Monday, July 30, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

I'm exhausted this morning. I did a whirlwind trip to Cape Cod for my cousin's graduation party over the weekend with just my Dad. Thanks to my Aunt Joanne, I have dinner already made for tonight :) She sent me home with a ton of food! I also got some Zucchini from my Aunt Patty's garden so I'll be making some bread this week!  Lola is up for the week so we'll be enjoying wing night, a tradition when she comes to visit! Enjoy your week!

Monday: Chicken Kabobs, Pasta Salad, Bliss Potatoes & Corn
Tuesday: Wing Night @Stockhouse
Wednesday: Taco Bake
Thursday: Chicken & Ravioli Carbonara
Friday: Aunts, Cousins, Sisters & nieces arriving at my Mom's. Probably dinner at my Mom's.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday iphoto Dump!

I'm posting late this Friday but it has been a busy Friday! A fun one but a busy one! I took today off and got to spend some quality time with the boys :) Nothing better! Our week in review via my iphone......
1. My sister Nicole and the girls spent the night on Saturday. After the kids went to bed, Pete, Nicole and I moved the table into the addition to enjoy dinner!
2. Tuesday night we went up to dinner at Nonni's.
3. Afternoon nap.enough said :)
4. Jack got his first haircut today! He did great :)
5. Peter 1 & Peter 4 playing together :)
6. Painting has started! Pete and I took a couple hours to apply primer on the walls today!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

99 Things

I saw this over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom a while back, another great blog I read! I had a lot of laughs remembering some of these :)

The only rules are to bold what you have done. You don’t have to add any comments like I did.

