Friday, February 28, 2014

Nosey, Nosey

This started from what I can remember when my twin brothers were little.  I did it with Gracie and have done it with Nolan but not very much.  Actually, the first time he leaned over to me was during one of our bathroom sessions and I was waiting for him.  He leaned over and said, "nosey, nosey, nosey."  I was surprised and thought maybe he had seen Gracie and I do it.  I could not even remember the last time I had even done this with either of my children.  But it melted my heart! Troy says this kid knows how to keep me hooked and wrapped around his little finger.  He is my crazy, into everything, drives me crazy, and never sits still little boy who melts my heart.

Monday, February 24, 2014

ninja gracie

I don't think she is even close to a real ninja but her daddy sure talks about ninja's often enough it has entered into her vocabulary and she trys to be one.  This is just a fun little video of my girl.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

January in iPhone images

Here are just a few pictures of our January that I thought I would share.

 We came home after the new year to a LOT of snow.  
 my morning super hero's/a little pirate
 my poor guy got pretty sick and fell a sleep in variety of positions...
 and places.  poor thing!

 nolan loves testing out the motorized vehicles at Target
true to the blood running threw him and the fact he is all boy
he thought he must try this thing on.  Not sure he even knows 
what it's for unless he pays better attention then I give him credit for.
 my adorable little nolan
troy laughs because he say nolan has me wrapped around his finger.
 Family weekends are a prized possession in our football world so every weekend 
Troy has been home means we should do something fun.  We had a gift card so 
we headed to Woodfield.  As we walked in it hit me that this was the 
first Red Robin I had ever visited in my university days over 10 years ago. 
 Then we headed over to lego land.  Lego's to me is part of a favorite pass time.  
I love them before and still do just now they are not as hard to put together.  
We thought the kids would love it and so they did.  Pretty cool place.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Salad Recipe

Ok so I love my salads but sometimes they get boring and I am looking for something new and healthy and that includes the dressing.  A friend introduced me to the southwest chopped salad mix that she would add to a bag of spinach salad and a roasted chicken.  It was delicious and to top it all off she made homemade cilantro dressing that was good for you, crazy good.  I thought I would share, you never know who might find it amazing.

1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime), more to taste
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
Optional: cumin, honey/agave

Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Find this recipe and many others at

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Princess Party

When you are looking for ways to have fun kids get creative.  Gracie decided to have a princess party and this means everything princess in our house and a few friends

Sunday, February 16, 2014

around here...

just a few things that I want to take note of...

 Every morning and I do mean every morning my Nolan comes in
and asks to watch the movie prep & landing (aka ho ho).  We have
had it from the library for ever and he can't get enough.  He jumps
up and down chanting  go, go, go when the reindeers take off, he loves it!

 daddy time
sketching a lot

Friday, February 14, 2014

snow days

Who hasn't had their fill of snow?!  I love snow but it's been so cold that going outside and enjoying snow has not been much of an option.  When it got up to the high 20's yes that's right 20's sounds warm to me we went for it.  We had a fun family time!

 this is what happens when mommy forget's to shut the door, oops

 the snowy hill to the right was a big hit
 the house

once we finished our time playing in the snow and visiting the park 
we headed in to make some snow ice-cream and hot chocolate.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

i can fly

Right now Nolan is into many things at one time which means they combine pretty often all of which he believes can fly.  See below his combination of characters.

 Jake, Superman, and his Mikey Mouse Pj's
 up up and away

his spiderman pj's most often come with 
a cape and often his cowboy boots

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jersey Day

Once in a while I can get the kids to wear something to celebrate both of our teams.  Although Gracie's is pink she is sporting a Chief's Jersey and Nolan is in Ohio State.  Just a fun Saturday at home.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

a little something

Just a few favorites from the 2013 iPhone file

 my gracie girl relaxing on our way to Cincy
 Last wedding of 2013 with my friend Rachel
 My dad loving on his boys
 biggest stocking stuffer, it's like a pie
 christmas traditions
 the girls went to see frozen over our Christmas retreat in Cincy
 Troy the baby whisperer 
troy's fav peanut butter popcorn