May 18, 2009

12 Years

Yesterday was our 12th wedding anniversary! Wow, the time has flown by. I am so lucky to be married to my wonderful Jay.

We celebrated on Saturday by going downtown for dinner (we took the Metro "for fun") at the historic Hotel San Carlos, and then to see the hilarious Brian Regan in concert! We had such a blast! Brian Regan is great, and so was his brother, who opened for him. I love laughing with Jay. We were exhausted after so much laughing!

Today was a typical Sunday, but tonight before bed, we looked at our beautiful wedding photo album with the kids, and then watched our wedding video, produced by the amazing and talented Marshall (see his wife's blog here).

Here is a clip from it, below. Holy cow, we look so young!

WARNING: Do not watch this video if you are allergic to "cheese."

May 13, 2009

Seeing Double

Jay thinks I'm weird for taking these photos, but how many times have YOU ever seen a double banana!
The kids discovered this at my mom's house the other day. We didn't know what it would look like inside, but sure enough... siamese twins.


May 12, 2009


Jack finished his first season of T-Ball.

He was only in it for the Trophy... and the Treats.

Jack and his buddy, Bryce

Mother's Day

I had a nice Mother's Day weekend. On Friday, I had lunch with the kids at school. Here they are together on the playground.

Collin sure enjoyed showing-off Jack... especially when he realized that he got a great reaction when he approached a group of cute girls with his little brother in tow; "Oh, he's so cute!" "He looks just like you!"

Saturday was a busy day, but Sunday was nice and relaxing. I got to take a nap (!) and Jay made a delicious dinner... with a little help from the kids.

Jay wouldn't let me lift a finger, so I took photos.

We were all impressed with his creation.... his own version of a chef's salad, with blackened chicken. It was delicious, and it was plated beautifully too! The kids were pretty shocked... "Dad, I didn't know you knew how to make dinner!" :)

After dinner we visited my mother, and then with Jay's mother. We both have awesome mothers.

May 06, 2009

Gettysburg Address

This morning while I was driving the kids to school, one of my nephews (who is in our carpool) was practicing "The Gettysburg Address" in preparation for reciting it in class.

I have heard/read it a number of times, and yet for some reason I felt like I was hearing it for the first time. It touched me profoundly, and I was really choked up. If you aren't familiar with it, or haven't read it for a while, please do.

Image of "The Lincoln Address Memorial" erected at the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1912.

Easy Awn

I forgot to tell you where I got this great awning. I bought it from and had a great experience; ordering was simple, the price was great, they shipped it right away, delivery was free and FAST, the product was exactly as advertised, and it was easy to install. I am very pleased. So, if you are looking for awnings, I can definitely recommend them.

May 05, 2009

These guys won't be ruling the world anytime soon

Jack and a couple of friends are here right now, and they are playing Monopoly. I use the term "playing" loosely. All three of these boys are 5 years old, and none of them knows how to read.

They didn't ask me for help. They just got out the game and went to work, trying to explain it to each other. I guess they are making up their own rules. The "preschool" version.

It goes something like this:

"Hey, I'm at Hawaii, at the beach."

"You have to pay me $92."

"I get some more money."

"No, you have to pay some money."

"Whose turn is it?"

"We forgot to push the middle thing."

"I get to roll the dice."

"What does this say?"

"That's a mystery mark."

"You mean a question mark."

"Oh, yeah. A question mark."

"You put it in the wrong one."

"We aren't playing the real way."

"You can be the dad banker."

"Who wants a guard?"

"That's not mine. I'm rich."

"Wow, 60 hundred three, twenty nine dollars."

"No, 15.... uh, 15 five hundred. Five."

"Good luck."

May 04, 2009

Happy Birthday Collin

Today is Collin's 10th birthday. Double digits! Holy cow! He is pretty darn excited.

Collin is such a good boy. He is a joy to have in our home. I am so grateful to be his mother.

"Before" and "After"

My boys' bedroom, which is at the front of our house, has always been really hot because of the sun shining on this big window. We had shutters installed years ago, and that helped some.

On Saturday, Jay installed this awning. It helps A LOT! Plus, I love how it looks. BONUS!

May 01, 2009

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret"

What do you get when an award-winning illustrator authors a book? A wonderful story partially told through drawings.

After reading a small blurb about this book in the Wall Street Journal sometime ago, I checked it out from the library for my son to read. I had no intention of reading it myself, but after I flipped through it out of curiously, I ended up spending the better part of the afternoon reading it from cover to cover. Don't be put off by the fact that this is a book for children (or it's length... yes 500+ pages, but many are pictures, or contain little text)... it's a great story and a very fun read!