Sorry For Trespassing. Must. Smell. Lilacs.

We went for a little ride tonight before the kids went to bed. When we got home it was dark out and as we stepped out of the van we were hit with the smell of spring.

So we grabbed the kids and snuck into the neighbors yard by the light of the full moon to smell these. They smell heavenly. I told Brett I want to wash our sheets and hang them to dry next to this lilac tree.


We are going to go looking for a lilac bush this week and figure out a place to plant it. Even if we have to rip something else out…because lilacs take priority over almost anything else that we might find growing in our yard.

Things I Shouldn’t Ever Bring Into the House Because I Can’t Say No…

Chicken flavored Rice-A-Roni

Annie’s Homegrown Classic Macaroni and Cheese (the best boxed mac-n-cheese!)


straw whoppers

Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers (I typically don’t like fruit flavored chocolate)

Ooey gooey melted cheese on anything

Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice-Cream

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Farm House Cookies with Buttercream Frosting (think: homemade Granny B’s)

Haagen-Dazs Chocolate and Dark Chocolate bars (my friend and I seriously cannot speak when we eat these. And we close our eyes.)

Real butter on a piece of sourdough bread from Pike’s Market

Anything with dark chocolate in it from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Anything that even vaguely resembles Mexican food

especially chips and salsa

I Am Blaming It On The Shockingly Warm Weather

What a day to find out that I locked my keys in the car last night.

We had a play date, kindergarten roundup, soccer…and I will get to the last thing in a minute. It’s a doozy.

So I walked the kids to the play date, which wasn’t a big deal because it is just a few blocks down the road. But the single stroller was locked in the van too so I had to use the double stroller and Kai is a bit small for it so he wasn’t very comfortable and he screamed most of the time.

My incredibly nice friend picked up Anna and Luca and kept them for the hour and a half before soccer and then took them both with her to soccer practice and then brought them home.

Another kind friend who was going to kindergarten roundup let Kai, Lincoln and me hitch a ride with them.

So I get home and I have an online message from Brett that he needs me to come to Redmond and pick him up from work. He needed to work a little late so he had skipped the varpool and passed up a ride from a friend that lives by us.

Uhhhhh….I was almost afraid to fill him in on my little problem.

So after explaining to him “how I could leave the keys (and my purse) in the car” he started looking for ways to get home.

He had decided to take a taxi home when a coworker offered to drive him. This guy lives an hour NORTH of work and we live 40 minutes SOUTH of work so it was a very very generous offer. I told Brett he better buy the guy a chalupa or something. At least.

Racko, An Old Favorite


Racko was one of my very favorite games as a kid so when I saw it at Uncle’s Games over the weekend I had to get it.

(total rip off at Amazon at $13.99, but with the almost $8 shipping on the Uncle’s website it is also a rip-off…maybe Target has it?)

It says it is for ages 8+, but my seven year old Luca had no problem picking up on it and I am going to see if Lincoln (5 years old) is able to play it.

The point of the game is to get your ten cards in numerical order by drawing or taking from the discard pile and swapping with a card that you have…pretty simple. The newer game also adds “action” cards (swap a card with another player, swap two of one of your opponents card, etc.) and has added card numbers 41–60. You can remove the action cards if you want a quicker or simpler game for little ones.

I look forward to teaching my younger kids to play. I think it will be great for learning numbers, order, and critical thinking.

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A Hannah Montana Themed Talent Show?

Luca had tryouts for her school talent show today.

I walked into the gym with her and she ran and sat down on the gym floor to wait for her name to be called. Unfortunately, the sign up sheet never made it home and I thought it was just a “show up” kind of thing so she was added to the end of the list. The good part was we got to watch all the rest of the tryouts.

There were three other piano numbers besides Luca and they all did a great job.

There was one piece two girls did that was from a play and was part singing and part dialogue, which was interesting and unique.

There was one tumbling/break dancing demonstration.

One boy sang and danced to “We Will Rock You”.

Another girl sang a capella to the Kelly Clarkson song “Breakaway” and was awesome.

Two darling little girls sang “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson.

Two groups of two girls each sang to current country songs I didn’t know.

And SIX groups either sang or danced to a Hannah Montana/Miley Syrus song.


