St. Patrick's Day

posted on: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

That mischievous leprechaun was back at again last night ;) This is seriously turning into one of my favorite days of the year. This time he TP'd the house, barricaded the boys in their rooms with green crepe paper, left a box of Lucky Charms for breakfast and turned our milk green. Ha! So much more fun than your typical Tuesday morning. Some pictures below if you'd care to see.

(The last two years St. Patty's days here and here.)

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Stay safe today!

Life Lately

posted on: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's March! It's March, it's March and tomorrow it's supposed to be 55 and sunny! We've spent the whole winter slogging through with out much to do and then as if with the flip of the calendar month life somehow got the message that spring is on it's way and life picked up the pace. We actually managed to leave the house the last couple of weeks for reasons outside of school and work. And looking at the month ahead and all that we have planned, things are, dare I say, even beginning to look busy?

We'd been feeling bad for the boys, having been cooped up inside for so long with it being such a cold winter. (-20 degrees was the norm there for awhile.) So we decided to surprise them with a trip to an indoor water park in Columbus. We didn't tell them about it ahead of time and I managed to sneak the bag full of swim suits and towels into the car without them noticing. We just told them to put on shoes because we had a surprise for them. We stopped first for lunch at one of the few places around here that you can order a hot dog off the menu because Wes had been asking for a hot dog for weeks (I think he was craving summer as much as we are). Then we headed south for the big surprise :) They had no idea where we were until we actually got inside the building and then holy cow were they excited. Wes's jaw literally dropped when he saw where we were, it was so cute. Needless to say they had a blast. We could hardly keep track of them because they were so excited and running in a million different directions. We actually did lose Oren a couple times (of course) but overall it was a total success. Ever even seemed to like splashing around in the shallow end although I think she was a bit overwhelmed by all the people and noise. It was just what we needed and the boys fully wore themselves out, which was perfect for the long drive home.

We also got to celebrate Josh's sister Nicole's birthday a few days ago. We finally got to try out 3 Palms, which everyone has been raving about. I now see why. It's the only place I know of in the area that's making traditional style pizza like the kind you get in Italy. Gosh, it was good. And their meatballs? Amazing. I wanted to try everything on the menu - and I intend to over time (we will definitely be back.)

And Lauren came to visit! And her husband Adam and they brought superhero LEGO sets for the boys (because they're geniuses) and that occupied them practically the whole day while we got to lounge around chatting and catching up. This was her first time meeting Ever and I think they hit it off quite well ;) After lunch we made sure to stop by Mary Coyle for ice cream because one can not come to town without partaking of the Coyle. We even let Wes get his very own sundae for bringing home an excellent report card the day before (I usually make the boys split one). This was basically the best day ever.

These kids of mine. Man, they're just the sweetest. Oren has turned into quite the little kitchen helper. He wants to help with everything when I'm cooking these days, and I'm more than happy to oblige. I like the one on one time it affords us while also teaching him practical skills and responsibility around the kitchen. Also, the sooner these kids can make meals around here, the better IMO. Let's just hope this interest sticks. 
And how cute is that picture of the boys together in Wes's bed? They decided to have a sleepover together friday night. They are best friends and I love it so much. Not to say that they don't fight over toys or what tv show to watch, but for the most part they are the best little brothers. I'm so happy they have each other. Built in best friends. 
Then we have Miss Ever. Growing and developing by leaps and bounds these days! She rolled over for the first time (from belly to back) the day before she turned four months old. She laughs, blows raspberries, has found her toes and started eating solids. I'm just completely enamored with her. See that little face up there? When she flashes me that smile I'm a total goner. You want the car keys? A whole new wardrobe? A trip to Europe? Your wish is my command and you may have whatever you'd like. Resistance is futile.

How is March treating you guys so far? (Anything's better than February, amiright?)

Books, Books, Books.

posted on: Friday, February 27, 2015

You know what there is to do four (almost five) months in to winter? Nothing. Pretty much nothing when you have a brand new baby and a whole stack of medical bills to keep you from straying too far from home. Next year when she's older, doing more during these sub zero months will be easier and a lot more practical, but this year we've mostly just been staying home. 

Not that I'm complaining. Staring at a baby all day is pretty high on my list of favorite ways to spend a Saturday. I knew having a November due date that this quiet period would follow. Happily home bound with our purse strings squeezed a little tighter than normal for the season. With that in mind, I'm just trying my best to enjoy the slow, the quiet, the predictable days while they last. 

What you can do four (almost five) months in to winter is read, of course. Or listen. Or a combination of both, which is what I prefer. I usually have one audio book cued up and one paper back/kindle on the nightstand at the same time. Although I admit the audiobooks get finished a whole lot quicker since you can listen while cooking dinner, folding laundry or heating up that millionth cup of hot chocolate. Here's what I've been up to lately.


This one is right in the vein of The Fault In Our Stars. Young adult, tragic, heart breaking stuff. I can't say I loved it, because it's kind of a hard story to love, but the ending got me good.

