Friday, May 31, 2013

Maine Pt 2

The weather wasn't exactly how I had envisioned it when I planned the trip months ago.  In my plan the days would be sunny with temps ranging in the 60-70 degrees.  When our plan landed  in Boston  the skies were overcast and by the time we rolled out of the parking lot the rain was coming down in sheets.  Thankfully we arrived before the traffic started and headed up to my cousin Jane's house to pick her up and then head on to Maine.  The next day we woke up to fog and more rain.  We drove a little along the coast and meandered through a few small towns, but pretty much we were confined to our car.  The next day it was the same thing.  We did check out the statue to Andre the seal who even has a movie about him, hit the L.L. Bean store where the children had fun looking at the live fish in the store, and went to the children's garden that was donated by the founder of the Boston Globe.  Winston was disappointed that his plans to go fishing with Chico were canceled due to the bad weather, but that did not stop him from digging up his own muscles.  I was surprised he ate them.  I don't know if he really like them or ate them just to prove a point. He ate the whole bowl though.  Regardless of the weather it was just wonderful to spend time with our family. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Postcards from Maine


If you have never been to Maine, it is a must see!  Around every little bend is something beautiful to see from cute old house, rolling hills and farmlands, quaint coastal towns filled with fishing boats, and plenty of light houses.  We spent the first three days of our trip up east in Spruce Head, Maine located between Freeport and Rockport.  Can you spell charming?  These towns are so cute!  Sadly, our days were filled with rain, but I so want to go back.  Oh, and you can't go to Maine with out eating lobster.  It turns out that both Winston and Addy love lobster.  Maine is also famous for it's lobster roll, so make sure you take a drive along route 1 and stop in the town of Wiscasset and eat at Eat Red's. 

A Day in Boston "Cornerview Out and About"

Quack Quack

Duck Tour's Rock!

 The site of the Boston Massacre

 Make Way for Duckling
 George Washington

 Lemon Bliss Cupcake
 A sad sight to see

 The John Hancock Tower the tallest building in Boston.

The burial spot of Samuel Adams and Paul Revere
 Kings Chapel
 The home of Paul Revere

 The Old North Church

 Boston Harbour

Our trip to Boston was almost in the making.  We were suppose to go last summer, but after spending the summer in Europe I was done traveling.  The thought of spending 20 hours in the car even to see family just seemed too much.  Winston was very disappointed.  He had learned the history of the American Revolution in school and was so excited to see where it all occurred.  A promise was made that we would take him to Boston as soon as we got a chance. The day arrived and we headed to Boston last Wednesday.  We made arrangements to stay with my cousin Jane and so we because she was spending the holiday weekend in Maine we headed up to Maine first which turned out to be a good thing because it rained the whole time.  Yesterday the day was perfect, not too hot and not to cold.  We parked the car at the science museum and began our day on the Duck Tours.  I was really surprised that Addy didn't loose it.  I was worried she would fuss, but she was a total angel.  It was a good way to start our day because we learned about the history of Boston in a really fun way.  Afterwards, we headed up to Faneuil Hall where my family took me when I was a child.  We got something to eat at the market, shopped for t-shirts and then moved on to where the Boston Massacre happened at the court house.  We hopped on the trolley and went up to the Boston Gardens where Addy had fun looking at the swan boats and sitting on the bronze statues of the ducks based off the story Make Way for Ducklings.  Then it was time for cupcakes.  The last couple of years we have watched some of the shows from the TV series DC cupcakes.  The original cupcake store is based out of Georgetown, but last year they opened a shop on Newbury Street.  The cupcakes where good, but I wish they had been just a tad bit bigger.  The cake is dense and moist while the frosting isn't overly too sweet.  We were so close to where the terrorist attack occurred last month that we couldn't help but stop and pay our respect to those who lost their lives.  It is always fun to follow the Freedom Trail because you can see where Paul Revere lived, she the Old North Church mentioned in Longfellow's poem, Beacon Hill, King's Chapel, Bunker Hill and the graves of many famous people.  Boston is so rich in history.  It is such a great city!  We ended our day in the North End also known as Little Italy!  Outside of Italy, I have had some of the best Italian food there! Winston enjoyed a very large slice of pepperoni pizza.  He was thrilled.  We really could have used another day because there is so much to see in Boston; however, it was time to come home.  How about you, is there a city you really want to see?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Quinoa "Two Ways"

I haven't given up completely on loosing weight, but I am taking a new approach to my health.  I want to be healthy and if that means I don't loose any weight than so be it because I am tired of spending two hours at the gym each day and starving myself based on the latest fad diet.  I like food!
Recently, I purchased a new cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow  called It's All Good.  Included in the book was this recipe for quinoa called Quite Savory.
In a skillet sauté 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, 1 garlic clove mince, 2 large leaves of kale (I used spinach).  When the spinach is wilted add 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa, salt and pepper to taste and 1 chopped finely green scallion.  Top with a fried egg and it is perfection. 

