Sunday, November 29, 2009


This year Justin's brother Jeff came to town for the holiday. It was great to catch up with him and let the kids play and get to know him better. We'll miss him out here on the East Coast when he moves on next year.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Deer Me

I see deer in our back yard everyday, but they're not usually this close. It's a tad startling to wake up, stretch and look out your window to see a animal that size having breakfast right next to you.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I finally renewed my drivers license last week. It's been on my to do list for WAY to long. I braved the DMV with two little kids and maintained a positive and cheerful attitude the whole time. The kids did great, the wait wasn't unbearable, and the lady at the counter almost looked me in the eye. (I try to make eye contact with people, but they don't always engage.) I had all the right paperwork, and all I needed to do was take the photo. Everyone knows the picture is never a great one, but at least there's a smile. Not anymore...her instructions were not to smile and keep my lips together. The first shot I eeked out a tiny smile, but she firmly reminded me not to smile. So I put my lips together and tried to focus on not smiling, it's harder than you might think. She said thank you and I'd get my license in the mail in a week or so. I went on my way feeling confident.
Well, the mail came today with my license. I eagerly opened the envelope and KA-BLAMO, I look terrible! Forgive my vanity, but this is the worst picture of me that I've ever seen. If a stranger were to look at it and judge what my career might be they might say, a bouncer at a bar downtown or a dock worker. All I can do is put in my wallet and try not to get a ticket on sheer fear that I'll have to pull that puppy out and hand in to the officer and wait for him to shudder. No matter what kind of cheek bones you have or how full your lips are, a smile goes a long way.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Mark and his big appetite. He's now 13 pounds.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I think I spent less than seven dollars on their costumes this year. You know your kids look cute when strangers who are giving out trick or treating candy run for their cameras when these kids ring the bell.