Friday, September 5, 2014

vaca our way

 We're on vacation for another 8 days!!! 
Yes. School started yesterday.
{no worries we booked it back up for the first day...then hightailed it back to vaca right after the bell let them out.}

We had a rough past year/summer around here. 
And we needed some extra time to hunker down and just enjoy each other before heading back to school full time. 
So we voted, and it was unanimous, 2 full weeks of vaca this year!
Which ended up meaning that the boys would miss their first full week of school.
{It's the last year we will probably be able to get away with this...and we're loving every minute of it.}

Vaca memories {so far}: no mountain dew for j-rod, ever // funnel cakes for dinner // Thing 4 is so brave // Thing 2, boogey boarding all day long // sun, sun, sun // Baby boy is a walker!!! // catching hermit crabs in the bay // midnight ocean swims // New Girl marathons // midday naps for all // tan lines // dreams of surfing // arcade-ing it up // BROWNS DONUTS // I saw Caleigh first! I win! // Stuck on the Ferris Wheel // his first roller coaster // iced coffee every morning // Off the grid // ocean views from our house on the boards // favorite place on earth 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Here we come, Ready or Not...

3rd grade
1st grade


Happy back to school ya'll! 
I'm gonna go grab myself some kleenex and a donut and watch the clock.
Peace Out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Back Teach {DIY}

School Starts in the morning?
Say WHAT?!

Ok so...
I was recruited by our PTA to fancy up some "back to school" goodies for the staff. 
Ya'll know how much I love to fancy things up, right?
{I'm so already know...I'm in the fast, la, la, la, la, la, la...}

I'm so pumped with how fab these turned out!
No worries, you didn't miss your chance to copycat this pretty-ness...X-mas is coming!
{So "pin it" up!}

Teacher Jars:
-mega gold paperclip to hold a gift card or two
{I sprayed the lid of the jars with gold, and attached a home printed tag with some twine. Easy Peasy.}

Teacher aide boxes:

Yay for the fantastic teaching staff that will be caring for my kiddo's this year. I can't imagine what we'd do without them. They really do rock...and this, was the very least I could do.
{yay, yay, ya ladies, happy to help!}


Monday, August 25, 2014


So this weekend...we were all together.
For the first time since Thing 1 left back in April.
Our boys reunited at last.
It was beautiful...
 It was perfect.
We are grateful.
Thank you everyone for all your prayers and support leading up to this big day for our little family.
It was absolutely perfect.

***For all you newbie's here's a little "backstory"***

Monday, August 18, 2014

Oh Mr. Bill's

Oh Mr. Bills...

There was no reason for us to load up into the car this day and drive 30+ minutes for some burgers & fries. 
There are plenty of tasty burger joints between here & there...but we went anyway. 

We ate our ice cream first.
And laughed at baby boy's antics.
The burgers were better than we remembered and oh those fresh cut fries!
We took the obligatory beneath the statue picture.
And we spent the ride home remembering all Mr. Bills adventures from the past.  

Sometimes having no reason is the best reason of all.
{yep. I attempted to be poetic...just role with it.}

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

hitting the boards with local folks

Yep. Another shore post. 
{You are so totally welcome!}
This is my happy place. 
{I'm not exaggerating this time.}
For other place on earth brings instant happiness to my heart, quite like the Jersey shore. 

So why not share it with new friends?!

This was our first official "kid friend" trip to the shore. 
{In NJ it's the "shore", not the "beach". FYI.}

We've been down here plenty of times with friends (as you know)...but mostly those friendships started with the parents/me first and by default our children have fallen into friendships.

This little entourage, however, formed all on it's own and has since banded us mama's together. 

{Mama plug: I'm actually quite proud of my mom mingling since moving to our perfect town...totally out of my comfort zone, but I predetermined I would force myself to "get out there" when we moved...for the sake of our boys...because "weren't no way" they'd be having playdates without me first knowing the fam's of their friends...I'm not relaxed enough for that...anyway, rabbit trail over.}

All day long I felt as though I was getting glimpses into their teen years...they are one crazy bunch of fun loving boys...Lord help us all. 

PS-this was Thing 4's first time on the big Pirate Ship...he was not a fan...but he was super brave. Had to squeeze that tid bit in here so that I will remember it for always. MUAH!

PPS - you know there are gonna be plenty more shore posts, right? It is my happy place after all. You've been warned...

PPSS-thank you Jodie for braving the Pirate Ship! Poor little guy would've been a wreck without you on there! I hope your head has stopped spinning!