Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day

Ahhh! It's so quiet here!
The girls headed off to their first day of school this morning. Everyone was awake early and ready to go. We are hoping they are just as eager to get up and go back tomorrow!

Madelyn(6th),Stella(1st),Felicia(8th)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Road Trip {Animal Adventure Park}

Along with much of the world, we spent months awaiting the arrival of April the giraffe's baby. It was fun to check in every day to see how things were going and we were so excited when the day finally came. Early on, we planned to make a trip to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY to check on April, Oliver, and Tajiri. Yesterday, my parents invited us to go with them and we were thrilled.
Giraffes have always been my favorite animal, so I couldn't wait to get up close with them. Feeding them carrots from the deck was definitely fun. Except maybe for Stella who was a little freaked out by those giant tongues!
Although the giraffes were definitely the stars of the show, we did enjoy visiting and feeding the other animals as well.
We all had such a great time and plan to go back again soon!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Vacation 2017 Myrtle Beach, SC

Ahhh, the beach=my happy place! 
We had literally been counting down the days to our vacation since the day we arrived home from the beach last year. We needed to recharge our batteries and this is the best way to do it!
We stayed at Pirateland Family Camping Resort in one of their vacation rentals. Spending the week of July 4th at the beach is the best! The weather was nice, but a bit hot so anything involving water was a good thing. We spent some time on the beach, but the majority of the time we were in the pool and lazy river.
The morning of July 4th we visited Ripley's Aquarium. We've been there a few times and always enjoy it. My parents came along with us this year and haven't been to the aquarium for several years so it was fun for the kids to show them a few things. They even touched a jellyfish!
Stella's favorite part of the aquarium is seeing "real live mermaids"!
Also on the 4th, we enjoyed a golf cart parade in the campground and fireworks on the beach.

It really was a great week and we didn't leave without making reservations for next year!
The countdown is on! 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Few Things...

Hi there! Long time no blog!
Here are few things on my mind today.

~The last day of school was a few weeks ago and we've been enjoying the lazy days of summer. It's nice to not have to wake up with the alarm every morning. We do what we want, when we want to! Ha! 

~We haven't been completely lazy this summer. Last week, Stella and Madelyn had VBS at a church in our area. They had a great time! The church volunteers were so welcoming and energetic. Sadly, our own church isn't having VBS this year due to lack of volunteers. I'm now faced with the decision to stay at the church I've called my own my entire life or venture out and find one that focuses a little more on children (the future). It's not easy and I am praying I make the right choice.

~Recently, our neighborhood has had some new families move in adding lots more kids to our block. Several have girls around Stella's age and she loves it! For years, she felt left out because the big girls had friends close by and they didn't exactly want their kid sister hanging around with them. Seeing these little girls playing "mommy" to their "babies" in my backyard makes me smile. #juststaylittle

~This weekend we are packing up the mini van and heading to Myrtle Beach for a week. I am so excited to get away and actually spend some time with the family. Especially my workaholic hubby whom lately I've only been able to see while he sleeps. The girls have been counting down the days since we came back from vacation last year! Now if only I could get motivated to pack. 

That's all I have to say for now. I guess I can't put off packing forever!
Happy Thursday!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bubbles

Warm and sunny days are finally upon us and we couldn't be happier! Spending evenings on the front porch with my girls and even a few extra neighborhood kids is pretty much perfect. Sometimes they toss a ball around, draw with sidewalk chalk, or blow bubbles. Because guys, you are never too old for bubbles!
I recently bought a big bubble wand and solution for my girls. I have never seen bubbles so big and the solution really makes them last a long time. I'm telling you, this thing is AWESOME! Bubble making has become a nightly thing and bonus...squeaky clean kiddos!
We are all so happy that summer is right around the corner and I am looking forward to many more bubble filled days to come. 
Happy Friday! 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Our Weekend in Maryland

This winter has been a tough one. Although, for the most part, our weather has been unseasonably warm and we haven't really had much snow. However, we have had one sickness after the other and have been cooped up a lot! This past weekend, we finally got to get away and recharge a little.

