Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Can you believe it?!
JEFFREY planned a surprise date for me! Without my knowledge! On his own! (with a lot of help from my dad, but that's besides the point...) HE SURPRISED ME WITH A MINI VACATION FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!!

...of course...
...once I found out he was planning something I pretty much coerced him into giving me the details right then and there because I pretty much suck and being patient...

But it was still a surprise! So it counts!!

(...in the entirety of our marriage, this has never happened. Any vacation, or getaway, or sweet surprise has always been planned, carried out, and surprised by me.)

It was a simple trip to San Diego, with my parents, to breakfast, the zoo, the beach, Old Town San Diego, and then a fancy dinner on the harbor. We were crazy tired afterwards, but it was truly a fantastic day together.

Happy Valentine's Day, sweetheart!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

back to real life

 Getting back into the swing of things after a vacation is THE WORST.

I mean, let's be real, who really LIKES cleaning the house, washing the dishes...DOING LAUNDRY...

NO ONE, that's who.

If you'd like to contest that opinion, you may clean my house.


So anyway, here I am, finally out of vacation mode and trying not to be a hermit. Unfortunately there's only two ways I get out of my house...church...and anything that involves food. Occasionally I'll get out for my friends, but you know...that usually involves food, so...it's just semantics.

I'm only sort of kidding.

Here's the proof though, if you'd like some:

My kids after church, being adorable. I'd say "as usual," but that's not necessarily always the case with them...
...but they do make me smile.

Awwww, look how mushy and corny we are! Aren't we the best?

I bought myself some tulips because...why the heck not? A dutch maid just needs a few tulips sometimes...or any other flower. I'll take any flowers any day, every day (hint, hint to the hubby)
Also, I bought them WHILE out grocery shopping...so food.

I FINALLY got out of the house to take my kids to the park with my friend and her kids...we went out for pizza afterwards (there's my food incentive, see?)
Livvy is so adventurous. I can ONE HUNDRED PERCENT see where having older brothers has influenced her...

Annnnnd church again, different week. Livvy and I were the only ones to make it, leaving behind a bunch of sickos. (In the literal sense...they were all ill.)

the end!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Because my darn sister and her husband felt like a job was important to their well-being...they took my nephew(s) and niece and moved as far as they could.

Rude, right??
I mean, those were some of our best friends!
And they just up and left us.

Whatever, I'm over it now, obviously, so any opportunity to visit their so-called home state, I'll gladly take it. And they've only lived in Georgia for a year and a half, but I've already visited during all four seasons, aaaaaaand....I can see why they love it there. It's absolutely beautiful. Plus, I'm kind of an architecture/history fanatic, so that place feeds my need for old homes and buildings.

ANYWAY, flights were cheap...ish...and Grace convinced me to come over for a few days to visit with our other sister, Emma. It was pure heaven. I only took Olivia with me, and I can't for the life of me figure out why I ever thought one child was difficult! (Not bashing on you moms of only one, because the transition from none to one was definitely the hardest for me, but sheesh, only having to deal with one kid instead of three was C.A.K.E.)

Basically what I'm trying to convey is this: I was on vacation the ENTIRE time.
(Except for the traveling part, on an airplane with a restless 22 month old--but that's a different story)

So now, here I am, back home already, and missing all of my loved ones dearly.

Until next time...and hopefully it's soon.

Holland and Olivia (or Holly and Ollie, nicknames given to them by their Opa) are finally at the stage where they remember each other and want to be with each other. This was such a fun trip to watch them because they are seriously too freaking cute. 

My mother planted some carrots in Grace's garden last summer and they were forgotten about...until I found them...

...they were enormous.

But it didn't stop the girls from snacking on them!

We REALLY like having our own little mini-me dress-up dolls. That's what having little girls are for, right??

We went hiking to a beautiful waterfall, and then noticed Livvy and I had matching shoes! 

I love my sisters so much, and I honestly don't know what I'd do without their love and friendship. The best thing though, is how much we can laugh with each other.
 Or at each other. Whatever.