Thursday, May 07, 2015

Spring follows Winter

Now I need to search for my summer & autumn barns!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Gramma took us to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat. Though I think the humor in seeing the Pharaoh being played by Elvis, or their being a biblical country western song, they still enjoyed every second of the play. It makes me excited about future shows we'll see with them! It seems as though people always remember their first real Broadway show and that it's the one that leaves the fondest memory imprint. For me, it was Miss Saigon. For Michael it was Phantom of the Opera. I wonder what their favorite one will be.

The girls got a kick out of the reactions that the other kids had for their headdresses. Gramma was always confident that Aunt Erin's old dance costumes would come in handy someday! Haha.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


She wants them so badly! She makes me smile. I remember once wanting freckles so bad that I marked up my face and was heartbroken when no one believed they were real.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Hello Hello

I haven't been blogging much lately. My excuse is that Michael keeps taking the computer on travel with him, and he's been traveling A LOT lately. You might be wondering just how much "a lot" really is. In the duration of 3 months, he has 12+ trips scheduled. And that just gets us through May. I don't know what June brings, but I know July is much the same. Honestly I don't keep track of it too much. "Oh, you're leaving this week? OK. When do you leave and when do you return?" I try not to lay the guilt trip on him because I know it's hard for him too. It is what it is and life still manages to be good.

On the bright side, this means lots of travel miles! We're taking the girls to Paris around Christmas and we managed to get 3 of the 4 tickets for free! And we have enough miles for another ticket to Europe. Whoop Whoop!

No, it's not really about the miles. My point is this... Even when things don't go quite perfectly or quite how you'd like them to, why not make the most of the situation? Life is too good to complain.

And now, I'll try to catch up a bit on my blogging... though I'll plea guilty for blogging about Ellie's birthday LONG after the special day, even though it's dated appropriately. Shhh.... Don't tell anyone.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bring Your Child to Work Day

She insisted that Mommy wear a hat to match her. Something tells me that not a single one of my colleagues were surprised by that.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My new "Family" jar

LOOK! LOOK! I will never claim to have a picture perfect home (did you notice that the place mats aren't perfectly flat, and I think one or two might even be bleached), but I love my dining room. It's the jar that does it for me.

We have a game of topics of conversation for the dinner table. It basically has a bunch of cards, each with a question on it. The girls LOVE to answer the questions! I think it makes them feel mature to know that we ask them such grown-up deep thinking questions. Anyway, we've grown a little tired of the set of questions the game has to offer, so when I found this idea online, I jumped at it!

No doubt we're in for some good conversations! Parenthood is fun.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another Date Weekend?!?

Two weekends in a row? What?? OK, so the system isn't perfect, but at least we make it happen every month!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Date Weekend

Without a doubt, still our most cherished family moments...
And yes, her dress is inside-out. Something told her it was a good idea. Sometimes you just go with the flow.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Words of Truth

ELLIE: (to Daddy) I do trust you... NOT around cookies, though!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Best Day EVER!!!

For Ellie's birthday, I let her play hookie. I took her to the toy store to pick out her gifts. Then we went to the bookstore to pick out new stories. Afterwards, we picked up Daddy from his office and had lunch with him and stopped by the cupcake bakery for dessert. In the afternoon we went to Crackpots and painted some pottery. For dinner, she got to pick the restaurant. When she went to bed, she collapsed and and exclaimed "BEST. DAY. EVER!!!"

It's hard to believe that this little peanut is now 8 years old!