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life in general: 09/29/14

September 29, 2014

Here we are and it is almost October. I can not even believe how time has been flying these past couple of months. “They” were not joking when they said that our babies grow up so fast. Since Áine has been born, time has seemed to speed up. In the meantime, I can’t help but feel that life is passing my by…lightening speed-like.

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July 26, 2014

I am a week late…more than a week…but today I am finally sharing the big news.  Making the big official announcement.

Last week, July 16 at 8:42 am, Baby Number Three made her way into the World.


That’s right, it’s a GIRL!


Her name is Áine Katherine and she is pure angel.


And we are all in love…can you tell?  Big Brother and Big Sister are totally smitten.  They shower her with gentle caresses on the head, kisses, and soothing words.  They tell her she is beautiful and when she cries they tell her, “It’s okay.”  I am amazed at how quickly and how much my first and second born have grown up since Áine’s arrival.  I am in awe that we all started in this same spot.  I am once again overwhelmed by the unconditional love a Mommy  and Daddy can feel, not to mention that same love from a sibling, grandparent, auntie, or uncle.


The past week has been full of sleepless nights, postpartum recovery, the occasional visitor, and little milestones.  We are doing well at the Circus Berry household, albeit adjusting to life with a newborn.  Mommy is on the road to pre-pregnancy functioning, and Áine is thriving.  All is right with the World and life is good.

Thanks for hanging in there while I adjust to our new life.  Circus Berry will be back in full action soon.  In the meantime, have a great weekend and enjoy those summer days!



life in general: 07/14/14

July 14, 2014

Good morning and Happy Monday. I have clearly been absent from posting and sharing regularly for far too long. Much has happened and continues to happen on the home front here and what I have found is that the longer I stay away, the harder it is to bounce back.  So, here I am today to just give an update, let my readers know I am still here, and to give a glimpse into some of the great things I can’t wait to share.

I apologize in advance for the word-heavy post.

As I wrote before, I accepted a Speech-Language Pathologist position back in April–short term and part-time–that extended to just a couple of weeks ago.  It was a great opportunity to get back into it, to see how much I really missed it, and to give myself a better idea of what I might really want to do with that professional background.  As it turns out, I did miss my SLP work…at first.  Then I missed my blogging life, my creative brain, and being available physically, mentally, and emotionally more for my family.  Trying to do all three (SLP work, blogging, and family) was oh-so exhausting.  I constantly felt like I was spread too thinly and couldn’t get to anything I actually wanted to do.  As Mr. CB put it, I was “neither settler nor explorer”.  Oh, how the tables have turned!  Whereas I was sobbing in my basement over my therapy materials and books several months ago, I am now ready to pack them neatly away for the time being.  I suppose that is the difference between being ready to do something willingly and being forced into it against your wishes.

Since being done with that work at the end of June, I have spent the time nesting, resting, and everything in between!  I have been getting to some of the home to-dos that fell to the wayside, trying to get better at preparing meals (vs the takeout that we relied on for months), getting ready for baby in some ways, and working on posting a little here and there.  You may have seen some of my posts where I contribute monthly, like these:


A Dozen Tissue Paper Party DIYs @ Organize & Decorate Everything

Simple-Abstract-Art-DIY  Simple Abstract Art DIY @ Somewhat Simple


T-Shirt Bag DIY @ Or So She Says

On the home front I went through a slump of trying to get my head on straight and get my mojo back.  It seems like the anticipation of baby number three coming has stopped me dead in my tracks from getting anything else done.  It could be any day now and that waiting is brutal!  (I am just over 38 weeks and having pretty uncomfortable contractions, sporadically, every day).  And this pregnancy-brain-thing is no joke!  Motivation, inspiration, and general thinking skills were on the fritz for a couple of weeks.  No matter what I thought of doing, I felt like I just couldn’t follow through.  Or remember.  And let’s not forget the last trimester exhaustion.  If I wasn’t going stir crazy trying to figure out what to do, I was struggling just to keep my eyes open and my body moving.  Sure, I am still tired (especially since sleep at night has become more of a challenge–thank you very much hip back and heartburn pain), but full-fledged nesting has kicked in and I have found a little bit of energy to get through my ‘lists’.  What a relief!


