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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…….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

 

 

 

 

raindrops on roses…

…..(sing it with me now!) ‘and whiskers on kittens! bright copper kettles…and warm woolen mittens! brown paper packages, tied up with string… (*with emotion!) ‘THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!’

omg. i love that song. and that movie. it reminds me of my childhood…*sigh*…… and my grandma tracy….i can’t tell you how many times we would sit at the piano in her living room and she would play that song and we would all sing…. and then i would go and put the arm covers from the couch (i feel like they don’t make these anymore, but do you know what i am talking about?) over my head and pretend i had long hair (*cough *cough*..since i didn’t… *cough* not that i’m bitter…)  and i would dance and swing my ‘hair’ around…such great memories..

anyway, i thought it might be a good idea for me to get a little more organized with my blog postings. i *think* a few days a week i am going to *try* to post new things that are a favorite in my life…maybe some new recipes i am trying, makeup products, books, or anything else inspirational that i can think of….. a girlfriend of mine sends out emails to all of us, once a month or so, detailing her favorite things of the month,  and i LOVE hearing what other people are loving lately, so i figured maybe people who read this blog will like it to. so, mom, let me know if you like any of this…. :)

so, here are a few of my current favorite things, in no particular order:

easy summer readers: i am currently very into coco chanel’s life (i don’t know why…) …. i just finished reading ‘coco chanel and igor stravinsky’ and it’s fab.

maxi dresses: what’s not to love about these bad boys…i mean really…easy, breezy….and it makes me look like i am trying a lot harder than i actually am in life.

statement necklaces: again, easy with the look of trying hard…. i love to check out inexpensive yet still adorable sites for these like: simple addiction, 2hellobeautiful, le mode, and sometimes on zulily….these all have adorable items and are very well priced. they are good quality too. check them out!

okay so lately my skin has been breaking out (because apparently i am 14 and still have breakouts, whatever.) i also have fairly oily skin (gross, why am i sharing this…) so i heard about ‘la roche posay effaclar duo’ (just one product even though it says duo..) …this has been a LIFE SAVER. seriously, it’s amazing. i put it on at night, and in the morning under my moisturizer and makeup. it’s really drying though, so i may back off to once at night only.. but it has literally cleared my skin up in less than a week. you can find it here on amazon.

so on the skincare train…i received a small sample of this ‘ dr. t’s supergoop!’ brand under eye cream in my last birchbox (which is also a favorite)….and  at first i was like ‘whatever, eye cream is crock…’ um. no. this stuff is the real deal and i love it. i put it on in the morning and at nigh after i wash my face, and i really have seen a difference. mostly, for me, it has reduced the dark circles under my eyes. and helps to take away those little wrinkles… so, in the big sceme of things, do you need this: probably, no. but it’s kinda awesome…so….think about it. you can find it here on amazon.

massage chairs: we were so SO graciously given one by friends of ours, and i cannot get enough of it! it has the feet massagers on it too, and i am currently sitting in it while typing this….ooooooohhhhhh mama………

ray ban: i just bought a pair of glasses from these guys and i love them. i feel like they are a pretty gender neutral look overall, and look good on pretty much every face shape.  i want the sunglasses someday…but they are kinda pricey for sunglasses for me ( instead, it seems, i just buy the equivalent dollar amount in target brand…makes total sense..) ……mo money, mo problems…..

la croix water. everyone i know hates it. well, to them i say: great! more for me! i am LOVING the lime flavor as of late, but really, i am an equally opportunity la croix drinker. so refreshing, and totally busted my diet coke addiction.

speaking of beverages: have you tried caribou’s new  sparkling teas?? THEY ARE AWESOME. i get the lite lemon ginger pomegranate sparkler….oh boy…it’s refreshing, and lite, and….*sigh*…summer in a cup….. try it.

okay that’s all for now….recipes coming soon!

life: in a series of pictures.

so, here’s what’s been happening lately……..if i were a good blogger, i would turn each of these pics (or sets of pics) into their own blog….but i’m not…i’m a lazy blogger….and so today here are the happenings of our life, that i am too lazy to actually write about. ;) 

 

david's first coffee..... not really :) he's such a grown up now... *tear*.....

david’s first coffee….. not really :) he’s such a grown up now… *tear*…..

a few of my friends and i threw a bridal shower for our dear friend molly! i will hopefully do a full post on this, but here's a few pics of that adorable day!

a few of my friends and i threw a bridal shower for our dear friend molly! i will hopefully do a full post on this, but here’s a few pics of that adorable day!

not to toot my own horn, (this sentence is ALWAYS followed by horn tooting..) but these are the little veggie apps i made for the shower. cute right?! toot toot.

not to toot my own horn, (this sentence is ALWAYS followed by horn tooting..) but these are the little veggie apps i made for the shower. cute right?! toot toot.

 

i mean to post this on my father's day post, but on that day my dad, uncle, and cousins took to the skies at mall of america! it was really entertaining to watch them on this ropes course!

i meant to post this on my father’s day post….but on that day my dad, uncles, and cousins took to the skies at mall of america! it was really entertaining to watch them on this ropes course!

