Till the Wheels Come Off

Happy birthday, Poppy!
April 13, 2012, 12:00 am
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We love you!


Then and now
April 10, 2012, 11:32 pm
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Sweet 16
April 3, 2012, 12:02 am
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I can’t wrap my mind around this. Once upon a time, I spent my days with this girl.

Savannah, Jake & my little brother August.

She was 5 when we met, today she turns 16. Cue hyperventilation now. We’ve lived in a few states together: Florida, Arizona & Washington. We’ve been through lost teeth, broken bones, bobbles (my signature hairdo) & many, MANY bedtime prayers.


The perfect flower girls – it’s BOTH of their birthdays today! Happy birthday, Kol!

Savannah, Jake, Judah & Isaiah were a big part of my life for 5 years – I learned so much in that time. Nannying was and is the perfect job for me – I think mostly because I don’t see it as a job. I genuinely love and care the kids that I get to play a part in raising…it is a real privilege.

Back to the birthday girl…she isn’t a little girl anymore. Some days I wish she was. I enjoyed getting her ready for school, making her Eggo waffles over and OVER, and of course, can’t forget the bobbles! She swears I pulled her hair to be mean…not true sister! I just had to used those half up bobbles to get her head to turn away from Fairly Odd Parents so they weren’t crooked, sometimes beauty is pain!

Six years ago Savannah moved to California with her family. We toyed with the idea of moving with them, me as the nanny and Tom as the “pool boy,” but knew in reality that Seattle was where we were supposed to stay. I watched as the giant van pulled away from their house headed for the airport with several one way tickets and I cried my eyes out. It was the weirdest feeling, I had no clue what to do with myself! I finished up a few things around the house, locked up, then my puffy eyes and I pulled away for one last time. Surreal. In the weeks following the move I thought about my girl and her brothers as they experienced so many “firsts” in their new city. First day of school. First Halloween. First Thanksgiving….you get it. Now those firsts have added up to six years, and can’t seem to get the fact that these kids grow up! What the heck?! I mean, I’m not getting older at all over here…riiiggghhhhttt.

There are times when I wish that our lives were still closely entwined, but then I realize it’s probably for the best, a 16 year old can’t rock the bobbles quite like a 5 year old.

Savannah, you are growing up to be absolutely lovely. Inside and out.

Ad, Roc & Sis last summer.

Happy, happy, happy sweet 16.

I love you so!

Old friends
April 2, 2012, 1:37 am
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Tom and I are so grateful for the friends we have. Many of our friendships are 10 and 20 years old, a few are even 30 years old. I will save that for another post, but here are some people that we love to be with. No matter how much time we spend apart, it seems like we are always able to pick up where we left off, I love that about us.


Tracy & Kristy (on the left), Tom, and Jon & Ranae (on the right).

These guys are so kind, they cleaned their plates even though I’m pretty sure the pasta wasn’t that great. In fact, I’m so sure, that I won’t even pass the recipe along.


Dessert was good though!


I guess it’s hard to go wrong with vanilla ice cream, milk and strawberries blended up to make make a shake. Just top it with whip cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry and they won’t even remember that dinner wasn’t mind blowing!

T, K, J & R – We love you and always enjoy our time together, can’t wait to do it again!

The end of an era
March 30, 2012, 1:50 pm
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This is Lucy. I have had the privilege of taking care of her since she was four months old.

Three years later, this girl, her baby brother and parents are off to Michigan to begin a new adventure.

Luce, you are full of life and we loved getting to know you.

On her last day here, I pulled out the blanket they used to play on for one last picture…

Hard to believe that they both used to fit on here with tons of extra room!

So long for now, miss Lucy.


Roc & Kate

It’s big news around here!
March 22, 2012, 1:08 am
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March 22nd. Husband’s birthday. I love him and love to celebrate him.

As of today, this guy is 31.

Just look at that boy. De-lish.

Way back when. Still de-lish. I swear that harsh makeup was all the rage.

So glad we did that.

And that.

You have always been and will continue to be my one and only.

Until we’re old and gray.

Happy birthday, my love!

Well taken care of
March 20, 2012, 11:05 pm
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When I’m pregnant, I cook less. At first I’m so sick that nothing tastes, smells or sounds good AT ALL. Then by the time food is appealing again, it’s “I want thai food! No, wait…Jimmy John’s! No…Papa Murphy’s!” My husband just nods and takes the, “whatever you’d like, sweetheart” approach…he’s a good man. Most of the time, I can’t decide which craving to go with, so we end up eating cereal or something else along those lines. Today was going to be a cold sandwich for dinner kind of night until my mom saved the day. She sent me home with a Tupperware full of tortilla soup along with all of the toppings to go with it. There’s just something about a home cooked meal, especially when it’s made by your mom. Thanks Miss Bonnie, for saving the day…again.