easter weekend

Picnik collage We are catching up on quality family time and enjoying every minute. As I'm typing this, I hear Lucy cooking in the background, father and son playing the wii and Nina having play soup on my lap and pining for the keyboard. Have a wonderful holiday!


Why Worry?

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

matthew 6:34

If I start to worry about things now, then nothing will get done. The planning for the moves have begun. Even though, I would rather run into the ocean with him. 




My head is racing with this latest news. I'm excited overwhelmed and shocked. The news we've been waiting to hear for about four months...the detailer (the man in charge of our fate and lodging for the next two years) phoned to tell us that he can guarantee our top choice for the next duty station. 

Arrivederci Florida...we're going to Italy or so it seems.

What I mean by guarantee is that, so far, we have a verbal agreement. Which is about the best that we can get due to the budget cuts. Our lovely Commander in Chief has been scissor happy and cutting away at the defense budget. So much so, that it has affected relocation and transfers. Basically, there is no money to give final written orders to anyone until the next fiscal year, which starts in October. This explains my potpourri of emotions. I will not be able to physically see myself anywhere until late fall. But we have to have faith in the system. One that has provided us with sixteen years of security through slow economic trends and the doozy of this recessions that has reached global proportions.

First, things first... a temporary move with family for about six months because, in addition to the exciting news about Italy, we also got word that military man deploys this summer. Unbelieveable! Yes, two moves, a deployment and a trip to Spain for a wedding. A crazy summer this way comes. 

Oh, I crave the simpler days.


memory, no. 3

pink dreams

pink dreams
a slow monday morning some time ago, shortly after waking 
Lucy from slumber.


this weekend

soccer, sidelines, sun + silent reading...

Our niece drove in with the rest of the family for a soccer tournament we couldn't miss.

this weekend       this weekend

this weekendWhat do you do with a picture that is over exposed and yellow? Make it into a polaroid. I really loved the action in these shots and the colors gave it an edgy&vintage feel to it, therefore, the look was exaggerated with a polaroid border available through picnik premium. This sounded like a advertisement, didn't it? My apologies, I wanted to share the photo recipe. The family was enjoying itself during the game while I experimented with light. It was mid afternoon with the sun pointing straight at us. Not always the best conditions for photography but sometimes the gods smile upon us. Here's the sideline entertainment. this weekend
Finally, some sun and silent reading after a long soak. According to the mister, this was the children's idea. They laid out the towels and picked out their own reading material. Too cute! The mister even tried a few shots on manual setting, while I was giving my feet the attention they needed. Bravo..I'm rubbing off on you.

this weekend this weekend

Great job, honey. I don't know whether to be proud or jealous. The best part of this weekend is not photographed...the best part is that Noel, military man, will be home for two weeks, which means as I write this note he sleeps and will not wake at 3:30 in the morn for his weekly trip to the sub. We are so thrilled!


Wish List: A Fuji Instax in White

now, how much fun would this be. the fuji instax 7s polaroid camera. love it! the birthday is too far away, christmas is even longer but easter is around the corner. will the easter bunny stuff this in mommy's basket? hummm...i'll let you know.


memory, no.2

the smiling face of a happy boy
with its enchanted key
is now unlocking in memory
my store of heartiest joy.

and my lost life again to-day,
in pleasant colors all aglow,
from rainbow tints, to pure white snow,
is a panorama sliding away.

the whistled air of a simple tune
eddies and whirls my thoughts around,
as fairy balloons of thistle-down
sail through the air of June.

o happy boy with untaught grace!
what is there in the world to give
that can buy one hour of the life you live
or the trivial cause of your smiling face!

-- James Whitcomb Riley 

taken while vacationing in San Miguel de Allende in 2004. military man was on a six month deployment, so, i booked a flight out of Mystic, CT for a change of scenery and balmier temperatures + a visit with my father in mexico city. deployments are long and traveling, if at all possible, is a necessity. we did a lot of traveling that year. i wonder how i will cope a deployment with three children? lets, hope i'll never have to find out. wishful thinking on my part. 

well, the trip to mexico was the retreat and distraction that was needed. boy wonder was just two years old and such a little gentlemen. look at the huge smile on his face...back in the day when he was an only child.


UnPhotographed but never forgotten.

This is unusual for me. I always have a picture to share but tonight I will forever hold this image in my mind.
As I was in the office reading, Lucy (aka girl wonder) tugs at my hand and tries to pull me away from the couch. She keeps repeating, "Mommy, come on. Cory's asleep. You have to put him in the bed. Come on, come on, maaahhmmy." Mind you Lucy is all of three years old and already acting like the mother. Well, I didn't hesitate because she seemed so concerned. We walked over to the living room where he lay asleep. She was a few feet ahead of me and this is what I will remember always. 
She walks over to him and ever so gently tucks the covers under his chin, softly pats the blanket, wipes his brow and sweetly places a kiss on his forehead and whispers, "goodnight, Cory." It was the most precious moment I had the luck to witness between those two. 
During the course of the day, I never know if they can stand each other with their typical sibling rivalry. But this night I will always remember that kiss goodnight. 


memory, no.1

young man & the sea

Make a Kid Happy 
If you want to make a kid happy 
Just put a fishing pole in his hand 
As soon as he snags one 
He’ll feel like the King in his land
There’s nothing like the feel 
Of a tug on the end of the line 
His heart starts to race instantly 
It could be a branch with a little twine 
It’s not only the sport of fishing 
But he’s bringing food to dinner 
So proud that kid will be 
A sport that makes him a winner 
So if you want to make a child happy 
Get him started in this wonderful game 
Put that rod in his hands 
He will never again be the same!

--Marilyn Lott

the first day back to our usual routine has me reminiscing about the wonderful week spent in key west. there was overcast that day, which lent itself to the perfect conditions to fish off the side of the road, literally. we drove around the key to find a good spot, casted out our lines and hoped for the best. we caught very little but it was a great day, nonetheless.


kw 09 Our first real road trip as a family. It's actually a trip down memory lane to key west where military man + i lived before the kids arrived. boy wonder is our true souvenir... the one thing that we took with us, in addition to, albums filled of memories. we returned to key west a few days ago & we are enjoying the uber-relaxed attitude. even the internet is relaxed. The posts will be sporatic, please expect things to be back to normal when we get back home. In the meantime, enjoy this small glimpse of island living and bright colors.
kw 09
nims island, according to girl wonder
Picnik collage

i couldn't wait to visit and share with the kids my favorite part of town. the bahama village for some light shopping at besame mucho + serious food at blue heaven. two wonderful island indulgences.
now, we're off to a st. patrick's day parade.