Jul 28, 2016

How many licks??

This morning I was an ogre.  I just couldn't bring myself to adult, even after being woken up by kicks in the boob and iced coffee.  Luckily for me the two little ones can get into mischief together and 1% of the time I don't give a S&#*.  But, I got up off the couch and went in the kitchen to see the damage and this is what I found.  
If you don't watch the video, basically the 1 year old gets a lollipop out of the drawer and the 3 year old knows its bad news, but when they realize that I don't care and I think it's cute they proceed to get it open with some teamwork.
I mean, they love each other so much.  Cecilia is such a sweet big sister.  Both of my girls are in love with Samuel as much as I am.  Isn't that sweet?  Thank god I didn't have a 3rd girl.  Don't judge.

Jul 25, 2016

Museum takedown

Mastodon?  What Mastodon? Mastodon...scmastodon
 Sometimes going to the museum sucks...and sometimes it's fun.  This time it was fun.  We've been to the Fl History Museum here in Tallahassee a bunch of times.  It's free (well, you're supposed to donate...but I'm cheap and broke), which is awesome and it's not outside, which is also awesome.  My 6 year old was at camp (yay!) so I took the little ones.  Cecilia was really into the scavenger hunt and Samuel just loves to get into shit and run rampant.  My favorite part is the Model T Ford.  It makes me warm inside to remember my great-grandad (born in 1914), who I lived with most of my young life, telling me proudly that that was his first car.  I can imagine him driving it.  Very slowly...lol.    The kids get a kick out of the mastodon, probably one of the coolest things in Tallahassee...which is so so sad.  Now it makes me want to go back really soon, but ya'll know the next time it's going to be hell...kids crying and breaking things and complaining and peeing their pants.
my little catholic girl...she screams "that's Mary!"

Samuel..nothing but trouble

Model T Ford...just like Great-great grandad Willis had

Diorama of Silver Springs....was that a thing???

Jun 30, 2015

Dec 27, 2014

Dec 12, 2014

This Crazy Season

So I have been talking to a lot of people in the past week about how fast this Christmas season has been going.  My friend asked me yesterday if I was "all ready for Christmas" and I said "Nope. I haven't done anything".  She was like, "I like your attitude".  And now I am pretty proud of myself, as a new Catholic, that I can embrace the idea of taking it easy during Advent.  Now, I may just be pregnant and lazy, but I am going with the idea that I am a "really good christian".
my crazy kids...not chilling during this season

From what I was told during RCIA (I am paraphrasing here), Advent is a time of reflection, anticipation, prayer and joy...yadda yadda yadda.  It isn't until Christmas day, or Eve, that we should be "all up in Christmas"...yeah, I just said that.

Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge pregnant hormonal mess.  But I do, at certain times of the day, feel a sense of peace, especially reading the two books I am reading right now:

Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton
(Apparently I should know who he is...a cool monk who was and is really popular from the 40's-now...but he's deceased)

Praying for your Unborn Child by Francis and Judith MacNutt 
(My friend gave me this book and it looks SERIOUSLY outdated but it's got great advice on the affect of prayer and positivity on your baby.  It's made it the 80's....like me.....wait.....)

Anyway, I suggest that everyone, Christian or not, relax a little...smell the pine....read something good and useful.  Not just for your sake, but for the sake of everyone around you, like the person you hit with your shopping cart, or flip off in traffic or the messengers you kill...you know what I mean.

Dec 2, 2014


I have loved being a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee.  I always say that it "idiot proofs" giving back to your community.  I have met awesome women and volunteered for great events that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I know I don't give as much as I should...I hear it in mass every weekend...but I do love to give my time.  The JLT started this great annual fund and it's an easy way to give back to the Tallahassee community. 
This year is the first I have heard of #givingtuesday.  I have to say, I like it.  It has a nice ring to it.  Much better than #cybermonday or the evil #blackfriday. 
So give to someone or something or somewhere today.  For god's sake people.  Do something good.

May 5, 2014


I started watching an NPR "live in concert" video of the band Future Islands (Live Concert).  I can respect them.  Not sure I totally love their music though.  It's not making me weep or anything.  I started to trail off and read the rest of the blurb on them.  They use the term Normcore, which I am apparently not cool enough to know.  But it sounds so cool.  Come to find out, it's not cool.  Normcore is about not being cool.  Why is our culture so confusing??? My friend Daniel did a blog post before about being a hipster, In Defense of the Hipster, which is a term that I love to use to make accusations of people and their character. That and Emo.
Ready for me to go deep?

