Friday, August 23, 2013


Today is August 23, my favorite person's birthday!  This is the eighth August 23 that I've spent with Ben and in his honor, I wanted to share photos from a few of the memories we've made in the last eight years.

(for Halloween one year, Ben dressed as Richard Simmons.  BEST!!COSTUME!!EVER!!)

WARNING: It's about to get aaaallllll mushy up in here.

I love Ben so much, the last eight August 23rds have been the best of my life.  Every single time I hear this song, my heart feels like it might explode (I'm sensitive? whatever!) because it sums up so many of the things I feel about Ben.

Happy birthday, boo.  I love you, ya old man.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Stays take IKEA

I have recently become obsessed with IKEA.  The place sells cheap furniture/everything AND meatballs!?! (Where have you been all my life?)  

This is how Jonny and Mommy do IKEA:

This is how James feels about IKEA:

Also this:

How Daddy and James do IKEA:

Until next time...after all of our cheap IKEA stuff has fallen apart...

Stays roll out!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New York

Ben had a business meeting in NYC, so I decided the boys and I should tag along.  We drove up, (stopping in New Jersey for a Mugleston visit-always awesome!) and we spent the night with this view:

The next morning, Ben left for work and the boys and I hit the street.  (And the subway--James loved it.)  I had wanted to go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty so badly, but they're closed due to damage from hurricane Sandy.  Since my plan was a no go, we went for a ride on the (FREE!) Staten Island Ferry instead.  It took us past the Statue of Liberty, which we loved.  Someday we'll really make it there.

A boy and a lady:

Once we made it back to Times Square, we wandered around for a while.  The highlight of the trip for James was the Toys R Us store.  We rode the ferris wheel, with Buzz Lightyear, no less!  Hoo-rah!

Watching James run around the store with wide eyes and excitement for all the comic book toys was so fun for me.  James is totally obsessed with Spider-man, but he also loves the Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America.  He was so super excited about all the toys and displays, I thought Mr. James boy might just pass right out.


double high fives for a friend :)

It started snowing while we were in Times Square, so we kind of spent a lot of time in Toys R Us and the Disney store, but we were totally cool with that.  :)

On the list for next time:
-9/11 Memorial
-a stop at Liquiteria
-Ellis Island (oh please oh please!)

Until next time, New York!  

p.s-Jonny is in no photos because he spent the entire day snuggled up to me in the baby carrier.  Loved it!

Monday, April 29, 2013

What my week looked like:

This is Maddie, one of my Activity Days girls.  Maddie is in love...with Jonny.  Yesterday at church, Jonny discovered Maddie's braces.  Love those AD girls! 
The best part is watching Maddie try and hold my big fat baby.  (so juicy!)  Looks soooo funny.  Ugh, I love it :)

So much snorting going on in these pictures.  Hey SARAH!  He laughs

Sometimes I set dinner on fire.  This is just pasta, imagine what I can do with tricky recipes!  Martha Stewart, here I come!

First time on the swings=huge success!

James is super into pirates right now.  He yells things like, "You scurvy dog!" and sneaks up behind me to shoot me with cannon balls.  Awesome!

James learned the story of David and Goliath by acting it out.  He defeated Goliath-Daddy with some paper stones.  He loved it, but I don't think I've fully convinced him that David from the scriptures is not Uncle David...?

James is also super into volcanoes right now, so we play hot lava...a lot.  p.s-Jonny is pretty good at it too :)

We believe that faith is like a little seed.