family times

I’ve had a lot of down time lately. its nice when the holidays roll around and you’ve got no work or school. 20171225_230309

Jonathan and i had plans to just basically do nothing. go no where. and just simply be at home with the kids.

we don’t ever get that any more we’re always anywhere but home and usually the kids are  bounced from one house to another. i feel that’s just not good for kids to be rushed about all the time.

one night we made pizza. on a whim i was like lets make pizza with the kids. turned out to be a lot of fun and my picky kids, kinda-sorta ate the pizzas they made.

they mostly ate while we were constructing our pizzas.

As a mom i try to make memories with my kids. in this fast paced world we live in things are a lot different than when i was a kid (that wasn’t that long ago). i don’t feel like my parents rushed about or even had to TRY and put memories down in the book.

maybe i am forcing it…. but yet again so many things take our attention even when we are at home, no one is really doing things together any more.

This year Jonathan and i plan on creating some good habits. some Godly habits too.

our family focus for this year is Stewardship. (more in-depth on that later) that encompasses practically everything we want to get better at and take better care of.





our bodies and minds (health)


Christmas time is here…

OMG…back to the daily grind…kind of..well, at least for Geno and Jonathan, I got one more day.20171124_155553

Our Thanksgiving break was AMAZING! I don’t believe we spent that much time together in a LONG time. It was so nice and relaxing……ahhhhhhhhh…. Any who, I promised a few more pictures.

So lets start off by saying, we have this silly little tradition that we randomly started way back when that we wear festive hats while decorating the house for Christmas. I don’t know how it started but we each have a hat to wear, Geno isn’t so much into the whole tradition, Ella seems to like it.

Setting things up seemed to be more challenging this year. Little Hands were in EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE. 20171124_131940

AND of course she was proud of herself.

I may say, that is NOT the tree we ended up putting up. For some reason pre-lit trees don’t last long in this house, maybe its where we store them, wh20171125_011605o knows, but we ended up going out TWICE and 3 different stores and buying ANOTHER tree (so help me) headache #2 after Ella,

I fell in love with this 7 foot beauty, who’s not pre-lit I may add…

if anyone is wondering, Wally World (Wal-Mart) does have the best prices on Christmas trees.

I decided oh so randomly, which i’m good at, of doing a brown paper packages tied up with string…. cause….

oh you know you want to sing it!

so most of my pictures around the house are wrapped in such a manner. I kinda like the look, if I do say so myself.

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with a few more decorations added and a little upstairs in each room we are in full Christmas season mode!

isnt he adorable

Moosey always comes out and ONLY at Christmas time for the sake of our sanity. He sings “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” and we heard it about 100 times in the first 2 minutes he was out. this is probably the only thing Geno will NOT share with Ella and its causing a headache (#3) so i’m sure Moosey will have company in the attic during his off months. Stay tuned for that.

This Thanksgiving has taught me what it means to be grateful and how to live it out in everyday life. This Christmas season is for showing your gratitude and I plan to do so.

Charlie Brown gets quoted a lot around our house, so does Star Wars and the Muppets…I digress…

there’s one quote he says that I like the most,


Hug your loved ones tight.

life is short.




knock knock…

Psalm 100

“A Thanksgiving Psalm

100 1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
    Bring a gift of laughter,
    sing yourselves into his presence.

Know this: God is God, and God, God.
    He made us; we didn’t make him.
    We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
    Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
    Thank him. Worship him.

For God is sheer beauty,

    all-generous in love,
    loyal always and ever.

Some things are just to good to be considered a coincidence.

co·in·ci·dence- a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.

I had a plan to share this video this morning of me just fooling around at the piano then my daughter joined me. As I sat and watched it with her I couldn’t help but BURST out in laughter as what she was doing.

My moments of worship often look like this one, interrupted by little voices, still in our PJs.  Its all good. God doesn’t care, much to people’s surprise. He sees the intention, the potential, the fact that I made an attempt. He sees my heart. He takes delight in this moment of sheer reality.

#thisisreallife #messy #wrongnotesattimes #stilllearning #neverdone

its pretty awe-inspiring that psalm 100 is a Thanksgiving psalm. I did not know that before looking it up and looking it up in the message bible makes it all come other in real-life-moment perfectness.

“bring a gift of laughter”

CHECK! hahaha….I’ve accomplished that in life.

