Thursday, October 28, 2010


Okay, everyone!  I think it's time to paint my kitchen.  I loved the red walls when we moved in, but I'm thinking it's time for a change.  There aren't any windows in my kitchen, so the red is a little dark.  Here are the colors I'm thinking of:

The yellow (Martha Stewart Cornbread) would be the main color, and the blue (Martha Stewart Araucana Teal) would be the color for an accent wall. 

Do those colors complement each other? 

These are the only colors that Adam and I both like! 

I also like browns, terra cotta, sage greens - colors like that.

Anybody good with this kind of stuff that could give me some advice?

Monday, October 25, 2010

our weekend

What a weekend! 

Saturday morning, Ally woke me up at 5:45.  Yes, 5:45 in the da*$ morning!  With a little help from my Keurig, I woke up...finally. 

After Dimitri's morning nap, we headed over to my mom's.  Guess who fell asleep on the drive over and proceeded to sleep for 3 hours?  Yep, miss 5:45 herself.  Figures.

Of course, Dimitri went down for a nap while Ally was still sleeping.  So, it was a long morning/early afternoon of waiting for kids to wake up from naps. 

Finally, around 4:00, we left my mom's house.  My sister Vanessa and I packed up the kids and went to the mall for a little bit.  I was looking for a couple pairs of pants for work.  Of course I didn't find anything.  Why is it that when you have a little extra money you can't find anything you like, but when you're broke you want everything?  I did find a Fossil purse that I really wanted, but that was not in the cards that day.  My lovely sister bought Ally a cute sweatshirt though. :)

After a trip to Applebee's for dinner, we went to a nighttime Halloween parade.  It was the shortest parade ever.  And we had to bundle up the kids big time cuz it was chilly!  Here are a couple pics from the parade:

We ended up staying overnight at my mom's house that night.  We had my mom's 59th birthday party to prepare for.  The rest of the family came over at noon on Sunday and we had some chili and all the fixin's!  It was a cold rainy day, so chili was the perfect meal.  I made my mom a Jello cake (yum) and had a great time.  We (me and my 3 siblings) got her the Kindle she's been lusting after.  She LOVED it.  The look on her face?  Priceless.  I wish I had a picture. 

It was a lovely weekend full of family time and fun!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

what we've been up to

Here's what we've been up to the past couple weeks!

*told by the kids*

We enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather last week and took a wagon ride (complete with banana popsicle) to the park.

 We tried mama's spaghetti for the first time.  Delicious!  I highly recommend it.

Mom braided her bangs all by herself.  That makes her cool, right?

We looked cute for school, so mom had to take a picture:

Mom went to the orchestra for the first time with auntie Missy, auntie Vanessa, and grandma and grandpa.  They had fun!

Mom cleaned 9 bags of clothes out of her closet.  Here is the before shot:

(after shot to come after daddy does his part)

I tried toast for the first time.  Loved it!  I don't think I've ever tried a food I didn't like!

I also rode in the double cart with my sister, cause I'm a big boy!

Other than that, business as usual.  We're too busy having fun!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm a genius

I made spaghetti last night and gave Dimitri some.  He LOVED it.  Here he is enjoying mama's cookin':

Since I had just given him a bath the night before, I thought I could get away with not giving him one last night.  Um - FAIL. 

I'm a genius.

Sometimes, Dimitri gets up earlier than I'd like him to, and I need to find something to entertain him while he's in the bathroom with me so he's not touching the toilet and the toilet brush (eew).  So...this morning, a lightbulb went off: I'll put blankets and toys in the tub and he can play in there!  Why didn't I think of this sooner? 

It worked well for about 5 minutes.  Then he stood up, found the faucet and turned the water on. 

Again, I'm a genius.

Sidenote: Can we talk about his hair?  He's a cutie and everything, but that hair is unfortunate. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

look mom - I lost my tooth!

This cutie pie lost her first baby tooth last night.  She was so proud of herself!

I think she looks pretty darn cute!

Monday, October 11, 2010

all about me

Ally's school sent home a note with her last week saying that this Monday (today) she'd be presenting a poster all about herself.  So, this weekend, we got to work on it!

Okay, not going to lie - we started at 6:30 last night.  I work better under pressure, what can I say?

Here is the final result (and the proud little girl):

It's hard to read, so here are a few highlights:

- her favorite thing to see at night: stars
- her favorite animal: butterfly
- what she wants to be when she grows up: an ear doctor (cute)
- she loves flowers
- her favorite place: DisneyWorld
- her favorite TV shows: SpongeBob and Fairly Odd Parents

Basically, she was looking through my scrapbooking stickers and picking up things and saying "this is my favorite thing, this is my favorite thing".  I don't think she was quite grasping the concept of the project, but she had fun nonetheless. 

I know she'll do a great job when she presents it at school today.  Little cutie.  Mommy is proud.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

new traditions

We're starting a new "tradition" with my family.  We're all going to hang out at my mom and dad's house on Sundays.  Whether the Vikings are playing or not, we'll all just get together and eat, go on walks, have a bonfire, watch movies, etc.  Oh, and maybe have a glass of wine or a bloody mary. 

This past Sunday, my mom had impromptu photo sessions with the grandkids.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures!

 My smiley boy

She loves her baby brother

 Cousins: Ally (5), April (8), Hope (9)

Love this picture of Hope - such a beauty

Here's to many more fun Sunday memories...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Another story from my mom's house on Sunday:

Ally wanted to take my mom's pink Sharpie home with her.

Ally: I want to keep this for the rest of my life

Grandma: How long will that be?

Ally: Like 2 months

Monday, October 4, 2010

5 year old logic

We were at my mom's yesterday and went for a walk.  We took Pierce, my mom's yorkie/schnauzer mix with us.  Ally was in charge of holding his leash.

At one point, she asked me if Pierce was a girl or boy dog.  I said "he's a boy".  Ally's response "well, he's not a boy color, he should be blue or something". 

Seriously, love that kid.  She cracks me up!

Friday, October 1, 2010

go twins!

We took Ally to a Twins game last night.  It was deaf/hard of hearing/deaf blind night at the game, so we got a good deal on the tickets. 

We took the Northstar train from Elk River down to Target Field.  It was great, except for the fact that the train doesn't LEAVE Target Field until 30 minutes after the last out.  So yeah, the train didn't leave until 10:52 PM.  We didn't get to bed until almost midnight.  You'd think Ally would've slept on the way home, but nooooo - she was entertaining everyone within a 10 foot radius.  That girl can TALK!  She was asking them all if they knew her classmates, her grandma, what she ate for lunch, etc.  I just had to sit there and shake my head and laugh.  What a goof ball. 

Here are some photos from our night:

The morning, before school

The ticket station

She wanted to pose with the Captain ;)

Love the Target Field sign

Enjoying her $7 cotton candy


Trying to get a decent pic with her
The field
The next morning.  Tired much?