Thursday, September 27, 2012

photos from july

lucky dog does not like thunderstorms. he can sense bad weather from miles away, and he shakes with fear when it rains. we had heavy rain for the first half of the day on the fourth of july. sweets is lucky's most faithful companion, so this is how they spent the afternoon. hiding in our tiny bathroom.


after the rain had passed, i suggested that we head downtown to see the fireworks display. big mistake. the crowds and traffic were unlike anything we have ever seen in raleigh. it was insane how many cars were trying to make their way downtown. we found a parking lot with open spaces and headed to the top. the view was great for the fireworks show, but when it was over we had to wait for over an hour to leave the structure. next year we will absolutely stay home. 

we could see the fireworks explode above the raleigh convention center.




the kids were very patient while we waited for the parking tower to empty out, and kept themselves busy by drawing :)


speaking of drawing, malcolm is quite the little artist these days. he drew this portrait of spongebob and patrick star while in the tub!


wild bunnies in our yard


someone got to my tomatoes :(


family bowling night! we hadn't been bowling for at least six years, so this was malcolm's first time. we all enjoyed it a lot. the lanes we went to are older so we had to keep score on paper, but i'm pretty sure i won :) 





bumpers & a granny ramp :)



sleeping beauty


we really only had a few nice days this summer (hottest july ever on record in raleigh), so we took advantage of them. most days were too hot and humid to spend any time outside, but this particular day was mild and warm so we took our lunch to the park.



malcolm found this army guy in the dirt


then he buried him in the sand, "like on creepshow, mom", he says. haha!


malcolm fell asleep on alanna's back. so funny!


we participated in the raleigh area kids exchange again, and we found some really great stuff. we also sold a few big ticket baby items, so i consider it a success. alanna found this cute sweater there.


these dogs love to snuggle... well, sweets loves to snuggle lucky dog. i'm glad that he tolerates her.


bath time fun


silly faces 



and delicious burritos!


chef malcolm at marbles



Thursday, September 20, 2012

photos from june

two days before heading to utah, we enjoyed a family fun day at the durham museum of life + science. since danny wasn't able to travel with us, we got a little quality time in before we left.








in the butterfly house, we got to see a real life Very Hungry Caterpillar! there were actually quite a few there, munching on one specific type of plant. it was really cool to see all their detail and those vivid colors! these photos were not enhanced at all, they really were that bright!  






these dogs are so spoiled


our garden began to grow!



marbles :)



i made vegan banana chocolate chip muffins, and they were delicious! that recipe book is a good one.


we visited the morehead planitarium in chapel hill at UNC, to see a show on the dome about astronauts. this was our first time there and we really enjoyed the show. 

malcolm being silly before it started.



the kids playing with a box full of mucus :)



we checked out the local used book store while we were in town. they had these three rare signed gems in a glass display case. amazing!


then cake and coffee time at weaver street market :)


i love these guys of mine!


new toms!


danny and i celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary on june 26th. lucky number seven. he gave me this beautiful bouquet.


i gave him this perfectly appropriate print, (found here). i actually stumbled upon it earlier this year while browsing etsy, and it was so fitting, i knew i had to get it. danny and i first officially met in las vegas (after meeting online), and then we were married there six months later. and i really am so happy that it all happened this way.  


my handsome boy


malcolm and i had a fro-yo date early in the day, and danny and i enjoyed a date night out together that evening. in lieu of expensive gifts, we opted to pay off a credit card. not very romantic i know, but boy did it feel good! it was actually the fourth one we have paid off this year! we are on a roll, we are gaining control of our finances and getting rid of our debt. it's nice to have more freedom with our money and not be so stressed about bills. life is pretty sweet these days :)