Well, the Golden Retriever isn't a puppy anymore and the plus one is almost 3. It's craziness here!!

Monday, August 25, 2014


We celebrated Makinley's birthday early and with an Easter egg hunt.  It was a nice trip to Michigan.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spring in review 2

Had too much for "Spring in Review" to be just one post. 

 Lindsay and George pawned this nice bike trailer onto us.  I thought it would be a few step process of attaching to my bike but realized that I had to put the entire thing together, take apart my wheel and add the trailer.  It work out well and we enjoy bike rides to the Library and park.

 Maddy sitting in her daycare room next to her friend Tyler. 
I love that they are sitting at the back right next to each other.

 We went to see the play "Little Red Riding Hood" put on by the Chicago Kids Company.  They are such fun productions and we always enjoy them.  Erin and her kids came along too!

 Somehow they incorporated Snow white into the cast.
I was a little worried that Maddy would be scared by the story so we got some of the original stories to read prior to seeing the play.  I can't believe the original story!!  It ends with grandma and Little Red being eaten by the wolf, a hunter happens along and cuts they out of his belly.  They pop out and enjoy a snack.  I don't remember that version when I was a kid!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Spring in review 1

I haven't posted in quite some time....  Mostly because I hadn't uploaded by photos, step one in the process for me.  I got a little scared I would lose them so I uploaded and now will attempt to catch up.  Here was our spring:

 Maddy started swim lessons.  She had a great teacher named Hilary. 
She has never loved going under water but has slowly progressed.
I started some plants from seed.  I decided not to let them take over the entire kitchen table so I just went with three different types.  Green beans, Pumpkins, and 4 O'clock flowers.  They start with big seeds and have quick and noticeable/ exciting results.  Good for a toddler.

 Red discovered that she loves tagging along for the daycare pick-up and drop off. 
Now if she knows I'm headed there she whines and begs to come along.
These next three are from a trip to the Children's museum to meet up with MiMi and cousin George.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

3rd birthday

Happy 3rd Birthday to my "baby".  I can't believe how big she has gotten.  She is such a wonderful, sweet little person.  I'm so lucky to be her mom.  She wanted to have a princess party and after thinking about it for a little bit suddenly stated "I want a tea party".  So a princess tea party it is:

 Cupcakes in cones, atop sugar cookie with sour string for a handle = tea cup cupcakes

 four generations
 Matching dress with her doll

 Papa helping put on a princess dress

Thursday, April 3, 2014


American Girl Place....  wow, have they got it down and have thought of everything!!!  There are so many dolls to choose from or create your own to look just like you, buy clothes to match your doll, eat lunch with your doll, get your hair cut with your doll, and it goes on and on....  Maddy had a great time as Grandma and Mimi spoiled her with a doll , lunch and clothes!   We all had a great time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dollar Store Decorating

Thanks to Pintrest and Youtube, I decorated for Maddy's 3 year old princess tea party for about 5 bucks.  Thanks to the dollar store for some doilies, tissue paper and pipe cleaners and we had a tea party.  Here are the ingredients:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When I grow up...

This is just about the funniest thing I've seen in a while....  I'm not sure why Snow White, although it probably could have been any princess. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Daddy Daughter Dance

Maddy was just so excited for the Daddy Daughter Dance.  She had such a good time she talked about it for weeks.  Rob and Maddy went with Keith and Tessa.   Sitting in the chair while her finger nails dry:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Swim Lessons

With not a lot of time to play outside, we decided it was time for swim lessons.  Here are a few of the pictures.  I'm obsessed with taking pictures of her in the water, there are about 100 more...