Being cool is so not cool now.  It's like, being different...is like....not different anymore.  To be deep, is so shallow.  It's hip to be square.

That was me being deep.

Alexa Chung, the model/TV presenter/columnist
said this about normcore:
Asked if she's 'into' normcore, she explained: "No, I am into it but I didn't recognise it as a category of dressing, it's just how people dress, but I know friends of mine that were included in the first article who were quite outraged by that. It's weird when you're just existing and people outside it gather you up and take away any unique vibe you thought you had. They're like, 'It's a trend' and you're like, 'What? No, I just exist.'"
this pic is from an article on normcore, it's basically my wardrobe  

Normcore is now going to be my favorite term to describe things.  Everything is going to be Normcore.  Alex is going to hate it.  Probably as much as he hates it when I say "cray cray". 

In fact, I embrace normcore.  I AM normcore.  To the core.

Mar 21, 2014

Artist Date

I decided to take an artist date.  I miss live music. Listening to Frozen all day doesn't quench it...shocker. So here I am at Skyline Motor lounge listening to this chick rock out and drinking tasty wine, eventually switching to beer. Makes me feel like Nay Nay.

Oct 25, 2013

Pre-gaming it

Mwah ha ha...
Halloween 2013 has begun...for us die-hards.
Tonight Alex said he's never seen me so geeky.  I was like the only adult that was dressed up, besides the ones who were volunteering for the Trunk or Treat.  I couldn't believe how many people don't know who Maleficent is.  Alex was like "people know you're a witch".  I was like..."no, I'm a fairy."  He later told me that that was the geekiest thing I have ever said, standing there in my adult children's character costume.
Serena wanted some candy and Alex told her that she couldn't have any because it was for the Oompa Loompas.  Serena was like, "What?" and he said, "yeah, you leave the candy at the door at night and the Oompa Loompas come and get it".  Nice Alex.
Alex was not in a real costume.  Serena wanted him to be prince Charming.  I said he should be prince Phillip (my geekiness strikes again) and then he said he was prince Charming, pretending to be prince Phillip...dressed up like prince Eric.  Nice Alex.
Notice (in the picture) how much of a freak Alex is about Serena being warm...and he dressed the baby...with no socks.
Nothing is cuter than a baby wearing wings.

Diablo the Raven, Maleficent and Aurora

Aug 27, 2013

Conversations with a 3 year old girl

Serena at breakfast:  These eggs are not good for my breast milk
Me:  When did you get breasts?
Serena: ummmmmm....last summer
Me:  It happens like that sometimes.  You go through puberty.  That's when a kid becomes an adult.
Serena....thinking hard:  That was the worst summer ever.  Me and Ella were pregnant and then we had to pee in a cup.

Jul 12, 2013

Crankee Doodle

Get this book for your kid! We got it from the library and it is really entertaining for both of us.  I do the horses voice really deep and dumb.  Crankee Doodles voice is easy, I just try to sound like my 3 year old. Now Serena makes me sing her the song all the time.

Jul 7, 2013

Home Updates

Some updates on decor in the living room, dining room and Cecilia's room.  Not bad for a Sunday afternoon with a newborn and a 3 year old.
The giant orchid is pretty badass. 
Cecilias room theme is loosely nautical, not done with it yet. 
The dining room wall was blank for over a year, got sick of looking at it...so we put up stuff we had in the closet,  a shelf that used to be in Serena's old room, my cookbooks which were in the closet, and 2 random frames that we used to have up but couldn't figure out where we wanted them.  Its not Better Homes & Gardens worthy, but its cute.

Jun 15, 2013

...on "Man Caves"

Alex and I were watching a home makeover show and the husband was talking about how he really wanted a "man cave".  Alex was like "what the hell, why does he deserve a space for himself" and I was like, "yeah, I mean, where is the WOMAN CAVE...and why does he need to GET AWAY from his wife and 2 kids".  I was so glad we finally agreed on something.  Man caves are dumb.  We could see having a space for the whole family to enjoy downtime, but a "man cave" sounds like a bad idea for a marriage. 
 I think instead of a "man cave" 
it should be called a "douche den".  

