Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cape Cod

We took the kids on their annual trip to the Candy Co. while on vacation last week on Cape Cod.  


It's really overwhelming.  They carry every kind of candy imaginable...



This was my Nana's favorite candy.  She always had a stash...


The kids can fill up their plates...


This is the one time we don't tell them it's too much...

And they are good about not gobbling it all up in one sitting...well at least the girls are good about that.  Nicholas...not so much. : ) 

Then we always take them jumping on the trampolines after to help burn off some of the sugar...


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We went to the beach practically every day. The weather was beautiful!





Nicholas made a friend last year from New York and he and his family were there again this year...


which was fantastic for Nicholas!  He's happiest with a friend by his side...



And my poor hubby hobbled along with his crutches.  He made the best of it...


The girls loved looking for jelly fish...


Yuck!  Yuck!  Yuck!  Just the thought of these things swimming around me makes my skin crawl.  So I just tried not to think about it...


I took the kids mini golfing while Danny stayed back at the cottage...


After we were done, we picked him up for some ice cream.



The beach again...

 My pretty girl...


Oh to be able to wear that tiny pink bikini...how lucky she is...


Daddy still entertained the kiddies from his chair...





Our beautiful view every day...


We took a break from the beach one day to take the kids to an inflatable water park...


This slide was huge!  Gianna was really nervous at first but Nicholas and Julia were persistent and got her to go down with them...


Nicholas....

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Then Gianna goes...and then Julia...listen to Julia squeak!!!  So funny!

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The only time we really saw the kids that day was when they decided it was time for a snack and a drink...


Danny and I just sat and read books and people watched to help pass the time...


 I think this was their favorite day of our vacation...


We went to CeCe's sister's house for dinner one night.  We had a wonderful time (even though CeCe wasn't able to join us).  These were all over her yard...and the entire neighborhood....


Just gorgeous!!!


Why are my babies getting so big?  They look so grown up to me in this picture for some reason.



My babies are so beautiful...and so incredibly well behaved I must say.


I think someone ate too much...


One of Julia's best sand castles of the week...she even added a pool...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summertime

Gianna loves her "Whaley"...

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Summer is filled with all kinds of activities for the kids...swimming lessons for all three, playground camp and hockey camp for Nicholas, ballet for Julia, tumbling and dance camp for Julia and Gianna, and zoo camp for Gianna. I worked hard on their summer schedules to find that perfect balance...some activities but also time to just relax or play with friends.

Tonight was Julia and Gianna's second night of tumbling class.  I'm hoping by the end of the summer, Gianna will have her back handspring on her own and Julia will have a perfected round off, back handspring, back tuck.  They're on their way for sure.

Julia on the tumble track...

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Gianna has this on her own for sure...he's barely spotting her!

Gianna tries again...
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Julia working on her back tuck...
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Julia with a spot...
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and then on her own!
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Gianna hopefully will have this on her own by the end of the summer...
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Medium Reading

I went to see a medium for the first time ever.  I heard he was fabulous so I decided, what the heck, I'll give it a try.  I really wanted to hear from my Dad and Grandmother.  They are two people I talk to all the time.  I have their pictures around my room at home and always call on them when I need help.  I recorded my 30 minute session.  Since I used to do dictation for a living, it wasn't all that hard typing up what was said.  I did skip over a few parts...like when he spoke of reincarnation.  I don't have much interest in that.  But the other parts of my reading were fabulous!!!  I mean really, really fabulous!!!  He brought through my Dad and my Grandmother that I so badly wanted to hear from.  And there was one other person there...Joe.  Joe lived down the street from us when we were kids.  He was one of my sister's best friends.  He spent lots and lots of time with our family growing up.  As an adult, my father became a mentor for him.  He turned to my Dad when it was time to choose his career (military and then eventually a State Trooper).  They were very close.  Joe was killed in the line of duty back in 1989 when he was only 28 years old.  He was married with a baby. I went to his funeral.  He is buried near my foster brother and now near my Dad as well.  Sometimes I stop by his grave to say hello, or if I'm in a rush, I'll do a shout out to him as I drive by.  I cannot really explain why, but I think of him often.  I guess it's perhaps that I don't know that many people who have passed on...yes, I'm very lucky in that way.  So anyway, here is my reading.  I thought it was 100% accurate and truly, truly remarkable.  The medium's name is Liam.  These are his exact words....

