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Thursday, April 30, 2015

thirteen / fifty two

Hayes, age 4: ...he's constantly asking me to "take a picture!" of whatever he's doing, which makes me think I must take entirely too many pictures (put down the phone, Chanel!). We were borrowing a large truck from work this week to haul some stuff into storage and when I dropped him off at school yesterday and told him this was his last ride in the Armada, he made me take a picture of him standing on the foot rail (which he thought was the most awesome thing ever). Before even seeing it, he exclaimed "oh, that was a good one!". Too much!

Greyson, age 17 months...: He is on another-level-obsessed with our seven year old neighbor, Ami and basketball (or "ba-bow" as he likes to call it). Greyson's changing table faces Ami's driveway, where he likes to shoot (or try to - Grant and I figure he gets about 1 in every 10 balls in that he hurls at the net) baskets and it is near impossible to change Grey these days. He'll frantically yell "Ami! Ba-bow! Ami! Ba-bow!" the whole time you're trying to change him, while twisting his body to try and get a better look. I'm waiting for a restraining order to show up at our door; between Greyson's superfan-dome and Hayes taking any opportunity to yell "Hi Ami!" (even when buck naked after his bath), Ami should be afraid...very afraid.

Chanel: ...Grant is off to Vegas for a bachelor party this weekend so I'm heading down to good 'ole Pelican Hill to meet up with the parents (lucky them, they get TWO doses of me and the Cohen boys in one month!). Weather is looking like it's going to be nice (fingers crossed!) so we don't have much more planned than logging some time by the pool. The boys are heading to the other grandparents' on Saturday night, giving me some much-needed adult time with Wayne and Penny ;-)

Grant: ...his company, was acquired last week (again!) by a gaming company called RockYou. I, of course, could not begin to explain to you what that means, but it sounds like it's bringing some new opportunities that will hopefully mean good things for Grant. It really is funny how different our career paths have been - being in the start-up business, he is constantly jumping around from company to company and has been at more than I can count, whereas this lady is quite happy all settled in, snug as a bug working at the same company (basically) for my entire career. (it'll be 10 years on my current team in August) ;-) I often wonder whether my penchant for keeping things the same is due to so much moving around growing up - or, in the case of work at least, I've just been incredibly lucky to have the job that I do...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

twelve / fifty two

Hayes, age 4: ...after taking intensive swim lessons this past Fall, we took the winter off and when we started them up again a couple of weeks ago, it was as if we were starting from square one again. I'm happy to report that all Hayzey needed to regain his confidence in the water was 7 days at a private oceanfront pool. Coach Mike told me at our lesson on Monday that it was like teaching another kid and I was so proud to see his progress!

Greyson, age 17 months: ...new favorite trick: there's a TV show called "Sheriff Callie's Wild West". The theme song goes like this and at the end, all of her friends yell "Yee haw!". I was singing it to myself the other day and all of a sudden, I hear this little "yee haw!" and turn around to see Greyson with a sheepish smile on his face. He's a sponge, I tell you!

Grant & Chanel: ...we're making some progress with the plans for the new house and met with our agents this morning to talk about next steps. Looks like we'll be putting Livonia on the market in the next couple of weeks, with the first open house May 10th, so wish us luck! The whole thing is a bit daunting but I think it's the right time to sell and at least then we'll be able to officially move forward with the new build. We haven't let ourselves get too excited because a lot of things have to fall in place, but it's a step in the right direction (and I won't lie, I'm a little excited!).

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Every year since Hayes was born, we've spent a glorious week in Hawaii with my parents (the first year, Maui and the last 3 years the Big Island, which holds a special place in our heart as it happens to be where we spent part of our honeymoon). We go for a full week which, after having kids, really makes the long journey there worth it and enables you to slip into full relaxation mode. 

The house we stay in is perfect - it's a sprawling five bedroom home with plenty of space for our family and the grandparents, along with a few extra bedrooms for any other guests that want to tag along (this year, my dad's best friend joined). Location can't be beat - it overlooks the Pacific Ocean right off of Waikaloa Beach - and it happens to be on the part of the island where rain is minimal and blue skies prevail. 

This year was especially fun as by some miracle, Greyson didn't skip a beat in his napping, happily catching some shut-eye in his make-shift bedroom that was actually Hayes' bathroom and giving us multiple hours a day to lounge by the pool and catch a breather from chasing around a 17 month old. We were able to actually get some relaxation in amidst the hours of pool time we logged with Hayes, who seems to finally understand how fun swimming can be.

Greyson keeping himself busy after naptime...
King Hayes...

We had plenty of excursions, including a glass bottom boat tour, visits to various beaches, cabanas at the Fairmont, a round of golf for Grant and a luxurious spa treatment for myself. And having been there the last three years in a row, we've finally nailed down the good restaurants on the island, so the food was pretty tasty this time too!

Hayes on the glass bottom boat tour. He was as informed as our guide, explaining what the different types of fish were and on the lookout for Captain Barnacle from his beloved Octonauts...
Greyson's first shaved ice - BIG fan.
Hayes thought it was hilarious to moon his 'ole mom...
Hapuna heaven...
Sand monster...
It was a great trip and we were all a little sad to return to reality on Saturday, especially given the long travel day that didn't get us back to LA until 11pm with poor Greyson, who it turns out, was fighting an ear infection ;-( Thanks again to Wayne and Penny for footing the majority of the bill - your generosity is appreciated and does not go unnoticed (now stop threatening to go elsewhere next year! Why fix something that ain't broke?!).

Until next time, Hawaii... Mahalo for an amazing trip!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter 2015

Well, it's happened again. Somehow, all of the photos I took with my fancy cam have disappeared and in their place is the 'File Error' of death message which means that somehow the memory card got corrupted and my captured memories have vanished. I am BEYOND annoyed, mostly because I had gotten some really good shots of the boys and the family which are now forever gone, but also because this means I don't trust the stupid camera one bit and will have to resort to taking pictures on my iphone moving forward. 

What's the point in having a $600 camera if the damn thing isn't reliable enough to take pictures, its ONE job and SOLE purpose in life?!?!


Anyways, I've scrapped together the few pictures I did manage to get onto my computer, along with some I took on my iphone the day before during the Easter Egg hunt.

The Easter Bunny showed up on Saturday afternoon while Hayes and Grant were at the grocery store. When they got home, she had left a few chocolate filled eggs on the front steps and scattered them throughout the house leading to the backyard, where the real hunt took place. Hayes wasted no time scurrying around the yard, filling his basket, while Greyson carried a little basket of his own around a had a delightful time putting the same two eggs in, then dumping the contents on the ground, over and over. 

These bunny ears are going strong, 5 years later...
Greyson wasn't really feeling the head apparel...
Hayes counting his loot...
And Greyson with his...
Where is that creme egg...?

(side note, I've never seen a kid take down a creme egg faster than Hayes did. He is his mama's son!)

On Sunday, we headed down to Irvine to our usual Easter brunch spot, Strawberry Farms and met up with Nini and Pa for a delicious spread. Afterwards, the boys ran around on the grass and we took a bunch of pictures that no one will ever see because my camera blows.

We spent the afternoon at Nini and Pa's house, while Mama snuck away to indulge in some retail therapy at Tootsies (thanks Nini!), then we had a yummy dinner at home before heading back up to LA, sans one child, since Hayes spent the night at the grandparents.

It was a lovely weekend and is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays. Apparently it's up there with Hayes' favorite too, as he asked me this morning if he could keep wearing his bunny ears until Christmas ;-)

Um and how adorable are my nieces?

June on the left, Dylan on the right (doesn't Dylan look like Hayes?!?!)