Archives – July, 2013

summer evening at the ocean front



1 Comment July 31, 2013

the old tree


Our neighbors had one of the oldest trees in the neighborhood in their yard. It was close enough and large enough to us though that it felt like ours. It was our favorite thing about our space.  It was an enormous tree that provided lots of shade, interest, and coziness.  One day half of the tree just spit and fell into all the neighboring yards.  It was a mess and started a mass butchering off all the trees it damaged.  Now our space is so bright and empty!  The sun is blazing on us all day and our old house lot is looking more like a plot in a new treeless neighborhood.  So sad.  We were all pretty bummed about, but one day when all the tree cutters were chainsawing and grinding away, Milo said, “Well, I am very sad about this but I think we shouldn’t be too sad because soon we will get used to it not being there and there will be something good about it being gone I think- like we can see more of the pretty blue sky now.”   Wise little man.

Leave a Comment July 29, 2013

at the glass studio this week



Leave a Comment July 18, 2013

running around


We decided since we aren’t taking any “real” vacations this year, that once a week we would play tourist at a local place or neighboring city.  We’ve kept to the plan pretty well so far. We usually make it about 2-3 hours and then all the children fall apart in various ways and we call it quits.  I try to take photos, Ryan tries to corral the children, Lucas runs around and insists on walking everywhere and being very loud, Keely melts down that it is too hot and she may die, Milo asks if we can go home now or eat. Yay!    In between the frustrations though, there are moments of nice picturesque family time, learning moments, and pretty places. So, we keep trying.

1 Comment July 13, 2013

around here


July at our house

1 Comment July 9, 2013



Hello all! We are busy summering around here. It’s hot and these three babes are noisy and crazy and want to be entertained an awful lot. I’m going to try and start posting here again  and maybe even give this old blog a makeover.  If all else fails though and anyone here still wants to keep up with us-you can find me on instagram.  That’s quick and easy. I can do quick and easy certainly.

Leave a Comment July 8, 2013

Lucas @28 months


Lucas, my boy you are so adorable. We all love you to bits.  You fill our days with a bit of crazy but so much cuteness that it often hurts. You are a short, stocky little guy and you are always on the go.  You are so mischievous. We always know if you are not within eyesight of us, then you are up to something. Usually, you are clicking around on someone’s computer, have stolen a cell phone to play on, or have gone into Milo’s room to explore the Lego heaven.  You scream and throw yourself around when we stop you from your adventures. Poor guy.

DSC_6767You love to go places and now insist on walking everywhere. You will not ride in a cart or stroller. You must go and be like your siblings now. It is a lot of work keeping you three together and safe and still accomplish our tasks. You are not scared of anybody or anything. You will climb stairs, walk on anything, and will just go wherever you happy little gait will carry you.  You fall often and get hurt, but only cry for a second and then you are back at it. We are always chasing you down. “Get away from the water!” “Stop! CARS!” “Get back on the sidewalk!” It’s a tad stressful, love.  When we have to pick you up and carry you somewhere  you turn into a heavy, squirmy, screaming, kicking, wet noodle that is intent on falling out of our arms.


You are the best little talker now and you say awesome things. Everyone can understand just about everything you say. You always ask me, “You o.k mommy?” and you lean your head on me. You love to raid my necklaces and put them on and pass them out to everyone in the house to wear too. You say, “Pretty nake!”  You love pizza and screech when we have it for dinner. You call it, “putzy”.  “Yummy putzy, want more putzy!” We all call it putzy now too.  You call all people, “dude”-man or woman.  “What that dude doing?” You love to see babies out in the world and wave to them and say hello and make sure we all see them too.  “Awwww, see the cute bah-beeeee mommy?”  You are a trip. Our family favorite is what you call ice cream- “Gronky”.  No idea how that word came about, but you love when we have Gronky. Your siblings laugh like crazy when you say it.  Finally, you started talking about yourself now too. You call yourself Pukas, Pook-Pook.  It’s pretty wonderful stuff. It makes me smile each time. You pat your chest when you say it too. You sure know how to up the adorable level.

We let you run around upstairs now and it thrills you to climb the stairs and wander freely in the other rooms that were previously off limits.  You get into a bit of trouble up there. You always tell us you want to go room and that means let you go upstairs. You love jumping on all beds, wearing all my shoes, and playing in Keely’s closet.  You love to go with Keely and Milo everywhere. You always try to do what they do.  The still fight for your attention too.


You adore cars and trucks. You love being in our back yard and swinging on your belly.  You do not like it to rain on you or have any part of you get wet. You don’t like dirty floors or dirty hands. You cry and tell me it’s yucky.  You do love baths and pouring water on other people and playing in the sink and dumping water on the floor and spilling the dog’s water everywhere. You also love to chase Caribou and make him nip at you. You think that is hilarious. Turkey.


You love to wrap up in towels and blankets. You cuddle with me only when you are tired. You still play with my hair when you are next to me. You tell me when you are sleepy and you put your little feet up on my legs as you lay next to me. I still love to smell your head and snuggle my face in your thin hair.  Sometimes we play a little game that you invented. You say, “kiss” and we kiss, then you say, “huuuuuug” and we hug and then you say, “FEET!” and you put your feet over my eyes and laugh. We must repeat this many times. Goofball.


Your laugh is so good. It’s deep and giggly and your little toothy smile is so cute. You melt me every time with it.  Happiness is so easy for you. Keep that quality baby.  Lucas you are growing so fast and you just keep getting cuter and funnier. I can’t imagine a day without you.  I love you baby.

Leave a Comment July 3, 2013

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