 

our friends caleb and libby recently moved and we helped them do it! storage locker before....

our friends caleb and libby recently moved and we helped them do it! storage locker before…. (side note: if you are going to move, make sure a (giant) member of the NDSU bison football team is there to help….) 

and after! almost full! this pic makes it look like i helped organize this locker...i didn't....right after this pics caleb rearranged what i had just done... :)

and after! almost full! this pic makes it look like i helped organize this locker…i didn’t….right after this pic caleb rearranged what i had just done… :)

girl movers.

girl movers.

boy movers.

boy movers.

nanny life

so..i am really going to try to post more this summer….there is really no excuse for me not to, let’s be honest…… and this week is especially easy, as my nanny family is at camp all week–so no work!

this summer i am taking a break from teaching, and have decided to nanny for a family here in saint paul 3 days a week. it. has. been. awesome. the kiddos are amazing. one boy (3rd grade) and one girl (2nd grade). they are in a TON of activities, most involving time at their country club, and they get along like bff’s. it’s really fun to watch them and i think this is going to be a great summer!

oh! and i am going to try to post more cute little conversational moments as well! like this one:

girl: (reading from her new library book) “okay, ms. leah…what is the fastest animal on the planet? A) Cheetah B) Jaguar C) Elephant or D) All of the above…..which i am pretty sure just means every type of bird…..”

hahahahaha! oh how i love her!

yay for summer and actually having nice weather!! a girl could get used to this…….

this is where i spend the majority of my days...and get paid for it...not. too. shabby.

this is where i spend the majority of my days…and get paid for it…not. too. shabby.

waffles. according to these kids. every square must be filled with 'i can't believe it's not butter.' more like 'i can't believe there's a waffle under here..'
waffles. according to these kids. every square must be filled with ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter.’ more like ‘i can’t believe there’s a waffle under here..’

how cute are they?! and they really do like to hang out with each other! .....most of the time.....
how cute are they?! and they really do like to hang out with each other! …..most of the time…..

i think this is the best picture to sum up what summer is all about.

i think this is the best picture to sum up what summer is all about. girl on scooter. and sunshine. 

 

 

life lately: just photos

so ever since i’ve had my purse stolen and phone smashed….i just….*sigh*…i don’t know…haven’t really felt like posting. it was also the end of the school year and that was CRAZY……… so now that today is OFFICIALLY SUMMER (insert hallelujah chorus here) i am hoping to post a lot more frequently.

but just to get back into the swing of things, here are some pics of life lately.

so don’t forget about this little blog! :) happy summer-time!!

boys day out! they are so adorable. and didn't even plan to match!

boys day out! they are so adorable. and didn’t even plan to match! man, these two love to golf…

ashur's first stick-on tattoo..i don't know why i had to specify "stick-on"...like anyone would assume we took him to get a real one...hahaha

ashur’s first stick-on tattoo..i don’t know why i had to specify “stick-on”…like anyone would assume we took him to get a real one…hahaha

most of my credit cards have been replaced, and here is my new phone! thank you Lord!

most of my credit cards have been replaced, and here is my new phone! thank you Lord! onward and upward! 

i think i am going to start posting more recipe blogs this summer. here is an AWESOME "tuna salad" made with only garbanzo beans and other seasonings. IT'S. SO. GOOD! i'll post this recipe soon!

i think i am going to start posting more recipe blogs this summer. here is an AWESOME “tuna salad” made with only garbanzo beans and other seasonings. IT’S. SO. GOOD! i’ll post this recipe soon!

our aunt and uncle tom and colleen brewed (?) their own wine and here's the final product! it was delish!

our aunt and uncle tom and colleen brewed (?) their own wine and here’s the final product! it was delish!

a bunch of us girls went out for my friend summer's 30th birthday! it was a blast! we worked hard to get this VERY serious security guard to smile...i don't know if he ever did...

a bunch of us girls went out for my friend summer’s 30th birthday! it was a blast! we worked hard to get this VERY serious security guard to smile…i don’t know if he ever did…

girls dancing! these girls were SO fun, and at least every 10 minutes someone would yell "i'm a mom!!!" at the top of their lungs! hahaha! sometimes its fun to let loose as a mama...so i hear.... :) i mean, please....i'm this wild all the time since i don't have kids yet.... :) (this should be HILARIOUS to those who really know me!)

girls dancing! these girls were SO fun…and all mom’s except for me and summer’s sister danielle…it was hilarious…. at least every 10 minutes someone would yell “i’m a mom!!!” at the top of their lungs! hahaha! sometimes its fun to let loose as a mama…so i hear…. :) i mean, please….i’m this wild all the time since i don’t have kids yet…. :) (this should be HILARIOUS to those who really know me!)

summer and her sister danielle ready to go dance our hearts out! there are very few people in this world who are more fun, giving, loving, and beautiful than these two! love love love! and danielle did all of our hair and makeup before we went out! such a talented woman.

summer and her sister danielle ready to go dance our hearts out! there are very few people in this world who are more fun, giving, loving, and beautiful than these two! love love love! and danielle did all of our hair and makeup before we went out! such a talented woman.

