So much time has gone by since last I've posted, where to begin?!
I'll start with our most bloggable change of 2016....the birth of Dominic Bosco Palladino!
He used to be much smaller...but as he's approaching his first birthday, he's transforming daily into a toddler. I'm in denial that my baby boy can actually be turning one on the 25th, how in the world has it been a year already?!
He is the sweetest little fellow, and we all love him to pieces. Number four has brought so much joy and love into all our lives, we thank God daily for sending us our sweet little boy.
We moved! Again!!
We now reside in Danvers Ma, a cute little town that really isn't so little. Yet somehow it has a small town feel, which in my opinion is a plus! Jason started school this year, and shocked us all as he has become a complete social butterfly! I never would have guessed that Jason would love school as much as he does. Was he always going to like school? Have we witnessed a miracle first hand? I guess we'll never know...but I'll take it anyway!!
Part of the reason I didn't feel inspired to blog, was me not liking my blogs name change. When I first started, my blog was Diaries of a Law Students Wife. A title that was self explanatory of what my blog would entail.
I still haven't settled on a new blog name. After an entire year of not blogging, I am still unsure what I should call it. So for now I'll be referring to it in an appropriate way as, My Forgotten Blog.(Until further notice!)
Baby just woke up, and kiddos are home from school! Short and sweet post! Until next time!:)
Picking up where I left off with blogging isn't really possible...So much has happened in roughly 28 weeks since last I blogged. Therefore I won't even begin to try; instead I'll do a few quick updates!
Biggest news for our family is that we're expecting a new little member early March! He's a boy, and the kids are very excited to be getting a brother. Especially Jason, who insisted from the moment he heard I was expecting that it just had to be a boy.
I am roughly 28 weeks, and now going into the third trimester. Even though this is number four, I have no idea what to expect this go round...I say this because I have had the craziest pregnancy out of the four. Severe morning sickness, three ER visits, and just surprise around every prenatal corner. But other than the constant fatigue, I'm feeling overall good now. I really hope I haven't jinxed myself by saying that.....
Back in July, Jay was offered a job with a firm only 15 minutes from where we currently live. He accepted (gladly😉) and things have been going better than we would have expected. He's home most everyday for lunch, and it's 8-5 mon-Friday! First time in nine years of marriage that we've been on a normal 8-5 workweek schedule. I love it.
The kids are growing and changing everyday, Bella is now "7," and started second grade this year. We really lucked out and she scored an amazing teacher. If only we could be this lucky every school year!
Jason turned 5!!!! For some reason this absolutely blows my mind. It's one thing when your oldest turns school age, but when the second gets there?! For me it's been crazy to think of my little son being old enough to start school in the fall. I'm thankful he has a while before he goes, he's still such a little guy, and a huge homebody.
Lucy Rose is blossoming into quite a little girl. She's still "the baby," and has a few more months until the title is taken. But I think of the three, it is she who has changed the most.
Talking, playing, laughing and snacking are some of Lucy's favorite pastimes. She also loves to paint, paint and paint. And her fearless independence keeps her from shying away from any new activity that interests her.
This is quite the short but sweet post, which I've procrastinated way too long. Not sure if I'll be getting a Christmas card out this year, so from all of us to all of you, have a very, merry, blessed Christmas!!!!
This morning we slept a little later than we usually do, so we opted to go to the later mass. I just wasn't up to a stressful Sunday morning rush, so 11:30 mass time it was! After making the kids a well balanced breakfast consisting of a whole bound of bacon...Yes. I slowly started the "get kids ready for mass" crazy shuffle.
I have a bone to pick with mass time.com, get your times right! They are always wrong! Usually off by a half hour! The first mass we showed up for was clearly not going to work, because as we pulled up the people were flooding out the doors...Thankfully there was an 11:45 mass at a church 5 minutes away!
The kids behavior was hard to grade, I think I'd overall give them a C+. Bella however deserves a solid A, she was remarkably well behaved. But. The younger two left much room for improvement. Jason did random little things like climbing over the pews, trying to leave...and he actually tried to "lick" my ear...Such a little weirdo sometimes!
Lucy was loud, very loud. She thought it was her job to correct Jason in her loudest most authoritive voice whenever she saw fit. Jay ended up taking her out, sometimes one on one she can calm down.
After mass we came home and had lunch, followed by scooter time outside.
Jay had to leave for work at 2:15, and we were all sad to see him go and miss the rest of the fun and "sun".
But! The good thing is, the weather is warming up, and the days are staying lighter longer! The longer days give me this feeling of more time, which I can always use!
An hour and a half until kids bedtime, got to go and get baths in!
What's been going on in the Palladino home? Well, nothing that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat. We've kind of just been cruising lately. No big news, no major changes or excitement. Just life. I keep my days busy by feeding children, cleaning up, feeding children, cleaning up, feeding children....you get the idea, right?
Jay has been busier than usual lately, he's been juggling his job waitering 5-6 days, his family, all our laundry ( I am lucky) and law work on the side. Jay kindly takes on the laundry to help me out; we don't have a washer/dryer so we have to go to the laundromat. The idea of sitting in the laundromat with three kids is so horrifying to him that he kindly has taken on this responsibility. Some woman like their husbands to buy them jewelry, I like my husband who sacrifices to help the family stay clothed! Thanks honey!
