Friday, September 4, 2015


One of the playgroups we belong to had a Princess & Prince themed meetup at Krispy Kreme.  Since Norah owns one princess costume, she went as Anna from Frozen.  Piper went as her cute self.  Brad and I went with empty bellies ready to eat donuts.

Ever since I went to college, people have told me how amazing Krispy Kreme donuts are.  They seriously salivate over the thought.  I had tried them once all the way back then & didn't understand the hype.  Then, I was told I had to try them straight out of the oven while they're still piping hot.  Ok... I'll bite.  I went. I tried.  They're still "okay."  I just don't think I'm much of a donut person.

But, I loved this get together.
It was so much fun seeing the kids in their costumes and the looks on the faces of everyone who didn't quite understand why all of these princesses and princes were running around Krispy Kreme.
All of the kiddos loved watching the donuts on the conveyor belt & loved filling their bellies with sugary goodness.  Everyone had sticky faces and sticky fingers by the time we left.


I love our neighborhood.
We chose this town because it was so kid friendly.
There are parks on almost every block & a mini water park at the pool.
I hear all of the time from the residents that this development was built for kids.
It's their world... we're just living in it. :)

Our neighbor runs a daycare out of her home & when she announced that she had a special surprise for one of her kiddos, we couldn't wait to join in on the fun.

We told Norah that there was a big surprise coming and to keep an eye out for it.
She was glued to the window for a good 15 minutes while I ran around getting everyone ready for the day!
And, when a big ice cone truck pulled up right near our front door, she was ecstatic!!  I could not get her out that door fast enough.
So, we joined the kiddos from the daycare and indulged in shaved ice at 10 in the morning.
She was one happy girl & we got to meet more neighbors.
It's going to be a great 4 years here.


Norah is a quiet little soul {sometimes}.
She can tip toe through the house like nobody's business.
She shows up on the side of our bed first thing in the morning without a peep, she sneaks up on me when I'm indulging in something chocolatey in the kitchen that I don't want to share, and she goes off to a quiet spot in the house for "Norah time".
On this particular day, I had spent the better part of my day downstairs cleaning.  I hadn't heard her in quite some time, so I snuck upstairs to find her playing so sweetly with her dollhouse.

It's amazing how much she has grown.
When she got this dollhouse two Christmases ago, she could sit in the top floor.  I miss those days, but I cherish these moments when she thinks nobody is watching.

Monday, August 24, 2015


A few months ago, I took the girls on a play date with a local mom's group.
It was our first play date & I didn't know a single mom, but I decided that Norah has an abundance of energy & keeping us cooped up in the house wasn't getting us anywhere except stressed & frustrated.  So, I took the plunge and put myself out there in hopes to fit in.
I met a few moms there, but really hit it off with one mom in particular.
She invited me to join her mom's group & I'm so glad she had.
We have been a part of so many of their play dates & I love all of the moms in the group!

Today, we threw an ice cream social at the local splash pad!
The temperatures were 101 degrees with a heat index of 110.
The cooler full of ice wasn't of much help.
Our ice cream was melted within seconds of hitting our spoons.
But, it was worth it & while us moms got together to chat,
the kiddos splashed around and played on the playground.
Brad's on night shift, so I had the extra set of hands to run after Norah while I kept an eye on Piper in the shade.

These moms are amazing!
They are such a great support system & wonderful company while Brad is off working such strange hours.
I love that Norah has made new friends {although, she still is very content just going off and doing her own thing}.
It is the groups like these that make moving every so many years so difficult.
I'm glad we have a few more years to spend with all of these ladies and we get to watch our kiddos grow together.

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Man, oh, man!!!
Where do I even begin??
Growing up in PA, we had a Rita's Italian Water Ice in every town.
It was our go-to treat in the summers.
Forget ice cream, this is where it was at!!
We would all meet at one, sit on the hoods or trunks of our cars and indulge!!
I have fond memories of going with my mom.
Mango was our favorite!!

It turns out there isn't a Rita's in Vermont.
I went 10+ years with only having them on the rare occasion I would get to stop at one on my visits in PA.
It was the one place I missed most while living in Vermont.

Fast forward a few years when we moved to Maryland.
YES!!!  We had one a mile up the road!
It was my little diamond in the rough in Maryland.
It made me happy!!

When we got our orders to move, of course I Googled to see where the closest one would be to us here in Texas... turns out there are two nearby.  And yet, it took me over a year to visit them.
They're close, but certainly not close enough for a regular treat.

But, we were long overdue & with the hot temps outside, we needed an indoor location to go and a cool treat to pass the time.
So, I gathered up the photo moms (most of which had never even heard of Rita's) & planned a get together at one of the local franchises.
Brad happened to have the day off, so he joined us on the little outing.

Norah wanted a taste of everyone's treats.
First her twist with sprinkles, then my Florida Orange Gilati, & then topped it all off with Brad's Root Beer Gilati.
I think she missed it as much as I have!!


It was hot today.
I kept hearing about the weather on the news.
It seemed like the words "hot" and "scorcher" kept jumping out of the TV.  And, of course, with our luck, on the hottest day of the summer, so far, our A/C bit the dust...
well, not the whole unit, but a part that required us to turn it off for a day before a repair guy could get to us.
So, we sat & waited...
the babies went without clothes & we set up our itty bitty fan that we have been carrying around with us since San Diego {since they don't even have A/C out there}.
Norah sang songs into the fan & enjoyed the breeze on her face.
Brad took the girls out to the air conditioned car for a little while.
And, when everything was back up and running, we went out for ice cream... and not just any ice cream... 320 degrees below zero ice cream!!  Aaaaannnddd... I forgot to bring my camera.
You would have thought we were going to melt away with the way we were acting.  But, if there is one thing I can say about Texas is it's hot & the LAST thing you want to be without on a summer day is A/C.  Luckily it wasn't as major as a fix that we were mentally gearing up for and we were back at 75 degrees in the house before bedtime {and I was freezing}. ;)


Look who is rolling over!!
There is no taking your eye off of this one anymore.
She is on her belly within seconds of putting her down & is beyond frustrated that crawling doesn't just come naturally.
I'm holding on tight.  It won't be long now until she's on the move.
This is all coming so much faster than it did with Norah.
Be still my sweet girl.