Sunday, January 25, 2015

She likes PB

and I like her.

OOOOO so much 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brian goes to Utah....

Brian's siblings decided to throw their father a big county-wide "Retirement Party", (like a wedding reception, except w/ Kent in the greeting line) so he went down to Utah for it.
Lesson learned: books tickets early! We only procrastinated a few days and it cost us mucho.
This wouldn't be too hard - just 2 nights away - except that it's at the end of a week-long trip to Chicago. 
So it's been a LOT of tough nights taking care of the kids solo.  Bed time is has been ROUGH some nights.  
This is definitely a two-person job!
But I'm ok with making the sacrifice. 
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? :)

(pictured here w/ Grandpa Berrett in Provo)

Brianna & Lily, the ballerinas

I've never been keen on putting my children in dance lessons.  Many excellent reasons for that. Mostly, that there are only so many hours in a day, so we need to focus squeezing in only the BEST extracurricular activities.
But Meredith really wanted to put Lily in ballet at a new little studio we found near us, and Lilly wanted Brianna to come.... so I gave in.
I feel a little better about this place, as it's focused towards young children. So - emphasizing the FUN - and not so much the ridiculous makeup, expensive outfits, subjective scoring, or inappropriate dance moves.
We'll see how this goes!  {curtsy}

Friday, January 23, 2015

Face paint makes them crazy

It's like the wild colors get absorbed into their blood and turn them into crazed animals.
But I'm glad they had fun at the Colbert Carnival with Papa and Nonny!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Meredith invited the girls to join her and Lily on an outing. 
Brianna wanted to go solo - just her and Lily, not Courtney. So she politely went upstairs, grabbed her piggy bank, and poured it out:"Here Courtney - I'll give you all this money if you stay home instead of going with us." Courtney, being the practical girl she is, accepted!

Saturday, January 17, 2015


This cute little Sophie hung out with us for 2 days while her parents were out of town and her aunt was working during day. Loooong playdates, but Courtney loved every second! Charity... not so much. She saw this 25 month old child as a bit of a threat, I believe. And tried to steal the monkey. Sophie is a sweetie, but that's where she drew the line. it was HER very special monkey. I need to get Charity a monkey.... cuz some days, I feel like I'M her monkey....

Friday, January 16, 2015

Meal planning

I rarely take the time to make MYSELF anything "cute" to eat. I throw things together and eat it with one hand while helping a child or two with the other.  But I know better. I should do better. I CAN do better.
So I'm trying.
I made these little yogurt/granola/cottage cheese/fresh fruit/pumpkin seeds parfait type thingys - 3 meals' worth.  And I really appreciated having these there in the fridge ready to go!  NOW - I just gotta invest the time to actually DO THIS more often!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lumpy thighs

No, not mine...Brianna-the-goofball's!

Rejected daddy

Charity is obsessed with her Papa (my dad). 
She follows him around, begs to be held, and just loves to be with him all the time. 
And SOMETIMES (often!)...she even refuses to go back to her dad!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nonny wants to be NONNY!

My poor mom. She's been sick for a long time - well over a month now.
Chronic Bronchitis.
And she's SAD that she's so sick, because she just wants to do Nonny stuff!
 Like play with the kids!
Yesterday she forced herself up and out to go take food to Sammy. On the way home she had to come by my house to pick up a new microwave plate she ordered off Amazon and accidently sent to me (happens a lot when you share Prime accounts! :) 
As she was leaving, the kids got really really sad. So she dropped everything, put on a happy face, and read to them on our couch until her coughing wouldn't let her go on any longer.
I love my mommy.
And I just wish I could make her coughing go away!!!

Friday, January 9, 2015


Brianna has occasionally asked what a seahawk is.
And why people around here seem to like these seahawks so much.
I have to ask myself the same thing sometimes!
We're not even near Seattle - it's 5 hrs away. And pretty different from this side of the state in terms of population, climate, politics, etc.  So why are people so obsessed with a sports team based there?!
  But I was able to answer Brianna's question at Fred Meyer today when we saw the promo area set up like a football watching party.
"Brianna, Seahawks (besides being coastal dwelling large fowl) are the name of a football team. People like them because it gives them an excuse to lounge around and eat." The end.
Go hawks?!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fancy (free!) dinners

The nicest restaurant on the north side of Spokane is probably Twigs, so that's where we go whenever Brian's Medline people come to town.
I ordered the salmon last night, and it was aaaamazing.
It tastes even better because we don't see the bill :)
I'm grateful Brian works for a good company that does little perks like this regularly.
If only Brian didn't have to put in a full 60-70 (yes, SEVENTY!) hrs/wk, it'd be perfect!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Forbidden picnic

I usually do NOT allow food in the family room, so they think it's pretty exciting to have a snack picnic in there :)

I'm desperate to keep them entertained on this snowed-in day!

(Pistachios & apples in Straus yogurt)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Crafty girl....

"Look mom, I made a necklace out of straws!"  

Can she stay 6 forever?!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cold blooded family

Mom and Mere are ALWAYS cold.
It's funny being in their cars or homes with them because it feels like a sauna to me, but apparently it's just right for them!

So when they're at my house, which I do NOT keep at sauna temps, they claim it's like being in the arctic. Apparently it's a miracle my children escape the threat of frostbite every day.

Solution: they stand in front of the oven after I pull dinner out and enjoy the warm post-cooking air.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


My poor baby has a fever. 
Nothing crazy- 99.5 last I checked. 
But enough that she's been sleeping a ton, acting lethargic, eating very little, etc. 
So sad.
 I miss her happy smile. 
But it's days like this I'm so grateful to be able to have the easiest, healthiest tool to comfort her - nursing! 
Just wish Brian could do it too cuz I'm all tapped's been a long day.


