they say it’s my birthday! na na na na na na na!

well……they SAID it’s my birthday…….cuz it was on sunday! i love my birthday, and since it’s my blog i thought myself VERY deserving of a post! (lol…sorry pauly… ;) ) just like…..almost a week late….

i have been meaning to write something meaningful and thought-provoking regarding this blessed event, but….alas….i am lazy…in my old age…..(truth moment: i am going to ride the “ooooo….sorry……i can’t …….i’m old now” train until the wheels fall off…)

so! i did SO SO many fun things and i am just going to show you all the pics to prove it!  (oh! and my aunt and uncle came down for a wedding,  to celebrate my birthday and treated pauly and i to birthday brunch at hell’s kitchen! i, of course, didn’t take any pictures…..dangnabit! ) also, as you will see…most (read: all) of my pics involve me eating food…….

mi and mi madre! she came to celebrate with me :) we had a BLAST! i love her. so. D. much.

mi and mi madre! she came to celebrate with me :) we had a BLAST! i love her. so. D. much.

we ate at the heartland. it was.....ugh.....ri-dic.

we ate at the heartland. it was…..ugh…..ri-dic.

the next night, my mom watched ashur and tyson so summer and cory and plergs could have a date night! we ate at mill valley kitchen....i CANNOT tell you how good the food was! it's my new fav place..and that's saying something!

the next night, my mom watched ashur and tyson so summer and cory and plergs could have a date night! we ate at mill valley kitchen.…i CANNOT tell you how good the food was! it’s my new fav place..and that’s saying something! the food is all fresh, organic, and everything is house made. no fillers, no added sugars, flours… it’s the kind of food that makes you feel good while you are eating it, and when you are done. delightful..

 

awww...smoochy, smoochy! this is right after i shouted "take it quick!" no offense, pab... ;)

awww…smoochy, smoochy! this is right after i shouted “take it quick!” no offense, pab… ;)

 

summ and i getting ready for our pic....gotta check those teeth!

summ and i getting ready for our pic….gotta check those teeth!

she is one of my biggest supporters in life. don't know what i would do without her. love you summ!

she is one of my biggest supporters in life. don’t know what i would do without her. love you summ!

mill valley kitchen dessert! um...what?!!! this brownie was AMAZING. gooey on the inside, perfectly baked crust...to. die. for.

mill valley kitchen dessert! um…what?!!! this brownie was AMAZING. gooey on the inside, perfectly baked crust…to. die. for. and a cute little thing of milk to boot! 

bros before hoe's.....oh wait....

bros before hoe’s…..oh wait….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

you are awesome.

you’ll understand this title as you look through the pics……

so i have a lot of new posts in the works, but wanted to get something up so you all don’t forget about me! it’s been a crazzzzzy few weeks with lots more fun on the horizon–whoop whoop!! but here’s the highlight reel from the last few days…*cough cough*….overaweek…….*cough.

it was this little man's birthday! getting ready to blow out the candle! *sigh..LOVE that hair!

a new friend of mine, allison, invited us to her son’s bday bash last week! it was this little man’s birthday! getting ready to blow out the candle! *sigh..LOVE that hair!

a new friend of mine, allison, invited us to her son's bday bash last week! here's one of her littles reeeeeeeeally enjoying that cupcake!

one of her littles reeeeeeeeally enjoying that cupcake!

pauly guarding the cupcakes at the party. way to hold down the fort, bud.

pauly guarding the cupcakes at the party. way to hold down the fort, bud.

pinata time at the party! ole!

pinata time at the party! ole!

the pinata was filled with whistles! and candy! but the whistles were awesome..... for us......who don't have kids..... we loved 'em!

the pinata was filled with whistles! and candy! but the whistles were awesome….. for us……who don’t have kids….. we loved ‘em!

we moved a mattress. like this. across town. by ourselves.. so.....yep.....

we moved a mattress. like this. across town. by ourselves.. so…..yep…..

i love men...wait... just my man...but i guess for the purpose of this pic....all men. *sigh..just go with me...this is pauly 'holding on to' the mattress strapped to the roof of the car...just to make sure it doesn't go anywhere...lol this is why i love men...i know pauly is not the only guy to do this....i think the thought here is ' yep...don't worry darlin'...i got this....she's not goin' anywhere....not while my hand is here...' (as we are hauling A down the highway....oh thank God your hand is there to keep the 200lb mattress in place!

i love men…wait… just my man…but i guess for the purpose of this pic….all men. *sigh..just go with me…this is pauly ‘holding on to’ the mattress strapped to the roof of the car…just to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere…lol this is why i love men…i know pauly is not the only guy to do this….i think the thought here is ‘ yep…don’t worry darlin’…i got this….she’s not goin’ anywhere….not while my hand is here…’ (as we are hauling A down the highway….oh thank God your hand is there to keep the 200lb mattress in place!

