Wednesday, April 22, 2015

the simple life

Luca made a little superhero mask for his baby sister Olli. I just melted! What is even sweeter is what he wrote..."from Luca to Olli, I love you". He just started writing this month out of no where. Every day when I ask him about school or what he's learning, he tells me about playing with William and Midas :-) He literally went from identifying some letters to writing sentences. One day I picked up a piece of paper and probably would have tossed it but I thought to take second look and there it was, "ilvdade"...I love Daddy. As a first grade teacher, I have developed some stellar decoding skills ;) 
I went to school with Luca. I signed up to Volunteer, but their version of volunteering is hanging out with your kid and I think that's awesome. So I basically got to spend a day in the life of Luca. God bless preschool teachers. All teachers really. But especially preschool teachers! First we went to show and tell. Then we went to music and movement. Then we went up to his room for circle time, art and snack. I learned a few things...Luca is very detail oriented at school and ALL ABOUT THE RULES. Apparently he was afraid I'd break a rule so he coached me every step of the way. "Mom, raise your hand if you need to say something. Say no thank you if you don't want to touch their show and tell. If they ask you not to touch it, you don't have to say no thank you." We took a water break in between activities and he made sure I knew to wait at the purple line to give people their space. I told him I was going to take a potty break (assuming I'd find and adult restroom) and he told me I needed to wait until everyone was finished washing their hands for snack so people don't see my privates. Good idea Luca! He's very thorough with a glue stick. VERY.  Some things I already how he's 100% all the time! I've never seen a faster skip, gallop or hop in music and movement. Most of his activities he was carrying out looked to me more like running full speed ahead :) It was a special day with some one on one time with my big boy. He was beaming with pride that I was there. You think he'll still feel that way if I went with him to high school? I'd like to think so. 

 With this guy...there's not much to report other than these dad-gum ear infections. One right after the other. He doesn't handle them well either. He is an angry baby! I've spent most of my days just keeping him happy and doing whatever it takes so he's not too miserable and my nerves stay in tact. Which is why he gets to do things like this... 
We have an appointment tomorrow at Children's to check into tubes. 
In other Milo news...he's quite the chubby hubby these days! So stinkin cute!

 Miss Ella is growing taller, sweeter and more beautiful by the day. She's really blossoming into such a special little lady. She has a heart of gold and is so kind and pure. She amazes me. God has truly blessed me with her. It's an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with such a beautiful soul...that I'm the one who gets to be her mama. I don't take it lightly. Basically, she's amazing.
 We went to a birthday party last weekend and they had a fairy garden in their backyard. This is where she spent most of her time. She had me take pictures so we could make one too. I'm thinking this might be a great summer project! It would be even better if we had our fairy expert, Aunt Kim, to help us out!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Sometimes I think no one really understands just how tired I am. Then I walk around the corner to find Luca asleep on the potty :-)
I'm so tired that this is totally ok as long as he's not crying...
I was also too tired to go to the Pre-K art auction this year because, well, I can't guarantee I'll be awake after 4:00 pm on any given day. THANK THE GOOD LORD that they saved the art for all the tired/slacker parents to see at drop off. I didn't plan on buying any this year until...
But when you have 3 kids, it doesn't matter how tired you are...the show must go one!

Ella got to sing in the Whittier Elementary choir for the Ballard Choir Showcase. It was so fun! It was choir groups of all ages from the Ballard neighborhood. They had individual performances and also a couple of group performances that they had practiced separately and got to put together at the show. 
These girls are too much. Since their concert was at the high school, they came up "ready" with TONS of make-up on. They thought they needed it since they were going to be singing with the big kids. Oh dear. We wiped most of it off but settled with some blush and lip gloss :)
and Monday starts SPRING BREAK!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Countdown to Glittertown