I had made  a cup of quinoa, so with the remaining quinoa the next day I added a quarter cup of olive oil, a large handful of chopped dried apricots, 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries, 2 chopped scallions, along with salt and pepper to taste and you have a nice summer salad.  Did you know quinoa is high in vitamin B which will give you boost of energy. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Blanket

Thank you!
I have such a talented mom.
I showed her this blanket that I found on the internet
and she whipped me one up!
I love it!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

flowers "cornerview"

You know it is May in Georgia
When the Magnolia blooms.
I am so blessed to live in Paradise.
Minus the humidity today and yesterday
that is so thick you could probably stir
it with a spoon.  Today it was 92 degrees!
We are off to much cooler temperatures,
here we come Boston and Sprucehead, Maine.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Another Milestone

The other day, I was looking at some photos of Harris from two years ago and could not believe how little he looked.  Over the last year he has become more of a young man.  His body has not only grown taller and thinner, but more angular.  On his lip grows the beginning of a mustache, but not enough to shave.  He voice is starting to get deeper, but hasn't completely changed fully as once in a while he I can still hear the little boy.  Soon my little boy will be gone and in his place a man will take his place.  On Friday, he will say good bye to middle school.  It has not been an easy journey as he has had a few growing pains, but at the same time he has weathered the storms and I pray he will be up to the challenge of high school.  Last week, he went with his class to Savannah.  He had a fantastic time.  Then on Friday they had their 8th grade formal.  What I didn't realize is that the dance was like a mini prom.  The boys wore dress shirts, ties, and slacks while the girls wore knee length dresses that were pretty fancy.  One parent even sent their child and their friends to the dance in a stretch limo.  As a part of Harris final year in middle school, he was required to read 40 books.  He completed the challenge about 2 weeks ago.  It was no easy task because he couldn't just read any book.  It had to be a book of so many pages, a certain lexile level, he had to read so many books in a certain genre.  A book could be considered to count as two books if it had over 350 pages.  He had to keep a journal on top of reading these books.  I am so proud of him for completing the task. 
Here is the list of books he read:
1)  Frankenstein
2)  Animal Farm
3)  To Kill A Mockingbird
4)  The Fellowship of The Ring (=2 books)
5)  Mormon Scientist
6)  For The Win
7)  Biology
8)  The Periodic Table
9)  Rocks and Minerals
10) Into the Wild
11) Malcolm X
12) Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (=2)
13) Steve Jobs (=2)
14) The Outsiders
15) Interpreter of Maladies
16) The Art of Racing In The Rain
17) The Glass Castle
18) Elijah of Buxton (=2)
19) Tunnels (=2)
20) Marley and Me
21) Eldest (=2)
22) Eragon (=2)
23) The Hobbit (=2)
24) The Prophet
25) Robert Frost Selected Poem
26) The Raven and Other Poems
27) Darkship Renegades (=2)
28) The Seems. The Glitch In Sleep
29) The Curious Incident of The Dog

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Field Trip

I can't believe the school year is almost come to an end.  This coming Friday will mark the end of the 2012/2013 school year.  Winston will graduate from elementary school and move up to middle school.  It seems like yesterday he was born and we were calling him Heimlich because he was a fat butterball baby and looked like the caterpillar in the movie Bugs Life.  This week his class has gone on a couple of field trips.  They traveled to the CNN Center, Turners Field the home of the Braves, and to our local court house.  Sadly we will miss his graduation as we are going to Boston and Maine to visit family.  He is so excited for our trip that he isn't too sad about missing the ceremony.   Do you have  any special plans for Memorial Weekend?

Friday, May 17, 2013


Winston turned eleven on Thursday,we celebrated his birthday by having cake for breakfast.  As I wrote in an earlier post he went to see Iron Man 3 the week before with his good friend Matt. He loved the movie. We will do a big party at the end of summer when everyone is back from their vacations and there aren't a hundred different activities going on at the same time.  We have tried to have parties at this time of year, but no one can come.  I am kind of glad we are putting it off because we have so much on our plate this weekend.  Tonight I went to a graduation party for my friend Misty.  Tomorrow, we are going to a farewell party for friends of ours who are moving back to Holland.  Than we are going to a play at the church.  Then I need to start packing for Boston next week.  Winston we love you so much! You are the best! I am so proud to have you as my son.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day in my life "Corner View"

Life has been crazy the last two weeks. Most days I don't know if I am coming and going and on top of that I have had two sick children. First Roman and Addy followed shortly after. This morning my day began at 6:40 a.m. but I was so tired I hit the snooze button on my phone and didn't get up until 7:00 a.m. where I quickly grabbed Addy's clothes and went down stairs. I poured Roman a bowl of cereal and dressed Addy and then brushed Roman's teeth. I drove Roman to school the dropped Addy off at preschool. I forgot my camera and money for Roman's lunch that he is going to have tomorrow from Chick fil A, so I ran home. Then I went back to the school where I dropped the money off and went outside to Winston's field day. Then I went to the gym where I workout while at the same time I checked my favorite blogs, Facebook, and my e-mails. I grabbed lunch at Panera Bread. This was all by 12:30 p.m.