A few months back, I got a message from my cousins who were planning a surprise anniversary for my aunt and uncle. They were celebrating their 50th anniversary! Their anniversary fell on the weekend of their annual trip to Maryland to watch my cousin, Erik, participate in the Deep Creek Dunk. It's a polar plunge to raise money for the Maryland Special Olympics. The plan was to rent a house for the weekend and hopefully surprise the couple!


Surprise!


When we arrived Friday the weather was beautiful! With sunshine and temps in the 70s, it was perfect!


There is just nothing better than having a house full of aunts, uncles, and cousins! Because we don't all live close to one another, getting us all together is the best. We did miss a few that were not able to make it. :(   

Friday night, we enjoyed this gorgeous view and the last of the warm weather.


Saturday was dunk day! We awoke to a cold rain and lots of wind. Still, warm by dunk standards because usually the lake is frozen over this time of year.


During the dunk, we stood in the cold wind and pouring rain. Immediately after, the rain stopped and the sun came out again. It was crazy!

Saturday evening was a surprise vow renewal ceremony officiated by my cousin, Courtney. It was beautiful!


This was truly the best weekend we have had in a long time! I was honored to be part of my Uncle Rod and Aunt Pam's special day and being surrounded by family is always a good time. Can't wait to do it again soon!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ranch Oyster Crackers

These classic crackers are perfect for snacking and so addictive! I.Can't.Stop.

{Ingredients}
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (1oz.)package of Ranch dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
6 cups oyster crackers

{Directions}
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F
2. Combine oil, dressing mix, dill, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. Pour over the crackers and stir to coat. Spread crackers on a baking sheet evenly.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring gently after 10 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Seriously, so addicting! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Loving

Well, hello there February! January was not the most fun month for the Adams family. We spent most of it fighting off one sickness after another and generally feeling pretty crappy. Needless to say, I was so happy to flip the calendar to a new month and start fresh. Plus, I love February! It's a nice short month and one step closer to spring. Also, Valentine's Day is pretty cool! Since today is the first day of the "love" month, I thought I would share a few things I'm loving about today.

Pizza for dinner! While I really do love to cook, sometimes having someone else do it is just what I need. The coolest thing about this, back in December, Stella(6) won a free pizza a week for an entire year. Thank you very much, Stella!

Mini Valentine's cupcakes for dessert! Yum!

The Notebook! Getting cozy on the couch and watching a movie while snacking on mini cupcakes is the perfect way to spend the evening.
These are just a few things that I am loving about today. I'm also loving that we are all feeling so much better!
I hope you all are loving this first day of February too! Good night!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter Blahs

I can finally say that I think we are all recovering from all the crud that we've been passing back and forth this winter. The coughing is dwindling and so far, aside from Stella, the stomach bug has stayed away. But the rain and gloom have really been relentless. Gray skies are making for some very grouchy kiddos (and mom, too)! Yesterday, we had more rain in the forecast, as well as sleet and a little snow. Ugh, more time stuck inside! We decided to make cupcakes to brighten the mood a bit.
Who wouldn't be happy with a cupcake covered in M&M's? Another good mood boost came this morning when we actually had a little bit of snow and a two hour delay!
It wasn't the blizzard we've been hoping for, but it sure made everything look pretty. Finding ways to chase away the winter blahs has been quite a challenge. I think we need a mini vacation!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Down for the Count

Yesterday started with my waking to a pretty horrible headache and a bit of a queasy stomach as well. Not a good way to start the day. Of course, Mike was working late so I was on my own to get the girls up and off to school. We made it to the bus stop on time (a miracle) and soon they were on their way to school. I made my way back home and immediately hit the couch. It wasn't long before I was sound asleep. When I finally woke up, I was actually feeling much better. But, it was then that I received the dreaded call from the school nurse...Stella was vomiting. Boooo! I picked her up from school where the nurse declared, "She's the third one so far today!" We spent the rest of the day lounging around and napping. She was feeling much better by evening, but still home from school today. Hopefully, the rest of the family is spared, but that is unlikely. *fingers crossed*

Monday, January 16, 2017

Easy Two Ingredient Slime

Happy Monday! I cannot express enough how much we needed this extra day off. It turned out that Mike had the weekend off as well (which is very rare), so we just had a well earned "lazy" weekend. We spent the weekend mostly hanging out at home watching movies and football. It was perfect!

