It's Fall, Y'all.

And we had a great, low key (for us) weekend in Minneapolis to enjoy it. Friday night we had family dinner at Edina Grill...and then Saturday, we went to gymnastics, we did some things around the house, and we played Pokemon Go, walking around the neighborhood. It's a virtual reality game that you use on your phone and it's like a treasure hunt using Google Maps. Anyway- to a kid- it appears that Pokemon characters are hiding in your very neighborhood and then of course you have to find them and catch them.

Saturday night we went to dinner at this great restaurant, Tilia, and then we went to a housewarming party, and then out to the VFW for karaoke with Jenny, Ann Marie and Josh, whom we haven't seen in forever. 

Then today- we went to church, I planned Davis' birthday party (at Skyzone), read TIME magazine (I never get to read during the day!!!) and then we drove out to a pumpkin patch.

It was a really fun weekend. And I'm happy to be here- until Wednesday when we go to Disney!


I was in New York last week, spent the weekend in minne with Honey, and now I'm back in LA.

BUT, next week, when all this work is done...we are headed to DISNEY WORLD!!!

Sorry for being MIA- gotta push through this!

Love you all.


Ryder Cup.

So I guess the Ryder Cup is a pretty big deal. All of Minneapolis was abuzz about it. In fact, my office was incredibly quiet on Friday due to all the festivities. I guess it's pretty fun to have such a prestigious event take place here. Minneapolis is getting on the map. 

Anyway- Bennett was busy all weekend with the Ryder Cup. As you will see in pictures, he popped in occasionally, but mostly he was working (read: partying his brains out). 

So in the meantime, the kids and I made a few plans of our own.

Friday: B was in town for the Ryder Cup, so I left work early and met him and Davis for a quick drink at the Tavern. Then, I picked up the kids, and we went to Sarah's for a family sleepover. She has anxiety about staying by herself and I am sympathetic to that and usually get talked into staying over when she asks...but I think that was my last time. I'll stay late, but I want to sleep in my own home, in my bed, where my kids go to bed before 11:00 pm.

Saturday: In the morning, Jenny came to watch Davis and take him to gymnastics, while Holden and I drove to Blaine Minnesota for Rachel's bridal shower. I really had no idea what to expect- but it was so sweet that it was basically the bride and groom's family and Holden and I. They all oohed and aahed over Holden and talked about how much she looks like Ramona Quimby. "Acts like her too..." I would always add on.

Sunday: Kelley and I went to an early workout, then we met up with Krissy and her kids and went out to the orchard. It was unseasonably hot and incredibly packed- so it was just sort of okay- but it was a nice way to pass the time. Then in the afternoon, we met up with Kelley, Jack and Elsa at our neighborhood park, before going to go get groceries.

Late last night, B and Bennett got home, and OH the kids were so excited to see B. Davis was ecstatic! So the weekend is over, and I am tired. But I guess I tend to choose tired over bored. Bored will kill ya. Moss doesn't grow on a rolling stone...

So this week, Bennett leaves for Dallas Wednesday, Honey flies in on Wednesday, and I leave for New York on Thursday. ZOINKS. Maybe this next weekend will be a bit more relaxed. I hope so.

Here are some pictures of all the activities in the meantime.


Any time we have done this- Brooks and Holden bunk together- and Davis sleeps with me, while Brooks' brother, Bennett, sleeps with Sarah. Ha.



Loving the gear from the Ryder Cup!


Bedtime snack with their best bud, B!

Hope you had a great weekend too! More to come.



Pictures from the Week.

I made Davis do a "before" and "after" picture when we went to Great Clips last week. I was very pleased with the result. It makes me laugh. Look at that sad little face...

Their favorite part of going is getting a lollipop.

Sunday, we went to Good Times Park, an indoor gym/play area/etc, with the Ohmes. Good times were had by all.

And another shot of Davis, with his cool hairdo. He is quite particular about it.

What a stud.

Tonight we are hanging out with the Ohmes. Tomorrow, Holden and I are going to a shower for Rachel Murphy while D goes to gymnastics. Sunday, we are going to the apple orchard with Krissy and her kids. Fun fall weekend ahead!


