Tuesday, December 23, 2014


As the rain is steadily falling in Green Bay this morning... I have my cup of coffee next to me, the boys are gone to school and work, and My littlest angel- my little Cindy Lou as i like to say- is asleep in her bed for a long winters nap.. I started looking at the Tree we have in our living room and started to reflect on christmases past, present, and the future...

My best christmas was probably the most talked about christmas among us girls.  I have 2 sisters- B and C.  It was Christmas morning,  My mom had told us girls to sit by the tree and she had to go "get" something.  My Mom walked to the door to our front porch and opened the door. My Dad had walked in with my big sister's new pink and purple mountain bike, He gave it to Becky, he walked back out to the porch and walked back with a Green and White Bike for Char-- it was actually probably more of a Teal pretty green.  She screamed with Delight... then my dad brought my Betty Boop bike in, and I was SO excited. 6 years old, and my first brand new BIG girl bike... but that meant I would have to learn how to ride with training wheels.  My dad and Mom looked on as we all chattered and shouted with joy over our new bikes and many many thank yous! My mom took a picture of all of 3 of us on our bikes- I couldn't quite get on it just yet because the seat was set too high yet.  That was the first, and the only christmas I remember having my parents in the house together, celebrating christmas and feeling like for one day- we were just a normal family for a few hours. It was one of the most beautiful days that I can remember.  Everyone was together and thankful and happy. 

As we go into this holiday season- remember that there are children that will have less than you have under your tree-- while you are sitting around the tree on christmas eve, or christmas day- remember those who are less fortunate- and be thankful in the moment that you are able to do what you can for your loved ones- Also pause to reflect on what you can do to help those families out in the coming year- donating, helping, giving your time and talents to others that may not have your skill.  It makes a world of difference- and people are eternally thankful and joyful after you have done something for them.

As I sit around the tree with our many families that we have over the next few days- I will often be reflecting on how wonderful our family is, and the time we get to spend with them, and just being with each other.. after all.... that is what christmas is about.. it's not about the gifts, or the money you spend on each other-- it's the time together that matters. Make it count today, tomorrow.... forever.

Merry Christmas with lots of love....

Lauren, vincent, Victoria 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Catching up :)

HI to my dear, faithful readers-

It was recently brought to my attention, a few people have missed my blogs/ my funny stories about my lovely children.  Let's update you on all that has inspired since my VERY LONG BREAK... :) 

Vincent is 5.5 years old now, and attends a Elmentary School in our district.  He is a very happy, sweet, mellow boy.  He has a mad passion for his Ninja Turtles-- He wants to bring it everywhere he goes.  He is a very good friend at school, He has a lot of friends but the one we hear the most about everyday is R.  R and V are always together on the playground and do everything if possible together.  They are also cousins but further down the family tree- More about that later.  He is a stellar big brother to his little sister Victoria-- 

Victoria has grown from a little 1 year old to a 3.5 year old- a full, motivated little girl that she is.  She is high energy and is always finding things to stay busy with.  her passion is still Minnie Mouse- although she has partipcated in the Frozen craze--- (how many of you mom's now know Let It Go by heart) Yea! She has recently discovered the art of making friends and "staying" friends.  She looks foward to the day that she can have more friends in school like her big brother.  She adores Vincent and wants to do everything he does even if it hurts trying. :) 

I am still a busy stay at home mom- but i've recently discovered a new passion which i absoutely love and have been working on a few pieces- is doing/completeting cross-stitch works of art and quilts.  I am currently making one for christmas with a beautiful snowman on the front- it is kind of christmassy and fits the season.  In a month's time- I will be putting that aside and starting to work on my sister B's quilt for her new baby that will arrive in June 2015- we are all thrilled for her and J. Life is truly wonderful.  I am looking into how to occupy my time once Toribear goes to 4k in the fall- possibly returning to school and working towards a bachelor's degree.  It will feel good to have that finished.  

We have since lost Lady to cancer in September 2014-- It was too much taking care of 2 very young children so my sister graciously stepped in and took care of lady for me during her last few beautiful years on earth.  It was found that Lady had mouth cancer which is pretty common with her major breed (border collie) Lady was a mutt type of dog as well.  She held on for as long as she could- then she went very quickly and peacefully.  I will always miss my sweet little Lady but I know she is running across the fields of heaven with our sweet trooper who we lost in august 2010.  It is so good to know that Lady has a few people/animals up there with her waiitng for our return one day.

Andy is still floating around here somewhere.  he works now for BT-fuel in green bay-- NO MORE COMMUTE- YES! he stays busy with work and his games and he has discovered a new hobby- flying helicopters--- he has shared that love with his Dad- so they go fly helicopters together a lot. Vince now has expressed a interest in flying those things-- but Vincents passion is really more focused on remote control cars. But anything mechanic that them boys can control makes them boys happy while us girls look on and go back to our craft projects.

Next up is Vincent's winter concert-- he will be with at least another 100 children including himself. there are about 6 kindergarten classes at the school he is at now. his entire school is about 780! Imagine that. thats not counting the staff walking around everyday.  I am SO excited.  I really really hope Vince sings well but well.. they are 5 and 6 year olds. :)  That night we are also making gingerbread houses with andys  stepmom and his family. vince says he will make a huge one full of candy- judging from last year i Believe him.  Victoria and I will complete one together as her attention span is not that long and she just does it long enough to get a good sugar high, and off she goes to run and play :)  I LOVE CHRISTMAS! :) 

Much Joy to your family from Ours!!