Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Irish Cuties

We did our annual St. Patrick's Day lunch at Westport. We went to Pujols again this year and need to remember next year that they have a free breakfast on St. Pats! Lunch was good, the weather was beautiful but windy. MaeMae brought green cupcakes for the kids which we shared at with all the kids in carpool. They thought that was fabulous. More pictures to come once I get the ones MaeMae took.

Can you see it coming? I'm gonna get you...

I gotcha! And then uncontrollable laughter from Maura :)

MaeMae taught Maura how to play tic-tac-toe, well sort of. Maura really liked making the circles and x's but didn't exactly get the whole concept. MaeMae is one fierce tic-tac-toe player!

And a lunch with Uncle James isn't complete without video games!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yucando 2011

Last year we decided a good bday gift Kate could give to the kids would be gift certificates to Yucando. They loved their afternoon there so we decided to do it again. They all chose different projects this year and it was fun to see how each one evolved. We added Maura to the mix this year since she has given up naps. She loved the time with everyone and loved painting her heart box. After Yucando we went to FroYo for pounds of frozen yogurt topped with candy toppings. We then had dinner at our house and we had a cousin slumber party- a great way to end Spring Break!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Perfect Day

A few months ago things were getting really crazy with work and trying to balance everything. Charlie insisted I take a day to myself. I started with a yoga class and then headed to a massage appointment at Wellbridge. For me part of what makes the massage experience so fabulous is enjoying the time before and after the massage with a good magazine and a cup of hot tea. I also made sure to take advantage of the sauna this time. On the way home I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up a salad and an amazing piece of le leche cake. Seriously, it was the perfect day.

I sat and watched the snow fall after my massage while I drank my tea. This is one of those days I wish I could transport back to when things feel out of control. My purpose for starting this blog was to focus on "balance" in my life. The blog has become much more about family and the kids which makes sense because in the scheme of things that is where the focus must be as a mom. However, as the school year winds down and I have a chance to breathe and take a minute to reflect I realize how much better of a mom I am when I take the time to stay balanced. Here's hoping this summer is a chance to reorganize my priorities and be more focused on balance next school year. Only 2 weeks of chaos left!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MaMa's Baby Quilts

Ben's quilt (2001)
Max's quilt (2004)

Maura's quilt (2007)

I am still in awe of Kate's beautiful quilting work. Each of these is special, unique, and made with so much love.