Tuesday, September 28


A little over a week ago, my grandma passed away. I couldn't continue on with my normal blog stuff (happy kid photos, ect.) until I took a little time to reflect and remember her. I am trying not to be sad, but instead remember all the fun times we all had with her. Gosh, she was such a neat person. I hope she knew that I thought that about her.

Grandma's name was Adelene. Beautiful name for a beautiful woman. At the funeral there were such wonderful photos of her and my grandpa when they were young: in their 20's. It is funny how you don't stop to think of your grandparents out of the context of just your grandparents. So neat to see their young lives!

Grandma loved lots of things: the color yellow, jewlery, make-up, art and photography, her family, cookies, roses. She loved pretty wrapping paper and family gatherings. Oh, how she loved my little Max and Cora. So many people told me this past week how proud she was of me and my family. Of course I knew that, but it was wonderful to hear it from others. She loved grandpa. My wonderful Grandpa. He adored and doted on her until her final moments. It was a picture of love to see them together.

Grandma was the best story teller. And she was so funny. She was the kind of funny person who didn't try to be funny, they just are. (Which of course is the best kind of funny person.) I will always cherish her many stories:

The time she and my aunt Kathie went to the wrong wedding.
They time she thought a belt in the basement was a snake.
The time she killed an actual snake in the basement with a garden trowel.
All the stories of her days of a young woman working at the telephone company and eating chocolate donuts every day on her way to work.

I would pay good money to hear these stories all again, even though I know most of them by heart! I will have to write them all down so I can tell them to Max and Cora someday.

I love you Grandma. We will miss you so much.

Thursday, September 16

a favorite quote

Some days at home are easy. Others are not. On those "not" kind of days (Cora poops up her back, then pees everywhere, the electricity goes out while I'm hosing her down in the tub, Max requesting--I mean begging--for candy every two minutes, trying to find an obscure piece of paper for Andrew...) I often remember this favorite quote I found a while back. It's a long one, but a good one:

"...but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."
-Anna Quindlen

Thank you Andrew for taking this picture of me and the kids. I know that I will look back at years from now and remember how wonderful it is was to be their mother day in and day out. Hopefully I can look back and remember the little moments. I hope that they remember me as being a mom who listened and played. I hope that I can really remember the days when they were so small.

Even the days that include excessive poop and power outages. For they too, are good.

Wednesday, September 15

teddy bear picture day

Little Cora is 9 months old. She is quickly approaching her one year birthday, and I am in a little bit of denial. One? Really? She just got here!

Max helped me with the these pictures: it was his job to make Cora smile. I love that she is totally into him (he was standing to my left, obviously) and didn't care at all what I was doing.

I remember back to when Max was this age the teddy bear pictures got a little difficult. I have a lot of the "crawling furiously and dangerously towards the end of the bed" shots with him too.

So much fun. I love you Cora girl.

Monday, September 13

a birthday surprise

Today is my birthday. I am 30!! No way. I didn't think 30 would feel this young. And hip. (As hip as you can be driving a mini van...)

Anyway, today I got a fun little birthday surprise when I was clicking around my blog rounds this afternoon: One of my photos was featured on one of my favorite blogs! Yay! Click here to check it out. A very fun birthday treat indeed.

It's a picture of Max, playing with his sidewalk chalk. I especially love this photo because it is so Max to me, even though you can't see his face. The posture, the gesture, the little black Crocs:

I can't believe my photo was selected today. So fun!

Sunday, September 5

please indulge me

I do apologize that my blog has turned into "cute pictures of my children" lately. Someday soon I hope to paint again. Maybe something that is just for me, something that has been riding around in my head for awhile. Until then I will continue to post photos of my babies.

Babies in tutus. Be still my heart.

Thank you Carissa and Charlee for loaning us this little number. Cora actually hated the way it felt and she probably only had it on for about 4 minutes. I am glad that I only borrowed one and didn't spend a lot of time making one or something crazy like that.

Thursday, September 2

adios august

I'm never sad for August to be over...it is kind of a weird in-between type month. Still smoking hot but not as festive as July. By the end of the month I am always thinking about apple cider and sweatshirt weather. Isn't that so funny? In February I would kill for a few humid August days!

So, that being said, I must say I am excited for September!