Monday, June 30, 2008


Keeping this fair skinned child protected from the sun is a full time job. We have countless numbers of sunscreen bottles (one upstairs, downstairs, in each stroller, the car and every beach bag I own). We are also trying to teach him to keep a hat on at all times and sunglasses. Neither of which are going well but when he does wear it, it looks quite cute!

I love his stare. He gets it from his Daddy. I love my boys.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

There's a beetle crawling up her leg

There's a beetle on the ceiling.
It is crawling.
I am going to get it.
I need a ladder to get it.
A small ladder.
It is crawling.
(Daddy interjects: "what color is the beetle")
It is black and grey.
(He physically shows us by pointing to the ceiling in the kitchen and using his fingers to demostrate crawling & continues all the way over to the couch and up "baby sisters" leg where she "catches it")

I love watching his imagination. I love the make believe play. I had just begun creating our "dress up" bin with hats, costumes, and props - I couldn't have picked better timing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Feeling the love

1 freshly brewed Coffee Bean Vanilla coffee
1 glass of wine
1 Cafe Frapuccino
1 bouquet of flowers
1 care package on my doorstep
1 large balloon
2 chocolate cakes
4 text messages
5 great friends at a nice lunch
7 facebook messages
7 hours sans kids (thanks for babysitting Mom!)
8 voice messages
8 candles on my cake (not sure why DH chose 8, does it have meaning?!)
11 email messages
Uncountable hugs, kisses, gifts and birthday wishes (I started losing track some where?!)

I am truly blessed to have each and every one of you in my life! Thank you!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Here Comes the Sun...

...and I say it's all right!

Their first summer time swim ...

(and if you are not sure what song I am referring to click here to listen -you have to push play first)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Happy (belated) Father's Day to the most wonderful husband. The kids are cleaner (thanks for always doing bath time), smarter (thanks for reading daily to them), and loved (thanks for always taking time for us) because of you!!! You are "our" Hero! xxoo

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Beauty Secrets? No more!

It is just fascinating to see DS pick up on everything around him. Not only the things I make it a point to explain to him but also the things he picks up just from observation. For example, the other day he was walking around the house with stickers on his nose. He kept saying, "Mommy, look, stickers on my nose.". I thought this was odd but also thought it was just him being silly (he does have quite a fun silly streak in him!). But later that night when I was doing my night time routine I put a Biore strip on my nose (my pores have seemed so clogged lately, even after my wonderful Epicuren facial recently) and he laughed and said, "Mommy has a sticker on her nose too." Yes, he has seen this before and yes, he is right, it does look like I am putting a sticker on my nose. Yikes, I can't believe my hygeine routines are no longer "beauty secrets" to stay in my own bathroom. This kid is either repeating my words or actions constantly. He has become my parrot. LOL!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

smack smack

DD is already smacking her lips when we eat. She usually joins us for dinner (she sits on the table in her Bumbo) and I can already see her eyeing our food and licking her lips. I am not surprised since DH and I are both "foodies". It will not be long until she is starting solids. I started dusting off my "Super Baby Foods" book and visiting my favorite site in preperation of making her own baby food like I did with DS. (TIP: Those are the only two references anyone needs to make your own baby food!)

I am a little sad that she is growing up so fast but I also know that starting solids means nursing will become easier (at least it did with DS, fingers crossed!). Did someone say chips and salsa with a margarita please? That would be on the rocks with extra lime please!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Spring Fling; Summer Love

Once the weather starts warming up I enjoy lighter wines (& much cooler in temperature). This seems to be a common theme amongst all wine drinkers. The benefit, you can get a great bottle of wine for an inexpensive price!!! A recent find is the Montes Cherub Rose of Syrah. At only $14.99 it is a GREAT deal and the screw top makes it easy to take along to picnics and BBQ's! Even if you are not usually a Rose drinker you will love this 100% Syrah version.

Enjoy! DH found this at Costco and thought the label was fun, glad it also turned out to be delicious!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

A lovey day!

DS still loves his lovey. Do you remember? Yes, this one. He needs it when he goes to sleep, when he has a bad fall or just when he needs a good friend (in good times and bad). My sister (who bought DS his "Mr. Brown Bear") also bought DD the pink lamb version. We are hoping she forms the same attachment to her lovey as DS has for his (despite the need to have it, wash it, not lose it, etc. - we still feel the benefits far out weigh the rare annoyances). We have been giving "pink lamb-ie" to her often but she is still too young to really hold it or have an attachment to it. Yesterday at her Dr. visit she was screaming and crying while she was tummy down on the table. DS sat in a near by chair with "Mr. Brown Bear" in his hands staring in discomfort while he watched the Dr. messing with her and making her cry (what that must seem like to a 2 year old watching). He jumped out of the chair where he was watching, grabbed her "pink lamb-ie" from my purse and gave it to her and stood next to her side while the Dr. finished checking her out. Is he the sweetest big brother ever?! It melted my heart. I just hope he always watches out for her like that.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Grandpa's love

DS is still obsessed with all things with wheels. This includes trains, cars, trucks, tractors, buses, wagons and more! He recently told the sweet ladies at a local gift shop that the key chain with the Mercedes emblem on a display rack was a car (I think they were going to fall over in laughter and their giggles were followed by "only in Orange County would a toddler equate that emblem with a car). Then yesterday he was flipping through DH's New Yorker Magazine (don't ask me why, I think DH gets it just for the witty cartoons) and told me that an advertisement in the magazine was Miss KC's car in black (& he was absolutely correct, same model, same manufacturer, just a different color). I tell you, this kid is obsessed. He is already a "backseat" driver too. He is always telling me to "go faster", "turn around", "pass that car Mommy", and so on.

I think he gets this obsession from his Papa (my Dad). My Dad not only has owned a sports car my entire life, he also collects model cars. I just love that they share this passion. I like to think DS's obsession is inherited from my side of the family but I am not quite sure if a passion like this can actually be inherited or if they just share it, however, if you have ever seen DH's car you would be assured that it certainly didn't come from his side. (LOL!)

Oh, in case you were wondering why he was flipping through the New Yorker Magazine. He likes to "color" the pictures in the magazine. He thinks the black and white cartoons in the magazine are coloring book pages and will color them with his markers. I was thinking to myself, not a bad idea, probably is cheaper then a coloring book. I never understand why coloring books are priced the way they are?!