Find Good In Every Day

One mom's attempt at finding good in every day of this chaotic world.

Summer’s First Visitors July 9, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:50 pm

I love Rhode Island summers.  And I love showing them off to visitors.  Summer is a great time to visit the biggest little state, so I was more than excited to have Jen, Scott and the boys visit us in June.  With so much to do, we had to narrow the itinerary down to just a few things that would still allow naps, down time and family hang out time.  

It was a crazy weekend, but fun to create new memories together.  Some of my favorites:

  • Rhys walking all over the house and loving the old school light switches.
  • Hayes being a big guy with Cooper playing Legos and picking him up from the bus stop.
  • Mason teaching Jen how to make a rainbow loom bracelet.
  • Walking around Cambridge with everyone.
  • Hearing the kids “quietly” play together each morning before the grownups fully woke.

Since our times together are few and far between with my sister’s family, I struggle with enjoying the time but also documenting the memories.  Here are some of my fave pics…

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IMG_5322A super fun visit!  And as soon as they left, we started counting the weeks/days until we get to visit them in Charlottesville.  Just under a month away at this point.  We can’t wait for more cool memories!

 

Moving On and Moving Up July 8, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:49 pm

The end of the school year always brings special shows, ceremonies, parties and emotions.  For the kids, they are happy to start summer vacation and end nights of homework.  For the parents, we are sad to accept that yet another year has gone by and that our kids are actually getting older.  We talk to other parents while sitting in the muggy auditorium asking, “Where does the time go?”

For Cooper, it was his time to “move on.”  His year of kindergarten ended with an Alien Parade and an Ocean Show.  The Alien Parade was his chance to show off his hand-made alien named Gooey and cap off the Solar System curriculum.

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And then finally during the last week of school, Cooper officially graduated kindergarten at his Ocean Show.  They sang some very cute songs about ocean life and got the blessing from their teachers to move on to 1st grade.  And I said, “Where does the time go?”

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For Mason, it was her time to “move up.”  While it may seem weird to have a 2nd grade graduation, it is the norm here in our town because they split the elementary schools up into a K-2 school and a 3-5 school.  So at the end of 2nd grade, the students move up to the next school, and the PTO and teachers helped to make a big deal out of it.  Hence the Moving Up Ceremony – complete with slideshow, yearbook distribution, walking the stage for a certificate and even a special t-shirt.

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All smiles and laughter for these two amazing kids and their accomplishments.  Like “they” always say…  Time flies!  I now have a 1st grade and a 3rd grader.  They’ll be at two different schools this year and next, and I know that time will fly by as well.  Before you know it, Cooper will be having his Moving Up Ceremony and Mason will be heading off to middle school.  Ok, I can’t get ahead of myself.  That’s just way too crazy to even think about right now.  Instead I’ll just enjoy the here and now and some summer fun!

 

Bathroom Talk June 22, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 9:27 am

We are one more room down in the fight against wallpaper at our house.  Us – 6; House – 4

Back in February, I got inspired on a cold snowy day (of which we had a lot this winter!)  I looked at the flowery wallpaper in our bathroom and thought, “This is a tiny room. I can knock this out in a weekend if I pushed through.”  So I started tearing wallpaper down.  I got 2 walls done, and it was so refreshing.  The walls still had plenty of residue on them, but they were white, and that felt good.  Then life happened (as it usually does.)  The reality of a winter without much real estate business hit.  And since our bathroom update was going to require more than just paint (new mirror, new towel bars, potentially new floor), we had to put it off.  My dream of getting the bathroom done before our trip to Disney didn’t get realized.

But once May came and before our weekends were taken over by yard work, I knew I had to put the pedal to the metal (or porcelain as the case may be in the bathroom!)  Jeremy and I went back and forth on colors – from bright green to blue to gray and back to green.  We went back and forth on mirrors – frameless to white-framed to black-framed.  So many decisions, but we finally agreed and went for it.  It feels so good to have it done, and I smile every time I walk in the bathroom now.  A small update, but a big impact!

BEFORE - Flower overload!

BEFORE – Flower overload!

DURING - it wasn't a pretty job.

DURING – it wasn’t a pretty job.

AFTER - light and airy.

AFTER – light and airy.

AFTER - It feels so much cleaner too!

AFTER – It feels so much cleaner too!

AFTER - We're so happy to finally have this room done.  I'm ready for the next wallpaper fight!

AFTER – We’re so happy to finally have this room done. I’m ready for the next wallpaper fight!

 

Hello? June 20, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 8:34 pm

Hello?  Is anybody out there?  I wouldn’t be surprised if not considering I have been quite absent myself from this here blog.  Where does the time go?  And how is it possible that our big vacation is already almost 3 months behind us?  I’m trying to catch everyone up on the blog here, and this seems to be the oldest bit of information.  I have a mental block that won’t let me write about anything else until I share our New Orleans and Disney fun.  I think I kept feeling that it would be such a big post that it would take forever to write, so I just put it off.  But then Jeremy reminded me that my readers probably only care about the pictures.  So be warned…  This is a lengthy, photo-heavy post about our 10 day vacation in April.  Sit back, have your scroll finger ready, and here we go…

First stop! New Orleans for a grown-up weekend celebrating the wedding of our dear friends, Andy and Cory.

