six more weeks of winter…

I probably shouldn’t complain about the snow and the ice and the cold since I don’t have to leave the house much, but two years in California made me soft. At least Em is enjoying the snow…when it’s warm enough to be outside.


Sister! Don’t eat the yellow snow!IMG_9984 Working on our snow angels!IMG_0009 Up to no good…IMG_0148 Look at those eyelashes!IMG_0248 Just doing a little Pottery Barn shopping.IMG_0038 IMG_0052 Working on her valentines.IMG_0070 She’s pretty cute when she sleeps…IMG_0088 Em’s favorite afternoon snack.IMG_0101 I had the pleasure of brunching with this movie star on Saturday.IMG_0129 Oh Em did you want that banana nutella crepe?IMG_0141 My first attempt at a lattice top pie. Made some mistakes but I know what to fix next time.IMG_0151 IMG_0166 Happy birthday Great Grandma!IMG_0211


winter wonderland

We survived our first snow storm of the year (or in Em’s case, first in her life). We had some fun but I’m ready for spring. Hopefully the groundhog has some good news tomorrow.

Always watching out for her Wallydog. IMG_9714We’re not in California anymore…IMG_9740Facetiming with Jinx.IMG_9744Cooking with Grandma.IMG_9753   Working on using utensils.IMG_9772Excited to be wearing her snow pants for the first time.IMG_9781Queen of the mountain!IMG_9808She’s a natural!IMG_9858 IMG_9854 IMG_9821   She had some help from her brother.IMG_9865Wally caught trying to steal the snowman’s nose.IMG_9870What? You don’t watch the puppy bowl in your boat?IMG_1942She cheered everytime they got a touchdown.IMG_9926

california dreaming…

Sorry to miss a week of updates. I flew west for a few days for work, and was busy playing catch up last week. But I returned home to a mostly germ free house (after Em shared with a couple more people).

Em is in full on monkey mode now. She can climb anything, and will. Pretty proud she can get on the big bed by herself.IMG_9449 First class ticket to CA…don’t mind if I do…IMG_9456 Didn’t know what to do with all my leg room!IMG_9461 Oh palm trees…I miss you so!IMG_9477 Meanwhile at farm camp….Em developed her love of legos…she doesn’t really have much of a choice in this family…IMG_1880 Visited her chickens…IMG_1881 Played tug of war with Woody.IMG_1886_2 And is now the proud owner of her very own boat! Completely handmade by GPop!IMG_1893 Back in California…I visited a brand new Whole Foods. In our old neighborhood. I may have cried just a little bit…IMG_9511 But I came home to this little superstar!IMG_9548 IMG_9560 Em having deep thoughts at the creek.IMG_9572 It was a sunglasses-wearin’ kind of week.IMG_9588 IMG_9600 Ready for snow!IMG_9620 IMG_9622 She’s got the look down…IMG_9664 It was a Henderson plaid kind of day…IMG_9702 A little light reading in her boat…IMG_1920

greetings from the house of germs

Not too much to report this week as the plague has taken over our house. Be thankful germs can’t spread through the internet. Little Em has her first ear infection/cough/snot factory and has shared it with both of us. Here’s hoping for a healthier week.

Meeting her new sidekick, Grandma’s new puppy!IMG_1930Sick, but still so big!IMG_9349Partners in crime.IMG_1872 Yes, I like Elmo, do you have a problem with that?IMG_9372 What static?IMG_9385 Watching for Walldog outside.IMG_9418 Em negotiating her bedtime.IMG_9425 Decorating Wally.IMG_9428

happy new year!

Welcome 2015! After a nice couple of weeks of time off, visiting, and celebrating, back to reality tomorrow.

Wally and Em, up early looking for birdies and kitties.IMG_9166 How big?IMG_9205 Getting our sparkle on for NYE.IMG_9221 My little sushi eater! So proud!IMG_9232 A quiet new years at home with sparkling sake.IMG_9233 Always a great napper when we have somewhere to go…IMG_9241 Twinsies!IMG_9256 It’s me Emme! IMG_9264 Best show ever.IMG_9290 A couple days late with the good luck New Years lentils, but this was a delicious meatless meal…red lentil curry with cilantro cashew pesto and roasted carrots.IMG_9299 Happiest girl ever.IMG_9303 Spotted…the easter bunny in January…IMG_9316

fa la la la la la la la la

Sorry we missed a post last week, the Christmas rush got the best of us, and I ran out of time. But we definitely had the best Christmas ever with our little elf.

Fun at the playground!IMG_8754_2 Dirt and trucks…IMG_8768 What happens when you leave the pantry unlocked and take a quick phone call.IMG_8787 Patiently waiting for her soft pretzel.IMG_8828 First overnight date night. Not a bad view from our room.IMG_8835 Tastes like chicken…IMG_8846 Rainbow cookies for days…IMG_8856 Em turned into a little gremlin when we gave her a cookie…attacking the fridge…IMG_8862 Cookie smile…IMG_8870 IMG_8886 Hey Wallydog, no peeking!IMG_8897 Twas the night before Christmas…IMG_8931 Santa brought me a kitchen!IMG_8938 Those new toys are nice, but these boxes are much more fun…IMG_8977 Trying to get a nice family picture…IMG_0034 Horsey rides from Uncle Tristan.IMG_9015 On the ferry, trying to buy herself a brownie.IMG_9027 Olives!IMG_9034 Bert and Ernie from Bert and Ernie!IMG_9057 Big girl cup!IMG_9078 Watching the big boys play.IMG_9081 Failed attempt at another family pic.IMG_9087 Making scones with Grandma.IMG_9097 More presents with Great Grandma.IMG_9098 Anyone need a stylist? Em is available.IMG_9110 Christmas magic…IMG_9113

week in review

Since Em did not get along with Santa this week, I think she has decided she isn’t getting on the nice list this year, so sleeping, eating, and napping have not been going so well this week. Here’s hoping for a better week, since all Mama and Papa want for Christmas is a full night’s sleep.

Working on her silverware skills…IMG_8477 Being the half Italian she is, talking with her hands.IMG_8489 Bottle of red, bottle of white.IMG_8501 First real nap in days, and she has the hair to prove it.IMG_8522Food network makes Em hungry too.IMG_8544 Mom, this better be organic!IMG_8623 Cindy Loo Who…IMG_8632 My girl…IMG_8675 Lovely day for a walk on the beach.IMG_8703 Family pic #1…IMG_8731 #2.IMG_1799