Tuesday, June 18, 2019


jarad has been wanting a roomba for YEARS!  i have fought him on it, thinking how could this small and expensive vacuum do a better job than our full size one?  and i really don't mind vacuuming, but sweeping is another story.

finally jarad said "im splurging, i am buying the roomba."  and all i have to say is "i'm sorry i didn't let you buy it years ago."  i am LOVING it!  this thing is amazing!  we have it set to sweep every morning at 4am and during the day i will put it in a room to vacuum.  no more stepping on rice and beans from bowie's sensory play and i feel like i am getting some time back.  and the kids are entertained watching and chasing it as a game.  win win!!!

 we named her rosie, after the maid from the old TV show "the jetsons"

Monday, June 17, 2019

car wash!

we got my car washed the other day, which is a big deal since that only happens a couple of times a year.  bowie has been talking about it for a couple of days now, so i set her up a car wash station in the back yard for some outdoor water play.

using our utility shelves, i put two of them together and set up a line of our green toys cars.  then we had a spray station with water in bottles to get the cars wet, a bucket of shaving cream and a brush for washing and a rinse bucket.  then a bath mat and towels for drying!

grimms ocean stacker!

found a new way to use it...as a house!

beauty of open ended toys!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

happy fathers day!

wishing all the dads, grandpas, uncles and father figures a happy day!  i don't know how i got to be this lucky with all the great men in my life, especially my own dad and husband!

these holidays take on a new meaning when you become a parent.  to my dad, thank you for being the rock of the family, always being generous, a wealth of knowledge, humorous, supportive and loving your girls unconditionally.  and for being a wonderful grandpa to your grand kids. 

to my husband, you are simply amazing in every way.  thank you for choosing me to grow through these stages of life with.  watching you become a dad is one of my greatest joys and thank you for putting your family above all else.

to my father in law, thank you for raising jarad to be the man he is today and instilling the values he holds most important.  and of course for being a great papa to this wild bunch.


ryder has been crawling since about 7 months, but he has his own style of army crawling.  when he gets to where he wants to go he will do the last few steps on all fours.  so we know he can crawl on all fours, but he prefers his own method.  but recently in the last couple of weeks he has started to crawl on all fours.  he doesn't do it all the time and not often, but i had to catch him crawling this way.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

happy birthday mom!

happy birthday to the best mom and grandma.  we would be lost without you.  love you so much!