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Happy Birthday sweet baby Girl 💟

Today is the last day my baby girl will be 4, her sweet face, her chubby cheeks and her cute little smile are only four for just today, tomorrow she will wake up and be a whole 5 years old… 

It’s crazy to think it was 5 years ago that I was planning to go into the hospital and meet my little girl… From the very first moment I saw her beautiful face I was totally in love and knew that this little girl was going to be very special in all our lives.  Today she is funny, smart and the bestest big sister a little brother could ever have.

Florence’s favorite thing to do is stay at home and play with her toys, she loves her toys so much, babies, Barbie dolls, kitchens, dolls houses, soft toys… the list is endless.  She loves to paint, draw, chalk and write letters.  Another of Florence’s favorite things is water, she loves to have a bath for hours upon end with all her toys joining her, she loves to play with water and most of all she likes to swim in water at the pool or at the beach, she is definitely my little water baby.

We have a crazy life with so many people living in our house, Florrie loves her siblings, each and every one of them, Mabel does her hair beautifully and paints her nails, Blu is just Blu with her and she adores him, her older brothers all adore her and in turn she has a special place in her heart for each of them.  Oh I must not forget our dog Simba, yes we do still have Simba and Florrie enjoys spending time with him.

Florence has been to dance classes which she loved, unfortunately the classes stopped and we now need to find another little dance school which we love as much as the last one, hopefully she will be starting dance again after the summer.  She is right now playing soccer, her Dad is the coach, she loves to run around play the games with the ball and meet the other girls.

This little girl makes me smile every day, she says the funniest things, she loves life and I’m glad at the moment I have chosen to homeschool her, it means I get to spend everyday with her, learning along with her, sometimes I teach her and other times she teaches me, more often than not it is her showing me something… She is crazy, funny, beautiful, but most of all she is simply amazing and we all love her to bits…


Happy Birthday sweet Girl… Have a wonderful day tomorrow 👑


Columbus Day weekend…

Columbus Day weekend… And what are we doing? Of course we are getting up early for a soccer game… Yay, my day I have no alarms set, my day I relax and chill out with coffee in bed… Not today though, we have to be up and out nice and early!

Dinner today is already cooked… Impressed? I am very impressed with myself… After watching an episode of the Pioneer Woman yesterday morning, I was inspired to make my drip beef over night in the slow cooker, then leave it to cool during the day in the fridge so the fat will rise and cool then I can take it all off and then just reheat the beef in it’s juices for warm crusty sandwiches served with caramelized onions and melted cheese…yum!


The Pioneer Woman’s Drip Beef recipe.

I think I am definitely getting my mojo back, although I am very tired as I have been waking religiously at 4am every morning and then not being able to get back to sleep until my alarm is ready to go off at 6.15am, I am feeling more like my old self with the addition of a small, well rather large bump I am carrying around! I am menu planning again, and this week I actually completed a whole weeks worth of grocery shopping too, I have started putting together Florence’s Halloween costume, and have sorted through all our summer photos ready to post… My mojo is definitely re-appearing slowly!

This week’s project is making a headband to go with Florrie’s costume, I have it planned I just need the materials then I will post a tutorial and breakdown of the cost… Florence LOVES the Disney store and all things on the Disney Channel so of course this is the direction I headed when planning her costume… Unfortunately the costumes in the Disney store are stupid amounts of money, they are not even that nice in many cases so I am making my own, I bought the dress for less than half the cost of the costume and now I am making the headband, hopefully the whole outfit will have cost me less than $20… A Halloween Bargain!

Happy Columbus Day Sunday!


My baby boy…

Yesterday my baby boy had his first day at High School… Wow, when did he grow up so much? I think the answer to that question, truthfully is in the last year, this time last year he had just become a teenager, he still had his cute puppy fat and looked like my cute baby boy! Over this past year he has started to look so much more grown up, he has grown upwards, slimmed right down, he has hairy legs and his face has matured so much… He still looks like my cute baby boy but all grown up, this makes me slightly sad, but most of all I look at him with pride, he is a wonderful kind person, annoying at times but mostly he has the most wonderful personality!

Blu has always been an easy child, in the first five years of his life he was a pleasure to be with, I cried when he started full time school because I loved spending all of my time with him! His eyes are a beautiful bluey gray color, they light up his whole face, he has always worn his hair long and his easy going personality makes it hard to ever really get mad with him! Of course as he approached his first ever teenage birthday I could see traits of the dreaded teenage hormones, but my fears have been unfounded, he is an annoying teenage boy from time to time, he loves spending time on his beloved Xbox, but he has his own mind and recently decided he wanted to play soccer for the High School team, his commitment has been fantastic, even though throughout most of August he had to be on the soccer field at 9pm every morning, he has not wavered!