Love Update.

I'm so sorry I have left you on pins and needles after the Sloane play date. Here is the scoop...

Her parents came in to see our new house and just chat for a bit and as we thanked them for letting her come over, I got the quick take that she has been a little freaked out that Davis is in love with her. Her mom actually said that she looked at her and said "Mom. I think Davis is in love with me..." and by the way her mom explained to us that she told Sloane that no, they are just buddies, I realized that perhaps Davis has come on a little too strong. 

So we downplayed any interactions that might suggest he is in love with her (which was hard to do because he totally is) and they had a really great play date. We got a taco pinata and filled it with candy and let them break that apart...we played Bean Boozled...and then went down to the creek to play/walk around. I was gone the last 30 minutes of the play date- for a work out- so afterwards, I asked Bennett how drop off went. 

He said it went great- and then told me about the cutest/funniest exchange that happened in the car. On the way home, somehow Sloane was telling Davis about how her parents met and how they got married and kissed, and Davis casually went on to say "Oh my parents kiss all the time. And it doesn't even gross me out. In fact, it wouldn't even gross me out if you kissed me. Right now. Would it gross you out?"


So later I said to him "So Davis- how did the play date go? Did you have fun? Do you still feel like she is your girlfriend or are you just buds?" (I was going to tee up the idea that it's totally great to be just buds...) when he said "Well. She doesn't want to marry me."

Sam: Oh really? Oh. Hmm. How does that make you feel?

Davis: Well horrible really. She told me that we are really young and that I will spend the rest of my life looking for just the right person...and well, what if I just don't find that person?


Sam: Well Davis- you're six. You don't have to worry about that now. The good news is- you can be great friends, best friends even, and you can worry about that other stuff later.

And he seemed fine with that explanation- for now. That hasn't, however, stopped him from lifting rocks and logs at school during recess to build his muscles so he can show them off to his girlfriend. SERIOUSLY. His friends are climbing the monkey bars and playing tag and Davis has built a make shift nature gym just behind the play yard. 

Oy vey. 

Luckily I got a note from Sloane's mom the next day saying she had a great time and cannot wait to have Davis over. We'll see!


And the best shot of all:

Hello from LA!

Got here Tuesday around lunch and have been pre-prepping for the holiday shoot and last night was our first night on set. Things are going well- I'm glad I came at the beginning to help get everything off to the right start. Here is a picture of Jackie and I (my best work friend- short brown hair on my left) and our agency team from New York.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Bennett is playing super dad. Pico had to go to the vet with an ear infection, Davis had his first night at church choir, he's been installing a condensation pump in the basement, they attended family breakfast today at Ds school, and he has also been collecting and printing five pictures for Holden's show and tell today. She was so funny- she told us about this project- and she was so excited and also had VERY specific ideas around which pictures she wanted to bring. She wanted "one of you and daddy getting married, one of her when she was a baby, one of our whole family, one of nikki and honey, and one of her and elsa..." I wish I could be there to hear her tell her friends about each picture and why it is special. 

And then yes- I signed Davis up for church choir. You know, he wants to be a singer and learn to play the guitar and I have been looking into guitar and where he could sing, etc and then I got an email from our church telling me about kids choir. So I signed him up and they went Wednesday and he really loved it. I hope they do a performance- I would love to see that.

And here are some pictures Bennett has sent me this week:

This is Holden, drawing me. And then apparently she cut my arms and legs off, trying to cut me out of the paper. :-)

Family breakfast at Highlands...

I cannot wait to get home! We shoot from 9:30 pm to 7:30 am tonight and then I fly home tomorrow afternoon.



Big Weekend.

This weekend we are celebrating Bennett's birthday- I will be out of town on his actual birthday- so Saturday is the new day this year! Then Sunday we are having Sloane over- the day has finally come. 

Then begins our weeks of week I leave for LA to shoot the first part of our holiday campaign. I come back Saturday night and then Bennett starts his work events- Sunday-Monday he has GC convention and then Wednesday through Sunday he is hosting a bunch of people from across the country to the Ryder Cup- which is here this year...which is apparently a big deal.

