By Moriah on July 9th, 2014

I was showing Adelaide all of her photos from the time she was a teeny baby to the ripe ol’ age of 7 under her tab on this blog.  It made me want to start fresh.  So much life recorded here!

This summer is, unfortunately for me, flying by.  I hoped we could enjoy it at a snail’s pace.  We’ve been REALLY busy with swim team.  Their last meet was this past Monday and all that is left is the city-wide meet this weekend, and then the team party.  I made myself bring my big camera to the last home meet so I’d have some good images of this season and I am just now getting around to putting them on here.







They’ve done really well their first season. Madeline’s been in the newspaper (high-scorers list) for almost every meet – girlfriend can swim!! Drew has been bumped up to swim with the 11/12 boys (he’s 10) quite a bit, which means a lot tougher but good experience. I feel like this is only just the beginning of the pool for us.

(BTW we were without hot water only 9 days, which seems like ages ago now. ;)

halfway to sixteen. (oh, no!!)

By Moriah on June 10th, 2013

So, Saturday was Madeline’s birthday and now she is eight. She had requested Six Flags White Water (Atlanta) so that’s what we did. We were still about 40 minutes out and our van got a flat tire. Yeah that sounds exactly like us! The kids were really good for having to wait so long for roadside assistance and Andy and I read various things to each other. Lemons – lemonade.

(I think I mentioned a while back that we are doing a parenting small group together and it’s been interesting. We are arguing – I mean discussing – a lot of things :) We decided the difference between us (generally speaking) is that Andy is a lot more open to learning a few things from an opposing viewpoint and throwing out the rest; I tend to want to agree with (most? a lot of?) something or I tend towards dismissing it. At any rate, it’s been a great conversation.  Intimacy building.)

Anyway, Andy’s parents drove down to meet us. We had a great day – the kids loved it, which was the main thing. I think Madeline had a special birthday and that’s what we were going for.

white water

white water3

white water4

white water5

The 3 older kids are in FL with his parents until Wednesday. It’s rather quiet around here! I closed up the legos and put them in Drew’s closet. Nice to not step on any for a few days at least!

for reals

By Moriah on February 12th, 2013

So, I had told you about Madeline’s fake glasses and that she even took them to school with her. Goober.

Well then a coupla weeks later her teacher recommended her getting an eye exam. At that point I vaguely remembered her pediatrician saying something about it during her last well check, like a year ago. It turns out she has ’44-year-old eyes’ and probably has needed glasses for a while, for reading.

Whoops! (#momfail)

We picked them up last week. I have a feeling they are going to be lost or broken within the month, just knowing how things roll at our house.

I bit my lip and completely let her pick them out. She chose blue. The picture looked ELECTRIC blue. (I was skeered.) But in the end, they look more purple.

And they’re pretty cute.

{this girl}

By Moriah on November 5th, 2012

The other day on the phone, my friend Lisa says to me, “so the big news today is Madeline got glasses??”

Me: “What?”

“Yeah! That was the first thing Charlie said when he climbed into the car: ‘Madeline got new glasses!’ She wore them all day!”

I knew instantly what she was talking about:

Those would be my sister’s FAKE play glasses Madeline SNUCK into her school bag. And apparently wore all day. What a riot!

My mom and I had gone through the girls’ college stuff from storage while she was here, and Madeline swiped them from the Goodwill pile. She sported them all day Wednesday (my kids don’t go to school on Wednesdays), even at Target, but I had drawn the line at church that night. But I had NO IDEA she had tucked them inside her backpack!

(I asked her teacher about it later. She said Madeline had told her they were fake and only wore them during breaks and was ‘very mature’ about it. hahaha)


this girl

By Moriah on June 26th, 2012

Last week was a big one for Madeline. She lost her other front tooth:

and FINALLY got her “real” cast.  Pink zebra with glitter.  GLAM!

It hasn’t stopped her, much.

(We have been SO BUSY. I’m going to try to get some back-blogging done this week, now that we don’t have quite as much going on.)

sweet girl

By Moriah on April 19th, 2012

I’m going to brag on Madeline for just a sec. We always eat dinner at church on Wednesdays. Last night, one of her teachers came up to me and told me how Madeline had drawn a picture of roses on her paper last week and when she asked if Madeline liked roses, of course she gushed “I love roses!”

Sweetest thing ever, her teacher brought her this bouquet from her yard. They smell sooo good. She wanted me to KNOW that Madeline was such sweet girl in class, such a sweetheart. We know that! We’ll keep her! :)

future journalist?

By Moriah on February 22nd, 2012

When I was cleaning out my closet a couple of weeks ago, I found our old film SLR camera and gave it to the kids to pretend with. Madeline snatched it right up and has been having a blast with it ever since.

my madeline girl

By Moriah on October 18th, 2011

The kids are on fall break this week which means the mornings are easier and the days are harder. Yesterday I asked Madeline if she wanted to run errands with me by herself. (The baby doesn’t count.)

