Sunday, August 20, 2017


When 1 pool just isn't enough...

there's 2!

And there were a couple moments 2 pools wasn't even enough, thanks to ROMA.

We actually ended up doing bath time in the pools outside on the lawn. For me and the girls :)

Glad we have another lake house trip on the schedule!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Roma turns 10!!

Happy 10th Birthday to the perfect puppy for our little family!

Roma is definitely a pest, but we've never been one for the straight and narrow path, have we? Roma is missing a toe, a toe nail, 1-2 teeth, has metal plates in her back legs with 9 screws on each side. a million bruises and bumps, and has cost us lots of money... but we love her and her zeal for life. On the worst of days she has been there to pull us out of my funk. Always happy. Always up for an adventure. Always special to us.

Happy Birthday Roma!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mars and Venus

Men and woman can be on completely different planets sometimes. Here's my example from this evening.

E: "I'm trying on new clothes, but I don't want you to look at me. This is me time"
R: "But I want to see the new clothes"

A few minutes later while I'm analyzing my reflection in the mirror-
E: "Ugg I still have a post-baby bump going on"
R: "It's a little bump"

I look at Ross and he's smiling like he just complemented me.
E: "WHAT??!"
R: "What? It's a VERY little bump"
E: "You said I have a bump?!!"
R: "No, you said you had a bump. I'm just agreeing"
E: "OMG stop talking and don't look at me!!"


Well I can kinda see both sides.

I feel like this may become a regular blog feature :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weekend in Seattle

We just returned from a kiddo-free weekend in Seattle- some much needed R&R. We're so thankful the girls have special grandparents who enable these types of getaways!

Here are some iPhone shots:

Great View at Matt's in the Market

Gas Works Park

Visiting friends Scott and Paige, they have an amazing view from their house

Deception Pass

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Boat Rides with Claire

One of the rewards Claire will "work" for, is driving the boat at the lakehouse.

"Guess you don't want to drive the boat, if you can't be nice to your sister"
"If you eat all your peas you can drive the boat next trip to the lakehouse"

You know real good parenting type stuff...

Anyway Claire will do whatever it is we're asking for, she loves riding in the boat that much.

So cool and so fresh.

Monday, August 07, 2017


Little P, isn't she a cutie? :)

I mean is there anything cuter than a lil baby learning to walk waddling around in diapers?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Happy Place

Everyone has their "happy place" and some have multiple happy places. It's super important to have somewhere you can escape to, but also somewhere that you can go to in your mind when you can't get away but you need to. We all have those days/weeks right?!

Ross just got home from one of his happy places, the Ranch. I had a great weekend with the girls at home, but I'm not going to lie, there was a couple times I "went" to the lake where I couldn't hear anything but birds (and jet skis)...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Ranking Breakfast

Everyone has a favorite breakfast food... and it's usually not what you eat Monday thru Friday :) For example, I eat yogurt with frozen fruit topped with granola, nuts, and raisins at work every morning. So when I go out for breakfast the yogurt with fix'ins usually doesn't appeal to me, I tend to go for an omelet. I would say Claire's favorite has become Kolaches- cheese + eggs, need I say more? :) Ross's favorite is breakfast tacos or eggs with bacon. So with such an egg-oriented family, imagine my surprise that my littlest munchkin does not like eggs. Paige Renea can eat Pop Pop's belgian waffles all day long, but keep those eggs away! What's your favorite breakfast food?

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sock Mittens

I never thought I'd be "that" parent. But tonight I taped socks on Claire's hands so she wouldn't suck her fingers. I'm in bed reflecting on this and wondering if I crossed some invisible line with this act, essentially turning into "that" parent?

This is a snapshot of Claire when I woke up this morning. She ditched her sock "mittens" during the night and had the shriveled fingers to show for it.

But with a little tape we are finger free so far tonight.

