The Busy Giffs

January 7, 2018

What do My Kids Think of Me?

There's always something new floating around Facebook, and I kind of love these ones...
Interviewing your kids is such a great way to see how they see the world. So, in all it's unedited wonder, my kids' responses:

Emmalee, 6 :
*What is something I say a lot? I love you
*What makes me happy? spending time with us
*What makes me sad? when me and Ty be rude to each other
*How tall am I? this one is hard, can we skip to the next one?
*What's my favorite thing to do? spend time with us
*What is my favorite food? favorite food... favorite food... umm... fish?
*What is my favorite drink? red water 
*If I could go anywhere, where would I go? London
*Do you think you could live without me? No.
*How do I annoy you? when you yell because I'm not listening
*What is my favorite TV show to watch? You only watch mine and Ty's tv shows.
*What is my favorite music to listen to? Taylor Swift
*What is my job? Being a teacher- a staff teacher.
*What's my favorite color? blue
*On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you love me? 1000.

Tyler, 3:
*What is something I say a lot? No screaming
*What makes me happy? keeping nice, pretty house
*What makes me sad? me being naughty
*How tall am I? giant
*What's my favorite thing to do? clean up
*What is my favorite food? macaroni
*What is my favorite drink? apple juice
*If I could go anywhere, where would I go? Cumberland Farms
*Do you think you could live without me? yeah (laughing)
*How do I annoy you? when you win Sugar Rush
*What is my favorite TV show to watch? Halloween and Sugar Rush
*What is my favorite music to listen to? Shake Your Tail by Rain Booms
*What is my job? Cleaning up, make pretty house
*What's my favorite color? pink
*On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you love me? like nine!

One of these kids is far more in tune with me than the other....

January 5, 2018

Ringing in the New Year at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Disclosure: David and I were invited guests, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy 2018!

I'm a couple days late but we had so much fun that I needed a couple days to write it all down! Normally New Years Eve is pretty boring for us.  David works a later shift so the kids and I are usually in bed by 10 pm.  Last year, however, we were invited to Foxwoods Resort Casino and it was one of those amazing nights that made us question why we hadn't gone out years earlier.

We were so excited when we received an invite again this year!

We figured out a babysitter and made our plans! Foxwoods Resort Casino has always put on an amazing event no matter what we were there for and I knew this would be no exception.  From the dinner, to the live band, to the gorgeous dancers... it could not have been more amazing.

Dinner was delicious.  A filet I could cut with a butter knife, a delicious salad, and literally the most amazing dessert I've ever had. I've already tried replicating it without much success, but if it happens, it will be a blog post- I promise! A bar was stocked with everything you could imagine!

The room was stunning. I literally joked that I felt like I had walked into Elsa's wonderland.  It was snowing indoors! I am obsessed with the crystal chandelier and am trying to figure out how to get one in our house. Even the dancers were incredible.  They were the sweetest girls and they ended up joining us and our friends for a good portion of the night!

I am constantly wowed by Foxwoods Resort Casino and New Years Eve was no exception. We danced for hours, even met the President of Foxwoods Resort Casino, and had an amazing time.  We honestly didn't want it to end. Thankfully, we were provided a room for the night so the fun didn't have to be over.  Our room was gorgeous. the bathroom was literally the size of my kitchen, complete with a walk in shower and a phone next to the toilet. We had an end room and the entire wall that faced outside was floor to ceiling windows, which made for a gorgeous view the next morning, watching the sun rise. The night before had been amazing, so I was floored by the fact that Foxwoods Resort Casino set up an amazing brunch for the next morning complete with a piano player and make your own omelette stations. Dave and I started our day with eggs, donuts, omlettes, fruit, tarts, parfaits... and mimosas.

Dave and I don't get to go out often just the two of us, but thanks to Foxwoods Resort Casino, it's an amazing experience when we do. I am so thankful that Foxwoods Resort Casino invited us and will be looking forward to next year!

xo, Heather

December 31, 2017

The End of Another Year

Can you even believe another year is over? Sometimes the days seem so long, but then, the whole year is over and you're wondering where all that time went.