Lady or Lad?
Bowtie or Bow?
Mister or Miss?
Glitter or Dirt?
Well, we are going to finish this the way we started...with a tiny pink bundle of frills, giant hair bows, tutus and blinged everything. IT'S A GIRL!!! I have to admit, having another girl feels pretty perfect. We have a big sister and a big brother. We have a little brother and now a little sister too. Raising brothers has been one of the sweetest things I've seen and I feel honored that I will get to raise sisters too. Ella and Luca both have been asking for a baby sister for quite some time and I just knew they would be so happy. Especially Ella :-) Her "one wish" in life has been to have a sister. I think this sweet baby girl will perfectly complete our little family. It's countdown to glitter town people!
We found out super early thanks to modern day technology and the nifty new genetic blood test screening. I was actually at the hospital with my midwife for a migraine when she got the news. Mike wasn't with me but I HAD TO KNOW RIGHT THEN. It was instant bliss and then I was off to Cupcake Royale to surprise Mike with a little gift coming home. Forget about the headache!
He was hoping for a girl too. I believe his exact words right after I quit recording were, "NAILED IT!"

It was almost time to pick Ella up from school and so since I was at the end of the first trimester and all the testing and turned out great, we decided to go ahead and tell them. Knowing how much she wanted a sister just meant I couldn't wait any longer! They didn't even know I was pregnant at this point! We got the cupcakes all dressed up for the big reveal...
First we told them I was pregnant. Ella was stunned. Milo was like, "I'm outta here" and Luca didn't catch on for quite some time :-)
part 2...Luca is starting to pick up what we're putting down!

After telling them, we brought in our cupcakes. I was so relieved to know what it was we were having because when we asked the kids if they were excited for another baby, Ella said, "ONLY IF IT'S A GIRL!" No pressure. Right after I stopped the video, Ella said we could all thank her because she's been wishing and praying for a sister for years now :-) So thank you Ella! And you also have to listen to sweet Luca...a heart of gold!
After that we enjoyed our sweet treats and just dreamed about her a little bit. Ella says we should name her Mary Ann or Rose :)

We can't wait to meet you sweet baby girl! You have a big brother and sister that prayed for, begged for and longed for you for a long time! I'm sure your sister will always remind you to thank her that you're here :)
One thing we know is that she may be a wild woman. We've had 3 sonograms and in each one she's waving her arms furiously up and down...both of them! In this last one at 12 weeks, she was rolling her head side to side. It's really hard to get a good still look at the girl! 

Another thing that warms my heart is that this little guy still gets to be my baby boy <3 he="" i="" just="" m="" needs...="" p="" pretty="" s="" sure="" that="" what="">

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Holidays away from family are always a little sad because our holidays always involve family. This year was no different but it didn't stop us from having a lot of fun. It was a very special weekend for our family not just because of Easter, but because Ella was baptized on Easter Sunday! We are so proud of her and the beautiful young lady she is becoming. This girl is going to do great things. She has a heart of gold and loves Jesus. I'm in awe watching her grow!
Our weekend started out a few days earlier with a date night while the kids made Easter eggs with our friends, Dann and Jenny. These were the brightest and shiniest eggs! Of all my years trying multiple recipes and strategies with my mom to try to get brightly colored eggs, who knew all we needed was the Paas candy apple finish kit from the grocery store ;)
 We knew Sunday would be packed so the Easter bunny came early and we did our egg hunt on Saturday evening after a fun filled family day. 

 Bug catcher kits and a bubble mower...we are all set for summer cook outs!
 Nana B mailed us some magic jelly beans so after we hunted our eggs, we planted them to see what would grow on Easter morning!

Then we came inside to clean up. Milo loved his light up bunny duck =D
 We got all snuggled up in our bunny pjs and called it a day. 
Ella and all her bunny swag :)
 Of course, first thing in the morning, the kids ran outside to see what all the magic jelly bean rave was about! They were not disappointed! Nana B is the best. Even though she's far away, she still can have fun with us. A lot of our fun comes from her!


 Time to get dressed for church!

 Little lovely number one...

 number two...
 and number three!

 Daper dudes in matching dress coats...doesn't get any cuter than that.

 After church and Ella's baptism, we went to brunch at Rockcreek with our friends. The Wilsons were there too but once everyone arrived we were partying too hard to remember to take a picture! We had a lovely Easter brunch. We brought pie from Pie Bar to celebrate Ella's baptism. AND we had just found out what we are going to have, so we got to tell our friends together! See next post for a gender  reveal!
 We had a private room and the kids enjoyed looking down out the window :)
 It was a beautiful weekend with so many things to celebrate! We partied hard and all looked like this by Sunday evening :)