And while the girl or girls were on stage singing or dancing EVERY OTHER GIRL EXCEPT FOR MINE was singing along and doing the EXACT same moves as the ones trying out.

So far I have been successful in mission “don’t let the girls find out about Hannah Montana or High School Musical”.

I have avoided this subject for a couple of reasons. I don’t think there is necessarily wrong with either of them…in fact, I have seen High School Musical and I rather enjoyed it. Also, most of my friends and family that have daughters have daughters that are HUGE fans of both of them.

I have never seen Hannah Montana, but from what I hear it is one of the few clean shows for young girls, and someday I am sure Luca and Anna will be watching reruns of it…but for now I am just not ready for my little girls to be watching shows about middle school, high school, boyfriends, cliques, “mean girls”, dumb parents, dumb teachers, phrases and sayings that I am too old to know the meaning of, fame, fashion, secrets, failure, fads, and popularity.

I don’t care if others make the choice for their young daughters to watch them, I really do believe that they are not bad. I will be the last to judge…I let my kids watch Spongebob Squarepants and I know a lot of parents who don’t like that show. I am also the same one who doesn’t like my kids to watch Caillou (which is as innocent as they come) because I think Caillou is a crybaby.

I just…hesitate…to let my girls dive into the world of adolescent subjects and worries. There is so much time for that and I am hoping to preserve a bit of their ignorance of all the things…tween or teen, I suppose. I don’t want Luca to think that because Hannah Montana broke up with her boyfriend that she should worry if she should have a boyfriend. I don’t want her to start categorizing the kids in her class as the “geeks”, “jocks”, or “popular” kids. I don’t even know what the groups are called these days.

So far Luca has not asked me about either show. She doesn’t seem to care or wonder what they are. She didn’t seem bothered by the fact that she was the only girl in the gym that didn’t know the words or the dance moves to the songs that were playing. She talked and laughed and waved to the kids she knew and didn’t feel out of place or inferior for playing the piano instead of gyrating to a pop song.

I was proud of her. I was proud of the way she walked up to the piano with her shoulders back and placed her music at the piano and waited for the signal to start. I could see the concentration on her face as she played her song better than I had ever heard her play it. It wasn’t the most challenging song that was played, but she did her best. It wasn’t perfect, but it was beautiful. I loved the way she stood up when she was done and grinned from ear to ear and she walked over to me while we clapped. She was proud of herself and that thrilled me.

I know there may come a day when she might not think it is the cool thing to do to play the piano in the school talent show and that is okay, we will talk about it.

She may ask me next week if she can watch Hannah Montana and maybe I will break down and say we can watch it together…although, I think a general rule that they can watch shows with main characters that are no more than a couple years older than them might not be a bad idea.

But for now, I am happy with just what she is doing and who she is becoming and I don’t want to rush her into growing up!

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I finally had it with hair in Anna’s eyes and so she now has bangs.

Why didn’t I do this sooner?!

Because I refused to believe that I couldn’t make it work without bangs.

Until yesterday.

Anna is happy with her new “do” as well. She has been planning a big reveal for preschool tomorrow. It is show and tell so she says she is going to wear a hat and when it is her turn to go up she will throw the hat off and yell, “TA-DA!”

Gotta love her flare.


Pinching And Tickling The One You Love

As I was pondering why Brett likes to pinch and tickle my squishy post-pregnancy belly while we watch tv, I decided this is a good thing. I like to pinch and tickle my baby’s squishy thighs and roly poly tummy because he is so cute and I adore him…so doesn’t it make sense that my husband does it because he thinks I am so cute and he adores me?

Yep, thought so.

Missing My Mom On Mother’s Day


Lilacs make me think of my mom. They are her favorite flower. I couldn’t give her a paper cup with a bunch of lilacs from the yard like I use to do when I was a child…so this will have to do.

I wish we could have spent Mother’s Day together sipping Diet Coke, eating dark chocolate, putting a puzzle together, and reminiscing. Thank goodness for email, thank goodness for Messenger, and thank goodness for cell phones.

The year we lived around the corner from each other was a gift that I will always be grateful for. I wish it could have been longer, but I am so glad we had the time we did.

A best friend, a mother, and a heavenly sister…God Blessed me with you!