Monday, December 8, 2014

State Fair

I found this lovely folder of pictures I never got around to blogging about! What are pictures if not to blog them?! They are from the week before Halloween, because when you have an insane weekend ahead of you, naturally you head to the fair for the day :) Especially when it's $2 food tasting day. J loved the $2 rides.

M felt cheated and spent many minutes like this, crying with longing.

He did get to ride the carousel, but was quite upset when we had to get off.

Thankfully they have a lovely toddler activity building, with glorious air conditioning. M had so much fun on the wiggle rider that he is getting one for Christmas. Shhh. Don't tell him.

 Never one to give up a challenge, M conquered the padded wall.

 I tried to convince them to nap, but holding still isn't their strong suit.

 Nothing phases J, but the spinning ones aren't for me. Thankfully Madre Dos is always up for it.

Since M was disconsolate about his inability to ride the rides, we found somewhere he could go. THe petting zoo is a favorite for everyone.

 Guys, this llama. He walked over to me and just stared at me in the eye. I was afraid he was going to lick me.

 This goat was so excited to see J.

This goat sat with his head to the side for ten minutes, just pondering the universe.

M REAAAALLLY wanted to pet the piglets. I did too.

 Seriously, adorable.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


After two years in Spain, I finally have my parents back! I have told people that I really missed my mom because she would come over and mop my floors. I know that sounds callous, but what I really mean is I miss how they would always spend their time serving the people around them in such a way that you don't feel guilty for accepting the help. Both of them just do it so naturally, it is about the same as receiving a hug. Which we had an abundance of as we met them at the airport at midnight.

My dad missed the taste of regular milk. All the milk in Spain is shelf stable and has a little aftertaste. My aunt brought him some, along with some donuts.

Here is one of the grandbabies they had never met before.

I have no idea why I don't have pictures of them meeting Aven for the first time. She was there too.

PopPop played ring-around-the-rosies while waiting for luggage.

They had some great helpers.

We are so happy to have them back!

Update: I wrote this a few days ago and within 5 days of being home, my father watched my sick kids so I could speak in church with my husband, plus he cleaned my kitchen AND mopped my floors. Then two days later my mom emptied my dishwasher in the ten minutes she was at my house. BEST PARENTS EVER!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fox hat

My friend is waiting to find out the gender for their baby and I wanted to crochet something for their woodland nursery. I found this cute pattern for a little fox. Half way in I started to get discouraged and thought he looked a little stupid. This often happens to me while I crochet. I'm going for adorable, handmade, over-priced boutique, but after staring at something long enough it looks more like ratty, grandma's attic leftovers.

Husband tried to convince me it was cute, but I was still hypercritical.  I decided to whip up the unambiguously cute fox hat real fast. And by real fast I mean 5 episodes of Once Upon a Time, staying up until 2am. J agreed that it was "So cute!" I threw them both in the gift bag with some of my favorite fancy swaddling blankets and called it good.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Day of Nursery

 I always dress him as adorably as I can because it helps me be a bit more patient as I chase him in the hallways at church. These pictures are out of focus because he never. stops. moving. WE sure do love him though!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The occasional perfect morning

A friend of mine has a daughter in East Valley Children's Theater and they perform plays at the library. They give all the kids a free book so try to go. I invited some friends just in case I had to take M out for being disruptive, but he was actual interested in the actors and watched! It was miraculous.

This isn't even the girl I know but J was happy to take a picture with the Puppetmaster.

We headed to Lee's sandwiches because it was just up the road and I love the weird, yet delicious meats. They are seriously fantastic and very authentic Asian sandwiches. They bake the bread in house.

They make great euro-sandwiches as well. The kids calmly ate a half each. While sitting sweetly in their chairs. It was surreal. So naturally used the moment to take pictures of our food.

 And my sweetlings as well.

I love their smoothies. I ordered the jackfruit and got the kids soursop because I figure I should order fruits I didn't know existed. You can get boba and grass jelly in them so they have the giant straws. I think that made M enjoy it more.


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