Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sleeping Beauties

This post has to be a secret! So....if you see my children...DO NOT tell them you saw this post...or the pics...please!

I love to take pics of my kids sleeping. They are so precious, and sweet...and they are holding still. And most of all they cannot protest. 

I found George asleep this morning wearing sunglasses. I think they were on the whole night since there were deep grooves on each side of his head from he arms of the glasses. 


Tuba came home from church on Sun. and took a little nap on the deck.


Okay...especially this one...you cannot speak of. My Tween would kill me if he knew I took this photo...and shared it. But, isn't it the most precious of them all?! 


On the weekends the kids do slumber party. Moses sleeps with the big boys and the littles...Thing 1 and Thing 2 sleep together. 


I can't resist getting one of the napping dad too. 


Sis is famous for piling toys and things on her bed and sleeping in the middle of it all. 


Well, at least this one doesn't mind the photos. 


Hmmmm....I seem to be missing a photo of Moses. I'll have to get on that. It's really hard to get a photo of him. He gets up the earliest of all the kids. He's often up before I am.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Spring Slice

It's A Dog's Life -


Outside My Window - Sunshine!! And wind. I can see the trees blowing and swaying. But, the sun is amazing! The sky is brilliant blue with white puffy clouds. The trees are bright shades of green and lots of beautiful bright pinks, reds, and orange blooms on rhododendron and azaleas.

From The Kitchen - Meatloaf for dinner. Yum! Some of my people didn't used to like meatloaf but the last time I made it I put BBQ sauce on top before I cooked it and now...viola...they all like it. I love baked potatoes and green salad with my meatloaf.

Also I have a roast ready to go into the oven. George and I watched a YouTube video on making the best roast beef sandwich. We are slow roasting the meat....which has been rubbed in olive oil, coarse salt, pepper and rosemary. After cooking it to a perfect rare tenderness I will put it in the fridge over night and then thinly slice for sandwiches. Oh...it's going to be good.

I Am Thankful - I've gone on several field trips each year with my kids. I love going! I'm lucky that I am able to go so often.


I Am Wearing - It's a miracle people! I'm wearing clothes. Not sweats, not pj pants. I'm wearing dark navy jeans, white t-shirt, denim long sleeve shirt....and slippers....but I have my hair fixed AND jewelry on. It feels like a Sunday....since that's really the only regular day I wear an outfit, with cute hair and accessories. Alas, it's a Thursday but I'm trying something new....it's called WEAR THE CLOTHES IN YOUR CLOSET BECKY!


I Am Creating - A flower garden with the kids. We tried vegetable gardening two years ago and it was okay but really the plot is so small and the hedge next to the plot isn't so great for the garden. This year we picked out some flower seeds and started them in Dixie cups. It's been fun to watch them sprout up. This weekend we will put them into the plot. We hope to have lots of beautiful flowers for cutting and also for just looking at in the garden.

I Am Going - Camping this summer! Yeah! The kids are over the moon excited. We are renting a camper...that's the best part!!

I Am Reading - I'm almost done with Gone Girl. I saw the movie with Cam. HOLY MOLY!! So, I decided to read the book for more info. Actually, the movie is very close to the book. When I'm done with it I will start my book club book called The Girl With All The Gifts.

I Am Hearing - A lawn mower buzz in the neighborhood. My dog snoring and George in his room cleaning up. 

I Am Planning - Cam has a new job. Well, same job as an ICU ARNP but he is changing over to the surgical ICU and his schedule is changing. This is a BIG change for us. He will work very long 13 hour days. But, he will work three days one, one off (Sunday), then three more on and then.....SEVEN days off. Yeah!!

Cam is excited to the max! I'm of course excited too but it is going to be new...and different and have it's own challenges.

This week he is trying out the new schedule so he had the weekend off and then Mon.-Wed. off too. That was nice!! He was a huge help around the house and with the kids. Now we are onto the part of the week where he is working the 13 hour days. Eeeeek!! So the planning for me is crucial. For example tonight Moses has practice and usually Cam is home to hang with the other kids but tonight I've got to take everyone with me. Tomorrow same thing...plus pick up and drop off the other 5 boys in the carpool for Mr. P's team. Good thing my van seats 12!

So, I'm busy planning dinner so it's ready on time, and packing a bag of items for the kids to do in the car during practice. Then home and into bed before Cam will even get home.

One Of My Favorite Things - This year Mr. P and Moses are both playing Flag Football. I LOVE watching my kids play sports. LOVE!! I don't follow any pro sports...don't watch the games on TV or live nor do I read about them. The sport's page is just fire starter around here.



But, I adore cheering for and watching my kids play. They've played soccer, basketball, and flag football for team sports. It's the best!! Go Team!!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week - The rest of the week will be busy and tough without my help mate. I'm going to plan accordingly and pace myself. School to sports to bed...repeat. Then Saturday games and planting our flowers. 

A Picture Thought I'm Sharing -



Friday, April 24, 2015

Pascha!!

Pascha....finally!!


Our Pascha service starts at 10:30 pm. It's crazy to be getting ready for church at bedtime. 


George was asleep in the van on the way to church and came right in, laid down and went to sleep. 


My mom and Bill joined us for Pascha. It was REALLY fun!!


Tuba was all excited!! 


My sweet girl was not so tired. I tried and tried to get her to lay down and sleep. Nope. She slept about 20 min. and then woke up. By the time we went downstairs to celebrate and break the fast she was a wreck. TIRED!! She snapped at me...I WANT TO GO HOME!!



