It’s that time again

It’s that time of year again where we feel like we live at the baseball field.

This week started TBALL season. This year both Timmy AND Johnny will be playing T Ball. They are both on the Orange team with Coach Sam. Seems like a great team with I think 7 or 8 boys and 2 girls. Now if only MY boys would stop playing in the dirt and pay attention. Coach Sam seems a little more into them learning and doing better than Coach Anthony did last year. But it seems like there is a lot more help from parents this year too so MAYBE that will happen. I won’t count on it from my kids but who knows. The first thing they’re trying to correct is the monkey pile of kids all going for the ball. It happened through the whole season without incident last year. But they are really trying to get them to call the ball and have everyone else back off.

But because I’ve been feeling yucky I haven’t remembered to drag the camera with me yet…maybe next Wednesday.

And if you’re a local friend/family let me know if you are interested in checking out a game, they start June 16th and are on Mondays and Wednesday’s at either 5:45 or 6:30.

My Week

Wow a whole week since I blogged after having multiple blogs each day….

I guess some times life gets away from you like that.

This past week has been sort of a crazy week.
It was Timmy’s last week of preschool. He had his first field trip and even got to ride a school bus. Hopefully the mom who was responsible for him will still speak to me at their picnic tomorrow as he can be more than a handful. But I’m playing phone tag with the Dr that our pediatrician referred me to for further evaluation.

Bryan is getting HUGE so we went and got him a new car seat but its still sitting in the box in the back of the van. But while we were gone the local riff raff broke into our shed and stole our lawn mower (an expensive one that’s less than a year old) and some tools and electrical stuff. Still not sure how they did it as the lock was open and laying on the ground but the police officer didn’t think it looked pick. Still waiting for someone from the police department to get back to me about starting a neighborhood watch as there are several people on our block that are just totally fed up with it.

Then yesterday we went to get eye exams for Timmy, Tom and I. And arm and half a leg later all three of us will be getting new glasses. YUP my little man was lucky enough to get my wonderful nearsightedness. Dr says he wouldn’t worry about them for the summer but that he will most likely need them for seeing the board etc in school come fall! And my old man will be getting bifocals. I had a slight change but am in need of glasses that don’t look like they were rubbed or a cheese grater.

Let’s see what else. Oh in all my spare time I made a bunch of no sew tutu’s that are super cute so now I just need some girly girls who will model them for me for some photos!!

I think that’s about it. Today Bryan and I have colds and I could use a nap. But instead we’ll be packin up and heading to TBall when I get home!

Mother’s Day Smiles

Had to get some video of my men:

Bryan cracking up at me making sneezing noises. Forgive my annoying high pitch but its what made him laugh.

Then each of the boys singing their own original song.



Both boys singing You Are My Sunshine

And Johnny making this noise that makes me CRACK up whenever he does it

Meet the Boys…and Me

I’d like to take a moment to properly introduce the clan of Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy.


10305251_10154422106150510_1992012118050037103_nFirst, there’s me. The queen of my house full of princes. I’m currently a full time office manager for a small business. We live in the burbs smack dab in the middle of Chicago and Milwaukee.   Between the boys sports (currently baseball, basketball and football) and activities and our volunteer commitments we are always on the go.  But when we come to a lull in the action, we tend to get a little bored.  So if we don’t have something going on, we’ll find something do like attending a sporting event, show or concert or checking out local attractions.  Because we love to try and learn new things, doing product reviews has become a part of this blog.  You’ll also find that there are some causes I’m passionate about such as cancer research and I do what I can with my blog (and in real life) to help support them.

And then there are the BOYS of OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy.  Three boys definitely means a lot of noise and activity in my house.  And a lot of bathroom humor…A LOT!  Although I dreamed of all things frilly and girly before I became a mom, this boy mom thing has definitely grown on me. Some days I would give ANYTHING for a estrogen sympathizer, because seriously…how did pee get THERE!?!?! But for the most part I’m a pizza feeding, potty joke listening, sports cheering, boy lovin mom.


The first born.  Timothy.  Also know on social media as Large.

large timothy ohboyohboyohboy blog

Large, my stubborn tween, may be the death of me.  Smarter then I fear he’ll ever realize.  He’s got a heart and mind that could change the world if he simply stops fighting against the rules long enough to try.  He is a talented athlete who gives more effort in a day than many do in a lifetime.  There is no greater joy for me than watching him do what he is so passionate about.  He pretty much eats, sleeps and breathes sports.  If he isn’t playing or watching a sport, he is often reading about them.

The middle child. Johnny. Also know on social media as Medium.

medium johnny ohboyohboyohboy blogMedium, my quiet middle child.  Often feeling lost in the mix of things, you may not even realize he’s around until he’s READY for you to notice.  And when he’s ready YOU better me too.  With a kind heart and a strong desire for fairness, he can often be found fighting against the injustice of life as the middle child.  He will often jump at the chance to prove to you that he can things, especially if he may be able to do them better than the ‘first born.’  He love magic and all things Minecraft and will spend hours sharing either one of them with you if you’ll let him.

