Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! What is my resolution? BLOG more. We will see.
For now I have some pictures to start your new year off on the right foot...with a smile. We spent New Years in Ohio (obviously, the place to be for New Years). It was better than Times Square. Good friends, lots of fun and endless entertainment provided by three energetic kiddos. You can't beat that NYC!

Meet Emma and William.
 Hung out together as infants and reunited at New Years 2012 after a year hiatus, which in babies time is a lifetime in development differences.  Needless to say they have much more in common now they are both hovering the age of 2 (Emma, 22 months and William turned 2 in October).
**After they turn two I quit counting in months...its a rule, follow it. Please don't tell me your kid is 48 months, they are 4.

 There was no shyness, no tantrums, no hesitation. It was like no time had passed. Best buds from the start!
Their hobbies during our trip to visit included:


Stroller rides for two, in a one person stroller.

And, the best (and loudest)....they started a band.

It wasn't too long before Addison joined in the fun and we had a full three piece band (drums, harmonica and tamborine).

And wasn't too long until Chris joined in. The kids were happy to shift to back up dancers. Well, except for Emma. She still wanted the drums. (We made Emma and Chris take turns).

I always say...taking the kids on a trip is just that...a TRIP, not a vacation. But everywhere we take them we have a great time and this was no exception. Well, except for some extra tylenol to counteract the drumset.

Happy New Year! I hope you have a wondeful year full of trips, vacations, fun with family and friends and most of all happiness!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Family Picture...FAIL

Most people pictures are hard with children. Sometimes they are hard with just adults...
So here is my attempt at a picture for our Christmas card.

"Oh look! Geese! Everyone Look!

"Okay, now everyone smile"
Chris: "Wait...what?"


 In short, these will not be the pictures used for our Christmas card this year :).

There was one success of this photo shoot...and this was it.

I lied...two successes! Here is the other of the girls with their Nini and Papa. My girls are so lucky to have two sets of wonderful grandparents they get to see so often. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Picture Perfect

I know, I know...I have neglected my poor little blog. Honestly, it's like having another job! But, I am back and with me I bring some precious pictures to share with you. These were taken during our beach vacation in August by my fabulous friend Summer Triompo. She is an amazing photographer with some very fun "visions" for photo shoots. Some of these "visions" proved to be a bit trickier to pull off than expected but nonetheless we carried them through and here are a couple of the end results.

These are a few of my very favorites! These look so fun and easy-breezy...that is how you know a good photographer because "easy breezy" was not what was going on behind the scenes here. More like a three ring circus and an impending hurricane.
God bless photographers who take pictures of families with young children.

More to come on this...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

See Ya, Summer!

As summer comes to an end I would like to say, "Thanks Summer, it's been fun but I am over the heat, the pool and my kids boredom. Unfortunately for you school starts as you end....So, Bon Voyage!
I have no doubt I will welcome you with open arms next year but for now, we're done".

In celebration, a couple lessons learned from my experiences this and past summers to hopefully make your life a bit easier for future summertime fun!

So, here it goes...

Tip #1
First aid kids should be stashed everywhere:
Pool Bag (we'll come back to this one)
Diaper bag/purse

Addison took quite a fall at the pool this summer and as I went to help her I realized I didn't have anything in my pool bag that would fix this big of a "boo boo". Lifeguards had band-aids for paper cut wounds, which was not helpful at all. I learned my lesson to start bringing some supplies on pool trips because inevitably someone is going to hurt themselves. Concrete and water don't make for the best conditions for little ones quick feet.
Target sells some great pre-made first aid kits that are $6 and have a good stock inside them. You can also make it at home with the basics: Neosporin, band-aids, tylenol..etc, doesn't have to be a beach bag full, just some go-to items. Why do you need these in so many places? Because I can't remember what I had for breakfast today much less to move my first aid kit from my purse to my pool bag. Save yourself some time and put them everywhere. Why else do I need them in so many places? Have you met Emma?

She's an on-the-go kind of gal and "boo boos" are just part of her daily routine. See...

Tip #2
Swim diapers DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT hold in pee. I think they are pretty amazing because they hold in the other stuff in, but if your little bundle of joy is sitting on your lap after playing in the water and you feel some warm water drizzle down your's not water. When you get your little one all swim diapered, bathing suited up, sun screened slathered and THEN put them in car seat, golf cart or stroller to go to pool...chances are that seat will be wet by the time you arrive.
So...for what's left of this summer and for future water ventures, I recommend putting on swim diapers when you arrive to your water destination and no sooner! I thought this was common knowledge but my encounter with some new moms and grandma's this summer told me I need to put this info out there!

See swim diaper on modeled on Emma below....see pee on sand directly below that.

Tip #3

Have you ever given your child some juice to cool them off from the days heat and hydrate them? Did you then notice they turn into an energizer bunny of sorts, that keep going and going until they literally drop? That my friends, is a sugar high and sugar DROP! I have experienced my kids on a juice sugar rush and that will not happen again.