we saw this guy as we were driving with the mattress strapped to the top of our car. it was kinda ironic.

we saw this guy as we were driving with the mattress strapped to the top of our car. it was kinda ironic.

matchy-matchy pedi with summer! with summer (friend), for summer (time). boom.

matchy-matchy pedi with summer! with summer (friend), for summer (time). boom.

haha! getting tys hooked on la croix! (insert maniacal laugh here: muah ha ha!)

haha! getting tys hooked on la croix! (insert maniacal laugh here: muah ha ha!)

okay more to come! including some of my bday and our anniversary is coming up!!!!! july is the month of the PLERG!!!!

birthday celebrations!

LOTS has been happening lately! it was paul’s birthday on the 10th! aaaaaaaaaaaannnndddd….i didn’t blog about it. truth be told, we were kinda in a *cough cough* tiff that day (due to some unexpected and all-day-consuming-golf-leaving-your-wife-to-“celebrate”- your-birthday-without-you-issues….) we worked it out, but not before i decided he didn’t deserve a birthday post. cuz i’m mature like that….haha!

BUT! i actually am trying to talk him into doing a guest post about his birthday! wouldn’t it be fun to hear straight from the horses mouth about how it feels to be 29!? maybe some highlights from the past year…aaand if he happens to talk about how amazing and *ahem* forgiving his wife is in life…well…so be it.

we did celebrate a lot over the past 2 weeks though! his p-rents were here 2 weekends ago, thursday we celebrated him at small group and our friend jamie made the most DELISH cake- EVER!!! (seriously. paul is still talking about how good it was!),  and this past friday we went out on our friends’ boat and took a cruise down the mighty st croix (i think….) to celebrate his bday and mine (coming up SOOOOOON!!!)

here are some of the highlights from all these celebrations!

small group celebrations! i should've known we would take pics, and actually showered....when we were leaving the house this night, i said to paul "sometimes i think i should try harder..." and he (totally seriously) said "why?" to which i replied "yeah...that's where i get stuck too...."

small group celebrations! i should’ve known we would take pics, and actually showered….when we were leaving the house this night, i said to paul “sometimes i think i should try harder when it comes to actually getting ready….” and he (totally seriously) said “why?” to which i replied “yeah…that’s where i get stuck too….”

 

thank you jamie for the awesome cake! i mean..look at this bad boy!

thank you jamie for the awesome cake! i mean..look at this bad boy!

noah told us that cake gives him strong muscles!  i couldn't agree more, my little friend. couldn't. agree. more.

noah told us that cake gives him strong muscles! i couldn’t agree more, my little friend. couldn’t. agree. more.

 

the mighty.....st croix?.....a beautiful night, nonetheless!

the mighty…..st croix?…..a beautiful night, nonetheless!

 

boys boating!

boys boating!

 

girl time! we were QUITE windblown by the end of the night! it took me 10 minutes to come through my bangs alone...

girl time! we were QUITE windblown by the end of the night! it took me 10 minutes to comb through my bangs alone…

thank you cory and summ for planning such a great night! we love you guys!

thank you cory and summ for planning such a great night! we love you guys!

and thank you joe and angel for letting us use your boat!! and being great friends!

and thank you joe and angel for letting us use your boat!! and being great friends!

cruisin'

cruisin’

plergs gone boating!

plergs gone boating!

happy birthday pauly! i love you!

happy birthday pauly! i love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

k-i-e-m-e-l-e

i cannot tell you how many times growing up i had to spell, respell, pronounce (and then eventually give up), telling people my last name. for the record, it’s pronounced kim-uh-lee. it’s german…

anyway, it was so strange after i got married to not be known as “leah kiemele” anymore…..and it’s weird now to see it together…..hmmm…… just a little random pre-thought there for ya…..

 

SO. on tuesday paul and i met my 2 aunts, deb and kathy, as well as my cousin skyla for dinner at the cheesecake factory, while they were passing through town. this is family on my dad’s side, the kiemele side, hence the random aforethought, and it was SO fun to see them! it had been about a year since we saw them last, at my sister’s wedding, and i’ve said this before, this is what i love about family: it’s like no time goes by. we can just pick up and fill each other in on life so easily–i love it. we laughed and talked and ate DELISH food and, of course, cheesecake, and just had the best time.

more random thoughts: my aunt kathy calls me ‘birdie’. it started because my dad is a HUGE celtics fan and LOVES larry bird (as we all do now..i mean, who doesn’t!?) and started calling me ‘leah bird’ which then morphed into ‘birdie’ and it has stuck with my aunt kathy ever since. i LOVE it. it’s hard to turn ‘leah’ into a nickname and i love that this one has stuck… it reminds me of growing up and how much fun i had with my aunts and uncles, and how much they love me and i love them. such a sweet thing for me….

here are the pics from that night! happy thursday everyone!

the kiemele girls! although, only deb is still technically a kiemele by name. we all are by heart though.

