Monday, March 19, 2018

No Training Wheels

Big moment at our house a couple weeks ago- Claire is riding her bike without training wheels! They came off the week before her 4th birthday, at her request. 

Claire is doing great, but she's had a couple small spills when coming to a stop so she's not as enthusiastic about riding her bike as she was before. We definitely need to work on braking when stopping :) Claire got a new scooter for her bday and that's been getting the majority of the play time attention.

GO Claire GO!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Paella on the Grill

It's been awhile since we made a meal that took 2+ hours to prep, prepare, cook, etc. (I know you know this due to lack of food recipes on the blog...)

Anyway with our new outdoor grill, Ross has had the itch to make a grilled paella. It meant that I had to watch the girls for awhile, but it was worth it :)

The finished paella was beautiful with Scallops, Chicken, Shrimp, and Chorizo buried in rich saffron rice with peas and red bell peppers. I would post the recipe but Ross combined a couple from Cook's Illustrated to come up with this one.

I hope we can make it again soon!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lunch with pop pop

Getting pictures like this makes me so happy:

Pop pop picked Claire up from skoool for a special lunch date, complete with smoothie and cheesey sandwich. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rainy Weekends

So we went through a good 6 week stretch where it was fairly pretty weather during the week days, but then would storm the whole weekend. It was so frustrating! So after Week 3 you start getting creative how to halfway get the kids outside when they're stir crazy. I'm so thankful for the covered garage area we have during rainy weekends. We can just pull out a table for the girls and grab their craft of choice. Play dough is normally the winner but you really have to watch that little one; she makes a pretend cookie and the next thing you know she's eating it also.

Squirrel watching with Daddy

Monday, March 12, 2018

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings Time (DST) is generally no fun, but it takes on a whole new meaning with kids. For real. I was so annoyed last night/this morning I looked up the history of DST and why it exists. From what I can tell, there isn't a clear answer.

So let's just get rid of it ok?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Little Bon Bon

Paige Renae is becoming a super fun little person with her own very unique personality.
*P tries to repeat pretty much any word she hears; my current favorites are Helicopter and Squirrel.
*Paige actually stamped her leg at me when she got mad earlier this week.
*She loves music and dancing.
*Paige is our cuddle baby. She wants to be held as much as possible and regularly gives hugs and kisses (which is why I was sick for a month straight, I'm sure)
*Epic Smiles.
*Loves Play time with Sister. Imitates Claire's every move
*Always asks to go outside to play
*Enjoys walking around with the iPad saying "cheese"

20 Months old looks good on your Paige!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Ross turns 36

Happy Birthday Ross Huebel!

In honor of the special birthday boy, here's a look back at some previous Birth days :) Last year was pretty epic...

28 at the lakehouse
29 Iditerod
30 7 days of presents
31 Snow Machines
32 Claire Hijacks Ross's Birthday Forevermore
33 Claire's Birthday
34 25 weeks pregnant with P
35 Surprise Trip to NAPA

This is what Ross got this year...

Aww yes, a Cabela's 80 can cooler. The girls were kind of amazed with it.

On a more serious note, the girls are so lucky to have this man as their Daddy!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018



I have been in pursuit of a pull up for years. It has gotten close at times, but when life deals you a baby and you bench the idea for a bit. Anyway I can say now that I can do a pull up from complete hanging position. This is BIG (to me) :)

I did a unassisted pull-up today, YAAAAS!

Monday, March 05, 2018


Claire story tonight:

C- "Mommy your boss's name is Chris. Maybe you are my boss?"
(My boss actually is named Chris; I was completely surprised Claire knew this because I don't talk work stuff that much. or do I?)


C- "Mom are you the boss or is Dad the boss of me?"
Me- "Both of us are your boss baby"


C- "No, you're not the boss of me!"

This. Is. Four.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Claire turns FOUR!

Happy Birthday Claire Avery Huebel!! Claire is getting bigger, stronger, smarter, and faster each and everyday. I just love hanging out with this girl, Mini-me and best friends.

Pick me to be your mommy Claire!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Instagram brings me my daily dose of beautiful, meaningful poems curtesy if nayyirah waheed. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Claire is like a sponge right now. She overhead Courtney say "wet hair, don't care" and has been working that into conversations left and right ever since. Dangerous. 

I feel like it's been raining in Houston for a month straight (the same duration of all these back to back colds I've had).  When the rain cleared for a bit we made it to the playground; usually energy exertion means better sleep for these nuggets. 

Sisters Slide

Paige is really into counting at the top of the slide before she goes down. 1*2*GO!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Service Day

Once a year our church does a family service sunday rather than worship. We dropped Paige off at the nursery and brought Claire with us to experience some "doing" and "giving".

Claire made some placemats for kiddos at the hospital. Her signature "rainbow grass" was on most of them, except this one. 

Snack Packs for the homeless. 

Claire and Ross would fill the snack packs, then delivery them to me to put a label on them. 

Claire making ham and cheese sandwiches. 

"Mom can I eat the cheese?" 