May 3, 2013

Hot Blonde

Leave it to me, to jack up my hair right before I give birth.  I was trying to get ready, you know...shave (which I know is not the last time) , do my nails, touch up my hair, lotion my skin...hey, you never know when she is coming.  It's not that bad, just more blonde than I am used to and a little fried.
I put Serena down for a nap, got my highlighting kit ready.
I started to pull my hair through the cap...WTF!  It hurt like a mot$%$&%$%$%er.  Seriously.  I realized the pick thing that pulls the hair through the cap was all jacked, usually it is just a little bit hooked, but this one was not quality controlled...it was like a medieval torture device. Did I stop using it?  No, because I paid for it and I am 38 weeks pregnant and I am NOT going to waste time taking it back.  So I suffered through it, I was talking myself through it, almost crying, saying "pain for beauty Renee"...
Instead of it pulling my hair through in small, thin strands to make subtle highlights, it was pulling large knotted lumpy strands.  I should have stopped, I knew it was a poor course to choose.  So, now I  am pretty platinum...like a blonde beached whale.  Excuse the no make-up in the photo.
My cosmetologist mom would be so proud...lol.
Who's next?

Apr 3, 2013

A good Laugh

We went to this super ghetto fair around the corner from us last weekend.  Serena was all talk about riding everything, but it took a lot of coaxing and bad parenting to get her to ride the dang rides we spend $15 on.  So there was this frog hop ride, and the guy said Alex could go on it with her, even though most of the others he couldn't.  So they get on, Serena reluctantly, and the thing starts going up.  Then about 8 feet up, it starts to" hop", basically it was abusive banging up and down in quick thrusts...Alex's nuts were already squished at the start and his face was concerned before it even started.  So there they are, Alex trying to suck his nuts in and Serena screaming crying and I am peeing my pants laughing, the carnie is laughing maniacally, as well as a few other bystanders.  The ride finally ended and Alex thanked the guy in a high pitched voice.  We told Serena she was brave and that daddy was crying too, so don't feel bad.  It was one of my favorite moments as a family.

Feb 7, 2013

Bad Breath

So, my awesome 2 year old daughter has decided to scream and cry in the morning when she smells my breath.  She's like "I DON'T LIKE THAT SMELL!!!!!"
We tell her it's not nice to say that.
I haven't chewed gum in like 2 months.
Tonight at dinner she says "Did you know, pregnant women need to chew gum so their breath doesn't smell bad".
Thanks for the tip kid.

Jan 30, 2013

Valentine Craft (for Catholics)

Here is a link to a super cool craft I just did in  like 10 minutes.

It's a really cute valentines countdown with bible verses.
Love easy crafts.
Hate my crappy phone picture.

Jan 27, 2013

Pampered Chef Success!

my new fluted pan
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Here are some pics I took tonight of my first Pampered Chef dinner!  I made a cake in less than 20 minutes...start to finish...in the microwave!  It was a butter pecan apple cake in my new fluted pan.  I also used my deep covered baker, to cook my own variation of enchiladas, with ground beef, canned tomatoes, spinach, mozarella cheese and sour cream...in less than 10 minutes...in the microwave! 
My friend Lindsay started her pampered chef consulting and I had an online party, it was so easy and I got some sweet stuff...literally. 
Here's the link to her page if you want to have a party!

Oh man...I am sooooo stuffed but it feels so good. 
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Jan 12, 2013

The Name Game

I finally remembered to look up baby #2's name definition...the meaning of Cecilia.  My name means "rebirth" and Serena means "peaceful".  So Cecilia, being the name of the Saint I picked for confirmation, the Saint of Music...I thought it would have a cool meaning.
It means...
Blind or Sixth.
Yikes.  Have a jinxed this kid or what?  How can I make sense of this....please be born on the 6th...please be born on the 6th...
Blind.  How can I spin that one.  Let's just negate the "blind" definition, at least until she grows up and looks it up herself.  I know...I will pull a "Sleeping Beauty" and take all the computers in the land and burn them so she can never look it up.  I have read that book too many times.
So Cecilia could be born on the 6th, she ISN'T the 6th  child, although I could tell her she was and that the other 4 were boys so we sold them for labor. 
Oh well, not every name can have a super cool meaning.  She will be super cool on her own.
Speaking of the name game, Serena has mastered it...and her favorite name to use...you guessed it Chuck.
unrelated pic, me and some of my fav mommy friends
Figure it out.

Jan 6, 2013

My new theme song

I am pregnant!  Baby number 2 is due May 21st...Cecilia.
So, this song will be stuck in my head for the next...well...until I die probably.  I did it to myself.
But I have changed the lyrics slightly, to go along with my pregnancy...
It's now...
Cecilia, you're breaking my heart, you're giving me heartburn daily...