It all came to a head last week.  I snapped out of my stupor, into action, and went from zero-to-sixty in one afternoon, preparing a number of posts to share this week and next…some treats, some crafts, some decor, and some party ideas.  It was a tiring but therapeutic, happy, and fulfilling day.  And it was a gentle reminder of where I want to be right now.  So, what do I have to share?  Some great uses for seasonal fruit (enter: cherries!), a fun and easy straw bag upcycle, and some can’t-go-wrong pieces of DIY abstract art.

In the upcoming weeks, I will also be sharing some of the parties I put together, including my son’s Contstruction-themed third birthday and my sister’s Vintage-lace-style bridal shower.  These events turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to share the details!


And maybe, just maybe, I can share the announcement that little baby K has arrived, whether I am carrying a boy or a girl, and the big name reveal sooner than later!


See you this week!



life in general

April 28, 2014

Happy Monday, and since I am a little bit late today, Happy Tuesday too.  This is my last week of full time work as an SLP and although it has been fun, I am exhausted!  I will be back at it with some regular part time work next week and am looking forward to being able to divide my time better between job one and job two.  Enough of that though…what were we up to this past week?

I have been working on some Early Kindergarten skills with Little Miss at home, getting a jump on things.  She loves that she can read and write new words and only hope that passion stays with her for many years to come!


We have a little hambone on our hands.


Momma Robin finally laid all of her eggs and has been sitting on them all week.  It has been fun to watch the progression of things!


Moira had her first cello performance at daycare, where she got to show off all of the fundamentals she has learned.  She was nervous, but giddy really.  Proud.


We ate out a LOT this week…between appointments, performances, and errands we were barely home.  Yet another meal to sabotage the diet…Beef on Weck and sweet potato fries.  Ok, it was worth every bite.


To add to the excitement, there was a lot of tea this week for the perfectly timed cold.  The remedy of herbal tea, honey, and brandy is one that has been passed to me from my Mom, for those times when you “can’t take anything else”.  The best home remedy, ever.


Moira and Ronan have been asking to do crafts a lot lately (kids after my own heart!)  After reading a Fancy Nancy book about Earth Day, this is the craft that Moria has been requesting all week–the pencil can.  Completely unguided and unprompted.


We finally made it to the local library after being here for over a year.  Moria got her very first library card…and about 10 books to go with it.


When you can’t have an ice cold beer at the end of a busy day, have a Johnny Ryan instead.


The best part of  Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Thank you Mr. CB.


I put out the garden sensory bin and no sooner had it touched the ground when the kids started creating gifts for Mommy.


It feels so good to take a look at some of the highlights of a long, and sometimes trying, week.  Little gifts…

Hope you have a great week!Signature_zpsbf29e5311


life in general

April 21, 2014

Here we are, a beautiful day to set off a new week.  There has been a lot of goings-on here in the Circus Berry household, a lot of challenges for me, even still, and some more changes that I will be sharing in detail with you at the end of this post.  I don’t usually get to personal or wordy here, so I am saving it for last.  First…

Happy Dyngus Day. Oh wait, you don’t know what Dygus Day is? Well, I didn’t either, until I moved to Buffalo, NY. It just happens to be the biggest Polish Celebration around and the biggest happens right here in Buffalo.  Although I am not Polish, and have never taken part in the festivities, I do find them mildly amusing.  You should check it out here.  Anderson Cooper even gave it some recognition one year CNN!  Granted, he was laughing at the big celebration, but national recognition nonetheless.  Watch for a good laugh yourself!

