Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy 35th!

Yesterday was the 35th wedding anniversary for my second set of parents! It is so wonderful to see them happy and loving each other after that many years!

The result of 35 years! 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and soon to be 11 grandchildren. That is a FULL life!
Happy anniversary mom and dad! We love you!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I love this.


Flashback to when we were little kids and my dad would “fall asleep” if we stopped rubbing his head during story time.


Hannah perusing a Pottery Barn catalog. A girl after my own heart.


It warms my heart to see my kids play together. HOWEVER! I don’t know that this qualifies. Lily dressed up Jake. Notice how they are accessorized? Lily with the yellow dress and purple lei and Jake with the purple dress and yellow lei. There is thought put into this people!


Don’t worry Hannah wasn’t left out.


Hannah insisted on napping in Jake’s bed. On the ball pillow. She made sure that all the Little Einstein stuffed toys were arranged around her perfectly, said “goodnight mommy” and closed her eyes. This is day two for napping in there. I don’t know what he thinks of losing the use of his room but hasn’t made a big deal out of it yet. He is such a good big brother. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Making playdoh

The kids made playdoh with my mom the other day. It was so funny to hear them trying to decide what colors were the best and whether or not they were going to let the other person play with one they had mixed.

Hannah decided to try and eat some. I don’t think that she appreciated how much salt there was in it because she started brushing her teeth after her first and only bite.


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Don’t ask me why Lily has no shirt on. I know that she was dressed at one point.


Hannah kept sticking toothpicks into the playdoh and singing Happy Birthday as she made everyone blow out the candles. That was pretty much all she cared about.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers Day!

This was a really fun Father’s Day for me. I had the father of my children and my own father to celebrate with. Only one dad missing! We missed you Gary.


Joe, opening the gifts from his children. Notice Jake there in the corner working on one quietly by himself.








We went out as a treat. Hannah enjoyed sucking on lemons and Jacob enjoyed eating while sleeping. No joke. He was out cold and still eating. We were all dying. :)


Attempting to get a picture of Joe with his children wasn’t on Miss Independent’s schedule for the day. She had better things to do.



Still think I don’t look pregnant Ruthie??


You have to understand…this is the first Father’s Day I have spent with my dad in 7 years. It was so nice. I am sorry to the rest of my siblings for hogging the day but it meant a lot to me. :)

    We finished out the day with a lemon meringue pie. Made especially for my dad.

Happy Fathers Day!



Look at that face!


Oh, the concentration…


Jake was being SOOOO careful!


The end of the night.


The finished product. Our LOOOOOONG empty hallway is starting to not be so empty. The kids love having their stuff displayed and now my fridge doesn’t look like a bomb went off on it.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Family Pictures

For a really long time now I have been wanting to do some sort of a display with all of the older pictures that we have of our family. After getting most of it together I realized that the older pictures that I had were of the Dapelo/Hughes side of the family. That was quickly resolved after my parents came with their mountains of pictures. So, it is all together after much waiting. It isn’t anything spectacular or crafty…just something that I have accomplished that makes me feel good and a little daily reminder of where we come from. :) We put the shelf in our hallway because it is so enormous and we haven’t ever hung anything in there because it is just too intimidating to put anything on that giant expanse of wall without it turning into a crazy hodge podge mess.

My side of the family (grandparents and great-grandparents).


Our gorgeous parents.


Joe’s side of the family (grandparents and great-grandparents).


I also ordered two other pictures that I am thinking of hanging on the wall under the shelf but haven’t decided yet. They are classic. More to come on that front later.

Ambitious Much??

So, in my constant search for something cheap and DIY I found this website.

Knock-Off Wood

I love her site and she makes everything look so easy! I have always had this deep down secret desire to learn how to do woodworking ever since I was at my Aunt Julie’s house and saw an entertainment center that she made out of the Ethan Allen Catalog. Also, all the rest of the furniture in her house!

Anyway, I digress…

Love these things!

1) This entire kitchen!

2) Love these. Adult and kid sizes!


4) For Jake and his trains. Maybe.

I could have a list of probably 20 things that I love. There are storage benches, shelving, beds, decor….everything and anything that you could possibly desire. She also takes suggestions for plans. When she gets enough people asking for things she puts up a plan. Seeing her stuff makes me want to try it out.

Another bonus…she lives in Alaska. I have enjoyed some of her non-building posts since my parents are moving there and it is nice to see pictures and hear stories of things that they MAY experience while there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Reading

Our local library is hosting a summer reading program for the kids that lasts the entire month of June. Each kid got to put their name on a little ghost and then for every book they read they got a sticker. After 15 stickers they got a gift certificate for a cookie from Subway and after 20 they got a free ice cream cone courtesy of McDonalds. We decided to continue it at home since they only went up to 20 books and my children could probably sit and listen to 10 books a night. By the second week of June they got their “completed” ghosts and both of the incentives. So, we have an apple for each kid on the refrigerator that they get stickers for books and once the apple is full (it is the size of a full sheet of paper and the stickers are tiny!) then we will have a fun little outing or something for them. Maybe we will take them to Barnes and Noble to pick out a new book. :)

Our library does a preschool and a toddler program every other week, plus lots of “special” events throughout the month. These pictures are from the last one that my mom took them to.




Lily and I have also started a new endeavor in reading. I wasn’t sure how it would play out but surprisingly she has been really into it. We are starting the Little House series. Right now we have read up to Chapter Five of Little House in the Big Woods. She LOVES it and has asked me to read it to her numerous times a day since we started it 2!! days ago. We read 3 chapters in our last sitting because she didn’t want to stop. I am so excited! I remember loving them as a kid and I am excited for her to have the same experiences that I did. I was thinking that it might be fun to try out some of the things that they talk about in the book like making butter and things like that. More to come on that front later! :)

Shots and other things

Yesterday we took Hannah to get her shots and for the kids to get their lead tests. She did really well considering how tired she was. She had fallen asleep while we waited and I had to wake her up before she got stuck. She wasn’t completely awake when the first needle went in and 2 and 3 were no easier. She was a trooper and survived the experience. She has been acting fine today except for some soreness in the legs. Every once and awhile she will come to me holding the spots that she got stuck.

Jake and Lily got their lead tests done and survived as well. Jake was really impressive. He volunteered to go first and after the initial stick didn’t seem to be bothered by anything. Lily unfortunately had worked herself up into a big ball of fear after watching both Jake and Hannah so she was a total wreck before the stick.

We took a quick little trip to DQ afterwards for milkshakes and/or ice cream.





Joe met us at DQ for ice cream and Hannah apparently really missed him through the whole experience because she wouldn’t let him out of her sight for awhile after he got there (or sit by herself). She is a daddy’s girl for sure!

I have to share this picture! It kills me! I think that there is a picture of his father that is similar to this so I will have to see if I can get a copy of it. :)


He was a little tired so he just dropped to the floor and passed out. The nurse looked at me and asked if he was sleeping. I told her he was and her mouth was hanging open a little. Apparently most kids don’t fall asleep on the floor in the office or at the grocery store.

Monday, June 14, 2010





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Relay for Life 2010

I feel like I am doing all these posts as a guest. This is the first time that I haven’t gone to Relay since we moved here. I was a little disappointed but Joe and my parents took the kids and took LOTS of pictures so that I wouldn’t feel too left out. So, here are some of the cutest ones.








They went over after dinner and did all of the kids festivities until around 9 or 9:30, walked the memorial/luminary lap and then came home. All three of the kids were exhausted!


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