Maybe David had a similar experience happen when he wrote this? id love to see his every day.  He was a blogger. obviously, he wrote everything down! IN SONG FORM, even better! I wonder if his life played out in like a Broadway musical in his mind.

the heart and center of David’s musical was God-that’s the important part to remember. He’s the VIP box right next to Statler and Waldorf. HA!…. sorry that’s a funny picture.

I think today is laughing day. Find someone to share a joke with. Have a good laugh, it leaves you feeling so good. Most often I think it leaves you with a thankful attitude.

 maybe you need to learn to laugh? Lighten up a bit? There is a time for everything even laughter!

Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An Impasta

now tell me….you didn’t laugh at that.



my weekend in a nut shell. (photos cred. my sister and my aunt)

typing this from my phone as I lay bundled in sweatpants, alpaca hair sweater -with hood, and a blanket. needless to say I’m not feeling well, but a mom’s job never ends just cause their sick. however doing the bare-min while under the weather or blanekts in my case, is perfectly fine.

my thought process as a mom is: I gotta clean up, I gotta do laundry. yes I do. it’s part of my job but there is a wonderful balance I like to lean towards on days like this

thing like cleaning up the pile of hand me down shoes in the hall and the deck of cards in the den those can be set aside and I’ll get to them later… no one will die if I don’t clean up now and I’m sure my family was clothed when they left the house so laundry isn’t a necessity currently.

things like making sure the children have food and water, along with the dog, and changing diapers, taking the dog out… those are important.  spending time with ella is also important luckly i can either lay on the couch or on the floor with her as we play….not what i have in mind to rest but you gotta do what you gotta do.

I’m thankful nap time rolls around and I have have sleep on the agenda. i cant get better to take care of everything, if i don’t take care of myself first. I’m also thankful for 5:35 when the husband walks through the door.

getting him to pick up chicken from giant eagle and fries he can throw in the oven is 100% okay.  in fact it’s our favorite- we don’t do often. so it’s a treat! plates of ranch and ketchup smiles brighten my day as I pull myself from the couch to eat.

prayers from my kids as I ask them to pray over me also lifts my spirits as I had both geno and Ella do that. geno likes to cuddle and wrap his arms around me as he talks to God on my behalf and Ella herself curled up in my arms and mumbled something only God understands right now.


good night! …..zZZZZZzzzzzzz…..

growing up

Isn’t it amazing that the moment your child’s birthday rolls around how they suddenly look, and act so much older and in an instant you’re left with the all to familiar saying, “where’d my baby go?” or “slow down!”

With my youngest I feel like I blinked and she’s now two (or will be two on Friday). My almost 7 year old well, I feel like he’s been around FOR- E V E R, nevertheless, I cherish his 7 little turns of the earth.

A Starbucks date got me thinking of all this. However a few gut busting merry go round’s around the table later and I get a glimpse of the precious babies that my memories hold dear.

Why? why, as mother’s do we want to cling onto the ‘baby’ part of our children’s lives?

Even for someone like me who has taught her children from a very early age to be self sufficient and dependent. Why do all my memories cling to the infant stage? 3 is my favorite age and 4 is even better and I LOVE seeing little ones put two and two together and learn something for the first time. I love the stories they share and what they find to be funny.

I have a buddy, Levi, he’s the greatest story teller and watching his face light up when he FINALLY gets to the good part there are no words in my book to describe!

ahhhhhhhhhhhh…..*sighs* and *smiles*

I’m just thinking of how my kids have a serious sparkle in their eyes. When they look up at me there’s so much adventure, mystery, and unspeakable joy pouring out. At times I think they glow, there’s so much sparkle, so much wonder in them.

wonder (n) : “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.”





big brothers rock!

So Geno was away for a couple of days in Erie with the grandparents. He had SO much fun, many fun filled adventures.

Back at the ranch, we missed him. well, I MISSED him. A LOT. Ella who is usually footloose and fancy free became my shadow and I’ve never heard my name so many times in one minute before…..EVER!

“mum. mum. mum. mum. mum. mum. mum.”

I never really realized how much Geno actually helps me by just being present. Now I see that when he’s home, she’s his shadow. The great thing about that is, he never complains. I feel lucky.

It has given me a glimpse into what this school year is going to be like when Geno is gone the whole day. Now that I see what she’s going to be like it I can already be prepared and I will gladly take this opportunity to get one on one with her.


Some mommy and me time will be good for Ella. I look forward to it.


We will be working on:

  1. verbal skills
  2. potty training