This is your first time doing this?  That’s what I’m hearing.  My mother said, “She’s never done this before.”  I already have a gentleman who is going to talk who you’re looking for who is going to come in.  I’m going to bring him in just a few minutes for you.  We’re going to take a look to see who wants to talk to you today from Spirit.  Your people are funny because usually I have a format and an order that I go in but they changed it.  So I’m going to do what I’m told.  Taking a look at your dreams, you do have some crazy ones but I am hearing that you don’t always remember them.  I’m hearing that from my gentleman here who I’m going to introduce to you.  He says, “She doesn’t always remember them”.  Thank you.  I’m already picking up on a grandma too who I’m going to bring in for you.  Let’s take a look who wants to talk to you today in Spirit.  My gentleman who I’m going to introduce to you.  He’s funny.  He’s like “I didn’t believe in this…I didn’t believe in this shit”.  That’s him.  I have grandma.  I’ll tell you which one.  I’m just going to have her take a position over there.  I’m going to start with these two people.  I’m smelling something from him. (My Dad smoked cigars...maybe that was it?)  As I’m linking with him.  Gosh no.  He’s strong.  He says he didn’t believe in this.  It’s very different from his upbringing in his belief system. As he presents himself to me, he’s not coming through dressed up in a suit or tie.  He’s like no.  He shows himself more casually dressed to me as you would know him and recognize him.  He’s sarcastic.  I do get sarcasm.  He is funny.  I do get a nice sense of humor with this gentleman.  He likes to talk most of the time he says.  But it depends on the situation and who it is.  I do get that from him.  I do get him as a hard worker.  Is this Dad?  I keep hearing Dad, Dad, Dad.  When you walked in the room I heard “Dad, Dad”.  He said I’m coming in first.  He is so strong for you today. It’s unbelievable.  He’s a funny guy.  He was handsome too especially younger.  He’s like absolutely.  He is fiercely protective of you.  If anyone says anything negative or disrespectful to you he’s right there.  He says that wouldn’t surprise you at all.  I do get the hard work ethic with him.  By the way, there is very little, if any, jewelry on him.  Dad’s not a jewelry guy.  He’s a guy’s guy.  He’s very manly.  He can be sarcastic also.  No wrinkles.  I don’t see any wrinkles on him.  He says I wasn’t here long enough to get wrinkles.  He’s got good skin.  He does come through very neatly groomed, very nicely shaven and very clean.   He smells good.  I also feel he was very hands on with his work because he keeps showing me his hands.  He was very good at his work.  He was sharp too.  I’m hearing he was a good judge of people.  He says I could read people too. 

Who’s Joe?  Because Dad says Joe’s here too.  Joe is young.  Joe’s not old Dad’s telling me to tell you.  Honest to God, I could talk to you for three hours because Dad, Joe and Grandma have a lot to say to you.  I’m getting chills as I bring Joe in.  He’s handsome, very good looking. Dad says girls loved Joe and he loved girls.  Very flirty.  Joe’s passing is very quick.  I have a lot of head pain with him.  It was very sudden.  I have to say Joe is with you a lot Dad says.  Let people know he’s OK.  He’s funny too.  He’s fun.  I want to go party with Joe.  He’s the life of the party but very sweet, very, very sweet and very, very kind kid.  He says I passed like this (snaps his fingers).  This is how I went and then I ended up over here.  He does show himself in nice shape.  Nice shoulders, nice chest.  My women and Spirit are funny.  They’re saying he’s not hairy.  Joe helps keep you young.  When things get too serious he lightens things up for you which is beautiful.  Dad says you think of Joe.  He says he pops in your head and that’s how you know he’s there.  Listen for these from your father (knocks on walls).  He knocks and taps on walls.  He does it in your bedroom and also in your car.  He’s here because he says not everyone in our family would come and do this.  He says this is big for you doing this.  He says if I wasn’t here you probably wouldn’t do this.  That’s what he says.  He wouldn’t have done it either because he didn’t believe in it because we have skeptics in our family.  You can hear my voice changing too.  That’s him.  He’s trying.  He’s trying to talk to you directly all through my vocal chords.  He says that’s how much he wants to talk to you.  That’s how grateful he is that you are here today.  Right away I heard Dad as soon as you walked in.  Your mom is still living?  Big hugs to Mom.  Huge love to Mom.  They are very different though.  Different personalities.  I am seeing him sending healing to mom.  Healing to Mom from Dad.  He’s sending her assistance and it’s needed.  Joe is very direct also.  Although I will say this about Joe, very private.  Dad can be private too though.  Private people in the family though Dad says.  It depends who it’s in front of.  Your father is popular too.  I do get a lot of people at his passing.  He says it was a nice turn out.  He says it was a beautiful tribute more than you people realized.  He says, somebody wrote something for me he says.  (My sister wrote the eulogy.) Somebody young wrote something and he loved it.  He absolutely loved it.  He said it captured him.  Joe agrees.  Joe said it really did. 

