Last night I got hit by a terrible stomach bug and feel crappy today. Thankfully this is a 3 day weekend! We are going to the beach house. Never mind that I haven’t packed yet. Details… details. One of these days I will make everyone pack for themselves. That will probably mean that we will have Pokemon cards and a laptop, but no toothbrushes or clean underwear.

I am hoping for some quality stitch time at the beach. Yesterday I bought myself another Hardwicke Manor hoop. If you haven’t tried these hoops, you should! They really are the best. Crabby Cross Stitch Lady agrees and she knows everything!

Good things today:

a (relatively) clean desk

Friday jeans day

cold water

that the boys still like to snuggle

Honey Nut Cheerios

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Coming Home

Hi Peoples.

It is cold and dreary today outside, which matches my insides. My anxiety feels through the roof these days.

Our weekend was good. The boys had a camping trip. It was close by, so I went during the day & early evening to help out. We saw a snake & spiders & all sorts of other creepy crawlies. They don’t bother me too much, but I was glad to go home and take a shower and sleep in my own bed.

Yesterday I had a long train trip to and from NY. I had to talk to a lot of people in the big city, so was pleased as punch when it was time to get back on the train, cross stitch quietly by myself, and go back home to my 3 cute boys, 2 cute dogs, and 1 VERY cute cat.

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Happy Tuesday.


Oh… heeeeey … Friday, glad you’re finally back!

This week started off really bad, then got better, then got good! So GOOD! And now it’s Friday, which makes it GREAT!

This weekend, we have a scout camping trip. I am not staying for the overnight portion = BONUS!

Today I am thankful for:

A successful violin concert

A reasonably good night’s sleep

A too-short dress that I turned into a shirt! HA!

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography (sooooo interesting!)

Red Sperry Topsiders

Our strawberries are coming back!

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Cross stitching!

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I love this quote.

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Have a great weekend!


This week has been a roller coaster in parenting. Without getting into too much detail, one of the boys had a really rough experience. It is so difficult to watch your child go through something upsetting and be unable to help them. We can offer support and comfort, but they are ultimately the one going through it.

Thankfully the next day, he had a successful experience which helped to lift our spirits. But inside, my mom heart is still breaking and worrying and ruminating about what comes next. It is so hard to be a mom.

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Happy Monday, Friends! Did you all have wonderful Mother’s Day celebrations? I hope so!

We had an activity-filled weekend. On Saturday, I made the mistake of trying to mow the lawn. I hadn’t renewed our landscaper contract and (in a moment of delusion) thought that it was something that I could do myself. HA! I got part of the front lawn done and thought that I would DIE! It must have been obvious that I was in over my head because our neighbor’s landscape guy came over to offer his services. I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I got to do (almost) all of my favorite things on Sunday. Sleep. Eat delicious food. Play piano. Read. Kiss and cuddle my sweeties. Go for a family run (say what?! more on that later!). Organize the pantry. It was a pretty stellar day. I am one lucky girl indeed!

Here are some photos from our day:

Selfies with Charlie
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Selfies with Kid
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The other side of the table who refused to let me take a clear photo of them.
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Bubble Tea!
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No cross stitching because THIS arrived!!! Squeeeeee!!! Can’t put it down!!!
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An Escape

The other evening Charlie escaped and we couldn’t catch him. He stayed out all night long and meowed at our door at 5am. We were all wondering what he was up to that night. My guess is that he was chasing little creatures and having a grand old time. He’s an adventurer, our kitty boy.

Tonight is the school fair and then we have a weekend full of various kid’s activities. I’m hoping that I can carve out some stitching time. I miss it! Maybe that’s what I will ask for on Mother’s Day. That and maybe a massage and a few spring rolls and some kid-made cards thrown in. I don’t require much.

Happy Mother’s Day to you! Enjoy your day!

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The Little Things

Hi Friends!

Today I am thankful for:

Switching from hot lattes to iced lattes

Dinner on the grill every single night so far this week

Finally opening the windows
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The boys eating their broccoli

Tom finishing up a huge work project

This picture that makes me smile:
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Here we go again.

Hi Blog!

It is Monday and the sun is shining. I had a lovely birthday weekend. 43 isn’t too bad so far. There were so many flowers! Inside and outside. It was like a funeral, but way more cheerful!

Tom and his brothers did their annual 10 mile run on Sunday. Of course the boys and I came out to cheer. We almost couldn’t get past security because I had a backpack and only made it just in time for the finish. Phew.

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The best part of the weekend was having our first al fresco meal of the season! Dinner always tastes better when you eat it outside! The boys and I are total mosquito magnets, so I plopped a citronella plant on the table. Let’s see if it works. It did last night!

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In case you thought this would be a post without a picture of Charlie, you were mistaken! :)

This is how I found him sleeping. Seriously, could he be any cuter?

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Enjoy your Monday!


Today is my birthday! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing on this blog for almost 3 1/2 years now. How time flies!

I was in North Carolina the past few days for work. When I lived in North Carolina many years ago, I wasn’t so wild about it, but can see the appeal now that I am older and yearning for a slow paced life. There was so much green space compared to Philadelphia. Maybe someday when the kids are all grown, we can move. Wonder if I’ll still be writing on this blog!

It was a busy trip, but there was time to stitch in the hotel and on the plane. I didn’t feel like packing a big project so I brought Modern Folk’s pretty little pattern “Let’s Be Kind.” It was the perfect size for a cramped plane ride and a perfect sentiment to remember when traveling and everyone in the airport is in a rush and cranky.

Hotel stitching (Note remote control that I didn’t have to share with anyone.)

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My favorite part of traveling is always coming home. It is the nicest feeling to walk through the door and be greeted with big smiles and hugs. I wouldn’t trade that for anything!

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This Week

I logged on today determined to write something positive instead of grumbling about stress and sick kids and work trips. This is a challenge since those things have been consuming my life lately.

The good things are…

decent hair days

finally playing Ode to Joy perfectly on the piano

roasted beet salad

a little boy’s fever going down

photographic evidence of Charlie face planting in a chair (sometimes I feel that sleepy in meetings).

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Airplane ride this week = stitch time! Stay tuned for updates.