and so here we are

By Moriah on August 1st, 2012

You start vacation this way too, right?

We’re down at the beach with some friends and I’m trying my hardest not to think about the $3,450 we’ll owe when we get home. Car repairs are soo irritating and yet so unavoidable. We are also having the bathroom floor tiled this week, which was as good an excuse as any to come down as planned. We borrowed another van.

Ari got more than she bargained for, sitting in his lap.  Today was our 3rd trip to the beach; lots of pool swimming, too.  And then evenings are filled with dinner and the Olympics.

What could be better?



I think I need some decaf

By Moriah on July 16th, 2012

My kids (and Andy) are cleaning my house, so I can sit here and blog guilt-free! I texted my friend Tiffany this morning warning her I was thinking of heading to the playground and that she may as well drop everything and meet me there. My kids were stuck at home so much last week due to rain and I knew they were really needing to run around. And it wasn’t too hot yet. So off we went, with plenty of water. I’m pretty sure I could sit and talk to her all day.

And it kinda WAS like that since they met us at the sprayground this evening too. There’s a Monday $5 after 5 deal and we’ve been taking full advantage of it. You can’t beat getting out of the house, cooling off, enjoying friends in a really fun place, and not even have to deal with sunscreen (not that I do much anyway).

And Madeline’s cast comes off Friday! (Why yes, we are counting the hours.)



making the rounds

By Moriah on March 22nd, 2012

Tuesday was NUTS. But fun!

Went to a different park, played with friends. I haven’t been wearing makeup this week, which is certainly faster for getting out the door. Freeing and scary, all at the same time. (The bottom line is I don’t have the energy to care.)

The babies were sooo cute, sitting all chatty on the blanket.

I’m not sure how I feel about my TWO YEAR OLD being able to do this?

Ate a picnic lunch and climbed trees.

Borrowed toys…

And loved on this doll-baby.

Loving spring.

We flew home for quick naps, met our Tuesday peeps for Chik-Fil-A, ran over to another friend’s house to pick up some stuff and the kids ALL piled out of my van. (That’s when I felt like the old woman that lived in the shoe.) Yeah, we totally descended on her. But she still invited me to sit on her porch and chat while the kids ran in the street played in her yard.

Then we went to Becky’s to drop off her stuff and she had made cookies so of course we had to play there, too. We got home past 9, filthy and needing baths but happy to see SO many friends, all in one day!



where kids can be kids (and the grownups, too)

By Moriah on March 7th, 2012

We went to a little friend’s birthday party Monday night. Fun times for the whole family!

Lisa challenged all the moms to a skee ball tournament. Unfortunately none of the score-keeping panels worked.

Arianna kept taking all my skee balls. Ha.

Drew won the ticket jackpot on this slot machine thing. (I will refrain from commenting further on that except to say he was happy.)

And then we had a little b-ball challenge. I don’t know how we did on that one, either. I think CEC needs to fix their electronic scorekeepers for those who are, ahem, competitive. ;)



coolest thing ever

By Moriah on October 10th, 2011

I know, I know. This post took forever to get around to. But these photos are totally worth it!!! I almost just scrapped the collage idea but finally had time this morning to get it done, and it really cuts down on the length of the post. The best ones are at the bottom. :)

First we met some friends at an ice cream shop and then went to the park.

It was really iffy there for a while, waiting to see if the wind was going to cooperate. We thought about leaving so many times because the girls were cold and it was getting later and later. We ended up staying and it was SO worth it.

Andy had asked them beforehand if they’d need any extra help. He’s always been really fascinated by hot air balloons (I think if he had the money he’d buy one, ha!).

It was too windy to go in the air (the rides were scheduled for another time, this was just supposed to be tethered “lanterns” about 50 feet up. They were trying to keep them on the ground but got airborne a few times. :) Andy said the whole experience was so fun.

SO FUN.



what it’s all about

By Moriah on July 16th, 2011

It seems both like yesterday and a lifetime ago that we were all just college kids. Now there are 9 kids between us. (Most of whom we made watch a movie last night so WE could eat cake and play.)

Nicky, you need to open up a dessert shop. Seriously.



Spray! (Fun Mom Friday)

By Moriah on June 24th, 2011

Monday night we met our Lewin friends for a picnic dinner and fun times at the sprayground. Perfect ending to a hot day.

