Saturday, February 28, 2009

My little gymnast

Julia had been bugging me to go back to gymnastics. So a few weeks ago, I signed her up for a one-hour class once a week. After her second class, the teacher tells Danny that Julia's "got it" and we should really consider putting her on their Cub Team. This girl does "have it". I have a feeling she will be good at everything she does. She's loving the team. She's now dancing two hours a week and taking gymnastics 3 hours a week. It seems like a lot to me but she's happy and having fun so that's all that matters.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Providence Bruins Part 2

Nicholas got to play at the PB game again last night. This time it was a full game. They played before the PB game started. Each player was introduced one at a time, they played all that great music between plays and they showed replays on the jumbotron. After the game, the coaches had a pizza party for the kids. Our team lost but it really didn't matter. It will be something he'll always remember. How fun for them!!

(Nicholas is #10 in red, left wing)

The kids couldn't wait to have snacks while watching the PB. Popcorn, ice cream and cotton candy!!! Just a little messy...

Snuggling with Daddy...and Nemo of course!

Her favorite stuffed friend...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A heavy heart...

I keep my favorite picture of Lucky with some of his things on my kitchen counter. They bring me comfort. I am anxiously awaiting his ashes too. I will feel much better when he is back home with us.

I can't believe how much of my day was spent looking after him. I never even realized it. I feel such loss not having him to look after, holding him and the comfort he provided me. He was such a huge part of my life for the past 12 years. He would wake us up most mornings very, very early looking for his treats and to go outside. Throughout the day I was always checking on him to be sure he was around and safe, especially if he was outside. In the summertime, he loved drinking out of our pool and even fell in once. Thank goodness he got out that time. It was funny though seeing him soaking wet. I miss the time spent feeding him, changing his water, making sure the kids weren't bothering him, making sure the shades and curtains were open so he could look out the windows or lay in the sun, checking to see if he wanted to come in the house especially when it was cold outside, making sure the basement door was open in the winter months in case he needed his litter box or that he wasn't accidentally locked downstairs, and most importantly, making sure he was in the house before it got dark at night so he wouldn't get hurt.

The evenings are the worst for me. That's when he would finally let us pat him. During the day he was so aloof but not at night. He loved to lay on our laps after the kids went to bed and when he was feeling good, he would follow us upstairs to sleep with us on our bed. He would lay right on my chest and then as the night went on he would end up wedged between our legs for warmth and comfort.

His favorite spot on the living room ottoman looking out the window is now empty. At night we would always pull the blind only 3/4 of the way down so he could look out the window at night. I've cried each night now when it gets dark, not having the heart to pull the shade down all the way. And I still leave the basement door ajar like always. The spot on the kitchen floor where his water dish and food were is now empty. All reminders...

He was such a huge part of our life. It really hurts right now. I wish it were two weeks from now so it wouldn't hurt so much. I know it will get better but right now I'm just really sad and miss him terribly.

I love you and miss you my sweet boy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

our Lucky Boy

These were taken today...

We'll miss you...

so so much. We love you.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

To my four Valentine's

Happy Valentine's Day to my four lovies...
I'm grateful for my three babies who are so beautiful, funny, smart and sweet. But most of all I'm grateful for my bigger babe who has really, really loved me for the past twenty years which I find truly amazing.

Friday, February 13, 2009

tooth #7

Nicholas lost tooth #7 last night. I wasn't home but he left me a note before he went to bed...

Just in case you need help reading it, it says "Dear Mommy, I lost my tooth tonight. Julia rolled on my face."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Gianna and some of her best "friends"....

This girl loves, loves, loves her stuffed friends. At bedtime she piles them all over her bed and barely has room for herself. And then every morning we hear her tossing them down the stairs one by one so she can play with them all day long. She usually has one favorite for the day that will go with her everywhere. She has given them each very unique names like "small doggie", "big doggie" and "bear". I know one day she will outgrow her "friends" but I know I'll never be able to part with any of them.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Feeling housebound

As we were driving the other day, Gianna looked out the window and said, "I don't want it to be Christmas anymore." Even the kids are getting sick of the snow! I can't wait for spring.

Here are some summertime videos to help with the winter blahs...