Then we are both home for three days and then Honey comes and I leave for New York for two days while Bennett heads to Dallas for three days, then I get home that Saturday and then I leave Sunday for the 2nd part of my shoot in LA. The shoot is four weeks long. So I'm actually covering very little of it.

Anyway- then we are finally home for a few days and then I think the four of us are going to Disney. Oh my Lord, time is going to fly...

Here goes! In the meantime, some recent pictures.

Holden, in her chosen attire, being Police Girl in our driveway.

Looking sharp for school...

Holden had a plantar's wart frozen off on Thursday- she had named him Mr. Slappypack...and I think she will sort of miss him. Never has a person loved their plantar's wart quite like she did.

More later!

My Ebenezer.

Church is back in season, people. We went to the 11:00 service Sunday and the building was nearly busting at the seams with all the locals who are done going to their cabins for the weekend. And the service was awesome- the pastor talked about what an Ebenezer is- and frankly- I had no idea. Essentially, Ebenezer is a hebrew word that means "stone of help"...and the whole sermon was asking you to think about when and how God has been your Ebenezer. (How many times can I say 'ebenezer' in one paragraph? I know.)

Anyway, I thought long and hard about when and where I can look at my life and just know that God has been there for me- where God has been my rock. And at first, I couldn't think of anything...and then I realized that Minneapolis is my ebenezer.

I had no idea how much I needed to be here. But God did. I had no clue about Davis' ADHD and his need for amazing doctors and teachers and school support systems. I had no idea how much I needed to grow, how much I could learn, but God did. I had no idea how much our marriage would need to grow, and how we would need to have to figure it out ourselves, without the distraction of best friends, or the non-stop support/involvement of family. In every way- when I think about moving to Minneapolis and the things we have learned here and the things we have realized we needed, I know that before I knew what I/we needed, God knew. And while that may not sound like much as a 2nd hand story- I can't stop thinking about how God worked to get me here because He knew what I would need. And how if I had not trusted Him, I would have been blocking the help he wanted to give me. It's crazy to think that someone cares enough about you to go before you- and that if you just trust Him- your life can be changed for the better.

It's very amazing to me and I feel very thankful and even emotional about it. are some other fun pictures from the weekend:

I found this really cool "Paint by Stickers" activity book at the company store at work...I knew Davis would love it- and he spent most of Saturday morning creating pictures by sticker. He likes architectural art- building things, following a guide, step by step...

Holden likes that okay- but she is more of a free form artist. I decided, with all of our stuff crammed in the garage, that I would move some things into the laundry room so they could have a little art area...and it was super simple, and a major hit with Holden. She loves to paint.

But the big focus of the weekend was the first day of gymnastics. Holden asked at least TWENTY times when we would leave for gymnastics, between 8 and 10 on Saturday morning. And it didn't disappoint- both kids were so happy to be there and they LOVED their new classes.

Saturday after gymnastics, Bennett worked for hours on our bathtub, fixing a that afternoon, I sent him to the driving range. During that time, the kids and I walked down to the creek. It is rushing and gushing and so beautiful right now...but we can't walk down the typical trail we explore because it's covered in rushing water...

It was an awesome weekend, for sure.


Ride your Bike and Say Yahoo!

So our basement is empty and the carpet is ripped I have let the kids make it their personal skate/bike/scooter park. This morning, while I was getting ready, I heard what I thought was a little panicked shout. I said "Holden are you okay?" She said "What? I just said "yahoo!" So I said "Oh great- why did you shout 'yahoo'!" To which she responded with "It's fun to ride your bike and say YAHOO!" 

So there you go- a little life lesson from Holden: Ride your bike and say YAHOO!

Okay- so on to the upcoming Sloane play date. It's been 8 months since we scored the last play date. It was right around Valentine's Day if you recall, and Davis got Sloane chocolates, pink tulips, and he also sent her a Valentine's card that when opened, showcased a hamster singing "Shake Shake Shake, Shake Shake Shake, Shake your Booty!"