thieved

so.. here it is…on wednesday morning around 11:30….i was thieved. i have been told i can’t call it robbed, because (apparently) that implies i was witness to the crime..or something……but either way. someone. stole. my  purse. I WAS THIEVED!

here’s the story (insert the ‘law and order’ sound here.):

i needed to get our tail light fixed for a while, so on wednesday i pulled into a little “mom and pop” repair shop close to my school. as i pulled into the station, i realized that i was also low on gas, so i decided to fill up and then head into the shop. i was on the phone at the time, so i grabbed my credit card, my keys, and shouldered my phone to my ear to fill up. if this were a tv show, the camera would now zoom in on my purse lying on the passenger side floor and then pan up to my unlocked doors. OKAY. so before everyone checks out of the story at this point, claiming i was asking for it by not locking my door, listen: i was standing RIGHT THERE at my car. and i just didn’t think twice about it. so lay off. :)

okay, so i tried swiping my card several times and it wasn’t working….i was getting super annoyed, so i thought i would ask the woman behind the counter in the convenient store what was up with this….this is a SUPER small shop and i could see in the store that she was talking to a man who had several cards that were getting denied….maybe a clue…but all are innocent until proven guilty…i suppose…

so i decided to try my card again and at this point it works, and i start fueling. i walked around my car to take out any garbage/get into the drivers side, and as i passed the passenger side door, i noticed that it wasn’t really shut, just set closed. weird…when i opened the door to close it tighter, a strong smell of cigarettes hit me. also weird because we don’t smoke. (it kills..i’m just sayin..) it’s then i realized my purse is gone. (again: law and order sound)

okay so tears instantly fill my eyes..i call paul…..he tells me to call the police and he will cancel all the cards (besides the one in my hands). i tell the station attendant and call the police. they tell me that it will be over an hour before an officer can be there, so i can just leave and someone will call me to make a report within the hour. it was surreal driving away from there. no purse….totally stunned….but they did call soon and i made my report.

within 10 minutes of realizing my purse was missing, paul had all of our cards cancelled. the thieves did, however, spend $13.42 at white castle and $5.95 in gas at super america before the cards were shut down…. okay, so here’s the thing: WHAT THE HECK? i mean, if you go through all the trouble to sneakily steal someone’s purse, and then use their credit card (which is now throwing you into the bracket of credit card fraud, a MUCH more serious crime), at least make it worth it. but no. my thieves were thrifty. only a cheeseburger, small fry, and 3 small drinks….whatever.

side note: when i was making my report, the officer asked me what was in my purse….UM….EVERYTHING. MY LIFE?! have you tried to recall all the contents of your purse? it’s impossible….and then to the police?! i was sweating, like ‘oh man…am i under oath? do i need to call her officer? your honor? ……wait…did i have a cherry berry punch card? oh gosh…i can’t remember…..will that be used against me in a court of law?? do i already know too much?!”

so by the end of the day i was exhausted…needed a new wallet and purse….ugh…*sigh….can we just talk about my purse for a second…..it was my beautiful michael kors purse pauly gave me for christmas…..it was…perfect…..*tear….. pauly and i would always refer to him as just ‘michael’, so now we talk about the day that michael was kidnapped…and how he’s probably laying in some dumpster somewhere all alone…scared….i have to stop…. (okay okay, i realize this is unhealthy….just let me mourn in my own way….)

so later that day pauly and i head to target so i can try to find some replacements…while there…i had to pee…( i promise this is relevant..), so i head into the bathroom….i was waiting for a text from my cousin who was coming into town, so i pulled out my phone from my pocket to make sure i didn’t miss it…as i did…it was like slow motion…my phone slipped from my hands and i ‘hot-potatoed’ it all the way to the floor…..the second it hit the floor, i knew my day needed to be over. as i picked it up, pieces of the screen crumbled off onto the floor….. i quickly picked up the pieces, headed for the exit, and bolted for the car. when i opened the door i could tell pauly was surprised how quickly i returned, but i burst into tears before he could say anything. this was the nail in the ugly coffin that was my day.

i have to give mad props to pauly though. he is a ROCK. STAR in situations like this. he was on the phone within seconds ordering me a new phone. and was so supportive and understanding. he just kept telling me ‘don’t worry…we’ll get michael back…. or at least his cousin…’ what a guy. really. i just love him. just. love. him.

after that there was only one thing to do: talk to some food about my day. and boy did we….red robin style. it was worth it, but adding ‘total self loathing’ at the end of the day probably wasn’t super smart :)

here’s the thing: i am really trying to channel my inner greg boyd (our pastor) and ascribe unsurpassable worth to the jag who stole my purse. it’s really hard, but i am praying that they get all their needs met, and that they are blessed in life in such a way that they know it can only be God’s work….and if they happen to break out in head to toe guilt-ridden hives….i won’t lose any sleep.

sometimes the only thing that gets you through a crappy, crappy day is a chocolate malt.

sometimes the only thing that gets you through a crappy, crappy day is a chocolate malt.

........and french fries......

……..and french fries……

aaaaannnnnd i have officially called it a day. goodnight folks.
aaaaannnnnd i have officially called it a day. goodnight folks.