Now my beautiful blue eyed boy is at High School I can only look on and hope that the person he is will always shine through, as we all know High School is a whole different ball game, drugs in most schools are abundant, our grades we achieve are now the most important they have ever been and the friendships we make can be the ones that will last forever… It really can shape who we will be… My hopes are that Blu will always follow his heart, remember who he is and be the best person he can be… I love him so much and have such emotion whenever I look at his handsome face!



Once upon a back to school time…

Well the day before back to school in our house is normally, calm, organized and productive… Not this year though! Unfortunately we were out all day yesterday, from doctors appointments to soccer games and then first evening fall practices, our whole day yesterday was busy, busy, busy, with very non back to school preparations… So as you can imagine this led to meltdowns later in the evening!

Blu spent his day playing Xbox, then traveling to Randolph for his first ever High school soccer game then home again for a little more Xbox time of course, before finally realizing he needed to get organized for his first day at High School, of course this did not worry my chilled out teenager, he took it all in his stride, on the other hand Mabel was a hot house mess, stressed to the limit, of course it was all my fault and she hated me, a term she likes to use almost every day when things are not right, so I had to walk away, there was nothing I could do to calm her, with a floor full of school supplies scattered everywhere, she said she could not get organized as we had not managed to get her binders… Really what are you going to do with 6 empty binders on the first day back anyway? Her nails were chipped, so of course that was my fault too, it didn’t matter we had spent a very painful whole day choosing shoes this week and she had, had all week to have sorted all of this out… She was stressed to the limit and of course who else’s fault could it be, but yours truly! I left her to her meltdown, climbed into bed, but could not get to sleep, back to school nerves I think!

This morning was much calmer, my alarm went off at 6.15am, but of course I had woken at 4.30am and could not get back to sleep… Blu got up and got ready like a zombie, his bag, which really was a bargain for $25 at Marshall’s two years ago and is still going strong after a quick wash is like new again ( he was happy to use it again, so why spend money on a bag he did not need) was packed and ready to go, he was out the house and waiting for the bus by the time Mabel got up, of course she had her hair to straighten, her shoes to chose, but luckily her outfit had been planned weeks ago! Now on the subject of shoes, we spent a very, very painful whole day choosing shoes for Mabel on Wednesday, she loves to buy clothes but shoes are more difficult for her, unlike her mother and baby sister she is not a shoe-aholic! She had three brands of shoes she wanted to look at, Converses, Toms and Sperry’s, that was all she would even glance at, now I have to explain at this point that Mabel wears her shoes day in and day out, her closet contains one pair of gray converses, bought for back to school last year and worn throughout the year everyday almost, one pair of $10 fashion flats, one pair of $12 Tom’s lookalike flats from Target, 2 very worn pairs of flip flops and her beloved Ugg boots, so when I buy Mabel shoes this is usually her one and only pair of shoes she wears to school through out the year, so to spend a little bit more on her shoes is money well spent as she gets really good wear out of them, plus they need to be comfortable! Some would say that spending $50 to $100 on shoes for a 12 year old is extravagant, but in this case I feel it is justified! Has anyone actually picked up a pair of Toms, I love the design, but wow, for $50, I was expecting something much more substantial, and again the converses were better made but still a lot of money for canvas and rubber shoes ( we normally manage to buy them in Marshall’s much cheaper, but not this year), so although the sperry’s were more expensive, they are good comfortable well made shoes, I was impressed… They looked nice and were real leather, a plus in my book… So taking into account the fact that Mabel would get a lot of wear out of them… And after hours of looking, these are the shoes we finally chose, but then she told me she would be wearing her fashion flats with her first day outfit… Really Mabel!

Well this back to school story does not quite end there… With Mabel’s hair straightened, her well thought through outfit on and her trusty old $10 flats on her feet, she tells me her shoes are way too tight, so she swaps to her $12 Target lookalike Toms and again they are much too tight, her well worn converses from last year are much too small too… Thankfully, she has a SUPER MOM, who organized her new shoes this week, she had gorgeous well fitting shoes to go with her new clothes for her first day back at school…

The moral of this story, Moms always know best, no matter how much their almost teenage daughters shout at them!