Essence of Now: Weekend Update

After the week I had with Nico being sick and then Tommy and Belle’s appointment being such a fiasco, I was really hoping for a nice, quiet weekend and for the most part, it was. The weekends just aren’t relaxing anymore.



Tommy had a game in Elmhurst that I didn’t go to. I had planned on going but the weather wasn’t that great and I didn’t want to bring Gia because when she goes, I don’t get to see the game anyway. I have to make more of an effort, get a babysitter or suck it up and bring her and see what I can. Now that Nico’s season is over and there is some time before his next phase of basketball, hopefully this won’t even be an issue. Belle went over to a friend’s house so Nico, Gia and I ordered Chinese food and I got to see Gia loving Nico because no one else was around. Normally, he aggravates her until she screams and then asks, “Why doesn’t she love me?”

Teaching her how to blow bubbles with a straw.

Teaching her how to blow bubbles with a straw.



It was Nico’s last two games of his freshmen year. Both were so exciting. One was to a team that played dirty and got called on some of their elbowing and grabbing. I love when that happens. Their fans were a bunch of “alpha males” yelling things the entire game so when we won, it was especially sweet. The second game was to a team that previously beat us badly and beating them meant we would win the whole tournament and we did! It was a great way to end the season.

Taken with my phone so not the best.

Taken with my phone so not the best.


The phone camera is not good at action shots but still a cool picture.

The phone camera is not good at action shots but still a cool picture.












After that we went to my sister’s for my nephew’s birthday. I would have loved to have gotten a picture of Tommy and Gino but the minute we get there, those two go off and aren’t seen or heard from until it’s time to go home. I did, however get a picture of Gia and her other bff, my nephew, Frankie.

They are only 3 months apart. Gia is a little shorty, like me.

They are only 3 months apart. Gia is a little shorty, like me.


And Frankie’s dad, my brother-in-law, Santo and Leo:




We finally had a day where we had no sports obligations. Isabella and I went to church and then Leo and I went on our weekly date to Target. It’s the one day I let myself have a hot chocolate and other than talking about our finances in the home improvement aisle, I really enjoy it. Target, hot chocolate and Leo, three of my favorite things. While there, Leo has a habit of wandering off and spending an insane amount of time contemplating whether he should buy something. It’s been a running joke that if left alone, he would spend a half hour picking out buns or hot sauce or even ketchup. Honestly, the extra 50 cents that I would spend just buying the name brand would be worth it for the time wasted deciding. This Sunday, we needed to buy a new garbage can for our kitchen. Seriously, that is 45 minutes that I’ll never get back and I know more about the different kinds than I ever wanted to. I had to make sure that we didn’t even pass the electronics department because he has been known to get lost looking at TVs and we aren’t anywhere near needing a new one.

Leo, so focused on what was on sale in the men’s department that he didn’t even know I was taking the picture: I need this shirt? Is it a good deal? Do I already have it?

Hmmm…do I need this shirt? Is it a good deal? Do I already have it?


Picking out the perfect garbage can:

This is all very confusing. Swing top or pivot top? Black or white? Maybe step on? It could be disastrous if we screw this up since we will have this for the next ten years.

This is all very confusing. Swing top or pivot top? Black or white? Maybe step on? It could be disastrous if we screw this up since we will have this for the next ten years.


Up this week: Volleyball game, volleyball practice, basketball practices, baseball practices, dance classes and a teen that will be home every day at 2:30 ready to eat dinner.

What about you? How was your weekend? Any big plans this week?

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  1. I should stop complaining about all our sports stuff here- b/c you have way more than me!
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  2. I always love seeing your pictures and reading about your hectic but beautiful life as a mom. Those kids of yours.. so sweet! The bubbles…the basketball…and that LEO- TOO FUNNY about target shopping! :)
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  3. First of all, I love hearing about your family time and seeing how close you are with your family. We don’t have that situation, but I just love that you do!

    Secondly…your captions of Leo’s shopping thought process have had me laughing for 5 minutes. SO FUNNY!!! I am the Leo of my marriage. I could definitely research trash cans for an hour (complete with customer reviews!!) My husband, OTOH, would walk in, ask for the trashcan aisle, go directly there, pick the first one his hand touched, and head directly to the cashier.

    It’s great to start Monday with a laugh! –Lisa
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    • I’m always so flattered when you and Ashley tell me I made you laugh since I think you two are hilarious. Yep, I am pretty much like your husband. I had the one I wanted picked out in about 2 minutes.

  4. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks of Target time as date time. I have a serious Target issue. My hubby? Much more of a “get in and get out” kind of man.
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    • It’s the only time we seem to be able to fit in plus, I have help carrying in the groceries and putting them away-a chore I hate. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  5. Congrats on Nico’s team’s second win! That’s so exciting! And I must say, I can’t stand the teams that play dirty. My kids are younger but I have seen it happen already with softball. It’s just not fun. Leo reminds me a lot of me in Target. I could – and have – wandered for hours.
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    • Oh, don’t get me wrong…I can spend endless amount of hours in Target but it’s the purchasing that I do quickly. When I see something I want, it goes in the cart pretty quickly.

      And yes, wins against dirty teams are even sweeter.

  6. Just like that over here. I almost dread the weekends because we try to cram way too much in! This weekend was Tanner’s birthday party, Sam needed a new cell phone, and her brand new computer broke which both needed to be addressed. Olivia freaked out because Tanner’s party lasted too long….I could go on and on! One day we will be so bored we will wish the kids were running us around like crazy! 😉
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  7. Hahahaa! Unbeknownst to Leo…he is a comedian! The trash can caption is h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s! I get on my family’s nerves when I shop and more often than not…I don’t even purchase the item…go figure! Have a wonderful evening! 😉

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  8. Our weekend wasn’t too bad; soccer game, 2 hockey games, and a basketball game. This week though is pretty much torture, three softball practices and a basketball practice and tumblng for the oldest, 2 hockey practices, a hockey try-out, ski club, and a lacrosse game for the boy, and softball practice and hockey practice for the youngest. I’m exhausted thinking about it!

    I did have a wonderful girls night our for my 40th on Friday and will be having another night out and sleepover in a fancy schmancy hotel with my two besties on Saturday. I can’t wait!

    Love the basketball shots!

  9. Not one of my kids ever played in sports. But my middle is in high school band, which means he plays at games because they do pep band and marching band and symphonic band.I totally understand all the frustration. Yeah taking my husband into Lowes for some minor home needs results in much the same thing.
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  10. Hahaha, that caption about Leo picking a garbage can – too funny! It’s like, seriously dude, we put trash in it, let’s pick one and go already. :)
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  11. We are about to dive into flag football season here, so the running around is sure to knock me down.

    I am the complete opposite of Leo. I’m a total impulse buyer. Oops.

  12. It can be very stressful to pick the right garbage can. You know, it is the place that stores all of you garbage. 😉
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  13. What a great weekend you had! I love the “selecting a garbage can shot”–my husband is the same. Those are important decisions, right? :)
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  14. Haha! And there he is. At Target! Love all the pics. I don’t know how you juggle all the sports and kids, and target, and family. It’s wonderful! I’m totally kidnapping GIA. She’s too cute!
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  15. I’m so behind on my reads…I hope your week has been a good one!
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