Tuesday, September 27, 2011


It's funny that when you are young, you think 25 is old and that your Parents are ancient. I mean after all your Mom's prom picture is on stone ;)

When you reach the age of 25, your Parents don't seem so old {maybe just older} and you start to have more of an appreciation for the elderly.

Then you reach 30 and your Parents are still young and if you are fortunate enough to still have Grandparents or Great-Grandparents in your life then you consider yourself fourtunate.

Last year I hit the 30 milestone.  I was going through some things in life and my birthday was really just like another day to me.  I don't know that I took the time to think about what it meant.

Next week I turn 31.
Some say I am so young and others say I am so old. I appreciate my Parents and my Grandmother. I wish I could enjoy this time in my life with the Grandparents that are no longer with me.

I think about how fortunate I am to have a loving husband, a beautiful daughter and people in my life that have supported me through some difficult times.  I may not have always made the right choices{in some eyes} but I have learned that everything happens for a reason. Yes, there are things I wish I could have done differently but you can't dwell on that stuff. 

I am happy where I am in life. 

Even if I may be young. Or old.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away!

The forecast for the week said nothing but rain.  And while I enjoy rainy days at home sometimes you just need to get out!

The rain stopped long enough Saturday morning for us to take Hanna to pick pumpkins.  I had called around to see where we could pick our own but was sadden to learn that many crops had been lost thanks to Irene.  The one place we called said they had pumpkins and that they had placed them on the field so the kids could get the affect of picking their own pumpkins.  Off we went in search of pumpkins.

We were greeted by this friendly guy.

Hanna of course wanted to see the baby :)

 It's takes big muscles to pull this wagon!

I was surprised at the amount of pumpkins and the beautiful mums we found. I am so glad that the hurricane didn't destroy this farm completely and that this small family business is able to operate.

{That's my support your local business plug!}

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Beer, Apples and Pumpkins

This past weekend we were fortunate enough to have a child free weekend.  This almost never happens. 

I mean it could happen more often but we never ask for it.  I truly enjoy spending my time with my daughter, crazy monkey that she can be. But as any parent knows, it is healthy to have a little break every once in a while.

So off H.B Nanna went to Nanni and Pop Pop's house...2.5 hours away. Just me and the husband for roughly 48 hours. I think some were hoping we'd spend our time well you know....working on baby #2 but sadly there timing was off.

What do parents do while their child is away??  Go to a beer fest. Yep.  27 breweries and over 100 beers.  LOVE.

This is Pete and Eva.  Pete was the BM in our wedding.
Eva rocks over at thefourthdoor

Here is the Hubs and I.
Before he was really drunk ;)

So while we were off drinking H.B. Nanna was apple and pumpkin picking with Nanni and Pop Pop.

I'd say we all had a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

You wish you looked this good in sun glasses and an apron :)

First Day of School - 2011

Last week H.B. Nanna started preschool.  She was excited.  We were excited.

Then she gave me the finger.

I wonder if that is her subtle way of telling me she really wasn't that excited.

Here is her "Ok Mom, I'll pretend to be excited for you" picture.

I couldn't wait to go pick her up.
It felt like the longest day ever.
I texted my Mom to tell her how I felt like this first day of school was dragging on.  She wrote back telling me she still felt like that when I was in high school. Great!!!!

When it finally came time to pick H.B. Nanna up, I asked her what she did at school.
Her response - "I don't know."
But of course... :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 - 10 Years Later

I remember where I was. 

I was in the car driving to a job I hated. A restaurant that I didn't feel welcomed in.  My bosses at the time were supposed to be in NYC that morning for a meeting with their financial planner but it got canceled at the last minute.

When I got to work, the events of that morning were all people could talk about. I only knew what was going on because of the customers.  My boss didn't want us talking about it.

My Mom called the restaurant and told me to go to the bank and withdraw money from my checking account because they were going to close down banks. My boss told me I couldn't leave but I went anyway. { I quit that job later that week}

That night when I got home from work, I found out that a classmate from high school died in the Wold Trade Center.  Nick worked on the 89th floor of Tower 2. Knowing this individual and his family, my best guess is that he died trying to save others.  Maybe in a stairwell, carrying another colleague to safety.  No one will ever know.  His body was never recovered.

God Bless Nicky B

I like many others, will never forget this day.  I struggle with how I will explain it to my daughter as she gets older. Why Mommy sits on the couch and cries as she listens to names being read. I am sure that I will come up with an explanation but I don't know that she will truly ever understand the hurt and anger that Americans felt that day.  I hope that she never ever has to experience anything like this in her lifetime.