Friday, November 30, 2012

who we are

I haven't been blogging much lately. It sas nothing to do with time. I can find the time if I want.

It has to do with perception. Not yours - mine. This blog is my digital scrapbook, a document of our lives. For the most part, I want it to represent our best selves. And lately we haven't been at our best. The kids aren't sleeping well - or aren't sleeping in their own beds. The house is a disaster 90% of the time, laundry piled up, dirty dishes in the sink. My house isn't decorated beautifully for the holidays. I'm not crafting or baking anything. I haven't lost the weight I wanted to lose after having Alice. No big announcements or milestones. Just our life. Our very messy and real and sometimes not-all-that-good life.

This is an indicator of how sick everyone in my house has been, how disorganized I've been and the general chaos of life lately. I went grocery shopping yesterday .... and my kitchen is such a train wreck that I didn't notice 2 gallons of milk sitting out

Lunch, couch side while watching Crazy Heart. Chillax Sunday.

So maybe I need to be a little easier on myself, on this family of mine. Beds aren't made, tempers are lost, too many "toast as dinner" meals are eaten, carpet is dirty, debt piles up, silent treatment happens, Alice wears pj pants all day. And that is life. Our life.

Brrrrrr. And purrrrrr.

But we also laugh a lot. And dance Gangman style in the kitchen. Call our friends and family to tell them we love them. Give generously. Say we're sorry. Work hard. Admire full moons. Dream big. Hug. Tangle our legs and feet together on the couch to watch History channel. We grow.

the 4 Phees, November 2012

I tell other people to come as they are. To just show up. It's time to take my own advice in this space.

So here we are. The 4 Phees.

I love me a baby shower

It's true, I do.

And this baby shower, well, I couldn't be happier to have been a part of. Let me back up on this one.

Tom Peters is one of my oldest friends. We met in 5th grade, Mr. Metzler's class. So we go way back. Funny how life works but here we are, both of us married and living in Los Angeles.

Tom is married to this gal named Michelle. Pretty much the coolest chick I've ever met. Stylish, artsy, relaxed.

They're having a BABY. Yes, a baby boy. A mini-Tom. The world is going to be a very lucky place around December 16th.

On to the photos. Enjoy. And all the best in the world to you both, Tom and Michelle. xoxoxoxoxo

Michelle baby shower

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

hoot, hoot

Robin (my sis-in-law) sent these adorable tooth fairy owls for my kids last week.

tooth fairy owls

I nearly squealed when I opened the box. And I might, just might, keep them for myself.

They are really thick, sturdy. The stitching is bold and exaggerated.

tooth fairy owls

Each one unique and personalized with my babies' names.

tooth fairy owls

Her friend of a friend, Katie Henze, makes them. Unfortunately she doesn't have an Etsy shop but if you're in the Chicago or Wisconsin area, you can get them locally.

They are sold at the Capputan Coffee Shop in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Seriously, if you in that area, stop in and buy 2 or 10.

I just had to share. Couldn't help myself.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Charlie, 3 years + 10 months old

This kid is almost 4.

Blows my mind. He's tall and clumsy. He's moody and sensitive and loving. He's clever.

He has mastered his back float.


He's really strong. He has one of those motorized kid's cars that gets trapped between the two houses. No problem. He just gets out and moves it like it's no big deal.

push, push

Then he jumps around. And jumps and runs. And then jumps off the couch and builds a fort and jumps on my bed. And climbs on the patio table and in the back of Rich's old truck. Then he runs around our 1100 square foot house (approximately 1000 times) until he's exhausted.

And then he's still not ready for bed.

my superhero

He sleeps hard. Plays hard. Eats a lot. All boy, all day long.

He is my heart, up jumping around.

Alice, almost a year

Sometimes she's really, really happy.

dinner time

Sometimes she's really, really pissed.


In the morning, she goes through a range of emotions.

Good morning, sunshine.

This is her from last weekend. I just want to eat her. So cute.

Alice 11 months old Oct 2012 (21)

Crawling around when she doesn't feel like walking.

Alice in the grass

We are less than 1 month out from Ali Cat's first birthday. Oh my Gawd.

Halloween 2012

Let me start with the costumes.

Chazzy was Batman. The muscular Batman. In my mind, that would be the Val Kilmer Batman before he got fat.

Halloween 2012

Alice was a garden gnome. Because she's too young to contest it.

Halloween 2012

It makes me so happy to beg two children to look at the camera and hold still. I always wanted two kids. And here they are . . . in all their Halloween glory.

Halloween 2012

Halloween 2012

There was also a Halloween Carnival at Chazzy's preschool. (There is always a fundraising event at Chazzy's preschool. I'm shocked there isn't a Veteran's Day event coming up requiring tickets and wristbands and silent auctions.)

halloween carnival
(Yes, these gorgeous gals are Charlie's teachers. Needless to say, Rich makes sure we attend each fundraising event.) 

We had a surprise visit from Papa Tractor. 

Halloween Carnival 2012

Met up with friends. 

Halloween Carnival 2012

And finally, after jumpers and train rides, it was dark, cold and late. 
spooky Halloween tree

One holiday down, 2 more to go in this year!