Hartley update

20 Dec

I just realized that I forgot to post an update to Hartley’s biopsy yesterday.

It was good news!

The lump/bump was just a fatty think and not doggy cancer, no surgery needed! Thank goodness! I can’t accurately describe how relived I am.

Hartley and I both thank all of you for your good thoughts. He’s back to laying around, loudly snoring, spying on our neighbor’s min pin and trying to steal everyone’s food right out of their hands.


That’s Hartley’s usual pose…


18 Dec


Hartley has a mass on his leg. It’s really big and is freaking me out. He’s gone in for a biopsy today. If you can spare any good thoughts for us, I’d appreciate it. He would to, if he knew what was going on – when he left for the vet this morning, he was excited for a car ride with the kids.

Fashion Friday

14 Nov

Fashion Friday is a weekly series in which I will highlight some of my children’s outfits.


Bea is wearing some princess chic. Her cape is from her Granny, the Barbie princess dress is from my mom. She has on bumble bee striped tights from We Love Colors, I think these are her favorites because she wears them all the time! She’s also wearing her gold boots, from Target.


Lucien is wearing a jacket that his Granny bought for him last year, I don’t know from where but it must have been popular because 4 other boys at his school have the same one! Hahaha! His sweater was thrifted, he said he wanted to wear it because my mom wears argyle. He calls it his “grandmaman sweater.” The jeans are Tommy Hilfiger, but thrifted and the boots are Target.

I added a couple of my outtake pictures because they’re so cute.



Wordless Wednesday: Miss Josephine lets kids play with her (finally!)

12 Nov




* side note – Miss Josephine is the one who had been taking medication to calm her nerves because the kids made her too anxious and a bit snappy. We took her off the meds after about 9 months, and I think that with the kids gone most of the day (she’s home alone with me & our other dog & our cat) I think that’s helped a lot with how she deals with the kids. She lets them pet her now. She even played fetch with Lucien, which a year ago we’d have thought impossible. I’m mentioning all this just so you know that dogs can change for the better, with a lot of work.

A late Halloween post

3 Nov

We had such a busy Halloween that I didn’t have a chance to post until today!

We had to take the kids on a day trip to Philadelphia so they could take the US citizenship oath and become official US citizens – you know, 4.5 years after they’ve come home (thanks to a mix up on the end of the US embassy in Kinshasa!).

We got there a bit early and Lucien was excited to have lunch whilst sitting on a stool at a deli! Haha!

Anyway, because it was Halloween, and the kids would be missing their school costume parade (and because I made the costumes!), I let them go to immigration in costume. One of the guards who let us in the building thought they were so cute that he stopped us on the way out so that he could go get the other guards in the back to come see them! And when we left the guards cheered our kids! It was cute.

So, here’s a picture of them, right after we did the oath – Miss Beatrice Kahlo and Mr Lucien Shinkansen.


And here’s a picture of my husband with Lucien, where you can see the train costume better (Lucien wanted to be a Shinkansen for Halloween, not a conductor, but the actual train…I’m going to put bullet train builder on my resume!):


And an up close of Bea’s make up, I loved her Kahlo eyebrows!


Fashion Friday

24 Oct

Fashion Friday is a weekly series in which I will highlight some of my children’s outfits.

I hadn’t done one of these in a while, and I loved Bea’s outfit the other day so I thought I’d share.


Lucien’s top is from Target, but maybe last year or the year before. His shorts were sent to us from a friend, she got them for him when she went to Thailand (they’re his favorite!), his shoes are Target and Batman.

Bea is wearing a Ralph Lauren dress that I picked up for her at a thrift for $1!!, tights from We Love Colors (get it bee stripes for Bea?), her sneakers are also Target, and you can’t see it in the picture, but she’s wearing a vintage scarf as a head wrap.

This is the same park trip where we saw a runaway puppy wearing a “#1 trouble maker” shirt – who lived up to him name! After we called his owner to come get him, I was holding him and he peed on me!! Hahaha!! The puppy was lucky he was so cute!

How is it already fall?!?

21 Oct

I had all the best intentions of keeping up with writing after our move this summer, but then time got away from me. And now that things are somewhat winding down – I’ve been super busy as I’ve gone back to school part time! Holy cow, the amount of reading is insane! I’m also making B & L’s Halloween costumes this year, because they both wanted to be Wonder Woman and Elsa. So, if I make the costumes, they can be something else, as long as I can make it.

I’ve also been trying to carve out some time to make crafty things, to keep my sanity. Over the weekend, I made these nifty horse necklaces. I may put one in my etsy, I’m not sure yet.



I have a couple more necklaces I started but haven’t had a chance to finish. Hopefully I’ll have time – I have a paper due for a class this week!

Summer is flying by!

16 Aug

I hadn’t intended on taking a summer off from blogging, but with the house move and the kids out of school and playing outside…I never quite found the time to write anything. We haven’t been doing a lot, mostly playing outside and unpacking, and counting the days for school to start back up.

Bea turned 5 a few days ago. Her chronic ear infection cleared up enough that she was able to return to swim lessons. But she decided that she doesn’t want to get her hair or her face wet, that causes problems…so, we got her a swim cap. She’s adorable when she wears it! On the morning she turned 5, she asked my husband for coffee and declared “I’m five! I can do anything I want!” Unfortunately for her, she was wrong…

We have also spent our Saturdays going to tag sales. We found some stuff mostly in the form of toys. But we’ve also been leaving the house late and trying to sleep in. Next week the kids start soccer, putting a krink in my estate sale plans! How dare they! Haha!



Just some random summer pictures – bathing cap, birthday and my husband with Lucien.

My Aha Moment

11 Jul

A while back I was emailed based on this blog to come and talk about my Aha Moment for the Aha Moment tour. I kind of hedged because, like I kept telling my husband, I don’t have an Aha Moment!

Then it dawned on me that I actually kinda did have one…

Here’s my video, it’s online if you want to see it click here.

Making friends

27 Jun


As you know we’ve just moved to our house. But there’s a Dominican family that lives behind us. Every single day, Lucien has been pining for the little girl to come over and play…

Today – out of nowhere she came running over and he ran towards her, they hugged and didn’t say a word. He then got in our car and we went to the store. On the way there he said “we hugged, I love her and she loves me. We’re friends.”

I wish it was that easy for me to make friends!!

Anyway…we got back from the store, he and Bea invite the girl over, they played here and then went to her house and played. We met her mom, and made a new friend, too I guess. Her mom told me that she went running into the house with my two screaming “come meet my new friends!! I love them!!”

* the picture at the top is Bea and Lucien playing with their new to them Barbie house – I love when they play together nicely!


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