lily has turned comedienne. let's be honest, it was just a matter of time. she made her first intentional joke last night. she's 'funny' a lot, but hasn't ever made up her own joke.

she was eating dinner and got a funny look on her face and pointed to her beans and said 'what ARE these?' and i said 'its edamame' and she shook her head and smiled and said 'nooooo, YOU'RE the momay!!!!' and laughed!

it was so darn cute.


it hit me last night when i caught a glimpse of me in my birthday suit in the bathroom mirror... i look pregnant! and not only am i starting to look pregnant, i'm going to be GIANTLY pregnant in a few months. sigh. this is so not my favorite part of having babies :)

well truth be told, i'd rather look 8 months pregnant than deal with post partum jelly belly but either way, my body is not excited about this part of the adventure!

maternity clothes, here we come!


eve. her superpower is being super cute.
don't mess with her.


lily was pretending the tent was a carwash, eve was just along for the ride and the giggles


she's awfully cute (and skinny!)

happy father's day to the coolest dad around. i was going to post something on facebook but then i saw all of my friends' statuses and didn't want to seem disengenuous. it seemed like a veritable 'no MY husband is the best dad EVER' status-off on facebook yesterday!

so instead of hearing it from me (which must get old, right?) i'll give you lily's list of reasons she loves her daddy. straight from the horse's mouth:

i love....
when daddy hugs me
how daddy sings and guitars for me
reading with daddy
when daddy turns dora on

gotta love her (and him). happy father's day, kevin :)


eve, where's your nose?


lily is a swimmin' fool!! we started swim lessons yesterday and it was a tearful introduction but today was MUCH better. here are a few videos- i was totally impressed by her and hopefully she continues to improve and learn this week. i have so many fond memories of growing up swimming- being around water, lakes, swimteam. i hope my girls can say the same!

disclaimer: ignore my EXTREMELY loud voice.

video one

video two

video three


someone made a comment about an artist i'd never heard of on my business blog, so i went to look them up and found myself staring at these images with tears in my eyes. i just *know* its another girl. these made my heart so happy.

jinky art - the girls


today i'd like to share a wish list.

i want this dress.

i want my old body to wear it on.

i want to wear it with impractical shoes since i will not be chasing babies around while wearing it.

i want a date night with my husband somewhere breezy enough to sit outside in june for a candle lit dinner.

i want a glass of expensive wine.

i want a decadent dessert during a gorgeous sunset.

and i want to go to bed early (sorry sweetheart, perhaps not how you would end the evening?).


my love of the color orange sometimes clouds my judgement... that and a good sale. i saw this romper for 75% off and got it for eve without realizing she would look like she was dressed for trash duty on the side of the highway. maybe i should stencil 'inmate4172009' on the back in black to complete the look?


i am raising the next oliver stone. lily had a few months before turning two when she was very skeptical of anything remotely resembling a hidden camera- alarm motion detectors and smoke detectors were the primary suspect. she would point to them and say 'no like the eye!' and try to walk dramatically around them instead of underneath.

we laughed it off for the most part... but its BACK. she eyes them with suspicion any chance she gets and has recently added naked electrical plugs to the list. she covered two of them up with pillows in the playroom today. if i moved the pillow a little bit to expose the plug she promptly came over to remedy the situation. i was chuckling on the inside.

she is definitely one quirky girl, but then again, i guess so is her mama!


its time to get your early voting in, i'm sure we will do a refresh before the big ultrasound in late july! so what'll it be? boy or girl?

and for the record, i was the first to vote and i am holding strong to my prediction.


they just don't write 'em like they used to. i was riding to dallas loving pandora on my iphone and found myself singing really loud when an old hymn found its way through the speakers (i could write a whole post about how well pandora knows me and use this as just one of many concrete examples! hah!)

its one of those songs that growing up in church of course i have heard so many times and i still am stumped by the beauty of the words and their meaning.

Come Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
Mount of God's unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I'm come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

so then i was stuck in a car for two more hours wondering what the heck an 'ebeneezer' is and having made a promise for no texting or reading in the car, i patiently waited, then promptly forgot all about it until this morning. ahh mommy brain at its finest.

well it turns out that an ebeneezer (pronounced 'evan haazar' in hebrew) is literally a pile of remembrance stones to mark God's grace in our lives. figuratively it can be anything that helps you mark God's presence in your life. it was just a nice reminder to really take the time to notice and appreciate God's hand.

now if you don't have pandora- get to it! you'll thank me :)


today we're going to talk about a little thing called truth in advertising. the beginning of every dora episode on nick junior touts that "Dora the Explorer enhances preschoolers problem solving and language abilities".

now really i feel like it might make more sense to use one of the following suggestions:

"Dora the Explorer enhances mom's ability to get laundry folded while her 2 year old is awake."
"Dora the Explorer allows preschoolers the time to forget the giant fit they were just throwing about wanting a specific snack that we do not have in the house"
"Dora the Explorer helps to make sure parents actually get to drink their coffee in the morning uninterrupted."
"Dora the Explorer increases the chance that your preschooler will yell 'vamanos! rapido, mommy!' when you are taking too long to do something."
and my personal favorite
"Dora the Explorer exists to give me peace of mind and the ability to check facebook and post to my blog at 9am"

now how's that for honest advertising?
for all of you out there about to have a third this made me laugh this morning (and the picture at the bottom made me grab for my heart... i can't believe its really going to happen!)


its official. lily totally has an ipad hidden in her her room somewhere or is sneaking into my office at night to use my laptop. she must have read my recent rant about her attitude because she has been a complete angel the past two days.

i'm definitely going to talk smack about her on here more often so she can continue to prove me wrong :)