Monday, December 13, 2010


Well, Lily is growing- there is no doubt about that! Photos just a few short weeks apart!

These two I took yesterday, December 13...

And this one was taken on November 22...

Surf and Turf

Over the weekend our landlord's son was in town with some mates fishing. The last time they were in we ended up with a few fillet's of fresh fish. It was pretty windy over the weekend and they ended up diving instead of rolling around on the boat getting sick, so there were no fillets waiting for us this time. However, they did end up grabbing loads of scallops! For those of you who don't know, scallops are one of my absolute favorite foods! We had already planned on having steak for dinner so we had surf and turf with the freshest scallops you can imagine, and local to boot! YUM. Even John ate one and said "mmm, these are nice"... I sauteed them in butter and then added a splash of savignon blanc to make a little sauce- amazing.

This is what scallops look like, you get rid of the orange bit before you cook them. Scallops for sale in the grocery store are often times not really scallops, they're hole punched sting ray, shark etc. Sneaky, huh?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Just me

And My Dad...

John has really had a hard time with Jeff starting work. For the last 3 years we've had a pretty cushy life, John had both parents with him all the time. It took us a week or so to figure out what was the cause of so much separation anxiety, but this seems to be the key. We've started having special Daddy/John time when the 2 of them go to the park, putter in the garage or simply watch something together on TV. It seems to have helped. Yesterday at the library John wanted to get this book, as a special present for Dad... Just melted my heard to hear Jeff read it to John while John cuddled right up next to him. My boys, they're two peas in a pod.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle

John sang this last night to his sister- it was the cutest thing. Sadly, to recreate it today I had to bribe him with a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven... oh well, its still cute!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


WOW, these did not turn out very good! John had his little fingers all over the lens today- can you tell? Anyways, here are the latest pics! I'm currently 27 weeks and ALL belly.

Jeff says I hardly look pregnant from the back, what do you think? I'll try to get some better pics next time :)

Its the Little Things,

That Make a House, A Home.

a special mug...

a little project...

a boy sleeping peacefully on a saturday afternoon...

a family of shoes...

good coffee on a rainy sunday...

Life is Good.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


John is OBSESSED with CARS the movie. Last Christmas Grandma and Grandpa Goff bought him a CARS tent and 2 of the little toys. We hadn't seen the movie yet, but he thought they were pretty cool anyways. Well, fast forward to today. He's watched the movie no less than 100 times- sometimes he tries to sneak in a second time in a day! The cars go with us everywhere. At dinner he tells us stories of the movie plot, about the different characters (for example, Chick Hicks is a bully- good learning opportunity there!)
Lately he has also been using another (AMAZING) Christmas present from G&G- the MagFormers. Seriously, best toy ever. Building roads is a pretty fun pastime when Mommy says 'NO' to watching the movie again!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Not too bad for a garage sale! We found these 2 pieces for about $50 (plus she threw in a few other things). Its really a shame we didn't buy the bed we looked at last week, it would have made a perfect retro set!
The part I didn't count on was scrubbing off the grime left by smoke and dirty fingers, worst part of the job was finding a piece of a fingernail in one of the drawers- EEWWWW!!! After about 2 hours they're all nice and shiny, and our clothes are off the floor and put away, yay!

*BONUS* this one is just about right for a changing table!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Jeff is participating in 'MO'vember here. That means for the month of November he is growing a mustache to raise money for men's health here in New Zealand. I'm not sure how I feel about the MO. No, I am sure. I don't like it... BUT its for a good cause. John thinks it looks silly, giggles when he looks at it closely, its pretty funny. What do you think?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

John's Space

John has his very own room! Its so cute, small but just what he needs! We found a bed for him at a garage sale, the guy gave it to us (frame and mattress) plus a blanket, 3 pillows, a wool blanket and a sheepskin mattress topper all for $20!! A deal if you ask me! The bed is nice, its not just a frame it has a real wood headboard and footboard. Can you tell this mommy is excited that her little boy has his own space? Jeff and I are still on a mattress on the floor, but John is all hooked up :)

Last night he even had a little friend over! Olivia is 6 and she stays with her grandparents next door after school. Can you tell John is smitten!

Keep the door open little man!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


John on his first day of kindy (preschool). He goes 3 days per week for 2 hours, so far he is loving it, though by Thursday he is so exhausted he can hardly see straight. When I picked him up last Thursday he burst into tears, for no apparent reason- poor little guy!

View from the back, all ready to go! (PS: buttons on the back are- I *heart* NZ, a weinermobile, redwings, ups store, and a sunflower, we're trying to represent!!!)

Jeff's first day of work

And last, but not least... The first 'decent' picture John has taken of me! Actually, he told me he was taking it of Lily, such a cute big brother :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


John conquered the Pacific... Our little water baby!!!

A surfer on the beach even commented that John would be on a board soon... we'll see!!! He does fit right in here on the beach :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Handsome Boy

My handsome baby, who looks more like a little man these days... He is growing up so fast!

A Comparison

Me at 18 weeks with Johnny:

18 Weeks with Thing 2:

Tomorrow we'll find out if Thing 2 is a sister or a brother, I'll keep you posted!
**Please excuse the photo quality, I took them myself!**

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bubby's (again)

I know this blog has become a bit of a tribute to John and Owen lately, but how could I pass up these pictures?!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Johnny John

John was a little late with talking. Don't get me wrong- he was extremely vocal from an early age, he just didn't say many real words. Well, he caught up and them some! Sometimes his vocabulary blows us out of the water and I think his PopPop gets excited about sharing his love of language with him. For example, the other day he wanted to do something and wad told to ask Mommy if it was ok. He didn't miss a beat but looked straight at PopPop and said "My mudder dave me permission!" well, wouldn't most 3 year olds say "mommy said I can!" Maybe I'm just being proud of my little man, but I do think its extremly cute!

Probably the best is recently though. John has many nicknames:: Johnny-O, Johnny, John-John, Goober, Bug, JohnnyJohn etc. In fact, he'll introduce himself to strangers now as Johnny (so cute!) Well, the JohnnyJohn one has seemed to stick lately, maybe it is because Aunt Mandy is the one who most regularly calls him that and she was just here for a few days. Well, he has started calling me "MommyMom" and this morning he told me he was "coldieCold" I wonder what is next?? This boy never ceases to amaze us or make us laugh, what a joy it is to be his MommyMom!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010



Mandy came up to visit with Owen and Julian these past few days while Jed was camping in Wisconsin for Danny's bachelor party. The boys had a blast, and there were less tears and fighting than we had anticipated (based on behavior from the 4th of July)! These boys kept us all busy and are paying the price now, in fact John is napping as I type this because he could hardly keep his eyes open after 'Bubby Owen' left after lunch!

We had a lot of outside play- in between the rain showers! Swim suits are optional at the 'real house'!

Saturday we made the trek down to Petoskey to the Petoskey Festival on the Bay, which turned out to be like a fair for the kids. The children's area was quite nice, but it had rained the night before so it was really soggy! The boys did a few games but had more fun with the free stuff (smart kiddos!) We ended up at the playground that is in the same location with John and Owen splashing in the water. They both rode back to the house naked because their Mommies forgot to bring a change of clothes- lesson learned!

This is how the days ended... does life get any better?