Waffles are a hit at our house.  Not homemade - although I tried and tried - no the Trader Joe's Multi-grain frozen delights are their favorite.  Maple syrup, peanut butter, and always a winner - Nutella.  For the lat few months however, Theo has been begging for us not to cook them.  Every time we would go to stick them in the toaster, he would be crying out, "No, No please don't cook it!!!"  We never listened, because obviously he has no idea what he is asking for...right?

The onther morning after many pleas and and full out tantrum happened - Michael decided to call his bluff and give him the rock hard frozen waffle for breakfast.

And Theo ate it... happily.  "Yummy!"  He even thanked us.



I am not what you would consider a decorator.  

Don't get me wrong, I love looking at beautiful rooms and drooling over well designed furniture and beautiful artwork.  I can imagine my finished rooms and me living in them. But when it comes to finding the pieces and making the purchases - I fail.  It is time consuming and until I am 100% sure I love it (or 90% sure and it is on major sale) I just can 't follow through.

It doesn't help me that the kids love to draw on the couch and use our side tables for amazing Donkey Kong reenactments.  At any moment our TV stand can become a Broadway stage and Mt. Everest for stranded climbers.  We have miles and miles of wall space and so many empty corners.  In fact we want to ditch our huge TV stand, but that would make the room even emptier - so it stays. 

Eva has taken notice of the problem and started decorating our walls.  This little doodler is always making art and hanging them all around our house.  The installation with the cut out hearts she named "Lots of Love" and is in our bedroom.  I am really thinking it should be permanent - because I am 200% sure I will love it forever.


on sleep

too tired for dinner
right around her nap time - she beat us to the punch
Big news over here - last three nights Ms. Helena has slept through the night.  The entire night! It is so very amazing!  She moved into our spare bedroom last week and I spent quite a few nights sleeping in the guest bed getting her used to the new situation.  After a few nights we were down to one wake-up somewhere around 3-4 in the morning and that wake up kept getting later and later.  Two days ago it was 7:00 before I heard a peep.  And here I am today at 6:45 - up with Eva and Theo - while Helena is still sound asleep.  

Unfortunately, the big kids are definitely not sleeping through the night.   Sleep has just been so strange for them lately. They have been: super tired in the afternoon- to the point of falling asleep sitting at the kitchen island, super awake at 9:00 at night and bouncing off the walls, begging to go to bed during dinner, waking up in the middle of the night crawling in our bed, sleeping-in so late that they needed to be drug out of bed to get to school on time, up and awake before dawn - ready for the day to get going already.  The time change might have made things 100x's worse - thank you very much daylight savings.

Theo has started sleeping on the bottom bunk under Eva - but some nights he still ends up back in the crib.  Eventually, we will plan to move Helena into the big kids bedroom and have all three sleeping together.  Eva and Theo are excited about getting Helena in the room with them.  I can only imagine the bedtime plotting and planning they will be able to accomplish between the three of them.


leaves and thieves

I can't believe it is almost halfway through November.  These 70° days make it easy to forget that we are closer to winter that summer now. All of our trees are half bare, including our gigantic magnolia.  Luckily we have a lot of help getting the leaves raked up and to the curb.  

Watching these three is one of my favorite things.  They do so much together now.  Eva and Theo are  constantly hatching plans and working together.  They still have their dust-ups, but more often they work together pretty well - especially since they have learned that tag-teaming the parents is effective and beneficial to both of them.  

And then there's Helena.  Watching them continually and joining the mix when ever she can.  She loves get in the middle of what they are doing, and sometimes that actually means she walks up and stands right between them, in their way, until they have to notice her.  She copies whatever they are doing and follows them wherever they go.

Thick as thieves these three and we parents are outnumbered. 


Happy Halloween

So much good stuff here!
Happy Halloween!!


happy happy

Happiest Birthday to my younger, super handsome and infinitely-better better half.
I am so very lucky to be bouncing through this life by your side.
I love you.

Our babies are so excited for your birthday.
Not just because they know it means donuts, but because they know how awesome you are.
This picture has been one of my very favorites. Eva and Theo loved this "rainbow pillow", and I thought nothing could get them laughing harder... until you came to bounce with them.  You were one of the only grown-ups out there bouncing with his kiddos.  And you loved every minute.

We all love you, always and forever.
Happy Birthday!



Happy Birthday to the best...
grandma, mom, wife and friend I know (my dad agrees 200%).
We love you to pieces.

And sometimes I wonder where Helena gets her funny faces from...