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Spring Sports Lament

The end of winter and beginning of Spring proved to be a wet, chilly and downright depressing couple of months. March and April surprised us with days in the 80's and we all thought the groundhog finally had it right. But alas, definitely not the case. Our Spring track season began, and this year with a notable difference. Brian is now the person in charge of the program.

One hundred and eighty six kids, a boat load of parents and siblings and a wide range of opinions and egos to match. There were definite growing pains and many sleepless nights. There have been battles and differences of opinions, but thankfully cool heads have prevailed. The thing we were not able to overcome was out tete a tete with Mother Nature. She cancelled practices, got us wet, forced us to move meets (which is a big undertaking at the last minute). I think she got a great deal of satisfaction out of creating a "baptism by fire" experience for us.

So now it's 90 degrees, after sweatshirt weather last week. We should be used to this in New Jersey but every year we all cry out the same tune of "where did our spring go?" The program as a whole has swung from "track is hard in the rain" to "track is harder in the heat." Personally I'll take heat over rain but then again clapping and cheering is largely unaffected by weather.

So our regular season winds down and the girls have started training for AAU qualifiers. Abby jumped 9'7" last night. Grace is stuck around a 7 minute mile but she'll get her time down. She is throwing the turbo javelin about 34 feet. Not too shabby.

I'll be glad, just as long as it's not raining.

Fun Run Sponsor's

A Message From Abby and Grace:

Hello Friends and Family,

Abby and Grace will be participating in a cool program called the Rice Owl Fun Run. They’re  raising money for their school and learning about fitness, leadership and character. On November 18, 2015, they will run 30 to 35 laps around the Fun Run Speedway to help our school. Would you please be one of their sponsors? They can't wait to run with all of their classmates. Even just ten cents a lap would help! They'll tell you how many laps they ran after the Fun Run! Thanks for sponsoring them!


Kristen, Abby and Grace

Click here for Grace’s Page: 
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Preschool Drop Out

Unfortunately Jack's run at 3-year-old preschool was a bust. After about three weeks of screaming, crying, hitting himself in the head (that's what his teachers told us he did when he got mad) and being completely a mess we decided he was too young. It certainly didn't help that we were not in love with how the school handled his lack of adjustment. There was a lot of shooshing and telling him he was upsetting the class. They were pretty cold and that made matter worse.

So, now he is back at home with me. I am taking him to classes at the Y twice a week and we will try school again (at a different school) in January or next year. It's sad that his experience was so poor.  It was a disappointing experience all around. Hopefully our next attempt will be a smashing success.

On a more positive note, someone if officially COMPLETELY out of diapers!!! Hooray. NO. MORE. DIAPERS!!

School 2015

The summer drew to a close and it was time for school, yet again. The biggest difference this year is that all three of my children were getting ready on the first day of school. The girls were pleasantly ready to go back to school. And Jack-Jack was pure excitement. The first day came and went and for the girls it was anti-climactic. I guess by third grade you have the hang of things.

The girls are in the same class again this year. Partly because they are very autonomous at school and partly because they are both still in the inclusion class.

Jack did great on his first day. No tears, not sadness just smiles and happiness. That certainly made my transition easier. I went to Trader Joe's BY MYSELF! 

 Unfortunately that was just the calm before the storm. When I picked him up on day two I was informed that he screamed (not cried, screamed) for two hours. I was a little surprised but had hoped it would be a steady process.
 Day three was a little better with some crying on and off but definitely improvement.

That brings us to today. Day four. He woke up and immediately cried about going. He cried all morning. He cried on the way there and the walk in. He walked into his classroom and started to sob. In those moments, what the heck are we to do. He is there for fun and learning. He's just three. But if I walk out with him that isn't a great message to send. So here I sit, with a pit in my gut and a close eye on the clock. Please God, let him have settled in.

Is it too late for Easter Pictures?

I definitely think three or four months is the perfect amount of time in which to pull pictures off of your camera. 