Grandma says…this sounds like Mom’s Mom by the way.  She says Mother’s Mother.  Say hello to Mom.  She sends her a lot of love.  She’s a funny lady.  I didn’t believe in this either.  This isn’t something I would do.  I do get the strong sense from Grandma of, and not just because oh it’s Grandma and she’s over there and you are here, of wanting more time with you. She says she didn’t get enough time with you and she says that would make sense to you.  She said it wasn’t enough.  I wasn’t here long enough.  She’s got good skin. She said I didn’t look my age. She says it’s in the family.  I’m helping you also…Grandma your neck hurts (Liam rubs his neck)…with day to day living.  Also with Grandma (he breathes in and out very heavy) I have a very difficult time breathing with her.  My lungs feel like they are collapsing with her.  But I’m feeling like there was something else going on in the body with her because I’m getting more than one body ailment with her before passing.  (She had breast cancer and passed at 59.) I’m feeling like her body just shut down before passing.  But she’s OK now.  Was she in her 70’s when she passed?  (I said no.) There’s another lady who just walked in who’s in her 70’s over here.  It’s like an aunt or grandma for you but if you can’t place her that’s OK. I’m very honest with people.  I already know what you’re going to know before we do it and she’s too weak.  So I’m going to go back to mom’s mom with no wrinkles.  That other woman is on Dad’s side.  Just know she’s….it’s also because she’s not ready. It’s not you. By the way, we do see your father…there he is again…outside as he presents himself…very nice outdoor imagery…he loves it out there.  There is nice water behind him also.  Loves being outside.  Loves nature.  Absolutely loved it.  This is where I was very happy he says.  There is another name coming in for you.  It’s an M.  Do you have a Mike living or an M living?  It’s an M living that healing is being sent to.  It’s for something emotional and/or physical…just know that it was mentioned. (I don't know who that was.)  Did you know a Mary over there?  (Silly me says…over where??? Dah!)  Because Dad says, Liam say Mary…say Mary.  Mary is here.  (That is my Dad's mother, Mary!) He’s the one that gave me the Joe so Dad is good with names.  So I’m going to stick with him.  There’s a dog over there too.  I do get a dog with Dad standing at Dad’s feet.  (My Dad loved his dog, Bailey.) Tell Mom that he’s got the dog.  He loves this dog also.  A lot of love. This is a good dog too.  I like this dog’s personality.  A lot of energy especially when the dog was healthy.  Very friendly too he says.  Who’s got two kids?  Who’s got two?  How many in your family?  Siblings?  I’m surprised there aren’t more boys.  It’s just my own energetic thing.  Dads like no…lots of girls but a strong girl or two.  Because I feel like he wants to include everyone in the family and doesn’t want to forget anyone.  How many kids do you have?  Father says say hi to your husband…say hi to him because he says I’m with him too.  He loves him.  He likes him.  Of course he does he says, I always did.  I was checking to see if anyone else was saying hi to your husband but it was just Dad.  Joe was like “no”.  That was cute because Joe was like “no”.  (I was laughing and telling him Joe didn’t know Danny.)  Checking your health….dad is sending healing to your neck and shoulders for tension point and down to your lower back and hips.  Grandma says you have healing being sent to balance your hormones in your body. 


