Monday, October 31, 2011


This year, I bought the costumes already made. I was going to make them myself but I took the easy way out and opted for the store-bought kind. On the bright side, Olivia and Henry got to be what they wanted. Olivia the Caterina (when cat becomes ballerina).

Henry the Ghostbuster guy (complete when an inflatable proton pack and an eyeliner mustache).

After going door to door begging for candy for an hour and a half this is what they came home with…

Olivia and her loot. My oh my, what to eat first?!

Henry and his spoils. Dad took them around so Henry gave him first pick.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We love ...

… Lake Tahoe and it’s finally warm enough that we can enjoy the beach. Our favorite is Sand Harbor. The kids would go every single day if I had the time to take them every day. They are happy for hours and hours up there. After a day of playing, we wrap it up with a beautiful sunset. It’s like heaven on earth. and yes, that's my kids still playing in the water :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mother knows best... really

It seems like every time I tell Olivia to do or not do something she asks “Why?” Well, because mother knows best. It’s not that I’m smarter, it’s just that I’ve lived longer and know what will happen. But sometimes I get tired of her asking over and over again. When that happens, I let her make the mistake and decide for herself if it was worth it or not. So far, she eventually saw things the way I see them but last week my method hit a snag. She asked and asked and asked… and asked to go ride horses with Grandpa. The problem is that that she is terribly allergic to horses but I decided to let her go on a ride and then deal with the consequences. I’m not completely cold hearted, she went fully dosed with allergy medicine and Grandma gave as much as possible again after the ride, and the next day. But still, this is how she looked (and it didn’t feel any better than it looks)…

You would think that she would give up on horses but she decided it was worth the consequence (she was hurting but she was so happy) and she already begging Grandpa to take her riding again. Mother knows best... but she can only do so much!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Henry played baseball for the first time this year. He didn’t always hit the ball but when he did it was good and I’m proud of him for sticking with it. Getting ready to bat. Making sure he didn't hit a foul. Running to first base. Safe on first base. Catcher. 1st base. Pitcher (they have pitching machines in Minor B leagues but still have a player cover the position.) Notice the football helmet pitchers get to wear... Safety First :) In the end, he loved it. He learned a lot, like not being afraid of the ball (we’re still working on that a bit). He made new friends and he had lots of fun. I'm so proud of my Henry.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Teeth Update

I’m often asked for an update on Henry’s shark teeth. Here it is. He is just fine. The second tooth did take its own sweet time to fall out. After a month or so, it eventually did, with a little help from dad as the darn tooth was barely hanging on. I’m not sure Henry remembers to push on the permanent teeth with his tongue but they seem to know what they’re supposed to do and are slowly moving into place. Phew!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Puppy Love

Henry LOVES his aunt Coleen's dog, Nancy. And she loves him too. It's the cutest thing. When Coleen first got Nancy, I thought that he was holding her to make her stay with him and told him to let her go but she didn't, she just stayed with him. When we go over to grandma's, Henry and Nancy are usually to be found together. This is a picture Caroline took, when Tyler and I went France and Olivia and Henry stayed with Grandma and Grandpa. Henry's was doing homework and Nancy patiently watched over her little buddy. Can't you feel the love?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Is it normal?

Well, if it’s not “normal” at least it’s very common, or so has the dentist assured me. Henry had been complaining that his teeth hurt for about a month now. When he first mentioned it I checked in his mouth and saw that his top 6-year- old molars where in and that the bottom ones where in the process of coming in. So I explained to him that teeth coming in hurt, I gave him some Motrin and called it good. Two weeks ago, after regular complaining, I checked again and this is what I saw… Yes, my first reaction was “what the…?” Tyler called his mother, who told him not to worry about it, that the baby teeth would eventually fall out. Well, I did worry and I searched the internet, because isn’t it what we all do in this day and age? After finding quite a few posts and still not entirely reassured, Henry’s baby teeth weren’t even loose, I called the dentist, who said… exactly the same thing; to have Henry wiggle the baby teeth and push with his tongue on the big ones and that the baby ones would fall out on their own. Well, He did wiggle them and finally last night one did fall out.

And the second one won’t be far behind. Now he needs to push on the adult teeth with his tongue to make sure that come where they should be.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sledding Heaven

A snow storm followed by a holiday makes for an extra fun sledding outing. It was beautiful outside and we decided that it would be a shame not to take advantage of the awesome sledding hills that we live so close to. We were right. We headed to the Tahoe Meadows and we had an amazing time.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Winter Fun

Today the snow stopped falling and gave us hours of fun. For Olivia and Henry, it was fun playing in the snow and For Tyler and I, it was fun watching them having such a good time. They stayed in the snow for hours, literally. It was beautiful outside and the quantity of snow provided them with endless possibilities. They investigated the entire back yard. They chased each other. They made snow angels and then decide to bury each other in the snow. After being frozen and completely covered in snow, I thought they would come in but no they made snowmen, large and small.

They continued with a few hours of dressing up and being silly, coming up with hilarious scenarios. It was the perfect entertainment for me while ironing.

They finished their perfect day with a nice hot bath each (I’ll spare you the pictures). It was perfect for them because of all the fun they had and perfect for me because they didn’t argue once. They were best friends all day long.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Snow Day

We got a call at 5:56 this morning. It scared the crap out of me but it was just an automated snow day call. So I went back to sleep happy that I wouldn’t have to get up early to do Olivia’s hair as today was supposed to be picture day. Olivia and I stayed in our jammies this morning and watched “Benny and Joon”. Henry’s priorities were different. He got decked out in his snow gear and went outside to play.

How is it that he can’t clean his room but that he has no problem clearing the snow off the entire play set?