Life and Family

Merry Christmas! Photos from Christmas Eve


Just a quick post to wish all a Merry Christmas 2014! We spent Christmas Eve day and early evening at Grant’s Mom’s house. Here are a few photos of our Christmas Eve. Ryan is laughing at his “FART” book! I am not sure what James is opening here. I am opening some wireless headphones from […]

Happy 50th Mom and Dad Floating City Print Review


I received The Floating City print to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are my own. My parents just had their 50th (golden) wedding anniversary. Can you believe it? That’s a half century of marriage which is an amazing accomplishment in this day and age. We took them to the Woodbound Inn in Rindge, NH. If […]

In and Around Ashburnham, MA – Hometown Hidden Gems


This post is not sponsored. A new peer-to-peer car rental service called RelayRides asked several bloggers, including myself, to share some of our favorite hometown hidden gems. These places will be pinned on the Hometown Hidden Gems Pinterest Board. Follow Relayrides on Pinterest to check it out! I actually live in a rural area so […]

More Family Fun at the Mystic Aquarium


I received tickets to the Mystic Aquarium for the purpose of this feature/review. Opinions expressed are my own. This past Friday we went back to the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. This was our third trip to the aquarium. We went for the first time back in April of 2011 and then for a second […]

High School Reunions – Do you Go with Your Spouse?


I went to Grant’s 20th reunion and we had a nice time. It was at a great hotel, they had a very good buffet dinner and I met some of his classmates. He said he had a nice time, but he didn’t have the opportunity to touch base with as many people as he would […]

Easter Egg Hunt and a Happy Good Friday

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Happy Good Friday everyone! Today, I am extracting the kids out of school early to take them to a presentation of a living stations of the cross over at my mother-in-law’s church.  It is put on by the parish youth group and they do a wonderful job. This is our second Good Friday doing this, […]

Robert Burns Night with The Scots Highland Pipes and Drums


Grant is part Scottish. His father, James Maloney, was born in Scotland. He passed away a few years before I met Grant in 1996. Despite having not met him, I can tell from photographs of him  (always a twinkle in his eye) and stories about him told by Gerene, Grant’s mother, that James was a […]

Mohawk Rug Donated to My Sister-in-Law’s 4th Grade Classroom


Back in November, I posted a review and giveaway for Mohawk Home. It happened to be my first year hosting Thanksgiving and I needed a large 8 ft. x 10 ft. area rug to go underneath the dining room table to be moved to the living room for the occasion. The rug I selected for […]

Caught Being Good in Middle School


Ever since Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it seems like middle school kids get a bad rap for being  “moronic” and doing things like passing around the “cheese touch”. Well, I can proudly tell you that the middle schoolers in my son’s school are often times “caught being good.” My son’s middle school has a […]