Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!





Well, another year has come and gone! I swear Christmas day came and went so fast, I'm glad I got a bunch of great shots of the boys opening up their presents!! They were so excited!
Greg and I have decided to stay home for Christmas ever since we had the kids. We used to go to Grammy's in Chelmsford, but need to stay home for Santa now!
On Christmas Eve we went to Mass, came home and had dinner. After that we decided we better get crackin' and made a batch of really awesome sugar cookies for Santa. Christopher and Joey had a great time decorating their cookies with frosting and glitter. They hand-picked the cookies for Santa's plate. We got some carrots for the reindeer and also a bowl of cheerios for them. We made up a nice tray to put by the fireplace.
When we woke up on Christmas morning (7:30am, not half bad!), we saw the reindeer made a huge mess and the cookies were gone! The stockings were taken down, and moved to the living room near the Christmas tree. Lots and lots of presents in our stockings!
The boys seem to think Santa is a genius! They said he really paid attention to their lists and requests because they got everything they wanted, and even some stuff they didn't think of!
Christmas dinner was pretty nice too. Prime rib cooked to perfection with potatoes, and veg. Capped off with a Peppermint hot fudge sundaes.
What a great Christmas!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Powers Market: Our annual fall tradition



We just love this time of year! Time to go over to Powers Farm Market, check out the pumpkins, apples, baked goods, and flowers. The donuts are awesome, and the pies are tough to resist.

The tall teepees house tons of jack-o-lanterns and are always fun to look at and draw inspiration from. Greg took several pics of different pumpkins so that we could try to re-create our own here at home.

Our favorite thing to do there is go on the short, but really haunted and super-fun hay ride. This year, since it was an incredibly gorgeous day, they had three tractors running to take families on the hayrides. The boys LOVED it!!! They were not afraid at all (of course, in broad daylight everything is pretty tame...) and wanted take home all the zombies, skeletons, witches, bats, and gravediggers from the orchard.

They did a great job helping us select the perfect pumpkins to bring home and carve into spooky jack-o-lanterns.

What a great day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

BFF's



I think it's so cute how Joey mimics everything Christopher does. These two little guys bring a smile to my face every single day!

Friday, October 8, 2010

"TROUBLE!!!"


Lately, this is Joey's favorite word and phrase. That, along with "Baby GAGA".

He says "trouble" to anything that seems to be scary, weird, different, strange. If he doesn't like you, you're "trouble". If he thinks something is scary or ugly, he points to it and says "that's trouble!!!" He defines what is trouble and what is not. For example, if I try to join in by labeling something as trouble, he corrects me.

He also loves to say Baby GAGA. He calls himself "Baby GAGA". First thing he says when he wakes up in the morning? Baby GAGA.

Cute if you ask me.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Spooky Decor



Christopher is soooo into Halloween,he's got me crossing a line I always said I never would.... and that is cheezy decorations all around the inside AND outside of the house.

Here he is, helping Greg put the big spiderweb up. We added a few bats yesterday and I'm sure today's adventures will lead to a store where we can find more junk.

Stay tuned, or perhaps, stay tomed...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Our favorite time of year....



Tomorrow is the first day of October....kids are getting sooo excited because they know October means Halloween!
Decorations have come out of storage and we are starting to put them up all around the house.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tribute to a really special person- My Mom

Mom and Christopher on her 79th Birthday celebration. I can see her smile in his.
This past weekend we celebrated Mum's 79th bday in Massachusetts. All of my siblings and their families were there, except just a few. It was awesome to all be together and to celebrate our Mom. We all contributed to her party in some way. Homemade desserts, awesome chicken pot pie, extravagant gifts from everyone. It was a lot of fun too! My kids really enjoyed singing "happy birthday" to her.

This has been an exceptionally tough year for Mom. She was diagnosed with breast cancer about 5 or so years ago, but after aggressive treatment it had gone into remission. Well, unfortunately she had quite a relapse beginning right around this time last year and has been on chemo since. What a fighter is all I can say. She has always been a real role model for us in so many ways, but when it comes to really staying on task and trying to get the best out of her life and fight cancer- I can't say I know a stronger person. She's unbelievable. It's taken its toll on her, no doubt. She's bound and determined to get the better of it, that's for sure.

Here are some pictures from the party. What an event to remember.

Group shot by Jenny!



Check out all the presents!



And of course the awesome cake by Allyson!

Monday, August 30, 2010

First Movie on the Big Screen!