It was fun, I LOVE taking just one kid to do stuff. We stopped for lunch at Sonic. She wanted a corndog and we both tried the new pumpkin pie milkshake. Funny, it tastes like pumpkin pie!

We went to Gymboree to clean them out of $6.99 pajamas and then hit up Walmart. I had several other things that could have gotten done but my van is acting up and we had to make it back for ballet.

(Girlfriend loves her sugar.)

(And ohmyword she looks like me there.)

Today I’m gonna try to catch up on some things – the theme of my life lately is behind, behind, behind or forgot, forgot, forgot.  I’m clearly still looking for my new normal.

Hope I find it!

first day

By Moriah on October 4th, 2011

of ballet!

(I’m still working on editing the photos from the weekend, there were lots.)

small style (handmade!)

By Moriah on May 26th, 2011

We’ve been busy finishing up the school year — which, I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about. Yay for no homework! BUT, I’m a little, um, dreading everyone being home all-day-every-day. This is how it is at our house, “shut the door!” They forget. Arianna gets out. I chase her down. “Shut the door!” They forget. It gets hot and the a/c has trouble catching up. Wash, rinse, and repeat fifty million times. That will be my summer. And also, THE BABY. (Relief!)

(SHUT THE DOOR!!!!!!!!!!!)

ANYway, the only outfit photo I took this week was of Madeline. I think this was from Tuesday. Her top is Garnet Hill, I MADE HER RUFFLE PANTS, and her flips are Havaianas, which were a blog prize a while back from Jo-Lynne.

For more mini fashion, visit Small Style at Mama Loves Papa!


By Moriah on April 22nd, 2011

There was a geography bee at the kids’ school yesterday and the kindergarteners were supposed to dress up from any country around the world. Madeline wanted to be from “Swisserland” but the only thing we managed to scrape up was a flamenco costume – so she was from Spain.

(Coincidentally, I was born in Spain and today is my birthday.  31!)

Soo cute.

(And a big shout out to my friend G for saving my rear with the dress!)

Fancy Pants

By Moriah on February 26th, 2011

Thursday afternoon Madeline chewed a wad of gum into her hair. I mean, MAJOR SNARL, couldn’t even tell it was gum anymore, it was so worked in. (Sometimes I wonder what universe she lives in, if ya know what I mean.)

By the time we got home from a kids-eat-free supper I was too tired and cranky to deal with it properly and cut the whole thing out. It had to be cut out; when I say “deal with it properly” I mean take the time to do a real cut and style. Instead I just chopped in random layers to hide the place where the gum had been.

Which was fine for school, but we really needed professional help. Grandmommy treated Madeline to a real salon experience today (and I’m thankful to have talented friends willing to meet us on a Saturday).

We’ve been joking that she’s gonna start chewing gum into her hair more often. ;)


By Moriah on December 8th, 2010

It has been sooooo colddddd here. Like, colder than Colorado, according to my mom. I mean, highs in the mid-30s and today “feels like” 23. Yeah.




[her eyes!]

puff hat


December Photo Project


By Moriah on November 22nd, 2010

I’m biased; I own it. But I’ve been having some fun photographing pretty eyes and playing around with Picnik. (Premium; gifted!)


Original black & white:


These I didn’t do anything really to except minor tweaks…and she wasn’t crying, I have no idea where that tear came from!


It seems like more than half the photos I have of Arianna are of her eating. BECAUSE SHE’S STRAPPED DOWN.

birdie jammies

She was watching me make breakfast in the kitchen one day, politely sitting in her baby chair.

2 teeth

Little Miss Bright Eyes.


And one from yesterday. She’s talking on the phone, see? (And playing the piano… multitasking!)


By Moriah on November 9th, 2010

A whim, I cut Madeline some bangs over the weekend.

bangs close
messy hairs

Just somethin’ different. We both love it.

I know it’s blurry

By Moriah on November 7th, 2010

I nearly wet my pants yesterday when Madeline came walking down the hall and I realized Arianna was IN the backpack.

baby bag

I know that is so completely blurry but I was trying very hastily to get a shot before anything bad happened and didn’t take the time to change from my prime lens, which doesn’t auto-focus. Besides, I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.

Sadly, that one single frame does nowhere near the justice of Madeline laboring her way down the hallway. And I did give her a little speech about it’s really not safe to stuff real babies into our backpacks.

(Even though yes, they make pretty good containcarriers.)

just cuz

By Moriah on October 7th, 2010

madeline oct 2010

just an ordinary Thursday.


By Moriah on September 9th, 2010

day of 1st grade and kindergarten!

first day of school 2010

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