Monday, August 31, 2015

a barrel of laughs

Usually for us, date night means dinner alone and whatever Superhero/action/comedy/chick flick is playing at the theater at the moment.  But last night, thanks to our small group from church, we changed things up a little bit and met our friends for dinner and then went to a comedy show. We saw Tim Hawkins and John Crist and they were hilarious. If laughter is the best medicine, we definitely got a good dose of it last night. And the best part? It was clean comedy. I like a good joke as much as the next person, but I'm not a fan of listening to the f-bomb every 3 seconds which seems to be the norm with a lot of comedians. We had a great time and will be looking for more opportunities to check out shows in our area.

Check out YouTube for videos of Tim Hawkins and John Crist and check them out if they come to your city. 

In other news, if you can believe it, we still have one last week of summer before school starts on September 8. I'm hoping to take advantage of it by finding a perfect balance between fun activities (swimming/putt-putt/river-rapid riding/ice cream) and staying home. We don't have any plans for Labor Day weekend besides grilling in the driveway so we'll have plenty of time to get the backpacks and lunch boxes ready to roll on Tuesday morning. 

After a fun but somewhat emotionally taxing summer, I've been trying to get a few things checked off of my summer to-do list that, until now, has largely been ignored. So far I've gotten a new homework area ready for Tommy, cleaned out the pantry and another downstairs closet, cleaned out the kids dresser drawers, mulched a new perennial bed in the yard, and painted a new chalkboard wall in our mud room where we can keep a calendar and weekly menu right where everyone can see it. 

Looking forward to our last week of freedom before the schedules start again! But also, kinda looking forward to the schedules, too. Cheers to summer!

Friday, August 28, 2015


Well, it is the end of August and I can hardly believe it.  We here at wethree have all been anticipating the end of August for about, oh, a year now (wedding, anyone!) and well, it was basically the best ever.  THE. BEST.  I'm sure there will be more on that soon so for now, I will share some of what we were up to before the big day.

 My little decided all of a sudden that she is BIG.  She has been determined to conquer these monkey bars and just last night showed me how she can jump off the top of the little slide in the yard and how she can go up the little slide with no hands.  She is growing up so fast these days, it is crazy!

 We celebrated Matt's dad's birthday earlier in the month with hot dogs and cake at the park!

 A couple weeks ago we had a wonderful opportunity to spend a few days in the woods in the Pocono Mountains.  We fished, built fires, ate s'mores and just enjoyed our time together.  Full post on that coming soon!

 We recently got CandyLand and Sommer loves it!  I am mourning the original board and characters.

 One last fair of the summer.  

And I just can't help but share a few pictures from the wedding...


One perfect day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Insta-Wednesday: current knitting project

I recently picked up knitting again - a trip to the knitting store with Chelsey a few weeks back was all I needed to convince me to start again.  I decided to start with an easy straight knit blanket for Sommer as we head into the fall and winter.  I can't wait to see it all come together!
xo Dana 

Making good progress on my wool cowl. Can't wait to wear this one in a few months! Also, can you believe that Christmas is just four months away from yesterday? (!!) Time to get started on planning some handmade gifts! Hope you're having a great week! Oh and check out last Friday's post in case you missed it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

the secret

Remember this post when I said I would try to figure out how to enjoy cleaning my house as much as I enjoy mowing my lawn? Well guess what? I figured it out! 

The secret is.....

My sunflowers bloomed! Yay! Next year I'm planting 100.

Audiobooks. Genius!

I can't take full credit for this idea though.  Recently I was talking to my friend Pam about books we've read over the summer, and she recommended Scribd for downloading and listening to audiobooks. It's free for the first couple weeks and then $9 a month after that. I signed up last week and am loving it already! The other day, as the kids were happily playing (in between screaming at each other - I can finally see the four year difference between them), I put my headphones on, turned on an audiobook, and started dusting. I got the entire first floor dusted and vacuumed without hardly ever noticing that I was doing something that I normally dread. Win! 

Scribd has a huge library of not only audiobooks but regular books as well. I'm not a big fan of reading from a screen so I'm not sure how much I'll use that option, but if you're into that, there are a ton of choices. Now I can "read" while cleaning, cooking, knitting, sitting at baseball or ballet practice, or while in the car. And the best part is that there are children's books, too! Now we have another good option for long car trips besides movies or electronics or staring out the window. Double win! 

