Family Meal Times

In our house, meal times aren't like they used to be. Before we had two babies to contend with we were constantly having sit down meals that I was able to spend as much time as needed on them. We were all able to sit down and eat together. Now, during at least one of the family meals one of the toddlers are napping or Sean isn't home yet from work. Our table isn't big enough for all of us to top it off. However, even if I have to stand while the kids eat and talk with them, they are important.

Unfortunately, finding a quick and easy recipe that suits all the kids tastes or dietary needs can be super frustrating. On most days I take the quick and easy route and pop open a can of sauce and boil some pasta. I'm drained and who wants to make anything more complicated then that when your tired, but more and more I find myself looking for different kinds of meals that are quick, have minimal ingredients, and most importantly taste good. We have a pretty big diary allergy in …

Getting to know us: Markus

So we did a getting to know you for Dom, now it's Buggy's turn.

What's your name?

How old are you?

What grade are you going in to?
3rd. I mean 4th. No I mean 3rd.

Who's your best friend?
How many? I have a lot of best friends. I guess Ethan because he's nice and amazing.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A circus clown or a construction worker for Dad. And a car maker.
What sports team do you support? Patriots
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Super strength in case a building falls down, I can pick it up and make it like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
What are the five best things about being you? I'm fast and strong. I'm good at tag. I'm good at Candy Land and Monopoly. And I have a nice fidget spinner. (He really struggled with this one)
What’s the funniest thing you've ever seen? My friend, at school, his mom brought a lemon. And he's never tried it before, so he ate the middle of it and made the f…

Getting to know us: Dominick

So we did a getting to know you quiz with Dom and Bug. Julien is still too young to fully answer some of these questions, but this is what we got.

What's your name?
Dom or Dominick (He keeps trying to tell me he wants to change his name to JJ... But I have no idea why)

How old are you?

What grade are you going in to?

Who's your best friend?
Adam, he likes basketball and playing video games.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A basketball player or a police officer.
What sports team do you support? Uhhh... Golden State Warriors, Celtics, and Panthers.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Super speed, so I can do everything at once.
What are the five best things about being you? That I'm smart fast, smart, strong. I have a nice family. And I'm good at basketball.
What’s the funniest thing you've ever seen? When Markus (brother) did a cannon ball on the trampoline and his shorts ripped.
If you had three wishes, what would they…

Back To Blogging

There has been a significant time lapse since the last time I blogged and the only thing I can say is, I missed this. A few years back I had started this blog to share my life as a new Kinship Mom and when things got a little nutty I stopped to focus on my family exclusively. So let me reintroduce myself.
My name is Renee. I'm a mom of four beautiful boys and wife to the best husband in the world. My husband and I have been together since we were in high school. We've had our ups and downs, but we have always found a way to over come the struggles together and come out stronger than ever before. My oldest son just turned 10 and has taken to asking people to call him JJ. Never mind the fact that he doesn't have a single j in his first, middle, or last name. Dom is an avid sports enthusiast. He specifically loves biking, swimming, and basketball. My second son is the ham of the bunch. Sometimes Markus says things that cause Sean and I to have to leave the room so we can lau…

Christmas Wishes

On days the boys are gone, I find myself having to turn the TV on to fill the quiet. Unfortunately half the time it happens to be a kids show because I feel like I don't get to watch them enough. Today happens to be one of these days. The boys are doing their Christmas with their mother tonight, so since I have time I have a Christmas to remember that I want to share.

This holiday season was one Sean and I was not looking forward to. Sean had a two week layoff that was coming right before Christmas and from Thanksgiving on most days Sean was being sent home since there wasn't enough work for everyone. We had bills to pay and even with Sean working consistently we were barely scrapping by. I was terrified, with Sean not working we were going to fall behind, how were we expected to provide anything for Christmas morning?

The boys had things they had been asking for since September and I had a pretty decent mental list going for everything they had been wishing for from the Beybl…

Dommie and his black eye

As I've said, Sean and I recently became foster parents. Dominick and Markus have always been part of our lives since Sean is cousin's with their mom. We babysat the two of them since Dom was born. For the past seven months since our two little buds came to live with us, we've been pretty accident free. Of course a three year old and a five year old are bound to get hurt at some point. They are boys; it's expected, but we never had anything bigger than a scratch are a bruise the size of a thumb print.

This past Sunday we had my sister-in-law Britt and her son Braeden came over for dinner. Sean was in heaven, goofing off with all three of the boys, while Britt and I were wrapping a few of the Christmas presents for the kids. All of a sudden, Sean comes barreling into the room demanding me to check Dom's eye. He quickly explained that as he was spinning Markus the other two spun behind him. Now, Mister Dominator tends to be a bit accident prone. He's always falli…

Hello there!

Well then, I think some introductions are in order. 

My name is Renee. I'm 22 years old and the third child born of four. I have two older sisters, Stephanie and Aurelie, and one little brother, Aaron.

I'm married to the most wonderful man in the world. Sean and I have known each other since childhood and have been together for six years and recently married last August.

We have two little kitties, whom we love dearly. they are now over a year old and the act just like any other 1 year old: loves attention and to play. Lucky and Levi are brothers that we adopted from the ASPCA November of 2011. We love them dearly.

Sean and I also recently became foster parents to our two little cousins, Dominick and Markus. Our lives are really hectic, but it's wonderful.

This blog is a glimpse into our family life and the struggles of two 22 year-olds with no parenting experience, attempting not to give these two little handsomes any future therapy sessions.

We are so happy and proud to…