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me and my twin

By Moriah on June 18th, 2011

This is my college hallmate and I, (bridesmaids, too); her first and my last. I hadn’t seen her at all this pregnancy (and probably months before that) but we had dinner last night. Had to get the bellies in a photo before it’s too late.

Both boys. So fun.



ode to summer

By Moriah on June 3rd, 2011

Wednesday was a day I never want to re-live. It was just pure awful and I was beyond cranky. I am so frustrated at my lack of energy and what then happens to the state of my house. However, my friend Beth was in town for work and Jenny and I were able to meet her for dinner. (Well, I didn’t actually eat there, still saving those pennies.) It was JUST what I needed. Andy took the kids to church and they went to a craft class (Ari = nursery) while he went to choir practice. A win for all involved.

But yesterday was different. It was the first summer swim day and we spent time with friends in the water. Arianna LOVED jumping off the side to me – the girl has no fear!

And, we got a little loved on by the sun. (Yay!)

(yeah, whoops)

My sisters have gone home for the summer but they left us their gas grill. Hello, culinary heaven.

(BBQ chicken, roasted red potatoes, freshly shucked corn… mmmmm……)

Oh! I’ve had a couple people ask and YES! I am planning on hosting Fun Mom Friday again this summer. We’ll start next week.

Hope you’ll join us!!!



Feelin the need to explain myself

By Moriah on May 19th, 2011

I don’t know if you read my friend Lisa’s comment on my last post but, thankyouverymuch, I shall now explain myself.

I have this pair of Lucky Brand maternity jeans that somehow got mixed in with Dolly’s stash, which I inherited.

(At least I think I remember her mentioning she didn’t know where they came from. Well, they’re MINE NOW. Bwa ha ha ha.)

Anyway, they are Great Pants. Except for one not-so-little detail – the fly had no zipper and was just a folded-over flap of denim. (Think boxer shorts.)

Now, if you know anything about the state of a maternity waistline (or lack thereof), you know things are a bit…um, tight. Enough to pull on ALL the seams of a pair of pants. When there’s an open flap, as it were, things are extra unfortunate.

On Tuesday I mentioned all this to Lisa when we were at Chick-Fil-A in case she happened to wonder why I was obsessively pulling the tank down over the front of my pants. (And, for the record, that’s what I did the majority of Tuesday, held my shirt down. It got tiresome.)

ANY-hoo, I did take the un-lazy way out and stitched the fly shut yesterday. We’re having a bit of a cold snap and so the jeans have been making a reappearance.

I texted her after just so she’d feel better about the state of things concerning my maternity jeans. I shall now offer proof:

And now you can rest easy.



Wherein Andy turns 30

By Moriah on May 13th, 2011

I know at least a couple of people are dying to know how last night went and here’s where I should just tell you I totally lied yesterday about having a small family party for Andy’s 30th.

We had a surprise party and actually pulled it off.

A couple of funny things inevitably happened. He showed up at home on Jim’s motorcycle, borrowed for fun (what else would Andy do on his 30th birthday?). But that meant his car was still at the office. Which we needed to “go out to dinner.” So my mom and I had to squeeze in picking up his car along with all our crazy running around town for last-minute party stuff.

Logistically, it was interesting getting her and the kids out the door BEFORE US when they were just “going to the park.” Thankfully Andy didn’t ask too many questions. I already felt like I was in the hot seat, trying to come up with explanations/excuses on the fly.

Then when we were trying to leave, the heavens opened and TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR ensued. What in the world?! It wasn’t even raining over by the church! The highway was slooooooow going because of poor visibility. I thought we’d never get there and it was doubly frustrating knowing tons of people were standing around waiting for us. Oh and THEN, my sister and two of my kids (finishing up the last of the food when we left) passed us on the highway. Me, trying not to laugh, PRAYING Andy hadn’t noticed.

When we got off the exit I made him lay his seat back and cover his eyes since I forgot a blindfold. He thought we drove way past the church and was a little surprised when we ended up there. Everyone had parked in the back so the entire parking lot looked empty. I told him we had to just pick something up someone had left there for us and then we could go to dinner. Ha. Worked like a charm.

So it all worked out in the end.



No ordinary Tuesday

By Moriah on May 10th, 2011

We had a birthday party for a little friend last night at the pool. (Today’s high is supposed to be 90 – hello, summer.) My mom is staying until Saturday (let’s all say a prayer of thanksgiving) and so she kept Arianna while the rest of us went to the party.

