a day of school parties!


This Wednesday past held two very important things in the kid's lives. The 100th day of school and Valentine's Day. I guess just get it all over with in one big giant swoop right? The kids will be so amped and sugared up, might as well?

David's 100th day party was in the morning bright and early and we had a little surprise for him! They needed more volunteers and so Matt decided to come on in and we just knew it would make David's day to see his daddy in the classroom. Mommy coming in is pretty great but daddy? The bee's knees. All the kiddos were dressed like 100 year olds and they were just so stinking cute! The glasses! The little girls with wrinkles drawn on? It was just too much. They were all very calm which I wasn't expecting, hunkering down to their counting activities... As you may remember from last year we just loved Letty's teacher and love her more and more now with David. Fingers crossed Dom will have her too... in a decade because that's how many more years I have with him at home with me.... Most of these are her photos because she is amazing and shares lots of them with us throughout the day. My love language. Right up there with coffee.
We left the school and I went to go get Dom from my parent's and Matt went off to work. I had enough time to run home and eat something quick before running Dom over to my sister's so I could head into the school again for Letty's Valentine's Day party. It takes a village am I right people? The kids played some games and made Valentine's (for their parents por favor) and of course did a lot of snacking. The big hit was going through all their Valentine's delivered from their friends and. not. eating. any. candy. That teacher of her's I'll tell you what. She's got this figured out.  We love her too by the way. Lucky in the teacher department all around!!
And in honor of the 100th day of school and all her teacher took a photo of each student with an app that ages them and it's hilarious and also creepy but they were sure a big hit! Letty plans on future wheel chair races when she is 100. I'll vote for that!
Oh such a fun day these kids had! 


oops i did it again. a dining room update.


Two days in a row with chairs I mean really Laurie, branch back out to talking about your children like the obsessed mother you are already!

I mentioned a few posts back that my mother officially gave her decree that my dining room chairs (belonging to my grandparents) needed to go. Of course I was sad to see them go but she was right. You all agreed too. Well, those few of you that commented on it! So I listed them on Facebook Marketplace and they were gone in a few days. More on that later though because that is another tale in and of itself. After lots and lots of searching on all of my favorite sites I stumbled across these trattoria chairs. I don't think you can go wrong for that price, my goodness! 

They are sturdy and will hold up to 400 pounds which is major in my house. They don't leave marks on my tile floors and they are super light weight. And they stack. And they are indoor/outdoor. Anyways you can't go wrong with them. They definitely take some getting used to compared to the old big bulky ones but I love the way they look in this room! On a side note I am looking forward to moving those palms back out on the deck... where they belong.
Okay so the tale of selling the chairs! So this woman comes to get them and we load them into her vehicle somehow and then she looks at me and says, "Listen I don't tell people this often but I read people.... and I just have soooo much to say to you. You know what I'm talking about. I'm getting teared up right now just thinking about it and you know why! Can I give you a hug???" Okay so I have no idea how I feel on the subject of people "reading" other people... But when I was carrying my grandparent's chairs out to the garage I was of course feeling some feelings over them. I sort of had like a goodbye chairs moment and I was feeling nostalgic. I remember when they first arrived at my house I used to walk by and sniff them because they just had my grandparent's house smell on them. No one else that crazy? Anyways I did. So all that to say... maybe this woman had something to share with me. Who's to say?

All that aside what do we think of the new chairs?!


updated kitchen chairs!