We had such a positive experience, I hope we can do it again next year with Paige!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cross Country Gold

I've gone back and read this article at least 4 times today:
USA Wins Gold Medal in Cross Country Ski Race

After living in Alaska I a) have a much better appreciation for how hard cross county skiing is and b) know how much of a local celebrity Kikkan Randall is in Anchorage. I just love love love the fact that she is the only Momma on Team USA and she won a gold. Like a boss! We watched the end of the race (recorded) with the girls tonight and it was such an exciting finish. #Fit-spiration! Now they can finally go eat some Moose's Tooth pizza :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Playing at the park

We've been driving down the road to play at the park at Claire's "big girl school". They have a fabulous park so hopefully that's also an indication of the type of education she will get there... I'm sure.

And this picture is one of my all time favorites. I snuck my hand through the play equipment to snap it. It's a favorite not because it's an amazing quality photo, but because it captures the pure unadulterated joy of two kids having fun at the park.

These faces bring smiles where ever they go.

(most of the time) :)

Monday, February 19, 2018

5 Languages of Love

I'm guessing you've read "5 Languages if Love" in the past, but have you read it in the last 5 years? We've been reading the study group version of the book and I must admit, I feel like I'm reading it for the first time. There's been a lot of "life" that's happened since I read the book (7 years ago?), which inevitably makes the same words sound different today.

5 Languages:
1. Acts of Service
2. Words of Affirmation
3. Physical Touch
4. Gifts
5. Quality Time

Observations this week:
*Most couples have opposite primary language than their spouse
*Women seem to have multiple languages and guys tend to have a primary "top 2"
*Quality Time is described as "uninterrupted time without distraction" which is a real challenge with kiddos :)

What's your language of love? If you're not sure, just Google the online questionnaire and figure it out!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My heart

Claire & Paige = BESTIES. Oh, these two littles :)

I mean, is there a better way to start a Monday?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


It has felt like someone in our family has been sick for the last feel months. Seriously. Today Claire Bear woke up saying "Momma my throat hurts". I didn't think much of it, but a few hours later her teacher called saying Claire wouldn't stop crying. Hmm, that is not like Claire. 
Positive step test.
Early bed time. 

I'm feeling sick too, but Ross feeling just fine. stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Remember when?

I get so much enjoyment looking back at old blog posts.  Ross and I are exactly the same people and completely different people at exactly the same time.

Exactly the same, 8 years ago- Ross having trouble waking up

Completely different, 8 years ago- Cooking a 3 course meal on a weeknight and eating after 7

Timeless right?! :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Powerful Words

I'll be the first to admit I'm new to Instagram. And I'm really only on there for the photo filters and because my cousin Courtney says I need to be. I don't post many things myself and just learned about "stories" which are essentially video collages available for 24 hours only. 

Anyway Courtney added some people I needed to "follow" on Instagram, including poet Nayyirah Waheed. And this gal is talented. Sometimes I feel like she is talking to me. For example:

do not disrespect your heart. by hearing what it needs. and giving it the opposite. 


some words build houses in your throat. and they live there. content and on fire.

Her words are so powerful in an understated sort of way. I really enjoy getting my daily fix of poetry. and hope you will too!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Graeme’s Run

Another year, another great annual heart run in memory of Graeme! Robby and Steph put so much love and effort into this event, it truly makes it special. We’re thankful we could participate and support this nobel cause. I’m fairly certain the soaked ground didn’t phase anyone :) I like to think I made the double-stroller medal podium, but that’s probably wishful thinking considering an 8-year old blew by me. I told Claire she was running next year...

"Where's my running snack mom?"

Paige loved the band

Paige watching Mason play the cowbell

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Gooood night

Home again from midland! 

I’m going to need morning baby snuggles in a big way tomorrow!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Ultimate Eagles fan

Growing up in Newark Delaware, there's not a whole lot of sports teams to cheer for (sorry University of Delaware Fighting Blue Hens and sorry Delaware Blue Rocks). So by default, everyone latches onto the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phillies, sometimes the Ravens, and not the 76ers. Our neighbors next door, the Bairds, had 3 girls, also our play mates till 6th grade when we moved to Texas. (They also had a golden retriever named Ginger. Why do I remember that?) Anyway Mr. Baird was quite possibly the biggest Eagles fan I'd ever met. You'd always know if it was game day by the big 'ole flag he'd fly outside. He pretty much lived in Eagles gear everyday.

Over the last few weeks as the Eagles progressed in the playoffs, etc I would always think of him and wonder what he'd be wearing if the Eagles actually made it to the Super Bowl... Then through Facebook connections, I saw a SI article all about Mr. Wayne Baird. It turns out he is battling a rare form of Lymphoma and was given tickets to the Super Bowl game via Dream Foundation for terminally ill patients. You can read the story here: Deserving Fan gets Super Bowl Tickets

And his daughter just posted this follow-up to the story on Facebook:
Their original seats were in section 300, just a few rows away from the Pats fan that was in the same Sports Illustrated article as my dad, and he recognized my dad since he wore his Rocky robe to the game. They started talking and then the Pats fan decided to write a message on social media that got Sports Illustrated’s attention about his disappointment with their seat section...which led to them being upgraded to a suite directly behind the Eagles end zone!! My sisters and I heard [briefly] from my parents at the game (my mom managed to press mute during both of our FaceTime sessions 😂) so all the amazing details will come later..but again thank you for all of the love and good juju...this will definitely be an unforgettable trip for my parents!!!! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!! 💚🦅🏈

What a neat story. Makes me so happy and sad at the same time.