We got close to another play date this summer, but after a few emails, communication fell off. So when he began to ask me again, I felt like this was the time to really put it in their court and either get the damn play date negotiated, or find some closure.

So I emailed Sloane's mom and basically said "Okay- going to give this one last shot...and if you guys are busy, or honestly, if Sloane is just more interested in playing with her gal pals, I totally get that, but Davis continues to ask- so just hit me with it..." And she wrote back, apologized and said Sloane would love to have the play date and has just been asking about Davis. 

So I shared the good news with Davis- that YES he was going to have a play date and that YES we actually had a date and that YES she would come to his house and on top of that, her mom is going to pick her up after THREE hours, when Sloane's brother is done at a birthday party. 

HIS GRIN was so big. And he jumped up on my bed, flopped his little body and shouted "WOOHOO!" And that was Monday and he has been talking about it non-stop.

After I lit a candle last night, while cleaning up dishes:
"MOM- do you think we could make it smell really good here when Sloane comes over? Like light all your best candles- so it smells so good?"

The day he found out she was coming over:
"MOM, do you think we could turn music on when she walks in the house and it could sort of be like a 'welcome to our house' celebration?"

When saying prayers the other night:
"Mom don't laugh at my prayer, okay? Dear God- thank you for making Sloane and me boyfriend and girlfriend..."

At the grocery store:
"MOM. I need to get these flowers and a card for my girlfriend..."

Even Holden has caught the fever...last night while watching Davis reach for the last brownie, she shouted:
"DAVIS! Leave some for your girlfriend!!!"

Oh he is so sweet- some girl is going to be very lucky to land that handsome lover boy. Thanks to yours truly... ;-)





Junior K!

Holden started junior kindergarten Tuesday and she is LOVING it. Her sweet little friend Oliver is in her class- and each morning when she has walked in he has said something like "There's Holden! Holden, come sit right here..." and then he pats the ground next to him. He seems like a real sweetheart- maybe he is a lot like Davis. Who is having a play date next weekend with Sloane- which is ALL we can talk about- and which certainly deserves its own post.

Anyway- here is my cutie. It rained on the first day- so we have a lovely garage shot.

Day One.

Night One. Junior K is exhausting...

Today- eating crackers before school. Ready to go with her Nemo backpack. :-)

This guy...

Melts my heart. Seriously, his kind spirit, his positive attitude, and the way he looks out for me and others, just makes me smile and feel warm all over. He has been so kind and flexible this weekend- he is working so hard on himself. And that is pretty amazing for a six year old- or anyone- to be quite honest. 

Tonight, before we fell asleep, I was snuggling him and I said "Promise you won't ever get to old to snuggle with me?" He said "Nope." I said "What?" And then he said "No. I hope I won't ever get big. Because I don't want to ever forget about you, mom." And I definitely cried a little. I'm so lucky to have him.

Hope you had a great weekend- we did. More to come on that!

He's a Grader Now.

Davis started first grade on Monday! We have been so excited about first grade because it is in first grade that the Continued Progress program begins. Essentially, on Monday, he started in a class including 1st, 2nd and some 3rd graders. He has one lead teacher, and that lead teacher (a female) partners with a male teacher next door. His class also has two assistants, so there are three teachers in each room. The class is called a family- and everyone calls each other by their first names, including the teachers. The idea is that this type of learning environment cuts down on bullying, and leverages the fact that you can learn more from people that are older and more experienced than you. It also provides the opportunity to focus on say reading at the first grade level, while if you excel at math, you can learn up with the 2nd graders. This program is the whole reason we have wanted Davis to go to this school- as it's not our neighborhood school. 

So he started Monday and he was just beaming over the fact that he is a grader now. He was so happy and confident walking into school, and has had a great attitude every day after school. 

Monday morning, of course I did the quintessential first day pictures, but Davis really dialed it up with his ideas for poses.

Yes, he insisted on climbing up in the tree...he was quite certain this would nail the essence of his first day as a grader. And clearly- he was right.

Holden was very excited for Davis- she can be super supportive of him and on his first day, she certainly was. She has her first day of Junior K this coming Monday and she is so excited to have her special day too.

