Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Awkward Family Photo

I love the Awkward Family Photo website (link on right side of page). Was thinking about entering this picture of my little brother and me from 1979.

Don't you just adore our outfits? My brother is a PIMP in that pastel leisure suit and bowl cut. I wonder if, 30 years from now, my kids will look back at how I dressed them as children and be equally amused. I'm sure that's a yes!

Friday, March 26, 2010


This was my view of the backseat on the way to drop Ryan off at Sara's, my best friend and Ryan's babysitter's, house the other day....

Poor little guy is feeling pretty icky lately. Does it show?

However....this was how I found him this morning...when he woke up at like 10:30 am (after 14 hours of sleep).

He was still feeling icky...but I think the good nights rest certainly helped to recharge his batteries!!! In fact...he felt so good that 2 minutes after this picture was taken...when I left him playing happily in his crib and went to get something in the garage...he climbed out of the crib and fell on the floor. His sister saw the whole thing and swears she had nothing to do with it. Not sure what I believe with that one but at least he's okay. Daddy should have lowered the crib all the way already!

....and we still have glitter in the bathtub....

So, two days ago...as I'm getting the bathtub ready for the kids nightly bath....I heard Ryan go into the master bedroom and shut the door. He's been kinda fascinated with doors lately...wants to open and shut them...open and shut them...etc..etc.

So I leave the tub running and follow him into the bedroom. He's been in there, alone, for 1 minute max. I figure...what could he have possibly gotten into in a measly 60 seconds or less? I knew there was nothing dangerous in there...so I wasn't worried.

Apparently....I have a lot to learn about child-rearing. This is the scene I walked in on.

(Don't mind the dirty laundry on the floor). In less than 60 seconds, he had somehow managed to locate a full container of silver glitter (don't even know how/why it was in our bedroom....darn Jim!)...open it....and dump it all over the bedroom carpet.

Isn't that cute?

And...again...cause I apparently have a lot to learn about child-rearing....instead of grabbing the vacuum and immediately working to clean up the mess...I grabbed my camera....which sent the message to my young impressionable children that this sort of behavior was not only tolerated.....


....and we still have glitter in the bathtub....the carpet....the hallway...our hair.....

OF COURSE this has to happen hours after the cleaning lady has left. GEESH!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Funny Kid

Conversation between Jenna and her Auntie Elaine the other day. Elaine had picked her up from preschool and they were running errands, which included a trip to the ATM so that Elaine could deposit a check in her account....

Jenna: "What are you doing?"

Auntie Elaine: "I'm depositing a check in my account."

Jenna: "Can you get some money out too?"

Auntie Elaine: "Why, did you want to go do something?"

Jenna: "I don't know...."

Auntie Elaine: "Well then, why do I need to get money?"

Jenna: "In case I want to do something later....I just don't want you to say you don't have any money."

Seriously? She's FOUR??

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


What do you get when you take a blue paper bonnet.....

and decorate it to your 4-year-old-heart's content with ribbon, plastic eggs, fake flowers, stickers, plastic grass, and a silvery glitter "J"???

Why...an Easter Pimp of course!!

The Big 4-0!

Jim turned 40 on Saturday and we did a LOT of celebrating....starting with pizza with his family. Here are a few pictures from that night....

L - R you can see Jim's Grandma Elena, his Aunt Jane, his Uncle Art, and the birthday boy himself.
YUMMY Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake from Coldstone.

Jim and Jenna being silly

More sillyness with cousin Elizabeth

Not sure about this face Jim....

Oh....so sweet!
Happy Birthday to my Handsome Husband!

We a good deal of birthday celebrating over the weekend....with a fantastic trip to LAS VEGAS!! I'll blog more about that later.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gimme Money!

So Jim and I have been thinking that it might be a good idea to start giving Jenna an allowance soon. We were thining maybe $2 in quarters every week would be a good start. The other day we decided to talk to her about this...to see if she thought it was a good idea. We explained that she would get a little bit of money every week but if she didn't do her chores (like help set/clear the table and help clean up her room...etc) we would take money out of her allowance. She seemed to like the whole idea but not much else was said about it after that.

A few days later she was sitting at the table quietly eating her dinner. Jim commented that she was doing a great job of eating all of her food and leaning over ...etc...to which Jenna replied...."I've been good all day...huh Dad? Maybe you guys could give me some cash?"

We just. about. DIED!

Where does this kid come up with these things???

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ryan has a new word....

.... and the word is "NO!"

I got him out of his crib this morning. He was wet as usual (the boy is a pee'ing machine at night). We went through our usual routine of changing his diaper and I exclaimed that his PJ's were wet. I said to him...."Oh no...you don't want to wear these wet jammies do you? No!"...to which he squealed with delight..."NO! NO! NO!!" and he laughed...and I laughed...and Jenna laughed...and then I realized that this word was probably gonna cause me more grief than joy in the months to come.

Am I ready for my little sweet baby boy to grow up??

In a word....


Sunday, March 7, 2010

In the Cherry Blossoms

My sweeties.....

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Valentine's Day

This post is a bit late....but better late than never right?

Here are some cute pictures taken on/near Valentine's Day 2010.

Jenna had a fun little party at school and Grandma Mary decided to join us. Jenna had a blast and obviously had fun showing off for her Grandma and introducing her to her friends, her school and her teachers.

Here she is with her class, all lined up in the hallway....waiting to wash their hands and use the potty after outside playtime.

Jenna at the party...ready for some lunch! She's sitting next to her pal Jake (who turns out to be quite the talker!)

Jenna and her "GranMary"

Jenna and Mommy (not the greatest picture of Mommy...but oh well!)

Jenna's spot on the carpet during class circle time...etc...

This year, Mommy and Jenna decided to make Daddy (who brought mommy some beautiful red roses) a cake for Valentine's Day.

Daddy loved it....and so did Jenna!

We also decided to make one for Mimi and Boppa.

Mommy got creative with the little marshmallow flowers. They loved it!

Jenna with the butterfly art she made in school for Valentine's Day.....

it was SO cute!

Later on...we decided to give the sponge rollers a shot....

Sadly...she wouldn't keep them in long enough to curl her hair so there are no real "after pictures".....

She did, however, manage to put her brother's hair in ponytails....

As you can see...he was T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D!

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day everyone!