Monday, December 15, 2014

'Tis the season

A few things that have made me smile lately...


Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house.
Liam and his cousin Rylan.


Yes, this is three kids playing on three iPads.
The kids looovvveeee grandma's house :)


A sweet little message my niece Caroline wrote on the
chalkboard in my mom's kitchen.


Liam's first snowman of 2014.




Chloe has turned out to be a GREAT little gift wrapping helper.
Shaking the ribbon all over. Picking out gift tags for me.


My nephew's Christmas band concert at Blue Harbor.


Liam painting. I know, he does it all of the time. But it still makes me
smile, seeing him experiment with the colors & brushes. My little artist.


This sign I found at Hob Lob. I had to get it for the kitchen.


The tree is decorated, thanks to another great helper in the family named Liam.


The crazy dining room, filled with exciting Christmas To-Do things.
Wrapping gifts and making ornaments and decorating. Fun chaos.


Our cat Marlee being "fine" with Chloe chasing her around, tugging on her tail,
pulling her fur. What a good cat she is.


Testing out the (vintage) mixer we got from Matt's grandma :)
It's first hoorah -- Christmas cookie dough.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What lies beneath

In an attempt to make more room for our Christmas tree in the living room I had Matt move the couch a bit. This is what I found underneath it:

















Can you tell we have kids?

Clearly we do not look under our couch very often. Based on the fact that I found a Valentine's Day heart decoration -- that means it's been at least since February that we've last looked underneath.

And do you see anything non-kid related?

There's not even a cat toy. Or one of my hair ties. Or one of Matt's stale Tostitos. The only even slightly-adult thing is two dimes. Twenty cents. Not even enough $ for a large gum ball.

Some other observations I made:

- We obviously don't play cards often -- otherwise I think we would have noticed the missing card by now...

- And it's been even longer since we've played 'Drinking Jenga.' Like a wayyyyy long time ago. I guarantee that the Jenga block was being used by Liam to build a castle or spaceship. Definitely not by Matt & I to purposely get wasted. 

- Can you say major choking hazards?? It's a good thing we looked under here before Chloe crammed her tiny little arms under there and started swiping stuff out.

- Lastly, I'm surprised by the lack of crusty food and/or centipedes and/or other gross things usually found under couches. Although I'm sure I'll run into some of those when I look underneath the couch cushions tomorrow one of these months.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Novembuurrrrrrr...

Some things that have made me 
lately:



Liam enjoying the last bit of autumn leaves...


A couple of date nights with Matt...


Liam being a little artist...


This delicious (and dangerous) beer I discovered...
It's been a while since I've really enjoyed a beer - and this one did it for me!


The first snowfall of 2014...


A little snack tray I put together to eat during the Packers game...


Chloe finally loving solid foods! Red mess = pomegranate, beet & pear puree


Liam helping Matt make a pan of lasagna...
He's been SO interested in cooking & baking lately.
He gets mad if we don't let him stand on his stool and watch what we're doing.


Snuggles on the couch with my little peanut...


Liam listening to one my my favorite childhood albums!
Did anyone else grow up listening to this one?
"Where Do The Bubbles Go"
"I Like Peanuts"


And a plant that Liam insisted he "give mama" when he saw it at the 
grocery store. He's quite the little ladies' man already.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy belated boo!!

Halloween passed by so quick this year. I feel like I just put up the Halloween decorations, and now I'm taking them down already. The trick or treaters are long gone. And the carved pumpkins are starting to rot...

It was fun while it lasted though! Liam dressed up as Nemo and Chloe as Madeline.

My mother-in-law stayed at our house on Halloween so she could hand out candy while we took Liam trick or treating (it was too cold and windy for Chloe to go with us, so we left her with Nana). Liam actually "got" the whole concept of trick-or-treating this year (unlike last year) so he thought it was pretty cool.

We only lasted a 1/2 an hour outside, but when we got back home he loved handing out candy to the 400+ kids (just like last year). His patience and diligence surprised me. He plopped a piece of candy in the bags of each each ghost and Elsa and zombie, totally unfazed by the creepiness of some of the costumes. That's my boy :)

We attended a Halloween party on Friday night after trick or treat was done, as well as hosted a couple of friends & their kids to an outdoor treasure hunt/tiny pumpkin decorating/chicken noodle soup eating affair at our home on Saturday night.

Will bellies full of too much candy & cookies, I'd say Halloween 2014 was a success.

I didn't get around to posting a photo of the kids in their costumes on Facebook (and I've had a few requests to see photos) so here they are:


Liam liked the guts. He liked the smell of them too. 
(Personally, I think pumpkin guts smell like barf.)


"Madeline"




"Nemo"




My pumpkin, Matt/Liam's pumpkin, Chloe's pumpkin.






At our neighbor's house - see the eyes in the windows?


Liam and his friend, Cole.




And a few photos from the little gathering we had at our house.


I hope you all enjoyed your extra hour of insert whatever you did here this weekend!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On golden pond

Some things that made me smile in the past couple of weeks:
(basically, a bunch of photos of the kids!)


Liam hanging out in the trees at my grandma's house. 
I'm so grateful he loves & appreciates the outdoors.


The pond near my mom's house. Every year I look forward to
seeing the trees' reflection in this pond.


These tiny pumpkins I placed by my dad's gravestone with Liam & Chloe's names
on them. It may seem odd that this made me smile...but I feel peaceful after I visit 
his grave (after feeling sad and bummed out of course). It's quiet & peaceful at
the cemetery and I feel like he's close to me/watching over me when I'm there.


This little peanut in the stroller, out for a walk.


And this little man, insisting that he walk instead of ride in the stroller.


Seeing my nephew hang out with Chloe on my mom's living room floor.
He's a high school boy, so you think he'd be 'too cool' to hang out with family, right? 
But that's not the case at all. He has so much love for his family and younger cousins.
I'm grateful that Chloe and Liam have my nephew Tim to look up to some day!


Chloe and my nephew Hudson, just chillin' out. Pooping. Burping. Sleeping.
How cool that they'll be growing up together so close in age :)


Seeing my brother Nate and niece Bella ride on my mom's lawn mower together.
 It reminds me so much of when I would ride on the lawn mower with 
my dad when I was Bella's age!


Our mantel, decorated for Halloween.


Mattcrow.


Liam so proud of his pumpkin.


Chloe trying to touch her pumpkin. S--t--r----e--t----c---h


A vintage globe that Liam got from his Nana. I'm lovin' it.



That's it for now...

Enjoy the remaining days of October folks!