Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 14, 2012

Charlotte Bacon, age 6
Daniel Barden, age 7
Olivia Engel, age 6
Josephine Gay, age 7
Ana M Marquez-Greene, age 6
Dylan Hockley, age 6
Madeleine F Hsu, age 6
Catherine V Hubbard, age 6
Chase Kowalski , age 7
Jesse Lewis, age 6
James Mattioli, age 6
Grace McDonnell, age 7
Emilie Parker, age 6
Jack Pinto, age 6
Noah Pozner, age 6
Caroline Previdi, age 6
Jessica Rekos, age 6
Avielle Richman, age 6
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6
Allison N Wyatt, age 6
Rachel Davino, age 29
Dawn Hochsprung, age 47
Anne Marie Murphy, age 52
Lauren Rousseau, age 30
Mary Sherlach, age 56
Victoria Soto, age 27

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is here! It puts me in the Christmas spirit to see over 100 dancers from ages 4 to 60 put together a masterful Christmas production. 

Plug your ears, Coop, the cannon is going to blow!

Ready for battle!

Yikes, the Rat Queen!

Coop got to lift a mouse and twirl her around. Phew, didn't drop her once!

Coop, I want you to know how extremely proud I am of you. I know you have been sick for so long and to do the shows was really tough while you felt so rotten. I am proud of your good attitude, strong spirit and perseverance. Well fought battle, my young soldier!

Kyle is 8!

Spy Gear!


 A serious backyard reconnaissance mission. Have I mentioned that my sons will never have guns?

The Hancock/Olsons celebrate with us! Woohoo!

Lunch with Gramsie & Gramps at Ground Round. Ky gets a camera!

Tis the Season...

...for Black Friday shopping. This was my BF attire. It was so great to have total strangers tell me they thought my hat was cool. That never happens! I bought this hat in D.C. to keep me snuggly warm while on a bike tour on a freezing cold and wet day. Who knew I made such a great fashion choice. (That also NEVER happens.)
Just a quick flashback - snuggly hat under bike helmet in front of the Capitol.

... for delivering bears and blankets. My mom donates bears and blankets and the boys get to deliver them to the bank. 

...decorating cookies. The boys love decorating as much as they love eating the cookies. 

Our First Thanksgiving

Gramps carves the turkey. 

Gramsie makes to gravy (and everything else).

We enjoy the fruits of our labor. So wonderful to have Thanksgiving at our house. It warms my heart to have friends and family share food and fun with us.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


AKA, Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party.

It is a Nutcracker year. Cooper's third stint doing the Nutcracker. In 2008, he was a rat; 2010, Fritz; 2012, a soldier. When it's a Nutcracker year, MCA also puts on its SPFTP, one of it's big fundraisers. Our whole family contributed to the event. I am very proud of my three sons for working so hard.

Cam is anxiously waiting for his princess, Cady, to arrive. Although we worked very hard before, during and after the Party, we also relaxed and had a spot of tea ourselves. 

Here are the cute young friends with the Sugar Plum Fairy herself and the Sugar Plum Cavalier along with another ballerina from the ballet.

November Fishing

November fishing. One of my very favorite things. I fished with my dad in his boat. Kyle and Corey fished in our boat. We enjoyed an unseasonably warm day, free of bugs and full of sunshine. Between the 4 of us, we hauled in 18 bass, 4 northerns, and 1 sunny. Great way to end our season of boat fishing. 

2 Steps Forward

You may recall that Cameron recently penciled a rather unkind note that stated bluntly, "I 'hat' mom." Well, the word hate tends to be the first angry verb out of his mouth. We took a few steps forward the other morning when he yelled at me, "I am so not happy with you right now!" I smiled and congratulated him on his verbiage. Ahhhh, progress.