Sleep choreography 

I love me a sleeping baby – so quiet & peaceful. It makes me relax just watching one. I also love me a sleeping kiddo. The positions are hilarious. Sometimes in & out of bed. Usually with a favorite stuffie – like Red Red the cat (Finley’s), and mostly on top of the blankets (why do I even make their beds or buy sheets & blankets for that matter? This grid is Fin heavy – she definitely sleeps hard when she sleeps.

Fly killers 

These pitcher plants are gorgeous and useful. We had a major fly problem when we moved into the house. I saw these at Flora Grubb while picking up our succulent wall and I was SO excited to try them out. They worked like a charm. In addition to flies, this guy was infested fully by ants – thousands of them. I set it outside for 24 hours. I checked it again, ants were gone. It’s been back inside nibbling up flies ever since.

We also got these fly killer bags things… They certainly attract the flies but they stink something fierce in no time. Not sure if it is the fly bait OR the dead rotting flies submerged in the fly bait but it smells disgusting. The plants are my go to. I also saw a plug-in outlet style. I may add that to the list next summer if we need it. Whoever thought that fly catching would be a topic I research so diligently?

The plants are my go to (plus a fly swatter for that satisfying smack sound). I also saw a plug-in outlet style. I may add that to the list next summer if we need it. Whoever thought fly-catching would be a topic I research so intently, and one that (if successful) would interest me so much?

SuperUni

This superhero raced through the house shouting “I’m SuperUni!” – while wearing an old cape we had on hand and her unicorn fleece hat. Super creative and absolutely adorable. I love her imagination. My sweet girl.

 

Tired pup

If I finally take a moment to sit down at night after getting the kids to bed and finishing up projects, this little pup decides she needs to nap right on me. It works now with her 13-14 pounds. I’m not sure how it will be when she’s 30-35. I don’t think she’s going to notice the additional size. She loves her snuggles at night when it’s super quiet in the house. If you remember, the kids prefer the morning so right now I’m one well snuggled Mom. I’m not complaining.

Fin’s First Day at TOPS

Here we go. My little one is heading to TOPS school this morning for her first day in the 3s/4s class. She’s SO excited. She was at TOPS camp this summer and loved it. I’m excited for her to have her own place and do wonderful things! And. If you read her sign, I wrote down her exact words. Fav Color: Rainbows. Fav Food: Cookies. More Cookies. Only Cookies. Career goals: Flying Bat. She’s hilarious.

Rainbow Fish + a carousel

One of our favorite things is introducing the kids to the arts – especially when it involves the Bay Area Children’s Theater. The productions are amazing and hilarious (even to the parents) and so perfect for this age group. Many of them are based on books that the kids know forward and backward – but they elaborate on the storyline and really provide a wonderful experience. Today was no exception. The rainbow fish may be in my top favorites of the productions we have enjoyed. Afterwards, we had to hop on the carousel again (it’s a must) and then grabbed lunch and headed home to enjoy the rest of our Sunday Funday together.

Again… look at these kids.. They are totally kids now. And they are a hoot to try to get a photo of them both looking, smiling, etc. I included a few of the mis-shots so you see what I have to go through to get them sometimes. This is why most of my shots are of them in “action” – I mean, look at the lower right image – they are both looking in completely opposite directions!

Finally. A weekend for us.

We are in the new house, we are home from traveling, and we finally had a weekend for us. We have tons of projects but they are no longer totally encompassing – like unpacking was. We took the dog on walks, we finally got their play table set-up & then built monster lego and duplo creations, we played trains for hours, soccer outside, harvested produce from the garden (we may have found a hidden monster zucchini as you can see) and we got lots of outside play time with the kids and the dog.

We even (finally) sat down on a piece of furniture outside and just “sat” – it was heavenly. The house still feels like a work site in many ways with long lists of to do items but it is also starting to feel like home too.

Big kids

Look at these two. Can you believe how big they are getting. Holden looks like a full on kid and Finley is right behind him. I snapped a photo of Fin (in the alley between our garbage cans, air conditioner, and garage no less) when she was actually standing still, and just thinking about something. She saw me and then immediately started into her silly poses. I kept snapping because she’s adorable but I really love that first image that captures a rare moment of a standing still Fin.

Holden is really becoming a master of the scooter – he’s growing up too fast as well. I love the first shot of him with his sweet smile. You can see the pride in his face – that he has strong muscles and can scooter fast. He is so long and lean. I’m curious just how tall he’s going to get. 48″ this fall… He’s only 14″ from matching me. He’s six you guys. 6!

Also – I’m getting one last wear out of all Fin’s sundresses since they are now uber mini skirts. Some of them can be paired with leggings as tunics this fall but she is also on an epic growth spurt at 39″ tall.

Ramen night

3 moms. 6 kids. 1 ramen shop + 1 ice cream stop = a fun filled crazy night for these littles. The only quiet moments were when bowls of ramen were set in front of each of them and then again when the ice cream + sprinkle cones were handed out. This crew is so fun – what great buddies & besties to have and what a fun way to celebrate back to school.

The only quiet moments were when bowls of ramen were set in front of each of them and then again when the ice cream + sprinkle cones were handed out. This crew is so fun – what great buddies & besties to have and what a fun way to celebrate back to school.