(I love my baby girl but) I cannot tell you how relaxing it was to just SIT and CHAT and EAT and not chase or feed anyone. I love parties where the dads play, too.

Andy’s first house is closing today. We are SO thankful to be on this side of the process! Lots of lessons learned and I’m sure more to come. He kept telling me through the job hunting that he had a feeling we’d be pleasantly surprised “when all this is over” and I couldn’t help sometimes but to smirk. I KNOW God is faithful and I KNOW He always had a plan for us. But sometimes it’s hard to see and it’s hard to keep going, blind and without any sort of reassurance.

And yet here we are.

Welp, I’m meeting a friend for tea in just a bit and have an OB appointment later this afternoon. (So I guess I should at least wash my face.) Oh, speaking of OB appointments, I haven’t gone to any in at least 2 months. Sick kids, no babysitter, storms, no power… I had to cancel several times. That glucose test? Still haven’t had it. I thought I could squeeze by without it since I’m rather close but no, the nurse wants me to take it anyway. (Ugh.)

And G sent me a coupon for kids-eat-free at Chili’s so I’m thinkin’ we’re going to do that tonight. Celebrate Andy’s first closing – why not? (He can eat vegan there, right? ;) Besides, our 9th anniversary is tomorrow and he turns 30 on Thursday. Enough to celebrate for an entire week, yes?



Welcome to springbreak

By Moriah on March 21st, 2011

I feel like we already had our spring break last week (and now there’s no Grandmommy around to distract us). But we’ve got some fun things tentatively planned so it should work out okay. No beach trip, unfortunately. ;) (Although, Arianna at the beach sounds more like a nightmare.)

I haven’t mentioned this here yet but I’m sure a lot of you are wondering about the on-going status of Andy’s job search. He’s been in a real estate course these past couple of weeks and takes the state exam tomorrow. It’s been busy – he’s gone all day in class and then he studies all evening. I was SO glad my mom was here for the majority of it. They did a practice test at the school last Friday and he got a 98% – so I’m not too worried. The plan is for him to work as the buyers agent for a friend of ours (also a realtor but pretty much only sells.) They’ll be a team of two and I know it will be good. I told Andy I just want to eat and wear cute shoes.

Arianna’s finger – doing well! The stitches aren’t quite all dissolved so it still has to be wrapped up. (But we did ditch the splint after three weeks.) I tried to wrap just her finger but she had it pulled off in about 3 minutes. So hand it is.

The kids have been loving this weather, and are pretty much staying outside the entire day. Andy took Drew and Madeline on a long hike over the weekend and he said they did great with NO COMPLAINING! I’m pretty sure I’ve complained on every hike I’ve ever been on. (ha) Right now I can barely manage the grocery store without feeling completely sore afterwards (doesn’t help when I had to cross the store three times looking for lighter fluid). I’m definitely entering the uncomfortable stage of pregnancy.

Lighter fluid – yes, the Lewins came over for BBQ on Friday night. I love having them over because I don’t feel pressure to clean first. Love friends like that. We stayed outside mostly anyway, and ate on the deck. I love spring! (And I’ve been wishing all weekend I had taken her up on that offer to leave us some of her homemade chocolate pudding pie.)

Okay, the people are calling. Here’s to a good springbreak!



sad sad sad

By Moriah on March 18th, 2011

I didn’t pay the extra fee for standardized testing for my school kids so they were home this past week (except today). Which worked perfectly for us to be able to drive down and see Dolly & family one last time before the move to Pluto Washington State.

We had a little mis-adventure on the way down, involving an interstate accident, completely stand-still traffic, and one very full pregnant bladder. We did make it to a gas station bathroom in the NICK of time; I was very thankful.

The kids played and pushed the limits on getting muddy; we just chatted and ate and watched the (EIGHT!) kids. Soooo sad they are moving so very far away.

Arianna did not know what to do with Austen. It was hilarious, her staring at him and batting his hands away when he tried to reach out and touch her.

If he was on the floor, she was fine – even liked popping his paci back in for him.

This was the best we got of all the kids:

Funny that we have a photo like this from so many different stages along the way. I would dig them all out but that might make me cry. And them leaving is sad enough!!!



{friends}

By Moriah on January 21st, 2011

I’ve been struggling lately with feeling friend-lonely.  I mean, I do have a lot of friends, that’s not really what I meant.  But it used to be that we had this huge group of new-moms — buddies, really (for lack of better term) that were able to get together for playdates at the drop of a hat.  And we did, often.

