Friday, April 28, 2023
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Want to know the downside of sending your kids to a great Catholic school?
Want to know the upside of not putting your kids on a bus?
Spending those ten minutes with them in the car each morning.
I used to look at the morning drop off as just another box to check on my to-do list. Getting seven kids ready in the morning and packed into my van to drop them off at school and daycare was a lot of work. And then I had to go to actual work which started at 7:15 am. When the daycare drop off ended, and they all went to school it was like a weight was lifted. When I switched jobs and didn't have to be at work until 8 am it was like another weight lifted. These days I am down to driving the last three guys (not so little, but still my littles) to school in the morning.
Friday, April 21, 2023
It's the end of our April break here in Massachusetts and while it was a reprieve from school, there was a lot of working involved to get The Ice Cream Cottage ready to open in a few weeks. So was it really a break or not?
We are so lucky to have my dad helping us reconstruct the shop. Being a builder AND an owner of multiple ice cream shops is a very unique niche and he has all the expertise. While my mom's not swinging a hammer, she has been giving great advice and researching for us. Phil is THE MAN for working so hard cleaning, building, painting and setting up all the repair guys, electricians, plumbers, etc. to keep it all moving. When the big kids aren't working their other jobs, they have been helping us too and the little ones bring the excitement. Other family members have helped out with loans and physical labor and encouraging support from afar. It truly is a family affair!
Our biggest expense has been the purchase of two dipping cabinets. Getting them delivered was a nightmare because of their size and weight. A friend brought his bobcat over to get them off the truck for us, and then more friends helped carry them inside. We owe so many people so much ice cream :)
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
|Maggie is a consistently great server, unlike her mother was in high school.
|#30 on her shirt but #1 in our hearts
Friday, April 14, 2023
|Thanks to my friend for sneaking this photo for us!
|Maggie dressed as St. Gianna
|In her Choose Like Gianna sweatshirt
Thursday, April 13, 2023
This bad poetry brought to you by genuinely feeling exhausted.
Like every weekday, I worked from 8-4,
Got the groceries after, a much hated chore.
Walked the dog to get some steps,
Fed the kids and cleaned up the mess.
Eamon needed to work, so the husband took him,
Andrew and Maggie had rehearsal for Confirmation.
That left me home with the little three boys,
Whose favorite word is "MOM!" and love all noise.
Did the laundry cuz nobody else cares,
Yelled at the kids to clean the upstairs.
Felt bad about that and sent them to play,
Told them we'd have a spa night, yay!
Went outside and cut their hair,
Back inside for baths with flair.
Cleaned their ears and cut their nails,
Milk and cookies to make up for my fails.
Husband came home with big kids too,
Had business phone call and ordering to do.
I chopped salads for lunch the next day,
Showered and pjs and novena to pray.
Turned on the tv to finally rest,
I was out like a light by 9:30 at best.
Woke up this morning, walked with husband and dog,
The To Do List for the day running through my brain log.
Monday, April 10, 2023
|I let my nail girl pick the color and she chose this light purple for Easter.