Saturday, January 26, 2013

January 26, 2013

Fun on this perfect winter day!

January 25, 2013

Family dinner out at Old Chicago. And with gift cards. So good.

January 24, 2013

Snow day #2 for Reuben this week! But today I had to work, so early-riser Nora cuddled up in bed with him while I got ready. :)

January 23, 2013

This is how I found Alena when I went to check on her before going to bed tonight. 
Don't you love the layered PJs too? All her idea.

January 22, 2013

Pajamas. Games. Cozy at home. It must be a family snow day! :)

January 21, 2013

Two gifts from my wonderful husband: this design-is-so-amazing-it-makes-your-mouth-water-more-than-the-recipes memoir cookbook that he got me for Christmas (that also brought us dinner tonight), and a coffee to treat me after an emotionally rough day. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 20, 2013

Sunday afternoon cousin fun!

January 19, 2013

Light, healthy dinners are just the best sometimes. Especially on Saturdays when you've had a big breakfast!

January 18, 2013

Breakfast buddies!

January 17, 2013

Alena's newest habit of setting things outside the door of her room after we've put her to bed make me laugh, and tonight was the funniest yet!

January 16, 2013

Someone saved her nap for the car ride home after a day at Grandma's.... and just kept napping after being taken out of the car. :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January 13, 2013

Justin and Shawnna finally announced their pregnancy with this on Facebook!
So. Cute. 

January 12, 2013

Warm winter weather. Latte in one hand. Alena's perfect hand in the other. Running down the boardwalk together at the park. Oh, these simply beautiful moments!

January 11, 2013

A successful surprise. :) Happy 30th to my love!

January 10, 2012

Much thanks to Brooke for helping me clean out this closet! Before today, we wouldn't have been able to stand in it... eek. How did it get so out of control? 
Thanks also to my mom for watching my girls so we could tackle this.

January 9, 2013

Late night secret preparations. Hehehe.

January 8, 2013

Alena's intent concentration on using her new watercolors to paint Reuben a picture for his birthday. :)

January 7, 2013

Big deal simple joy for Reuben: having his nurse wife (me) take out the stitches on his finger. Now what to do about that eye....

January 6, 2013


January 5, 2013

Play date fun! It had been way too long!

January 4, 2013

Night out to myself to read and reflect. I can't seem to make a big dent in this book because just about every. word. gets. me.

January 3, 2013

Going back to school come May is going to be much easier with this great Christmas gift. I've been giddy about it since I opened it! 

January 2, 2013

A great evening with old friends.

January 1, 2013

A lazy New Year's Day in PJs. Nora wasn't the only one who was in PJs for most of the day. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Blessed to ring it in once again with these great friends.

December 30, 2012

Daddy-daughter winter hike to and through the nature preserve in our neighborhood. :)

December 29, 2012

Adult night out to PF Chang's with the Sportels.
Great food. Great times without the distraction of kids.  :)

December 28, 2012

Just a snippet of the Sportel family Christmas day o' fun!

December 27, 2012

Glad to have the opportunity to have Mattie & Spencer (here from CO!) and Reuben's parents over for a cozy dinner.

December 26, 2012

Do you think she liked her first solid foods?

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

Our little family Christmas.... perfect. :)

December 23, 2012

Morning chillin' in matching PJs that Grammie gave for Christmas.

December 22, 2012

And right here is the reason I have not updated my blog in so long! This day was our family Christmas with my family and the best gifts we received were food items with them names "Aunt," "Uncle," etc. We're so excited for Justin and Shawnna's baby to arrive in July! Glad the news is official. :)

December 21, 2012

Getting excited for Christmas with some stocking fun!

December 20, 2012

Oh the first of the teacher Christmas gifts.... here come the sweets! :)