Monday, May 18, 2015


I think I am ok with four {or as you would say "I fink"}. Sure, you are my baby, and I want you to stay little forever, but four is a pretty fantastic age that I can't wait to experience with you.

You. You, Duncan Lewis Mulloy, are so much fun to be with. Everyone needs your dynamite sense of humor. When I get frustrated you somehow crack me up to the point that I forget why I was even mad. Well done, son.

Wip is your favorite. If Wip is gone in the morning when you wake up, you get upset because you want to have breakfast with him. You are thick as thieves. Bros. Bonded for life. It makes my heart so happy.

I think one of my favorite Duncanism's {because there is a ton} is your mix up with timing. Just the other day you said, "we can go to the store next week, after school, tomorrow night, right?". Or when you say "lasterday" instead of "yesterday"...I don't know if I can ever correct that.

You love to dress up in costumes. Superheroes are your favorite. Chocolate milk {and regular milk} in a froggy cup is still what you need first thing before you even can think about saying "good morning". You are goofy, loving, and one of my greatest gifts.

Your teacher sent me a note the other day that sums it up best...she said "I have loved getting to know Duncan. He's loving and kind. I love his carefree attitude and free spirit! He teaches me to relax and enjoy life".

We need more Duncan's in the world. It is such a blessing that I get to call you my son. I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for making me slow down and enjoy the little things.

Happy Birthday!


Keeping My Eye On You

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sneaky Thoughts
I learned this weekend that I cannot take my eyes off of Duncan. You see, Duncan is my "independent play" guy. He will sit for hours and play with his spaceship or pirate boat. He is really just content being by himself and in the world of constantly being entertained by machines or is kind of refreshing to see that he is perfectly ok with himself and a toy.

Duncan also has a HUGE dog crush on our neighbors dog, Jack. He has knocked on sweet Ms. Laura's door numerous times asking if Jack can come out and play {it really is pretty adorable}. A few times when I have not been able to locate him I just tip toe in the front yard to find him throwing a tennis ball to his new BFF. This has made me be a little more cautious about Duncan's whereabouts.

On Friday, we had the most glorious afternoon because we did not have a single plan. Nothing. It was awesome. This was pretty much what we did all afternoon. I was playing with Wip on the patio {trying to catch lizards} and if someone would have asked me where Duncan was, I would have bet a million dollars that he was in the playroom. Seriously...a million dollars.

Wip and I had been working in his bedroom and then moved out to the patio, so I had probably gone without seeing Duncan for about 30-45 minutes. Imagine my shock {and a little embarassment} when my neighbor from across the street came over hand in hand with Duncan saying "are you missing someone?". I jumped up and apologized asking if he had been playing with her dog "Holly" to which she said "no, he wanted to come in and play with Lauren's toys {her daughter}". She said, "I would have let him stay because he did not want to leave, but I have to run to the store."

So. Now we know. All eyes on D.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dear Wip,

You are six today...SIX! Six is serious. It is an age of discovery and wonder and I have a feeling it is going to be a "little bit great" year for you.

You are such a curious student. You immerse yourself in books. The other day on the way home from the beach you studied the Animal Encyclopedia for a solid hour and fifteen minutes barely looking up. You love school. This year you were introduced to drama and it sparked something inside of you. I know that you would have preferred to be an animal in the play "Are You, My Mother?", but you made a fantastic plane and I can't wait to see what other roles come your way.

You are such an encouraging teacher. I am sure you get this trait from your daddy, but you are such a cheerleader when it comes to teaching others. Anytime you are in "teacher" mode and ask a question, depending on the answer you will give the response "good try" or "good jooooob!", I would love to be one of your students one believe in everyone.

You are a bit of a celebrity. Everyone knows you. From the older kids at your school to the little boy in line at the ice cream shop whispering to his mom "there is Wip". It seems that you are known wherever we go. Even Father Lord {yes, that is the real name of the priest at our church} loves to mention you during the service {one time you told him that you wanted to be a priest and now you are one of his favorites}. You have a love of life that is infectious, people just love being around you.

You are the best big brother. Ever. I know I go back to this year after year, but watching the love and laughter between you and your brother is the greatest gift I could ever receive. You love him more than anything. You also love your family. Family is everything to you, and I hope you always remember that family is what matters.

I have watched your excitement about turning six {we have been in countdown mode since February} and yet I just want time to freeze. I know six will be amazing. This has been a year of transition and I am so proud of you for embracing it {even though it was hard}. Leaving your house and friends and family is hard. I am sorry that I was not more in tune with your feelings, but I know now that your feelings mattered. I will always support and love you and I am so proud of how you have transitioned into our new home.

I want you to be "almost 6" year old Wip forever. Seriously. The joy and happiness you have brought to me and your daddy cannot be measured. I love you Wip. I will tell you until I am no longer around. I love you. I love you so much and I will move on from my "please stay five forever phase" knowing that six is going to be a pretty awesome year too. Happy birthday, doodlebug.

Love you more,

Q and U Get Married!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

From the moment I stepped on the Park Maitland campus, I have heard about the Q and U wedding. What is the Q and U wedding you might ask? Well, let me explain...

All year the students have been learning about letters through the letter people. Every week Wip would come home and get very excited about the new letter person introduced. Mr. G was his favorite {he chewed gum}. The end of the year celebration is a time when Mr. Q married Ms. U.

