Sunday, May 22, 2016


On any given day - you can find us at Starbucks. It's sad when your kids "know their order" there. And mind do.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Jack the Quarterback

A few months ago Jack came home from school with a paper about flag football. Tyson and I have always been on the same page about football....NO. We have always told Jack that we love his brain too much for him to play football. BUT - Jack was SO excited about flag football and really wanted to play.  We heard him out...he made some good points...and we decided to let him try it out for the spring.  He got "drafted" to the that was a WIN. And in his first game scored two TDs. 
He likes it. I'm not convinced that he LOVES it...but it's still early in the season.  I have a feeling he will be paying closer attention to the Lions this year...lets hope they're good.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mother's Day with Josie

A couple weeks ago - Josie's school celebrated Mother's Day with all the moms. It was a super fun, super special day with my favorite girl.  She performed a few songs and showered me with gifts. We had tea & snacks together...and she discovered she likes bagels. BIG DAY.  Can't believe her first year of preschool is almost over!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Nolan Never Stops...

Kid can find food all day long. He has learned that mom says he goes and asks Josie. 
 On this particular night...Crying.
We have had two really, really, really awful nights at the lake with him. Up-all-night...In-Yo-Face nights. And they broke me.
 Getting his way.
He's a demanding kid. He knows what he wants and he expects you to get it for him...yesterday.
{side note: This is the classic lemon water from Costco...or otherwise known as 1/4 lemonade, 3/4 water. He thinks it's a super special drink.}
 Being cute.
I mean...seriously...even when he makes me crazy - he doesn't stop being cute.
 oh wait...
Maybe this qualifies as "not cute" - this is his "I'm so ticked at you, mom" face. Had to capture it. Even though I feel like I'll see it a lot in my life.

 Wanting to GO.
He is a man on the move. Always moving. Unless he's sleeping or watching a few minutes of Mickey...he is moving. Which explains why my blog has suffered. I'm NOT blaming him...I'm just saying, three kids has me like...Zzzz.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Pinkalicious the Musical came to Detroit last weekend and some of the moms from our playgroup came with us to see it! The girls all got pink (of course) lollipops before the performance...which they licked (or in Josie's case - chomped on) throughout the show. They were so fun to watch as they watched the play!
The show took place downtown Detroit in Jos took a picture with a Red Wings bobble head.  The state of Michigan is pretty pumped for Red Wings playoffs....a parade would be fun.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


 It FINALLY feels like spring around here! Actually - it's borderline "summer" weather - but you won't hear us complaining. Unless we are walking home from school - then EVERYBODY'S complaining. It's a real treat.
We have been taking some time after we pick up Jack to play outside or at a local park. We can't wait for the pool to open (literally, someone has asked since it closed in September...I'm not even kidding).
And how about Nolan's redhead bedhead? His hair has a mind of it's own....kind of like him, now that I think about it. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

90th Birthday

Last weekend Josie and I took a quick trip over to Jackson to see Grandpa Jerry and Great Aunt Sue. They were visiting the mitten to celebrate THEIR aunt's 90th birthday! My Great Aunt Jean (my Grandpa Clev's sister) tunred 90! Josie was excited to see "the birthday girl" wearing a tiara. 

Oh...and it had SNOWED to our west...kind of a lot that day. Josie acted like she was happy to see it. I refuse to claim her when she pulls that nonsense.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Grandma Nancy Visits

Nancy's Spring Break was the week after ours - so she came up to spend a few days with us! It was great having her here! We eased back into our routine! She spent lots of time with the kids and they were all happy because ICE CREAM was included! Always fun to have her around! Come back soon!

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Over Spring Break - at various places - our kids shared a bedroom. That got us thinking...maybe it was time for Nolan to vacate the Guest Room and move in with Josie. The roomies are doing well. A little MORE tired than normal because they keep each other up later... But I've added some gender neutral decor and they seem to have fun. We'll see how long we can keep this going.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The rest of Spring Break

How Nolan "snacks." Lord, help me.
I'd like to say that the rest of our Spring Break was all rainbows and sunshine...but it wasn't. The weather was cold and miserable. We were all still WAY over-tired and it was quite an adjustment.
We had a temper tantrum in Kroger...because she wanted chocolate milk. I insisted she probably wanted Kids Hot Chocolate. Nope. Chocolate Milk. I bought her the chocolate milk and then she was MAD because she actually DID want the Kids Hot Chocolate. I was supposed to be able to tell the future AND read her mind. Luckily she threw a fit in the alcohol aisle - so I picked up a bottle of wine as a reward for myself later in the evening. It was only 10am.
 On Friday we took a chilly stroll through the zoo. Our zoo is open ALL YEAR - which is awesome! A lot of the animals were super active. Always fun.
We ended our Spring Break with a quick visit to the lake. Nolan thinks he's so funny with his over-sized shoes & jacket. The lake is a nice, quick get-away for us! So excited to spend time there this summer!