Ok, onto another favorite holiday.  Cinco de Mayo.  My reason for drinking homemade margaritas and Mexican beer, and eating tacos.  Since there are no ‘ritas or Coronas for me this year, I started the Mexican celebration early with some homemade Mexican Brownies, courtesy of Aaron Sanchez.  So good!


My little man has been fighting croup all week.  We seem to be in the clear now, but you know how it is when your babies are sick!


So there was some art at home.


Can’t keep a good guy down.


I finally made it to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with the Mr.  It was so, SO yummy and worth the heartburn I had after.  If you don’t know, you should…Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.


“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”


Rabbit food.  Miss Moira loved her plating of the Easter Bunny’s treat so much she wanted to photograph it.  Blogger’s daughter.


We have a little hairstylist on our hands.  Thank you, Easter Bunny, for the dolly hair stylist set.


There is a little friend nesting in one of our trees out front.  I am so excited to see how this progresses!


So, now that I have highlighted the fun, I will get down to some business and housekeeping…you may have noticed that posting the past 2 weeks has been a little more sporadic.  I set out months ago to share inspiration for celebrating, every day, and while I still have lots of ideas and fun to share, the “every day” part has started become harder and harder to attain.  You see–at the present moment Circus Berry is a one-woman show.  (Okay, one woman plus her extremely supportive family and friends!)  I am eager to get to a spot where I have regular help up in here, it just hasn’t come to be yet.  I am okay with that.  So given some circumstances that I am ready to share a bit about, you will see some changes in the posting schedule.  It will be less than every day but still lots of times throughout the week.

I mentioned in a post recently that I have returned back to some Fee-for-Service work as an SLP, which has been both wonderful and chaotic.  I am full time for the next two weeks and then will be doing a little here and there.  I am excited about the chance to keep my hand in the Speech-Language Pathology field…I was missing it, honestly…but recognize that Circus Berry has turned into my other love.  I am fortunate to be able to do both really and will continue to do so as long as I am able.  That being said–some days I will be an SLP in addition to blogger and in an effort not to spread myself to thin and sacrifice my work ethic, values, and quality of work I put out, I will be dividing up my time more reasonably between the two…


Oh, wait!  I am a wife and mom too!?!?!  So I take that back.  Dividing my time up between the…two, three, four…oh, you get it!  Besides a new baby arriving in July sometime, some other discoveries have come to light in the Circus Berry household that have made me rethink how I spend the various parts of my day, week, weekends, holidays, and the like.

Let me break it down like this.  I had a minor emotional meltdown on Friday about some things that are happening and made the very difficult decision to take the weekend off…from everything except family and home.  The result?  At 26 weeks pregnant, I helped Mr. CB get through some serious yard work and together we dreamed of what exciting things we will do in our backyard.  All while the kids played, climbed, rolled, ran, twirled, chased, (fought), dreamed, and planned with us.  I left my phone indoors.  I only took out the computer to plan a weekend getaway and research backyard play sets…

Magellan Explorer Play Set via Backyard Adventures

Magellan Explorer Play Set via Backyard Adventures

Ain’t she a beauty?  Anyway, it was pretty uncharacteristic of me.  I usually do some work on weekend mornings, but it was a much needed break and a wake-up call that I am one woman, not superwoman.  Sometimes I can’t do it all.  Sometimes I have to Let it Go.  Sometimes life throws a curve ball and I have to bend…(wow, I have come a long way to admit that publicly).

I have made the decision, though, and I will be trying not to do it all, all of the time.  This  is me trying to Let it Go.  This is me bending.  I know that we all have things that require our attention in all areas of our lives either due to choice or chance.  I am announcing my decision, (That is supposed to help, right?  Saying it out loud?  Telling everyone you know?) that I will be more actively and fully engaged in those areas of my life..for me and my sanity, for my family, for my friends, for happiness and peace, and for you my reader.

I promise that will keep on inspiring you to celebrate, and sharing my love of all things food, drink, craft, life, decor, parties, and fun her on Circus Berry.  I am not going anywhere, just changing it up a bit.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you keep coming to visit!