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Updated: 2018-03-06T05:58:43.717-05:00

 



To the beach...

2011-08-04T21:33:49.844-04:00

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We had a successful trip to the beach on Wednesday night and I couldn't be more happier with the beautiful photos we took of the kids. It's amazing to me to see how big they have gotten in just the last year... and I feel so blessed to have my husband and our two amazing children in my life.



On vacation...

2011-08-04T21:19:42.327-04:00

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With life about to get really exciting around the Fitzgerald house, we decided to go on a vacation to Pawleys Island, S.C. Pat and I debated back and forth about going on vacation, but in the end we decided that we really did need to get away from our lives in Ruckersville and enjoy some family time.
Last year, we fell in love with the Litchfield Resort on Pawleys Island. It's a private resort that is very family friendly and affordable... and we've been able to get great deals on condos both years we've traveled here.
The next few posts will be pictures from our trip this week... I can't tell you how wonderful it has been to spend time together and see our kids so happy!



I'm going to be a teacher...

2011-08-04T20:42:42.065-04:00

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One of the biggest reasons I haven't been able to post lately is because I've been working on getting into Virginia's Career Switchers program to become a middle/high school English teacher.
The program starts on Aug. 20 and will last through December. During this time, I'll be doing work online and going to Saturday classes once a month. I'll also be working in one of our local schools while keeping my job at the newspaper.
It's going to be a very busy fall, but it will be worth it when I can teach in a classroom and share my love of learning with young people.



Cool Dudette/Dude ...

2011-08-04T20:36:06.672-04:00

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Need I say more...



Playing in the back yard....

2011-08-04T20:32:11.576-04:00

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Pat took these pictures one afternoon while I was at work and he got some great shots... so I'm sharing a few of them with you.



Independence Day at the Fitzgeralds...

2011-08-04T20:13:04.825-04:00

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I know I'm weeks late posting these photos, but Pat did such a great job taking photos of Savannah and her sparklers that I had to share them.



My two youngest enjoy the outdoors too...

2011-07-04T14:54:18.688-04:00

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Here are some pictures of the younger kids enjoying their new toy...



Happy July 4th...

2011-07-04T14:50:43.682-04:00

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I have to admit that I have three children, the one I married and two I gave birth to! No offense to my wonderful Mother-in-Law, but there are certainly times when I think that I have a grown child on my hands... like when he buys the children a "Slip-n-Slide" and then proceeds to enjoy it more than they do!
My only concern is that we're going to end up in the hospital emergency room if he keeps on going the way he was in these pictures.



The many faces of Julius...

2011-07-03T17:00:01.659-04:00

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I took these shots this morning before we left the hotel... and they capture so many of my wonderful son's moods.



Pool time...

2011-07-03T16:55:30.163-04:00

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We decided to spend Saturday night in D.C. so we could rest up after a long day of traveling and visiting and so we could enjoy some pool time.
Pat and I bought the kids so floaters on Friday so they could be more confident in the pool and it certainly did give them great confidence... I have two water babies on my hands (they are Pat's children, you know!).
Pat went upstairs to get the camera this morning because the water was too cold for him to enjoy this morning... it was after we were in the pool for about 45 minutes and the kiddies were wearing down quickly.
This is the only reason you don't see excited faces in every shot...



Butterfly Garden...

2011-07-03T16:51:10.533-04:00

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We met our friend, Michelle, up in Washington, D.C., this weekend and had a blast visiting the National History Museum. She was visiting a friend for the July 4th weekend and we were able to get together for a few hours on Saturday.
Michelle lives in Northwest Arkansas and is one of the wonderful women I'm lucky enough to call my friend. It was great to see her so happy and close by... and hope that the next time she comes to visit we can get her down here to our neck of the woods for a wine tour!
Here are a few pictures we took in the Butterfly Garden at the National History Museum... I didn't take my camera out before that because I was spending time with my dear friend.
The only regret I have is I didn't get a picture of us together... but I will do that the next time she comes to visit.

P.S. The first picture is of a butterfly that landed on Pat's back right after we entered the garden and I had to pry him off before we left... I think Pat found a new friend.



Julius' new bed...

2011-06-29T20:55:54.841-04:00

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We set up Julius' new bed this week and it's been an adventure getting him to settle down into it each night. Julius outgrew his crib a while back, but we've used a crib tent and his exhaustion to keep him in the crib as long as we could.
Well, a few weeks ago he finally start climbing out multiple times in the night and we knew it was time to break down and buy him a new bed (although the crib converted into a toddler bed, it was well passed it's prime.
So, here are a few pictures of Julius in his new bed... we still have some things to do to his room and then we'll showcase it all... it will be in an Air Force/Cars theme.



Our own Strong Man...

2011-06-29T20:48:51.663-04:00

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Mama trying to be artistic...

2011-06-29T20:44:34.175-04:00

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Here are a few shots I took on Friday ... I'm always trying to find the perfect shot to send to Grammy and Papa or Grandma!



Up in the mountains...

2011-06-29T20:39:35.958-04:00

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We took the kiddies up to Skyline Drive last Friday to get some fresh air and test out their new bikes. It was a celebration time at the park as it's celebrating 75 years this year so there were a lot of people getting ready for the big celebration that weekend (which I had to cover for the newspaper).
We spent a few hours tootling around and letting the children burn off some energy... and had a great time in the cooler temperatures.
We don't get out enough as a family and that is something Pat and I both hope to change as these days fly by... the kiddies won't be little much longer!