Then it was off to Costco to buy groceries.

I dropped groceries off, chatted with my husband, and then it was off to pick up Addy from school.
The boys come home from school.
Roman has been learning about sharks.
He whips up this shark from craft paper with no help.

Winston turns 11 on the 16th and I make him a chocolate cake.

 It is hot outside and the boys head to the pool.
One little boy thinks the water is freezing and lays out in the sun.

Once home Addy wants to blow bubbles

While I make dinner of Thai Peanut Chicken with Brown Basmati Rice.
After dinner, I put Addy to bed.  Take Winston to Boy Scouts and run
to the store for a few forgotten items.  We get home at 9:00 p.m. and
the kitchen is a mess.  I clean it up.  I frost the cake.  Then I help Harris with
his final project for English.  I cut of pictures of the main characters from
To Kill a Mockingbird and glue them in a scrapbook.

It is now after midnight.  I am exhausted.  I am heading to bed. 
My day begins at 6:20 a.m. and I can't sleep in because it is Winston's birthday.
Good Night!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Yesterday, I was invited to Roman's kindergarten class for a Mother's Tea.  It was so cute!  All the mother's were lined up outside the classroom and one by one the children took our hands and lead us into the classroom where we were invited to sit at our child's desk.  On the desk was a giant hat for each mother made of craft paper.  Mine was pink with tissue paper flowers all over it.  I secured the hat upon my head my tying the ribbons underneath my chin.  Along with the hat were paper sacks that with loving care a painted terra cotta dish was wrapped in purple tissue paper.  Each child made a special booklet that explained why mother's are so wonderful.  After all the mother's were in the room, the teacher invited the children to stand at the front of the classroom where they sang the most darling song.  It was so sweet, and all us moms were beaming with smiles across our faces.  The children served us a little breakfast of muffins, fruit, and a drink of our choice.  Then the children sang one more song before presenting us with pictures of ourselves that they had made with why they love us so much written on the back.  It is these moments that make being a mother so wonderful.  I am so proud to be a mother.  Tomorrow in church my oldest son will give a talk on the importance of mother's.  He has all ready given me a preview of his talk.  I am so proud of him.  He quoted from the scriptures how it is important to honor our mother's and how Heavenly Father felt it to be so important that he made it a commandment.  He read from the last words of the Savior who recognized his mother in the crowd of people and was concerned for her welfare.  He then talked about how his mother (me) was an example of service and has taught him to have a testimony in Jesus Christ.  I cannot even begin to tell you how this makes me feel.  Way before I ever became a mother I once read a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that said, A child went forth and became what he saw."  My prayer if anything is that my child will know my love for Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and desire to follow him.  Whether you are a mother through giving birth, adoption, or a mother to other peoples children.  I wish you a Happy Mother's Day!   Happy Mother's Day to my own mother and my mother-in-law who raised such a wonderful man.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Couldn't Wait!

Winston is turning 11 next week.
He was so excited that he couldn't wait!
So on Wednesday Winston went to see Iron Man 3
with his good buddy.
The evening started off with dinner at Tin Drum
followed by a trip to the candy store, and
the movie.
The movie was awesome!
We are postponing his party until the end of the summer because of everyone's
busy end of the school year schedules.
Happy Birthday Winston!
We love you!
Your such an awesome kid!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Engineer

I knew Harris wasn't any ordinary child from the minute he was born.  Now, I know what you are thinking because I know every mother thinks their child is amazing.  Harris when he was about 18 months old lost a ball behind our armoire.  Now most children would have cried, pointed a finger to where the ball was, or come and get a grown up to help them; however, Harris went to the drawer where I kept the long spoons I use for cooking and went and scooped the ball right out!  He was so proud of himself.   He was always examining and getting into thing.  He wasn't doing this to be naughty, but he was just simply curious.  This trend of curiosity has continued to this day!  Since we moved two years ago Harris has participated in the robotics program at his middle school.  He loves it!  While he has never won a competition, he is learning skills that will last him a life time.  Last week while I was in Utah, Harris attended with his papa the banquet dinner for his robotics club.  He received and award for being the best robotic programmer.  Congratulations Harris!  I knew you were special since the day you were born.

On another note, some good things are happening and while I can't say anything right now in fear that I might jinx it our family sure could use your prayers.  Have a great weekend!