Enter, naturally flavored water. Put some rasberries, strawberries, oranges, whatever your kids (and you) like in water bottle with water. Makes water a little bit more interesting for them and you know that you aren't getting 8-16 grams of sugar PER drink, like other "flavored waters".

Got anymore "summertime tips"? Post them in comments!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mother Knows Best

Addison often ask me questions I don't know the correct answers to, as kids do. She is persistent though and will not be pushed aside with anything but an answer. I admire her desire for knowledge and hope she keeps this though out her life. I am also amazed at how easily she accepts my responses (true or maybe not). I am her mother and she think I know everything about everything, so when I give her an answer (other than "no" for sweets) that is her end all, be all.
I can't help but wonder (yes, that was a Carrie Bradshaw moment) how long this will last? How long until she starts to question my responses or knowledge? Even worse, when does she CORRECT me for the real right answer.

Some questions, I really don't know the answer to:

Addison: Mom, is it going to rain today?
Me: (I went with the weatherman's way here) It might.
Not good enough...
Addison: Mom, I really need to know.
Me: Yes, Addison it will rain today.
Addison: Okay, I will go get my raincoat.

She has already asked some tough ones:

Addison: Why is Nana never coming back?
Me: She is surviving in the sky with God. She loves it up there and feels no pain anymore.

Addison: How do 3D glasses work?
Me: Ask your father.

Some...I flat out lie about:

Addison: Mommy, what does that sign say?
COTTON CANDY SOLD HERE! (at local fair)
Me: It says you should brush your teeth every night and every morning.
Addison: Okay.

I love that she assumes I know everything. I love being the one (or one of the few) that is the one who will give her the answers to questions she will ask.

I do know the day is coming when she will not believe the answer I give her and she will seek them herself. This is unavoidable I know...but something else I have noticed. She asks my opinion as well, not just the answer but my opinion about the answer. So, since I can't be her "end all, be all" answer forever, I can be an opinion she can respect and trust.

I think she is already is suspicious about some of my answers (cotton candy, see above). But also values my opinion, see below:

Continued from cotton candy conversation:
Addison: What is that picture next to the sign (picture of cotton candy).
Me: (Pause) It's Cotton candy... They have some there but it's not good for your teeth and body, so they are reminding you to brush your teeth. I like for my teeth and body to be healthy, so I feel good.
Addison: Yeah, I don't even like cotton candy (yes, she does) I want to be healthy like you! Right, mommy?
Me: Yes!

That day will come when she knows that I don't know everything, but for now I will enjoy it...and take advantage of that and the fact she can't read yet.

Here is that little gal now...turning into a beautiful young lady!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011



Addison's 5th Birthday party arrived after a very long countdown....she's been talking about it since February. It was a great success (aside from the mini monsoon that hit at the end). We had it all...grass skirts, leis, cake, balloons, pinata and more!

Let's take a look...

The Birthday Girl! So excited. She picked out her whole ensemble minus the coconut bikini top. That is where I drew the line.

The decor. Thanks to my friend Jennifer for the amazing topiaries (see top right, yes those are drink umbrellas!) and ruffled streamers (not pictured, but so cute).
Notice the palm tree Emma is next to. It's a cooler! I highly recommend it for your future luaus.

Party fun!

Wait for it...
Addison took Emma down the big slide for first time...such a good big sister! Emma LOVED it.

More party was really hard to catch them. They don't stand still long!

Finally, the pinata. I highly recommend for kids parties but they are HARD to break. We cheated and pulled the bottom apart.


Happy Birthday to my sweet Addison.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vegas Baby!

After experiencing Las Vegas for the first time this summer,  I figured I would give you the good, the bad and the ugly guide to the "Fabulous Las Vegas".

The Good:
Amazing hotels. It seems one is always trying to "one up" the next, which means they are all simply incredible.
Great Food. I am not normally one for buffets, but Vegas does this well. We received some great advice from our Blackjack dealer (Alex) the first night....NEVER eat anywhere on the strip that is not fine dining (i.e. in a hotel). So, we played it safe and ate in the hotels and buffets are everywhere. In our hotel they had a breakfast buffet that had eggs, red velvet pancakes, prime rib, sushi and a full dessert bar! That is just the beginning. I have never seen so much food in one place on display.
Phenomenal Return on Investment. You can double, triple and make great money QUICK. On the last night we were there I bet all the chips I had in roulette and tripled my money in 2 minutes!

The Bad:
Lack of Sleep. Vegas is always open. They never close up shop and when you are inside you can really lose track of time. Bottom line, come prepared to not sleep and leave needing a vacation from your vacation.
Return on Investment. Sometimes you see a "phenomenal" return on investment. Most times, the casino sees a better return. When your are losing every hand and you think your luck is coming back, it's not. WALK AWAY.

The Ugly: Sometimes...Often times there is no return on investment. Accept that this is part of Vegas and you will have a much better time. Set a limit of how much you want to lose at casinos and cut you (or your spouse) OFF! Go hang out by the pool and let the hotel comp all your drinks and food to make you feel like you didn't lose it for nothing...but that can be one expensive drink!

It's all for fun though, and fun is exactly what we had!