Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4.14.15: The BEST night at Brownies ever... our troop leader brought the most coveted treasure. The parachute was an instant hit with these 2nd graders. #thankyouspring

Monday, April 13, 2015

4.13.15: Happy Birthday, lady. Not a day goes by when I don't think about you and miss our crazy times together.

Don't worry, like any good friend... I'll drink yours.

Cheers, Cheryl.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

4.12.15: STOP. TIME.

First Communion... Mary Danielle was so excited for this celebration with family, and I just about crumbled up in a mess of tears after seeing her all dressed up. She wore Aunt Mimi's (Godmother) veil... and Mimi styled her with such love this morning.

And MD is a spitting image of Mitch's mom, Danielle.

You can't tell me that spirits don't live on.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

4.11.15: Zola has come full circle with taekwondo... she attended this event 4 years ago as a spectator, and was relentless in asking me if she could join. We waited a few months and finally let her join.

She hasn't let up once, with only one test away from her Black Belt.

This girl's determination is endless, and although it makes me *crazy* some days, I know it will serve her well.


Friday, April 10, 2015

4.10.15: Work is crazy, I'm prepping for family this weekend, and about ready to gnaw on my arm out of hunger... I don't think this will feed my body properly, but grabbed it out of desperation at the gas station. #fuelfail

Thursday, April 9, 2015

4.9.15: Mitch spent three hours shopping with Mary Danielle for a First Communion dress (if your FB friends with him, you already know this)... well, throughout that evening of high drama, no dress fit MD's fashion-forward imagination.

So we did what we SWORE we'd never do... we gave into the diva and ordered four dresses online in hopes that one is a winner.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

4.8.15: I tried to be cool once.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

4.7.15: "Mom, when I look at anything, all I see is rainbows."

Wouldn't life be much better this way? I want some of those glasses.

Monday, April 6, 2015

4.6.15: Aw, pretty bird. In my windowsill.


It took an entire neighborhood gaggle of kids to net this sweet finch, and carefully free it outdoors.

We had to use a net.

A whistle.

A piano.

And a sled.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

4.5.15: My little Easter bunnies... we all woke up slowly this morning and enjoyed baskets of goodies left overnight ;)

Well, "slowly" only if you ignore three kids frantically jumping on our bed, asking if the Easter bunny visited our house, demanding to get downstairsrightthisminute.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

4.4.15: Partner smash (teaching 'em young!), KB snatch bruises, and all the shoes I wore this morning. #loveyourworkout

Friday, April 3, 2015

4.3.15: Love the girl that fills out the NCAA Women's bracket and monitors through to the finals!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

4.2.15: "Elsie, did you cut your bangs?"

"No, it's just new hair."

Um, no.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

4.1.15: Zola tried to give a piece of candy to MD...

Ok, fine, MD knew what was coming when she pulled open that box.

But Zola's teacher didn't know :)

April Fool's Day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

3.31.15: I can see that with Spring also comes updated lawn adornments...

Monday, March 30, 2015

3.30.15: Two feverish kids home from school, and I have work that needs to be done... so the only real solution to this is to give each kid an iPad and wish for the best.

Not my best parenting day.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

3.29.15: When Pigeon is hard for you, having a six year old draped across your back can help. Or hurt. Or both...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

3.28.15: Dez visits from Milwaukee :) It was a much-needed visit, with some quiet time to process the last month. Not that quiet, because our kids were around and obnoxious all weekend, but we did get a night out sans children.

And I feel like I need to point out that I'm not showing the peace sign... it is the number 2. For whatever reason, I can't remember.

Friday, March 27, 2015

3.27.15: I had to make up for Bingo night somehow... so after-work drinks with my sweet friend, Tina, it is!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

3.26.15: Bingo night at our local elementary school... and it is a long story, but I wasn't supposed to be here. I'm supposed to be having drinks with friends from my gym. Slight miscommunication about play practice and all of a sudden BAM! I'm playing Bingo. And that's not a cocktail in my kleen kanteen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3.25.15: My view from my bathroom, as I was getting ready this morning. Something tells me these kids have no desire to move quickly today.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

3.24.15: "Mom, will you come in and lay down with me for a bit, and maybe cuddle?" Zola said.

I hightailed it over to her, and we snuggled and watched Chopped.

Best evening ever.

Monday, March 23, 2015

3.23.15: Good morning, Spring!

Or not.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

3.22.15: Sweet tumbler... this was our FIRST gymnastics/tumbling meet with Mary Danielle. She was so nervous to perform and be judged by all of these people.

I mean, who wouldn't?!?

But no fear was going to get to her Sunday morning.

I'm so proud of her willingness and ability to get out there on the mat, and do what she has been practicing for months. And then be ready to see the score the judges give her.

My Mary Danielle... a girl with so many talents :)

Saturday, March 21, 2015


3.21.15: This was my morning... silence is for the weak.

Friday, March 20, 2015

3.20.15: How long do you think I'll be able to hold her like this?

Another 10-15 years?


That's what I'm going with...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3.19.15: Time to head home... driving back from the airport, and the girls are already missing warm Florida.

Next stop, Iowa!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3.18.15: Spring Training game with the Orioles!

I'm going to let you in on a secret... I had no idea this kind of thing existed. 

We had tickets for an Orioles vs. Twins game, which I knew. But I don't know what exactly I was expecting.

As we pulled into the parking lot, I shrieked "Oh my goodness! Look at all of these Orioles fans! And the whole stadium is decked out with cute Orioles decorations! SO CUTE!"

Mitch was all... "Ummm, you know this is the Orioles Spring training facility, right?"

Ummm, no. I did not know that. Thank you for that information.

But it was FUN! And the girls had fun, which is most important.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3.17.15: A day full of tennis for these girls!

Sadly, Zola is in the hotel sick with the stomach flu, so Mitch took MD and Elsie to the courts for some fun.

Monday, March 16, 2015


I decided, very last minute (I'm on vacation, for Heaven's sake), to change up my hairdo.

Short hair is awesome, but I look the same when I go to the gym every morning and when I go to a fancy schmancy event in the the evening.

I wanted to try something different.

So sue me.

Zola said, "What in the world happened to your hair? Do we not have a functioning hair dryer in this hotel?"

MD said, "MOM! I didn't know you were trying to look like Elvis!"

Elsie just poked at it. Over and over and over.

We were at dinner and I literally had to say, "Elsie, quit poking my hair with your finger."


Sunday, March 15, 2015

3.15.15: Pool day for these mermaids... and that's all we did. For the entire day.

Well, unless you count participating in a belly flop contest. You're looking at the face of the first place finisher.