Life Reset

I first started my blog when John and Owen were born in 2006. 10 years of this blog. In the beginning, even with four small kids, I still made time to blog. It served a few different purposes.

It allowed me to continue writing creatively. I have always been a journaler. . . a writer of various sorts.

It also allowed me to keep my family up to date with stories and pictures, in a simple way.

Over the years, I continued to keep up with my blog. But, as I moved further and further back into the workforce, I had less and less time to write.  And, honestly, I missed it a lot.

I have always been the type of person who LOVES taking pictures and I am a tad on the obsessive side with keeping my pictures organized and stored safely in a variety of ways. (I have close to 25,000 pictures since 2001 stored on one photo site)

Pictures are awesome, but they don't tell the whole story. They can't convey the funny things that were happening when the picture was taken or the sad feelings that you were feeling when the photo was snapped. I have always liked journaling, blogging and scrapbooking because I tell the story that goes with the picture.

Like this picture:

Leah and owen

That is the first time that Leah and Owen ever met. As they both stared at one another, I was a crying mess behind the camera, but remember just how sweet that very special moment was. 

I often will pull up the blog from years ago and read the stories to the kids. It allows me to remember the details of those special LIFE MOMENTS.

Anyway, it's time for me to reset. I recently stepped out of the work force and am really, really very happy. Blogging is just one of the things that got set to the side and I am happy to begin again on this and many other things as I reset a little.

Finally, the teens!

It took them 13 years, but they finally made it to their teenage years. I wish I had a great long term memory, because I would love to know if I was as excited as they were leading up to this big day -- 13!


They requested a doughnut cake . .and so I obliged. (What, you don't want me to bake a cake from scratch? I just have to drive to Dunkin Donuts and make 12 difficult choices? Okay!) It was a fun day, at school, with all their friends and then we threw a big party that weekend.

There were about 20 kids altogether and we sent them on a neighborhood scavenger hunt to start. 

I had emailed my whole neighborhood beforehand and asked who would be game for a bunch of loud, obnoxious teenagers knocking on their door and asking for random stuff. I gave the kids the list and the list of approved addresses and a time limit of 40 minutes. 






They had a great time and I got to see my neighbors doing a lot of stuff -- dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, etc. In the end, the girls won! 

After that, we fed them, played kickball and then did a chalk powder fight. 








They also all brought their eno hammocks and had them spread out everywhere.




A campfire,s'mores and tag in the dark rounded out the night. 



Happy Teenagers!

Can I hit the pause button?

Isn't that so many of us feel? Like we just want life to slow down some -- months, seasons, years, kids going grade to grade, weekends? 


i feel like Halloween was just a few weeks ago, but then I am sitting down and looking at the February calendar and filling in important dates. How does that happen? Joe says it's because we do too much. Maybe. . . but how do you not do so much? 

Scheduled things. . . 

4 kids

2 parents who work full-time

3 boys who play 1 sport

1 daughter who takes 1 dance class a week

2 kids who take music lessons once a week

2 parents and 2 kids who volunteer at church a few times a month

2 parents who volunteer with sports, school and neighborhood stuff


Unscheduled things. . . 

School clubs -- Beta, NJHS, student council


Getting together with family and friends


On paper, I don't think it's too much, 

We have lots of friends whose kids play in 4 sports a year, do travel ball all year around, compete in sports tournaments every month and I think, "Wow, my life is much less busy than theirs."

And then I have friends who spend time every weekend going to the movies, going to museums and shows, hanging out with friends and I think, "How do they have so much free time?" I want to be more like those people! 


When I talk with older moms, they always say don't worry about it. . . that it all passes by so quickly and then they are staring at an empty calendar. I don't doubt them, but I want to make sure I enjoy some more of the months, seasons, years, kids going grade to grade and weekends.

Pinterest in Real Life

I am not a Pinterest-er. If I am looking for a specific idea or recipe, I will do a search and inevitable a link to Pinterest will pop up. However, Leah LOVES Pinterest. And I mean, loves it! In fact, walking into to her room is like walking into a real life Board. 








And I even was the recipient of her Pinteresting on Mother's Day this year -- with a jar for all my laundry "tips" I dig out of pockets!


Summer Vacation Has Come to an End

This can only mean one thing at the McCarthy house. . . 


It's time to wake up early again and head back to school. 







Leah has shot up this past year and is a good 3 inches taller than Jackson right now. We keep telling him he will hit his growth spurt and shoot past her. 


This summer seemed to fly right past us! We didn't get everything on our Summer List done, but we made a good effort! Sad to see it come to an end.