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Friday, October 20, 2017

Highs & Lows...

  Apologies for the radio silence as of late! Our nanny was on vacation for almost 2 weeks (!!) and it's challenging to find time to check in when you're doing the stay-at-home mom thing full-time, plus attempting to work from home in the few hours the kids allow. Jumping back in with some highs and lows and promise to post some fun stuff next week, including a recap of our trip to see our new adorable niece, Mila.
3 Highs this Week:

1. Taking Greyson to a field trip to the Eco-Station. It was fun to meet some of his new friends and their parents and made me feel more in the loop with his pre-school.
2. Watching the kids faces when they discovered that they had been Booed by some friends. {Basically, it's a modern day chain letter where you have to surprise two houses with Halloween treats, then the person who's booed keeps it going by surprising two other houses and so on. So fun!}

3. Locking down the picnic area we were coveting for Greyson's 4th birthday party.

3 Lows this Week:

 1. Discovering that an old friend from college passed away last week due to complications from a discectomy. Although we had lost touch over the years, I haven't been able to stop thinking about him since finding out... he was only 37 and leaves behind a wife and son. Just heartbroken about it.
2. Some very early morning wake ups from Henley (pre-6am - ugh!). But silver lining is I also got to start my days with some serious toddler snuggles ;-)

3. Missing Henley's first field trip to the pumpkin patch. Luckily Grant and Colisha could take her and there be many more to come, but I still wish I could have gone.

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

I took a stab at making Grant's famous eggplant parm and I have to say, it was a delicious batch. So delicious, our nanny ate all of the leftovers!

Weekend Plans

No real plans except a date night at Rosaline tomorrow night. We may hit up a Fall festival on Sunday to keep these kids busy, but otherwise no real plans, which I am absolutely fine with!
Hope you all have a good one!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

3 Highs this Week:

1. Celebrating the other GG's 95th birthday at our Sunday night family dinner.

2. A yummy lunch date with Grant at Sugarfish.
3. A nice visit with my sister and brother-in-law. Aunt V earned some solid props on Wednesday when she filled in for our nanny, who's on vacation and took on kid duty solo.
3 Lows this Week:
1. Obviously, the lowest low was waking up on Monday morning to the news of what happened in Vegas. This deserves it's own post, but I'm just feeling so helpless about what is going on in our country and the lax gun laws that are contributing to making these massacres part of our everyday lives. If you haven't seen Jimmy Kimmel's monologue from Monday night, it's worth a watch/read.
2. Tom Petty passing away. We almost went to his concert last week at the Hollywood Bowl, but decided not to at the last minute. Feeling serious regrets about that one!
3. Having to clean poop out of the bathtub after Henley did her business while Aunt V was on bath duty ;-(
Best Thing I Ate This Week:

Everything I ate at Sugarfish. That place is seriously delish.
Weekend Plans 

Greyson and I are headed to Chicago to visit Wee Wee and Ryan and to meet the newest member of the fam, baby Mila. And while I'm sad to leave G and "the H's", I'm looking forward to some one-on-one time with my middle little!

Friday, September 29, 2017

10 years...

10 years.

10 years ago today, Grant and I said "I do" in front of 164 of our closest friends and family.

I still remember the nervous excitement I felt the day of our wedding. My brother-in-law made me scrambled eggs while my two sisters fought about their speech (ha!). Grant was incommunicado for the morning and we joked that he may have become the runaway groom. Turns out, our little party animal had sneaked back out to the rehearsal dinner after-party after we'd dropped him off at his hotel room and his hungover self hadn't charged his cell phone.

Marrying Grant didn't change much in our relationship, which I always said was a good thing. We had already been dating for almost 8 years and had lived together for basically the entire time (officially for 4, traveling roommates for the 4 before that). From the moment we met, we were pretty much glued to each other's side. In hindsight, it probably would have been good for us to spend a little more time apart, sow our wild oats if you will, but at least from my perspective, he was my best friend and there was no one else I'd rather be glued to - and honestly, I don't regret that decision for a second.

And while I most certainly acknowledge our dating anniversary (19 years in December, baby), this milestone 10 year wedding anniversary does deserve it's own recognition. For, when we said our vows in front of those 164 people, although it didn't change much in our daily relationship, it did have an overall significance that I don't take for granted.

