Saturday, June 30, 2012

June's Favorite Things


 Kids on stages.

 Kitties on steps.

 Comfy beds.

 Farmers Markets.

 Kiddo art gallery in the hallway.
 June's GlamBag.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tiny Baseball Players

 We just finished a very successful season of baseball.  Although this is Narls' third year, it was his first of coach-pitch, and it was Em's first, starting with t-ball.

 Lainey has made all of their games! She's still unsure about walking on a leash, but that's fine because she fits perfectly in the wagon.


Love, love, love.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Puppy Love

 Our girl is settling right at home.


 She seems so teeny in our big ol' backyard and is scared of the deck steps. I know I shouldn't, but I've been carrying her up and down them...

She came crate-trained, and although we hadn't planned on crating our puppy, we took the advice of the shelter and purchased one. Lainey is getting braver every day and ventures further around the house each day, but right now she's most comfortable in her crate.

The kids love when she's in their rooms though, 

and she and Snowmeow are slowing becoming friends.

 She's already stole a shoe (thankfully it was Em's and not mine).

She seems to like us all, but Narls is definitely her favorite human.

We have her in puppy school at our local PetSmart, and it's going great. She's already mastered sit and stay. Such a smart girl ♥

Monday, June 25, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Best Kids Ever?

Best kids ever.

Skinny Bitch

Despite registering Clay and I for our first 5k, I've come to terms that running just isn't my thing (thankfully The Color Run's focus is more fun than time and omg it looks like so. much. fun!).  I don't feel that "runner's high" that I so often hear about (quite the opposite in fact) and I've come to dread it and we all know that physical activity just isn't going to last if it's not fun.

So I signed up with a new gym last month and it's been six weeks now and I'm still going 3-4 times a week.  I love the classes I'm taking and honestly? it doesn't even feel like working out.

I'm taking yoga twice a week, a toning class, and a couple intense cardio classes, and I'm 10lbs lighter and so much toner. 

Running be dammed.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

We Are the Lucky Ones

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how I find the time to do everything I do. Yes, I sleep :) and yes, I drink a lot of coffee, but honestly it's 100% because of my husband. He is my complete and total partner and I am able to keep a full plate because he's right there next to me, encouraging me when I get tired and catching anything I drop, while still managing his full plate. He is my rock, my best friend.

I drop the kids off, he picks them up. I get dinner prepped in the morning, he gets dinner made in the evening. When I'm in the laundry room folding clothes, he's outside mowing the lawn. We are a team and I wouldn't be half the woman I am without him.

How I wish I could adequately tell him how much he means to me and how important he is for our family.  Our babies are so lucky and I hope they never forget that.  So happy father's day to my husband, who works so hard at everything he does and rarely complains. Who will be at his office for 50+ hours a week (on a slow week) only to come home and wrestle with Narls and play Barbies with Em and love on me. Who limits our kids' tv/computer time, who encourages them to get outside, who sparks their imaginations and reads them the best stories and lets them learn their lessons and loves them wholeheartedly.

Oh how we love you ♥  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Game Night, Engagement Style

Congratulations Ian & Amanda!
Clay and I couldn't be more happy for you two ♥

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lainey Love

I feel fortunate to still be friends - really good friends - with the girls I loved in high school.  A group of us get together every month for dinner; we rotate houses and whoever hosts that month cooks the main dish, and everyone else bring a side/dessert/appetizer/drink etc, and we catch up and let our kids play and it's always the best time.  We've been doing it for years now and it's something I look forward to every month.

Well this month it was at my house and I made an amazing vegetable lasagna using fresh veggies, homemade sauce and whole-wheat noodles ;) and there was wine. Lots of wine.  It was a great dinner that turned into a long evening and I'm low-to-moderately buzzed and the kids are being silly crazy people running all through the yard & house and of course it'd be at this precise time that the shelter would call, saying they were dropping by for a home inspection, the final step in our adoption process of Lainey. 

Somehow we pass. 100% thanks to Clay and his patience and 0% thanks to me and my girlfriends as we avoided looking at each other so we wouldn't burst out laughing and bit our tongues trying to refrain from responding to the shelter lady's advice to "always make sure the fence gates are closed" while in the backyard and how a puppy "is a huge responsibility". (Really, tell me more about supervising and raising a puppy as I supervise and raise my children. Puppy adoption = serious business.)

And now we have a dog. Lainey Love Church, our 15wk lab doberman mix and the sweetest puppy you ever did meet. The kids adore her (Narls handcrafted his puppy mask to help Lainey feel at home) and even Snowmeow approves (from a slight distance).

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Princess Dresses and Sparkly Shoes

Oh we're going to Blockbuster and Dairy Queen? Clearly this calls for sparkly shoes & a fancy dress. She even dipped a comb in her glass of water to get that sweet hairdo.

And you know what? She's exactly right-
one should never underestimate the power of the perfect shoes & outfit.
♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hot Summer in the Suburb

It's hot enough for the slip n' slide at 9am. How do I know? Because my kids were on their slip n' slide at 9am.

Welcome, summer.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Swartz Creek Home Town Days


Such a perfect day.

And see that sleepy sweet black & tan girl below? Hopefully she'll be ours in a week or so. There was a shelter at the fair, hoping to find homes for these puppy-siblings, and when we saw Lainey (that's the name the shelter gave her), she just, I don't know, felt like ours. So we filled out an application and I guess we'll see if the shelter agrees :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012


So ready.