. As you can see in the picture above, they've swapped cars, and they're both making the same face and leaning forward. be still my heart with all the cuteness

Sophia is really into:

being a princess
dressing like a princess
watching princesses
eating LOGURT in a tube
all things Daniel tiger
listening to music- especially Laurie Berkner
all things Frozen
being helpful
playing with her babies
saying ridiculously adorable things like watching "a show on the picuter"

 Typical day. Jammied out. Sitting very close (usually Luke sits ON Sophia). Melting my heart.

Saturday, January 31

January Randomosities~ 1.31.15

So, here I sit again, at the 11th hour and I had such high hopes and expectations but enough with the complaining and excuses, here are 31 things that are on my mind or that happened this month or something like that...

1. We still have a Christmas tree up.
2. I ate Chickfila tonight, really late and I'm totally not sorry about it because tomorrow is Sunday and we're supposed to get a lot of snow this week and, and, and....
3. I'm kind hoping we get a lot of snow this week. If my neighbor reads this, she might just come over here and pummel me.
4. I like snow when I'm on the inside of my house and have no where to go and Mr. Crafty is home.
5. Someone in this house will be three this week. wowzers
6. I was sick earlier this month and it was kinda the best kind of sick you can be.... I could still read books, I stayed in bed and drank tea and had my little people bring me toast. It was a kin to a mini vacation
7. My husband showed me the best kind of love when he took off work for the 2 of the days I was sick. I felt very loved.
8. I made about 500 biscotti this month for wine tastings that my parents hosted in conjunction with their store, Buon Sapore. That is A LOT of biscotti!

9. I organized our hall linen/catch-all closet a few weeks ago. I love how clean and refreshed it looks and I think I'm going to work on other spaces too.
10. due to the reorganized closet, I gathered 2 bags of items to donate! (40 bags in 40 days? well, not quite, but maybe by summer...)
11. I've learned that I'm a spurt-cleaner. I like to clean in spurts and when I get going... watch out! It's just my style and I'm embracing it.
12. I also embrace dust. It's here. We live with it. No one seems to mind.
13. I've been quite nostalgic all week thinking about where we were one year ago in respect to school. It's made me kinda sad at times but also really, really thankful. I know we are where we need to be and should be and that makes my heart very happy.

14. I have really missed blogging and really hope I can be more regular.
15. I have also really missed Scrapbooking and I've gone to great strides to begin that hobby again beginning TOMORROW.
16. In my mind, being a more regular blogger means I may blog once a week.
17. To help myself with that.... I posted a calendar on my fridge and I write down a little something or two somethings that happened throughout the day on each day. I was pretty committed to this.
18. I finally sat down to watch the Lego Movie the other day... and I didn't finish it.... yet, but will tomorrow.
19. I make BIG PLANS and have a hard time following through sometimes. Okay, a lot of times.
20.  I really do think I have good intentions though
21. The funnest thing I did this month was a paint and sip with my friends, Tara and Marijke. We painted the winter scene up above with the red lovebirds.
22. Vinny celebrated his 40th this month. I wanted to send him away somewhere but well, see #19. Instead we went to Bravo Italian Kitchen and had a great time with friends and wine.

23. Tomorrow is the super bowl and it's the Patriots vs the Seahawks. We are having burgers and dogs and fries. no grilling involved.
24. I have read a total of 4 books this month. I credit my illness at the beginning of the month to that accomplishment.

25. The Light Between Oceans was our book club choice.
26. My favorite was The Storied Life of AJ Fikry- really sweet story.
27. I would really like to get to number 31 but I'm knocking on the door of midnight and well... gotta hit publish
28. I like even numbers so I'll keep going...
29. I did choose a word for the year but I'm saving that post for another day
30. This photo makes me laugh out loud. I have no idea how that 7 year old even got into that highchair, but there he is. Of course he was stuck and needed my help! I can't have a number 31 b/c this list will be odd!!!