Friday, January 2, 2015

The view from my bedroom window

I spy Brian and Brianna outside sledding!


Brianna loves her charm bracelet from her cousin Kiya!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Movies with Papa!

I love that we live near a Grandfather who randomly calls up and says, "hey, get the kids ready, I'm picking them up and taking them out!"

I love that I can leverage outings like this to get the kids to do things  ("everyone who works hard to clean up their room and playroom before Papa gets here will be going on the outing!")

I love that Cougar joined them and treated everyone to popcorn with his own money. Such a sweet big-brother-cousin thing to do. 

I love that Brianna is crossing her legs in this pic! I've never seen her do that!

Penguins of Madagascar. They loved it!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Birthday lunch

Celebrating Lindsay's 38th at PFChangs!  

Monday, December 29, 2014

Annual Coin Grab with Papa

Dad saves his change all year in the treasure chest.
Then the kids get to reach one hand in and keep whatever they can grab!

Lap baby

Charity loves walking up to people who are sitting down and plopping herself onto their lap :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Karaoke on Christmas night

Anthony @Zolas

Only for my bff Maria would I hit up a bar downtown on a Sunday evening to hear her bro's concert... :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sledding down Rae!

SNOW much fun!

(see what I did there?)

I'm crazy about Charity's poofy snow suit. She's like a pink marshmallow.  And she loved every second of being outside in the blizzard! She zoomed down the giant hill with a big smile! (on my lap of course)


It came down for a solid 12 hours today heavy! 
And I was reminded how poorly our van does in the snow.... argh...  
But it sur
e was pretty to look at and play in!  We built 3 giant snowmen. 
By WE - I mean Brian. He was SERIOUS about it - like right up there with his full time job.
 It was his mission to build epic snowmen. 
I had to remind him to let the kids help :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

As if I haven't posted enough hot tub pics...

This was Charity's first dip!

 We turned the temp down a little for her, so it was more like a huge bath.


 Her favorite Christmas activity for sure :)


Arent they beautiful?!
I love having them here.


Mere's Christmas gift to Linds and I! 

My toes are so grateful.


No Elsa costumes here....

I asked Courtney what her favorite gift from Christmas was...and she said it's her Superhero costume!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Just one Christmas scene...more to come!

I got a little too excited ... and Charity really liked her pumpkin muffin...and I like how mom was captured here giving her VERY PARTICULAR instructions on how to wear my new teal Echo scarf :)
Getting the baby to sleep now, then off to run with mah sistaz!! In my new compression socks and fancy workout outfit, woohoo! Celebratin' materialism... :)

Christmas Eve bike ride

Not cold enough to snow...but just warm enough for a little ride!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


It's a mad house at Fred Meyer!!! argh.

Seriously we've been waiting here in line to checkout for like 25 minutes and we're still a few people back.  And those old ladies are trying to cut in front of me. 
And I've resorted to letting the kids eat all the grapes I'm supposed to be buying because it's keeping them somewhat manageable. 

Please, please... next year... I'll be better prepared and NOT SHOP on these last few days!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ran out of cards AND time!

I promised myself I wouldn't procrastinate sending out cards this year... I wanted to get them out early... But here we are on the very last day possible addressing and sending out cards. I've got Brianna very busy writing Merry Christmas over and over again!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aunt Sammy

We spent Sunday evening at MerryGlen (just the girls and I - the boys did their Home Teaching routes). Poor Sammy has pneumonia. A little extra scary for someone who already isn't in great health. I hope she enjoyed seeing's hard to tell sometimes :) Though she definitely gives me a look of recognition whenever i first arrive.  
I don't think Charity has a picture with Samantha, so we tried! Best i could do!

Saturday, December 20, 2014



I don't even know what she was sad about...I just saw them and thought it was so sweet how he was trying to comfort her :)

BluBerry Froyo

Friday, December 19, 2014


My friend since age 8 is in town!!! I finally got to meet her husband! (who was insistent that he already met me - though he hadn't - because he has heard so much about me from Maria over the years). I lovedlovedloved spending time with them!!

Biz trips

Brian sent me this good morning photo from his hotel gym.
In Yakima I think.
Maybe Richland.
 Not sure... I cant keep track.
And I cant keep the house together when he does these multi-night outta towners!!
 Ugh. It's haaard.
So many kids, so many dishes, so much laundry... I'm drowning!
 Glad he'll be home in a few hours.
Then I pass the minis off to him and I can get to work putting this place back in order.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Lindsay texts me pics of baby Savana a few times/wk.
I wish it were a few times/DAY.
 I adore this baby!!
Can't wait til they arrive next week for Christmas.
In this one she's wearing the same Christmas dress Charity wore last year ☺ 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Did you know....

...that you can make a bubble in your swimsuit when you fill it from the waterfall!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

VBS - Christmas style

A local Lutheran church put on a great "Christmas for Kids" Saturday activity! 
I wonder if we were the only non-members there? ☺ 
The kids loved it! Crafts, games, songs, with a cute concert at the end!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I go {book} clubbing

I was a bit surprised when my friend Kim Wells invited me to join her Book Club. I haven't ever thought of myself as the book-club type. But here I am, book clubbin' it....
I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would! Super great ladies, awesome convo, great brunch.
Looking forward to next month!

(we read Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper...and all agreed Dor's punishment was waaaay too harsh and Sarah's character wasn't believable and we all need to live in the moment more!)