Tuesday, April 8, 2014


A perfectly precious pair of preschoolers.

Friday, March 28, 2014

blah, blah, blah...the rest of spring break

Eating chocolate chips off a crumby tabletop.

Light Sabers.

Pop beads.

Back at the park with some friends.

Why do they all do that on the swing?

Umbrella for the rain. Or as he calls them....kites.

Umbrella for the sun.

Yes. Oneil wore that shirt three days in row.

And this is what they are doing right now. Legos.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

spring break: day one

We took a trip out to Vantage to see the river. A little while ago, the dudes who work at the dam found a crack and they reduced the amount of water to try and figure out how to fix it. Then some lady went out walking around out on the exposed river bed and sunk up to her torso in the quicksand-like sand.

So naturally that's where I wanted to take my kids.

But they have it all blocked off with stationed guards for "safety reasons". 

This was as close as we got.

Later in the afternoon was designated park time.

Then an amazing dinner of leftovers, followed by more outside time in the backyard.

And the sun exposure must have messed with my brain, 'cause I let them stay up until 11 o'clock watching Star Wars.

Mr. Smith didn't arrive home until 10. They were having a meeting at 7 to discuss and negotiate with the union/school board about getting compensated for hours worked outside of the normal school day.  Crazy idea, I know. 50 teachers showed up. It's kind of a big deal.

Monday, March 24, 2014

3 pictures

Okay. So about a week and a half ago, another mom had set-up time to go to the firehouse. We've done it before but the kids love going and the firemen do such a great job of explaining things and giving the kids a tour. You should do it.

Corgan came in fourth-ish. His bff to the right of him in the picture took first. Huge improvements for both of them. Last year Corgan was second to last, his buddy was last.

And this week is spring break for the kids.

Already they have watched Frozen and Oneil has ended up with painted fingernails.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

all you need is luck

This was an Instagram from a year ago:

Two weeks after, we found out I was pregnant with this kid:

We're still waiting on that pot of gold.

And tonight is this kid's very last Pinewood Derby. He's been working on it after dinner and in the mornings before school this past week. We'll just have to wait see how well his speed racer performs tonight.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

how now

My oldest took after his father and is super smart. So the school district tested him and deemed him genius enough to throw him in with all the other nerds in the Challenge program. They meet once a week and do smarty pants stuff together all day.

They've been studying Shakespeare since January and last night they performed a cutdown version of 'A Mid Summer Nights Dream'. 

Corgan played the part of King Oberon.

Here's his headshot:

Whoops. Wrong Oberon.

Here's Corgan:

Adieu. Adieu. Adieu. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

birthday, leaves and the lip


has turned into this,


The kids raked the yard and managed to scrounge up a ginormous pile of leaves to jump into.

The lip! We've seen its appearance on a few rare occasions, but never had the camera ready to snap it into digital proof. Luckily, a friend had the camera in hand last week and was able capture the cutest pout in the world.