Life with Coco and Gigi... and Jack-Jack too!

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Back To School

Last Thursday was the kids first day back to school. I was expecting nerves but was pleased that the anxiety and nerves were very minimal.

And some old ones, just for fun!

End of Summer

This summer felt particularly short. It was slightly shorter than normal due to an early start date and a long year last year due to all of our NJ snow days. But it felt even shorter than that. We spent the last few weeks and days trying to get as much out of summer as we possibly could.

The Pool

The aquarium

Sidewalk Paint

Running through the sprinkler

The Park

And plenty of fun at home... 

Now, it seems, we have to close the book on another wonderful summer. Just nine more months until the next one!

Jack at 27 Months

I think I may have skipped a couple months. It may be because his level of cooperation is dwindling every month older this child grows. This month was no exception!

There are not enough words in the human language to adequately describe this child. He is smart as a whip. I hate sounding like "that mom" but this kid is seriously smart. Counts to twenty, knows all his colors, sings the alphabet (the first half). It's almost weird. 

He is OBSESSED with motorcycles. He has a soft spot for all vehicles but motorcycles make him smile no matter what. 

He is turning out to be quite a mouse. At last check he weighs around 32 pounds. He weighed 30 pounds at his two year check up and at that same appointment Abby weighed 23 pounds and Grace weighed just under 25 pounds. 

He eats like a champ and sleeps fairly well. He has hit the nightmare stage so he wakes at least once a night almost every night from a vivid nightmare. 

He is an absolute joy. He speaks in sentences and plays nicely with the girls. He is such a social little dude. I think someone is going to be a little heartsick when his girls get onto that bus on the first day of school!

Ice Bucket Challenge

Since I am not much for Facebook I thought I would share our family Ice Bucket Challenge Video here. Before the girls were born Brian's grandmother, Grandma Betty, was diagnosed with ALS. It moved quickly and she dies in a very short period of time. What many people do not realize about ALS is it is a painful and debilitating disease. One minute Grandma Betty was enjoying her golden years with friends, taking trips and living life and the next minute she could no longer speak or walk. She was forced into a nursing home and was never able to come home.

So when Brian's parents nominated us for the challenge we decided to accept it as a family. I'm guessing this video will bring a huge smile to Grandma Betty's face!


For more information on ALS or to donate to the cause please go to

Where has the summer gone?

Just a little under two weeks left and our summer will come to an end. It still feels like it was a couple of weeks ago that school let out. Hard to believe it's already winding down. It's been a good summer. The cool weather didn't allow us the amount of beach and pool time we are accustomed to, but we made the best of it.

There were trips to the library,

the beach,


soccer camp,

some fishing,

the pool,


local museums,

some play dates with friends,

Outdoor festivals,


and lots of time at the park.


When the summer comes to a close I always get this melancholic feeling. First of all because I LOVE summer and I hate the idea of cold and snow coming my way. But also because the end of summer means the end of having my kids with me all day every day. I know, I know... it sounds crazy. How can I WANT them home all day? It's not that they don't drive me insane, because trust me they do. But I love knowing what they are doing. I love the slow schedule and lazy mornings. I love getting to hear all the funny things they say during the course of a day. I just love having them with me.

It also makes me sad that we never cross enough off of our Summer To Do list. We get to some but not all of the fun and exciting things we have planned. I try to take a step back from that and realize that what kids need more than anything in this busy, over-scheduled life we have, is undirected play time. Time to read and play and run around outside. They need to use their imaginations and forget about homework and practice and clubs. And we parents need that too.

So our summer is winding down and we hope to suck the marrow for these next two weeks. The last trips to the ice cream stand and the park for a while. It will be bittersweet but we'll try to focus on the sweet!

Seeing myself through their eyes

I read a great article today. (It's short so go read it)

It talked about a Mom seeing a picture her son took of her and how her immediate reaction was disgust. She saw her flaws, her imperfections and what she doesn't like. And in that moment of self-hatred her children showed her how amazingly beautiful they see her.

Sometimes we get caught up worrying about how we see ourselves or the world sees us that we forget what is most important. The most important opinion is my families. They know who I am inside and out. They judge me on me and not my outfit or messy hair or a few extra pounds.

Anytime I dress up a little bit Abby tells me I look beautiful. Sometimes she even throws in "like a princess." Shouldn't I see myself through her eyes. She finds every beautiful thing about me and chooses to focus on that.

We all need to take a step back from that extra ten pounds, a day without makeup, having to wear a bathing suit in front of our friends and just enjoy the skin we were born into.

New Jersey GFAF Expo

I was lucky enough to be chosen as an official expo blogger for the New Jersey Gluten and Allergen Free Expo. This is a meeting place for companies to display the many wonderful options available for people living with different food allergies.

As most of you know this is a topic near and dear to my heart. When Abby was first introduced to dairy milk and eggs as an infant she had an immediate and frightening response. As it turned out she has an anaphylactic allergy to ingestion or touch of eggs, cow's milk, tree nuts, agave and blueberries. We spent years strictly avoiding these foods and being very cautious about what we fed her. Since that time she has food challenged a few tree nuts and blueberries so these are all on her safe list. 

In addition to Abby's allergies, my niece Genna had a severe allergy to peanuts and my nephew Jordan (who linked me us with GFAF) has a severe intolerance to dairy and gluten. Life with food allergies and intolerances are no fun at all!

So, I ask you to join us at the NJ GFAF expo in Secaucus, NJ on September 6 & 7th. The expo is at the Meadowlands Expo Center and there will be a wide variety of sponsors and presenters in attendance. We are all very excited to be a part of it and I can't wait to share with you!

If you are able to attend, please leave me a comment below and I will be choosing one lucky winner of four free tickets (using a random number generator) on August 1st!

If you click the banner below you will be taken to the link for discounted tickets.

We hope to see you there!!



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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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