Thursday, September 17, 2015


Afton really likes to climb our toy storage container. Problem? I store toys on top of it. 

Not a problem. 

It takes approximately 10 seconds to make our house totally messy. 

But it only takes me 5 minutes or less to clean it up again! I will be teaching Afton this skill soon...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Carrot Dip

I gave the kids carrot sticks for a snack today. It was Afton's first carrot stick, so I didn't expect her to eat it really. She just chewed on it for a while and carried it around. 

We went outside, and she started playing in the dirt. She was drawing in the dirt with a stick, then switched to using her carrot to draw with. Then she put the carrot back in her mouth. Repeatedly. 

I guess dirt is the new Ranch. 

Friday, August 7, 2015


All of the toys and shoes are piled in the corner to hide from "the monster."

(I'm pretty sure Afton is the monster.)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We love the zoo

And Leroy loves getting his picture taken. 

"Take a picture of me eating my banana ON the hippopotamus."

"Mom! Take a picture of me!"

Afton got to relax and eat her banana while Leroy ran around. 

Leroy got to see the lion walk right by his face. "It's the papa lion!!"

We stopped for a while at a playground in the zoo. "Mom, I'm good at hiding."

I forgot to bring my Ergo to the zoo - oops! Normally I use it at the end of the day because Leroy is too tired to walk out of the zoo without crying several times. It just takes longer than I like. Normally I put either Leroy or Afton on my back in the Ergo and the other child goes in the stroller. After carrying Afton in one arm and trying to push Leroy with the other, I finally convinced Leroy to hold Afton on his lap. 

She really did like it when we were moving. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Leroy's toys

Apparently Leroy doesn't want Afton to play with his toys. Can you find them?

Yup. Ronald, Teddy Bear, and Lightning Car are his favorite toys. But Afton's shoe? I guess he claimed it for the evening. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

My boy Leroy

Leroy: "I'm holding my sword to fight people and my tennis racket to play golf."

And yes, he is wearing no clothes. 

Monday, June 15, 2015


I went to Panda Express for dinner tonight. Leroy was delighted to get noodles. "Mom," he says, "this is the best breakfast ever!"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bloody noses

On Saturday Leroy crashed at a full run into a shelf at the store. It was one of those shelves that holds sale-priced shirts and pants in the middle of the aisle. I checked his face for broken skin, but didn't see any, so I picked him up and kept walking through the store, trying to comfort my screaming child. I glanced at his face and discovered it was covered in blood! He had a bloody nose and was crying it all over me. I turned around and made my way to the bathroom to clean him up.

He calmed down and agreed to let me clean him up when I offered to let him wear the new shirt we had just picked out to buy. He was fascinated by the red on his face and even helped me make sure I got it all cleaned up. (He even kept looking in mirrors later to check to make sure there was no red on his face.)

This is Leroy modeling his new shirt in the changing room:

This morning I got a bloody nose (I sometimes get spontaneous ones). When he learned that I had a bloody nose, he asked, "Mom, what you crash into?"