Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Modest Ninjas

We were at the grocery store the other day when we ended up in the same aisle as someone dressed with her face covered, presumably for religious modesty.  Emberly spotted her.


It was really pretty endearing and I hope she wasn't offended.  We let Emberly know that she should really keep comments about the way people are dressed to herself, just in case it would hurt their feelings.  Later we tried explaining that it probably part of the lady's religion to have her face covered, but it was too abstract for her.  Politely preserving people's feelings was enough.

Monday, February 27, 2012


I've been in a little bit of a funk lately.
Just kind of cranky, demotivated and bored.  It's an illusion though because I have plenty of non-boring things to do, just it strangely all seems so unappealing to me currently.  I hope I snap out of it quickly.
On the positive side, we've had some sunshiny beautiful weather and kickball at the park with the kids seemed like a must-do, regardless of my mood.





^^this is just me playing with my gorilla pod some more since Bauer got tired of playing kickball and kept trying to run into the street :| so I had to go ahead an bring him home.

Friday, February 24, 2012


I wanted to price out eyeshadow primer so we went by Sephora.  There were a couple of seemingly unattended 8-9yo girls rabidly applying and washing off as much tester makeup as they could.  So of course Emberly wanted some makeup.  I told her she had to pick out ONE eyeshadow and ONE lipstick and she could try it before we left.
Of course, she went with a glittery blue and a bright pink.  I didn't have the heart to tell her she's not Barbie.

A lot of style bloggers seem to have husbands and friends with photography skills that are willing to help them out with outfit posts.  I can just imagine Damon's complete put-upon disinterest.  Self-portraits, gorilla-pod work and Emberly shots are probably the best I'm ever going to get.  Maybe I'd feel more strongly about that if I'd had better?  I don't know... but I'm kind of sad that a blogger I've been followed for a while thinks she'll quit since she no longer has a reliable photographer.
Oh, well, here are my poor quality photos for the week :D

Jacket & Boots: Target
Scarf: handmade
Cardigan: NY&Co
Skirt: F21

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bedtime Fun

I used to really dread bedtime.  I might have blogged about it.  I'll have to look and if I find it, I'll link.
Anyway, it might be my favorite time of day now.
And not just because it's succeeded by 9+hrs of quiet.
For a few weeks now, we've had an hour of screen-free time prior to bed.  We color, play board games, dance and sometimes read (Bauer is really anti-reading for a reason still unknown to me... he doesn't just dislike being read to, he doesn't care for others to be reading in his presence).
The dancing is usually the best.  And then one night Bauer wanted to have races.  It was ridiculously cute.


And then the actual getting ready for bed?  The teeth brushing and the flossing and the jammie-getting-on.  It seems like it should be tiresome, but it's not.  Bauer running away from me mid diaper change and hiding in the same spot over and over again.  Tackling his sister and her reflexive squealing.  It's downright fun.
And then there's peace!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mini Kendi Kopy Kat

Last week when I saw Kendi's post about $20 trend trials, I called Emberly over to check it out.

"Hey, I have those pants!" she immediately declared.
I pointed out that she also had a similar shirt.  Obvi, a mini Kendi kopy kat post was in order.  {I escape the kay-kay-kay danger with the "mini" in front} She doesn't have any bright shoes right now, so burgundy janes had to cut it.  We'll probably rectify that soon.


{i asked her what was up with her expressions and she gave me this crazy-eyed gem}

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Survived

I survived the hiatus for The Walking Dead on AMC by checking out the comics (compiled into a hardcover graphic novel) from my library.

The differences in storyline interest me.  And I'm also noticing that some characters I don't care for may be more about the actor's intrepretation on the show.  I can't wait to keep reading, but currently there are no copies of the 2nd book available.
Good thing the show is back to tide me over!

