Snow 2014.


The boys love the snow!!snowBoys

They shared it. Ran in it.


Licked it.

snowMax2 Threw it.

snowAlex Ate it.

snowMaxAnd saved some for later!



for sale.

5222838_201_12yes, after four years of making this house our home, we are selling it. close friends and family already know, but tripper has decided to start his own agency. i really want this to be an exciting chapter in our lives and not a financially stressful one, so we are looking to downsize a bit for a more affordable mortgage.

to get ready for the sale, our awesome agent, holly, brought in a stager. she had only two suggestions for us—replace the carpet upstairs (thank you, alex’s nose!) and get a larger bathmat in the master bedroom. everything else she thought was perfect. in fact, she offered me a job on the spot!! ha!

once the carpet was in, we had a professional photographer come and take pictures of the house. it’s fun to see how someone else sees your home. they turned out lovely. in fact, i didn’t even recognize the boys’ bathroom!!

5222838_J01_87the rest of the images are below.

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the house got listed friday afternoon and we’ve had three showings so far. please keep your fingers crossed for a quick sale!! we need to sell this house and close on a new one before the end of january. small window—yipes! if all works out and we are able to sell, i will truly miss this special house. so many memories made here. but i know another adventure is just around the corner …

last little bit of summer.

fall is here and it actually feels like fall. i cannot wait to start decorating for halloween and taking nightly family walks in the crisp air. but, before we do, here’s a look back at our last little bit of summer.

poolMax3 poolAlex2 poolMax poolAlex poolthe boys absolutely loved the pool this summer. they went from not being able to swim at all to little fish. now that the pool is closed for the season, we’ll have to sign them up for some indoor pool time so they don’t forget. swimming, as it turns out, is not like riding a bicycle!



june 2013.

beach7we had a lovely june, DESPITE ALL THE RAIN. it has been so rainy. rain and rain and rain. we did manage to have a good time though. here’s what we did.

on the last day of school we picked up the boys and then drove down to the beach. surprise! best few days we’ve had in a long time.

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we started swimming lessons—go jellyfish!


two of us turned five!

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we practiced swimming when it wasn’t raining. did i mention it rained? a lot.


yep, even though THE RAIN, june was pretty super.


monday, monday.

alexAfterRidelook at that face! we upgraded the boys’ bikes for their birthday and somehow they convinced us to let them have them early. alex is still riding without training wheels, even on the bigger bike. he is so fast and so proud. he says he’s a pro.

he’s definitely a pro working that cute as a button face. he’s in his element when he’s outside. he even wanted to eat his dinner in the back yard tonight.

alexAfterRide2max, meanwhile, enjoyed his bike ride (his bike is “bad apple green”—love that!) but rushed home to get back to his toy review videos. he loves them. seriously. he studies them like he’s going to be tested and a few times i’ve actually caught him quietly but enthusiastically practicing reviews on his own toys. these two reviewers are his very favorite: and

maxReviewsmy boys. so similar yet so different.