They sure do clean up nice!

Summer Musings

It has been an up and down kind of summer thus far. We have had some high highs, and some very low lows.

We were fortunate to have two vacations this year.

One at our local beach... 

and one in North Carolina with my in-laws.

We have spent lots of time at the pool and playing outside.

We've really been lucky and had nice hot weather in NJ.

We've run a 5-k ...

...and gone for long hikes.

We have one more month of summer vacation here in NJ and we plan to get the most out of it!


Sadly we lost a member of our family this summer. Wisdom was taken from us too soon. We don't really have all the answers as to what happened but he took ill and even after a diagnosis of Lymes Disease, he took a significant turn for the worse and went into organ system failure. I cannot express the sadness we all felt, and still feel. It's still hard to think about.

He came and went so fast. 
 We miss him. 

Super Simple Granola

When Abby was formally diagnosed as allergic to tree nuts, our ability to buy store made granola become much more difficult. She loves granola in her soy-yogurt so we have been working on a recipe that will work for her needs. I was using a recipe from the Pioneer Woman that I liked but I decided to play around on my own and I have to say this recipe was a HIT! Abby and I sat and ate it by the handful. Best of all, it was SO SIMPLE!

Basic Granola

         3 cups rolled oats
         4 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
         1/4 teaspoon salt
         1/3 cup honey
         1/4 cup coconut oil
         2 teaspoon vanilla extract
         1/2 cup raisins, craisins or dry fruit
         1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds


1.   Pre-heat the oven to 300°F.
2.   Combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine.
3.   In a separate microwavable bowl, combine the honey, oil, and vanilla and stir to combine. Microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Let cool for about a minute and then pour over the oat mixture, mixing well until the oats are evenly coated.
4.   Spread the mixture in a rimmed baking sheet that is well coated with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Make sure to mix the oats at the edges to the middle so they do not burn.
5.   Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and cool the granola about 20 minutes. You can give it a mix every five minutes or so as it will harden as it sits.
6.   Once cool, add whatever fruit, nuts or seeds you desire and toss to combine.

7.   Store granola in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks, if it lasts that long!

May's Gluten Free Goodies

Another month, another great box of gluten free stuff to try. This months box was filled with many things we have never tried, which I love. 

 Lot's of yummy, crunch salty snacks. We loved the pita chips and they were delicious with hummus.
The Bare Belly Sunscreen was awesome. That went straight into my track bag. I cannot wait to try the sauce goddess sample. 

 I LOVE Luna Bars, although I do have to say that the peppermint ones are not their strongest offering, in my humble opinion. 

Now this one was not included in my box, but did you know these lovelies are gluten free???

Pictures and things

I sometimes gather my thoughts and come up with what I think will be a brilliant blog post. Then I sit down to write and after writing all day professionally, I come up short with my personal writing. It isn't that I don't have lots to tell, it's just that my brain is out of words. In the last month or so the kiddo's have been up to so much.

A certain boy turned 3. 

The girls received their first holy communion.

Track has been going very well. Abby is kicking RS's butt and taking names. She ran a 400 meter race and came in 4th out of 12! Grace has had Personal Records in all of her 3 favorite events (1500, 800 and 400) and is headed to the Championship meet and maybe even the Junior Olympics.

Life for Brian and I has been hectic. Brian is taking over the role of the commissioner of track for next season. It is a surprisingly time consuming role. It's so great to be able to give back in such a big way but as he takes over he is gone a lot more for meetings and things. I am working like crazy, both writing and teaching. Plus the responsibilities of home and gardening and being Mom to three crazy kids. I know I am going to miss this all some day but I just hope I am rested enough to remember it. :D 



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Over 8 years we have struggled through 3 IUI's, 6 rounds of IVF, several RE's, hundreds of appointments and the loss of three little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two perfect little girls and a wonderful little boy!!

Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won't keep us down. Each day has it's own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Todays goal - getting to tomorrow.

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