We received this:

The funniest part is how both Patrick and I overlooked the communication about bring a "dish" that started with our last name. The morning of the event, Wip told us that he needed food that started with his last name. Patrick was going to put dry macaroni in a bag and then we discovered a few marshmallows and threw them in a ziplock bag. Off to school he went. I cracked up when we arrived at the wedding and the spread of food was spilling over on the tables...apparently the 3 marshmallows that we brought did not make the spread:)

So the event brought together the entire class. 

The children made placemats and we also received a book with a handprint animal for every letter {this took a LOT of work}.

The children sat on quilts for the ceremony {I mean the details of this event!}

There was an actual ceremony when Q married U...and entertainment here and here and here.

 I mean the details...

We had so much fun hanging out...

Telling secrets...

 And of course eating cake!

I think the best part of the entire event was seeing these best buds...I never get tired of it.


Friday, May 1, 2015

While I have loved our adventure, I have missed home. I have missed my family, friends, and just the general comfort that I had in Louisville, KY. Nothing could have prepared me for how much I would miss home this week. I sobbed when I got off the phone with a friend who was heading into a Derby event. I scroll for hours looking for the latest #Thurby or #derbyweek photos on social media. I talk {a lot} to anyone that will listen about packing the perfect lunch for the track, how to prepare for sore feet, pacing yourself because there is something about that track beer {you get the picture}. This has been a lesson to make it a priority next year to make the trip to Louisville. 

In the middle of my sobbing and scrolling, there are a few things that I have been loving lately that I thought I would share:

1. We made this salad for dinner the other night. I forgot to add the pesto and I added a little bit of my own vinaigrette, but let me just tell you that it is a KEEPER. Yum.

2. I received as a gift this personalized tote a few years ago and I LOVE it. It is the perfect everyday bag and I use it all of the time. Lately, I have been looking {daydreaming} at personalized totes that have a little more structure.
This one is nice:

or this one:

I LOVE this one in navy {with a little gold monogram, it might be the perfect bag}:

3. We are not dog people {even though I am raising the biggest animal lover on the planet}. The boys have fallen in love with Jack, our neighbors dog. They will play with him outside, invite him to come to our house, and get giddy when they see him come around. The other day at the grocery store, Duncan asked if we could get treats for Jack. I checked with our neighbor and we now have a "treat" container for Jack. This is the best way to have a pet {just wondering how long it will last}.

4. I am a weirdo. I looooove taking really long showers, but I do not like getting ready. I will find any quick fix or skip steps just to get the getting ready part over with. I discovered this at the store and while it seems silly, it has saved me a step and for that I am in love.

5. The other day we were waiting for Daddy in the car and the boys put on my glasses and wanted me to take thier picture. They thought that they looked like Harry Potter:). Wip said that he cannot wait to read the books, I love that he is such a book dude.

Happy Derby Y'all!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

So, I blinked. I blinked and it is almost May.

It is crazy to think that we have been on this adventure for almost a year. It is also crazy to think in just a few weeks Wip is turning 6 and Duncan is turning 4. Unreal. Spring has been a time of getting settled, swimming, golf tournaments, Easter fun, visits with dear friends and family, and more swimming. Take a look:

my little fish

we painted the bathroom 

we made it all the way across the monkey bars

we played on the patio in the rain

we baked cookies {i promise that D is not smoking}

we made lots of zoos

we volunteered at the trinity auction

we played for HOURS with our legos

we looked cool

we snuck into the pantry and ate all of the applesauce {DUNCAN!}

we got stung by a bee near our eye

we dressed up like mommy and daddy

we went for runs in our new hood

we took the boys to this

it was hot

duncan drank a lot of blue juice

wip took a lot of selfies

still drinking

we cooled off

we crashed before getting to the car

we celebrated the birth of our sweet friend Jackson's baby sister

we ate a lot of ice cream

we made easter baskets for the church easter egg hunt

we said funny things

we made forts

we read the bible
we made monster eggs

we drank chocolate milk

we made Easter treats for William and baby Francie

we failed

we tried again

we were successful!

they were much cuter than tasty:)

we got a new skylander book at the book fair {and then lost it that weekend}

we played ball in our pjs

we ate doughnuts with william

and snuggled with this precious new addition to the family

we played with our new cousin {might be my most favorite pic ever}

we posed for lots of pictures

we racked up on eggs at the Easter egg hunt

wip said "duncan got more, I got less"

we went to brunch 

me and my mini me

daddy and d

we are family

we had our sweet friends come for a visit and loved every minute

everything is awesome

post waterpark playroom

wolf made of legos {wip was obsessed}

they would only let us ride with one kid at a time so beth and I did this {lame} ride for each child

have you seen John and Wip?

we follow the rules

star wars...they were impressed
duncan is still obsessed with skiing

see what I mean?

bed head

i took wip to see shrek the musical

he got to have cheetos

he loved it

more swimming with a swim cap

this is the boys watching the neverending story {one of my favorite childhood movies, they love it}

we played a little golf

we dressed up

please don't grow is a trap

we put up wallpaper in the laundry room and it makes me so happy

we did not attend this event

looking this good takes work

duncan said one of my favorite quotes when he told me that every morning I wake up and put on flippers and my breakfast shirt

wip took the frog out of the pool to bask in the sun

we had few cocktails

we ate large popsicles 

we got a new kickboard and goggles {spiderman, of course}

if it is sunday we are eating ciabatta bread and drinking lineage coffee

we had lunch with a former student {love this kid}

until next month {i promise to try and post more!}