Friday, December 30, 2011


Happy wedding weekend to my love, amanda rose....I am so proud to be your maid!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sick little babe.

High fever. Soar little ears. Non stop Cuddles. Pbs Cartoons. Lonnng naps. But praise God, I think she's on the mend.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let it snow.

The past few days have been mild and melted our perfect blanket of snow. We have enjoyed the walks it has allowed but we're ready for winter again.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

a little laundry

She can't get enough of pulling clean laundry out of the basket. And then putting it back in. And repeat.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


We celebrated logs 30th birthday this weekend. Glammed it up. DD won with the toast. Consumed the best mini burgers ever. Missed n & lu.
Grateful for my older, wiser, beautiful, intelligent, sister in law.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Real life.

Toys all over. Only one sock on. Rug needs to be vacuumed. Trying to capture Reagan climbing up on the red table but she decided to walk away. New independence. Real life (that I love).

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

This is what you need to do.

Get in your car, drive to the nearest Trader joes, buy this.

You will never regret it. I meant to tell you this a year ago when I was eating an average of three containers a week but then I had a baby and forgot to blog about it. Enjoy.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Almost birthday.

We had a little celebration with our Minneapolis family on Saturday for Reagan's almost first birthday. It started at noon so we served breakfast and mimosas of course. A little glimpse...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

pumpkin head & peanut...soup

As a little girl-and honestly maybe until I was 16 or 18-my dad called me "peanut."  This was because when I was born my head was shaped like a peanut.  He also has been known to call all of his kids "pumpkin head."  I think both of these pet names are pretty cute...and I am not super fond of pet names. I have noticed myself using them for Reagan lately and it always makes me laugh to myself. My dad is a Captain in the Navy...basically he has worked his butt off for over 30 years and is amazing at his job and serving our country. Tomorrow he leaves for Afghanistan...again. He has been on tours in Iraq, Qatar, Afghanistan, and on multiple ships multiple times since 2001. I am really proud of him. I am wondering if you could say a quick prayer for him, that God would keep him safe for the next year?


And speaking of pumpkins and is the link to what we had for dinner last night....amazing!!! I didn't have shallots so just used more onion...added more garlic, subbed the low fat milk for whole milk and cream, subbed the smooth pb with crunchy, and added curry powder and a big dash of cayenne pepper. I served it with cranberry corn muffins. Really yummy and about to eat the leftovers right now!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

rea & uncle dave

these two bonded a lot last weekend. 
have a wonderful weekend!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

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We have been together for one quarter of your life. That seems kind of long. In a great way. Seven birthdays ago I brought you your first present outside Simpson hall before our 8ams. I left presents for you in the library and your 1 oclock class...thinking back on this I wish I would have snuck in to your classes today. That evening we ate starbucks ice cream and smoked cigars in the arb. We hardly knew each other but I had a tiny hope in my heart of spending the rest of my life with you...meeting your family, having babies and being your helpmate for life. Thank you, God, for making my dreams come true. Happy birthday to my best friend, look mighty good in that long underwear!!!!

Seven years ago.

Five years ago.

Four years ago.

2 days ago.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


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Sunday, October 16, 2011


This picture is of my yiayia (greek nickname for grandma) and her three children, Ronald, Kay, and Ernie.  Ronnie is on the left.  My great grandmother, Anna Ring Valutis, would have been 96 years old on October 9.  She was married to my Papooh on October 20, 1935.  She was 20 but didn't tell her 30 year old husband this until after they were married!  20 doesn't seem that young to be married back then so it's interesting to me that she kept it a secret :)

Following their first anniversary on October 16, 1936 my grandfather, Ronnie, was born to Ann and Tony at Irwin San Hospital in the Borough of Queens, Long Island, New York.  I wonder if they imagined that the little blessing in their arms would be one of the most God fearing, hilarious, intelligent, hard working men that ever lived.

50 years later my Papa welcomed his first grandchild in to the world.  She was a little spitfire right from the beginning.  He used to tell me that she started talking at 9 months and never stopped.  If you know her, you probably agree.  As you may have guessed, that spitfire is me.  

Almost 25 years after that my Papa welcomed his first great grandchild in to the world.  She was named in honor of his favorite president and favorite woman (my Nana Rosalie).  Although he was not on earth to meet her, he watches her and chuckles at her from Heaven.  I am SURE of this.  

Happy Birthday Papa.  73 years was way too I am celebrating 75 today.

Friday, October 14, 2011


today, the REAL housewives of minneapolis packed up the babies and ventured to the cider mill.  i love being a stay at home mom.  i love spontaneous adventures.  i love having one of my best friends live less than 10 minutes away.  i love that she is a stay at home mom, too.  i LOVE my little reagan rosalie.  and hudson.  and donuts!!  so today was pretty much bliss.
i really do have the best job.  have a beautiful weekend...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Proverbs 17:6

Children's children are a crown to the aged...

So thankful for these GRAND parents. And their little crowning glory. Amazed that Reagan could see them all during a short two weeks. Praying that she will treasure them, go on fun adventures by their side, respect them, make lovely memories together and squeal with delight when they visit.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Currently joyful about...

White wine at 12:30 pm. Open face egg&cheese. Avocado. Olives. Handsomest husband making it for me. Laying on the couch. Football. Vikings are winning. A very good weekend. Baby sound asleep.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

ten. & a birthday wish.

Ten months ago today you were born. I want to remember that you love standing at the red table, you finally like when we read you books, your favorite games are chasing daddy and playing hide n seek, you like to talk to your pink bear, you usually still enjoy an early morning feeding and then two more hours of sleep, mango has beat out avocado as your favorite food, and you are clingier than ever to me...rather new since you used to be straight up daddy's girl.

And a couple years before you were born...a very pretty lady from Valley City, ND was born. Happy Birthday gorgeous grandma d. We love you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

half moon trail.

Last night we returned home from a very lovely little vaca.

d's a's & z's

Reagan & Hudson played soooo hard.

This pretty woman loves our babies.

Another pretty lady...who will be 10 months old in 5 days.

These people chose to run 8 miles.

This person chose to eat mass quantities of rum cherry ice cream

and cinnamon rolls.

Wiggle break on the drive home.

Her chipper mood did not continue when we walked in to our empty home. Someone was missing hudson and half moon trail.