I'm a bit late posting this, but wanted to be sure to capture the very important childhood milestone of experiencing a movie for the first time at the theatre! We took the boys to see Toy Story 3 on July 17. We took Sue's advice and went to a matinee. There really weren't many people at all, which made it so much less stressful. I knew Christopher would do fine, but it was baby Joe who worried me. Would he sit still? Would he keep quiet? Would he be scared? Would he annoy people? And the list goes on.
Well, Joe did fabulous! He LOVED wearing the 3D glasses.He got a huge kick out of that. And Christopher just LOVED the popcorn and the overpriced raisinettes. Joey lasted about an hour. And then I took him home for his nap. Christopher enjoyed seeing the entire movie with Greg.

All in all, a great time and a lot of fun! Looking forward to the next one!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Stay-Home" Day


Today was what we call a "stay home" day here in the Marek household. It's defined as one of those days that's really a school/work day, but instead we just decide to just stay home. Chris, Joe, and I had a stay-home day today. Greg still had to work, unfortunately but I guess someone has to work around here ;)
What I love about stay home days is that there really is no agenda. No place to be. No time limits for anything, no deadlines, no appointments. You can laze around as long as you want and do nothing and it still ends up being more fun than a school day. Kinda like a Saturday but more fun because you really were not supposed to be home, but you are!
Today was a pretty nice day to stay home. It was a bit on the cool side for summer, but considering what a great summer we've had this year, it was kind of refreshing. We slept in to 7:30. Ate breakfast when we felt like it. Did some puzzles, played some games. Baked cupcakes (of course!!). I took a few pics of the boys having a good time today. Will definitely have to do this again soon!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Having an excellent summer!


I don't know about anyone else, but I see absolutely no reason to complain about the weather this summer. It has been HOT, sunny, and beautiful all summer long. The kids have been outside as much as possible enjoying every single minute of it. This summer we have really enjoyed our kiddie pool in the backyard. The boys really love it!
They also got to enjoy our neighbor's pool for a week while we house-sat for them, and that was great fun. I definitely need to get these guys into swimming lessons ASAP.
As we look ahead into August, I'm hoping that our awesome weather continues!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

"How to be an extremely cute 2 year old", by Joe Marek


Hi, my name is Joe. I am two years old today. I like bossing everyone around at home. It's what I do best, and everyone seems to respond well except for Christopher (my older brother).
My favorite foods (when I feel like it) are pizza, rice pilaf, chicken, Scooby Yogurt, and hot dogs. I like to watch the Wiggles and Thomas on TV, that is, when Christopher gives me a crack at the TV. Some of the things I like to do are play outside with my baseball and bat, play in the pool, and run around chasing Chris. I also take great pleasure in torturing Sneaker the cat. She's getting used to me now, though. She runs as fast as she can when she sees me coming.
Generally speaking, I'm a pretty good boy, but I like to be mischievous too. Keeps my Mom and Dad on their toes.
I'm darn cute too, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Finally...We got some snow this winter


One would think living in Western New York on Lake Ontario would yield a ton of lake effect snow. Well, not this winter, thankfully! Unlike my family on the East Coast who seem to be getting hit pretty hard, we've had a decent winter. Until last week when we got pummeled with 12" plus. The kids love it, of course. They couldn't wait to get outside and make a snowman. I am so lucky Greg is the outdoor kind of guy. He went out with them, and they built this snowman together (they did this before the big storm hit, but he's still there, except for the carrot nose!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

#HappyValentinesDay !



I have to admit, I am a complete sucker for this holiday. And it's not really all about me or the presents and flowers. Don't get me wrong, I love being showered in sappy girly gifts. But, for some reason Valentine's day has the happiest effect on me. More than Christmas, more than Easter. It's almost like a shot of upbeat sugar-injected sweetness that is desperately needed this time of year when it's freezing outside and everyone is sick.
Valentine's Day means there will be red and pink stuff everywhere. I love red and pink! Along with heart-shaped sugar laden goodies all over the place. Dark chocolate. The beautiful displays everywhere you go.
This year since V-Day fell on a weekend we decided to make it a special family day. Lots of fun making heart shaped pancakes for breakfast. We made homemade baked mac and cheese for dinner, and went out for ice cream and Ben and Jerry's. We had a great day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

First post of 2010


Wow!!! I feel like I'm soooo far behind on my posts about the kiddies!!! Must get better about this!
It's been a busy 2010 thus far. We had the chance to go to WinterFest last weekend at Mendon Ponds Park, which really should have been names LameFest. I mean, it was pretty warm outside, and there was no snow on the ground, so how much winter fun did I really expect to have anyway.
In any event, there were some fun things for the kids to do, like face painting (which neither of them wanted any part of), free pizza, and lots of reptiles to look at. Here is a good pic of Joe checking out the huge iguana. The iguana is like 100 yrs old, so not too intimidating.
Did I mention there was free pizza :)
 

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