First Visitors for M

May 20, 2018 | Courtney wins for being the first visitor to come to our house and see M…and not only did she arrive with tons of gifts/clothes for M but a whole bag of goodies for E too!  Seriously, spoiled her rotten with dino-things and her own pink-pineapple bag.  Such an incredible sweetheart! Grandma also made the trip to come meet her newest Grandchild (#17, and currently 5 great-grandkids!).  E loves her little sister…and asks to hold her (with the pillow) here and there.  It’s pretty darn adorable… 🙂

Egg Dyeing

March 30, 2018 | I always have to break out the real camera when it comes to coloring eggs…she was really gentle this year (for the most part) and enjoyed it more than in the past!  I love her proud smiles for the colors she mixed… 🙂

A Unicorn Drink

April 19, 2017 | It’s ridiculous to make a post about this, but it’s more for a cultural reference many years down the road. Starbucks did a thing…and called it a Unicorn drink…then the world went nuts. I grabbed one for our family to share, and surprised my neighbor with one at the same time. I think it was either the first or second day they released it? Anyways, it sold out shortly after, and then the articles on FB appeared about how AWFUL it was for you, so much SUGAR, and basically you’re the worst parent ever if you let your kid taste it…whatevs!


January 26, 2017 | Despite all that has happened, I feel that I need to put this in here. I may be sad now, because it didn’t work out, but this particular morning I took the time to write these memories and I want them to stay…

I was woken by the familiar sound of E over the monitor, shouting “I’m awaaa-aaaaaaake!” as loud as she could.  D was getting ready for work, and I decided to hit the bathroom before answering the toddler-call.  The plan was to attend a super-hot yoga class with my friend Cara at 9 AM, but something prompted me to take the pregnancy test sitting on the back of the toilet.  You know, just in case?  We had timed it correctly this month, and I thought that I was exhibiting all of the signs that my period was starting.  But come to think of it, I’ve been very teary lately…emotional at the drop of a hat…and my lower-back has been hurting.  And so I opened up the package.

Immediately a bold plus sign appeared…and I just stared at it.  Incredulous.  Was this for real?  I sat in there, hearing D at his sink on the other side of the door.  I slowly walked out of the bathroom and said, “Uh, D?” and showed it to him.  We both smiled at each other, then laughed, and had a big hug.  Cautiously happy, you know?  Because it’s so early (2-weeks!) anything can happen!  If this is going to be the newest member of our family, early October is the due date.  Wow…!  

The night before we had our buddy Joel over to setup the new treadmill, you know, so I could start running again?  The WPPI Vegas trip I’m taking the first weekend of Feb?  Oh and that CO trip that we are supposed to go on at the end of Feb but haven’t booked lodging for yet?  Maybe this is the reason I’ve been dragging my feet.  But it’s all happening, and I’m so happy that I walked on the treadmill for 45-minutes without even noticing, and have shed some happy tears twice today (and it’s only noon).  We’ve been ready, but scared, anxious, and now excited… 🙂

Family Night

February 3, 2016 | While D stayed home to finish painting our bedroom, I took E over to my sisters house to spend time with her cousin and grandparents.  A’s house is just perfect for toddlers, since they can only remain in the main area where we can always see them!  The cousins are getting better at taking turns in the toy car, and sharing.  Phew!

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Messy Messy

January 2, 2016 | While the transition to the toddler bed has been overall good, there are some not-so-good things that have happened along the way.  For example, we had to get locks on all of her dresser drawers, and occasionally we forget to close one.  When that happens, here’s the result

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So after finding this, and picking it ALL up, it was play time.  First we journey into our room where the Beanie Babies are.  Always a good pit-stop to retain 10-15 minutes of attention!

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Her very first time using an SLR digital camera (my Canon 6D). It’s a nice still-life… 🙂  And what better way to get some energy out than bed-jumping?

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Every time I go through images on my camera, I get mad at myself for not breaking it out more often than my iPhone.  I could never get these images with my phone!