Thursday, June 30, 2011

shaved ice

the other day jack and lucy were both off somewhere having fun and exciting summertime adventures and finn was stuck with me and the errand of going to the grocery store.  i told him while we were out, i would stop and get him a shaved ice in an attempt to make our outing seem "special."
it worked.  easiest $1.50 ever.
thank you, water connection.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

happy birthday, pete.

well, my young whippersnapper of a husband finally made it to 30.
i have no need to go on about how great he is.
he already knows.
hope you had a great day and know how much we love you!

side note, pete's sweet nephew raph asked if i would take a picture of him and his "uncle dude" as pete is known by the kids in that family...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

future novelist

jack informed me last week that he is going to write a book.  
a book which he plans on typing on our old typewriter.  
he is already trying to figure out how he can bind it when he is done.
i should just buy him a beret and sit him down in a coffee shop somewhere.

Monday, June 27, 2011

big earl's

being the adventurer she is, my sister erin convinced us all to head out to cave creek last weekend to eat at big earl's greasy eats.  she is always finding some new place to try and this was the recent one on the top of her list.  an old gas station turned roadside diner.  i have to say, it was mighty delicious.

then, for some crazy reason we decided to walk around in cave creek (middle of the morning on a hot day in phoenix...  not my favorite plan).  i did, however, really enjoy this painted wall.  not sure if they were trying to decide on a color to paint or just thought this looked cool, but either way, i was a fan.  

and so were these cute boys...

Friday, June 24, 2011

mom, can you take a picture of this?

jack is big into having me take pictures of the things he builds and sets up.  he spends a really long time setting up each and every detail and then requests i take a picture before he starts actually playing with it and "messing it up."  he has not once ever asked to see those pictures after the fact.  i have a whole file on my computer of these "set-ups" and can't bring myself to get rid of them.  i should probably just make him a book of all his set-up pictures...  in the meantime, he can view them on my blog.

and, of course, lucy couldn't be left out of the photo fun...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

best thing you ever got in the mail?

when i was a kid we used to get big boxes of hand-me-down clothes from our cousins in indiana and those were some pretty exciting packages to receive as an 8 year old.  however, i just got this box in the mail the other day...

and i think it clearly beats out a big box of old clothes (however, if anyone wants to send me hand-me-downs, i am sure that would still be an exciting box to discover on my doorstep...).  anyway, we took our box of treasures and had a fantastic first-day-of-summer-ice-cream-party.  my kids declared it our "best party ever," so i would say it went over rather well.  i posted a bunch of pictures of our fun over here, if you want to take a peek.

i sure do love summer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

sports camp

this year jack decided if there was no al at sports camp there would be no jack either (pete's brother al decided to take a job at a salmon factory in alaska rather than be a camp counselor this year...  much to jack's complete and utter disappointment).  however, not even her own brother's absence could keep lucy away.  she woke up bright and early monday morning ready to go to sports camp with her buddy isaac from across the street.  she managed to get mary elizabeth as her counselor, just as she had hoped and has been spending her free-time beating the other counselors at serious staring contests.  mighty fine, indeed.  she comes home exhausted, smelling like sunscreen and chlorine with her eyes glazed over and her hair matted and frizzed at the same time, but happy.  good way to spend a hot summer day in lucy's world.  (pete and jack would greatly disagree, however...)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


for those of you who don't already know, june is my very favorite month.  if i could move my birthday, i would pick it up and plop it right down in the middle of june.  we missed out on a lot of our lazy summer days, being gone for two weeks, so i am officially celebrating summer solstice as the beginning of my laid-back summer days.

*i apologize to all those who think it is too hot.  i recommend swimming, popsicles and lots of air-conditioned reading.  good times.  you just have to set your mind in the right direction.

never thought your 4 year old would say...

 "mom, do you know what facebook is?
lucy said george is on facebook and can look at pictures of his friends."

something about the term "facebook" coming out of mr. finn's mouth that just didn't sit too well with me...
stop growing up, please.

Monday, June 20, 2011

happy dad's day

getting back just before father's day makes for a rather thrown together morning, but luckily we were able to give our dad breakfast in bed (even if it wasn't homemade) and still make our annual "all about dad" book.  the kids basically answer a series of questions about pete ranging from his favorite food to why they think he is funny to what they think he does at work (you can only imagine some of the amazing responses...).  i ask them the questions separately so as to avoid repeating one another's answers and yet somehow for the question "what is dad's favorite thing about you" they each, individually replied, "my chubby cheeks."  however, my personal favorite answer to any question was probably when i asked finn who pete's favorite golfer was and he immediately responded, "not tiger woods."  then after some thought said, "oh, yeah, rory mcilroy."  needless to say, this project is always good for a giggle.  i highly recommend giving it a try...

the kids laughing at their own hilariousness...

and i guess it is only appropriate to also give a little shout out to that dad we love so much.
you are our favorite and our best and we love you the very most.
thanks for being so good to us.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011


its been good to catch up with some really great friends...