I always like to take today to pause and reflect back on the year. It's a good way to remember joy in the ordinary things we did.

It snowed so much.  We spent a lot of time inside, playing with snow, baking, and watching movies.  We visited the American Girl store with Mimi and Aunties and even drove to New Hampshire to see Elsa's Ice Castle.

Another cold month with more snow! But we spent time at the Cape Cod Children's Museum, spent my 31st birthday night down the Cape at a hotel and found the best donuts on Cape.

We celebrated Dr Suess Day at school, spent time volunteering at Gifts to Give, and David had surgery to correct his deviated septum.  I spent the night with some favorites seeing Simple Plan!

And it started to get busy again! It was finally warm enough to be outside so we went to Buttonwood Park Zoo and the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum.  Emma got bit by the comp bug after cheering on her friends.  We went to P-Town for our annual trip and discovered the daffodil fields in Dartmouth.
We celebrated Easter and Dave and I even got a date night at Foxwoods, complete with a trip to the Sugar Factory!

May is always a busy month with 2 birthdays! Tyler turned 3 with a Chuck E Cheese birthday party and David turned 34! Emma discovered Sephora and we made our first macarons!

The busiest month of the year! We got to see my baby sister graduate from high school, Emmalee turned 6, and she was invited to join her competitive dance team! We spent a weekend in Newport and a month of playgrounds, ice cream, and beach trips was wonderful, but Emma's favorite trip was to Alice in the Village tea shop!

Another super busy month- we really love summer! We spent more time at the local zoo, plus we visited the Museum of Science and another zoo! We celebrated the 4th with fireworks, family, and sparklers. I attended Blogger Bash in NYC and found the ever elusive to me Strawberry Fields and Central Park Castle! I went to the top of the Empire State Building and found the super trendy cookie dough store!

Our last of summer consisted of the annual lobster boil, Emmalee getting pink hair, me starting my MONAT business, and a trip to Disney! Our trip was quick but so much fun! We hit all 4 parks in 2 days, complete with Early Morning Magic hours at Magic Kingdom and the Star Wars Dessert Party! We rode every ride we wanted to and still had time to sit and enjoy meals with characters! I found out that I had an underactive thyroid and was finally able to start medicating properly!

Emmalee started 1st grade and Tyler moved from daycare to preschool! We spent a weekend in New Hampshire with cousins and visited my favorite spots in Maine from when I was a kid. We were invited to HasCon to check out the cool toys for Christmas. Went apple picking and spent even more time with my siblings and mom. I even had a girls day at King Richard's Faire!

Emmalee attended her first dance convention and learned so much, while Tyler discovered video games and became obsessed with Disney Infinity. We made a big deal of the My Little Pony movie coming out and had a girlfriend day, complete with make up and manicures. Emmalee lost her first tooth and I fell in love with Rae Dunn. Of course, Halloween, but we were so busy the kids went trick or treating 5 times!

Another month that ended up being much busier than expected! We started the month celebrating my grandmother's 80th birthday with a surprise party! The we went NYC for PlayFair and Emma was in a Shopkins fashion show! We stayed local to meet Anna and Elsa at the mall and went to the wrong night of a fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese. We went to Heritage Gardens to see the lights and met Mrs. Claus. Emmalee and I went back to NYC to see the Rockettes and visited the American Girl Store, after our car blew a tire on the side of 195. We took family pictures and celebrated the engagement of my brother and future sister-in-law. The kids met Santa when they went out for a night out without me!

And just like that, the year is over! We had time to squeeze in another trip to P-Town and some gingerbread decorating. Emma danced at nursing homes with her dance team and we had an elf at our house for the first time! We spent Christmas Eve at my grandmother's and then relaxed all day in our pajamas at home on Christmas.  For the first year (probably ever), we had no plans or tickets for vacation week and just enjoyed being home with each other!

I love looking at pictures of how much the kids have grown over the year, but it's a good reminder that I've grown so much too.  So many people will complain about 2017 and the dumpster fire that it was, but I choose to find the joy in each month, in each moment.

Here's to new adventures and more joy in 2018!

xo, Heather

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