February 23, 2015

tide pools and stinson beach

When last weekend started out with Munchkin learning to wink and cook breakfast, we knew it was going to be a good one. We ventured up north to the Muir Beach tide pools to poke poor unsuspecting sponges, and shove our pockets full of beach glass, broken mussels, and rocks, which are obviously treasures. 

We then drove up to Stinson Beach to build sand castles and bask in the sun. I feel like after 20 years of Utah winters, these sunny February are too good to be true. Sorry if you're reading this from Boston. 

February 20, 2015

sweet love

^^ My mom came to town and took the girls grocery shopping, and the loot they brought back exemplified everything a grandma is about. It's like she bought everything from those end-of-aisle displays with holiday stuff and junk food...and we wouldn't have it any other way! ^^

^^ She even decorated Valentine mail boxes with them, which is great because I would have gone for the grocery bag look. ^^

^^ The girls were invited to a kid's Valentine party to pass out their mail. Honestly, passing out cards in school was the most anticipated day of the year for me other than Christmas. I still remember in Kindergarten picking out my best Little Mermaid Valentine for Dylan Ainsworth (Carly, did you know that?!). It's like you could judge your relationship with someone by the size of your Valentine. Those boxes only came with like three or four big ones so you reserved those for ones for best friends and crushes. Anyone?! ^^

^^ Leftover crepes for breakfast--I only made about 200 the previous day for a Valentine Crepe party. ^^

^^ And the perfect way to end the day! ^^

February 17, 2015

what motherhood is REALLY like

I recently read an article HERE about "real mom" posts and how, basically, these real moms are not better mothers just because they spend time with their kids instead of cleaning their houses. I totally agree with this. I think I post these out of pure humor and pity for myself, and so I can laugh about them later on. I'm not a better mother because my house is a mess, I just have really messy kids. In fact, those moms with the clean houses must be better moms because they're taking care of human beings AND keeping their houses clean. I envy them.

^^ She's really nailing this selfie. ^^

^^ Organizing clothing with two kids who have to try on every single piece takes literally six hours. ^^

^^ This one is trained like Pavlov's dogs. She responds to food by immediately stripping, even if it's in public. We ended up rolling with it this time because she kept throwing her shirt on the restaurant floor. ^^

^^ The laundry basket full of freshly folded clothes was needed to row a boat, so the clothes were dumped elsewhere. ^^

Speaking of the laundry basket...I put the girls in timeout the other day and soon heard a huge THUD followed by crying. Pipsqueak had climbed out of the crib (something she doesn't do yet) and had hit the ground. I put her back in to finish timeout (after I comforted her; I'm not that bad of a mom), and turned on the baby cam to see how she was escaping. I then watched Munchkin hold up the empty laundry basket to the side of the crib and say, "Just jump, I'll catch you." After rolling on the ground laughing, I ran in to save Pipsqueak from another failed attempt at escape.

^^ I think it takes me twice as long to edit because I have an adorable appendage that never leaves me. Ever. ^^

^^ I hate rice. I mean, I don't think I will ever cook it again. You cannot see the amount of rice that was all over the house. And of course they thought it was hilarious. ^^ 

^^ Valentine's Day is a little less romantic with kids, and especially if you almost burn down the kitchen. Let's just say there was a miscommunication and a big rush to hurry and get the kids to bed, and our takeout almost didn't survive. ^^

February 9, 2015

over the hump

We're halfway through dental school and we have a party to prove it! UOP throws a big Over the Hump party every year for all of the second year students and we had the best time dressing up and going out without kids!

February 2, 2015

playdates around the city

^^ Here are just a few photos of the good time this city shows us, starting with ballet class with all of Munchkin's friends. ^^

^^ On our weekly donut walk ^^

^^ My favorite paintings in Legion of Honor because they remind me so much of my girls right down to the attitude. ^^

^^ I didn't think Pipsqueak could have an opinion, but apparently she needed to see the gorillas. And also dress herself. ^^

January 30, 2015

hello, san fran! (part 2)

A little rendezvous with the city. 
I'm always glad to have visitors because it forces me to get out and see and do the fun things of San Fran!

^^ This double Bob stroller has been my best mom accessory. I feel like I should be getting paid for how much I promote it to strangers on the street. ^^

^^ I met Leo on the streets and he was oh-so-handsome. I especially loved his waxy sheen. And look at these two seagulls chasing my friend, Hailey, around for a bite of shake! ^^

^^ This photo could be my sister and me 25 years ago. Seriously. ^^

^^ I LOVE THIS FOOD. I have a soft spot for homestyle, southern cooking with all things fried and smothered in sauce. And that's why this newly-discovered restaurant, Hard Knox Cafe, makes all of my dreams come true. ^^

^^ I've been meaning to go to a service at Grace Cathedral, and the Evensong on Sunday was just perfect. The whole service was sung by the choir, and thanks to Johnny chasing the kids up and down the nave and isles, I was actually able to sit down and enjoy it. ^^

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