Thursday, September 22, 2011

You Capture-Industrial

This week's theme is Industrial.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011


For today...Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On My Mind..I haven't done this in awhile so I thought it might be fun to do!

Outside My Window... it's that time of year when it's cold in the morning but warmer during the day so it's hard to know what to wear!...rain for the next couple of days.

What We're Reading...recently, I finished Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl and have just started Roots by Alex Haley...Tucker and I are reading The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Stories by Roald Dahl...he's reading The Dog Called Kitty (on his own) and Island of Blue Dolphins in school (with his class)

What We're Listening to...I'm almost done with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and will be starting A Clockwork Orange next.

What We're excited that all the new shows are on...watching Survivor (almost considered not watching this season due to Coach); DWTS (liked Chynna, JR, and Ricki; glad to see Derek back); taped The Sing-Off and watched Two and A Half Men (really didn't think it lived up to all the hype though)...will probably watch Glee and DWTS at the same time tonight...looking forward to The Big Bang Theory and Pan Am and The Amazing Race.

I am someday sleep beyond 4:30 am!

In the Kitchen....another busy week so nothing spectacular other than a roast in the crockpot...I did make a banana apple bread on Saturday.

Around the House...laundry needs to be folded and more to be done...dishes need to be done (keeping it real)...definitely needs some picking up!

Coming Up This practices tonight and Thurs...scrapbooking with my mom on Sunday.

Picture Thought...
This picture is from Tucker's open House at this school last week....I still can't believe I have a 4th grader!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

You Capture - Apples

This week's theme is Apples.

Once again, this is great timing as we had planned to go apple-picking last weekend!

(Sorry for the mishmash-I couldn't get the pictures to line up like I wanted!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Will Never Forget....

I've heard people say that the bombing of the World Trade Center is the "where were you when JFK was shot?" of my generation and I think that may be true. It is probably the single most tragic event that has happened in my lifetime.

I'm not any different in this respect. I remember where I was, what I was doing like it was yesterday, not 10 years ago. I was 12 weeks pregnant with Tucker and working in a nursing home in Mystic. I was in my office when I heard one of the nurse's aides say "someone hit the world trade center!" and we all went rushing into one of the resident's rooms to watch it on TV. There was a lot of confusion about whether someone could just hit that building by mistake or whether they did it on purpose...then the second plane hit and all doubt was erased. And it got really quiet in the room (there were probably about 8 of us in there). I remember placing my hand on my stomach wondering what kind of world I was bringing a child into.

Not much work got done that morning, or for that matter, that day as we wandered around "did you hear?" was heard throughout the hallways. I called my husband who worked in a liquor store across the street at the time and he had already heard. I remember one of the nurse's aides, Ellie, had gone into the city for the day and her sister who also worked at the facility was in a panic. She didn't have a cell phone and we had to wait for her to somehow contact someone in her family.

I remember the Pentagon getting hit and thinking, as the newsman announced it, that they better be sure it was really the planes and not construction. I remember the look on the president's face as he got the news as he was reading to a group of schoolchildren. I remember watching the first tower fall and then a voice of horror yelling "the second tower's falling" and running into the room to watch, teary-eyed and horrified by what I was seeing.

So do I think it is equivalent to JFK being shot in terms of its' effect on my generation. Without a doubt. We sincerely mean it when we say "we will never forget".

Friday, September 9, 2011

You Capture - Back-to-school

This week's theme is Back-to-School, which of course, is perfect timing as school was delayed a week due to Hurricane Irene!

Due to rain, we couldn't take our usual pictures by the flowers so we had to settle for him sitting on our couch!

Once we got to school, he had a great time seeing everyone after the long summer break! I thought these came out good so I wanted to include them!

Here he poses with his friend Gavin
His friend Andrew
And my favorite one: with Devin and Mason. The fact they all made different faces cracked me up!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene

We recently survived Tropical Storm Irene, downgraded from a hurricane! Our part of the state got mostly wind while the northern section got mostly rain. We lost our power Saturday the 27th into Sunday the 28th. We did not have power until Sunday the 4th at 4pm. We spent a lot of time playing Rummy (Tucker is now quite the cards shark) and reading and were in bed by dark (8 pm), usually listening to a Yankees game.

We mostly had a lot of downed branches...

Tucker couldn't wait to get out and take this branch down. He struggled and struggled with it until we realized it was actually driven into the ground 6 inches! Crazy!
This would be why we were without power for so long! About a mile down the street , this tree took down a transformer! It ended up leaking PCP and that meant the DEP had to get involved and come test everything and scrub the road!

For more of what I learned during this week, go here.

What I learned this week

Julie from From Inmates to Playdates sponsors this weekly event so we can tell everyone what we've learned this week-whether it be one thing or many, serious or not-so-serious.

This is my first time participating though I have been meaning to because I am always learning something!

My list this weeks is inspired by having survived a week with no power after Tropical Storm Irene reeked havoc in our area over a week ago!

In no particular order:

~ When you take a shower at the high school on the way to work, you should make sure there is a lip on the shower stall before you put your clothes, etc. on the floor or everything will be soaked and you will have to drive home in wet clothes to change, making you late for work.

~ The same goes for putting a book on the floor with said clothes. thankfully it was one of our own and not a library book!

~ I can re-thread the wick on a hurricane lamp with the light from a flashlight.

~ As much as I like to think I am a "go-with the-flow" kind of person, I am NOT!

~ It is much easier to manage without electricity than water.

~ The longest I can stand to go without washing my hair is 2 days.

~ I need to re-think my idea of camping while traveling unless it involves a camper or RV.

~ My husband is a lot more resilient than I am.

Wordless Wednesday

This is my first time participating! To see more Wordless Wednesday, go here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Soccer Tournament

I realize I still need to post the pictures and our story of surviving Tropical Storm Irene and the resulting week without electricity but that is for another night....

Tucker had a two-day soccer tournament this weekend. He scored the first goal of the game and then two more of the total 8 goals that were scored in the two games yesterday! He definitely did an amazing job and worked hard on both offense and defense. They won both games yesterday and unfortunately lost both games today but it was a great experience and they all had a great time!

These are a variety of pictures over the course of the four games they played, in no particular order....

Coach Gary gives some last minute advice before they take the field...
Tucker's friend Robbie did an awesome job in the games (that's him on the left)
Hanging out on the sidelines.... (Tucker's the one in the top right)
Robbie, Tucker, Andrew, and Robbie discuss strategy before the game starts
Chasing down the ball

Coach gives some pointers to Tucker and Robbie who pretty much run the field when they are out there....

I liked this picture of Tucker and Robbie....

Happy Labor Day!

Hope everyone enjoys a relaxing Labor Day!