Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Paige at 8 Months

I'm a month late with posting the monthly pictures, but here they are- Little Sweat Pea!

Monday, March 20, 2017


Toddlers say the darnest things sometimes right?? Here's the latest installment of Claire-isms.

Ross: How do you spell my name?
Claire: R... L A I R E
Ross: How about Paige?
Claire: P... L A I R E

I tell Claire that I have to go on a work trip and she tells me that she wants to "Keep Me." I'm thinking oh that's so cute. And then she says "I'll keep you in a crate like Roma Mom and you can't go anywhere"

"We're both big girls, right Mom?"

Claire is throwing a fit and I ask her what will make her snap out of it and feel better. She squints her eyes and says "Anything MOM, ANYTHING."  She meant to say was "nothing, nothing would make her feel better." I had to stifle my laugh. Silly verb tenses.

Every night before dinner Claire asks "Is there cheese in there?"

C: "Dad, I need to drive the car"
R: "You're not big enough"
C: "Ok Dad, but I'm growing"

Claire's dinner time prayer "Dear God, thank you for our family and for Daddy's pizza. Amen"

In the car the radio is playing in the background and Claire says "Mommy, it's Lady Gaga" and sure enough "Million Reasons" had just come on. We watched the super bowl half time show together and then watched a video of the half time show a few days later. that's it. How did she remember this?!

When Claire counts to 20, she skips the number 15 every single time. Oh and she skips number 25 when we count to 30. So funny.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Petting Zoo

I took a vacation day from work on the Friday right before Claire's birthday and we had a Mommy/Daughter day. It started with picking up Kolachie's, then heading to the zoo, followed up with a picnic.

The petting zoo is always one of the highlights for Claire, especially Albert the goat.

Multiple birthday celebration days is the best don't you agree?!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3yr Old Yoga Party

We had Claire's 3 year old birthday party at Big Power Yoga studio and it was a blast, I definitely recommend!

It was so nice having the chaos contained to a studio room, that's not my house.

Cheeto Break

Such a fun day. Namaste.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blast from the Past

It's so fun to look back at how we've celebrated birthdays in years past:

7 years:  28 at the Lake
6 years: Reindeer Run
5 years: Big 30
4 years: Snow Machine
3 years: Claire
2 years: Brunch at Hugo's
1 year: Owl Cake

Monday, March 13, 2017

The French Laundry

French Laundry has been on my bucket list for almost 10 years. And by some chance of fate Ross and I got to dine there during our Napa trip last weekend. And it did not disappoint... It was the best all around meal and restaurant experience I've ever had. I was on Cloud 9 the entire meal.

I didn't want to finish my dessert Port because I didn't want the meal to end. Toward the end of the meal our waiters said the new kitchen had been open for 22 days and would we like to see it? Ummmm that's like asking Ross Huebel if he wants to go to the ranch? YES!

Got to meet the Chef de Cuisine, David Breeden. OMG.

I might have cried happy tears when we were walking to our car. Not kidding. It was such a special night.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Ross's Birthday

I have been super excited for Ross's birthday. I mean you may have thought it was my birthday today. But a gal can only contain multiple surprises for so long without slipping up.

I broke into Ross's office today. Go ahead, call me Nancy Drew. I got through the keypad access code hurdle by summoning my inner "What Would Ross Do" and it worked! I dropped off breakfast, a balloon, and some presents- five presents to be opened at specific times. Here's how it went:
10 AM: Bottle of Benziger Wine
11 AM: Ad Hoc Cookbook by Chef Thomas Keller
2 PM: San Francisco Puzzle
3 PM: Southwest Airline Drink Tickets
4 PM: Itinerary for a Napa Getaway

I am personally most excited because we are eating at French Laundry, THE French Laundry. Cannot even wait!

Do you know how hard it is to plan a trip without your spouse knowing??! Yes? Ok it's fair to say that it's complicated, right?!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Orange Sisters

Pictures with both girls, smiling?!  In matching dresses nonetheless!

So happy hanging out with Granna!

Until Paige gets caught going in for sisters hair. P loves pulling C's hair. And she's just so stinkin cute it's hard to get mad at her...

But Claire certainly lets Paige know exactly what's on her mind...

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Claire turns THREE!?

Claire turned THREE on Saturday March 4th!

The orange themed Yoga party was a success!!

Claire had a great time... and so did Mommy :)

Her orange ombre cake (made by Gigi) was delicious. I mean top 10 best cakes for sure. We've been eating it after every meal for the last 2 days. Yes, I said every meal. At least till Ross's birthday on Tuesday :)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Brick Oven

Ross has quietly been turning the grill into a Brick Oven to take his pizza making to new heights. It wasn't all smooth sailing at first, there was definitely charred black bottom pizzas but I think he's finally honing in on the ideal set-up. There's got to be a lot of tasting along the way of course.

Claire likes helping Ross put the toppings on the pizza and is very vocal about her likes and dislikes. When it's time to chow down, Claire regularly says "Good job Dad, I like it. Good job"

"Need nother piece Dad." And then she asks for Daddy's pizza the next couple days.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Random Tues Thoughts

*I wish I could go to bed before 10 pm every night. However, it's usually close to 11pm when I remember this.
*Balayage? do you know what that is? I learned this word last week when I got my haircut. Here's the wikipedia definition:
Balayage is a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.
*Blue Bell's new ice cream flavor "Ice Cream Cone" leaves lots to be desired. I'm good with the dark chocolate covered waffle cone bits, but the vanilla ice cream needs a boost. And there's a giant blob of chocolate fudge in the middle. Can we spread that out? I mean if you switch the ice cream base to Homemade vanilla and added magic shell throughout it'd be perfect
*Roma sprained her ankle and we tried to let it heal on it's own. But it's not. Vet and xrays tomorrow.
*Disappointment is repeatedly one of the most difficult emotions for me to handle. What's yours?
*Claire turns 3 on Saturday, what?!!!!
*Paige now knows how to wave goodbye. no more little teeny tiny baby here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Mode

Little Baby girl has a cold and it really disrupts our healthy sleep habits so quickly. "Oh, you want to be held for an hour.. Ok." 

Anyway, Paige is finally sleeping and hopefully I will be too within the next 5 min. G'night!

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Some things never change. Ok... I recognize there are more wrinkles present than in times past, but sister imposed selfies are timeless.

And Snapchat just wasn't around 10 years ago.