First Birthday!!


This post is a little late going up.  But last month we celebrated our Bub’s first birthday.

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been busy.  So getting pictures up took a little longer than I would have liked.

But on to the show!

There were presents.  And Bub loved them, so did his sister, SweetPea 🙂 .  But even better than presents were chocolate cupcakes.  With pink frosting, of course.  And yes, SweetPea did pick out both the flavor of the cupcakes AND the color of the frosting.  Bub can pick those things next year, you know, when he’s talking.

This next picture proves that Bub is my child.  I make that same face every time I eat chocolate.  Every single time.  It’s just so dang good.IMG_0401

This next picture proves that Bub is related to my husband.  He does the same thing whenever he eats chocolate.  Or spaghetti for that matter.  That’s actually not true, he’s a bit of freak about getting food on his hands and face.


But this face is why we love him so!


Also this face.


Happy Birthday Bub!  We’re so lucky to have two wonderful kids.  And here’s to lots more crazy, messy, wonderful adventures. I hope you all are enjoying your families and your chocolate as much as I am.


Wanna Be Like Dad

Apparently my kids want to be like their dad.  I can’t say I blame them.  I mean, I think he’s pretty awesome.

SweetPea trying on Dad's shoes

SweetPea trying on Dad’s shoes

I have to say, I particularly love this next photo.  Dan captured a similar photo of SweetPea and me sleeping in identical positions when she was only a few months old too.  It’s kind of precious.  So I was really excited when I saw the boys sleeping like this.  I had to, just had to take a picture.

Bub imitates Dad even while sleeping

Bub imitates Dad even while sleeping


Family Fun Time

I love the fall.  I love the colors of fall (even though I don’t live on the east coast).  Around here we get aspen and larch turning gold.  And maybe it’s just because I grew up with those particular views, but there’s nothing better than going for a drive and seeing a hillside speckled with gold from all the larch.  It’s a good sight.

However, the larch needles…not so fun to rake up and jump in.

That might be why I like that we have big maples in front of our place.  Because that means we get a big ole pile of leaves.  Which is prime for jumping.

fall, jumping in leaves

Don’t worry, she didn’t jump with the sucker in hand.  In fact, she didn’t jump in the leaves AT ALL this outing.  It took a few more times before she started having fun in leaves.  But we got there.

And then, when we come inside we still have fun.

Tummy Time!

Tummy Time!

I might use the term “we” loosely, because, as evidenced from the picture, somebody isn’t having much fun.  Well, I guess tummy time isn’t so fun when you can barely lift your giant noggin off the floor.

Halloween Highlights



We just celebrated Halloween.  And unfortunately my husband had to be out of town for work.  So the next day, when he got home he asked SweetPea, “Did you have fun trick or treating?”  She responded with a blank look.  Then he asked, “Did you have fun taking the batmobile to the mall?”  Well that elicited a very enthusiastic and excited response.  She wasn’t even aware that trick or treating or candy had been involved during her mall-o-ween experience.  All she knew was that she finally got to take her batmobile out for spin that didn’t involve going around and around our coffee table.

And let me tell you, the batmobile was a hit.  I’m not kidding when I say that every boy in the mall gave SweetPea’s batmobile a second look.  In fact, one little boy (he looked to be about 3 years old) was helping hand out candy.  He saw the batmobile and just started throwing candy into it.  Eventually he just took the bowl he was holding and dumped all its contents into the batmobile.  SweetPea didn’t notice the candy coming in.  She did, however, notice this boy all up in her grill and making it hard for to speed race off (she was not impressed).  I, however, just kept thinking “candy jackpot!”  Good thing ole Grandpa was around to return some of the sugar laden load.

Earlier in the day Nona was over and she and SweetPea made a Halloween dessert…because yes, we needed more sugar 🙂 .They made a spooky and edible graveyard.  Which was awesome because SweetPea was able to do some of the steps all by herself.

dessert graveyard

arranging tombstones

gummy worms

SweetPea did the worms and candy corn all by herself!

Trivia courtesy Grandpa: What was the original name for candy corn?

Chicken Feed…the more you know!

bear jack o lantern

jack o lantern


Pumpkin Patch

The hub’s family was in town this past week.  One of the highlights of their trip was going to the Pumpkin Patch.  The weather was perfect and there were so many fun things to do…we’re already looking forward to next year!

SweetPea feeding animals.

SweetPea feeding animals.

SweetPea feeding animals.

SweetPea feeding animals.

Duck races!

Duck races!

Into the maze...

Into the maze…



SweetPea taking over.

SweetPea taking over.

Caught in the spider web

Caught in the spider web

Omi and Bub

Omi and Bub

Biggest smile  ever!

Biggest smile ever!

Too stinkin' cute!

Too stinkin’ cute!