Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hello Fall!

Fall has arrived and is almost gone.  We have been enjoying ourselves immensely with the cool weather and colors.

Apple Picking.  It’s been a couple years since we last went.  Couple years meaning Gavin wasn't even walking so…..

We met our friends and picked apples at Great Country Farms.  After picking, we spent the day at the farm playing. 

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Fun Run. The boys’ school and PTO hosted our fall fundraiser, the Fun Run.  Each kid runs the track for a half hour and raises money per lap.  Last year we raised $20,000.  We are hoping to supersede that amount this year.  Gavin and I went up to watch Josh run in the morning.  It was fun watching him run around with his classmates.  Josh ran a total of 22 laps (2.6 miles) and Gavin ran a total of 12 (1.4 miles) laps (he could have run more but he’s in school half day and didn't get a chance to run a 2nd time like Josh did).

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Bluemont Vineyard.  I started working as a tasting associate at Bluemont Vineyard.  I’ve been working weekends.  It’s so much fun!  The winery is in its busy season with harvest, which means weekends are slammed packed with people driving out to the country to see the colors and relax while drinking wine.   The winery is located 951 feet above elevation.  The view from the top of the deck is just spectacular, especially this time of year with all the leaves changing color.  We have farm pets who hang out with the patrons - Iggy, Toby and Hersey - are our cats and Meryl is our dog.  

While I've been at work, Joel and the boys have done some exploring with neighbors. 

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Great Country Farm.  Gavin’s kindergarten class went on a field trip to Great Country Farm, who happens to own the vineyard I work for.  I volunteered to be a chaperone.  I was in charge of Gavin and 3 other boys – Isaiah, Cole and Ian.  I couldn't have gotten a better group!  Gavin is friends with Cole from t-ball and Ian is in the Lego Club after school activity, so I already knew them going in.  I had never met Isaiah and that little boy stole my heart!  He was so kind and loving that I just enjoyed spending time with him.  A gentle soul and so polite.  All the boys had fun.  I ended the day with two more boys from another group who latched onto me.  I give credit to the teachers for dealing with the kids all day.  I had the boys for about 5 hours and was exhausted.  

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We are getting ready for Halloween on Friday.  Gavin is going to be a black ninja and Josh is going to be a Storm Trooper.  We're having a mini block party.  It's a long weekend too and I only have to work one day out of the 4.  I'm excited to have some down time to enjoy the kids and more of the beautiful fall weather before winter arrives ready and armed - they say we're going to have another winter like last year.  Ugh!  Not looking forward to all the snow

Happy Hump Day!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Back At It

I’m back at the gym after three months.  I’ve been a handful of times since school let out – definitely not something to write home about.  Because I haven’t been, it’s starting to show in my tight pants.  The days of eating whatever whenever and drinking wine are O.V.E.R.  Back to clean eating, no carbs, no junk food, and no wine except for on weekends.  I’m feeling sluggish and bloated.  It’s water all day long to flush out the toxins. 

My first class back was Body Combat.  What a great workout!  Next class was Body Pump.  Usually after this class, I walk funny for a few days because I’m so sore.   Squats with weights are horrible.  I hate them.  With a passion.  But, they do a body good. 

And while I’m back at the gym, the boys are back at school.  Can I get an AMEN?!?!  The last couple weeks of summer were exhausting.

Gavin started kindergarten and Josh started 2nd grade.  Gavin is also going to the community center three days a week and attending a program called Kindergarten Kids.  It’s basically another kindergarten class, which gives him three full days of school.  With him being on the younger side, I think he’ll benefit from this class.  His buddy, Liam, is in the class with him.  They are in kindergarten together, so he’s happy to get to spend some time with him.  On the second day of school, he asked why he had to go to two schools.  I couldn’t help but laugh.  He was confused and thought one school was preschool and the other was kindergarten. 

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PTO duties are in full swing!  I feel like I’m back at work with all the emails, to do’s and follow ups I have to do.  Only downside is there’s no paycheck except for the kid’s smiles when they see me at school.  I guess that’s enough  :)

And because I don’t have enough on my plate, I also took on a part time job at Sunset Hills Winery.  I’m ready to get back to work and make some spending money (a.k.a. money to pay off bills).  I love wine – it’s no secret – so working at a winery is the obvious choice right?!  I’ll be giving tastings and doing other things around the winery.  I’m working weekends, mostly Sunday's when we don't usually have anything planned.  My first day is Sept. 21st.  I'm a little nervous, but anxious and excited.  Who knows...maybe something bigger and better will come out of it.  

