Sunday, January 29, 2012


Welp folks, the time has come for our family (and my belly!) to grow. 

Baby number 2 is in the oven! 

Is there even room in Summer 2012 for another baby??

Thursday, January 26, 2012

my life as a sucker in a tent

The other day, my dear little Owyn discovered the tunnel to his tent that he got as a gift for his first birthday from Grand-Jen. He was having to much fun being in the little tunnel (and might I add, had to be shirt and pantless to be in it (?)) I thought we should break out the entire tent.

And so, I set up the tent and haven't left it since. This is now day 3 and I am currently typing from inside the tent. I am a hostage. If I try to get out Owyn points and yells, "MOMMY, GO NIGHT NIGHT IN THE TENT!". 

That is what these kids do to us. We so deeply desire to see excitement in their eyes and smiles on their faces and it makes us do crazy things like get them their own mini "coffees" (fancy over-priced chocolate milk) from the coffee shop. Even though we know they will be bouncing off the walls raising hell after the sugar rush kicks in and we will regret it, we do it to see them happy. Same goes with the tent. I want to take it down. I've had enough, and if I have to watch "Mars Needs Moms" or "WALL-E" one more time I might scream, but I am a sucker for that kids love and happiness.
bringing power into the tent

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

heart chain

One of my jobs at work as an Art Educator is to develop art/craft activities for the children. 
We have various areas throughout the museum with art and craft activities that change on a daily/weekly basis. Needless to say, it gets really difficult to come up with activities that haven't been done before. Thanks to Pinterest, I have found a few new things. 

I figured I would start to share some of them with you. 

This weeks activity for the older kiddos is a heart chain. They seem to really love it. I have seen them do all sorts of stuff with them, like turned them into wreaths and hats.

Here are my own instructions to creating a heart chain. 
Kids seem to follow pictures better than words. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I am convinced that there's nothing on earth that cannot be cured by a little sunshine.
Lately I've found myself sitting in the sun for a few minutes just to re-energize my battery. I feel like WALL-E.

I am craving the summer sun. I want to be lounging by a pool with some sort of frozen rum drink in hand. Is that too much to ask for?

 I want this dumb season to end.
I should tell you how much I despise yellow grass, fallen leaves and bare trees. 
Between the winter and the crazy construction, that yes, is still going on, and a bee hive, our yard looks so sad. I'm a actually a little embarrassed when I dive up to our house. There are holes in the street covered by metal boards, dirt everywhere, bright orange barricades being stored on our lawn, leaves in the mulch (honestly, how do you get it out??) and overgrown hedges.

Good news is, irrigation starts back up this month, our bee hive is getting removed as I type (which means I can finally do yard work in the front without being attacked) and Spring is just around the corner.

ps. I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted until I uploaded these photos and saw my last album was created in December. woops.

Monday, January 2, 2012



I'm alive and I can hardly believe it. 
I'm not sure what it feels like to be on your death bed, but if I had to  guess, I'm pretty sure it's what i've been feeling like the past two weeks. I'm slowly getting better but have absolutely no energy at all. I'm pretty sure it's the flu, but how do you get diagnosed with the flu? Is there a test?

At any rate, my body was craving sunshine on Friday. Owyn and I both needed to get out of the house and even though I didn't feel like I could, I got ourselves together and we went to the zoo. Our plan wasn't to go there, but that's where we ended up. We went to the petting zoo, where we saw a horse that looked like the horse we had when I was a kid, and called it a day.  It was such a nice day so we spent the rest of it playing in the backyard. It was good to get some sun.