(some of) the kiemele girls! although, only deb is still technically a kiemele by name. we all are by heart though!

plergs at the cheesecake factory!

plergs at the cheesecake factory!

me and skyla! how beautiful is she?! and a great personality to boot! love you sky!

me and skyla! how beautiful is she?! and an adorable, fun personality to boot! love you sky!

pauly and sky...too cool for school!

pauly and sky…too cool for school!

we loved spending time with you guys!

we loved spending time with you guys!

july 4th weekend!

this past weekend my in laws, AKA pauly’s parentals, came to visit for the holiday! it was really fun to have them stay with us, and we love any excuse to all hang out!

we did it all too! twins game! fireworks! trying new restaurants! plus they helped us a lot with ‘new house stuff’ such as narrowing down exterior paint colors, measuring rooms for furniture, shopping for furniture…..

okay….on that note…..can i take a small aside? thanks.  so i know that this is a super-fun-building-our-home-probably-never-going-to-get-to-do-this-again moment we are having over the past few months, but……honestly…..sometimes i feel like: “there have GOT to be better uses of my brain power than debating the durability of oil rubbed bronze door knobs vs. brushed nickel…..” i am trying to enjoy every step, but i won’t miss some aspects of this process. NOT that i am not grateful to have it, but…you know…it feels a little shallow at times…..

okay, so back on track. bergs were here and we loved it. and i pictures to prove it :)

pauly's padre procured us some posh peering for the twins game. boom.

pauly’s padre procured us some posh peering for the twins game. boom.

twins game! i have to admit..i am LOVING how small my noggin looks next to pauly's in the pic.....

twins game! i have to admit..i am LOVING how small my noggin looks next to pauly’s in the pic…..

his dad also got us passes to the legend club! it was SA-WEET!

his dad also got us passes to the metropolitan club! it was SA-WEET!

in celebration of pauly's upcoming bday (wednesday!!) we celebrated with the whole fam (aunt, uncle, cousin + us) at an INCREDIBLE seafood place called 'sea salt' it's right by minnehaha falls here in the cities and it's beautiful and yummy and *sigh....heavenly.....i love food. here's what we ordered....didn't want to miss a thing on the menu and it doesn't look like we did!

in celebration of pauly’s upcoming bday (wednesday!!) we celebrated with the whole fam (aunt, uncle, cousin + us) at an INCREDIBLE seafood place called ‘sea salt eatery‘ it’s right by minnehaha falls here in the cities and it’s beautiful and yummy and *sigh….heavenly…..i love food. here’s what we ordered….didn’t want to miss a thing on the menu and it doesn’t look like we did!

shrimp po'boy sammie....amazing. just...amazing....

shrimp po’boy sammie….amazing. just…amazing….juicy and tender and fresh….i’m literally salivating…

the crab cakes..i would go back just for these....

the crab cakes..i would go back just for these….

cheers to 29 glorious years for pauly wally!

cheers to 29 glorious years for pauly wally!

birthday boy enjoying the fish tacos!

birthday boy enjoying the fish tacos!

afterward we took some family pics by the falls. here are the women!

afterward we took some family pics by the falls. here are the women!

and the men! can you tell they are related? (paul, his dad, and his uncle (dad's bro)..

and the men! can you tell they are related? (paul, his dad, and his uncle (dad’s bro)..

4 of the six of us! just missing kyle and meredee! also..it was like 180 outside...

4 of the six of us! just missing kyle and meredee! also..it was like 180 outside…

paulleahminne

cousins!

cousins!

overlooking the falls...it was amazing! paul's mom said she wishes you could bottle up that sound and play it in your backyard..so true! it's so relaxing!

overlooking the falls…it was amazing! paul’s mom said she wishes you could bottle up that sound and play it in your backyard..so true! it’s so relaxing!

let them eat beets!

okay okay okay. before you skip over this post, out of hatred for the beet, hear me out!! i normally HATE beets. BUT this salad i just made will rock. your. face. off! i promise.

i got the original recipe from my friend courtney, off her blog: www.vegmomrecipes.blogspot.com  recipe here. 

i have made it my own to a certain extent and present it to you now, in all of it’s glory!

 

okay this isn’t the best picture…it’s from my phone..i need to get a real camera someday….

but this salad will change your life. literally. it’s so fresh and summery, and EASY which is the most important part of anything i make.

here’s how you do it: (insert this awesome song, here:)

YOU WILL NEED:

1 bag of match stick carrots

1 bunch of beets (they usually come in a bunch of 3 or 4) peeled and  shredded ( i do this in my food processor, but you could easily do this with a grater..)

