Thursday, October 28, 2010

Team Up Thursday - Books

Jen and I choose the theme BOOKS this week. We both were cutting it close this week and pulled it together last minute. Sometime the pressure is good, makes you think even harder. I love how it came out. I like the fact that the bottom book looks like it could be one from the top just opened.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


You answered so many questions...
and created so many more!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Team Up Thursday - Milestones

Jen and I went with the theme "Milestones" this week. I originally thought that I would try to find a mile marker with the number 3 on it to symbolize my ability to run 3 miles. Unfortunately the only place I ever see a mile marker is on the interstate, and I am not stopping there. Fortunately though my son is hitting milestones left and right.

Francesco is learning to write his name, I get all ver clempt just thinking about it. This is a milestone that really get to me for some reason. It this huge symbol of him not being my baby anymore and really, really growing up. He already gets the first 3 letter FRA all on his own and only needs me to point the others out on the alphabet chart for him. I still just can't wrap my brain around my boy writing his name.

I am loving that Jen and I both featured out little men. Miller is awesomely riding that bike with no training wheels, what a huge milestone that is for a kid. Way to go Miller!!!!!!!


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Best Shot Monday: Good Morning

This time of the year the sun does not come up till I am almost to work. There is something about how the morning sun peaks out from behind the trees that draws me in. I love the warm light and the long shadows the morning sun creates. I really don't have the time in the morning to go out, explore and photograph but today I had to capture the sun. It was calling me.


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Picture Fall - Week 2

Week Two of Picture Fall is now done. I got a little behind but somehow found time today to catch up. It feels good to be caught up with something.

Picture Fall Week 2

If you are looking at this and thinking to yourself, "is that a chin with stitches in it?" you would be correct. This is not the first time Francesco has done this either. He fell while trying to walk on a balance beam at the park. I saw his chin smack the beam and knew what had happened.

He was much better this time in the ER. I was extremely proud of him. I didn't have to hold him down at all, I just had to hold his hand. He is really, really growing up.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My Storyteller

Lately Francesco has been telling me stories. He likes to make them up with a familiar spin. This is the one he told me on the way home from school the other day.

F: Once upon a time there was a duck. (a long pause)

You need to ask a question Mommy!

Me: Not sure what to ask I say, “was it a big duck or a little duck?”

F: Medium duck.

That duck was looking for friends and he found a straw house. He decided to make lunch. Then all the sudden, he hears (he leans over and knocks on the wall). (In a deep voice he says), “little duck, I mean medium duck, medium duck let me in!”

The medium duck goes over and opens the door and sees the big bad Zebra. He says, “Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin.”

The Zebra turns around, pick up his legs and says, “then I’ll kick the door in.” The duck runs down the street to find his friend and he finds a frog. (a long pause)

You need to ask a question Mommy!

Me: So I ask the same question as before, “was it a big frog or a little frog?”

F: Medium frog.

The duck and the frog make lunch, salad, cheese, salad. Then all of the sudden (again the knock at the door) and the big bad Zebra said, (in a deep voice)“little frog, little frog, no wait I mean medium frog, medium frog let me in!” The frog says, not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin or ducks.

So the Zebra turns around, picks up his legs and kicks the door in.

All of the sudden Spiderman swoops in and says, “don’t worry I’ll save you.” He put them on his super fast motorcycle and zooms down the road to the finish line and wins the race!

The End


Thursday, October 14, 2010

According to my map...

On the way to school lately Francesco has been using the Flipnotes on the DSi to draw a map of our route. He will them navigate and narrate our trip. It goes a little like this:
F: According to my map we are need to turn to go to Dunkin Donuts.
(which we do...America Runs on Dunkin!)

F: According to my map there is something in our way.
Me: What is it?
F: That car in front of us.

F: According to my map there is a lot of traffic ahead.
Me: Why is there traffic?
F: Due to road construction, you really should take an alternate route. Let me draw one for you.

F: According to my map we are almost there, aren't you glad you had a map?
Me: Of course I am, sweetheart. Thank you!

F: You like my maps Mommy?
Me: Definitely!


Can I tell you I am loving this age!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Best Shot Monday: Slide

Nicolo got invited to his first Birthday party this weekend. He got to go all by himself, no big brother, just him and his friends. He had a great time as you can see by the picture.
The one little snafu of weekend was me leaving my camera at the party. Yeah, I know what you are thinking. "How could you?"
Luckily for me the Birthday boy's mom found it and I got it back this morning. Thank you God!

Now I have to get caught up taking pictures for my Picture Fall prompts. Gotta get clicking!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Picture Fall

"Picture Fall" is in full swing. Not every shot is from the class but in the last week I have picked the camera up more than usual. Actually I have taken a shot everyday. Thanks Tracey!

Picture Fall- Week 1

Team Up Thursday - Fall

Jen and I went with the girls this week and did the theme FALL. It seemed like just the right theme as the season has begun to rapidly change (at least for us here on the East Coast), to capture some of the start. I have also been participating in a online Photography Workshop called "Picture Fall", the daily prompts have really made me look for things I wouldn't have before.

I am just in love with Jen's photo, I love the composition, the DOF and the bokeh is to die for! I really think it would make a great photo to hang up. I also love the way ours go together this week too (well to be honest I always love the way our photo's go together). Mine is of the Mum's just outside the door where the boys go to school. The prompt for the day was to take a photo of something all the same color (mono-toned). The funny part was I got down on the ground to shoot across the Mum's and of course people started to come out of the building, and looking at me funny :-)

I didn't care, I got my shot and that's what matters!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Best Shot Monday: In Awe

Amidst all the chaos that is the norm for the weekends we decided to just up and go to the Zoo (well we were actually invited by some great friends). Francesco did not seem to be as interested as I thought he would. He spent most of the time wanting to just push the stroller, but never paid attention to where he was pushing it. Nicolo on the other hand was in awe. He love the zoo! He did not want to leave the Reptile and Amphibian House and as you can see he love the Polar Bears.


I am looking forward to taking them back, maybe next time Francesco will be more into it. I at least know that Nicolo will have a great time.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday Light - No Power

Due to the tropical depression of recent we were with out power Thursday night. When the lights first flickered we all groaned at the prospect of not being able to... watch TV, surf the net, play with the train set, play on Nick Jr., use the X-box, do a load of laundry or clean the bathroom (okay, the last two we were not to terribly upset about).


Since having two small children BOYS I do not burn candles on a regular basis as in years past (I really don't even have to tell you why, just that I have two BOYS) so I was only able to find one big candle and about 12 tea lights when the power did go out.


The one thing that did happen when the lights went out was we all talked. Since we had to light candles I seize the opportunity to talk to Francesco about fire, candles, flames, what to do, what not to do. What I did not realize was that he had already had a lot of thoughts and ideas of his own in that big head of his. He also had a lot fears that I was unaware of, it was a great insight for me. I also realized that he is so much more like me than I thought (I had some of the same fears as a child).


Even though we groaned about the lack of power we still gained from the situation. I may never had learned that he was afraid our house might burn down (which was a huge childhood fear of mine) and who would save the cat (I worried about our dog). I was glad to have his undivided attention (since the TV did not work) to talk to him about this and what he should do in case of a fire. I believe that I diminished his fears a little, gave him some good advice and will now be more conscious of the fact that he has a lot going on in his head.

Come to think of it, I am glad the power went out.