Wednesday, September 28, 2011

So Random.

I'm thinking a bunch of random photos?  

Why not?  I feel behind.

If you are looking for Norah these days I suggest
looking under the furniture.
 Crawling backwards apparently means you end up under things.

She is desperate to get her grubby paws on this cat.
When she does pet him it is in a grabbing, 
attacking, shoving his body in her mouth sort of way.
 He loves it, he is very strange.

Here is Norah under the bed.
John actually asked me 
"Did you put Norah under the bed??"
 Here is John & Ava on their daddy & daughter day.
He took her to her first movie in the theater
Lion King, she loved it.
Then he took her out to lunch at her favorite spot,
Red Robin, then the park to top it off.
Great fun, love that they do this sort of thing!

 These are some random shots I took in my room 
Sometimes I read my camera manual in bed,
I thought trying the shots out while I read would help
me retain the information.

John thought it was unbearably loud to sleep through.

Here is my purse, I love it, but barely use.
I have discovered I can fit everything I need in it
which is at least half the battle...
 Here is the book I am reading, all most done, 
it's pretty good.  I might need to save that judgment
once I see how it ends.
 Sadly, here is the bottom of my closet. 
I think I learned this technique as a child
shove everything in and then close the door.
For some reason I always forget that last step.
 Maybe that horrible picture will inspire me to 
clean up my shoes.  Or close the door?
Or leave?  
Yeah, that one.

Here is a cute shot my brother Jeff took of him
and Ava at the beach recently.
Jeff just turned 21!!  Yay!
Ok that is all I have for the moment, I am off
to the beach in the morning.

This process always starts with stress over what 
I am bringing and what I am forgetting.

Thankfully it ends with happiness & relaxation.

So there is that.  : )

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friday Fun

 We had a super fun dinner party on Friday.
Good food, great fun & some of my very favorite people.

Sadly, I didn't really take any pictures.
Strangely, I still have several to share : )
 Fish face!
 Ava wishes I would let her do this more often:
She LOVES the phone.
I took this as I was getting the house ready,
I'm ok with letting her use a learn to read app
& getting her out of my hair for a minute, Win=Win.
 We used to be taken over by zucchini, now it's tomatoes.
I'm a pro at using a million a day though, so no worries.
Also, anyone who comes over leaves with a few.
They don't get a say in the matter.
 Cooking : )
 Me & Brad
He is VERY special to me, my BFF's first born : )
: )
 Kid food
 Little Zech
 Jon & John
 Trevor busy making us the best food EVER.

I made salad rolls, Rachel & Ryan brought some awesome 
BBQ'd teriyaki chicken and Trevor cooked up some 
mean Pad Kee Mao & Pad See Ew.

I can't tell you how badly I wish I had photos of the dinner itself.
Sadly, the second it was done cooking we all devoured it.

Maybe I should of taken a picture of the empty bowl??

Either way it's just torture.  
I can't stop thinking about that dinner.

But the best part??

The company.

We had Jon, Ryan, Rachel, Hanna & Victoria
(Rachel & I have been best friends for 25 years)
Billy, Trevor, Brad, Amelie, Ben & Zech
(Billy & I have been best friends for 20 years)

I wish I had a picture of all of them!!  We needed a group shot!

These people are my heart!
It is so nice not just having it be us girls but having our
kids & husbands all hang out too.
It's just really awesome.

Not saying I wouldn't mind doing a just girls weekend.
That sounds pretty appealing too! 

But really?  
Amazing food + wonderful friends = perfect night.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mug Shots

The girlies need passports, so yesterday I focused on
trying to take my own photos for that.
 Turns out it's trickier then it sounds.
Especially for a baby.
 I did end up with some really cute ones though : )
This is the winner:
 Ava was much easier of course.
When she wasn't being silly that is.
 We had some fun with it : )
 And the winner is:
After this I got into a fight with the Walgreens website 
which was not working yesterday and in the end gave
up and got the kids photos taken at Costco.

Ava's turned out pretty cute but I'm not in love with
Norah's.  This morning the website was back up so 
I had the one I took printed, I am hoping it ends up 
working with all the size requirements, it's really hard
to say without seeing it.

Either way, that is done, which is a relief.
Here's to hoping that this photo works,
I love it so much and I worked hard for this one!!
I love their little mugs : )

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Twice as FUN!

We had a playdate today.  Little Kruse is just a month shy
of being the same age as Norah (She's 7 1/2 months now)

I like how he casually rests his hand on her butt, 
he has a way with the ladies : )

 They are pretty cute together.

 She checked to see how many teeth he has, she has 8,
he has 2, that means she's winning.  lol
 She read some stories.
Kruse tasted his.
 She got pissed about how the book ended,
it was a real upset.
 He agreed so he ate his book.
 It was delicious!
 Ava played doctor, she is still sick, maybe this is her way
of taking charge of the situation?
 Norah looks a little worried.  
Maybe she thinks Ava's going to give her another shot.
 I just adore her little face.
 Love, love, love.
We had a great time chatting & comparing baby stories. 

It was a very welcome change from sitting at home
amidst our quarantined house.

It is so nice reconnecting with old friends, 
I love me some Angela time : )

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Still Sick.

 Ava is still sick.  She woke up crying, feverish and miserable.  
She then fell back to sleep and woke up some time later all 
sweaty and hot, screaming that her tummy still hurts.

I took her to the doctor yesterday, they did a bunch of tests and 
decided that it was her throat that is the issue but that she
doesn't have strep and she doesn't have mono.  

So I guess that is good right?

In truth, knowing what she doesn't have isn't all that helpful
in getting her better. They told us to wait to see if her fever
lasts 3 more days.
We are on day 6 of a fever, day 8 of being sick.

 I just want her to feel better!

 To help the children cope we have gotten some
old toys down out of the attic.

Norah likes them, Ava LOVES them.
Don't let Ava fool you in these pictures.
Poor girl doesn't feel well but she is loving 
these toys.
 She also loves watching movies all day
and having us wait on her hand and foot.

Sometimes I wonder if she actually 
WANTS to get well??

At first thought, I decided if Ava woke
up sick again today I would just drink all day.

On second thought I decided that I would
make salsa instead.

That seems like a healthier way of 
dealing with the stress right?

So rather then drinking all day I ended up eating
way too many chips for breakfast.

What can you do??

This salsa is so good that I am pretty sure I have 
totally redeemed myself from last years
embarrassing salsa travesty.

 I think we may need to have margaritas to 

Please send healthy thoughts our way (and tequila)!  

I seriously don't think I can do this much longer!