We had a really great summer. The kids had three weeks off at the end- one in Texas, two at home, to just play and feel like they had a true summer. And I was a bit worried that they wouldn't want to go back to school- especially Holden. But she marched right back in on Monday- and as she did- all her little boy friends at school shouted "Hi Holden! Where have you been?" It was adorable.

Anyway- we did some fun things ahead of school Monday to celebrate the end of summer...and Holden really SHOWED up with her fashions along the way.


The sass level is at an all time high- and while it's cute in clothes- we are really working with her on her tone. I don't like it. I say "Where is my sweet Holdy girl?" She is going to be a boss.

And then Davis, on the other hand, very often pulls on a t-shirt or shorts BACKWARDS and wears it that way all day. Whatever works.

Minnesota feels like it has the best ice cream in all the lands. I'm not sure it's true- I'm not a big ice cream eater- but Sebastian Joe's is a cute little place to get ice cream and that is where we went on Sunday. The kids like climbing on the turtles in the yard.

I"m semi-sad that summer is over, but luckily, I've always loved fall and September is such a beautiful month here. There is a classic breeze in the air and that quintessential autumn I'm not too sad.

Today- Carrie and Zach get into town and I know they will be enjoying the fall weather this weekend. I'm so excited to see them- I'm also excited not to have guests for a while afterwards. :-)

Oh and since this is a place of updates- did I mention that our basement flooded? Twice? Replacing all the carpet, the tile, etc. What a nightmare. A literal shit show if you know what I mean. But that's boring to talk about...we'll get it taken care of.

Have a good weekend if we don't talk til Monday!


Turks 2016.

It started in 2015- my gals and I stayed for a weekend at Hyatt Lost Pines and we pretended we were in Bora Bora for fun. So this year, while in Austin for the weekend, we tagged everything Turks 2016, like we were in Turks and Caicos for the weekend. Silly, yes...but fun.

Anyway- my girlfriend Meredith came in from Dallas and she and her husband got a room at Hotel Van Zandt so we were able to take advantage of the rooftop pool. It was nothing short of heavenly. 

So we hung out there all day until we heard there was a free happy hour downstairs in the lobby. Which we took FULL advantage of. We thought we were so sneaky going back for seconds and thirds, though I'm sure they could NOT forget the grown women who showed up in swimsuits to an indoor happy hour. No pants, no problem.

Anyway- later that night we sobered up and got ready for dinner...


Some candid shots...

I don't know what I am doing here- but it makes me laugh...and then we went out dancing. But oh my lord, it was too hot to dance and I felt like the wooden shoe box of a dance club we were in was going to go up in smokes at any minute- so we mainly hung out outside. That's how hot it was. I don't usually let anything get in the way of dancing...

SO SWEATY. And such a good time. We are already planning Antigua 2017- which is actually happening in Arkansas.

Magic Middle.

Courtney and her cousin, also a middle child, refer to themselves as the magic middles in their family. In this post, I'm talking about the middle of our trip, which certainly claims the title of "Magic Middle" too...

It was SO much fun to spend five days with my mom, my sis, and my grandparents. It actually rained most days- but we still had a blast. Holden was listening to my mom talking about all the food and snacks she had gotten for our visit when she interrupted and said "We should have a party!" And because she was so persistent and didn't let it go- we DID have a party. And it was so much fun. I had such a great week seeing my kids feel so happy- being in their favorite place with their favorite people.

Party pic montage!

She swam in her party hat- and she slept in it too.

Donald Trump combover...about the only thing I care to reference when it comes to that disgusting human being...but that's neither here nor there, right? Ha.

Holden picked a "4" and Davis picked a "7" even though he doesn't turn 7 until November. But together, as 47, it made me laugh.

Sweet snuggles with my girl!

Donuts with nanny and grandpa- she really wore her Snow White pajama gown a good majority of the trip...and then my mom got that old tiara out for her, plus some high heels and she was in heaven.


When she wasn't wearing her gown- she was wearing this!

