6.30.2011

Re-Cap of the Week.

This week has been a nice break from the computer for me. I've been on in spotty places, but too much going on to get my thoughts in order for any sort of blog post over the last couple days:). We had a party for Phil's birthday on Tuesday night. My family looks for any excuse to throw a themed party;), so this year all our birthday celebrations are themed around our favorite shows. Phil chose Bizarre Foods, and I cooked him cow's tongue tacos. Yes. Cow tongue. It actually tasted just like a super moist pot roast...but I couldn't eat any more than a bite. Not after cutting off all his little taste buds. It just sort of grossed me out. Phil LOVED it. And brought the rest to work today for lunch. I hope lots of people ask him what he's eating, cuz he can't wait ot see their reactions:).
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Yesterday we deemed 'sports day.' We lined up the activities and had a blast. Tennis (kids rode bikes), home-run derby (I can't pitch...but Phil managed to knock a couple goods ones anyways), and then we hit some golf balls. By that time, we were all super sweaty and ready for a visit to the ice cream stand:).
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And, I finally got my new dreads in. Back to being a brunette:). My sister put them in over a three night span, and she sucked me into the Bachelorette. I don't like investing myself into those love stories, mostly because they rarely end in a forever after that lasts. But after watching two episodes, I may be hooked. Plus, it's funny to talk about our favorites, and we realized we are exact opposites as far as who would get a rose. And who wouldn't. The last episode both my picks left the show (bye Mickey...I must have a thing for dark Irish guys;)...Anyways. I'm in it now.
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So for anyone who watches the show...who's your favorite??...And who do you think returns?? Looks like someone comes back in the last preview. Hope it's the last guy who got kicked off. I kind of liked him.

xoxo

6.27.2011

Beach Day #2 (and my non-existent golf game)

I think we need to start planning beach days when the sun is out! It was pretty cloudy today, but the kids still had a good time. The water was fairly warm for a sunless day, and the kids had fun rolling around in the waves:).
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After we washed up at home, Philly and I headed to the driving range so I could hit a couple buckets of golf balls. I use to frequent the driving range much more often. And I hit a golf ball straight and far (back then). At least that is the way I remember it-- like I was PGA tour-worthy. (I'm pretty sure my mind is playing tricks on me and I am subconsciously glorifying my past golf abilities.) Anyways, I went earlier this week and hit some balls with my brother. Ehhhem. I sucked. Like, really embarrassingly sucked:). And not playing a sport well just eats at me. So, I've hit balls twice since then. And I have the blisters to prove it. Yesterday, when I got to the range, there were two older guys there...and, after hitting my first three balls in every direction but straight, I seriously considered running to the truck and forgetting about my golf ambitions. But, why not just suck it up and learn something new?? I swallowed my pride and hit the rest of those balls-- well, everywhere. (except backwards. i managed to at least keep them in front of me.) Today was a bit better. I straightened maybe 2% of my hits out. I really like to stay active and teaching myself something new is a fun way to do it. I'll just have to channel my inner Rory Mcilroy;)
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Meanwhile, until I get good, please excuse my haywire golf swings fellow driving range visitors. And the fairly common ground balls I bounce down the fairway. Oh, and the disgruntled under-my-breath mutterings of a wanna-be golfer:). I'll get there. I'm just gonna need some patience.

and a miracle:).

Anyone else trying something new this summer??...

6.21.2011

Beach Day # 1

Summer beach days officially resumed today. We love everything about being down there. I think Philly could walk around for days completely covered in sand and not even notice:). I wish we had beach weather all year long. I love the heat, the sun and clouds. The smell of suntan lotion and coconut oil. Even the sand. Love it all.
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We ended the day at the park. My two little piglets kiddies are completely worn out. Haven't heard them this quiet for weeks:). Gonna sleep well tonight!

6.20.2011

The Guys in My Life:)

Yesterday was a nice, lazy Father's Day. I didn't even feel like putting on the computer till really late-- so no weekend post yesterday. Phil and I spent the majority of the day watching golf (who are we becoming??) and napping on the couch. The kids played quietly, and it was just a nice day.

I think they are my favorite Sunday afternoons. Get home from church and visiting with my parents and then just hang out, snooze a little, and work in the occasional family wrestling match on the living room couch. (Phil always, always starts them...by tickling me...and Philly runs in EVERY SINGLE TIME to rescue me. Niamh follows. To rescue Phil from Philly rescuing me:)

I'm so thankful that I married a guy who makes a terrific dad. Like, really, really terrific. He spends so much time teaching Niamh and Philly things, playing with them, and just hanging out together. The three of them are so comfy all heaped up on the couch. Watching tv. Or piled up together wrestling on the bed. (You can watch as the bed slowly rolls across the bedroom...it's on wheels and is always in a different spot when they are finished fighting each other:) Philly likes the same things Phil does. He is a devoted Yankees fan already. Hates the Phillies;). Loves playing army, working with Phil outside, and listening to good music. Niamh is his loyal defender. Always on "Dad's side." Loves the fact that she inherited his Irish genes (In fact, she won't admit to being anything else besides Irish.) The three of them are my whole world. And I'm so glad Phil is the center of it all. He is an amazing dad.