Today, the girls wanted to make one of their favorite things...slime! It's super easy! You only need 2-ingredients: liquid starch and glue. Of course, my girls like it to sparkle, so we use glitter glue.
Just mix equal parts glitter glue and liquid starch. At first it seems too runny and messy, but after a few minutes, something magical happens and it turns into slime. Honestly, I don't know how something so simple can keep these girls entertained for so long, but it works!
Stella's favorite thing to do is put a straw in the slime and blow bubbles.
So much fun!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Yesterday...

The last several weeks have been filled with sniffles, coughs, and general crappiness for Stella. While Madelyn and I had a milder version of it, Stella's sickness seemed to linger, much like it always does. After struggling to make it through the first week back to school, she seemed to improve over the weekend and we actually made it to church on Sunday for the first time since before Christmas. Yesterday was her well check up and I figured after her appointment she would end up sick again after being exposed to doctor's office germs. Turns out, she has walking pneumonia! I would have never guessed it, she was finally feeling better! She was given a breathing treatment in the office and started some antibiotics, so hopefully she will be fully recovered quickly.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Getting Organized

One of my goals for 2017 is to get organized. Not only do I hope to organize our home, I am also looking to manage my time a little better. Obviously, having a big family makes things a bit chaotic at times. In an attempt to keep things under control and keep track of what we need to do daily, I bought myself a new daily planner.


Even though I have a phone, tablet, and laptop, I guess you could say I'm "old school". For me, physically writing things down has always been the way I stay on task. I love making lists and checking things off as I complete a task.


In addition to weekly and monthly pages (with tons of space to write), there are also a few fun pages for goals for the year, and an area to reflect back on at the end of the year.


To add a little element of fun, I picked up some cute planner stickers. Who doesn't love stickers?! I really hope that using a planner to keep track of our schedules, events, and appointments makes things a little less crazy throughout the year.

*I found the planner and stickers on Amazon.

Friday, January 6, 2017

It's Fri-Yay!

Well, it isn't the blizzard/snow day I was dreaming of, but the little dusting of snow we got overnight was enough to give us a two hour delay! Some much needed time for the girls to sleep in and wake up refreshed and for me, a little time to read before I had to start the day. If only every day could start two hours later. 😊

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Life Lately

With the holidays over, the kids have gone back to school and the hubby is back to working 12 hour shifts. That combined with a cold I've been fighting since Christmas Eve, I've been feeling quite BLAH! I know I'm not alone here, the girls have been exhausted this week too. Afterschool naps have been a regular occurrence.
This week has also brought us some chilly weather. If only it would bring us some snow! I know not everyone feels the same as I do, but a good snow day would be awesome right about now.
Speaking of getting back to school, Stella has finally discovered she LOVES to read! The first part of this school year has been a struggle getting her to do her nightly reading. For Christmas, she received a bunch of new books and has been reading to me every night without complaints! I can see improvement already and I am thrilled that she has started to love books like her momma!

Honestly, this first week of the new year has been sort of uneventful. Hopefully we find our groove and get back to normal after the weekend. Getting back on track after a lazy Christmas break has been exhausting. Ha!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goodbye, 2016. Hello, 2017

Well, hello there 2017! We made it through twenty sixteen happy, healthy, and with a roof over our heads. In my book, that's a success! But, I do love turning the page to a new year. It's a chance to start fresh and think about what we can do to improve our lives. For me, in 2017 I would like to work on being more patient, organized, and helpful to others. I think I can do it!

This year I will celebrate being 5 years cancer free and Mike and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in June! We have so much to be thankful for!

Happy New Year everyone! May your year be filled with happiness!
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