Tuesday, November 30, 2010


 I love holidays.  I love being with family and joking and laughing and making fun of siblings.  It’s a good time. 

For the first time this year we brined our turkey.  Personally I’ll never go back to any other method of preparing a Thanksgiving poultry.  But I’m a salt fanatic, so soaking a 20 lb turkey in a couple gallons of salt water is right up my alley.

I wish something hilarious happened this year.  Something similar to the story of how a large, wild, male turkey invited himself into the home of my parents’ and scared the crap out of my mom, her having to shoo the animal out a window using a broom and then cursing the tiny headed bird as she cleaned up his trail of droppings.  So I suppose I should say she quite literally, scared the crap out of him.  And ironically all this happened the day before Thanksgiving a few years ago.  (To clarify, my parents live in the boonies; home to mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, rabbits, snakes, tarantulas, the occasional deer and obviously a family of wild turkeys.)

But alas, Mr. freaked out Turkey is probably long gone, no longer awaiting his fate to be eaten by humans or coyotes. 

                          boys (1 of 1)   table (1 of 1)

But hey, here’s a picture of a couple of turkeys. hehe.  And of course we break out the Martinelli’s, cracking jokes that someone spiked them with alcohol to excuse any kind of raucous behavior.

tableflowers (1 of 1)       

                                munchkin (1 of 1)           DivaZ (1 of 1)

Kids played and enjoyed time with cousins.  Most especially, Diva, with her cousin, Bug.  She is in love.  No doubt about it.  And don’t get me started on the heartbreak that was hers when we had to keep her away from him his last day here due to her cough.  So, so sad.  But we can’t have that youngin’ getting sick, as he still is being supplemented with oxygen, a lingering consequence of his difficult first week coming into the world. 

Most of my family is gone now and we miss them so!  On to Christmas!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Can’t be left out…

First off, I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever.  I’d like to thank my nasty cold for my lack of motivation.  I spent my free time becoming best friends with my tissue box and trying to teach my body how to breathe through my nose again.  It was a rip roarin’ good time. 


I have this little girl. She adores her older sister.  If Diva is involved with something and looking like she’s having fun, Munchkin just can’t bear it.   She worms her way in the middle and steals the show.

Take note:


Thanks to my friend Heather for capturing this priceless moment!  

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Monday


So it’s like 7:15 am and my eyes were still half open and my girls were getting dressed and I stumble to the computer and I check my Facebook (it’s like my morning coffee, and this morning it proved to be true!) And then I receive a couple messages:

You won!!…..

“Carly you totally won…..

But that’s all I saw of the message because I hadn’t clicked on it yet and I was sooo confused.

But only for a second.

What did I win?


KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers

From HERE.

I want to kiss Kate and Sara but I could settle for a hug.  Too bad they live too far away.  (((((Virtual Hug!))))

Friday, November 12, 2010

We all scream


ice cream1 (1 of 1)

ice cream (1 of 1)    

For ice cream!

The hubby and the kids have started a tradition.  Ice cream picnics.  In the house.  On their blankets.  On the ground. 

It’s really funny and cute.  They get so excited.

Can I tell you how awesome my hubby is?  I know, so cheesy.  But you know what?  I don’t care.

He worked in Diva’s classroom today on his day off.  He then helped me entertain seven rascally little boys (Diva’s sunbeam class-yes ALL boys but her Winking smile).  He played soccer and whiffle ball with them.  This guy needs a son.

He is such a good Dad.  A fantastic Dad really.  And although it seems impossible, he’s an even better husband. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010



school picture

I know what you’re thinking.  Yes I like to have Diva studiously pose in front of our scholarly/child-appropriate bookcase. 

Just kidding.

But really, when I did become old enough to have school pictures hanging on my fridge?  That doesn’t seem right.

At her school I opened up Diva’s pictures and exclaimed to a few other parents, “She looks like she’s 20 years old!” Then five minutes later a perplexed Diva tugged on my shirt, looked up at me asked, “Mommy am I really 20 years old in that picture?”

Sigh.  I don’t know if I’m cut out for this whole growing up thing my kids are doing.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Don’t judge

decor (1 of 1)

decor2 (1 of 1)

Aren’t those persimmons beauts?  Planning on making some persimmon bread in a few days.

I may have been listening to Christmas music whilst cleaning.

I may  have busted out some Christmas d├ęcor.  (Just a few things…PROMISE!)

And I may have purchased some Cadbury Christmas chocolates and eaten almost two whole bags in the past two days. By myself. 

But like I said.  Don’t judge.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A sense of style

 I never, ever get Diva dressed.  She picks out out her own clothes every day.  And I only protest if it’s too scandalous, too hot or too cold. 

Diva style (1 of 1)

I mean, it matches.  RIIIGHT?

Monday, November 1, 2010


Just so you know, my mermaid drawing skills are seriously lacking in comparison to the husband’s.  Would you believe me if I told you he actually does google searches for a good mermaid drawing reference? 

And just so you know, if Daddy is in the vicinity the girls NEVER ask me to draw mermaids. Should I be offended? 

Here is a sample of his work.

mermaid (1 of 1)


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