By Moriah on March 30th, 2010

My mom left yesterday.

Sad to see her go, as always. We had a great time together and the kids looooooove when she’s here to play. It’s always nice to have an extra set of mom hands, too.

Now I have to step back into some very large laundry shoes.

Yesterday was so pretty but with a little touch of cold. My mom took the kids to the park before she left and I pretty much did nothing. Well, I took a nap. (It was completely necessary. I made the mistake of drinking coffee late Sunday afternoon and then tea with friends in the evening. Wide awake ’till 3 a.m. Not fun.)

And then we went to pick up the dry cleaning and got there 8 minutes too late. So we drove over to say hi to Andy at work and then grabbed supper on the way home. I spent the rest of the evening lazing on the couch with my kids and reading bedtime books half asleep.

I’m thinking this week might be a bit of an, um, adjustment period.

Cupcake, dollhouse

By Moriah on March 29th, 2010

We had a little family brunch for Adelaide on Saturday morning. Several of my favorite shots:





We gave her a Fisher Price dollhouse (consignment sale find for $8, yeah!) and my mom gave her a few rooms’ worth of furniture (buy-one-get-one at Toys ‘R Us – yeah!):














The one about Adelaide

By Moriah on March 26th, 2010


Sometimes I wish y’all could know Adelaide like we do. Even at three she is such a unique personality, full of lively energy and free spirit. Marches to her own drum, that one.


You know that old saying, ‘girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice’? Undoubtedly in this house, Madeline is our sugar and Adelaide is our spice. She sort of flits around; skipping, hopping, dancing as she goes. She’s also our resident entertainer, loving to be silly and always trying to make us laugh.


And her singing! Her Sunday school teachers all have commented on her wholehearted approach to “deep and wide” and the other five favorite songs. She sings plenty at home, complete with proclaiming “good job!” to herself at the end. She will not, however, perform on demand. (She can be a stinker that way.)

She can be so caring and sweet (“can I pet your face, mama?”) yet so full of mischief (sneaks in the fridge to dig her fingers in the butter). She will eat ANYTHING doused in ketchup, is my hungriest kid in the mornings, and won’t go anywhere without her “lanket.”


I love how she calls teacups “tea parties.” And while Madeline loves to talk about princesses, Adelaide is certain that she IS a princess. (But only if/when she’s wearing a dress.) She totally fits her pixie haircut and bright red shoes.


Happy birthday to my enchanting, delightful, lively girl.

(Sorry in advance for the, um, most random post ever.)

By Moriah on March 24th, 2010

I did pick up my leftovers from the consignment sale on Monday.  It’s hard to remember what all the clothes I had dropped off were, but the more I think about it, the more I remember items that must’ve sold, because they weren’t there to pick up.

The main things were a full-sized stroller and my maternity pillow… some pairs of shoes, all the kids’ old spring jackets/windbreakers, and various and sundry spring clothes.  Won’t know for sure until the check arrives.

(Interestingly enough, none of my high-end stuff sold.  Going to try ebay for those.)

I brought that bin of leftover stuff to a local consignment shop and she took some stuff out and paid me $25 cash.  Which I promptly spent at Walmart on groceries.  Glamorous, I know.  As Andy said, even if I don’t make a whole lot of money, our attic is cleaned out and that is priceless.  (According to him.  Ha.)

Continuing on my glamorous streak, I also took my van to get aligned and the tires balanced yesterday.  The shaking was getting so bad I almost thought a wheel was going to fall off.  (Which would be inconvenient.)  Best $35 I’ve spent all week month.




My birthday is in about a month.  I’m turning 30.  We decided just this morning to take a family vacation to the beach in April.  Haven’t told the kids but they’ll think they’ve hit the big time.  (Which they have.)  So excited about it.  And wishing I had some control over the weather.  Ah, life.


Remember when they turned off our electricity because I forgot to pay the bill?  Yeah.  This morning I got a courtesy call from the electric company saying I had ’till 5:00 to pay it or they’d turn it off in the morning.  I think it’s about time I don’t let my kids get the mail anymore.  (I paid it.)


Well, I’m off for now; my mom is sending Andy and I off for a lunch date.  Didn’t have to twist MY arm!!

Dear Rain, we’ve had enough of you, thanks.

By Moriah on March 23rd, 2010

It rained all weekend but today is sunny. That makes me HAPPY. And my mom is here for the week and she’s currently vacuuming out my van. (The woman does not stop!) We’ve got some fun things planned and Adelaide’s birthday is on Friday.

In honor of the sunshine (fleeting though it might be), I’m going to post these photos from last Friday when we spent the entire day outside. (None from the picnic-lunch-park-date with friends though, sadly.)




I asked her what she was doing and she said “working.”




Don’t you jump with your ‘lankie???!  I love her flying hair.


Looking at ants.  (And freaking out just a little.)


I just realized looking at that picture, those are daffodil leaves.  Stinker.

In case you needed pear pants in your life today

By Moriah on March 20th, 2010


pear pants 2

(I may be heavy on the photo posting for a little while. Our wireless card is half broken and I have to hold it in with one hand to stay connected. You try typing like that!)

The fact that it’s Spring is purely coincedental

By Moriah on March 19th, 2010

Wednesday was not a great day. I pretty much spun my wheels, so to speak, up until we left the house for supper at church. After that I was good to go. (Maybe I should leave the house sooner, hm?)

But yesterday we finally got around to hauling several things up to the attic and while I was at it, I cleaned out some stuff. It created a LOT more space. (Yay!) Andy’s parents had brought us a twin mattress for the top bunk of the girls’ bed (to be used later on) and I needed to make room for it. Which got the attic project rolling. (Don’t you love how these things begin?)

Let me just say, it is SO NICE to clean a bunch of junk out of an attic. It was getting to the point where we’d have to crawl awkwardly around everything congregating at the top of the ladder, which is just not helpful when you can’t see around a huge, usually heavyish box.)

I also hauled a broken little white armoire down to the street to create more space in the hall nook. I’m finding myself craving more open space lately, probably because our house is tiny and full of people who like to spread their clutter.

So I think I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the big house projects go.

Just in time for Spring!

Purty please?

By Moriah on March 18th, 2010

Hey, if you ever read over at Chic Critique, pretty please take this little survey? It’s fun, I promise!

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