Tuesday, December 11, 2012

december blues

ruby finally had her puppies on dec. 8, 2012.

it was a very eventful weekend. my family was just arriving for a big dinner when we noticed ruby acting a little strange. we assumed she would go in to labor in the middle of the night, when the house was quiet. but no, it happened at the craziest loudest time of day. it was just like when we helped deliver patches patches the wonder cats kittens right in the middle of the hallway when i was young. old pro. paully jumped right into dr. mode with rubber gloves and all. i think he was a little excited. after a few hours, she had 7 healthy puppies.

that night was not so fun. the puppies cried all night. we had NO sleep.

the next night was much better.

monday morning rolled around and i snuck big S out early for some dunkin donuts & and early school arrival time. while in the drive thru, i got a call that our carpool was sick & wouldn't be attending school. so i needed to get back home to do another round of school drop off.

i got home, loaded round two of kids in the car, and hit up dunkin donuts again. pulled up to the pick up line & forgot that i had switched cars and did not move my purse. no money.

the guy gave us the donuts anyway. the kids were in awe. donuts for free???!! yay!!

winning? maybe.

they came home from school & D was feeling a little under the weather. didn't think much of it. just fed, cleaned, got her warm & put a nice movie on. she'd be fine.

noni stopped by & somehow got roped into bbsitting for the night. we got a text later that D had thrown up. uh-oh.

we headed home & checked on her. she got up and puked again. we tried to calm her down & get to sleep..... another child stumbled in the room holding her tummy..... " i don't feel good"......


they continued to take turns barfing & running to the bathroom (for the other end) all night. intertwined with barking dogs needing to be let out & crying puppies.

another night of NO SLEEP.

"woke up" and got the kids settled. dropped two kids off at school..... not an hour later got a call that one of the said children was sitting in the front office with a garbage can in her lap.


3 kids home from school. a tornado toddler with a pretty major runny nose very excited that "the sisters" are home for him to torment.

i am praying that we get some sleep tonite. praying.

Friday, December 7, 2012

a little catch up....


i am finally caught up on all my editing and have just a few moments to share with you some funny (to me anyway) and ultra dramatic short videos done by my video person (paul)....

a little love story about our highly trained dogs...

and the highlights of D's soccer season.....

Baxter and Ruby from whoanellie on Vimeo.

D's Skills from Welter Videos on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

halloween 2012

we were off to a very slow start this morning....

but that's because we had so much fun last night.

i really wish i would've taken pictures of all the trading that went on post trick-or-treating.

it was a major affair.

it was getting dark by the time we pulled out the camera... so these pics are kinda blurry.



 R was a cowboy, but refused to wear his bandana & hat. he never once forgot about the gun tho.

 L was katniss from the hunger games. she looks a lot like her... people tell het that all the time.

 D was a candy corn witch.

S was an angel.


S was a peacock.

 moustatch girl, wwwhhhhaaattttaaarrreeeyyooouuudddoooiinnggghhheerree???, and some sort of emperor/goddess/roman.

 awww. the sweetest angel.

the whole group ready to go.

happy halloween!!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

best deal ever

 last weekend, we decided to take the kids up to the local ski resort. they were having a canned food drive and in return for bringing cans, each child 12 & under could receive a FREE season ski pass.

ummm... yes please!!!

the kids had to recite a rule from the ski rule book, bring canned food, proof of identity & ride the ski lift.

it was a beautiful ride but we were not prepared for the freezing temperatures at the top of the mountain. i wanted to walk back down, but i was out-voted.

when we got to the bottom, we got mugs of hot chocolate, kettle corn and cinnamon roasted almonds.


delicious dates

no, not the kind of date i am over due for, but the kind of dates you eat.
i ran into trader joes on sunday, to gather food for lunches & such, and came across this delicious display of samples. can i ever pass up the samples at trader joes? the answer is no.

i purchased the ingredients and made them as soon as we got home.

everyone loved them :)

prepare as pictured below, bake at 275 for about 15 min.


Sunday, October 7, 2012


the boy found some boots.

                                   when you can't get a sitter, have a double date at the park!
                                      here are our lovely friends at our fancy italian restaurant...
                                       now our saturdays have been renamed soccer saturday.
                                              after D's game, we head to daddy's game.
                                 the kids bring lots of toys and gatorade to keep themselves busy.

one night we were lucky enough to hang out with these two kids.
this little man was baptized.
it was precious.
little S approving her new "russian" inspired curtains.
we finally finished this puzzle.
but alas, we were missing one peice!
luckily daddy found it somewhere several days later.

this boy is starting a new habit.
silently sneaking out of his crib after we put him to bed.
who knows where he will turn up next.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

spirituality and a $50 shirt

i got the new mumford & sons album yesterday. i never thought something with so many f words in it could be so spiritually uplifting.

man i love those mumford & sons. nothing has inspired me to lose this muffin top more. i actually ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill with those angels blasting in my ears. i know, i almost died.

it really gets my blood pumping. it's my roots man.

even tho they are british. whatever. they are irish to me.

i got a chance to run a quick errand w/ my eldest yesterday. usually i pick her up with lots o chillen in the car. yesterday it was just me. she asked where everyone was. i said they were w/ daddy & at piano. 

i asked her if she wanted to make a quick escape before heading back to the shackles of homework, dinner, baths, etc.

she smiled big. heck yes!

so we drove to urban outfitters.

we parked the car, beeped it, big smiles on our faces, anticipating what great deals we would find.

we browsed for a bit, nothing panned out for us, but we did find a great shirt for daddy, $4.99. gotta love a deal.

we were only in there around 20 min.

we walked out to see.....

a yellow parking ticket on my windshield.


i was so excited to escape for a minute, i completely forgot to put money in the meter.

it didn't even cross my mind.

i couldn't believe it.

$42 ticket

so dad's shirt ended up being a $50 shirt.

at least he liked it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

a cheer for greer

a few weekends ago we went up to greer to stay with two other families

in their fancy resort- i mean cabin.

it was amazingly beautiful.

here are all of the little cherubs lined up.


we met these dear families when oldest 3 girls were in 4yr. old preschool together.

now they are full on tweens.

the kids had so much fun running wild, catching snakes, riding motorized toys, riding bikes into town, going on hikes, "falling" in the muddy creeks, etc. etc.

R had the time of his life playing sports with daddy all day.

ahhh. the green trees, the kids playing outside, the laughing around the campfire...... heaven.

we even snuck in a little photoshoot :)

i can't WAIT for this hot az weather to cool off!!!