On September 29th, 2007, Grant and I became a family. He officially became my person, through thick and thin, through sickness and in health (even if those exact words weren't a part of our vows - we're more original than that!). A lot has happened over the last ten years. We've grown from careless twenty-somethings (such BABIES when I think back to what we were like back then - how did we think we were old enough to get married?!) to responsible parents of three little human beings. And while we're deep in a season of life where we don't pay as much attention to each other as we probably should, I have comfort in knowing that I am going through this crazy ride with that same 16 year old I fell in love with back in 1999 and that same 25 year old I married in 2007 - and that in twenty years when we're empty-nesters and I'm freaking out about how my kids don't need me anymore, it'll still be my best friend and favorite person who is by my side. 

And while I always thought that we'd be spending our ten year anniversary on an exotic island with an upgraded piece of hardware on my finger (that's how long ten years sounds to a naive twenty six year old) and instead, we'll be spending our actual anniversary watching a Canes game at home with our little people and indulging in a belated anniversary celebration at our favorite steakhouse, I wouldn't change that for the world. The material things aren't what matters. It's the deep (often unspoken) love I have for my husband, my person, even stronger today than it was ten years ago that is worth reflecting on. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have been able to spend the majority of my life with the person I know I was meant to be with and I'm beyond excited to see where the rest of it takes us.
So happy anniversary, bigou. May your cold feet forever have a place in my nook. This weekend, we'll roll the dice and hope that this year's bottle of our champagne favors isn't finally the one that gives us food poisoning, while reminiscing about the biggest party of our lifetime and the first day we officially became us.

Elephant shoes.

And just for fun, since I can't find the slideshow for our wedding day, here's the slideshow my amazing sister Whitney put together that summed up our relationship until the day we got married - mostly entertaining because of the photos of us as kids and the fact those graphics make it look like it was put together in the 80s. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sleepy Goose...

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to sleep. 

I literally can't get enough of it. My favorite part of the day is climbing into bed at night. When Grant travels, you'll find me turning off the lights no later than 9:30pm to get a full 9 hours. The best feeling in the world is waking up in the *middle of the night*, only to realize you still have 7 hours left of sleep. Ahhhh.... ;-)
Lately I've noticed a certain 3 year old seemingly possesses the same penchant for sleep as his ole mom. And he's so darn cute that I can't help but snap a quick photo when I discover our little sleeping beauty around the house.
(wearing all of Grant's clothes)
Sometimes I wonder if he may have a mild form of narcolepsy. 
But I think Grant often wonders the same thing of me...
(on the Metro)
(in the middle of a game of hide and sneak)
This kid loves sleep so much, he'll beg Grant to take him on a run so he can catch a couple minutes of shut eye.
The other day, I took him grocery shopping and when we pulled into the driveway, he looked at me and said, "keep driving." I asked him if he wanted me to keep driving because the warm was cozy and he wanted to take a car nap and he nodded with a silly grin on his face.
Car naps. The best.

He is shot out of a cannon as soon as the clock in his room turns yellow, signaling it's okay to wake. But he always loved his crib (he didn't transition out of it until he was close to 3) and loves his bed so much that he chooses not to sleep in mine when Grant is away and even last night, after he joined Hayes and I for a little bit in the middle of the night (poor kiddo is sick), he eventually asked me to take him back to his own bed.
That's one of the many differences between Hayes and Greyson. Hayzey would never pass up an opportunity to sleep in our bed and often sleeps on our floor just to be close to me at night. But not Greyson... that kid values his sleep way too much!

Friday, September 22, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

3 Highs this Week:

1. Scoring the boys' Halloween costumes for 40% off at Target.

2. Sneaking away from work early on Wednesday to meet the hubs for a quick workout at the Culver City stairs.

3. Watching Henley conquer the big kid slide at school this morning. Taking her to her Parent and Me class is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the week.

3 Lows this Week:

1. A leak in our pool which resulted in low water pressure throughout the whole house. Luckily Grant saved the day by figuring out what the problem was (who said he wasn't handy?!), but those 6:15a pitch black wake up calls were even more challenging knowing that was the kind of shower I had to look forward to.

2. Being woken up at 3:30a by a strange scratching sound coming from the bathroom. We think there may be an animal under the house (!!)

3.Some difficult mealtimes with Henley, who refuses to sit in her high chair anymore but isn't quite old enough to grasp the whole sitting-down-for-a-whole-meal-and-feeding-yourself concept.

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

A chicken taco from Loqui - hands down the best taco in this city.