I told you that I would share the finished chairs and I cannot disappoint anyone! We were graced with a snow day last week just like I mentioned so I had the entire day to work on these chairs. I did have to enlist Matt and the help of our Mumford & Sons Pandora station because man were these a pain! Matt ended up having to remove the seats and strip them down for the stain to take hold so that also added another annoyance factor. But considering we got them done in a day I'd say: worth it.
And just for fun! I really had to search down deep into the bowels of my pictures folder on my computer for this bad boy but look at the original table and chairs! At our first ever home together! Almost eleven and a half years ago! Buy new chairs say you? Ha, say we! And man you think my style has changed a lot in the past two years goodness you should have seen our apartment! This picture is move in day so obviously not much is happening.... still... Yikes. 


a friend's valentine's


This past Friday was our "I have no idea how many annual at this point Fitz Valentine's Day Celebration!" This first started out of necessity, four best friends living next door to each other with very very little children and hey, let's get together and eat fancy food in our sweatpants! Genius! We no longer live next door of course but we still love to keep this tradition alive! Even if the dress code has gotten a little bit fancier over the course of the years.

The Fitzs hosted us this time and typical of Steph they went all out! Themed plates and huge lollipops for the kids... heart shaped quesadillas... steak and salad and the very best cupcakes ever! And wine! We brought the now famous farro salad and Matt made crab cakes. That's what Maryland does. So we all ate and caught up and had ourselves the best visit! I'm so glad that we still keep doing this even as life is getting away from us! Our babies are no longer so little and while that sure makes for more uninterrupted adult conversations it also means everyone is busier going here and there and everywhere. So I'm just saying I love our Fitz time is all. 
Last year's Fitz Valentine here. And other year's herehere and here!


our weekend


Ah another weekend come and gone. I feel like my weekends these days are like fun and games Friday night and Saturday and then Sunday is back to school crap. I tend to let the kid's homework sit in a pile until Sunday... I have to prep the kid's clothes for the next day and chase down library books and prep lunches... Sunday is slowly becoming the Blue Sunday's of my working past... where I would lament the return of Monday and another work week. Almost the same thing. 


Our Friday was a little different in that Matt was out and about doing things and Dom and I tagged along. To Taco Bell. And then Walmart. And then Dunkin. Pretty solid afternoon and also a preview of how off the wagon we would fall this weekend.
Friday night was a lovely Fitz night where we celebrated Valentine's Day. More to come on that later.
When we got home that night we let Letty stay up really late watching Planet Earth 2 with us. I'll tell you what that show can be pretty intense even for Letty's standards. The hyenas in Mumbai? She even wanted to change it. 

Saturday was a real slow start around these parts. The kids sleeping in as best as they can do... Lots of playing in their pjs and making a mess of every floor of the house and putting the messes away after lots of demands on the end of their parents. My parents came over while my dad installed a space heater for Letty's room. We have tried many a thing to make her room warm for her during the cold winter months but we are finally calling it: we needed the big guns. My sister scared us all with the whole This is Us thing (I'm about eight episodes behind, I know!) and so my dad installed it up high where nothing and no one could touch it. And Matt painted it. And theeeeen Letty asked to hang up these memo boards instead of the shelves and we got rid of a lot of frames. It's like a big girls' room. And a warm one at that!
Saturday night we had friends of ours over.... young whippersnappers who can handle staying up past ten. We had a delicious spread of different apps and moscow mules and stayed up way past our bed time! And I mean way. But it's always fun catching  up with them and hearing what the cool kids are up to these days!
Sunday we had to make it to church because it was the first practice for Kids Choir and David was all about that. Dom and I matched too!
After church it was a lot of the aforementioned Sunday Blues crap. Packing lunches. Doing homework. The whole nine yards. The whole school is reading this really ridiculous book that I spend more time interrupting the reading of than actually reading. That was not very nice. We don't act that way. We do not call ourselves stupid. We do not pull hair. I mean it's just ridiculous! Anyways. Rant over.
We then got a surprise text from my Stephanie asking if we cared to join her family for chili later that afternoon and I mean, yes! We used to see her family all the time and since the move it has been pretty rare so it was very nice to catch up and I mean, seeing them twice in one weekend?! It's almost like the olden times! Such a fan! The kids tore around and were generally loud as they are together and we just spent time catching up and eating all the good foods. And I took no photos. Which is alarming to us all.

We put the kids to bed right on schedule and then sat down to watch Bethenney's new show. Has anyone else seen it? How were all of your weekends?


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