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Thursday randomness

I'm in love with the Kirkland crumbled bacon (from Costco).  I use it in ALL kinds of stuff, and it lasts a long time.  I toss it into scrambled eggs, saute it with green beans for dinner, and sprinkle it on grilled cheese sandwiches.  The possibilities are endless!  I really can find a lot of uses for it, and we always use it before it goes bad.  I love having pre-cooked, yet fresh tasting bacon on hand whenever I need it. 

*I have a horrible habit of picking at my cuticles.  I know it will hurt, yet I can't resist and I peel off the skin.  Then I'm mad at myself because it hurts.

*Last Friday Matt and I hired a babysitter and went out for a wonderful date.  We had five whole hours alone.  We went to Victoria Gardens and had a delicious dinner at King's Fish House.  I had macadamia crusted Alaskan halibut with rum butter sauce that was to die for.  After dinner we saw the movie Date Night.  It was funny and cute and very enjoyable.  This was our first movie in 8 mont…

Put em' to work

We are firm belivers in teaching our children responsibilty.
Ethan may only be two, but it's never to early to start.
We put him to work and make him earn his keep. ;)

That's right boy, rake up those leaves.

Wait, no one said you could take a cell phone break.

Sorry, you'll have to wait until you're finished to call your friends.

Put that phone away and get back to work!

Hehe, of course I kid.
I got these little gardening tools for my boy the other day because he just LOVES to "help" around the yard and house.
He is actually very excited to use his rake and shovel and asks me constantly if he can go clean up the leaves.

While Ethan was doing yardwork Alayna was very busy trying to get mulch.
This girl is EVERYWHERE these days.
Every day she just gets faster.
She crawls for real, on her knees and hands.
No more scooting for her.

She's a lot of fun right now... although she keeps me busy. And boy is she cute.....very cute :) I love that last picture of her.... lay…

Baby Charlie and swimming

Last week my friend Crystal, who I know from high school, came over with her three boys.  Her youngest boy is only three weeks old, so of course we had to take some pictures of him.  He wasn't so pleased with that, and gave us a difficult time, but we manged to get a few cute shots. 
 It was cute when he was sucking his thumb....

After the pictures we hung out outside and our friend Marissa joined us (who I have actually known since kindergarten) with her two kiddos.

Here she is with Cookie licking her face

The kids ran around like nuts and soon Ethan was asking me to run through the sprinklers (since it was a roasting 75 degrees).  I figured, why not.... so I got out the little kiddie pool for them.  Marrissa was prepared and had swimsuits in her car, and the bigger boys got to swim in their skivvies.

They were pretty funny.
It was warm, but not hot... and they got kinda cold after a while.
They were a hoot to watch.
I love that something as simple as a little kiddie pool can bri…

Honesty is no problem for me!

Do I post a lot of honest (s)crap?
I feel like I do :)
I'm all about honesty.
I guess it's fitting then that I received this fun award from my friend Tawny.

I think it's pretty funny.
I've done these types of things before, so you probably already know lots of random things about me.
I'll try to think of some more.
Well, here it goes... 10 honest scraps from me :)

1. As you all know I LOVE photography.  I got my camera close to two years ago, and I am only just now feeling like I am getting good with it.  I think that's because I always shot in aperture priority, and have only just recently decided to ONLY shoot in manual.  Doing this has helped me improve so much more quickly, and I'm kind of annoyed I didn't do it sooner.  Now I need to master setting my white balance instead of always using auto.  Good thing I have Photoshop for all of those bad pictures I took :)

2. This is rather gross, but kinda funny.  Before I had kids I was absolutely DISGUSTED …

ah the freedom

When you are two, you can do things like this....

and it's OK. But only when you're two. Or maybe 90?

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I had a busy but fun weekend.  Friday I got to hang out with the ladies from my T-moms table.  We shared some tasty appetizers and dessert and lots of fun conversation.Saturday I got to go to a Mary Kay party that my mom hosted for Jolene.  It was fun to try out some makeup (and buy some makeup... hehe), and have a little kid free time.I rushed home after the Mary kay party and we headed to Jonathan Odenbaugh's second birthday party. It was super cute.  Ethan was very excited because it was a Nemo party.  All day he talked about how he was going to eat a cupcake.  It was cute.  We came home with 2 fish (because of course you get fish at a Nemo party).  This morning they officially bit the dust.  They lasted three days.  Don't trust us with fish.  I found out they need the water dechlorinated, and we just changed the bowl and put new tap water in it.  They died shortly after.  Oops.  Ethan looked at them and said "they are all done eating their breakfast mama".  Yup b…

Standing tall already?

Last week I was quite surprised when my barely seven month old started pulling herself up to standing.   Ethan could just barely roll over both ways at this age!  I was not expecting this so soon!   She crawled before she could even sit up on her own the little stinker.  I think I have a go getter on my hands! She wants to keep up with her brother.

My prediction is this little go getter starts walking at 9 months.  This makes me happy yet sad at the same time.  Happy because in all honestly crawling is not my favorite stage.  Sad because when they start walking they just don't seem like a baby anymore.... and she's my BABY! 
Often after she has been standing, the next thing we see is this.... So sad.   She loves it when we're at a house with soft carpet instead of these hard wood floors. Ethan survived them, she will too. 
My days are now spent rescuing her from pecarious situations., and kissing all of her owies. She already has a huge bruise on her forehead.
The exersacuer is alread…