I was nominated for The Liebster Award by my friend and Nina, who blogs at The Whole Self. Nina is a friend from before kiddos when we were wild and crazy married couples (ha ha) and continues to be a long distance friend and someone I truly look up to. I'm honored to accept the award, and to spread the love of blogging!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Last week Roland took Seth to the 76ers vs. Knicks game at the Dome. It was every little boys dream come true or at least our die hard orange fan. They went to Varsity for pizza prior and even ran into some friends from Watertown. I guess the dome isn't that big is it?
An SU student photographer took this picture of Seth and a couple of friends from home. It turned out spectacular.
Happy Belated Birthday to our wonderful god daughter Lindsey who turned 5 yesterday. We were able to Skype and catch up a bit with her in the afternoon. Words can't express how much we miss that family.
Seth and Leah had friends over Sunday afternoon. The girls were all about working on crafts and the boys played outside and sang. It was too funny.
This week I'll be a single parent most of the week and a great big thanks goes out to Grandma Bonnie and Grandma Barb for helping me out all week while Roland is gone.
Land news of the week...we hired someone to brush hog a huge chunk of the front, Roland worked with the chain saw this weekend hauling out dead trees in the front and we are getting ready to meet with a friend who is helping with our blue prints very soon.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:41 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In late August we were invited to our friends new home for a BBQ with a few other families from Knickerbocker School. While we were talking the topic of a piece of land close by that was for sale came up. If you know us at all you know that we have been looking at houses for years and years. We have gone around and around trying to decide if we should find a house and move, stay in our current house or build. I have personally been too scared to take the plunge and build, but secretly it has been what I've wanted more than anything. After the BBQ I asked Roland to call the number and set up a walk of the land. That day is as clear as can be in my mind and I remember feeling at peace and just "knowing" that we were going to own that land and build our dream house. The process of buying land is a very interesting process let me tell you and I have learned a ton about finance and how banking works. We have the most amazing banker and we are truly lucky to now own 12 acres on Gotham Street Road which we will some day call home.
Anyone with a brush hog, backhoe, riding mower, etc that wants to come help you are more than welcome.
Proof we will someday have water.
Posted by JCharlton at 1:55 PM
Sunday we split up and the girls went to Old McDonald's Farm and the boys went golfing. It was another gorgeous day and we took full advantage of all the fun on the farm.
Then we made our pumpkins look silly.
Finally, we brought dinner to Lowville and spent the evening with Great Gram and Gramp.
Leah and Gram had tons of fun playing Old Maid.
Posted by JCharlton at 12:52 PM
On Friday the kids had the day off and we had our closing at the bank so Roland brought them down for our bank appointment and I got permission for them to visit at school with me for the afternoon. They LOVED it. They went to two classes with me, gym and a school assembly at the end of the day. I loved having them with me and having them see what I do on a daily basis.
On Saturday morning Seth had a soccer game and they WON. Seth had four goals and was on top of the world.
Then we took full advantage of the gorgeous day and went to Mexico apple picking.
We walked through the orchard, picked tons and tons of apples, went on a hay ride, walked through the corn maze and ate the largest homemade cookies ever.
After apple picking we headed to the Salmon River Falls. It was absolutely gorgeous and such a perfect day to see the falls and take a little walk. It was a picture perfect fall day.
Posted by JCharlton at 12:49 PM
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Missing this right about now and wishing summer was back.
Missing warm summer days on the lake and Pizza Shack Pizza on the boat.
I love our carefree and full of smiles days.
This work and school thing is overrated and full of stress.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The weekend was calmly busy if that makes any sense at all. Seth has been making quite a few new friends between his new soccer team and basketball starting up so he was invited to the WHS vs. Carthage football game Friday night and he was thrilled. We took Leah to the mall and attempted to find some high brown boots, but weren't successful. It was a very peaceful evening.
Saturday Seth begged his coach to let him try out being goalie and he ROCKED it. No goals for the first half and he had tons of saves. We were super nervous though.
I took Leah to the library for their fall festival. She was in heaven between the face painting and all of the crafts.
Sunday I cooked up a storm. I made homemade half hots and stuffed shells. Too bad I'm not Italian, I think I'd fit in pretty good .
This week is full of soccer, basketball, soccer, more basketball, Roland going away and Tom's birthday.
Can you say busy?
Thank goodness for long weekends.
Friday, October 03, 2014
My Dad sent the following in an email to me and it really struck a cord.
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.
What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the time is refilled, but can be taken away at any time WITHOUT WARNING...
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.
Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time
races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending your time wisely”...
DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD…!
SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THE PRIVILEGE!
There have been several deaths surrounding my life lately so this truly hit me hard.
Enjoy your weekend friends and family.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:51 AM
Monday, September 29, 2014
We knew that this weekend was going to be busy, but we also knew that we would get to see some of our favorite people within all the craziness. Saturday Seth had a game and we had quite the cheering section. The game was FANTASTIC and Seth scored 5 goals. We were so excited for him to feel some success this season. It had a rocky start. I was happy to catch up and chat with Sara, Sheryl and Rachel in between cheering too. After the game Seth headed back to Rochester with the aunties for some fun. The rest of us helped Grandma and Papa Charlton moved into their new home.
Leah helped by being the door girl. It is a very important job.
Many loads were taken and many boxes lugged.
Seth missed all of the moving and helped Aunt Sheryl as her assistant for the evening.
He was in football heaven.
Sunday we bribed Leah with cider mill donuts after church and then spent the rest of the day helping Roland's parents some more.
We are definitely tired and sore today, but all of the big move items are in.