life rearranged

It’s InstaFriday!

I’m having so much fun with Instagram that I haven’t picked up my big camera in weeks!  I’ll have to rectify that situation during this coming week!

I love clouds at sunset.  They make for really pretty skies!

This boy…painting a treasure box he bought the night before. It came with a pack of decorative stickers.  Of course, he chose the snake for the top of the box.  Of course, he reallyreallyreally delighted in showing it to me.

I love pictures of napping babies.

She was napping on my bed while I put laundry away.  Gabe would never have done that.  As long as I can get her to stay asleep long enough for me to get up I can putter around a bit and she’ll continue sleeping.  For a little while.   She’s sleeping now while I write this blog post.  We’ll see how long that lasts!

We caught up with some of my family over dinner (and playing) Saturday evening.

Our car started this really strange grinding noise last week.  Tahd pulled the brakes and found the left rear brake pad complete worn away. 100% gone.  Kinda freaky.  We’re getting new brakes! 😉

She really loves kisses!

I really love her!

I also have to mention I know there aren’t a lot of pictures of Gabe.  This is not because I love him less.  This is because he generally runs away.  Boo.

Gabe bought this onesie with my mom when I was pregnant with Mara.  This is the onesie he got all excited to return when we lost her.  I’m glad they didn’t take it back. 🙂

She LOVES her taggie blanket!  A dear friend made it for her and she has developed such a love for chewing on everything in reach that it has quickly become a favorite!

I looked out my bedroom window last weekend and was struck by how sweet my husband is.  He does all our laundry and loves to hang it out on our makeshift line to dry.  Do you know how nice it is to have a laundry-doing husband?  It’s nice – very, very nice!

Gabe got in a little trouble – can’t remember exactly what happened.  He had to spend some solo time sitting on the steps and when that was over I told him he had to write a little story about a boy who learned how to obey.  The top two papers are his first effort.  The bottom picture – the winning one – was his second effort.

Who loves UNO?  Gabe does!

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a cranky funk lately.  Trying to get out of it.

What did I ever do without a smart phone?  Here I’m using it as a mirror to check on Isla behind me. She was sleeping but started to stir and I wanted to know if she was awake or was going to resettle.

She woke up.  Nap over.

We went to McDonalds to celebrate Gabe’s last day of school!  He wanted to sit in the tall chairs but there was no room for the car seat so we sat behind him.

Tuesday was recall election day in Wisconsin.  There were recall efforts against our governor, lieutenant governor, and our state representative.  My pick for governor lost, but my pick for state rep won – pretty much what I expected!

Another sleeping baby!  I’m in love with this outfit.  The romper is from Gap and I got it on crazy clearance.

I love the shoes, too.  I love them so much I went back and bought a pair in the next bigger size!  Love how she so daintily crossed her feet while she slept.

Gabe builds the most amazing creations. I should have videoed this one.  It had all these cool moving parts.

We also went to a book signing for one of my favorite bloggers.

In the middle of it Isla had a blowout.  Sister has uncanny timing!

First morning of summer vacation!  Everyone slept in and then we hung out in bed while we read.  Perfection!

Out for a run (mostly a walk – but a little running).  I purposefully didn’t clean the Color Run powder off my shoes. It makes running more fun!

So in love with her!

A little library fun yesterday.  Gabe and I both got books we’ve been wanting to read.  We’ve decided to make this a weekly summer adventure.

He cracked his books the minute we hit the car!

This is SO my child – always moving, always talking!  Here he’s explaining the features of a creation he built out of Crazy Fort sticks.

He wanted to show me a YouTube video. I leaned my head onto his shoulder and snuck a picture. Love him!



life rearranged

I decided to play along with InstaFriday this week.  You can follow me on instagram at slightlycosmo.

Love this baby! She decided my necklace was the perfect chew toy.

We took our trip to the beach on Sunday.

I’m glad we did because it went from 90 degrees here last week to 50 today, I think.  I turned the heat back on in the house!

Hopefully it’ll be beach weather again soon!

There’s something magical about the bedtime hour. Although in the interest of full disclosure I have to mention that Isla woke up about 3 minutes after I took this picture.

Tahd tucking Gabe in.  He helped me pick the photo and filter.

Tahd’s growing his beard again.  Isla kind of sacked out here, all floppy and exhausted.

Gabe’s class has been working on learning about “fancy” words – instead of “cold” say “freezing.”  Instead of “nice” say “fantastic.”  In honor of their fancy words they had a Fancy Nancy Tea Party and I made some fancy cupcakes for them.  I thought they were fun!  And super tasty!  I used a new cake mix – Duff white cake from Michaels.  It was really tasty and super easy!  I’ll definitely buy that mix again.  I like to make cakes from scratch, but it’s a little putzy and I wanted quick and easy – without the box cake taste.  This mix fit the bill really well!

Something about this face made me giggle!

On our way to the Fancy Tea Party. Gabe wore his suit, which he prefers to call his “President costume.”

I could take a million pictures of a sleeping baby!

On the other hand, this was my non-sleeping baby at 10:30 at night.

Girl time!

Trying out her giraffe.  She has entered a very “mouthy” phase lately so I thought I’d get it out.  It was enjoyed!

My excitement for the week – a Skype chat with Kelle Hampton!

Book and baby… ready to go!  It was a nice chat!  We talked about miscarriage and friendships and faith and positivity.

And so excited – it’s fruit season!  These were our first cherries of the year.  Hoping the strawberries in our garden will be ready next week!

I Heart Faces – Innocent Wonder

I love the I Heart Faces challenges, and this week’s theme is Innocent Wonder!  What a fun theme!  I had a hard time with a photo for this week – to me, innocent wonder is angelic and perfect, and I have a hard time taking “angelic” or “perfect” pictures!  lol  But I decided I like this one.  I love that it makes me focus on Gabe’s eyes in a big way.  So much goes on behind them, and I’d love to crack into that little mind and see what happens in there!

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I Heart Faces – Smiles

I’ve been working on a “deeper” post but am having a hard time making it work.  In the meantime, I wanted to play along with I Heart Faces again in their weekly photo challenge!  This week’s theme is smiles, and I just love this one:

This kid slays me!  And I love when I get a natural photo of him!

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This week is their best of 2010 set.  I think this is my favorite photo from 2010 – maybe not all around favorite, but my favorite photo of Gabe’s sweet face!

{August, 2010 ~ Waiting for the train to NYC}

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