{life lately}

life lately has been crazy. lots of bad stuff. lots of good stuff. you've gotta take the good with bad, right?! anyways i do have some stuff typed up in the drafts here but for now, instagrams! yay!

Cutest banana ever!
The leg poses kill me.  Xoxoxo #latergram

Fall love.

Fall = Magic.  Nuff said.
I love me some woods.

If you are ever in Dartmouth MA, Chippi is the best thing ever!

Rainy day smiles.
Rainy days.

My girl and I on a jumpie bounce house.
We jumped on the moonwalk together this weekend. #latergram

This is how she rests between soccer drills.  :)
How she rests between plays at soccer.

Great nights with great friends are the stuff dreams are made of.
Such a fun night!

Love that my girl loves to read.
I'm sure it's perfectly normal to sit in the window when there is a perfectly good table right in front of you.

My sisters and I took Dad to a Patriots game for his birthday.  It was my very first game.  So much fun!
So much fun!!  Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad, have you ever taken a selfie?  lol
Dad, have you ever taken a selfie?!  #patsgame


{Turn on the Light}

A. Dumbledore

There will always be darkness in life waiting there in the wings to drag you down. You just have to remember to focus on the light and the darkness doesn't seem quite so dark anymore.


{Snuggle Wuggles}

Our babe is going to be five next month.  Does that mean she's not quite a babe anymore??  As we were cuddling this morning, or snuggle wuggles as we've started calling it, it hit me.  "It" being the fact that she won't want to cuddle with me soon.  She's growing up.  Sure the other kids still snuggle with me but it's not a daily need like it is for her.  Soon she won't be small enough to curl up on me.  She won't be able to sit on my lap when I'm at the computer and rest her chin on my shoulder to watch TV.  She'll just physically be too big.  Soon she won't want to pretend that she's my baby kitty and that I'm her mommy kitty.  She won't nuzzle my face with her cheek and Meow.  My heart breaks for that day but at the same time, I'm excited to see the big girl that she's becoming.

For now, I'm going to snuggle wuggle as much as I can.



{Thank you to Ian Matthew for getting these great shots for me that were taken on Mother's Day while we snuggle wiggled.}

{This post was typed up months ago….oops.}


Insta-Friday (7/18/14}

It seems like once every couple of month I post what we've been doing lately with a few Instagram pics.  But you know what?  That's all I've got right now.  So here's what we've been doing lately.

#dailystatuepose started last summer.  I believe.  Every time we leave the house they stop and "pose" for me.  It's epically perfect.

Chloe and my handsome nephew at our Fourth of July celebration.
#happy4th but really the 5th. #latergram


I've been slowly trying to get back into working on my fitness.  I'm blessed that we live in such a gorgeous area.
It was a beautiful morning for a walk. #quintessentialfatgirl
#dailystatuepose with a side of oatmeal {oh and notice the finger point}
Yeah she's rocking a bowl of oatmeal.  #dailystatuepose

I cooked on the grill by myself for the first time recently.  This is HUGE for me.
I grilled last night.  I'm 34.  It was the first time I'd ever done it on my own.  #latergram

#latergram #dailystatuepose

I finally have my gold card from Starbucks.  I can't believe I'm just doing this.  Free stuff?  Yes please!
My @Starbucks gold card came today!   Happy dance!

BEST shirt ever.  Totally got it.  ;)
Best shirt ever.  #target

We did starts and stripes for the kids toes on the Fourth.
Red white and blue toes for the Fourth. #latergram

#dailystatuepose with a side of popcorn.
On our way to the movies. #dailystatuepose

This is amazing. Go get it.  Now.
This is amazing.  #archerfarms #targetnerd #target

#shareacoke #coke #angela@

My babes snuggling.
My babes cuddling and watching a movie. Xoxo

This kid got a hair cut for the summer.  He looks so big!
Before and after summer haircut.

life rearranged


{Insta-Friday 5/23}


This cute kid turned nine this week.  :)
Me and the birthday girl.  Xoxo #latergramThis sweet heart turned nine yesterday.  They are all gonna be odd numbers this year.  #helpme #oddnumbersarethedevil

I just truly wrapped my head around the Starbucks rewards and now I feel like a shmuck for not doing it sooner.
Earned my green card.  Free drink refills for me!  #starbucks

I cut down some of my favorite flowers this week.  Shhhhhh don't tell whoever they belonged to.
Lilacs.  Are you sick of them yet?  Me either.  #vscocam #squaready

The Mommy Shorts blog was giving away Olympus cameras to  mom that took selfless with their kids a couple of weeks ago.  This was an outtake.  My arm isn't long enough to fit all of us.  ;)
This is a great #outtake from when I was trying to get a shot of all of us for #rewardyourselfie #latergram

When you don't have a hair tie, a pen will do.
When you don't have a hair tie, a pen will work in a crunch.  #atworkdontcare #retaillife #retaillifeselfie #twincollage

She's just to freakin cool for everything and everyone.  Look at that stance.
She rules.

Good thing she's cute to boot.
My sweet girl.  Xoxo #latergram #target

Miss Carol and I.  :)

Ummmmm pretty sure she shouldn't have been doing that.  Oh and this is Carol's pic that I stole.  She always gets the most beautiful skies in her photos.

Baby Donavyn!
Little people in the red Target circle are to die for. #target

We went to a new Irish Pub that just opened locally and had Bangers and Mash.  So good!
Bangers and mash. Yummmmm

My boy loves to take pictures.  xoxo
Our boy taking pictures of the lilacs.

They are so cute it hurts.
My walk buddies today.  Xoxo

He helped me push.  She did no work at all for the whole walk.
The boy helped me push the carriage on our walk today.  Xoxo

This is the best thing ever.  This is my friend Eddie in some sort of eating contest.  It's up at a local restaurant on their "wall of fame".  My other friend saw it and sent it to me.  It makes me happy.
Too awesome not to share.  I was just sent this by someone that recognized @bigfatbooch up on a "Wall of Fame" at Max's in Dartmouth MA.  Fantastic.


{Waterlogue Wednesday}

Do you Waterlogue? I love it. It's such a fun app. I plan on printing a lot of the "paintings" I make when we move. This one is Ian looking out at the ducks at Epcot in Disney World.

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue


{Eleanor & Park}


Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
{from good reads}

This book was amazing. I honestly downloaded the trial of the book from Kindle because of the cover. I totally judge books by their covers. But this book was touching. I don't even have the words to describe to you how much I loved it. This is a book that will be read more than once and that doesn't happen often. Maybe even just Harry Potter. Trust me. Read it. Tell me what you think.


{Holding Hands}

The other day while at the bus stop, Ian helped Chloe walk on a board type thing. He held her hand to help her balance. This is such a rare occurence! They held hands. In public! So glad I caught it on "film". ;)