Showing posts from September, 2012

From the phone.

So I got a new phone.   I pretty much LOVE it. In so many ways it puts my old phone to shame.
The only issue is the camera.  So far the photos have been almost all blurry.  : (  These ones outside are some of my favorites. They are a little clearer & captured action pretty well.

 WET!!  The indoor shots were much more grainy. The color seems off too.  But that didn't stop us from having some fun with them.
 I kinda like this one.  Love this girl.  See what I mean?  Not so good.  But I adore HIM.  She has been the sweetest best girl lately. (Please don't let saying that jinx her!!!)  They definitely improved outside. This is from our little walk through the woods the other day.  John is so cute with his girls!!!
 Danger Baby!!!  Good old Instagram : )
 My crew, "Melmo" has become a permanent fixture.  Riding bikes at the library.  Norah vacuuming.   My loves. And this final one, Ava playing with her V-Tech Reader,

Almost Time...

I'm so excited for our trip!!
We leave tomorrow for Sacramento, right now I  am busy packing, making lists, organizing &  stressing over what I may forget.  
It's what I do. This picture couldn't be more accurate.
None the less, couldn't be more thrilled to be going to Meaghan's wedding, spending time with our family & most of all getting some much  needed relaxing alone time with John.
We are beyond thankful for the wonderful people  that are coming together to entertain our kids while  we are away.  I know you will all have so much fun  together & IF I wasn't off flying on an airplane WITHOUT KIDS to sunny weather, wine & fun, there is no place I would rather be then there with you all!

Stuff & Things.

These two.   So funny. Summer has come to an end so we are starting to  frequent all the indoor play places we've been avoiding  due to the weather being far too nice.  
We hit OMSI last week and we may just go there again  tomorrow.   Norah was so fascinated by these balls floating in the air.  She ran around like a crazy person going from one  thing to the next.  I love how well she plays now.  Although the drinking fountain always keeps one  of the biggest pulls on kids, it's hard to get them to  go play with the real toys they think it's so fun & WET.  We still haven't gotten Norah off the bottle. Can't say we have tried too hard yet.  She is a total addict to the thing.  She only gets one or two  a day but I know I need to end it soon.  
Just not a real big fan of her head spinning around.
Also?  I sort of want to keep her a baby a little longer. Can you blame me???

My Favorite Tilapia

Here's something I made the other night for dinner.   I figured I would put it up here so I don't forget how  awesome it was.   It's Tilapia with an almond/lemon pepper/dill crust along side roasted veggies with fresh garden tomatoes, basil and a balsamic glaze.

I'm getting hungry just looking at it.

It's so easy, you should make it.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Take the almonds, lemon pepper, dill & toss them
in a little food processor, pulse until it looks like thick powder.

Line a cookie sheet with foil, spray with a little olive oil.
(this is just for easy clean up)
Spray 2 Tilapia filets lightly with olive olive oil &
place on the foil.  Sprinkle generously with almond
mixture, pressing it on until coated, then flip
over and do the same to the other side.

Surround the fish with all your cut up veggies,
give the whole pan a light spray of olive oil then
season with whatever you would like.
My favorite seasoning is Trader Joe's 21 Season

Running Around the Block

...takes 45 minutes. 
And it's really not very far.
Such is life with kids, that's half the fun! We stop frequently.  There are cool signs to read, like this. It says "Weeds for sale! Cheap!"  We talk about all the things we see as we go.  If Norah climbs on something, Ava follows suit.  I swear they both are just waiting for the other to do something naughty to have an excuse to  jump in.  Two little trouble makers...  ...thick as thieves.   We run one way, we run back when we notice  Norah is running the other direction...  Ava helps wrangle her back in.  She stops to examine things that fall from trees.  Gathering them as she goes.  Where is Norah???  "You can't see me" Wait!   Bumpy things need to be felt!  This is a good spot to chill.  Hide & seek again, she really makes it tough, I will never find her!  A drum!! And we are off!
If you have 45 minutes someday,  you should totally join us. You won't get a bit of exercise,  but you are g…

One Week

In one week we will be heading out for a trip to Sacramento, JUST THE TWO OF US.

Yes, that's right, no kids.

Although I'm a little sad they can't join us, I'm way more excited to spend 3 days with John.

I haven't spent more then 1 night away from the kids EVER, as in I have seen them every single day of their lives. 

I'm proud of that, but also ready for a break. 

Anyhow, we are flying out on Friday & going to a little town called Auburn where we will spend the next 3 days exploring wine country, hiking & most importantly, seeing our beautiful niece Meaghan get married! 

We will get to spend some great quality time with our wonderful family.

I couldn't be more excited!

I'm so glad we won't miss Meaghan's wedding & I think it will be really good for us. 

I know I'm going to miss the kids like crazy.  I'm trying not to worry about that aspect.  I know they will be having a great time without us.  They are gearing up for a beach trip…


My laptop is in the shop.
No big deal right?
Not so much.
You got me,
I feel a little lost without it. 
I love that thing.
Anyhow, I will be blogging from the phone for now.
Ava just got this new flower press from my Mom's friend Dee Dee, just like one I had as a kid.
(Ava actually has an imaginary friend named Dee Dee too, more on that soon)
Ava was so excited to get started with pressing flowers right away, she was a little surprised when we recommended waiting a week or so before opening it up to give the flowers a chance to dry out.
I loved her reaction.
In her best little teenage voice she says, "Wait, what? A WEEK?? REALLY??"
She has since pressed, opened & re-opened it about 20 times since yesterday.
Oh well, saw that coming.
Hopefully it will be back soon with not too much financial damage.  I'm also hoping that dude fixing it cleans it while he's at it, that thing is a mess. 
In the meantime we shall focus on phone photos, well at least…


This is a little all over the place but  randomness is fun, right?? Norah has had money kept away from her  forever.  She will eat anything, well any non-food  item, vegetables are totally safe around her, she  won't touch those.  Anyhow, now she is allowed to play with  money and she is thrilled!  She asks for it  anytime it crosses her line of sight.  Ugh.  Speaking of talking, Norah is doing quite of  bit of that these days.  She has many phrases  down.  If she hears us talking about something she always chimes right in. On our last time heading to the beach, when we pulled into town, Mom & I were discussing  how it was really foggy outside.
Norah says "It's foggy here.  It's foggy here" over and over and over.  Funny.  Today she walked into the kitchen holding a book, she says "I have a book, please read."  Wow.  That took me by surprise.  I can't believe how much she  can say, and so soon!  She is a little chatter box, she has something to…