Holden was OBSESSED with the sting rays at Sea World's waterpark and DESPERATELY wanted to swim with them. And Nikki and I debated who would be brave enough to go in with her, UNTIL, we saw one of those huge beasts essentially become vertical and wrap it's wings around a woman's legs. And then and there we decided that Holden's dream of swimming with the sting rays would have to come true on another day. With other people.

Davis, on the other hand, was quite literally disgusted. "THESE ARE THE WORST THINGS I EVER SAW!" He said..."WE NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE, THIS PLACE IS TOO CRAZY!" He said.

Night and day, those two. Such a fun time...

Texas, oh Texas.

Historically, I have been known as a homebody. And while I do enjoy traveling more now than I used to, I would still say I like to be home, in my own space, with my routine, feeling comfy and cozy. So, when I say that I wasn't in a huge rush to head home, after 9 days in Texas...that is saying something. We seriously had the best trip. And because I don't feel like I can adequately give it words, I'm just going to post pictures with a couple comments...starting from the end and I will work my way back to the beginning.

We spent the last weekend in Houston with Katie and her family- and I knew it would be great to see her- but I don't think either of us realized how well our kids would get along. At one point, Brayden looked at Katie and said "So this is what it feels like to have a brother...I love it." And both of my kids said multiple times "Mom, I don't ever want to leave my new friends. Can we just stay here?" My heart nearly burst out of my chest.

The four of them: Holden at 4, Brayden at 7, Davis at 6 and Callie at 5.

The boys wrestling- as they did all weekend- and not a single complaint or injury.

Holden was so happy that she and Callie both had princess gowns to wear to bed. How much does Callie look like Katie? It kills me.

I love this pic- Holden's face is pure joy that she is a) getting to have a sleepover and b) it's in an Anna and Elsa bed!


And then, of course, the next day Holden woke up feeling super sick and we had to take her to a doctor. She had an earache- but I think there had to be something more because she is still at home with a fever even though she has been on antibiotics since Saturday. Poor thing.

Davis being tossed into the air to do a double back flip (??) by Ray.

The three big kids goofing around while we waited for pizza...

The boys wanted to dress the same. I don't know if there is a sweeter kid than Brayden. He is so kind and thoughtful. His smile reminds me so much of his mama. And Callie is all spunk and personality- also a total sweetheart, but a little fire in her too. 

I would be fine if they grew up and decided to fall in love and get married. 

Saturday night- their community pool had an ice cream social...with real ice cream and then at one point they threw all of these adorable floaties in the pool- giant donuts, ice cream cones, huge Smarties candies, and all sorts of things. Holden was in heaven...and the cool water felt good to her fevered skin.

We had so much fun. I was sad for it to end...but I do see some family trips together in our future. And can you believe we didn't get a single pic of Katie and I? It's driving me crazy!!!


Just a Kid.

Sometimes you remember that you are just a kid in a grown up body. That's how I feel today. I cannot wait to get the heck outta here and get to Texas to see my friends and family and just have a week of care-free fun. 

I can't wait to see Nikki at the airport, I can't wait to spend the week with her and my mom in Fred. Just hanging out by the pool, hopefully drinking Coronas and eating Starburst. Maybe we will make some margaritas- maybe we will talk about life and love- and maybe we will laugh and play card games or make something cool. Who knows. The world will be our oyster. 

I can't wait to see my grandparents- I always look forward to that. I can't wait for them to see how much Davis and Holden have grown. The beans, of course, cannot wait to get donuts with them.

And I cannot wait to spend this weekend with my girlfriends. Courtney is picking me up and then all my best gals are getting together by the pool for the afternoon and then we have reservations at one of my favorite old-school Austin places that night. Kirsten is coming from San Antonio, Meredith is coming from Dallas, and then about 6 of my local gal pals will be there. It's going to be so much fun.

AND THEN, Bennett has decided to turn a work trip into a fun trip and he will meet up with us on Friday and will go with us to see Katie and her family in Houston. Can't decide if we will go Friday (that was the plan) or if we should spend a night together in Austin with our co-ed group of friends and go Saturday. Both would be fun...