Pizza night at the Fitzgeralds...

2011-06-20T18:19:23.169-04:00

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Pat is working at the paper tonight so I decided to have a little fun with the kiddies and allow them to make their own personal pizzas. Savannah and I have done this before at a Mom's Club event and I knew she would enjoy it... and I had no doubt that Julius would also enjoy anything that involved cheese!
We had a blast making these tasty pizzas and I think we'll be doing this again in the near future... hopefully next time Daddy will be home to join us!



Riding their rides...

2011-06-20T12:28:31.143-04:00

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Learning to ride...

2011-06-20T12:12:39.202-04:00

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We bought the children bikes this weekend and took them out yesterday, on Father's Day, for their first trial run. I have to admit the reason we bought them is because Savannah has to have one for daycare (yes, we put the children in full-time daycare when I returned to work in February). Every other week, we'll have to take her bike to school so she and others in our class can have some ride time.
We live on top of a hill so the only real riding time the kiddies will get is when we take them out to a parking lot to ride. In fact, I have a feeling we'll be spending most evenings out letting them ride their bikes as both of them seemed to enjoy it so much.
Savannah is a natural and has already learned how to pedal, steer and ring the little bell on her Barbie bike. She wanted a bike with a basket and therefore traded the Disney Princesses for Barbie... ah, the life of the preschooler.
Julius hasn't quite figured out how to pedal so he just pushes his bike along Fred Flintstone style or asks Mama or Daddy for a push. There were a few times when he fell off the bike, but he just picked himself up and got back on... he's a tough little boy (and certainly ALL BOY!)
Here are a few pictures from our adventures....



Long time, no see...

2011-06-20T11:26:59.677-04:00

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I'm so sorry that it's taken so long for me to blog. It's certainly not a lack of desire, but a lack of time.
I've returned to the working world full-time as a newspaper reporter and it has left little time to do anything other than spend my little free time with Hubby and our children.
Pat and I made a decision today that we're going to try to start blogging again so all of our family and friends can keep up with our comings and goings.
Here are a few pictures to catch you up with what has been going on in the last few months...



A special treat...

2011-01-13T21:13:47.179-05:00

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Mr. Trouble...

2011-01-02T19:11:08.116-05:00

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Need I say any more... just look at that face!



Sibling love...

2011-01-02T19:07:52.339-05:00

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I took these pictures on New Year's Day and they are certainly a sign that my children, Savannah and Julius, love each other. Here they are sitting in their Daddy's recliner and enjoying just being side by side.
Normally (and unfortunately for their parents), the children are wrestling and fighting with each other. They play hard and love hard... running into each other from opposites ends of the hallway and then wrestling each other to the ground once they make contact.
I do know that Savannah has her brother's back as she's stood up for him on the playground when other kids thought he was being too rough. He looks like he's 3 and kids expect him to act accordingly... of course, he's only 22 months old.



Happy New Year!

2011-01-01T08:45:27.308-05:00

Well, we made it through 2010. It's been a crazy year for our house, but we've made it through. I feel luckier than a lot of people out there who've suffered a job loss because we've been able to make up most of that money each month by my working two part-time jobs.I feel thankful to have found a way to make it work while Pat looks for full-time employment again and I'm hopeful he'll soon have a new job that makes him happy and takes him out into the working world again.I checked my email this morning and found today's Dear Abby and I wanted to share it with you... I hope 2011 is our best year yet!01/01/2011NEW YEAR FULL OF POSSIBILITY REPLACES HARD YEAR FOR MANYDEAR READERS: Welcome to 2011! While the last year has been arduous for many of us, a new one has arrived, bringing with it our chance for a new beginning.Today is the day we discard destructive old habits for healthy new ones, and with that in mind, I will share Dear Abby's often requested list of New Year's Resolutions -- which were adapted by my mother, Pauline Phillips, from the original credo of Al-Anon:JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully -- if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.And now, Dear Readers, I would like to share an item that was sent to me by I.J. Bhatia, a reader who lives in New Delhi, India:DEAR ABBY: This year, no resolutions, only some guidelines. The Holy Vedas say, "Man has subjected himself to thousands of self-inflicted bondages. Wisdom comes to a man who lives according to the true eternal laws of nature."The prayer of St. Francis (of which there are several versions) contains a powerful message:"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:"where there is hatred, let me sow love,"where there is injury, pardon;"where there is doubt, faith;"where there is despair, hope;"where there is darkness, light;"and where there is sadness, joy."O Divine Master,"grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;"to be understood, as to understand;"to be loved, as to love;"for it is in giving that we receive,"it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,"and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life."And so, Dear Readers, may this new year br[...]



Dancing for Grammy and Papa...

2010-12-27T19:21:32.433-05:00

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Savannah and Julius put on a little show for Grammy and Papa before we headed out from Virginia Beach on Saturday. Savannah loves to dance and Julius gets right up there with her.
I've got a budding ballerina on my hands!



Thanks from Santa...

2010-12-27T19:11:20.501-05:00

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Savannah and her Daddy left Santa some of my homemade goodies and a small glass of milk and he left them a quick note scribbled on a napkin.
It's great to see Santa has good manners and knows how to eat and run and still be polite!