Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2 Christmas Pics

Here are 2 pictures.  New hat, new Hess truck.

ps- I fixed my comment box so it's not impossible to use anymore... just FYI

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lena Says #8

Lena Says #8.....

baking cookies with Sheryl.....

Sheryl: which cookie shape is your favorite, Lena?
Lena: the hipomuspotty

Just after coming down the stairs...

Lena: Mom!
Me: Yea, Lena?
Lean:  There was a huge green booger in my nose so I put it on the wall.


Monday, November 12, 2012

videos of fun

So here are 2 videos of the kids playing and having fun.  The first one shows James playing his favorite newly invented game:

The second one shows both of the playing on the couch:

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Hey there.

Here are some scaaaaary things.  Pics and videos and such.  Here is a pre-trick-or-treating video of Lena:

and here are come pictures.  yes, I know that James does not have a costume on.  It's kind of a funny story.  So my friend Meredith was bringing her 2 boys over to join the other 6 kids and 6 adults already here.  She was picking up pizza for everyone and had a pumpkin costume for James.  She's the only one who does not live in our 3 block radius.  And then she gets a flat tire in the parking lot of the pizza place.  And then her in-laws drive over to save her and they get pulled over.  and get a ticket.  and then her husband shows up and switches her vehicles or something and they finally make it.... after we've already taken the kids trick-or-treating once.  We took the kids out again when she arrived and we all ate pizza but by that time James was in bed for the night.  Oh well.  He'll never remember anyway.

And then we celebrated our friend Grant's birthday, a Halloween birthday :)

Lena may or may not have tried to steal his birthday wish.....

Lena Says #6

I find Lena at the top of the stairs peering through the bars of the baby gate after I'd put her in bed for a nap...

Lena: "Mom. I REALLY need your help."
Me: "With what, Bean?"
Lena: "I really need your help so I can climb over this baby gate."

(Halloween stuff coming soon.....)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Lena Says #5

A few days ago in the kitchen.

Lena: "Mommy can I please have some big milk?"

Me: "Sure."

Lena: "Yay!  I don't want no little milk."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lena Says #4

So we went up to the Adirondaks for Columbus Day Weekend.  It was quite fun.  The last night we were there about an hour after we had put Lena to bed we hear the doorknob and a footed-PJed-pacifiered-wild-haired-blankey-dragging girl walks into the center of the living room, stops, and announces, "I'm done sleeping. Why? Because I'm awake."    ok then.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lena Says #3

Sheryl:  "Lena can you sing me a song?"
Lena: "Sure." (begins singing)  "A B C D X Y Z I don't know my A B Cs"

Lena looking at a bag of popcorn: "Mommy can I have some corn pops?"

Also, within the past 5 days Lena has hit the "why" stage and hit it hard.  She. Asks. Why. All. Day. Long.  and she even asks it to herself rhetorically...

Lena to no one:  "I'm crying! Because why? I fell down."

Monday, September 17, 2012

An Apple A Day

Apple Picking!

Saturday we went apple picking with "Aunt Kwistin and Uncle Matty".  Gorgeous weather, crispy cider donuts, happy kiddos... an all-around great day.  Aunt Kristin took some pictures and here are a few of her great shots:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lena Says #2

one of my favorites from a couple months ago:

Lena:  "Daddy, get up, you can't sit in that chair!"
Mike: "Hey Lena you're not the boss."
Lena after a second of thought:  "Mmm, yea, only Mommy."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lena Says...

I decided I'll make periodic quick posts with the funny things Lena says.  How's today for the first post?

Anyone at any time of day:  "Lena what time is it?"
Lena: "Thirty clock nine."

Mike while wearing a tshirt featuring both a Steeler and a Pgh Penguin hockey player: "Lena, what's on Daddy's shirt?"
Lena: "Ummm, hockball players."

Kim: "Lena, do you have to go potty? You haven't gone potty all day."
Lena: "No, I just went potty."
Kim, sarcastically: "Oh yea? when?"
Lena: "Thursday"

Popular Lena-isms:
"Poppylops" = Lollypops
"Careful George" = Curious George
"do-yin" = doing
"go-yin" = going
"berry-yes" = berries

more to follow, I'm sure!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Here are some more of those pics from the James photo shoot...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

J Roth hams it up

Sheryl came over to do a photo shoot with the little guy and here are some of the shots!!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012


...and now I'm just going to post these great videos of the kids chatting and pretend like I've been a frequent blogger like I may or may not have said I'd be...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

blah blah blah

Yea, I know, I know, I know, worst blogger ever, blah blah blah blah blah.
Ok, now that the elephant in the room has been addressed, we move on...

On to pictures and videos!!

He cracks himself up.

James & Mommy & Daddy:

Lena and a friend playing in the sprinkler (have I mentioned how awesome it is to have some yard?!)

and even though we do have a yard it's still fun to get wet Philly-style with the neighbors:
(that's Mike & Lena across the street)

and here's Lena super excited to be a big girl (potty-trained, ta da!!!)

and last, here's a video of Lena playing in the sprinkler in the yard:

I probably should now say something like, "ok, I promise I'll post more often" but I'm not going to put that kind of pressure on myself... don't hate me.  and I WILL (try to) post more often!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Hi again.

I know it's been awhile.  We had about 3 weeks of sickness after sickness and it was miserable.  I had pinkeye TWICE in 2 weeks.  Lena and James each had it once.  We all had sinus infections.  yuck yuck yuck.  It seems that everyone is currently healthy... We'll go with that.  And here's some videos for you to watch!

Spoons are difficult.

yes, this is 12lb 4 month old James... 

And here's silly Lena

and here's Lena and the next door neighbor Kiki after running through our sprinkler in the YARD!!!  yay, yard!

We're all ready for summer around here!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Some days in the life...

Hi.  So I have a collection of videos and a picture of some very average days.

First up is a picture of how you have to eat in order to save your cookie from being stolen by The Patch:

Next up is a video of Lena talking about some things:

And now to the little guy.  Here he is doing "Crazy Arms 'N' Legs"

and here's the smiley little guy sitting on the counter hanging out.  You'll notice the nice view of our new kitchen in the background!

And yesterday was May 1st.  HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?  Time.  Sheesh.  goes.  so. fast.
James will be 4 months old in a couple days!  He's gotten so big and so much more interactive (and so much happier, thank goodness).  Lena is almost 2 years old!  When Lena was 4 months old I was still a mildly panic-stricken crazy person.   This time around things seem a whole lot easier.  Whew.  and that's a discussion for another time because both kids are currently napping and so it's time for me to get some important and too often overlooked things done.  #1 on this list of things is: showering.  
bye bye.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


So James is a way better laugher than Lena was at his age.  Seriously, she did not think we were funny at all.  James is way easier to amuse.  

And here's Lena after a bath in her "coat":

Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

3 months.

Hi.  I'm James and I was3 months old on Easter.  Here are 3 pictures of me.  enjoy!