Monday, February 11, 2013

.....savoring and a fondue giveaway......

....we are still digging out of 20 inches of snow and the big joke in our house is that Daddy dodges all the good ones.....

....Stefan made it back within hours of the roads being closed when hurricane Sandy lurked a few hundred miles away.....he was forced to leave a business trip in Texas and could only make it to DC.......he had to drive through the first bands of the hurricane as it approached the coast in order to make it home to us.....for this recent blizzard, which was named Nemo, apparently; he was not so fortunate....poor guy had to wait it out in sunny south Florida with some clients and a fishing boat.....

....and so the kids and I holed up and waited it out.....



....we snuck out to play while Brody took his nap and it was a good thing we opted to leave him bundled in his crib......the snow would have devoured him.....my girls didn't make it out for too long, as their snow boots kept getting caught under snow drifts and we ended up wading through the snow in socks, frantically looking for boots that are too big.....

....so, we'll focus on the happier times before the wet feet.....


....the girls were in and out of the house, torn between wanting to have fun in the snow; but suffering from cold and wet body parts.....I focused on digging the car out and after an hour, my car was once again a bright, but slushy red.......shoveling snow is quite the workout and upon the last dig, I lay down to rest and I think I could have fallen asleep if it hadn't been for two little ones finding their way back outside to carouse me indoors so I could give them snacks.....


....and so I went....

....but not without Elsie testing out the snow lounging too.....


.....a few glimpses of how we have been savoring over the last few days......

......Weekly pizza parties.....

......my friend Gina and I alternate hosting and we pick one weeknight and break from cooking.......we order food, talk til we are hoarse and let our children tear up our houses......last week was my turn to host and I extended the invite to some other friends in the neighborhood.....there can never be too many little people running around my house and I love a full table......




.....although we may have to teach the boys some manners.....they ate the cheese plate that was designated for the Mommas....


....my waist line was grateful.....

.....new bunk beds.....

.....need I say more?......

.....our girls have been waiting for months for these beds and lately it is a race to climb in and have a spot of Momma or Daddy to lie down and read......

....sweetness for all......


.....Coach Adrian.....

.....in three lessons, this man has taught my girls how to swim.....face down, arms reaching and pulling,  and diving for rings......they are doing it all.....


.....fierce and fearless.....

.....I am awestruck by their bravery and for Adrian's ability to draw it out of them.....


....verging on four.....

....she is creative and hysterically funny......she is curious, adventurous and girly in a tomboy sort of way.....



.....there are moments when she takes my breath away and I have to pinch myself to ensure this is my life and she is really mine.....I call her my little runt since she has been the smallest of my litter.....two pounds smaller than both Elsie and Brody as newborns, but she can pack the punches.....she is changing into a little girl right before my eyes and in a little over two weeks, she will be four......


....and her brother and sister are equally as unique and lovable, too....raising babies doesn't get much better for me, even on the long days when the snow keeps us indoors for a long, long time.....


....fondue.....

.....this post is a good time to announce new sponsorship on this blog.....when I initially started this blog, the sole purpose was to document and archive the present time for our family....as our family has grown, my time has become scarce......finding time to blog has been challenging with the demands of three young children, their activities, having an active lifestyle, being an attentive wife and maintaining our home.......so with careful consideration and a solid plan, I have started to accept blog sponsorship.......

 ......my goal is to promote products, restaurants, art, events or anything creative that also meshes well with my family.......since this blog will always focus on my children and husband who inspire me daily, the sponsors will be choices that coincide with them.......

....fondue is one of my favorite ways to enjoy good food and conversation, so the Melting Pot was a perfect choice to be my inaugural sponsor.....


....one commenter will be randomly selected (random.org) for a $90 gift certificate to the Melting Pot......

.....winner will be selected Thursday afternoon at 1pm EST and will be announced Thursday night.....gift certificates are only being accepted for the Darien, CT, White Plains, NY and Westwood, NJ Melting Pot locations for this giveaway.....

....and with all of that to savor and enjoy, she said good night......

11 comments :

Alexandra said...

Tracy,
love your blog..so so inspiring, and you write so well!!

Kelly said...

The bunk beds, the brody, the snow, the pizza, and the swim all rolled into one! I love how you send it all this love to me in Florida!! xoxo

Vanessa said...

Thank you for reminding me about your blog. You always put me in tears. Cannot wait to see you & the little ones later this month.

Heather said...

Tracy I love how you can find a silver lining in every situation. You are quite the inspiration. Much love from Austin, TX!

Sara B said...

I love that photo of you, Tracy. I love seeing Gina's kids in your photos. I miss you so much. It's incredible seeing the bunk beds, playdates, Elsa diving, and your house buried in snow. We love you guys.

sdh said...

Ah, Melting Pot! Tim and I had the brilliant idea to go out to dinner there when Graham was just about 12 months old.... Just the age when they want to grab everything, of course! So we have a boiling pot and sharp sticks and a grabby baby and let's just say it was one of the least relaxing meals I have ever had! I think we would have a lot more fun there now that Graham is 3 :)

erica said...

Love the snowy pictures...especially looking at them from Cancun ;). We've met more people down here that talk so highly of you-can't wait to catch up soon! Xoxoxo

Kimberly Leonard said...

My sisters and I had bunk beds too! We used to knock off the rungs from the bottom one and steal stuffed animals from each other's beds.

Blake Vaknin said...

You are an amazing inspiring mamma and I am so glad that I get to experience and share your family thru your blog! I know it's hard to find time to blog, but I'm so glad you do! Xo

Susannah said...

Oh what fun it must be to have 20 inches of snow and a big yard to play in! And a big house to play in when you get cold! Love seeing the pix and reading your stories. Hope to see you guys soon! xo Susannah

Davian said...

Sorry to be late--I don't have the usual access to data where I am--but wanted to wish you luck with your new sponsorship! So glad I can hang with you and your family via your blog, and in person next week! xoxo