So I guess what I'm saying is, if this works then I'm going to have to be ok with being "that" parent, at least for a little while :)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Claire on a Kayak?

It's a bird, no it's a plane, no it's a kayak?!

Pop Pop you seemed to have found a rather large, pink fish? :) Who is clearly not pulling her weight...

Learning fun things at the lake house!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Belgian Waffles with Pop Pop

Pop Pop has a 'UGE saturday morning belgian waffle following and it looks something like this:

Pop Pop throws out all the stops for this fan club, he serves the waffles with organic mixed berries, whipped cream, and multiple syrups. Cutie girls will do that.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Going to the lake house is so much different than it used to be... there's a lot more puffs, bibs, frozen watching, and diapers involved. And I wouldn't have it any other way :) we had a great weekend.

FYI, Blog posts will be sporadic this week because I'm traveling for work.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(Root) Beer

I took the girls to Steel City Pops a couple weekends ago to a) enjoy a popsicle 3 ways and b) buy lots of popsicles to bring home. There's cream based pops, fruit based pops, and drum roll.... cookie pops (cookie inside the cream pops). It's so hard to choose just 1, but when you get a box of 12 to take home you get to choose half the menu.

Anyway flash forward to a few days ago and Claire is helping me choose a popsicle to share:
Claire- "Mom what kind is this one?"
E- "That's Root Beer. Do you wanna have that one?
Claire looks at me with the most incredulous face...
Claire- "Mom I can't have beer! that's only for grown ups"

And then tonight at dinner:
E- "Should we share a popsicle for dessert?"
Claire- "Sure! Dad, do you want beer?"
R- "I like beer"
Claire- "I picked it for you!"

If I hadn't remembered the previous conversation and also told Ross about it, we literally would have had no idea how she made the jump from popsicle to beer. So cute.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Roasted Grapes is a Thing?

I didn't know you could roast grapes up until last weekend when I took a Sur la Table cooking class with my friend Katrina. I mean who would've thought? They add a delicious sweetness to a savory dish without being over powering. And the pork tenderloin itself was quite tasty too; the longer the herbs sit on the meat the more intense the flavor is. Rosemary has been my herb of choice lately (thanks to Ross's newfound hobby of homemade popcorn and toppings) and this recipe really highlights the herbs.

Very unprofessional photo of Ross's plate, but you get the idea.

And here's how to re-purpose your meal for kids. Add some cheese to the plate, pull avocado and oranges out of the salad and wellla!

I used red and green grapes...

Try it out next time you want to make pork!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Purday Nails!

Claire has kicked her habit of sucking her fingers! I had low expectations for the reward chart system we instated, but it really struck a chord with her. There was only a handful of "hiccups" and I attribute them to muscle memory of putting her fingers in her mouth while she was half asleep. So that's where the bitter nail polish comes in. I told Claire we could start to paint her nails when she was done sucking her fingers and on her favorite two fingers I add a coat of the bitter stuff as a reminder, in case they find their way into her mouth.

Letting nails dry is always the hardest part!

Monday, July 10, 2017

P is a Walker!

Big news in our house, Paige is a walker now!

Don't mind all the underwear in the video :)



Sunday, July 09, 2017

Real Parenting

Weekend sound bytes:

Ross, while we were at a pool party: "If you stick your ears under the water it's almost like you're not in a pool full of screaming children"

Claire: "Mom, did the bad men put Jesus in jail? Did they stuck the bad men?"
E: "Stuck what does that mean?"
Claire: "Yah mom, stuck. Stuck them with a knife"
E: (OMG! what do I say?) Do you mean stab? Knives are for cooking and that's it.
Claire: Well then they could put the bad men in the fire and they get burned really bad. Then they will become an angry bird and we don't like angry birds.
E: (WHAT?!!, where did she learn this??) Ok time for bed.

We're good parents I promise!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Same baby, same Cake

But with an outfit change :)

Puffs Monster

I think purple is her color!