3-4 stalks of celery chopped

1/2 cup orange juice

(just less than) 1/2 cup lime juice

2 small cans of mandarin oranges OR 2 oranges, peeled, sectioned apart, and chopped into bite size pieces

crunchy chinese noodles, for toppings

pumpkin seeds, for toppings

sunflower seeds, for toppings

HOW TO:

so you just throw everything (minus the toppings) into a big bowl and mix to combine. if you want it a little sweeter, use mandarin oranges…less sugar use regular oranges. then plate yourself up a heaping helping and top with whatever toppings you like. or eat it as is!

please please please just TRY it. just, trust. me. it doesn’t have a beet-y taste at all, but tastes like oranges, and citrus and has a great crunchy factor….YUM!

okay, off to eat more beets!

 

 

 

…….i ate all the kitkats……….

allow me to set the scene:

around 8:30pm. me, my mom, and paul are all sitting in the living room…..well i am laying on the floor, arms and legs spread out……..the boys have been fed, bathed, and are asleep (hence me laying on the floor…)  and the house is quiet. the conversation goes like this:

mom: today went really well i think.

me: yeah me too. ….i ate all the kit kats.

mom: what?

me: i ate all the kit kats. from the freezer.

mom: (confused) oh…k…..why?

me: …*sigh*….i felt i deserved it at nap time…..

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i hope other parents can relate to this.( i FULLY realize, by the way, that we are in NO WAY parents, and this little trial run was accomplished only by the ratio of 3 adults to 2 children…which, by the way, is the perfect ratio……all families should operate like this, because, it really does, in fact, take a village….those polygamists are really on to something……) but i just want to throw a “solidarity, sister” fist bump out there to all the parents who turn to a sweet treat to indulge themselves with at the end (or middle) of the day. to you i say: you DO deserve it! parenting kicks a$$ (it’s not swear-typing when you use dollar signs..fyi).
and it has NOTHING to do with the kids. ashur and tyson are amazing. so loving, and kind, and fun. i’m realizing that….it’s just……..kids……all kids….. and you would think i would realize this from teaching….and to a certain extent i did…….but parenting is a full time, round the clock, never get a break job. who knew.

it’s an incredible responsibility to not only just keep kids alive, but to do that well. to know when to bob and when to weave in the daily interactions. how to stay one step ahead of them to avoid melt downs, fights, or giant messes. it take a lot of mental energy. (i’m sure so many of you parents right now are shaking your head and thinking “oh honey….that’s cute that you think you understand parenthood after 4 days…with 3 adults in the house…” and you’re right.) but i really did learn a lot these days. i found myself already questioning my “parenting skills,” and second guessing my decisions. worrying about whether or not i was doing not just a good job, but the best job i could. maybe i was totally over thinking the whole time (shocker.) but i guess since kids aren’t so far off for us, i was really using this as a gauge for our future.

i know we will adjust well when that day comes, but honestly we came home after it was all said and done and slept for 3 hours. uninterrupted. then we went to a movie. and then slept again for 9 hours uninterrupted. and. i loved it. every drooling, dreaming second of my sleep.

so here’s i am, parents, standing and slow clapping to each and everyone of you. go get yo-self a kit kat.

while my mom watched tyson, pauly and i took ashur to an amazing waterpark! it was so fun! and we loved having special time with him.

while my mom watched tyson, pauly and i took ashur to an amazing waterpark! it was so fun! and we loved having special time with him.

ready to swim! ah! so cute...

ready to swim! ah! so cute…

he was a little nervous at first, but once he warmed up he was swimming like a fish! oh and take a look at that farmer's tan on paul. sex-y.

he was a little nervous at first, but once he warmed up he was swimming like a fish! oh and take a look at that farmer’s tan on paul. sex-y.

he and my mom read the same two books, probably, 100 times, no joke over the course of the week. he LOVED my mom! and visa versa.

he and my mom read the same two books, probably, 100 times, no joke over the course of the week. he LOVED my mom! and visa versa.

he's getting so BIG!

he’s getting so BIG!

tyson sitting in his train table. oh he kills me with adorable-ness.

tyson sitting in his train table. oh he kills me with adorable-ness.

he took 46 pics of himself on my phone like this...hahahahahah!

he took 46 pics of himself on my phone like this…hahahahahah!

i guess he was done with his nap.......

i guess he was done with his nap…….

we took the boys to costco just to break up the day and have a little outing! free samples and we ate 1/2 a bag of veggie straws! a good time, had by all.

we took the boys to costco just to break up the day and have a little outing! free samples and we ate 1/2 a bag of veggie straws! a good time, had by all.

once the kit kats were gone, i switched to salty. and rom-com's

once the kit kats were gone, i switched to salty…..popcorn and rom-com’s