I just saw a lady vacuuming leaves one by one in her front yard. 


Falling asleep

To mom playing the piano. 


No school day

We have had eleven different kids over at our house today. Pretzels was the only snack I was able to provide to a group so large. 


Two months

Man, I love this kid. 



The other day Oliver said to me, 

Mom, Ashley is an adult name. Oliver is a kid name. 

I remember thinking the same thing about my name when I was just about his age. 


Making sense of the world pt. 5

Ansel's latest request:

"Mom, I want to go to the umquarium. It's my favorite umseum!"

And while playing with the iPad and wanting answers:

"Why is Siri your last name!?!"

And here he is, very excited to put up Halloween decorations and wear the burger hat. 


Action pump up the paction!

"Take an action shot!" they request, and this is what we get. 


Right now

It's amazing how time flies and before you know it you're a mom to three kidlets. Taking them to soccer, helping them practice piano, reading them books, sharing good music with them, eating donuts, going on hikes, watching them grow.  So much to teach, so much to learn. These three boys make me one happy camper. 


Whirlwind Day

Things are hopping these days! Many goings on scheduled here and there, half of which I forget and end up apologizing to people for doing so.  It's busy, but a good busy. Plus, buying our second car has proven to take longer than (it should or) we planned. We sold our old car thinking the purchase would be quick, this has left us with one car, which has added to the craziness of our current days and today was no exception. Here is a timeline of one day just for the heck of it. 

6:45// Ollie wakes up and goes downstairs to draw and read. 
7:00// Ansel wakes up and proceeds to come into our room to deliver the line, "Mom, wake up and come downstairs."
7:30// Breakfast is served. I make Ollie lunch and sign agenda. 
7:45// The boys take a rare morning bath because we've had two tub-less late nights in a row (due to previous busy/fun days).
8:47// We leave to pick up carpool and drop off at school. 
9:30// Leave to take Jess to work. 
10:00// Receive text asking, "is Ansel coming to preschool co-op today? 
10:07// Drop Jess off. 
10:05// Receive text asking if we'd like to meet at the library today with a friend.
10:20// Kindly decline library invite via text. 
10:30// Send text apologizing for forgetting and missing preschool.  
10:46// stop at Target. 
11:15// lunch. 
11:45// give Ian a bath. 
1:55// pick up carpool. 
2:00// neighbors come over to play. 
2:55// take phone call from sister. 
3:00// neighbor child smashes finger in back door. 
3:45// break up fight between kids. Send neighbors home. 
4:20// eat early dinner. 
4:45// prep Ollie for soccer game. 
5:00// leave for game. 
5:16// figure out I misread the schedule and his game is actually in an hour.
5:50// pick up Jess. 
6:15// go back to fields for Ollie's soccer game. 
6:40// go to feed Ian but find that he's had a major blowout. Go to public restroom and clean Ian. Throw away soiled diaper as well as his onesie. Find that I've forgotten extra clothes for Ian. He rides home in a diaper and orange muslin blanket. Looks like a Tibetan monk. 
7:10// drive home and change blouse that is covered in newborn poo. 
7:35// arrive at friends' wedding shower. 
8:35// go home and hold Ian so Jess can pack for international trip. 
10:20// leave to drop Jess off at airport. 
11:15// arrive home. carry a sleeping Ansel up to bed. Walk a had-been-sleeping Ollie up to bed. Take sleeping Ian up to room in car seat. 
11:30// go to sleep. 

A good day :)

A beautiful fall day

Last Sunday we took a drive and walked a bit in the canyon. It was so nice out. 

The colors!
Walking in the dry creek. 
The boys (excluding Ian) on top of the "big rock," our official name for it. 

This time of year is hard to beat.