Bella keeps her days busy doing all sorts of exciting activities that Frozen fans who like to read, ride scooters and play on iPads would enjoy. She is a busy young girl who likes the thrill of cruising on her scooter no matter the weather!
Jason is also a busy young lad these days. He enjoys drawing monsters, scary pumpkins, robots, snails....and random other 4yr old type pictures. He too has been doing some scootering, and loves to be outside when the weather does or doesn't permit. He's in a a bit of a Mama's boy stage right now. Very endearing, always whispering in my ear how much he loves me and that I'm very pretty. So sweet.
Lucy Rose is a kindhearted little girl who loves to keep herself and all around her busy and active. Bubbles are on the top of her list right now, blowing them, catching them, eating them...She reminds me of the fish from Nemo, if you've seen the movie, you know what I mean. She loves to tease her big brother and shadow her big sister. She also still camps out in our bed, and I don't see that changing in the near future.
Today does not feel like Friday, and I attribute this to Bella's three days off from school this week. Weekends aren't very exciting for me right now, Jay works both Saturday's and Sunday's. We miss him when he's gone on Sunday, doesn't feel natural. Also the one car situation becomes extra challenging, especially with the weather warming up. There's so much I'd like to do with the kids, but simply can't bc the destinations aren't walkable. I guess I shouldn't complain, I know a family who has one car and seven children. They are sacrificial warriors!
Anyway, we'll have another car one day, gives me something to look forward to! Mini-van, you are our future!
Remember the consignment store I spoke of with the Italian elderly man? Well, I stopped in his shop again this week and scored big time. I bought a kitchen set for the kids, a Fischer price picnic table, and 12 books a quarter a piece! Made my day, and the kids were ecstatic! It's the little things.
I've taken this sudden interest in baking bread, bizarre I know. I've experimented with white and wheat bread, although I was the only one who appreciated the wheat loaves....Well, there's a messy house calling my name! Have a blessed weekend!
More often than not I start blogging saying "a lots been going on." And when a lots going on I can't find the disciplined time to keep up with my blogging.
First out of the ordinary occurrence, Jason's two night, three day hospital stay. In short the poor little fellow caught an awful virus that dehydrated him only a few hours into throwing up etc. He was admitted when I brought him in that first night, and put on IV fluids. We are so grateful that Jason was taken care of so well, and that there wasn't anything more serious wrong with him. You really count your blessings when you're checking your kid out of the children's wing of a hospital.
A few days after Jason came home from the hospital my mom came to visit. We were so excited for her to come, and having her with us was a special treat. She works two jobs and lives in Florida, and still has children at home....So a visit is a blessing and something that can't happen as often as we wish. My mom helped me with all different little projects around the house, the biggest project was getting pictures of the kids. And by pictures I mean nice ones for the wall. I'm terrible about making stuff like that happen. I need someone organized like my mother to push me to get it done, thanks mom! We didn't want to let her leave, and we can't wait to have her come up again.
Right before my mother came I chopped off my hair. It's been an adjustment....always is with me, but I like it! And it truly is much easier to style and look put together.
Another fun thing I might add before I wrap this up, I bought raw milk from a little dairy! It's about thirty minutes away a little farm called "Artichoke Dairy," they sell eggs and cheese as well. It was very quaint out in the country, and if no ones in the small shop area when you arrive they use the honor system for payment. Little Jason and I picked out two half gallons of raw milk and a dozen fresh brown eggs. Jason really enjoyed seeing the cows as well, only I look at this picture and wonder what I was thinking....
I guess he can't get out, but it still doesn't look safe....Anyway, we had fun and Jason learned about where milk comes from.
I've been getting pretty creative in the kitchen these days. And I've made some new discoveries that are worth sharing!
First on the list is an item I found while shopping at Trader Joes this past week. It's called "Red Thai Curry Sauce."
I've had a very limited experience with curry, having only been introduced to it in my adult years. But I once had a red coconut curry dish at a restaurant in Naples, and it was delicious to say the least. So with that dish in mind I purchased this sauce along with a can of coconut milk/cream. That night I sautéed red pepper, onions and shrimp and added some of the sauce, then added in about 1/3 of the can of coconut milk...It came out amazing! It nailed that flavor from the Thai restaurant in Naples! I was so pleased with the result, and definitely will be using the sauce with other dishes.
Second discovery of the week is actually a break through for anyone who enjoys ranch dressing, but can't afford the calories. I am one of those unfortunate people who fall into the ranch -less life category.
Anyways, I came upon this recipe earlier this week for a healthy spin on ranch dressing using plain lowfat Greek yogurt. At first I was hesitant to try it at all, the idea of yogurt used as dressing...yuck. But after it was recommended by a cook I trust I decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did! I'll share the recipe below.
Greek yogurt Ranch:
1/4 cup Greek plain lowfat yogurt
1 tsp dried dill ( I actually used a little less)
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Pepper to taste
It's a very simple assembly, you merely mix all above ingredients together and you're done! No chopping involved, which I love! That's all I have for now, my two year old is beckoning me to go read her a book, until next time!