Give it a try if you need something to help you get through your cleaning routine. I'm still trying to figure out the best, and more importantly - the most efficient - way to clean our house. You'd think I'd have figured that out after over a year of living here but since I try to clean as little as possible (ahem) it's taking me longer than it should. Ah well. We're not going anywhere so I've got plenty of time to figure it out. 

See those red leaves? Autumn evidence??
TGIF! Hope you've got something fun planned for the weekend! Thanks for reading this week. Have a good one! 

P.s. Happy Birthday Nanny! We love you! 
P.p.s. Happy Birthday, Lianne! We love you!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

fantastic four

We celebrated Annabel's 4th Birthday yesterday which prompted me to have the same thought that I have on each of the kid's birthday's every single year:  Where did the time go?! I mean, yes I know where it went, but good grief, how is my baby - my last baby - four years old? She's such a character. Funny, charming, sweet, sassy. She definitely gives me a run for my money but the crazy (and scary?) thing is she's a lot like me...even though she looks just like Will. All that stubborn that I gave my parents as a kid is coming back to me. But even on the days when she tests every ounce of patience that I have in my entire body, she's still my most favorite girl in the entire world and I'm so glad she's ours. 

I've learned a lot from parenting Tommy for the last eight years, so while Annabel might have it a little easier and decidedly less helicopter-y, there are quite a few differences between girls and boys so in a way, she's blazing a path of her own. And while she's much more of a girl than I am, what with her nail polish and her princess dresses and her hair bows and her fancy shoes, she's still plenty tomboy, too. It's such a fun combination and I'm learning so much about all the things I passed up when I was a kid. Makes me feel like a kid all over again. So far I've still kept her away from Barbies - my least favorite "girl" toy - but I have a feeling it's only a matter of time before I'm playing with them. But if I get to do it with her then I'm willing to give it a try.

She's learned so much this past year and come a long way in being more independent away from me. She's learning to swim, she wants to ride my skateboard on her own (as long as I'm just a hand-grab away), she writes her name and a few other words, she loves to color, she loves noodles and anything sweet, she loves fancy dresses and twirling. Love that girl and her broad array of interests. 

Her birthday gifts this year are a perfect illustration of her wide range of likes. She asked for "a pink and purple bike and a grill." .......Huh? A grill? Yes, she wanted a grill. Thank you, Mimi and Pa, for giving her a grill! She loves cooking up some hot dogs and hamburgers in her new Cinderella dress :)

Trouble champs!

 This beautiful, beautiful baby sure has turned into a gorgeous girl. Love these two photos of her. She's changed a lot, but I still see that tiny baby when I look at her today.

Happy Birthday to our sweet 4-year-old! We love you Annabel Taylor!

Monday, August 17, 2015

with friends

Our last summer hurrah was a too-short trip to a tiny town in Southwestern Virginia where we met up with friends at their beautiful cabin on the creek. The kids played in the water, we hiked up to another little cabin where we made a bonfire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, we kayaked down the creek, we talked and laughed and had an amazing time. 

Have you ever vacationed with friends? We've done it twice now - once, years ago before we had kids, and this time, with friends of ours who have a boy and a girl a year younger and older than our boy and girl - and as we relaxed in lawn chairs watching the kids play and have fun, and as I reminisced about our week at the beach with our friends nine years ago, I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out why we hadn't vacationed with friends more often. The kids had a great time playing together, the adults had plenty to talk about, and we pretty much did whatever we wanted. It was great, and I'm already thinking about when we can plan something with friends again. Here are some photos from our weekend, if you'd like to see.

Such a relaxing time with great people in an absolutely beautiful place. What could be better? 

Wishing you a good start to your week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Insta-Wednesday: Currently Reading

[I've been pretty busy as of late, so while I haven't been taking the time to read any books (except for the occasional chapter of Harry Potter, when I need a mental vacay), I have been obsessed with Savory, the new magazine put out by GIANT. And while I know I'm jaded (it's my place of work, after all), I can't say enough how much I recommend it! I made some chicken & mango herb wraps from a recipe in the most recent version, and they're delicious. Happy reading (&cooking)!]

 I read this funny and highly entertaining book a few years ago but couldn't resist picking it back up again in anticipation of the movie coming out in September. Will and I are already making plans to see it! Have you read any of Bill Bryson's books? Hope you're having a great week. See you back here on Friday!

I've been trying to read this book since we went to the beach back in June but not having much luck getting through it.  It is a good read but this summer, I have been struggling to get through anything I pick up.  
What have you been reading lately?  We are always looking for great suggestions!