Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Girl drama.

 {Lily devising her next great experiment from The Giant Book of Cool Stuff, with her mini-me}


#1 (Scene: driving in the car. She is pensive, reflective, gazing out the window. Meet Zen Lily.)

"So Mom, I was thinking about that song Let it Go.
Let. It. Go. Ya know? Like Let it Go. Alllllll the bad things that can happen to a person. Just let it go. Let it go."

#2 (Scene: Sitting at the piano. Attempt at playing "old uncle bill" has ceased. piano book has been thrown across the room. Meet Rage Lily)



*Daily response - no, HOURLY response - to London's greatest life tragedies (i.e, having to wake up for school, being forced to wear pants instead of the same skirt she has worn the previous 9 days, a crooked part in her hair, the wrong color beverage cup accompanying breakfast, a delayed snack time)....


{i know. tell me about it.}

#2 - an impromptu spelling bee!

*"Hey Mom!!! Guess what?!! I know how to spell wait. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....



{insert bright eyes. beaming smile. intense anticipation of applause and validation.}

whoa! wow! oh my! london! that was just just...oh my gosh.... wow wow wow.

{houston we have a problem.}

{and for the record, Miss future London, you were an excellent reader and a mostly fantastic kindergarten speller. So please forgive me for laughing so hard at this. If you really had a problem I promise I wouldn't make fun of it on our blog}}

Ellie and Emerson's shenanganisms.

It's 11pm. Do you know where your babies are?

because, apparently, we didn't. we put them to bed. it was awfully quiet upstairs while we watched our movie, this is what we found....

Friday, April 25, 2014

oh hey, thirty.

{{thirty year-old me}}

this month i turned thirty! i think that's about it for now. personal essay to follow later, maybe. i don't know why i'm feeling such a writer's-block lately?!

moving on.

a few months ago, i was graciously nominated for a Liebster Award (thanks Whitney! from The Married Me!).

Honestly, I have no idea what that is, but I'm honored! I decided a while back that I am not pursuing the route of professional blogger in any capacity (sorry about previous announcements that said I would be linking up to facebook: i have since changed my mind, AGAIN. no facebook for raescorner!). I would rather trade readership quantity for quality, if that makes sense. I've so enjoyed my interactions and very real connections with people I've met through blogging. As such, I will not be participating in any future Liebster Award activities/rules, but I still want to answer the questions that Whitney asked...


