my sweet reality.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


summer reading awards were handed out this morning at school.

ella had to read 20 books over the summer.

she did.

so did the rest of the class.

congratulations to all 34 first graders!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

2nd birthday party.

sammy's second birthday party.

a popsicle party.

with water ballons...

& sprinklers...

best friends....

treats for adults...

and popsicles, of course...

and a little something to keep them all clean.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

the eve of the big day.

their bags are packed.

they're ready to go...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

last days of summer.

the last days of summer.

what better place to spend them,

but at the cottage.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

a jammin' birthday.

2nd birthday:

dinner at a bbq shack where she was the center of attention

a walk on the beach with mom and dad.

jammin out at a beach bar with her fave dance partner.

her very own cupcake that she didn't have to share with anyone else.

now that's a birthday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

congratulations & love.

congratulations & best wishes

to the newlyweds!

mr. & mrs. yates

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

whirlwind trip.

ella, ryan, and i were in michigan for the weekend.

we packed a lot into a few short days.

raspberry picking. softball games. playing with dogs.

playing with cousins. arts&crafts shows. fish fries.

mass on the deck. parades. more softball games.

campfires. smores. fireworks. visiting great-grandparents.

waterballoon fights. bike rides.

no wonder i'm exhausted.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


ryan received his first black eye...

from his sister...

during a sword fight...

definately not winning "mother of the year" this year.