1. Started your own blog: Duh, you're reading it right now! Oh, and I now blog over at :)
2. Slept under the stars: Does passing out count?
3. Played in a band: I played the trombone in 5th grade? It ended badly.... my short arms couldn't reach the last note.
4. Visited Hawaii: No but, Pete and I have plans to go with Ben & Bethany for our 7 year itch vacation :)
5. Watched a meteor shower: I have never seen one.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity Technically yes....but it was a silent auction I bid won.
7. Been to Disneyland Which one? I have  been to Disneyland Paris.
8. Climbed a mountain: Katahdin, I thought I was going to die.
9. Held a praying mantis: No thanks!
10. Sang a solo 6th grade, part of Rockin Robin,  I apoligize to all of those in the audience.
11. Bungee jumped: No. I have done the skyswing and almost crapped my pants.
12. Visited Paris: Yes, 4 times :) My favorite city.
13. Watched a lightening storm: Many times.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch: I can draw stick people and I'm not even good at that.
15. Adopted a child: No.....unless you count Bela, but I'm trying to find someone else to adopt her now :)
16. Had food poisoning: Valentine's Day this year..brutal!
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty: I didn't even know you could?!
18. Grown your own vegetables Last year we did tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers and herbs. This year we already started the garlic and onions!
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France: Yes, back up to #12.
20. Slept on an overnight train: In Europe... not fun and a bit sketchy.
21. Had a pillow fight: I have two sisters, yes.
22. Hitch hiked: No, I've seen too many Lifetime movies.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill: Can't in my line of work. I'm usually sick and working.
24. Built a snow fort: Of course, I grew up in Maine.
26. Gone skinny dipping: No comment.
27. Run a Marathon: Are you kidding? I would stroke out around mile 5.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice: Does the Venetian in Vegas count?
29. Seen a total eclipse: No, but I know the song by heart, hehe
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset  A few times :)
31. Hit a home runYes, 1992! Go Tigers.
32. Been on a cruise: Love cruises, I think I am up to 5 now.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person: No, I really want to!
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors: No.
35. Seen an Amish community: I want to go next summer!
36. Taught yourself a new language: Pig Latin?
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied:  I need to win the Megabucks.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person: Negative.
39. Gone rock climbing: I've climbed a moutain with rocks??
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David: No, still haven't been to Venice.
41. Sung karaoke: Yes, it's scary if your in the audience.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt: No, we almost went there for our honeymoon.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant: No? I have paid for the person behind me at DD.
44. Visited Africa: No.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight: On many beaches.
46. Been transported in an ambulance: Senior year of high school and with Jack this year.
47. Had your portrait painted: A street vendor did an awesome one in charcoal when I was in Paris in 1995.
48. Gone deep sea fishing: No thanks, I"ll leave that one to Pete.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person: Yes, when I went to Rome in 2002.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris: Yes, remember #12!
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling: I have been snorkeling, where I freaked out my entire group by yelling shark...oops, it was a barracuda :)
52. Kissed in the rain: Yeah, I was cold though.
53. Played in the mud: I've made my share of mud pies growing up and now with two boys and our backyard one mud pit currently, I play often!
54. Gone to a drive-in theater: It's right up the street.
55. Been in a movie: Our family photo is on the fridge in The Golden Scallop, an independant movie  just filmed on Cape Cod!
56. Visited the Great Wall of China: Nope, don't think I'll make it to China.
57. Started a businessOwner and operator of Feels Like Home Daycare!
58. Taken a martial arts class: I took a self defense class at a Martial Arts studio.
59. Visited Russia: No.
60. Served at a soup kitchen: Yes, it was eye opening.
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies:For years.
62. Gone whale watching: Ugh, yes. 4 freaking hours and no whales.
63. Got flowers for no reason: Yes, always a nice surprise! Most recently from my sister Laura!
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma: I have given blood a few times but I don't like it.
65. Gone sky diving: Hell NO!
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp: No.
67. Bounced a check: One or two......oops!
68. Flown in a helicopter:  No thank you. I don't even like planes.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy: I must have some at my Mom's house.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial: Many times.
71. Eaten Caviar: ewwww, no.
72. Pieced a quilt: With my grandmother :)
73. Stood in Times Square: Yes.
74. Toured the Everglades: No.
75. Been fired from a job: Never :)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London: Yes, another one of my favorite citys.
77. Broken a bone: No!
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle: Yes.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person: Yes, with Jill Jones Grotnes!
80. Published a book: I've always wanted to write a children's book.
81. Visited the Vatican: Yes, see # 49.
82. Bought a brand new car: Sure have.  It was a Saturn, but I did it all on my own one month after I graduated college :)
83. Walked in Jerusalem: No.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper: Yes, with some of my swimming teammates, 1995 and again this week in the Bangor Daily News with my neice Allie!
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve: New York.  That’s all I am saying. LOL.
86. Visited the White House: Yes.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating:   No....but I do have my hunting license :)
88. Had chickenpox: Yep!
89. Saved someone’s life:  I did the hemlich on a child choking on egg when I was a nanny!
90. Sat on a jury: Never been called for jury duty. After all the Law & Order episodes I've watched, I'm ready!
91. Met someone famous: Natalie Portman in Harvard Square.
92. Joined a book club: Yes, I was in one for a few years.
93. Got a tattoo: Needles scare me oh, and they last forever.
94. Had a baby: Two in fact :)
95. Seen the Alamo in person: No, I'm good.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake: Closet I've been is the Salt Lake City airport.
97. Been involved in a law suit: Hoping this will always stay no.
98. Owned a cell phone: Seriously?  I just finally upgraded to the iphone :)
99. Been stung by a bee: No

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yarmouth Clam Festival

I went to my first Yarmouth Clam Fesitival only a few years ago, but I had never been to the parade. What a great parade! We all had a blast, I've never seen Jack sit so long, haha!

We got there early to get good seats and got some ice cream as a treat :)

The theme of the parade was Favorite Children's Book, great idea!
Peter got to give Slugger a high 5!
They had so many old trucks!

Jack absoluely loved the parade! If someone waved to us, he waved to them :)
Here come the Kora Shriners! They had three different groups....the boys loved them all!
The Brown Family met us there and watched the parade with us :)

Jack loving every minute!

One of the last trucks to come at the end of the parade got Peter super happy........
........ a monster truck!!!!!!!

Can't wait for next year!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Another fun filled summer weekend in the book for the Wescotts! How I love this time of year! Enjoy your week ;)

Monday: Grilled Huli Huli Chicken
Tuesday: Steak & Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday: Thai Chicken Pizza
Thursday: Fend for Yourself boys, Mommy is going to a 31 Purse Party ;)
Friday: Takeout!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday iPhoto Dump!

If you are my facebook friend, some you might have seen but since I want these to go in my blog book, you'll see them here as well :) Week in review thanks to my iphone....
1. On Saturday, we headed up to Freeport to spend the morning and enjoyed a food festival LL Bean was having. There was some great food! I tried Lobster risotto from Grill 233 and like it!