First stop! New Orleans for a grown-up weekend celebrating the wedding of our dear friends, Andy and Cory.

Of course I had to try beignets.  I didn't think it would be at 1:30am, though.  That's me!  Wild and crazy!

Of course I had to try beignets. I didn’t think it would be at 1:30am, though. That’s me! Wild and crazy!

See that awesome couple behind us?  That's Andy and Cory.  And we were so honored to be part of their wedding.  Such an awesome weekend!

See that awesome couple behind us? That’s Andy and Cory. And we were so honored to be part of their wedding. Such a wonderful weekend!

Next stop - Orlando!  Reunited with the Lake side and kiddos to enjoy a week of sun.

Next stop – Orlando! Reunited with the Lake side and kiddos to enjoy a week of sun.

The Barnstormer is always a hit, especially to get our roller-coaster blood flowing.  Coop decided he doesn't like the ride anymore, though.

The Barnstormer is always a hit, especially to get our roller-coaster blood flowing.

Waiting in lines should be its own ride - we certainly did a lot of it.

Waiting in lines should be its own ride – we certainly did a lot of it.

But lines are worth the wait when the ride is so fun.  This Chima water ride at Legoland would have been worth a longer wait!

But lines are worth the wait when the ride is so fun. This Chima water ride at Legoland would have been worth an even longer wait!

Everything is Awesome at Legoland - a big hit with the whole family!

Everything is Awesome at Legoland – a big hit with the whole family!

Mason conquered Everest this time but probably won't try it again for awhile.  Still proud!

Mason conquered Everest this time but probably won’t try it again for a while. Still proud!

 

 

The weather was perfect all week, so the kids enjoyed some pool time as well.

The weather was perfect all week, so the kids enjoyed some pool time as well.

A trip to Disney is not complete without sampling all the treats.  Mickey cookies are always a good choice.

A trip to Disney is not complete without sampling all the treats. Mickey cookies are always a good choice.

Just hangin' with Minnie - no big deal!

Just hangin’ with Minnie – no big deal!

It was a great week, and we're so thankful to Nana and Papa for sharing this vacation with us.  Another year of creating more wonderful memories!

It was a great week, and we’re so thankful to Nana and Papa for sharing this vacation with us. Another year of creating more wonderful memories!

 

 

Reason to Love Rhode Island May 13, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 5:03 pm

My mom came for Mother’s Day, and we had a very productive yet relaxing Mother’s Day weekend.  We celebrated Mother’s Day Eve (to avoid some crowds) by having breakfast out on Saturday at our favorite place, T’s.  Delish!  Then off to the library and the nearby nursery to pick out plants.  My Mother’s Day gift was several plants to help us fill in one of our beds in the front of the house.  It makes me so happy to see fresh new plants and mulch when I pull into the driveway now.  We have a long way to go, but this was a good start.  A big thanks to my mom and Jeremy for the plants and even bigger thanks to Jeremy for sweating it out for several hours Saturday afternoon to get the front bed looking great after a big delivery of mulch!

On Mother’s Day, we knew we wanted to see the water.  That was my mom’s only request.  Mine was to see water, but also to have no whining.  Can’t get everything, though, right?!  Living in Rhode Island, there is water all around us.  But we chose to drive to the opposite corner of the state to a quaint area called Little Compton.  We had never been there but had heard wonderful things.  We drove by amazing farmland, past beautiful homes, through quaint towns and finally arrived at the lower point of Rhode Island.  The beach we walked on ended up being private, but since it was windy and chilly and not quite busy season, we took our chances.  Everything about these pictures is what I love about Rhode Island.

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What a wonderful Mother’s Day!  What can be better than a beautiful beach with rocks to climb on, rocks to skip in the water, and a lighthouse in the background?  Gotta love Rhode Island! We then enjoyed yummy sandwiches at a cafe in Tiverton, then relaxed at home before our amazing steak tip dinner (my all-time fave!) and capped it off watching Frozen and eating ice cream.  Yeah – pretty awesome!  Thanks for my hubby for treating me so well and loving me no matter what.  Thanks to my kiddos who assure me every day that I am the best mom for them.  And thanks to my mom for teaching me how to be a great mom by example!  Love you all!

 

On My Mind March 25, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 5:18 pm

It’s only Tuesday, but there is so much on my mind this week.  I thought I’d do a little brain dump for fun.  (Remember, it’s cathartic for me!)

