Saturday, November 9, 2013


So I don't forget how cute my 2.5 year old is....

1. I was walking down the stairs today in our home next to Maia, who was carrying her two baby dolls oh-so-carefully. "Maia, you take such good care of your babies," I told her. She is so dang cute - carrying them around, putting them in their strollers, feeding them at meals. She looked up at me and matter-of-factly responded "It's not hard, Mama." LOL

2. While visiting Grammy, in the evening, before going home: Grammy had already changed JD's diaper and put him in PJs. He was downstairs. Maia was upstairs in the play room. Grammy went up to check on Maia and asked her, "Maia, would you like to put on your pajamas?" Maia said "yes" while continuing to play with the dolls in the doll house. Grammy told her "Your pajamas are downstairs." Maia looked and Grammy as if the answer was obvious and said "Bring them up here."

3. I was doing alphabet flashcards with Maia, more to see what she already knew than anything else. She'd identify A and I'd say "A is for apple." etc etc. When she identified the M, I said "M is for Mama." Next was N. I asked her what starts with N. She thought for a second and said "N is for Nai-Nai." Hilarious and true. She calls herself Nai-Nai, which is how JD started saying her name over a year ago. So she thinks her name starts with an N. I call her that half the time too, since it's cute, so I guess her name really does start with an N.

4. Maia has taken an interest in where people live, I think in connection with her realizing that Papa lives at a  different house than we do. So when we talk about various family members, I'll say "Grammy lives at Grammy's house." or "Our cousin Max lives at his house with Aunt Jen and Uncle Josh." or "Aunt Alli and Uncle Ammon live in Illinois." Grandma left on a plane to go back to Utah on Thursday. That evening we were talking about Grandma going to the airport, and I asked them where Grandma lives. Maia thought for a second and said "Grandma live on 'puter." Interpretation: Grandma lives on the computer. :-) hahahahaha Smart girl. We Skype with Grandma on the computer, so yes, that is where she lives.

Friday, November 8, 2013

"I don't WANT to"

This is JD's new favorite phrase. He sounds incredibly cute when he says it and it is hard not to smile...."I don't WANT to!"

He says this in response to anything I say that is not "Let's play with your trains." Eating, sleeping, napping, watching Dora, going for a bike ride - I tried it all tonight. "I don't WANT to" was my answer.

Followed by "Mama play wif JD trains?"

Dear Santa, we need a few more train tracks at our house!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Amazing Mom

How come I never get very many pictures when my mom comes to visit? Probably because we are having too much fun playing with the kids to remember to take any....this is the only one from her five day visit here!

My wonderful mother came out on her birthday weekend to hang out with us and to help with the kids while I went out of town for a few days for work. Two nights/three days on my own with next to no responsibilities = incredible sleep, caught up on the news, went for two good runs, almost finished a book, and met some great people to bounce work ideas off of and network with.

And she cooked, grocery shopped, cleaned and surprised me with having my carpets cleaned for me while I was gone......seriously, how did I get so lucky?!?

Fall 2013

Dear Halloween,

We loved you. Oct 1 to Jan 14 = my favorite time of year ever. Q4 + my birthday. The weather has been amazing, our new town of Aliso Viejo has trees that shed yellow leaves that kind of make you feel like you are experiencing a new season, and JD and Maia were So. Dang. Cute dressed up this year. Not to mention the riot they had getting all sugared up trick or treating multiple times.

Can't wait to see you again next year. Until then we will be busy enjoying Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's (goodBYE 2013, whew!) and stepping one year deeper into the 30s decade. The next couple of months are going to be super fun.


JD, Maia & their Mama

 Cute cousins

Sesame Street

Tanaka Farms

Vampire Maia

Vampire JD

Driving the boats.....JD's favorite


Picking pumpkins with our friend Harry

This is some serious horse riding

Rides with cousin Audrey

Riding the swings