2. Jack tried and ate a lobster roll at the food festival! That was Pete's favorite tent! Peter didn't want to try one, I guess he is like his Mom, LOL!
3. Sunday night on my birthday, Pete and I had a wonderful night in Portland. We went to dinner, then met Cynthia & Katelyn for a few drinks. It was fun and just what I wanted.
4. I had Monday off, it's a holiday for Feels Like Home Daycare ;) Before we headed off to enjoy the day at Funtown/Splashtown, Bethany took me to Bintliff's for breakfast to celebrate my birthday. It was so good!
5. This has been the view from our bathroom since Tuesday. So much for privacy! In order to get it ready for the sheetrock, we had to do this for a couple days. See those wires? That's where our TV will hang in the new room.
6. This blurry picture Peter took while Kristen and I were planning the days activities on Tuesday! I like to include his pictures when he takes them. 
7. I decided to take the boys to Beech Ridge last night. Pete had to take the slider out and get that section from the kitchen into the new room framed and ready and I knew it would be hard with the kids around. In my head, I thought it would be easy to take them. It was a little interesting with Jack after 20 minutes, but we had fun and that's all that matters!
8. I've been waiting to post today so I could have this!! They sheetrocked this moring! What do you think? This is the view from the kitchen! We decided to have someone come in and do this part so that it could get done in just a couple of days. With it now opened into the house, the faster this part is done, the better! It's really looking like a room now, woo hoo!!!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

White Sangria

My new summer drink! This past weekend I attended the shower of my sister Laura's best friend from childhood, Jenny. It was beautiful, my sister did an amazing job! She is truly talented. Noelle, another bridesmaid, made a delious white sangria that is now my favorite summer drink. You've got to try it!

White Sangria
1 large bottle of Pinot Grigio
½ cup Capt. Jack coconut/pineapple rum
½ cup triple sec
2 oranges
2 limes
2 lemons

1. Mix wine, rum & triple sec. Add juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime. Slice remaining fruit & add. Refrigerate overnight.
2. Pour into serving container. Add 4 cans of Diet Sierra Mist. Add frozen pineapple & whole frozen strawberries.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

I have subcribed to Taste of Home magazine for a few years now and I have always enjoyed it! I use many recipes out of it. This one was great! As we were eating Pete told me to add this to the list of repeat meals!

We I always buy bone in thighs, then we Pete always cuts the bone out himself.
You need to mix the marinade before hand and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. We placed the chicken into a large resealable bag for the night.

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 1/2 tsp. minced fresh gingerroot
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
24 bonless skinless chicken thighs

1. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Reserve 1 1/3 cups for basting; cover and refrigerate. Divide remaining marinade between two large resealable plastic bags. Add chicken thighs to each. Seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
2. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
3. Grill Chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or unitl no longer pink; bast ocasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

What a great birthday weekend! It was spent with my family. It was relaxing and enjoyable. Just what I wanted ;) FYI, the Grilled Huli Huli recipe will be posted tomorrow and it was so good! BBQ giveaway ends on Thursday! Enjoy your week!

Monday: Dinner at Funtown Splashtown!
Tuesday: Herb Mustard Grilled Pork Chops
Wednesday: Pesto Pasta with Chicken Marsala
Thursday: Turkey Burgers
Friday:  Dinner at the Yarmouth Clam Festival after the parade!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012


We had so much fun last week when we went to Funtown/Splashtown with my sisters and parents last week! Pete and I first took Peter in 2010, and both boys last year on our vacation. We have plans to go again during our vacation in August and Monday for my birthday!

I had orginally planned to work last Thursday but with some kids out on vacation and a few switching days, I ended up having the day off! I was pretty pumped when I realized I would be able to take the boys with the group. We were there at 10am when they opened! I forgot my camera, thank God I now have an iPhone, I took lots of pics :)

First ride, the Antique Cars! Peter drove us!
Riding the Ferris Wheel.....
I wasn't sure how Jack would like the swings...ha, they were his favorite ride!
Peter and Jack riding the cars!
On the Frog Hopper, I think it was Peter's favorite ride!

Jack & I enjoying a ride on the Barney Roadsters.
Because we went as a group, us adults were able to go on a couple rides!
Nicole and I loved the Excalibar Rollercoaster!
I left at mid-afternoon to meet my in-laws because Peter was going up to camp with them all by himself! Since we were having such a great day, Jack and I went back! We spent the afternoon enjoying ourselves in Splashtown! He loved watching Lola on the slides!
One last ride on the swings before we leave :) Can't wait to take them back!