Weekend Plans 

A visit with our old nanny, Lolo this afternoon.
Adult dinner at AR Cucina with some pre-school friends tonight.
The usual soccer and birthday party circuit tomorrow.
Absolutely nothing on Sunday ;-)

Have a good one!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Hayesisms (6.5 years)
The girl who sits next to him in class is from some foreign country and has a name (Milana) that isn't the easiest to pronounce. Each of the kids was assigned a number at the beginning of the year, mainly for when they line up to venture out of the classroom (alphabetically, Hayes is 3). I was talking to him about school the other day and he referred to his seatmate as "Number 6". This is what he has been calling her for the last month because he can't pronounce her name!

He fully believes his best friend, Romeo is making a giant sized robot that shoots lava in the backyard of his home.

I make the kids take a myriad of vitamins every morning (doing everything I can to hopefully prevent a winter of sickness a la 2016) and this morning, I found Hayes' underneath a pile of fresh kleenex in the powder room bathroom trash can. We'll be having a conversation about that tonight!

He refuses to wash my car ever again. Why? Because the one time he washed it, "I did too good of a job and it got stolen." (Fact: it did get stolen that very night).

He recently learned how to ride his bike (which makes me so happy, btw) and he insists on wearing the full kit - helmet, knee pads, etc...  - every time he rides. Safety first!

Greyisms (3 years, 10 months)

He'll frequently out of the blue tell me he likes my pajamas. It always takes me back a bit because Greyson really makes me work hard for his affection, both physical and mental. It might be the highest compliment he gives.

He's got the most questionable taste in clothing (read: no fashion sense), but man does he own what he wears. Confidence is not something that young man is lacking, that's for sure.

I recently received a phone call from his new pre-school informing me about an altercation he had gotten into with one of his little friends. Alarmed at first that he had hurt a poor kid, we came to find out that it was actually our neighbor, Ryder and him who had gotten into the scuffle - a good guy/bad guy game gone wrong. When I was trying to figure out exactly what had happened and in what sequence, the teacher told me Greyson had confirmed to them that he had "meant to be mean". Yep, that's our Greyson!

We bought him new sneakers the other day and to test out how fast they went, he took off around the store at full speed.

He wears his underwear backwards.

Henleyisms (19 months)

She refuses to sit in her high chair for meals anymore, which has become quite challenging. Her great grandparents made her an adorable hand painted seat that goes with the table and chairs combo the boys sit at during meals and if you try to serve her food in her high chair, she beelines it to the family room screaming "seat! seat!".

If you ask her "who is the most beautiful girl in the universe?" and smiles and says, "Hennee." (thanks Dad Dad, for teaching that one to her - she won't grow up narcissistic at all!).

I've never seen a kid like to dance as much as she does. She flutters through life, constantly jumping and squatting to the music. I cannot wait to get her into a dance class - girlfriend likes to groove!

She will not tolerate my hair being up and gets really worked up about it. If I throw it into a bun, she'll start crying and pointing, saying, "yor hair! yor hair!".

She likes to point out whether I'm wearing a suit or a bra, constantly peering down my shirt with eager anticipation. Speaking of suits, if it were up to Henley, she'd wear one as her outfit every single day.
She has hands down the stinkiest feet in the family.

Friday, September 15, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

3 Highs this Week:

1. Our new niece, Mila Victoria arriving on Monday. My heart is already bursting with love for the little munchkin and I can't wait to meet her in October!

2. A fun girls night out on Tuesday - yummy dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant called Little Sister, followed by an Indigo Girls concert (random, I know!).

3. An amazing nights sleep on Monday, maybe the best I've had since Hayes was born (!!).

3 Lows this Week:

1. Our air conditioning crapping out on us and having to deal with some uncomfortably hot nights while we waited for it to get fixed.

2. Grant being gone all week in Germany. Between his boys' trip last weekend and his conference abroad, I've been on my own 6 of the last 7 nights and I'm ready for him to come home already!

3. How damn dark it is in the mornings now. Forcing myself out of bed to take a shower at 6:15a is monumentally more difficult when Mr. Golden Sun hasn't even come out yet.

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

The shaky shaky beef at Little Sister, melt-in-your-mouth tender meat accompanied by a watercress salad, baby tomatoes, burnt butter soy and tomato garlic fried rice. All of the dishes we had were excellent but this and the pan fried e-fu noodle were so  incredible, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Weekend Plans

Absolutely nothing. Grant gets back from Germany this afternoon so we are laying low tonight. Soccer game tomorrow and our favorite babysitters are coming up tomorrow night so we'll likely go somewhere local and easy for dinner since we have no reservations.