Tuesday, February 21, 2012

40 Bags 40 Days

With my new Pinterst obsession I came across a challenge that has been featured on several blogs. 40 Bags 40 Days.

Tomorrow is the start of Lent and I can't think of a better time to clean and declutter our home. Spring cleaning will be one day, one bag at a time. Below is my plan, hopefully I can keep up with this challenge. I'm also giving up sweets which I'm sure I won't make it through the week:)

Whatever your beliefs are spring is upon us and that is a time for new beginnings. Enjoy it all!

Thanks for checking on us:)

40 Bags 40 Days
1. Kitchen Cabinets

2. Expired Medicine

3. Guest Room drawers and closet

4. Basement Backroom

5. Basement Backroom

6. Pantry

7. Pantry

8. Family Room (magazines, media etc)

9. Laundry area

10. Office/Mail

11. My Closet

12. Elise and Corinne's Closet

13. Cleaning supply closet

14. Linen closet in Master Bath

15. Vanity in Girls' Bath

16. Vanity in Powder Room

17. #1 Closet in Basement

18. #2 Closet in Basement

19. Pictures

20. Junk Drawer in kitchen

21. Toys in basement

22. Garage

23. Dining Room

24. Basement backroom (again)

25. Attic

26. Refrigerator

27. Baking cabinet

28. Spice Cabinet

29. Organize and purge books

30. Clean up emails and set up files

31. File bills/recycle

32. Entry closet

33. Sun room

34. Cookbooks

35. Basement Backroom (yet again)

36. Car

37. Freezer

38. Jewelry Box

39. Craft cabinet in office

40 Pantry

Sunday, January 29, 2012

366 Week 4

Week Three completed! I never realized how hard it would be to come up with interesting photos. My life is just not that interesting. For the few that look at my blog thanks for checking on us:)
Taken from a night out with Neal. We were at a bar and grill that used to be a bank. This was the ceiling

Lonely Ice cycle

Every morning as I drink my coffee usually cold my 3rd daughter Boo greets me to play a game of catch.

I love this picture! They can fight but they love each other and play together so wonderfully now. I wish I could bottle this age.

My partner in crime and I went out for tea and cake pops!

Perfect shot of my DH Neal. He doesn't let me take life so seriously. Thanks to my sweetheart for always making me laugh.

I'm not a big fan of this candy but it wouldn't be Valentine's day without it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

366 Week 3

Week 3 Completed! Corinne is featured a lot this week. Hope you enjoy, thanks for checking on us.

Elise and Neal are playing video games so I took my Wedding dress out in honor of the Golden Globes. Corinne loved playing dress up. I have to do this with Elise too.
Girls have a long weekend. Picture from Boston.

Took the girls to Boston Aquarium. The jellyfish are beautiful.

Corinne out at the bus stop every moring. Today it single digits.

Happy Birthday to me. Neal and the girls got this cake with my favorite princesses.

Date night celebrating both our Birthdays

Saturday, January 14, 2012

366 Week 2

Week 2 completed! Hope you enjoy thanks for checking on me!

A self portrait because I'm the picture taker. I did purchase a tripod and
remote this week so stay tuned.

Second week of January and just a dusting of snow.

My drug of choice, along with coffee, oh and maybe a little wine and


Corinne loves to take shoes out of my closet and walk around. I

don't get a chance to wear heels that much these days so at least

they are getting some use.

First snow not a lot but enough to be annoying. But it's January


Game night! Trying to teach the girls about games that don't involve angry

birds, or men named Mario:)

Portrait of my life as Cookie Mom. Also a shameless attempt to sell you


Thursday, January 5, 2012

January is a Jungle

I think the most popular resolution of the New Year is to be healthier. We all start our plans January 2nd full of hope.

For me going to the gym is part of my routine, but I always have new goals to keep me motivated. Last year running was a big focus, but I have really missed my spin classes and wanted to get back into that along with everything else.

I used to do spin 3-4 times a week. I actually spinned the day before I gave birth to Elise so I'm not a beginner.

I was excited this morning when I got up getting organized to get out the door in time to get my bike for a great class. I arrived early so I could set up and got Corinne off to Child Care. When I walked back into the spin room and sat down what do I hear? A women talking to the instructor saying she should stand at the door and determine all the "Regulars". She went on to say if you were not a regular you should go to the waiting list. I don't even think she noticed me when she was saying this. Maybe she did? It got me to thinking though what right does she have to single people out? Imagine how someone that has never taken spin before felt hearing her??

I'll admit being a person that goes to the gym year round it's busier at certain times. It can be annoying to change your routine, but at one time we were all beginners, right?

I have a treadmill at home but would rather go to the gym. I have been lucky to have supportive, instructors, and friends that make it fun to spend an hour exercising.

As a Mom of two little ones that have been tagging alone with me from the age of 6 months I know how hard it is to just GET to the gym we should all be supportive of each other.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

366 challenge week 1

One of my New Years Resolutions is to take better pictures. I signed up for the 365(366 because it's a Leap Year) Photo Challenge. My plan is to post the pictures to my blog at the end of the week. By the end of the year I should have a nice album and hopefully improved my skills. Thank you for following me on this journey. Happy New Year!

Day1: We started New Year's early. Luckily Neal and I didn't stay up to midnight with our 5:30AM wake up. I let Neal sleep and made french toast and bacon for the girls as they created these signs.

Day 2: A cliche I know, but I'm sure you will see many fitness themes throughout the year as it's a big part of my day to day routine. With the holiday rush it wasn't not my top priority but today I hit it hard at the gym today.

Day 3: Back to school and routines for all of us!! It was nice to have them home but I think we all need to get back to reality. When you look closely at this picture I can see Elise waving from the window. I wonder how many more years I have before this goes away..sigh. Day 4: A portrait shot of my cutie waiting and I waiting for the bus. We are bundled up with our first frigid day of the year. It was 9 degrees this morning, but we still have no snow.

Day5: Elise at ballet class. I'm here twice a week. Both girls take 1 class. I'm sure next year Elise will be adding another.

Day 6: Family dinner at one of our favorite Japanese Hibachi Style restaurants. I love that no color crayons or Leapster is needed. The entertainment is them cooking the food. It's also refreshing to have a kids meal that has vegetables!

Day 7: I wanted to do something with color. This week has been about purging and organizing. I cleaned up the sun room where the girls color and do crafts. I sharpened all there colored pencils. Something about sharpened pencils that make me smile.

Hope you enjoyed the first week! Thanks for checking on me.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

You're going to miss this??? I think I will.

Tis the season to be jolly...not sure how jolly I have been lately? I have been up late running all over the place trying to keep up with all the demands of the season.

I woke up with one of my stress knots in my neck and thought it would be a good decision to take the girls to Church. I'm sure you can guess that they were extra naughty (Corinne wanted to leap like a frog up to Communion).

My girls are good and I love them but it's hard to be good all of the time. That is why when we got home from Church Neal took them in the basement to play. I watched some TV, ate my lunch in solitude and got some PERSPECTIVE!! Later that afternoon the girls and I popped some popcorn and made garland with popcorn and cranberries.

I had a quick errand to run and on the way home I heard this song that brought tears to my eyes. It's true I will miss it all even the craziness... especially that.

York 2010

Poretsky Family Photos 2009

Rinney Turns 2

Five and Fabulous