The youngest child. Bryan. Also know on social media as Small.

Small Bryan ohboyohboyohboy blogSmall, my snuggle lovin youngest child is quite literally the sunshine of days.  At seven years old, he is the breath of fresh air to his more brooding brothers. Rather than stretching and testing me, he’s much more likely to launch a “sneak attack” full of surprise hugs and kisses.  He, much like his brothers, is extremely smart.  He is a fabulous reader and as silly and fun as they get.  He can be quiet and maybe even a little suspicious of other adults but once he’s comfortable around people he is a TOTAL ham.



**Story behind Small, Medium and Large nicknames.

I’m not sure quite why but many people (including some close friends and family) have struggled with keeping the names of my older two, who are not quite Irish twins, straight.  However, they can usually remember which is the oldest and which is the middle.  So when a friend’s daughter referred to Johnny as ‘the medium’ one one day after spending time with us, it simply stuck.  Small, Medium and Large.  Even if there is next to no height difference at the moment between Medium and Large, they will forever be S/M/L to me now!!

Intros from 2011:


Timmy: He’s been amazing us since well before his first birthday with his desire to learn. We knew early on that he was something special. As with all things there are pro’s and con’s. With Timmy’s inspiring intellect comes an energy that can be overwhelming. In 2008 he was diagnosed with ADHD and since we began treatment he has continued to soar even faster. With his energy curbed just a bit, his amazing heart and kindness just shine through. He is an amazing big brother and always has been, even at the very young age of 13 months.



 313366_10150853365425510_756315509_21398129_2100466572_n blogJohnny: The stereotypical middle child in so many ways. He is both a lover AND a fighter. Quick to cuddle or anger. His is my imaginative little man. As a toddler he spent hours if not days pretending to be other people or things. He now states he wants to make movies when he grows up and I have no doubt that he will if that’s what he sets his mind too. There’s never a dull moment with him around.


295995_10150853366175510_756315509_21398142_1009199472_n blog Bryan: My spoiled little guy. He is the cutest thing ever…and he knows it. I truly believe God gave me this little angel to keep me smiling in the very dark days of my mom’s illness and passing. The twinkle in his eyes is an ever present reminder that God has NOT deserted me in taking such a huge piece of my life. My strong willed little goof ball reminds me that she will live on through us as long as we continue to live and love!

Updated: 4/6/15

Oh the Places I Go

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I have been blogging here since early 2008.  It first began an an online journal to keep out of state family informed on the goings on of my three boys.  I quickly fell back in love with writing and upon making some connections in the blogging community, I also rediscovered my love of PR (which was a college major at one point).  I love sharing our personal stories as well as reviews* and giveaways of truly great products. currently averages over 30,000 pageviews a month and growing and has over 1,400 Google Friend followers and over 1,500 feed subscribers.
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Back At It

So after a nice break and beginning to feel like herself again, my mom started chemo treatments again today. This time it is a different type of medication (or combo of meds) so they’re not sure how it will affect her. But she will have a treatment every week for three weeks and then get one week off. This is more like the treatments she has done in the past that were not soo hard on her, so hopefully that will be the case again. But its also a crap shoot as to whether this will be the right one to actually work too. So again we wait and see…

A Mother’s Day Photo Shoot

My mom always complains that she’s got too much stuff and that we shouldn’t spend our money on her for Mother’s Day. But she loves having current photos of the grand kids. So I decided for Mother’s Day we’d get a photo of all the grand kids together. I have to say I’m pretty proud of how well we got one to come out with all 9 kids. Then my nieces and nephews were cooperative enough that we got a shot of all of them together and an individual of each of them. My own kids however, not so cooperative so we’ll try to get those at home some time this week. Anyway here are some of my favorites.

can you figure out who’s missing here?!?!?!?

A total blessing

Two years ago the little brother of 2 of my favorite people, asked me to be his sponsor for Confirmation at our church. It has been sooo great getting to know him and his parents better the last two year.

But this weekend was the Confirmation banquet and service. Even though the rest of my family didn’t get to make it to church because of a flat tire and a problem getting the spare out, I was able to get there in time. Where I prayed for Dan while his family surrounded him. Such a great experience!! He is such a great ‘kid.’
Here are some pictures from the banquet:

a good time

I swear I don’t know where the time goes. Another busy week has gone by.

On Friday evening we met up with a friend of mine and her family at Bounces R Us and let the kids go crazy for a few hours. If you live in the area and have kids, I HIGHLY recommend it.
Here’s just a couple of pictures of the fun:

Collette, Aiden, Bryan and I

And this was Timmy by the time we got home. Johnny on the other hand rambled on and on the whole drive home!