I think that Watertown is definitely living up to its name this year. We have SO much snow that there is no place to put it at our current house and I am starting to feel claustrophobic. It seems as if there is no end in sight and I'm itching to start building our new home. Positivity and massive doses of Vitamin D, that's what is pulling me through this.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
On Thursday during vacation we headed to SYR with some friends to let the kids express some energy. The temperature has been so cold that skiing has been a challenge so we needed to get creative. We took the kids to Dave & Buster's for lunch followed by Billy Beez and finally some swimming.
I'd say that the adults had equal if not more fun than the kids.
The kids definitely had more fun swimming. The dads (minus Ro who was working) played in the pool with the kids while the moms sat on the side and chatted.
Posted by JCharlton at 10:00 AM
Monday, February 23, 2015
I had a make a very difficult call to the vet today and a decision will be made tonight about our first baby, our furry snuggler. Things have gotten progressively worse over the past few days and a tough decision needs to be made. So for tonight and the next couple of nights I plan to love this guy to the fullest.
Posted by JCharlton at 3:12 PM
For Seth's birthday this year we got him a ski trip to VT instead of a bunch of things he didn't need. He was thrilled and so were we. It was the gift that kept giving to the whole family.
We decided to try Bolton Valley in Williston, VT. Despite the frigid -18 degree temps we made the most of the beautiful sun shiny day and skied from 10-4. It was a great family day.
Until next year VT...
Posted by JCharlton at 2:56 PM
We were given a bonus "Cold" day off some school the day before Valentine's Day so Leah and I were able to bake and get a little crafty.
Valentine's Day isn't a huge holiday at our house, but I wanted to create a little something special for my loves so I created a list of reasons that we love each of them. They laughed at some of the silly reasons and enjoyed the candy most of all.
Posted by JCharlton at 2:41 PM
Monday, February 09, 2015
We started off my birthday weekend with an awards assembly at Leah's school. Leah was given the Character Ed award for "Responsibility". We are super proud of the student and little person she is becoming.
Both kids had amazing report cards. Leah had all "outstanding" and Seth had all upper 90s. He has grown the most and become such a good student this year. We are beyond proud.
Friday night some of my soccer mom friends took me out for a girls night for my birthday. It was so nice to chit chat without the kids hanging all over us.
After Seth's game on Saturday he headed to Dry Hill and met up with his friend Weston and his friend Storm (pictured). They skied all afternoon.
Leah was invited out with a friend for crafts at Michael's and then a treat at Panera. She had so much fun.
Saturday night my friend Lisa had us over for a five course birthday meal and it was completely amazing. I had seconds and if my stomach had been larger I would have had thirds. It was that good.
Then we headed outside, beer in hand for a snow fire. It was SO fun. The kids played and we lounged by the fire.
In other news...Leah has her first wiggly tooth and she is over the moon excited about it.
Sunday on my actual birthday we went to Skewed for brunch and my dads for my favorite birthday meal. Needless to say, I ate a ton this weekend and may live on lettuce and water this week. HA. Such a great weekend. Thank you to everyone who called, texted, sent cards from overseas, sent packages, cooked for me, fb messaged me, etc. I feel so blessed to have amazing people in my life.
Posted by JCharlton at 11:13 AM
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
We have been working extremely hard to get out house in order to put on the market and this gem of a project was the last big money we hope to sink into the house. Our bathroom sink had been draining extra extra slow for a very long time, but we just lived with it. We knew that to sell the house this issue was not alright so we bit the bullet and had it fixed. It turned out to be a pretty big project, but now it's fixed and it feels so wonderful to have a sink that actually drains. It feels like a brand new house.
Saturday night we drove to Lowville and celebrated Seth, Gram's and my birthday by heading to Steak and Brew in Turin. The meal was delicious and the kids behaved freakishly well.
After our snowy trip to SYR on Monday we stopped at Wegman's and splurged on the BIG fruit tart. No lie, I gave Roland one slice and I've eaten the rest. It's all I wanted for my birthday and I've enjoyed every single bite.
Yesterday we asked Aunt Dayna to chop Leah's hair. As much as I wanted it long for the weddings this summer, it was just too much day to day. Leah isn't a fan of getting her hair brushed or letting me put it up so it always looked scraggly. Now it's a cute little bob. I love it and so does she.
Last night we opened our special care package from Johanna in FL. The kids were so super excited to open it and she bought them so many fun things, along with a dose of sunshine.
Happy 13th Birthday to our furry son Rocky. You have been an amazing and loving pet for 13 years and we love you tons.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:40 AM
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
We had a dual birthday celebration on Sunday night for Seth and Nana Sue. My dad made the most amazing carrot cake and we feasted on chicken parm. It was delish and I'm happy to wrap up the January birthdays.
Seth's reaction to Sue's birthday candle numbers was priceless. He read his 9 and then her 63 and turned to her and said in all sincerity, "You are 63?" It was too cute. You don't look a day over 35 Sue.
Posted by JCharlton at 3:02 PM
Saturday after a basketball and soccer game we loaded up the truck with five wild and crazy boys and headed to Skyzone SYR for Seth's birthday event.
The boys were very excited to burn off some energy and jump for 90 minutes.
I learned that Seth is a very tough kid. He got nailed in the eye with a dodge ball and never flinched. He shook it off and kept on playing. He rocks. Love you SPC.
The birthday is over, thank god. This mom is tired.
Posted by JCharlton at 2:58 PM
I'd say that Seth had a fabulous birthday last Friday. It started out with a bang and ended at 9:34pm the exact time that he came into our lives 9 years ago.
Seth's gift from us this year is an overnight in VT and skiing at Bolton Valley. Our family motto is "One New Ski Mountain Each Season" and this season we decided that Seth's birthday was a great excuse to try somewhere new.
No cake for this kiddo, he would rather have chocolate covered strawberries instead.
9:34pm...that's a wrap for year 8
Posted by JCharlton at 2:54 PM
Friday, January 23, 2015
I know that I say that times flies ALL THE TIME, but seriously, where did 9 years go? I look at these above pictures and at those chunky cheeks and have a mixture of emotions. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed this ride as a parent. Once I got passed the dreaded PPD of being a first time mom and started rolling with it, it has been such a blast watching this little devil grow up. Seth can be so loving and frustrating and determined and caring and sporty and kind hearted and stubborn and on and on and on. He is a very unique little guy with many many talents. I am so proud of his intelligence and hard work in school, his musical talents and his natural athleticism. He is one cool kid.
This morning was a wonderful whirlwind. Cody, our elf made his birthday appearance and brought Seth a few of his favorite candies. Daddy, went out bright and early and bought Seth DD donuts hole, also his favorite. Last, but not least, Seth wanted to open his gift from Germany first and was super excited to get some fun candy and of course some German Pokémon cards. The phone also rung off the hook and this was all before 7:30am. Birthdays totally rock.
Posted by JCharlton at 2:18 PM