Saturday, February 28, 2015


One of our favorite places in our new neighborhood is our local library. Hands down amazing. They have an entirely separate children's library where we don't have to follow the girls around "shushing". They even have little wooden strollers with babies that you can check out while there to push around the library.

I love watching the girls explore here. They soak in everything that they can and then we pack up as many books as we can fit into the bag and haul them to the car. Until next time...

Thursday, February 26, 2015


There's something you should know about us.
We cook. 
We get a new issue of Bon Appetite each month, we've been known to have cook-offs between the two of us, and we're always on the lookout for the perfect new kitchen tool. 

One day while garage sale hopping I spotted a beautiful mid century record player console. We stopped and browsed and while the furniture piece wasn't in the cards, a pasta maker was. A very worthwhile $15 later we were headed home. 

That was 9 months ago. 

We finally decided to take it for a spin. I worked like a charm, and the girls had fun helping.

I'm fairly certain it had never been used before. It also had a folded up newspaper included in the box. It pre dated me. A helping of history with our pasta.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Forts are a never tiring activity around our house. We build them, they destroy them. They are an endless source of entertainment and on very special days and/or nights we even sleep in them.

This particular one was a bit "charged"....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hauser Visit

Oh Lord - are these little people not just adorable? We had the pleasure of hosting them, along with their parents, for the weekend.

Little man is getting so big and full of smiles. And that little girl isn't so little anymore.

 I love having this family closer to us these days. What used to be a well orchestrated visit with flights, vacation time, dog sitting etc, is now a weekend road trip. I know they are still adjusting to the midwest and may always miss California, but I for one, am so very happy to have them near by.

Already looking forward to our next trip home so we can stop by along the way.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines Day

We opted out of the hectic valentines night out and stayed in this year. I say this like it's different than other years but the truth is it isn't. It's our new normal.

This year we went fancy. We put on fancy clothes (I let Charlotte pick mine- she chose
my wedding shoes), we had candles, flowers, and we had seven courses.

Bacon wrapped dates, crab towers, grilled cheese & tomato soup shooters, scallops, procuito wrapped asparagus, blue cheese filets, and cake served in martini glasses. Whew. What were we thinking?

It was perfect. Lots of love, and lots of food. What more do you need on Valentines Day?

Not many pictures. Candlelight, while romantic, does not make for good lighting.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


These two. They are inseparable.
They adore one another and annoy one another, and rarely do you find them more than 10 feet away from one another.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ohio (with no kids)

Oma was brave enough to spend a few days solo with the girls so that Mister and I could take our first trip away from the girls since having Grace. And while every part of me knows that Troy and I enjoy the time away it doesn't make leaving those two little girls any easier. I'd be lying if I said Oma didn't shoo me out of the house with a few tears in my eyes. But I made a quick recovery.

Onto Highway 30. It was the route that we took all the way to Columbus and for the first half (roughly 3 hours) it was terrible. Frequent stop lights, reduced speed limits, and a recurring town by the name of Lima. Seriously, I think we passed the same town 3 times.  The second half was better. Highway 30: where friendships, navigation skills, patience and lunar activity are tested. Needless to say, we found a different route home. Plus, a few hours to spare on the trip home gave us a bit of time to grab a bite to eat with the girls before taking Chris and Gayle back to the airport.

To put a very fun weekend into a nutshell: 11 hours of driving, one (underwhelming) surprise, one LRC win for the Haighs, one carding incident, a Jayhawk loss, and a whole lot of sangria. I love these people. We had an amazing weekend with enough fuel to get me through to our next reunion.

Thank you Ellis and Nick for the hospitality, and to Chris and Gayle for the road trip! We can't wait to see you all again soon. And a very, very special thank you to  Oma for everything.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

And it Snowed

This weekend we had grand plans.
Gymnastics started back up on Saturday, then on Sunday we had invited some friends from the city out to our house for brunch. Sunday night we were wrapping up the weekend with food, drinks, and football. Super Bowl Sunday.

Gymnastics went well.

And then it snowed.
And snowed.
And snowed more.

We woke up Sunday morning to blizzard like conditions and over 12 inches of snow.

We canceled brunch.

We plowed and shoveled.
And then did it again twice more.

Then we built Bella the snowwoman. With hair of course.

We miraculously made it out of our driveway to enjoy the Super Bowl and snacks outside of the house.

Good weekend. Snow memories.