1. Whom is your favorite author and what is their best book?
Shoot, hard question. I don't have "a" favorite so I'm going to develop my own category system here. I'm going to nominate author(s):
Dave Eggars for voice. Title: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. His books make me laugh and I relate in some bizarre way to the way he speaks. I like that he is a post-modern author who didn't make me want to poke my eyeballs out or die of depression with his writing. It is my personal opinion that most contemporary authors of the past few decades are trying wwwwway too hard to be edgy, smart ass, and different. As such, for me personally, most post modern literature is gag/eye-roll worthy. Post-modern literature is like the biggest fat naked emperor strolling through the town while all the townspeople/professors rave about his fine linens. Where is this rant coming from!?! Sorry.
Point being, Dave is an exception to this.
CS Lewis for thought. Title(s): Any of his non-fiction titles. (I haven't read his fiction!?!). I adore this man's brain and can swim in his thoughts for days. I even hear his accent in his writing. Now THAT'S some talent! 
Laura Ingalls Wilder for experience. The Entire Little House Collection. My fondness towards  this series knows no bounds or age limit! It's like a national treasure. I just read a chapter to my girls the other night. She focuses on simple beauty and sets the scenes in her books in such a way that is perfectly detailed and yet not overly wordy.
2. Are you working in your dream job? If Yes what do you do? If No what is your dream job?
Yes and No. Currently, my dream job is that of home-maker and mother. Both of which I'm doing. In the future, once my children fly the coop, my next dream is to work as a licensed therapist and hopefully open my own private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). However, it all hinges on me not destroying both my family and my marriage in trying to balance our life and school in the pursuit of this goal, so we will see how it all pans out in the future. Wish me luck!
3. How do you balance your blog and your real life?
I try to integrate them. Again, I'm not a professional blogger. It just wasn't a route I felt entirely comfortable or qualified to pursue. I spend a few minimal hours a week mainly trying to catch up on posting memories and photos. Occasionally, I get lucky and get to unravel my mind and post something more substantial. The biggest day-to-day difference is that now I am more conscious about carrying a camera with me so I can capture the moments that I want to have on record.
4. What are you looking most forward to this year?
My ten year anniversary get-away with Tyler. Viva La Mexico!!
5. Which place is next on your travel wish list?
England England England England England!
6. What product can you not live without?
 Mary Kay skincare products. I really love that stuff.
7. What is your favorite type of post to read on other blogs?
Depends on my mood. Honestly, I don't read many blogs. I like eye-candy and creative posts that inspire me to look at beauty in new ways. I like anything and everything REAL. It doesn't have to be a full on expose of private issues, but I do appreciate genuine and thoughtful people who are willing to be a little bit vulnerable. I even love it when someone just rambles about odd things. 
8. Which song makes your bad day instantly better?
George Strait Give it all we got Tonight. Gosh, there's just something about it that is so romantic. Good country songs like that just stick to your ribs like mashed potatas! It makes me want to instantly wrap up in Tyler's big, gritty man arms and feel all lovey. Good ol' George, ya sure is sexy!
9. What is your favorite way to spend a summer day?
Beach Beach Beach Beach Beach Beach. 
10. What is your signature recipe or dish? Link?
I honestly don't know if I have a signature. Tyler ALWAYS talks about this pesto pasta I made ONE time with a PACKAGE mix. It's kind of baffling given how much I actually make things from scratch?!! This one always gets big raves:
11. Do you prefer movies or television shows?
Television shows. Less time commitment. I've got about 40 minutes before I'm comatose and sleeping.

Thanks again Whitney!

Monday, April 21, 2014

the sweet life presents: all about emmie.

This weekend was all about celebratin'. Saturday and Sunday were a combination of two CAPITAL E's!


What a happy couplet, I'll tell you what.
We started Saturday with a small celebration. Just our little family and our most-est special-est wonderful-est adorable-est  lovely-est star-est of the show-est: 
Emmie Lady!!!!

(Sorry, I can't help but get super est-y when talking about my baby girl)

We started her day off with presents. She had packages to unwrap from Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and her sisters. And good news, I finally found her book! Each of my girls have had books that served as little representations for their party celebrations as babies. It started with a Fancy Nancy book given to Lily from good friends...which led to London's theme here, and Ellie Jane's theme here. I kept having trouble finding a book that really felt like my Emerson. So I kept browsing bookstores over time and decided to just wait until something caught my eye. We didn't have a book for her first birthday, but luckily I happened upon this one a few months ago and saved it for her 2nd...
 It's a story about a Springtime Princess in search of a gift for her grandmother. 

My spring-time girl who is named after her grandmother (see here)! Princess Maelie even looks kinda like a grown up character version of our Emmie.

(Emerson and her fan club)

  (Cuz it's her party and she'll cry if she wants to.)

Oh how I wwwwwwuv this wittle face....

Later, we took her to the pool for her new favorite activity.

A wittle fish she is!...

And last, we celebrated with her cake...

 A lemon cake with real strawberry buttercream frosting ...(recipe to follow later)
Very spring. Very Sweet. Very Emerson.

Emerson my love,
my sunshine baby,
my heart,

We sure love you. 
You make us all so happy, and you especially fill your Mama's soul with a unique kind of sweetness and joy. Thank you for being here with us, we are the luckiest.

You're TWO!??!!!

Happy Birthday.

Love Forever,


Also, a peek into Emerson's past:

Emerson turns one HERE.
Announcing Emerson HERE.