He’s helping your youngest.  Your oldest is smart I’m hearing.  The youngest is funny too. Dad says an absolute riot.  Dad says you don’t know what’s going to come out of her mouth next and he can’t get enough.  He’s got them on such pedestals your kids.  She’s pretty too and smart.  She’s smart too Liam he says.  She is going to, or about to, accomplish something he says. He’s very excited.  He’s very happy for her.  She’s very pretty.  We’re jumping ahead but her career is set. I know that’s jumping ahead a bit.  That’s a big bit he said.  But yeah her career is already set.  She’s not going to have to worry about money.  I’m feeling him sending direction to your middle one.  So we could be jumping ahead.  He’s showing them when they’re going to be teenagers.  So when the middle one is going back and forth I feel…it honestly feels like it’s athletic or school related.  But your little one is a riot.  They can’t get enough. Grandma too.  Grandma worships your little one.  The oldest feels sensitive.  I do get high sensitivity levels off the oldest and intuitive.  Good instincts about people.  Your oldest is intuitive and very spirit connected.  He’s got peeps wanting to reach out to him.  But good kid.  He’s raving about him too.  He’s very caring.  Very attentive to people.  Grandma is raving about him.  Your father says he’s got real nice stuff coming for him.  Grandma says handsome boy.  Handsome also.  Mind of his own she says.  Although the youngest does too.  What’s the middle ones name?  She is different from the youngest Grandma says.  I just need a name to hit her vibration.  She was blending in with the other two. They are equally with her.  The other two are just throwing so much off energetically speaking.  She feels softer.  Very pretty girl Dad says.  And talented.  Sweet that’s what Dad says she’s very sweet.  Grandma says she has healing ability.  She would be good with…I was going to say she’d be good with crystals but they just said no not really.  I love when they cut me off.  She’s sensitive like your son.  She’s got creativity around her.  Watch for her to be able to either write or music or art.  A lot of creative energy around her.  As long as it is expressed Grandma says that’s good.  I can see it all over her aura.  She’s filled with orange which is creativity.  She’d be good at psychology…they just said counseling or therapy, as a future career point for her…or teaching.  (I said that in my head. Liam said that’s Dad.  You heard Dad.  That’s how the process works he says.)  Joe says medical energy around her too and teaching. 


It’s so hard to disconnect from your Dad and family because they just want to keep going. He said just one more thing.  A cake.  I have a cake for a birthday or anniversary coming up in the family.  He says you know who this is for.  That cake is from Dad.  He says give her the cake.   A lot of love to you from Grandma. Mom’s mom sends you her love.  Sends her love to Mom also.  She gives you beautiful roses as a gift.  She’s giving you tulips too. Watch for birds from grandma when she’s around.  Lot of love to you from Joe who sends his love to you …he’s with your kids too.  Joe’s with your kids.  Keeping an eye on them he says.  He will do that for their lifetimes.  He gives you a hug also.   A lot of love to you from the dog.  A lot of love to you from the other grandma, his mom, sends you love also.  A lot of love to you from Dad who gives you a nice hug, there he is, he gives you a nice kiss on the cheek.  He says I love you.  He’s with all your kids, 24/7, he says.  They can call on me for help at anytime.  Joe says they can call on me too…they don’t know who I am, but Joe says they can call on me anyway he says.  Dad says I’m going to be helping them to direct their futures he says which look good. They look good.  They look good.   I don’t say that to many people.  I really don’t.  Unfortunately.  You got good kids.  Very fortunate. You’re very blessed.  What about husband?  What about him?  Helping.  He’s helping him with his work too.  Your Dad is. (My husband and I bought my father's business!) He’s sending energy to his work.  Did you already check your car?  Check your car.  (I told him I have a new car.)  It must be husband’s car then.  I’m just hearing a car that needs tires checked.  He says, check the tires.  Have him check it.  And don’t forget the dentist for one of you two from Dad.  If it hasn’t already happened.  Lot of love to you.  He cannot thank you enough.  Joe can’t thank you enough too for coming.  He sends you boatloads of love and abundance.  Dad says I’m going to do something nice for you later.  Joe will too.  I leave you with those blessing.  We will talk again Joe says.  Dad, we good?  Dad’s good.  He just turned to Joe and said that wasn’t hard. That wasn’t hard to do.  

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Dad ~ Nicholas and Julia made this for you today.  You "gave" me a cake the other day so I'm "giving" one back to you!!  xoxo


Here is our summer list....


I'm not sure how much we'll be able to do though after this "revolting development"...


Danny broke his ankle last week.  What a way to start our summer!!  As he put it, he "hydroplaned" in his work shoes!  : )  I told him he needs to make up a better story!