Monday, January 31, 2011

Fueling our family

Groceries are on the joke

This week Ryan and I sat down on a couple of occasions to work out our 2011 budget.  While he is all into predicting the year 2014, I can only grasp the present.  Love, love, love being married to someone who knows where our every penny goes - riiiight.

In 2010, he finally commented that I pay cash for my occasional coffee out - totally caught.  Here I thought I had another year in the bag. 

As we looked through our budget and worked out where we were going to add or subtract.  I was amazed at the average spending per month in 2010 for groceries...our family is really growing.
It is no wonder the general population eats like garbage, it is much cheaper to do so.  As a family of 5 we easily burn through 2 pints of blueberries, grapefruit, blackerries, strawberries, a half dozen apples, and two bunches of bananas per week (they are Jacksons favorite).  Some weeks I find that I am headed out midweek for more fruit.  Aly alone can eat a container of blackberries in one sitting - she loves them.  Add on the two gallons of milk,  veggies, dozen eggs, bread and meat...well there goes our grocery budget!

When I was talking to my mom this week, I was commenting on how expensive grocery shopping has gotten.  Why is it soo much cheaper in NH?  So it will be interesting to see come February if we can stick to our budget.  If not maybe we can all just eat snow....there is certainly enough of it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let it Snow

We got well over a foot last night...this afternoon it was warm enough to bring Jackson out.  He wasn't sure what to think but gradually warmed up to the idea.

The snow banks are just tall enough so that he can stand.  He thought that was pretty cool.

The girls climbed the big snowbanks that Ryan plowed

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On Parenting

I am pretty sure if they issued licensed to parents mine might have been revoked today, or close to it.  Ever have one of those days were it is 9 am and the best thing to look forward to is bedtime.

I had to teach this morning, which meant everyone out of the house by 9.  Jackson stayed home with a sitter. Usually no big deal, however things needed to be smooth because the girls get dropped of for preschool for 9 and I had a 9:15 lesson.

Enter Aly, who comes prancing downstairs in a short sleeve shirt and water shoes, only to turn on the fire place because she was cold.  Argument ensues and she puts on fleece.  Brianna just wants to wear PJs, does not want to go to school, get dressed, eat breakfast, or anything that involves moving out of bed.  Jackson is cutting a tooth or something - we will find out at the Dr. this afternoon.  So he just wants to be held - all 25 lbs of him.

Rinse. Lather. Repeat.. . as we need to be back at the Y tonight so that I can teach again.

Friday, January 21, 2011


This has been my view most mornings when I get home from my workouts, the sun rising and lots and lots of snow.

We got another couple of inches this morning...the kids played outside, but it was bitter cold. I am looking forward to a quiet weekend.  We have no traveling plans and the kids are slowly getting over their colds.

Jackson is growing like a weed....he is pulling up and starting to cruise.  He will not let you feed him, he wants to do it all himself....amazing how quickly gain independence.

Brianna just got bifocals...she continues to be my challenge.  She is so full of love and witty comments, she will talk to anyone and lets then know what is going on in our lives (good or bad).

Aly is currently in the Rapunzel phase, please let it be a phase.  She thinks she is a princess wants to wear a crown and on occasion asks Brianna to be the horse or Jackson the prince.

My training is going well...I try to get out in the am before anyone wakes up...4:45 am comes early though.  I am excited to run the Aruba half marathon and see where I am at. 

Ryan has been travel free for 2 months.  He heads to Thailand in a couple of weeks - boo for us.  My mom is coming for the week so that will be great.

Headed to bed...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Good Old Fashioned Winter Fun!

Mounds and mounds of snow!

Staying warm

The 7 grandchildren

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For Your Own Safety

Please wear goggles while in our playroom....especially while using scissors and stamps!

Friday, January 14, 2011


Today we went skiing with the girls..  The same mountain where I learned to ski, Pats Peak.  At first, I thought it might be a disaster.  My legs were sore from yesterday and the girls have never been on skis.  We went one time down the bunny hill and Ryan needed to "stretch"....thankfully it got better.

The girls LOVED it.  We worked on turning and stopping.  Brianna just wanted to fly down the hill and Aly was a little more cautious.  However, as the day wore on, Aly gained some confidence.  By the end...she wanted to go alone.


These came from my they are not that good.

By the end of the day I was sore. It was a perpetual squat with a 40 lb weight balancing in front of you....the girls want to go again.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

First snow!

These are from last week.....we got about 2 inches...Just enough to have some fun!

Snow Angels

They flew down the slide with their snowpants on and thought it was soo funny!

All while Jackson napped in his warm bed!

Friday, January 7, 2011

When the pantry door is open...

Check out what I found!

yes - it is still HALLOWEEN candy...this piece a day business is for the birds.  I tried getting rid of some of it and Aly wanted to know what happened to her special piece....hmmm dunno.  We looked all over for it and finally concluded that she must have just forgotten she had eaten it.

More proof that I can't throw it away..yesterday she informed me that one of her pieces was in Brianna's pumpkin...ummm really.  Aly told Brianna it must have just fell in there by a mistake.  Judging by Brianna's face there was no mistake about it.

Well girls, Jackson certainly shook things up this morning before you woke up.  He redistributed all of it!

Happy Friday....

Thursday, January 6, 2011


While everyone was toasting the new year..I was on the computer registering for my first Half Ironman.  I have intended to do this for a while and thought it was a good goal to have after Jackson was born.

I am using the same coach, that I used for the half marathon in the fall.  So far the training is going well - it is quite different from anything I have done before.  I have been able to get most of my workouts in before Ryan leaves for work in the am, which means that I am out of the house by 5 am. 

I am excited to take on this venture and will keep you updated!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years Recap

We returned from South Carolina on Sat - it was about 11 hours from start to finish.  The kids did well in the car and they were a littly nutty when they got home....
We played at the park on Fri - I think it was about 50 out....which was a nice change from the snow and ice in PA.  

Morgan on the swing

The kids went to bed New Years eve and then the adults had dinner.  It was nice to have less chaos during the dinner.  I was lucky and I was able to run every day that we were down there. 

Here is to a great 2011