Now, some of my closest friends have moved away; others are really busy with all sorts of things, and we all have new things to deal with like school schedules and carpool and lessons and sports.  And, let’s face it, many of us have a minivan full of kids — and they are just harder to cart around spontaneously.

ANYway.  I still do have Nicky around, and we’ve been friends for a long time.  I called the other day and just invited her over for coffee and muffins while the “big” kids were in school.  (It worked out great because later her little boys stayed at my house while she went and picked the others up.)

(She doesn’t know I took these – ha!)

Seb was hilarious – apparently not camera-shy AT ALL.  Wearing Drew’s old sweater, too, of course.

They were perfectly content watching Adelaide color (but did NOT want to join in).

Showing me her “scary face”:

(And then my camera battery died.)

It made me remember how much I enjoy doing things like that. It certainly doesn’t have to be elaborate to be a sweet time of fellowship (and really good friends don’t care what your house looks like). All that to say, I’m completely inspired to start doing little things like this again.



Some quickie updates

By Moriah on November 20th, 2010

First, poor Madeline was up a lot of the night sick.  I still have to change my sheets.  It was a looooong night but could have been so much worse.  Andy sat up with her for at least 3 hours, dozing when he could.  Finally we all got some good sleep this morning, for which I am SO thankful.  We need sleep!

Drew’s been making some huge progress with school, it’s always so surprising to me how very fast they learn.  This morning there was a sheet of paper left on the table, a list written in big black marker:

Drew

daddy

Madlen

Adlaed

ereon

mommy

Andy and I had a good chuckle over that one.  I’m gonna stick it in the to-keep box.

Arianna (aka ereon) has been taking steps, up to about 6 or 7 in a row.  The most hilarious thing she’s doing now is waving – which is totally awkward with her big fat paw stretched out to the side and then she shakes it from side to side.  Gets a smile every time.  She loves to clap, too.

Adelaide’s busily anticipating her 4th birthday, “when she can go to school.”  I said to her the other day she’d only get to go if we have the money for her to go.  So then yesterday she brought me a huge pile of change she pilfered from my purse and said “here’s some money, Mom, so I can go to school.”  So matter-of-fact.  I had to laugh and not tell her that was nowhere near enough.

God continues to shower us with little blessings, usually in the most unexpected places.  Public thank-you’s to the H’s, RT & friends, Dolly, Alli.  May you be blessed today.



Slow down with the busy

By Moriah on October 2nd, 2010

Busy, busy, busy.

Busy.

Busy, busy.

This week has been crazy. I’ve been in and out of town, my mom’s been here, my sisters and brother and sister-in-law have all been over a few times, I met two friends for “coffee” one night, we had a sweet (adopted) great-aunt over for tea:

tea table

Unfortunately all I got was a photo of the table.

We grilled over at my sisters’ apartment for dinner last night (supper!) and it was yum. Arianna had her 9 month check up earlier in the day.  Yeah, she’s 11 months.  20 pounds, 6 ounces = no wonder my back hurts.

stripey

And then today was just FUN. Dolly brought me Starbucks (this, specifically) and then later we met our friend Jenny for lunch. I didn’t get a photo of Austin but I did get this:

austin toes

I stepped out on a limb asked our waiter to snap one of us:

lunching

That was some perfect weather there, too.  (Oh, see my purpley ruffley purse?  $6 clearance at NY&Co.  Man I love a good deal.)

After that I took Madeline to get her 5-year photos taken (PRECIOUS), got some groceries, made dinner and now I’m about ready to crash.

And it’s only 8:07 p.m.



Oh Tuesday, here you are again

By Moriah on August 24th, 2010

I went out with some girlfriends last night for pizza and Eat Pray Love. I knew nothing whatsoever about the movie or the book beforehand and… it was a little tedious. One of those movies that tries to be really philosophical but fails miserably. But, still fun to go out with the girls!

It was also the longest stretch I’d left Arianna but she did fine with the babyfood and my mom rubbing her back and singing to get her to drift off to sleep. So cute.

Alright. I spent the entire day yesterday laying low, feeling like I was fighting something off. My throat is a teensy bit raw but I have GOT to get moving on this sale, especially while my kids are playing quietly and nicely with the dollhouse. Cheers!

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