Monday, October 27, 2008

probably more information than you need on a monday

"What's wrong? What are you doing?"

"If I tell you, you'll think I'm weird and neurotic."

"I already think you're weird and neurotic."

"Fine. The sheets down by my feet are all bunched up and wrinkled and so I'm straightening them because it's really bothering me and I can't concentrate on my book."

"You're right. You shouldn't have told me."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

just one more year before the tween becomes a teen

Wow...where did the last 12 years go? In honor of Ryan's birthday, I thought I'd pick out some of my favorite photos to post. Not all of my favorites are on the computer, but these are pretty good...

I love this sweet little munchkin face!

Ah, back in the good old days...before braces!

Ryan at preschool graduation with his best friend Katie.

And who can forget Ryan's "movie-star smile" ...his way of getting me back for making him wear a shirt with buttons!!
One of several Disney birthdays!

Another Disney birthday!

Happy #12 my sweet firstborn.



Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Jack, on the way to school this morning:

"Mom, how do cows lay their eggs?"

Friday, October 17, 2008

my little diplomat

Me: So, what happened at school today?

Jack: Well, Henry got all up in my face!

Me: What did you do?

Jack: Um, I said, "Henry, don't get up in my face!"

big girl

Disclaimer: I will only let her do this in the kitchen. She's good, but she's not that good!

i seriously have no idea...

Anybody? Lifting up her shirt and pressing her naked belly up against the oven door? This is a new one for me. She even tried to do it again yesterday. Except she was wearing a onesie.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

mmmm, pie

Jack's preschool class had a field trip to a farm yesterday. The kids had such a blast seeing the animals, playing on the "hay bale playground" (no jungle gyms on the farm!!) and going on a very bumpy hay ride. One of the best parts for me was going to the market and picking up some fresh tomatoes, apples and a nice, big pumpkin. I was most excited about the apples, though, because it was kind of a chilly, rainy day and I thought an apple pie would be just the thing to warm up our evening.

I am not normally a pie baker. I've been known to make one or two for the holidays, but baking pies is a little out of my comfort zone. In fact, the last apple pie I made was last Thanksgiving and although I found it to be delightful (as I do all Barefoot Contessa recipes), Doug and Ryan thought it was way too tart to actually be considered a dessert. So, I started with Jean's recipe for Flaky Pastry Dough and tweaked it just a tad (to accommodate the sweet tooth) and then changed a few things in the filling from my Barefoot Contessa recipe. It looked beautiful out of the oven and I had every intention of taking a picture of it, but as I've mentioned, I don't bake pies very often, so when I do, they don't sit whole on the counter for too long. Ryan and Doug couldn't wait to cut into it and the finished product was a very sweet, very tasty, yet very soupy pie.


So, I am now on a mission to perfect my apple pie recipe. Hopefully it won't take too many tries. I don't think my waistline can handle it! I'll keep you posted.

soccer pics...sort of

Emily's team had a soccer tournament last weekend. We did remember to take the camera and here are the photos I took:

Now, I could give you some lame excuse, like how I just couldn't get good enough pictures without the awesome telephoto lens that I do not yet own, but the truth is that I was just too involved in the games to even think about taking pictures! The girls played so well...they only won 1 of their 3 games, but you wouldn't have thought that watching them play. Emily even took a goal shot (just missed, but still, first shot she's taken in a game!). I do have some pretty good shots of both of the soccer stars, and they can be found here along with the rest of September's photos!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

i'm glad i went into the garage when i did

If I had waited just a few more minutes, I wouldn't have heard this conversation Jack was having...with himself.

Where is the other one? They are called flip-flops. Not flip-flop. That means two. Not one. Oh, there it is!

a game she hasn't been able to play for 7 weeks!

Where's Ainsley??
Peek - A - Boo!

And, of course, Jack has to get in on the action: