Wednesday, June 24, 2009


i love it when both skye and wally take their afternoon nap at the same time. i tuckered them out at, yes, nordstrom this morning. not my typical hang out, but can i tell you that the eBar has the BEST coffee drink ever. their mocha storm with no whip and a flat lid (i hate the puffy round lids that get in the way of my face and ruin my drink experience) will turn any day into a happy day. plus the piano man was playing and wally likes to watch him. plus a lady told me that it looks like i just walked out of Woodstock and i took that as a compliment. however, a different lady came up and talked to wallace saying how "she" is such a cute little girl. this has happened before and with the elderly, i just go with it. so i said, "thank you, she's almost two". but come on, does this really look like a girl?

it's not like i dress him like this:

besides the gender mix up, wally also got a time-out at nordy's for touching the perfume bottles after i told him not too like 5 times. other than that, we had a blast.

and skyler's good, too.

i can't believe she's already big enough to enjoy this!

Friday, June 19, 2009


was full of good things.
---skyler always has her left thumb tucked in. always. it's just her thing.

---wallace still loves the garden. he constantly asks to go out there.

---i took some pics of wally's first day in our "pool". i did not take pics of his first poop in the pool. seriously.

---we took a picnic dinner to the beach tonight. there is nothing like it.

(rian is wearing his lederhosen in the pic below)

---after the kids were down and rian was into his dodgers game, i made this slowcook oatmeal recipe for breakfast tomorrow. it looks and smells like it's gonna be really good, so here's the recipe. if it tastes like crap in the morning, i'll let you know.

2 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbl melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oats
1 cup finely chopped apple
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
---grease inside of crockpot. combine ingredients in crockpot and mix well. cover and turn on low heat. cook overnight or 8-9 hours. stir before serving.

Monday, June 15, 2009

weekend pics

the garden is thriving and even my dichondra is growing between the stepping stones. i found this dimpled boy poking around in it on friday.

first bounces in a jump house.

the kids.

disneyland. yes, i let goofy touch my child. he came out from nowhere.

here i am on the golden zephyr. i feel really nerdy that i knew the name and just wrote it. wallace is somewhere next to me.

and he went on with rian too. i'm the one on the ground waving like a fool everytime i see him.

also, i'm reading some really good books right now that i thought i'd share. my mama's group is almost done with SACRED PARENTING. it's a really good book to read if you're a mom or even thinking about being one. we loved it. i've also been referring back to BABY WISE lately. i credit the book for the way my kids slept through the night so early. another book i'm just beginning is THE ARTIST'S WAY. lara referred it to me (i picked it up this morning at fashion island, lara... thanks!). i'm really excited about it.

A ramble with my scramble(d eggs)

Is it Monday already? The weeks and especially weekends have been flying by. Probably because we have a bad (good) habit of stuffing everything into our weekend that we possibly can. Friday night we did Happy Hour dinner at Claim Jumper. Our favorite, only because we can sit outside (I hate sitting IN restaurants... maybe I'm claustrophobic, maybe I hate smelling like food afterwards) and because they have free kids plates (I think it's called "The Baby Plate" in case you ask. Cheese sticks, turkey slice, mandarin oranges, & apple sauce.) Also, CJ has a great happy hour menu. Anyway, we walked around South Coast Plaza afterwards to walk off our dinner and let Wallace play around (and I did some shopping!). Saturday we joined up with Rian's summer softball guys and their families for a BBQ at the Hartmans. First game is in a week I think. This is always so fun. Especially for us wives who can sit around and talk and watch all the kids run around together. Oh and sometimes watch the game. Sunday we did Disneyland all morning. Yes, we skipped church this weekend. Anyway, our Dland passes are blacked out all of July and a bit more, so we did our final hoorah with the kids. Rian and I hope to sneak away just us before the dreaded blackout. We'll be up and running again in September. Sunday night we had some of our new(er) neighbors over for dinner. One of the families has a 3.5 year old girl. Fun for Wallace. Speaking of him, I'm feeling really clever right now. Blogging on one half of the computer screen and playing a cartoon on the other half (I have a wide screen) while we eat breakfast. Skyler is still sleeping. She seems to enjoy sleeping in (to some people this is not sleeping in, but it's 7:50am and THAT is sleeping in) and giving me time alone with Wallace to eat breakfast and play. Skyler by the way is doing great. She is so happy and has to work pretty hard to lift those cheeks of hers and smile. Wallace still spends the majority of his day smothering her with kisses and asking where she is when she's napping. He loves her. Skye has been going down around 8:30 and waking around 8:00am. Both our kids have been crazy good sleepers. A couple days last week we had them up 'til 10pm. And then they wake up earlier. Go figure.

I'm leaving you with a picture of my Mama's group. I joined them back in the Fall and they have been such a blessing in my life. Every single one of these girls have so much depth to them. They are authentic, down to earth, and fun. We meet at a coffee shop late on Thursday nights and I look forward to it all week. This is us playing at TeWinkle park one day last week. Everyone's here except for Jenn (missed you and Tay-Tay!).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

a strawberry

from the garden.

and a slightly posed shot of our dinner tonite.

Palm Desert

Last week we escaped to the desert for a long weekend. We stayed at the Marriott Shadow Ridge and had such a fun time with my fam. Rian and I stayed an extra day just us and the kids. We had a villa suite, so Wallace & Skyler could sleep in their own room without us waking them up or vise versa. Skyler has been sleeping 12 hours through the night for a few weeks, and we were hoping she wouldn't let us down! Sure enough, we all got great sleep. It was an awesome time.

Our room opened up to the lake and hole 10 on the other side. Wallace of course, was in heaven here. There was a constant show of ducks, road runners and bunnies roaming across our patio.

We spent each day lounging by the pool here. We could open the curtains and join cabanas to fit all of us.

Wallace was stoked about his new floaties. He felt like he was swimming all by himself.

Dinner at Las Casuelas to celebrate my moms (60th!) birthday.

An early morning swim.

Aunt Lolo and Skye.

Hole 10. Our villa is there in the background.

The boys bbq'd a steak dinner after their afternoon of golfing.

Wallace feeling quite at home.