Monday, February 20, 2012

True Foods

My weaknesses lay mostly with sweets.
But chips and salsa is up there.  I pretty much stopped going to the farmers market because if I go, then I have to buy salsa from a local vendor.  And what does salsa taste best on but a crazy amount of tortilla chips?!?
But we had some people over Sunday and that was a good enough excuse for me to pick some up.  SOOO delicious.  Gaucamolito is my favorite, followed by Taco Shop Green then Death Salsa.  The mild flavors are good too, I just prefer a bit of heat with my salsa.
The guy that makes it (I should really ask him what his name is) is always at the booth and he's always so nice.  But I'd buy his salsa even if he wasn't :D  It's that yummy.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mr. Pusskins

At our last trip to the library they had a Valentine's themed display of children's books up.  While Emberly insists upon trolling the section for grade school aged kids, I was able to convince her to pick one that caught my eye:
Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story
We absolutely loved it.  Maybe I more than she since it reminded me of two kitties I had as a child (Angel and Bisou, if my mom or sister are reading this).  Mr. Pusskins is a tad cranky and irritable, much like myself ;) and the perspective of the story used humor I found very relatable.  For instance, the use of quotation marks for hyperbole.
And in my search for a picture to use here, I discovered that Mr. Pusskins has a series of books (yeah, I totally missed the "sequel" blurb on the cover).  We hope the library has them all!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Here's Some Love

Happy Valentine's Day!

We celebrated by making Valentine's for Emberly's friends and eating hamburgers.  Fancy, right?  That's okay, because the real fun comes tomorrow when I buy candy on clearance.  Take that, over-hyped holiday to drive consumerism! ;)
I tried to get some pictures of Emberly blowing a kiss.
I have trouble nailing that look too.  So here's some classic duckface for you.

Courtesy of Emberly, my back-seat paparazzo.

And, guess what else?  The EBEW challenge was pink and red.  Hopefully it's not cheating that I ended up more pink and coral.

Top: J. Crew
Sweater: very old Express
Skirt: Goodwill
Belt: Target
Shoes: very old NYLA
Bracelets: H&M

Pink + Red | Everybody, Everywear


Monday, February 13, 2012


You know that wonderful time of year where the spouse that feels the least like crap has their turn dealing with wakeful screaming babies and puking preschoolers?
See you on the other heavily sanitized side.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Gorilla Bread

I saw this variation on monkey bread on Rachael Ray a few weeks ago and having just returned from the Dominican Republic and missing the sweet-and-savory banana pizza, it sounded delicious.  Bacon, bananas and syrup?  Um, hellz yes.



Emberly didn't care for it, but the rest of us people with working taste buds thought it was yumm-o (i gagged on my own giggle with that one).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


My kids love to dance.  I thought all little kids did, but being around more of them, I realize my kids *really* love to dance.
Bauer goes crazy for the opening theme of Conan.
Emberly has a mini obsession with LMFAO (she actually has trouble remembering that letter sequence {which is probably good LOL} and calls them Redfoo and Sky Blu).  She likes to Shuf-a-luffle (her words) and do the wiggle dance.  Ah, pervasive media and pop culture...  Thanks.

Monday, February 6, 2012

They're funny

Now that Bauer and Penelope are older, it's really funny to watch all the kids interact.  Emberly is the perpetually smothering big sister.  Bauer is the "but I'm not touching you" little brother.  Penelope is the passive telepath.  She put up with Emberly's smothering better than she did Bauer's invasion of personal space without actually doing anything.  And then of course there were all the time he did do something, like insert himself between her and a toy, or skip the formalities and outright take it from her.  Eventually, Bauer couldn't even look at her without her worrying about his intentions.
Pure entertainment.
I took a gazillion pics, but here are just a few.



{Pen as a hipster}

We went to the park a couple times. Had sushi, had a picnic. Dumped out and picked up our 200+ mega bloks who knows how many times. And then of course Jaime and I would enjoy a cocktail and conversation while pretending to watch tv once they tuckered themselves out. Good times.

Friday, February 3, 2012


None of my posts happened this week.
I've been tightly wound this week.  Mostly because I had to expend so much energy trying not to suddenly change levels lest my head explode.  I don't seem to have a sinus infection, but the pressure in my face is crazy.  I just felt crappy and inexplicably stressed.
Luckily, my oldest friend came into town last night.  Her adorable daughter is providing loads of entertainment for my children, so less work for me LOL  That helped.
And then there was also the whole get dressed up for tapas and hours of conversation over a pitcher sangria.  That possibly made me feel better. :D
Here's what I wore:

Top and Skirt: H&M
Necklace: Target
Knee-high brown suede boots that you can't see: super old from Newport News.