It Feels Like Home

A Boston girl goes Hollywood then chucks it away for a life in OZ… these are my adventures and general musings.

Happy Memorial Day May 31, 2010

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 12:59 pm
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Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all the soldiers who have served and those who “gave the last full measure of devotion” their lives on behalf of our constitution and this country’s citizens.

Did you know?

For Memorial Day “the U.S. flag only flies at half-staff for the first half of the day, and then is raised to full height from noon to sundown. This unique custom honors the war dead for the morning, and living veterans for the rest of the day.”

Weekend viewing recommendation for Memorial Day Weekend:
“The Pacific” on HBO. Watch it and be thankful for every soldier that fought and died in WWII, so that we could be here today.


Things I Love Thursday May 27, 2010

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 12:07 pm
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It’s time for another Things I Love Thursday.

Here are my things I love today:

  • Memorial Day Weekend is upon us- the kickoff to summer!
  • Baby sleeping overnight for a 6 hour stretch
  • Walks in the morning
  • Watching Hubby play with Little Miss T

So what are you loving today? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog!


Five Months May 26, 2010

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 11:12 pm
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Yikes, five months already. Wow. My baby is growing up at lightning speed, at least that’s what it seems like for me. I know every month I’m shocked by how quickly the time goes by but really, time does fly by once you have a baby. In the blink of an eye, Tegan is another month older and sometimes I just can’t get used to it.

As Tegan gets older, she’s becoming more aware and playful. In fact, she so stimulated by her environment, that she’s decided to ditch her naps so she can stay awake and play. Despite having to then deal with a cranky baby, it’s still so much fun to help Tegan develop and learn about the world around her. Every day she’s discovering something new- from munching on her hands to trying to suck her thumb or realizing she can grab her playmat toys and munch on them. She’s learning to like tummy time and is busy trying to roll over or sit up in her Bumbo chair. We also think Little Miss T has started to teethe as she’s been quite upset lately and a drooling machine. She’s keen to chomp on anything and everything that she can get near her mouth.

This month we have been busy with walks in the park, shopping at the farmer’s market, swimming in the pool, as well as celebrating Mother’s Day and Grampie’s birthday. Tegan also sent away her paperwork for her US passport and her Irish citizenship. It will probably take a while for her Irish citizenship to come through but her US passport should hopefully be here soon.

Here are Tegan’s 5 month highlights:

Tegan is…

  • 3 month 3 days old, adjusted age
  • 11 pounds 6 ounces
  • 21 inches long
  • Off of her monitors, yay!
  • Smiling ALL THE TIME
  • So interactive and enjoys playtime with her Mama and Daddy
  • Baby talking a little more
  • Batting at her toys
  • Sitting up in her Bumbo.

Tegan has…

  • Had her 5 month shots
  • Begun to teethe
  • Rolled over twice- back to front
  • Gone swimming a few more times and probably has way too many cute bathing suits for one baby
  • Noticed Puppy and loves to smile and laugh at her every time Puppy shakes her collar, so cute!
  • Been getting better at tummy time and is able to do more and more of it each day.


  • Listening to the movie soundtracks of Master and Commander and Amadeus
  • Her new soft toy music playmat. She’s learning how to coordinate her movements and enjoys batting at the toys
  • Reading books
  • Being carried around in her Moby, facing outward
  • Chomping on Sophie the Giraffe, her Haba teether and her playmat toys.


  • Baby massage, still
  • Naps. This kid is the queen of cat naps… 10 minutes tops at a time. Ugh!
  • Being carried in the Ergo facing her Mama. This bebe likes to see the world before her!

Wisdom Wednesday

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 6:55 pm
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“As long as you’re willing to give it a go, it is never too late. And there is just too much to love about life to simply give up and quit. You need to start living boldly, bravely, with nothing held back, nothing left behind. Giving it all that you’ve got each and every day. No matter how old or how young you may be right now, it’s never too late to love, to live, to be all that you have dreamed of being and more.”



Rolling On May 24, 2010

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 9:12 pm
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For the past week, Little Miss T has been trying really hard to roll over. Fortunately for her, her hard work paid off yesterday when she finally did it! Little Miss T rolled over from her back to her tummy– twice, to be exact! And, I actually captured it on camera AND video. But, you see, we went to download the pictures and movies to our computer and wouldn’t you know it, our computer ate them during the transfer (along with many more precious pictures). Not only that, they were completely deleted from the memory card. So, now we are just left with fond memories of the occasion.

I’m sure there will be many more rolls in our future but still, what are the chance of catching a milestone on camera when it actually happens… hmph!


Things I Love Thursday May 20, 2010

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 6:12 pm
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Things I love today:

  • Waking up to a smiling Miss T
  • Packages arriving at the front door
  • Hitting up a sale
  • Lunch date with the Hubby and Baby
  • Catching up with friends

So what are you loving today? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog! I plan on making this a weekly thing, after all, there’s much to love in life!


Wisdom Wednesday May 19, 2010

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 9:47 am
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“One day at a time– this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”

-Ida Scott Taylor