Recent Happenings

I don’t have a formal post but thought I’d check in! We moved last weekend so it’s been all consuming. We went from 1400 square feet to 2400 square feet so we have much more space and need to fill a few empty rooms. Unpacking with a 10 month old is challenging but I’ve been keeping him entertained with random boxes and Tupperware, and doing most of the unpacking during his naps. 

We renovated our new house so I plan on doing a full post of before and after pics and survival tips for anyone doing a renovation. 

We are currently just unpacking and putting together our new furniture. It’s fun but also I just want it all done! 

Setting up furniture requires wine! Haha

Ive been enjoying homemade cookies a little too much lately. They are just so delicious straight out of the oven. 

My brother’s best friend got married and I got to be my mom’s plus one. It was so fun and I just love weddings! The whole night was just beautiful! 

Jim made a yummy dinner of pasta with meatballs and we had a delicious bottle of wine from Kamen wines in Sonoma. It was a nice way to end the weekend. I got to take home a centerpiece from the wedding and I’m obsessed with it! I aspire to be able to create flower arrangements like this! 

Finally, we got our first real tree this year. It was really fun to pick it out and it smells amazing! 

I hope you had a great weekend! 

Role Model

With all of the news about the Ashley Madison hack, Josh Duggar, and Jared from Subway, it makes me feel so sad that so many men are unfaithful partners.  It is so incredibly scary to me that websites such as Ashley Madison even exist, and are allowed.  I have experienced some pretty bad men in my life, both in dating, and in my own family.  I dated the wrong guys in general for a lot of years.  I feel lucky that I am married to such a great man now, and I hope that our future and life together will be happy.

My own father is not in my life, and is in no way a good example of what a husband and father should be.  However, I am lucky that I had a very strong role model of what a husband and father should be like when I was growing up.  My grandfather, who we called Pap, was a true gentleman.  He was kind, good mannered, and always treated my grandma and his children and grandchildren so well.  My grandpa was 100% Greek, and grew up during the depression in Boston.  He served in World War II, and then married my grandma after graduating from Boston University.  He went on to have 8 children, and then 20 grandchildren.  Some of the qualities that my grandpa possessed that I looked for in a husband came from seeing how my grandpa was as a father and husband.

Gentle and patient

Papa never lost his temper, and was so mild mannered and gentle with us.  He always had time to play with us, and would spend hours drawing incredible pictures, making elaborate sand castles, and playing hide and seek.

Good mannered

Papa had impeccable manners.  He never swore, never talked about other women, and always held the door for ladies.  He never said anything inappropriate or off color.


Papa never over ate or over drank.  He would eat until he was satisfied, and had one glass of red wine a day.  He modeled this for my family, and I still try to live by his rules for healthy living.  He enjoyed treats- desserts and McDonalds occasionally.  He enjoyed red wine.  But he never over-indulged.  This showed me how to eat and drink.

Put My Grandma First

Papa loved my nana unconditionally.  He put her above himself, and always made sure she was happy. He treated her so well he was kind and loving to her until her very last day.

Self Effacing 

Papa never talked about himself much.  He could have constantly spouted his knowledge about his experiences in World War II, or complained about this or that.  Instead, he preferred to know about us, and talk about sports and current events.

I try to model my behavior after these qualities, and I hope that Jim and I can be good partners and parents and be kind, patient, good mannered, self effacing, and put each other and our family first.  I think that if we do these things, we will have a happy life, and be good role models for our own children.

My Mama Needs a Break!

My mom deserves a #breakyoumake from Chobani Flip because she is an incredible, strong, loving, and compassionate woman.  When Chobani told me about #breakyoumake I immediately thought of my mom!

It is hard for me to put into words all the things I want to say about my mother. I could write about her all day long!  To say that my mom has had a rough year would be the understatement of the century.  She received some news a little over a year ago that changed her life, and ours forever.  Instead of crumpling up into a ball and shutting down, she has handled everything with grace and dignity.  She has held her head high, and been so incredibly strong.  Instead of sinking into a depression and missing work and family obligations, she powered through and showed us all how to behave in times of adversity.

My mom now has to support herself and my brother, and put him through college all on her own.  Because of this, she works at her full time job during the day, and then teaches night class until 8:00.  Her days are 12 hours long, and she never complains.  She just does it and makes the best of it.  On her birthday, she had to teach until 8:00, and instead of complaining, she said that it was no big deal, and we all met up for dinner afterwards.

My parents lived in our childhood home for 25 years, and we had to put it on the market this year.  My mom was left with an incredibly packed house full of things that were not hers.  She worked tirelessly with Jim and I to clean it out to get it ready to sell.  She spent countless hours organizing and throwing out garbage on the weekends.  The house looked so beautiful by the time she was done, that it sold, in January, in three days!  She could have been sad about the fact that her life was being uprooted and she had to downsize, but she never looked back. She just did what she had to do, and now lives in a wonderful place that is all her own.

Aside from this past year, where my mom has shown incredible strength and dignity, my mom has always been completely selfless.  She always puts everyone else first.  She has sacrificed an incredible amount to make my brothers and I happy, and to give us a good life.  When I talk to her on the phone twice a day, she always wants to know how I am doing, and how my day is first.  She never complains about her day or her situation. She always puts me first.  She helps my brothers through their struggles and hard times, and is our rock.  My mom will drop everything in a heartbeat to help me when I need it.  She drives 3 1/2 hours  to Iowa and back to visit my brother at college and see him play lacrosse.  She will stay up late at night just to see me and bring me back home afterwards.  She truly is selfless.  I am so lucky to have her as a role model and friend.  There is no one I can think of who is more deserving of something nice than her!