Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Friday, October 27, 2023
The Homecoming Dance is around the corner, and Eamon asked a very sweet, smart, athletic and beautiful girl to be his date and for some reason, she said yes :) These boys of ours certainly know how to pick the cream of the crop! Andrew's girlfriend was there when he asked and thought to send me this picture of them, isn't that so nice?
|I actually do have a really big head too, you would think I could fit more in there.|
Monday, October 23, 2023
Friday, October 20, 2023
Monday, October 16, 2023
I have been looking forward to our first weekend WITHOUT the ice cream shop open for a loooooong time. As anyone knows who owns their own business, especially an actual store with hours set in stone, there's never a day off. But we are merely a seasonal business, so working 7 days a week is more palatable knowing it comes to an end in October. I had grand ideas of doing something fall-festivy with the family, a pumpkin picking trip, maybe going to Hobby Lobby on my annual decor shopping trip, having a family dinner with everyone at the table. But no, life is not that simple.
Phil and I were able to attend a Franciscan Alumni reunion event in Rhode Island on Friday night which was fun. There was Mass and then dinner at a restaurant that had a drink with my maiden name on the menu:
The work began on Saturday, after Brendan's soccer game and an 8 mile run that was on our training plan, as we started pulling out 19 years worth of accumulated clothes and mementos from our crawl spaces in order to have insulation installed on Monday. We donated over 20 garbage bags full of clothes - maternity and kids - and got rid of our crib, baby items, and all sorts of junk we saved for no apparent reason. These projects are draining both physically and emotionally and I'm just glad it's done.
On Sunday, Phil had Religious Ed in the morning and then Open House at the high school in the afternoon, so he was gone all day. I finished cleaning and went to Declan's soccer game (2 goals for our little man!) with his devoted fans ;)
His birthday was actually on Wednesday but he had Parent-Teacher conferences that night. I have to admit that I was not in the greatest mood to host his birthday dinner, as I felt very let down to not have done much besides house work and schlepping kids around on our first weekend without "work". It feels like I've been a single mom every weekend since February, when work for The Cottage began. I have accepted and been up for the challenge, understanding Phil has been working hard at our family business during those weekends and knowing I needed to do my part at home. I honestly don't mind being reasonably busy, I prefer it to being bored, but if we can't find time to have some family fun on the weekends, then what are we working so hard for? Next weekend better BRING IT.
OK Colleen, pull yourself together. Life is good, your problems are the type of problems some people would pray for.
You're right Colleen, moving on.
Friday, October 13, 2023
Asian Pork Tenderloin with rice and green beans
Chicken Chili for lunches this week - just followed this recipe but replaced ground chicken for ground beef and added spinach too.
We also had chicken fingers and fries and carrot sticks one night and will have pizza tonight. Just in case you thought I could work full-time, have five kids in sports this fall, and cook gourmet meals every night ;)
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
The end of our first season at The Cottage has come,
The planning, building, and serving customers is done.
What began as a dream too unrealistic to ponder,
Became a reality that makes us look back and wonder.
It's amazing what hard work and bravery can do,
Once the leap is made, and the plans are followed through.
We stumbled and fell but we kept moving along,
Made decisions aplenty, some right and others wrong.
The lessons learned are long and invaluable,
The successes and failures are certainly memorable.
None of it would be possible without our family,
Their guidance and expertise, even loaning us money.
Our children stepped up and matured before our eyes,
Opportunities for life skills that wouldn't have come otherwise.
So many new friends and supporters have come our way,
Followers on social media or customers both night and day.
The ice cream business is a fun one to be in,
Making people happy while making a living is a win-win.
While we can look back in awe at all that we've begun,
We are more than happy to say that our first season is done.
Eventually we will clean the shop and begin to tweak things,
Make improvements and rest up for the coming spring.
Thank you all for the support, thank you for the love too,
We owe much of The Ice Cream Cottage's success to YOU!
Friday, October 6, 2023
|Cotton Candy for the fans|
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
It's birthday season in the Martin family, and today we celebrate Andrew's 19th birthday!
Andrew was due on October 9th and we thought it would be so funny if he was born two days late on his dad's birthday, especially since JP was born on his mom's birthday. We didn't know his gender before birth and had decided on Andrew Philip for a boy or Emily Margaret for a girl. That pregnancy has a few memories that stick out for me, the first being that my younger sister got engaged and asked me to be her matron of honor at her wedding nine months later. I looked at Phil and said "Well we just can't get pregnant this month or I'll be giving birth at the wedding!" Hardeeharhar guess who got pregnant that month? So this is what I looked like at my sister's wedding:
I was very thankful to still be pregnant and not have to miss the wedding, and I danced like crazy that night and ended up giving birth nine days later. Also during Andrew's pregnancy, my dad's brother passed away whose name was Padraig but everyone called him Poric, and that's how he signed his name. We decided to honor my uncle by naming the baby Andrew (which is my grandfather's name) Padraig. When he was born, I was so concerned with getting the spelling of Poric/Padraig correct that I didn't even realize he was born on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. I felt so bad to have missed the naming opportunity of including Francis in his name that I spent the next years convincing Andrew to take Francis as his confirmation name. He listened and is Andrew Pauric (spelled wrong) Francis. And now he goes to Franciscan University where they celebrate St. Francis's feast day each year (I think classes are cancelled?) which means Andrew's birthday will be extra fun.