Wowza. This book totally lived up to all the hype. How is this really someone's life? It makes you fully appreciate how resilient the human spirit can be even under seemingly impossible circumstances. It called to mind the first time I read Man's Search for Meaning. Very inspiring. Also, (captain obvious here) wars are just generally a terrible idea. Just throwing that out there.
This one came recommended to me from a friend (hiya Kate!) and I really, really liked it. This is so out of the realm of things I typically read. First of all, it's written by a man and I typically gravitate toward female authors 95% of the time. And it felt like it was a man's man kind of book, but also totally great. It's a thriller/mystery and had a few good plot twists and shocking moments. Highly recommend it.

Here's another author I'm embarrassed to admit it's taken me 31 years to get around to reading. Didion's writing is all about the craft. She's a writer's writer. The story and structure were interesting, following the downward spiral of a Hollywood starlet and underscoring the emptiness and superficiality life in LA has come to represent. But to be honest, it's so far removed from my actual life and experiences that I kind of just observed it from afar. That said, I'm totally up for more and I've got Slouching Toward Bethlehem cued up and ready to go next.

This one I really enjoyed. But then again anything Rachael recommends is bound to be good. An unfurling mystery and a walk back though time, full of secrets and aha moments.  It was just really fun. Plus, I happen to live in a hundred year old house and it made me think about all those people who have inhabited it before us and what stories this house would tell if the walls could talk.

Whoa, this one. You guys, I was totally not ready for that ending. I am not going to give anything away here but hooooooly mooooooly. So this book was one of the Daily Deals on Audible and was purchased on a whim. I hadn't heard about it before but mention Frank Lloyd Wright and I'm in. It's a novel but it follows the true life of FLW's mistress, Mamah Borthwick. It's based on true events so don't go googling her if you don't want spoilers. I'd definitely recommend this one. It delivered so much more than I expected.
And that's all for now. I'm currently reading The Maze Runner, dystopic YA lit, so you know I'm into it. What have you all been reading?

February, so far

posted on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February, how do I always seem to forget about you? You are the woooooorst. There we were chugging along, happily making the most of this last bit of winter and then, BAM, everyone is down for the count. The baby got her first cold, Wes had to miss a day of school for a fever, Josh got sick next and I just thought... what in the hell is going on around here? And then I remembered, oh right, February.

^^^ This is how we feel about February ^^^

Besides the mandatory illnesses we've had below zero temperatures for weeks now, multiple feet of snow (resulting in more snow days than I count), one car accident and cabin fever that is OFF THE CHARTS.

But, this month is the birth month of a couple of my favorite people, and there's valentine's day. Josh and I did manage to sneak up to Cleveland for a show at Playhouse Square that night, so that was something. The little ones also brought home the sweetest valentine's day crafts and we had fun making valentines for their friends/classmates and some special ones to mail out to our loved ones whom we don't see nearly enough.
I know it's already two weeks after the fact, but let's just ignore how late I am with these photos. It is February after all, I'm gonna need a little slack.

^^^heart shaped pancakes for breakfast with pink food coloring and sprinkles stirred in^^^

Only four days til March, guys. We're almost there.

Our Newborn Photos

posted on: Friday, February 20, 2015

ever iris 
eight days new


Three Months Old

posted on: Friday, February 6, 2015

My sweet Ever Iris is three months old today. Three months! She's moved out of the sleepy newborn stage and every day is slowly coming more and more "online" as Josh likes to call it. She smiles and coos and even gave us her first laugh the other morning. Which we now devote the entirety of our days trying to get her to replicate. She is the dreamiest little thing I have ever known. She's eternally happy and for that I am so, so grateful. A third child all the way, so easy going and fun.
At three months old she:
  • Weighs in around 16-17 lbs last I checked, putting her in the 99th percentile for weight. She has the most delicious little chubby cheeks and thighs. You should see the rolls on these thighs you guys. Also, she's already wearing size 6-9 months clothing. I'm a goner for a fat baby and this one about does me in on the daily.
  • Doesn't need or take a pacifier anymore, but loves chewing on her hands and drools like crazy.
  • Is really starting to try to roll over but hasn't quite gotten it yet. She also rocks tummy time and can lift her whole chest off the ground now.
  • Has accumulated quite the array of nicknames including but not limited to: Ever Mouse, Evvie, Everlasting Love (that one comes courtesy of Grandpa Nick) and Ever Bean which quickly devolved in to the inevitable Katniss Ever Bean (obvs.)
  •  Nursing like a champ and does really well taking bottles of pumped milk for babysitters or Josh. 
  • Co-sleeping with us and is the BEST sleeper. Goes down around 10pm and will sleep until about 7 or 8am if left undisturbed, waking once or twice to eat but falling immediately back to sleep. (I totally just jinxed this whole thing didn't I?) 
  • Smells like heaven. Milky baby breath + Dreft detergent + Baby Magic soap = my happy place.
  • Has the longest, prettiest eyelashes already. Oren level long. Where do these kids of mine get these lashes? I don't know but I'll take it.
She's just an absolute dream baby, truly. I can't believe how lucky I am and can't fathom what I ever did to deserve all this. I still can't believe she's really here some days, after hoping for her for so long. After wondering if she was out there somewhere waiting for us. And now here she is, three months earth side. Three months of bringing us unbelievable joy and contentment. She's just the perfect fit into our family, our missing piece.

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