Tuesday, January 31, 2012


And this past weekend I painted more stripes on a whim after the boys went to bed. Again, fast project- start to finish 5 hours (including 2 surrounding walls that I painted the solid brown). Riley usually doesn't say much about my decorating but he loves this entry room now. Fun! Last night I covered the lampshade with a fun geometric white/blue fabric to add some contrast.

The tiny bathroom is the room I started with. Was simply inspired to paint stripes. I was able to start and complete the project during nap time- fast and easy! Used the leftover gray from my bedroom and since the photo was taken I've hung portraits of national geo faces from around the world. Love this room!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Arghh Matey

Tooth number 3 is out! Ellie pulled it herself a few days ago


Solomon's circumcision is at 730 this morning in NJ. They're letting Riley stay with him until he's under. We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy 4th Saedi Girl

Sweet, sweet Saedi. My carefree bug. Hardest pregnancy and labor. Most content of babies & children. Always smiling, satisfied, friendly, easy-going. Perseveres and does not get frustrated. Loves food. Loves sleep. Loves animals. Cuddle-bug. Happy 4th sweet girl! I love you so much!
Little princess in her Rapunzel dress with her castle cake that Ellie designed. Tea party birthday with Ellie, Avery, Allie, & Haddie.


Thursday, January 26, 2012


Bundling up all four and going to the ski slopes as a family- This momma won't be doing this again anytime soon :)
Not a big fan of the cold/snow
The girls have been taking Ski lessons the past few weeks. A cadet is teaching Ellie and Riley is teaching Saedi. They LOVE it and Ellie claims it as her favorite sport. Both girls can go up the rope tow and down a good portion of the bunny hill. That's more than I can say for myself! So proud of them and glad they're digging it!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Family Update

I have been horrible about blogging! I missed Thanksgiving & New Years and all that was in between. To pick up to the NOW, here's the latest & greatest:
Riley: duck/goose season ended on the 9th of January so he's started working out again. Gonna train for a half ironman. Pheasant or grouse hunting with a friend as of now
Me: sick with bronchitis and coughing my head off. Happily running when I can (signed up for an all womens half marathon in NYC in April) and eager to paint some more of the house. I'm thinking big, fat stripes in bathrooms. I'm reading a lot, Crossfitting again, and like always, purging the house of things we don't use.
Ellie: I've been making more of an effort to do more things for Ellie and focus more attention on her. Her favorite thing is playing with friends, which shes been happily doing a lot of lately. Also started ballet and tap classes last week and that fits her personality well. Still loves to look in the mirror and put on earrings that Mimi gave her
Saedi: asked to go winter camping with her Dad for this upcoming Bday. Last weekend was unusually warm so they spent the afternoon fishing & hunting & then set up camp in the backyard and fell asleep watching Rapunzel on the computer. Sadly, she woke in the night vomiting so that was the end of her Bday camping adventure. She still loves Jack and cuddles with him every chance she gets
Isaac: will say anything we ask him to "chocolate" being our new favorite to hear him say. Some days he walks around the house saying "Mimi, Papa, Papa, Mimi. Momma, Dada, Dada, Momma. Juice. Ball. Jack Jack," etc just to hear himself talk. He loves balls and his new tball set.
Solomon is obsessed with toothpaste tubes. As soon as his feet touch the ground each morning he races to the girls bathroom and finds as many toothpaste tubes as he can. He, like Saedi, likes Jack-Jack and those are words he repeats more than any either. This boys is high speed and together the boys will spend hours climbing up and down the stairs. Sols favorite game is taking "stuff" out of drawers, standing or sitting at the top of stairs and throwing whatever he can find down those stairs!

And dare I give anyone a heart attack and mention that we're starting the paperwork to adopt again? Hooray!