Thursday, June 28, 2012

as I'm trying to blog this

Charlie is "in bed". Which means he asked for a yogurt. A water. To talk to his Daddy. To wear special slippers. Then I was thirsty. Then the baby started fussing in her crib. Then Cook barked at something, nothing, outside. Then Rich asked me to make a quesadilla. At 9:00 at night.

It's a strange and busy little life we have. Needless to say, it's been hard to sandwich in a blog post here and there. Between diaper changes, financial reports at work, phone calls to family, and a laundry list of other life stuff, it's been tricky for me to sit still, edit and sort photos and document our days as they're passing us by at a million miles an hour.

Finally, here I am. I will just choose my favorite photos and narrate them, total stream of thoughts. No start and finish to this story. Much like my evening.

Rich is reading Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture by Lisa Bloom. The common current of her book is for fathers to set an example to their sons by reading. So Rich has been doing that. And we've noticed a difference.

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On Mother's Day weekend, I threw some towels, snacks and sunscreen in a bag at the last minute and took the kids to Mother's Beach in Long Beach. Charlie was excited that he could fill his bucket with mud and carry it back and forth to our lounge site. He's easy to please.

Mother's Beach on Mother's Day, 2012

Mother's Beach on Mother's Day, 2012

It was baby girl's first time dipping her toes in the ocean.

baby girl's first time in the ocean

This may be my favorite iPhone photo that I've taken in the 2 years I've had the phone. And it perfectly captures my Chazzy.

my sweet boy

Trying to get more photos up of Alice smiling for Robin. This is getting closer.

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We've been trying to maintain a "clean eating" diet. It's hard. Not as hard as paleo or gluten free or some of the others. But harder than the usual easy-to-make processed dinners we eat.

salad, typical dinner fare

Rich photo bombs my shots with his beers. It's annoying.

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Doing her best impression of a throw pillow.

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This is my migraine face. For a few weeks there, I was having 6 migraines a week. Clean eating + some Topamax is providing some relief.

migraine Marci

I bought these fuzzy balls at Ikea. Talking about these fuzzy balls brought out the 12 year olds in Michelle Peters and I last Friday night.

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This kid with this hair, these eyes, holding this orange Crush -

Charlie and the orange pop

plus this girl, this green tutu and this serious face -

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Make me one happy mama.

kids in Grandma Gert's chair

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


When we're not trying to go to sleep before 9 pm like the lame people that we are, we are doing the bedtime dance. Finish dinner, give baths, chase Charlie around to dry him, put pajamas on, sip wine while making 8th trip into the kitchen for God knows what, pile into bedroom to read stories.

bedtime mania

bedtime mania

bedtime mania

Or to wear masks while we tell stories.

bedtime mania

bedtime mania

bedtime mania

And to all a good night.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day, 2012

I had big plans for Father’s Day. A total “pamper Daddy” day. Hang photos from the ceiling of him with the kids. Make an elaborate breakfast. Take the kids out for a few hours so he could have a quiet house. Detail his new car.

Best laid plans and all that.

I had a day full of migraine. Which is a whole other post someday. Let’s just say that 6 days a week lately I’m incapacitated by 5 pm. It’s tortuous and I’m addressing it, starting with a doctor appointment today at 4.

But anyway. I did manage a Denver omelet for Rich in the morning and a lunch escape to one of our favorite places in Seal Beach. Short of that, he was ironically on super Dad duty all day. And did so without complaint as always.

Rich is a great Dad. And husband. And most of all, my friend. My kids are lucky, as am I.

I love my family

These silly kids.

A boy, his kazoo, Rich and a baby

Rich and his boy

Rich & Alice Linda

Monday, June 11, 2012

shameless use of my blog for fundraising

My disclaimer is in the subject line - apologies all around. But if you're interested . . .

My friend makes some really cool re-usable baggies (snack, sandwich and swimbag sizes) available for you to buy as part of a school fundraiser for Charlie's preschool.

The bags come in 9 patterns and 3 sizes that you can mix & match. They range in price (mix & match) from $5 to $13 (or $21 for all 3). If you’d like to order, please email or call me and I’ll ship them to you for free. Trust me, I’ve seen these up close & personal, they’re really nice. I want some for my stuff too (sunglasses, toiletries, etc).


Thanks everyone!

fundraiser baggies

Thursday, June 7, 2012

first field trip

Charlie experienced his first field trip last month. His preschool class traveled on a bus (a bus!) to Tanaka Strawberry Farms in Irvine.

He was very excited about the bus, he was very excited that Rich and I both attended and most excited that a tractor pulled us around the farms.

Some photos from our day. My baby's growing up.

Tanaka Strawberry Farms field trip

Tanaka Strawberry Farms field trip

Tanaka Strawberry Farms field trip

Tanaka Strawberry Farms field trip

Tanaka Strawberry Farms field trip

Tanaka Strawberry Farms field trip

beauty shots

Charlie, 3-1/2 years old. May 2012.
Charlie, lounging on the back patio

Alice, 6 months old. May 2012.

Alice, 6 months old. May 2012.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Charlie, my Charlie

A brief update on my boy -

He likes to play with sticky notes. I used to do the same thing when I was a kid with my Mom & Dad's neverending stash of office supplies. Genetically predisposed, I guess.

sticky note fun

Bedtime is a zoo. I suck at putting Charlie to bed and he sucks at going to bed. Most nights, he dashes past me and climbs onto Rich's lap. He says he just "wants to lay on Daddy's shoulder".

Our Spidey won't go to bed.

He's really into dinosaurs and spaceships. (He'll never lose his love for Spidey or Buzz Lightyear but dinos and space have entered his world now.) So I bought him this shirt from Crowsmack on Etsy -

new shirt

Charlie's school had a fashion show. He rocked his Spidey glasses from Papa Dickie.

fashion show

See him strut his stuff on the catwalk.

Or view the video here.

He's 3 - 1/2 years old now. And is a pretty awesome kid.

I love my iPhone

. . . because it allows me to snap these types of photos often and easily.

Here is my month of May, from the view of my iPhone.

Marci's May 2012 iPhone Lovin'

1. Alice is teething, 2. he waterboards himself, 3. bottle, snooze, life is good, 4. scooter mania, 5. she looks like a dock worker, 6. my sweet boy, 7. happy Alice, 8. kids, lounging, 9. sunshine, good times, 10. Mother's Beach, 11. Spidey slippers from Papa Dickie, 12. my hat, 13. swing a ding, 14. baby girl's first time in the ocean, 15. Mother's Beach, 16. Mother's Beach, 17. Mother's Beach, 18. Daddy love, 19. Daddy love, 20. itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, 21. Alice and her toy, 22. my view, 23. caffeine, necessary with a teething baby, 24. Charlie's strawberry pick from Tanaka Farms, 25. backyard Alice, 26. backyard Charlie, 27. Mama's treat, 28. Good morning, sunshine, 29. Rich's new ride, 30. pool time, 31. his fever is back, 32. shopping

Monday, June 4, 2012

let them eat cake

While we were at a 1st birthday party for these adorable little munchkins . . .

Shaw Twins 1st Birthday Party

Alice made sure every party guest remembered us.
How we make a splash at birthday parties
The Phee family, breaking and ruining stuff for over 3 years now.