Free Fun on a Rainy Day

Jul 2, 2015 by


We had some big plans for Sunday.  They involved a big family-size inflatable pool, hot dogs, and a fire pit with S’mores.  Mother Nature, however, had others.  Instead of the hot and steamy afternoon in the pool, we were met with a soggy and pretty chilly day that we would have to turn around.  We quickly took a little detour and brought the whole family to Cabela’s, of all places!

Have you ever been?

I may have blogged about this before, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but, man, Cabela’s is a treasure trove of fun for little kids!  They have an aquarium in the middle of the store.  A legit aquarium!  There are displays through out the store, a wildlife museum, and oh, did I mention an aquarium??


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Life, in Pictures

Jun 18, 2015 by

My homegirl, Mary Grace, had a great post up yesterday about texting– it’s our new lifeline- whether you like it or not, texting is here to stay, and it’s only gonna get bigger, IMO.  (In my opinion).  We just came off of another Legislative Session at the Capitol in Hartford, and, like Mary Grace, I had some late crazy nights, where my only connection to my family, and the outside world, for that matter, was through texting.  So, for your viewing pleasure, I would like to show you a condensed version of what my life looked like during those busy weeks full of late nights at work- all in pictures.  My little life story during session!

Pictures of my loving family during the bath time routine- oh how I missed those bubble baths and clean-smelling children every night!

mike liv


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Three Generations of Pure Love

May 21, 2015 by

mothers day

Look at us.  I mean just LOOK.  AT.  US. 

Often, well, no, strike that…. Every Time someone looks at a picture of me and Livvy, I hear, “Oh Wow!!  She really is your Mini Me!!”  And I smile a sheepish smile, nod my head, and say, “Yep!  Just like lookin’ in a mirror!”

Which is why I simply could not resist sharing this mini-me-ness with you all! My mom, Livvy, and me, on Mother’s Day.  All the ducks in a row.  And you want to talk about looking in a mirror, look at this- it’s like Guy Smiley episode of “Here is Your Life!”

So, on the heels of this epic Mother’s Day photo shoot, I present to you, Livvy, your very own quick version of Here is Your Life!

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Mom Dates

May 7, 2015 by

One day in February I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, and happened to see a tweet from Another Mother Runner, the brainchild of Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, two badass runner moms.  They have written three books focused on mother runners, and have built a dynamic empire of runner moms everywhere.  In a word? LOVE.  The tweet? Oh, NBD, just that the two of them were coming to Fleet Feet in West Hartford for a night of running talk, drinks, snacks, and FREE SWAG.  Oh, yeah, and HELLO! THEY ARE COMING TO CONNECTICUT!!  And, better still, they would be appearing at 7:00 p.m., which meant that I could still meet my Mom obligations of pick up at preschool, and have dinner prepared and eaten and still make it to the event in plenty of time. So, DUH, I immediately signed myself up.

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Accidental Date Night

Apr 23, 2015 by

Alternate title, for all of you old school Charlie Brown fans- “Happiness is… when your child begs and pleads for a sleepover at Nonni & Poppy’s house.”  Because that is exactly what happened last weekend!  Jake had been begging, pleading, literally clasping his hands and BEGGING to have a sleepover at my parents’ house.  How could we deny him this one small favor?!  I mean, c’mon here, people- child is begging to leave our home for a 24 hour period which includes 8 hours of solid quiet sleep.  OMG Of COURSE you can!!!  My parents, were, obvs, very happy to oblige!  On their end, they were equally as thrilled- time to spoil the grandkids, go on day trips, and teach them the joys of rolling out dough, and making their own pizzas.  It was a super win win.

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