loffredos, o’bryans and leubners <3

my brother and memy brother and me

today is my brother’s birthday…my plan was to try to find some hilarious picture from our childhood to post on his facebook page as a “happy birthday” message (shhhh…don’t tell…it’s early yet and I still may get to that 🙂 )…but then i came across this…it’s the most recent picture of the two of us, taken when he visited orlando with his family at the holidays this past december…i hadn’t seen him in awhile…he’s a busy man with a big beautiful family and a demanding new job that has him relocating to a new state, so he’s in the midst of a huge transition…he’s used to a certain amount of chaos, and he handles it well…even on vacation, i don’t think i saw him skip a beat…he works hard and plays hard, too…my brother is a happy guy, and fun seems to follow him wherever he goes…at the end of our time together on this day, we posed for the obligatory family pictures…usually i weasel out of being in the pictures because i am taking them…but my husband snapped this picture of my brother and me…i’m glad he did, because i don’t have many pictures of the two of us and this one is nice…it was good to be able to see him after so long, and hopefully i’ll be able to visit him in his new home one of these days…love you, brother…happy birthday xo xo xo

disney

IMG_3880it’s hard to give an autograph with a gun in your hand 🙂 stormtrooper autograph session during star wars weekend @ disney’s hollywood studios

the holiday break is almost over, and the kids go back to school on monday…my boy is currently in the midst of a full-on ‘star wars’ kick, and we have been watching marathons of the whole series for the past two-and-a-half weeks…acting it out with star wars legos, too…the boy is even working on his own little ‘movie’, his own creation that has to do with discovering jedi secrets…so as episode III is playing in the background (which i keep referring to as the “6th one” despite having been corrected on this fact numerous times 🙂 ) i couldn’t help but post this image of a stormtrooper signing autographs for young fans at last year’s star wars weekend…

loffredos, o’bryans and leubners <3

IMG_2701blue eyes, blue cotton candy

i had a chat on the phone with my little man max today…i guess he’s liking the crocheted beanie hat i made him for christmas (his momma says he’s been wearing it a lot the past few days…) i told him that if he liked it so much, i’d crochet him another, and asked him what color he’d like me to make it…he answered, “i dunno, you tell me what color”…so to be silly, i said, “how about purple? i’ll make you a purple one”…he giggled and said, “sure, i like purple, make it purple” (it’s nice when a little one thinks you’re funny…) when his momma got back on the phone with me, she said, “why don’t you make it blue, to match his eyes”…and you know, i think that’s an excellent idea…blue it shall be…cotton candy blue ❤

disney

IMG_2665ellie’s mickey bling–@epcot 12/17/11

my trips to disney world are fairly male-oriented, since i mostly always go there with my husband and my boy(s)…this means no poufy princess dresses and coiffed glittery hair, no sparkly accessories, no glitz or glam…but this time, we met up with my siblings and their families…my niece ellie’s rainbow-colored beaded mickey bracelet kept catching my eye…a pretty, shiny, sparkly bit of girlieness ❤

disney

IMG_3494the view of china from across the lake…at EPCOT

the boy is going with his 5th grade class on a field trip to EPCOT tomorrow…i had volunteered to chaperone the trip, but i was sensing that the boy would rather i didn’t (and really, if i were thinking, i would have realized that it would be way more awesome to go to EPCOT without your parental unit…) so i gracefully backed out…his teacher understood…and he is so excited to “go to EPCOT with his friends.” Sigh. I am happy that he’s happy…and we can go together another time. ❤