Tuesday, December 1, 2015

my loves

Heard from the backseat of the car:
(singing): Just make a choice.
 You can get your life back
It's going to be ok

holding an OLAF sippy cup from target: GUESS WHAT? Snowmen have eyebrows!

Guess What? (all the time)

laying in bed with me she grabbed for my neck, and I expected her to say: Let me have your neck, but instead..."Let me have your cuddle."

seeing me in my FLEECE NAVIDAD sweater:  "Where you goin' little lamb?"

"Saving the Day" as a Princess Super Hero....a lot.

Surviving your first bout with antibiotics. We went for 3 1/2 years without! WOOT!

WHOO! I just got a rush of the spirit!
me: what was it telling you?
My life is great!

feeling so guilty for watching tv all day when you were sick....forcing yourself to go to stake conference.

crying during ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE

crying during The Good Dinosaur.

One of your best talents is making people feel good and happy and calm. You bring out the best in most people almost immediately. You have no apprehension or fear when it comes to building relationships. I admire you for that.

you were QUITE ill with a virus for the 2 weeks leading up to your auditions...the biggest one being first.  You were gagging so hard you were puking, even the night before.  Helping you prep for your auditions I saw so much growth and poise and preparation. As we parted ways on that first audition day, I couldn't help but get a tear in my eye with pride.

Surviving and thriving during the high school auditions!

So many tears. We are in a hard spot right now, it breaks my heart to see you so sad. Middle School is THE WORST

You are getting more and more sophisticated when expressing yourself. 

I see you identifying with things like being smart and talented and beautiful and I am glad that you are so self assured in that way.

You love to talk and I love to listen.

It's very strange being THE MOM as I am taking my daughter to her auditions. I remember being THAT GIRL and looking at MY MOM.

as my daughter's are coming into their beauty, I feel certain parts of mine slipping away. Trying to embrace the INSIDE beauty....

P likes a little spoonful of chocolate in her morning oatmeal. He couldn't find it so he mashed in a reeses peanut butter cup. She didn't like that. But good job thinking on your feet honey!

Working so hard to support our family all the time.

There are so many expenses and unexpected expenses right now, thank you for sticking with us!

Monday, November 30, 2015


This year we broke TRADITION. Jason and Phoebe have made it to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day every year for the past 13 years! The girls were sad to miss it.

We considered parading it in the morning and then driving up to the house and having Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, but thought better of it due to logistics...

In place of the parade, we participated in a 5k Turkey Trot. The kids did so well.  Ethan even finished 3rd in his age group!  Phoebz got a head ache (I think due to the fact she would not wear a hat)--and so the only walkers (pickle and me)--turned around when she crossed our path in the out and back and helped her make it to the finish.  The costume element was VERY fun, and I can picture myself competing in the COSTUME portion of the 5k in the future.

 The race didn't provide safety pins for our numbers so we pulled out Grandma Glass' old broaches that we inherited.  Very festive.

I wanted our breakfast to be memorable so I made a special trip to Williamsburg's The Bagel Store and picked up some rainbow bagels and funfetti cream cheese!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Old Navy Strikes Again!

Thank goodness we have Twitter! I got a tweet about Pickle showing up on old navy's Facebook feed! 

Friday, November 27, 2015


Sometimes I pull out the old dslr and take some snaps. Look at these girls:

Thursday, November 26, 2015


We had our first Thanksgiving at the house! I loved cooking in my kitchen! I'm so happy I insisted on 2 ovens (after Mom's recommendation!). It was fun and I never felt stressed out!

Our Thanksgiving craft was feather crowns! The girls looked so beautiful! 

I covered the tables with brown Kraft paper because they are not supposed to get wet- but it was fun because we could write what we were thankful for! And they were protected when the inevitable spills occurred!

I used China from both mine and Jason's grandmother. The food was delicious. We have so much to be thankful for! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I knit: blitzen hat

I had a great idea to add more red to this pattern, but my weathered look just wasn't sitting right, so I frogged it back and re-knit it in the cream and added red only with the rudolph nose and the pom-pom.

This green yarn is Plucky CASHMERE and it is the most luxurious yarn I have worked with to date. It is the softest thing.....ever. So excited to wear my silly Christmas hat this season.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Progress Report

Since my last pregnancy (that turned miscarriage) I have not gotten back into my working out groove. I have also been off track because of an injury of my IT band...so my BACK TO SCHOOL goal was to workout every day M-F before the kids left for school. I have not missed a day yet!  Here are my results:

I don't see the biggest difference. I know that I am a thin before, but I was hoping for a little more muscle definition.  I have lost about 3-5 pounds depending on when I weigh myself, and my clothes feel exactly the same.

Here is what HAS changed:

WAY more energy
Healthier (I didn't get the girls virus...yet)

So....that is worth it..totally...and maybe in another 10 weeks I will see more results.

P.S. My Shiitake Dermatitis is all cleared up!

P.P.S. with the holidays starting, I hope I don't get off track!