Friday, July 25, 2014

Live A Thousand Lives

I love reading.
I have tried to instill the same love for it into my girls.
I may be in for a hard battle with genetics because my husband is the opposite when it comes to opening up a book.
In fact, he lays claim that the last book he read has the word Goosebumps in its title.
As in RL Stine....from elementary school.

Told you it was going to be a battle. 

But I'm stubborn and ruthless.
My girls will love reading like me.

In all seriousness, I think my girls are well on the way to a path of loving books without my intervention.
So when I took this photo of my nine year reading to her little sister I remembered this:

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,
the man who never reads lives only one."

True story people.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014


I know it's inevitable.
Kids grow up.
I've had it happen to my older two and now its happening again.
This little girl is embarking on her terrible two's and I'm trying to enjoy them.
Sounds weird perhaps, but I'm 99.9% sure this is my last baby.
My last terrible twos.

So I have been reminding myself to just try and enjoy those tantrums and toddlerhood.
This can be difficult when your trying to shop, cook dinner, or just hear anything in general.
But I'm trying.

Where is this coming from?
Well today I caught her looking out the window this morning and it reminded me of a picture I took awhile back. So I snapped a new one for comparison.

She doesn't need the trim anymore to get a boost to look out.
Things change.
Time marches on.
Kids grow up.
I'll get wrinkles, grey hair, saggy stuff and all that crap. 
But I couldn't ask for anything better then getting old and watching my kids turn into these amazing little people.
Change can be hard, but rewarding.

Besides, who want's to live a stagnant life anyways?

Little by little
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Been a lot of this lately.

 And this.

Oh, and some of this.

Sure miss this.
I have to say I'm extremely impressed with this little squirt.
She is doing amazing and I'm so proud of her.
She is going to be back to her crazy, happy, smiley self in no time.

And I just have to add. I miss this too.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ice Cream, Jello and Pudding......Oh my!

Today our middle child had her tonsils out. 
Oy vey.
I dreaded taking her in (I get so nervous!), but knew the outcome would be worth it in the end.
She is recovering really well and as I type she is enjoying continuous episodes of Wild Krats and taking little baby bites of pudding.

She is such a trooper.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

I need a little Joy Behar.

I have an illness.
An over thinking things ailment.
When it comes to pictures I will sometimes take a ridiculous amount of time 'fixing' them.
When in reality they don't even need it.
After doing that today I wanted to kick myself.

"What the heck Self? Get it together."
Please tell me I'm not crazy and we all have this internal dialog... right???

So here is the photo I overdid,
over thought, and over whatevered.


Black and white?
 Oh, dear I dunno.
They both needed something, but I couldn't figure it out. 
It was getting Photoshop ridiculous up in here, I needed to move on.
 So to quote one of my favorite SNL one liners:
Thanks Joy.
 I needed that.

This blurry straight out of the camera one is my favorite anyways.
So take that Self!
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It amazes me how different our two older girls are. 
Even their sleeping habits are opposite of one another.
One is an early riser.
And the other, well..... isn't.
10:00 am and still snoozing away.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Under the Sea

Part of the reason I wanted to start getting into this whole blogging thing again is I really missed capturing some of the moments with my girls. 
Take today for example.  
Normally I would be doing house work (wah!), but today I had to ignore the laundry so I could take some photos of my little one "payn' toys".

Little Mermaid to be exact.

If you're a child of the 80's you know all about Ariel, Sebastian, Scuttle and the crew.
And if you were a fanatic like some kids out may even be able to sing some of the lyrics to say... oh, I dunno....perhaps 'Under the Sea'.
"The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else's lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?"
or something like that.

I could keep going, but when I break into song I get confused looks from others.
"uhhh mom? I'm trying to use my imagination here."

Whoops. Sorry.

So when I'm not singing and reliving my childhood I get to capture cute little moments like these.

 I love the pointed finger.

She spent most her time trying to get poor Eric's shoes on.

And when she finally got it she exclaimed, "Whoo hoo I did it!".
So cute.
And yes,  Ariel and Eric where hanging out at Cinderella's castle.

"Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and days it's Cinderelly
Make the fire, fix the breakfast.
Wash the dishes, do the moppin'
And the sweepn' and the dustin'
They always keep her hoppin' "

What can I say?
I watched a lot of Disney growing up.
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