Friday, September 28, 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.

 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,
(thanks again Matt & Rhi, she still LOVES this thing)
is from my NEW phone.  They exchanged it for me with 
zero hassle today & I am sooooo happy.  It takes way 
crisper, cleaner photos.  (not that I have had any time to 
actually play with it much yet, but I can already tell)

You know me & photos, so the ability to take good ones
right from your phone without having to lug around the 
big camera is pretty awesome.  

I also got a new vacuum today for NO MONEY at all.  

Happy day!! 

Have a great weekend, you can bet we will, we may even
already be on an airplane as you are reading this.... : )

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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 
 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???

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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
Salute, or Mrs. Dash, preferable something with no
sodium, the fish should be plenty salty from the
lemon pepper. 

Next drizzle a little Balsamic Glaze over the top of
the veggies.  If you don't have this you could try
lemon juice or just leave them dry.

Bake in the oven, uncovered about 10-15min
or fish flakes easily with a fork.

Plate all the food, top veggies with fresh
garden tomatoes, a some basil & a little
more balsamic glaze.


2 Tilapia Filets
(I used frozen & thawed them under running water)
1/4 c. Almonds
1.5 tsp Lemon Pepper
1 tsp Dill
1 Onion cut into big round thick slices
5 Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced in half
1 Squash cut into thick round slices
(You can use any veggies you would like)
1 Tomato
6 Basil Leaves
Olive Oil
Fresh Ground Pepper

Now go make it & let me know what you think! : )

Monday, September 24, 2012

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"
  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 guaranteed to have fun!

Friday, September 21, 2012

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 with my Mom & Auntie Jessica, so they probably won't even have a chance to miss us. 

I love that I'm leaving them in good hands, that makes it not just easier to do something like this, but possible.  We are so lucky to have such a great, loving, supportive family in every direction we turn.  We are all so very blessed.

One week, bring it, lets do this!!

Actually, on second thought, I love having things to look forward to, so in many ways I have already gotten a lot out of this trip. 

So maybe, rather then rushing to next weekend, I will take this week slow & just soak in this time I have with my kids & the anticipation for things to come...

Thursday, September 20, 2012


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 one phone photo at a time since that's all this phone app lets me do per post. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


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 
say about everything.
 But truthfully, my favorite thing she says 
is this strange little whispery-jibber-jabber
she totally makes up.  She leans in like what 
she is going to say is really important, then 
gos on & on in this little whisper with this 
crazy little language.  It's the cutest thing.
 She cracks me up about 1 million times a day.
 She also drives me completely nuts about 15 times a day.
 I suppose that ratio is pretty good, could be
so much worse!! 
 Ava is so easy compared to Norah.  
Her biggest issue is that she sees Norah doing
something naughty and she feels that gives her 
the green light to do it too, rather then being a 
good example to her sister. 
 Which as you can imagine just doubles the trouble.
Oh well, they sure do keep it interesting!!!
 I LOVE that Norah is still little enough to bathe in 
the sink.
 That means she is still a baby right?  RIGHT????
 I really don't want her to grow up too fast. 
 I love the age she is right now.  
Next thing you know she will be four and a half,
like some people we know  : (

And THAT would put Ava at seven & half!!!  
 We saw a spider with it's prey on the back deck,
the girls thought this was pretty cool!

 She stole my phone, listening to music. 
See?  Old.
John got these little camping chairs for free at 
a garage sale next door (there is another that
matches this one) look who took them over.

Happy kitty.

Tomorrow the girls & I are going hiking.  
I'm sad John can't come with us.
I think this means I have to carry Norah!!  

I'm scared!  I can't decide which is better, pushing 
a stroller up steep hills or carrying her in the hiking 
pack.  Wish me luck, I already have a kink in my 
neck just thinking about it...

Ok maybe I already had that but I'm sure carrying 
her in that pack isn't going to help! : )