Anyway- I am like a kid and I can't wait to get out of work and I can't wait to get my nails done tomorrow and pack my stuff and get this party started. :-)

Before I get this party started- we'll go to Holden's Pixie Hollow play and Davis' end of summer family picnic, and then tomorrow night, the boys are going with Nate and his boys to the Twins game...which will allow Holden and I to get ready for the big trip!

EEK! Cannot wait. Smell ya later.



Month of Fun.

We are having so much fun watching the Olympics. Mainly the swimming. The kids are having so much fun being foot loose and fancy free instead of going to school. And I just realized that they have three weeks of that. How fun for them! This week they are home with Katelyn, next week we are in Texas, and then the last week of summer, Katelyn is keeping them for the week again. This is working out beautifully. I wanted to give them a little break before school kicks in and I didn't even realize that it will happen- until I thought it through today!

It will make the transition back a bit more difficult- but we'll deal with that later.

So Kelley informed me yesterday that Elsa and Holden are so excited that they are both going to be winter fairies in the play this Friday. Which is news to me because Holden is like a steel trap when it comes to what is going on at Theater Camp. Every time I ask her about it- what did they do? did they sing? did they dance? did they act like animals? what was her favorite thing? she responds with commentary about snack time. "Well, I like it because we have snack time and today we had strawberries and gummi bears..." 

So there you go.

And here is a little peek into our mornings. Davis has been coming in around 3 or 4 in the morning pretty regularly- and honestly- though it gets crowded at times- I don't hate it. He is going to grow out of that desire to snuggle up with us so quickly so I think I'll let it ride. And then Holden comes in around 6 because she is awake for the day...and when she comes in, the door is left open for Pico, so this is sort of what 6:30 looks like in our house.

Picture one more adult in there and it's a pretty full bed. :-)

Damn you, Bat!

Have you started watching the 5 part ESPN documentary on OJ Simpson? It is mind-blowingly incredible. There is so much information and cultural context that you get while watching it that I don't know that you could pick up otherwise. Bennett and I have been watching it non-stop.

Friday night, we were sitting on the couch at about 10 pm with all the lights off, watching the third episode, when all of the sudden something flew across our living room, at about eye level.

I FROZE and slowly said "WHAT. THE. FUDGE. WAS. THAT." But I knew deep in my heart what it was. It was a bat. In our house. In Minnesota. So, of course, Bennett jumped up to find a broom, and that is when the chaos ensued. I could only hear it though because I was hiding under a blanket, refusing to come out, until it was gone. I was sweating bullets and Davis was shouting as the bat DIVE BOMBED him throughout our kitchen and living room.

He was shouting at me to help him, as he propped both the front and the back doors open, but I was paralyzed. 

We never did find him and now I live in fear of it landing on my face while I sleep or biting me with his super sharp fangs as I reach to open a blind or a curtain or a cabinet. Davis SWEARS he flew out the door- but I have no confirmation. I have no closure. Its the WORST.

Anyway- that was the big drama of the weekend. I've hardly slept since. 

Aside from that, we had the Schneiders over for dinner Saturday and just hung around on Sunday. Last night we walked six blocks down the street to one of our favorite restaurants and had dinner. It was a beautiful night and I felt very lucky that we can do that in our new neighborhood.

Katelyn is with the kids today- Holden and Elsa have theater camp every day this week and I can't really go to work late and then leave to pick her up at noon each day- so Katelyn has been helping- which allows Holden to go to camp and Davis to stay home or go to the park or pool or whatever. They are both super happy about it. She just sent me these pictures!


Happy Monday!

Play Dates

The Davises are making moves. Finally. I've been coaching them on social interactions and how to make friends since we got here three years ago, and they both just had their first, completely unprompted play dates this weekend.

Little Davis was invited over to a friend named Liam's house...and Bennett was invited to go golfing with Patrick, Krissy's husband. They were both excited, and it sounds like, from both of their accounts, that they went well. 

Holden and I can rest a little easier tonight. ;-)

The kiddos got haircuts this weekend- and Davis now looks like he is ready to drive a car.


He wants a full-on mohawk- but this new look is keeping him happy for now.

But he is still my little snuggle buddy.