I’m so thankful that school started again.  I love being on a routine!

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Friday, August 22, 2014


I'm an aunt!  My sister in law gave birth to a little boy on July 12th.  He was a whopping 10 lbs 12 oz.  His name is Colton Layne Moore, but I have nicknamed him Squishy.  He's perfect!  I love him to pieces.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New York

For Alyssa's 16th birthday, Joel and I gave her a trip to New York.  We wanted to take her to London, but it's too expensive, so New York was the next best option.  My mother-in-law came with she and I.  We stayed in this super cool chic hotel.  We spent the weekend walking all over the city shopping and people watching.  We went to the Broadway show Chicago.  We took a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park.  We got lucky and had beautiful weather.  There were so many people!  And the noise......oh my gosh the noise.  Honking horns (for no reason we figured out), whistles, sirens, and trucks backing up with the beep beep beeping.  As much fun as we had, it was definitely a place I could only spend a few days in.  I didn't sleep well and add walking on top of that - I was exhausted.  Despite all the noise, it was a fun weekend and I can't wait to go back and explore more.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Camp Invention

Josh attended Camp Invention summer camp.  It's a science camp meets creative thinking camp.  He spent the entire week creating projects.  One the last day, they had the parents come in for a show and tell.  He made a battery powered car out of reused materials.  So cool!  He loved the camp so much that he will be going back next year and we will be bringing the camp to his school this spring.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colonial Beach Family Vacation

A few weeks ago, we spent the week at my father-in-law’s “beach” house.  I use beach loosely because it’s actually on the Potomac River and there’s a pebble “beach”.  At times, I call it the lake house, the river house or the beach house.  What it really boils down to is that it’s a free vacation house with a pontoon boat in a cute little town that we can use pretty much anytime.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

We spend the week boating around the river, kayaking (aka “ca-nowing” as Josh calls it), searching for shark’s teeth on Shark Tooth Island, swimming at Westmoreland State Park and spending some quality family time together.  

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It was a much needed relaxing time!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s PAW-ty Time!

My little monkey turned 5!  I feel that 5 is a big number, so we celebrated with a big party.  We invited family and friends over for an awesome Paw Patrol themed party.  Paw Patrol is Gavin’s favorite new show.  I searched around Pinterest for ideas and oh boy did I find some CUTE ones! 

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As you walked up the driveway and to the porch, the boys and I drew paw prints leading the way to the party.

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Guests were greeted with a cute sign welcoming them, as well as this chalkboard welcoming them to the “PAW-ty!”

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I made this fire hydrant out of red poster board.  We hung it on the bathroom door so all the “pups” knew where to go.

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We made doggy bags for each kids to take home.  They all got to “adopt” their own puppy, name him, and take him home with his very own adoption certificate and some other goodies.

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Since puppy dogs were the theme, we stuck with that when it came to the food.  We served hot dogs in a blanket, pawtato chips, pup-corn, fruit kibble, puppy slop, toilet water, and I made puppy paw print cupcakes.  I also made a sign that said “Bone Appetit” to hang near the food.

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Gavin requested a moon bounce, so he got one – a race car one to be exact.  All the kids ran around the yard, bouncing and just having good old fashioned fun!

We had a few nature friends join in on the party as well.....

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After everyone left, Gavin opened his gifts.  He certainly made out like a bandit!  We are so thankful for all the friends and family who love us so much to celebrate this special day with us. 

Five things we love about Gavin:

  1. He is always happy.  Bouncing around with a smile on his face.
  2. He loves everyone – his brother especially.
  3. The kid has an imagination like no other.  He can play with a stick and piece of paper for hours.
  4. He will pretty much try anything – food, adventures, etc.
  5. He loves cheese.  All kinds of cheese.
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Happy 5th Birthday to our Woo, our monkey and our forever baby!  These kids are just growing up too fast {tear}.

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