We pack lots of yummy treats! All our perishables were in the cooler staying chilled. 


This year we came home earlier than we ever have. We rolled into our driveway about 3:30. Ugh. Very tired!!

And the next day is the Carnival!! The Pascha Feast and Carnival is Sunday....after we try to sleep in and rest. Really it goes more like drag ourselves out of bed and wonder WHY the children wake up so early, make a yummy breakfast, and then rush around getting food ready for the feast and packing the car full of carnival items. 

The feast day is all about fun...I call it...Let Your Hair Down Day. The kids know they can wear what they want, eat what they want and just play and have fun. 

I was having too much fun at the carnival and didn't take many photos! I did snap this cute one of all the little kids at the egg hunt. The kids were running all over the park with their baskets and people kept driving by and looking at us so strange. We realized it was a week past Western Easter and they must have thought we were nuts! Ha!


The kids jumped all day in the bouncy house. A great way to let off steam. 


After the Carnival we clean up and headed home about 7:00 pm. We were bone tired, hiney dragging tired, exhausted!!

And...hungry!!!! We took the kids out for burgers. You can see from the photos that non-stop church services, plus lack of sleep, plus too much bouncy house and sugar creates some wild kids. 


Or should I say....Wild Sis!!



And a Crazy Mom!!


Whew!!! What a week!! 

Christ Is Risen!! Indeed He Is Risen!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Holy Week and Pascha Part 2

Cam, Tuba and Moses attended Holy Week services Mon. and Tues. Starting Wed. the rest of us joined in. The services are long but they are beautiful and they are a lovely time spent together. 

On the way home we treat the kids to candy....if they had good behavior. There was one night that the youngest two had to forgo the treat. It's hard being a parent....a good parent that follows through!! They cried and fussed but the next night they were great!

The week is a blur of school, dinner, church....repeat. It's hard but rewarding and fun too.

The big boys were so excited every night to serve. They harped at us to get us out the door on time. I miss standing with them but love to watch them. 


Cam got lots of love from Tuba. Holy Week is his favorite week of the year. Every day he got off the school bus and said, "candles, church, me??". 


How sweet is this?!


Another of my favorite things about Holy Week is since we are at church so much we get to see our friends a lot! Love that. There are some beautiful and loving families in our parish. This is our friend David helping Tuba light his candle. Everyone knows that Tuba LOVES candles. 


Happy boy!!


Moses enduring his Mama and her photo taking. 


The week is a blur of outfit changes. I worked hard this year to pick up the kids' things and hang them up so they would be ready to go again....especially the boys' dress pants. Normally I'd have them do it but it was late and they would strip, put on pj's and plop into bed.


The Lamentations service is Friday night and there are flowers strewn all over the floor. The kids love to gather them up in piles to play with. Sat. morning bay leaves are thrown adding to the flowers left over from the night before. The kids really have fun.


Please note Sis's new shoes. They are so cute and fit her personality. The toes light up too. I was a mean mom (according to her) and wouldn't let her wear them to the night time services....when it's dark in the nave. She was thrilled to put them on Sat. morning!! She loves socks and wears two pair at a time. I try to guide her sock choice but most of the time it's unsuccessful....or she puts on what she wants and then runs out to the van. 

Check out her snowman socks. At least those match the other colors in her dress. 


Moses busy serving as acolyte.


Both boys during communion.


And the reason for Holy Week. We stand right in front of this icon in church. A beautiful reminder of why we attend and celebrate Pascha. 



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Holy Week and Pascha Part I

Here goes.....

Holy Week was fun...and long...and busy. I didn't get that many photos this year. But, here's the best of them.

Palm Sunday

The kids LOVE Palm Sunday...known to Cam and I as "Poke your parents' eye out day". Ha!!

Sis got busy making crosses with the Palm leaves.


Little brother too.


Actually there was much less palm poking this year. The middle boys served on the altar the the littles were busy making palm crafts. 




Peek-a-boo!!


I see you...pretty girl.


Tuba loves to wave his palm around. 



We process around our church building waving our palms....and since Orthodox Christians celebrate on a different calendar than Western Christians...we get A LOT of really funny looks. 


My sweet boys did an amazing job!


Hosana!! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Island Time

On Friday of our Spring Break...which was now so long ago I fear I'll never catch up with posting...we took a ferry ride to our favorite island.

First stop was our fav pizza place. It's SO good. The marinara sauce is divine...a religious experience. I order a side of it to pour over my pizza. AND...the kids and Cam know to order their own 'cause I'm not sharing!!

A walk on the beach is always needed after pizza.



The weather was rainy with intermittent sun breaks. We wanted to explore a new town but as we arrived the rain was beginning to pour. We headed indoors to a fun wine shop, coffee shop. I bought two yummy homemade pies while Cam pursued the wine shop and made a few purchases. 

As we came out the rain stopped so we decided to hike to the top of the hill. You can see the water on both sides of the island from the top. It was beautiful!! 


We live in a beautiful part of the world!! Rain...yes....but it makes everything so green and lush.


The fab five!!


And the terrific two!


Back where we parked there were art galleries and a cheese shop. Such fun!


And...there was this lovely pond and an Audubon platform overlooking a preserve. We saw so many beautiful birds.


It was a magical day full of good food, sunshine, rain clouds, and new adventures. Oh, and all my loves!

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