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And, did I mention, he is like the coolest guy. EVER.
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And, before I sign out;), here is my dad. He is a magnet for the grand children. Somehow they all end up right next to him. Smooooooshing him into the side of the couch:). I'm not going to tell you too much-- because I'll sit here with tears running down my cheeks. And have a puffy, red face the rest of the day...but he is my hero. The one person I want to be most like. Everything about my dad makes me proud. He's super smart. Quiet. Strong. A really, really hard worker. Devoted to his family. A guy's guy. He hunts, fishes, golfs...all the good stuff. Loves his pj's:). Speaks really well in front of people-- even if he hates it and is really nervous-- I'm always so impressed. He will never back down from a fight. A great example of a Christian man. I could go on and on...I just really, really love him. And Niamh and Philly are pretty taken with him, too:).
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Happy Father's Day!!...I've got lots to be thankful for:).

6.18.2011

Happy Saturday!

So, I liked the movie Bridesmaids so much, I went back and saw it again last night. Same movie, two days in a row:)! This time I went with Phil. (Think he thought it was gonna be a chick-flick...and maybe it is...but I heard him laughing A LOT!) It was fun-- and I loved it just as much as the first time:). And Wilson Phillips?? I had that cassette tape! Ha. I remember playing it over and over...maybe even playing air drums to it;). Now I've got to add 'Hold On' to the ipod.

Today, I'm going to go kick Phil's butt in tennis;) The kids get to ride their bikes around the courts while we play, which is fun for them. And later tonight, my family has Family Movie Night. We are watching Battle Los Angeles. Today should be a fun, low-key kind of day.

And here is a little housekeeping business...I'm going to close my Etsy store for the month of July. Wanted to give everyone who has won a gift certificate on other blogs a heads up. I will open it again in the beginning of August. I think it is time for a little shop makeover. I like to keep things fresh and progressively get better at this whole business thing...and I need a month to give my shop a fresh look with some new artwork. (I'll keep some of the old fave's;) I love how other artists, whether they make bags, pouches, hair pieces, whatever-- how they will take a little while and re-do their look. Check out these two shop makeovers (here and here)-- two girls who brand their product very, very well. I'd like a month to move slowly through it. Kind of enjoy the summer a little, too:) I love having both kids home. It's my favorite part of the year.

Speaking of fab Etsy shop owners, here is an Etsy buy I wore yesterday. You may have read about how much I love Julie's designs...(Check her out here!) I love this chick's stuff;)!! This top is a little doll house for me...It sat in my closet for a while, but I love it. Love it. And hated the fact that I hadn't worn it out yet. So, toughened it up a bit with my favorite boots. And added some big white circle earrings. It was so fun to wear-- think it's my new favorite top.
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I love its little flutter sleeves. And especially the boy and girl on the front and back. That's why I bought it. Maybe a little cheesy, but it's like I have a shirt with my little buggers on it;) Enjoy your Saturday...Hope its filled with summertime fun!

ps...new stamps released today.  Christmas girls!  check them out at the Sassy Hop!:)

6.16.2011

Crabs, Ice Cream, and Lightning Bugs

One of the things Phil and I want to do throughout this summer is find new places to eat-- from little hole-in-the-wall joints to big, fancy restaurants-- we want to try new foods and new places. We love the whole dining out experience. We all love to eat:). And, seeing how Phil and I both are addicted to Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (I luv that guy), we want to give new tastes and cultures a try.

Last night we went to Wilmington, Delaware and stayed pretty close to normal food-- although we all tried something new. We ate at Joe's Crab Shack. We want the kids to be open to trying new things-- especially a certain little girl who is the processed food queen. She ate fish-- be it fish fingers, but hey-- we'll take it:). The little guy had a pot full of crab legs and gave clams and mussels a try as well (they both came back out...couldn't get 'em down;). Anyways, it was fun! Phil tried a new type of crab, and I ordered mussels-- and liked them:)!

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Philly always gets all the lemons at the table. I really think he enjoys everyone's reactions to his faces. Can't imagine why else the kid would chew on all those lemons:).
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Blogger-in-the-making.:) She carries her camera everywhere this summer. And an extra baggie of batteries. She's more prepared than I am!
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Yummy-- I see these seafood pots (seafood, red potatoes, and corn on the cob...with a little bit of sausage) in Coastal Living magazine all the time (yes, it's my favorite magazine...I feel like that makes me an old married woman, but that's okay:) Anyways, it was divine!:)
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Stopped for ice cream on the way home. Why not?? We already ate our weight in melted butter for crab dippin'! My favorite flavor, since I was a little kid, is vanilla peanut butter:). I'm pretty sure it is the fattiest food you can consume in the entire world-- but it is soooooo good!...And then we chased lightning bugs:)
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I had my camera on the night setting, and the photos all had his funky echo-effect in them...but I kind of like it:). Looks like the kids are moving in the picture. And, if you couldn't tell by Niamh's face, she isn't exactly comfortable touching the bugs:). She really wanted to-- but that child is so girly!! Philly couldn't talk her into it. Maybe next time:).

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