  • The Spring Real Estate season has started.  Oh my!  It’s already busy, and it will only get busier.  I’m trying so hard to find this work/life/family balance, but most realtors talk about just putting your head down and charging through the spring.  There’s time for balance in the summer!
  • Guess what?  I still hate homework time.
  • Cooper’s lacrosse season starts soon, and I can’t wait.  I think we have a lot riding on this – whether he’ll love it or hate it and whether we’ll meet new people and find some new friends.
  • It’s Taco Tuesday at our house!  (We better watch out for President Business!)
  • I love getting up every morning and watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon while I walk/run on the treadmill.  What better way to start a day than to be laughing and exercising?
  • My Disney countdown app says only 5 days left until Disney Awesomeness!
  • Jeremy and I haven’t been to a wedding since 2007, and this year we’ll be going to at least 2.  First one in New Orleans this weekend.  I. Can’t. Wait.
  • Why do I feel so guilty taking a vacation?  Oh right – see the first bullet above.
  • Mason got her haircut last week, and it was a bit shorter than she was expecting.  It was the first time I’ve had to console her about her hair before going to school.  I’m sure it won’t be the last.  (In my opinion, it looks great!)
  • On the other hand, Cooper refuses to let us cut his bangs any shorter than to just below his eyebrows.  I guess he’s trying to get into the lacrosse guy frame of mind.
  • Wasn’t the Spring Equinox last week? So why am I still cold?
  • On the bright side, we have flowers blooming in our yard!

Hoping all my loyal readers are doing well. What’s going on with you?  Feel free to brain dump in the comments below.

 

 

Catch Up Through Instagram March 13, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 6:41 pm

I’ve been pretty absent on this here blog the last few months.  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things – not only to keep up the “online journal” of our lives for those few family and friends that actually read this, but also because it’s really beneficial for me to write.  Sure, I could actually keep a real journal (and have one sitting in my nightstand ready for just that!), but I feel it would be a lot of negativity, which is probably why I haven’t started it.  This blog was started to embrace the positivity.

While I’ve been absent here, I have been steadily active on Instagram.  I love just using pictures to illustrate my life and all the good things in it.  So for those of you not on Instagram, here are some of my favorite pics from the past few months as a way to catch you up on what we’ve been up to here in Rhode Island.

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I decided my closet was too full of stuff I never wore.  It nagged me every time I opened the doors.  So one day in February, I decided to start from scratch.  I pulled everything out of the closet (and I mean everything!) I got rid of anything that didn’t fit, was out of style, or was old and ragged.  I would say I got rid of a least 1/3 of this pile and tons of shoes!  Then I put what was left back, and it was so cathartic.  Now when I open my closet, I don’t feel stressed or worried that what I pick won’t look good.  What I have left is worth wearing.

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We took a quick trip down to Maryland to celebrate Jeremy, Kristin and Papa’s birthdays.  Somehow I managed to persuade convince the gang to go to my favorite restaurant, Matchbox!  And Meema and Jerry even joined us.  It was a wonderful family lunch with delicious onion straws, pizza and sliders.  Yum!

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Movies have been a big part of our long cold winter up here.  We saw Frozen twice, and I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD next week. (Thank you Amazon Pre-Order!)  But the real family favorite was The Lego Movie.  We also saw it twice – once with friends and then again in Maryland with the family.  Such a surprising ending that, of course, made me cry.  I’m such a sap.  “Everything is awesome!”

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Jeremy has been wanting a “garret” in the garage since we moved in.  The rafters are so high that it feels like wasted space up there.  Since I couldn’t comfortably give him the green light for a play area in that space, he realized storage was his only hope.  We had to clean out the attic for new insulation to be put in, so we decided to put it all back in the garage instead along with our seasonal outdoor decor and patio furniture. The whole process took about 3 hours and $50.  Those are the kind of projects I like!

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The kids had their Winter Break the week of President’s Day.  Thankfully Nana was able to come and watch the kids during the day while Jeremy and I worked.  Weather wasn’t great, and we had to take both cars to work most of the week, so the kids and Nana were stuck at home a lot.  To get us all out of the house and having fun, I took an afternoon off and enjoyed some Duckpin bowling with the kids.  The bowling alley we go to is so old school.  So old school, you keep score with paper and pencil.  So old school, there are only about 10 lanes.  So old school, it is simple, easy and fun!

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This picture was taken in my favorite chair in my favorite room.  We have a corner of windows in our living room, and on sunny days, the chair in that corner gets so cozy and warm.  It was the perfect place to snuggle with Cooper for a little bit.  I am loving his age right now.  He is still a little lovey, but also maturing and growing and learning.  I wish he could stay like this forever.  I asked him if he could, but he said he has to get older every year on his birthday.  Bummer!

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And just from today, here are the kids doing the tree pose before their yoga class.  They’ve been taking some enrichment classes before and after school this winter.  Yoga seems to be the favorite.  Mason is also taking hip hop, and they both take tennis.  Their last yoga class is next week, and I get to participate!  I’m excited to learn more and have a little “namaste” time together.

So there you have it.  My Instagram update!  I’ll try to do this more.  I love sharing our daily life pictures and also giving a little more background to the stories and memories built from these moments.  I hope you’re finding good in your days as well!  Feel free to share below.

 

 

 
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