Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Nicholas got hit really hard, fell backwards and hit his head on the ice at his game this past weekend. Ugh. I'm soooo glad I wasn't there to witness it! Danny, who coaches the team, said Nicholas was down for at least 3 to 4 minutes. He was just laying there sobbing.  He was very woozy when he got up. It was decided that he should be seen by a doctor. So off to the Emergency Room we went. They said he suffered a mild concussion. When I first saw him at the hospital, he was really out of it and in lots of pain. He couldn't even stand up by himself. But after about an hour or so he started to feel a lot better. It's just a reminder of how dangerous hockey can be! But isn't our boy just the handsomest? Is that even a word???

He plays goalie for one team...

and skates on another team...

It's really the best of both worlds!  Now if we could just get him more protection...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Prince and the Penguin

Gianna made her acting debut last night (and this morning) in the play "The Prince and the Penguin". She did great!!!

Her one big line...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Danny's birthday

Danny celebrated his birthday almost two weeks ago now...life is a little busy these days...crazy days but fun...

I love how Danny asked the kids to help him make a wish and blow out his candles...

The excitement is building around here for Halloween.  The girls have their costumes ready.  Nicholas isn't so sure yet.  We'll see what we can come up with. 

A big storm is brewing on the East Coast too.  They are called it "Frankenstorm".  Not sure where it's going to make landfall but we'll be ready!  Happy Halloween!!!! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

She wants a dog!

Gianna wants a dog in the worst way.  She is the biggest dog lover I know.  She has piles of dog books, at least 30 or more stuffed dogs, and tons of little plastic dogs.  But she wants the real thing.  I feel so badly about it because I really, really, really don't want a dog. I love dogs...just not in my house.  The thought of a wet, dirty dog running through my house and jumping on my furniture makes me cringe.  And a cute little puppy peeing and pooping on my floor or new rug?  Ugh!  No way! 

So here's just one of the many, many notes Gianna leaves for me around the house...(in her handwriting)....

"Oh please can I get a dog!  I will do eneything for it!  I will pick up its poop.  I will walk him.  Oh please! Please write back a word I love."

Yes, it pulls at my heartstrings...but enough to get a dog?  Eh...probably not. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Ghosting is a really fun tradition in our neighborhood.  You put together a bunch of Halloween treats and fun stuff and leave it on the front step of your neighbor after dark.  Then you ring the bell and run like the dickens!  We have new neighbors.  They have two young boys who are 4 and 5 years old.  My kids just adore them...especially Nicholas.  He will actually go over their house and ask them to play.  I think that's something really special for an 11 year old boy to do.  He doesn't think he's too "old" to do that.  He keeps asking when he can babysit for them.  Just so cute.  I tell Nicholas what a great role model he is for them.  I remember there were a few boys in our neighborhood that wouldn't give Nicholas the time of day at that age.  All he wanted was for them to throw a ball to him and they wouldn't.  So I'm so glad he's not like that.  Yesterday my kids all decided they wanted to "ghost" the boys.  I took them to the store and they put together this great basket full of bubbles, gum, small light sabers, marshmallow treats, window clings, etc.  They did it all themselves.  Then last night, they dressed in dark clothes for their mission.  Nicholas was so funny because he wanted full control.  They have a dog and he knows Julia is scared to death of dogs.  So he told her how scary and big the dog is.  Of course Julia wanted no part of ringing the doorbell after that.  Nicholas got his way of course.  It was a big success!  The boys were so happy at the bus stop this morning talking about their treats and one boy actually had his bubbles in hand.  So cute!  I'm so proud of my kids.  They kept it a secret this morning not letting on it was them.  They weren't looking for any "thank yous".  That makes me one proud Mama!!