Friday, June 20, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014.
As always joining in with Jodi over at

Watering garden time is fun time in this house. We bought a hose that is way too short to reach the garden which the kids think is just fine! The biggest problem? The hose is attached to the house right next to where we park the car so every single time we come back from somewhere as Reed is leaving the car he goes into a "agun wagun" trance (google/mom translator: i want water). Getting soaking wet never gets old apparently. In other news, we are in love with our tiny garden…but on that some other time.

Friday, June 13, 2014


We've been doing lots of little hikes every day lately and we've been loving it. Summer finally feels truly here. One of our favorite bits- stopping for snacks/picnics. I mean doesn't food taste that much better after a hike and with wind in your hair. These little ones sure think so (Siena's half angelic/half evil grin is because she has just grabbed a handful of cashews from dad…and Reed is having that I-have-never-eaten-before-in-my-life bite with the obligatory Oliver Twist dirty elbows:)

And a few more...
first a good run

long awaited snack


Saturday, June 7, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014.
As always joining in with Jodi over at

Reed- this is how we do it- the monkey is a little dancer- don't believe me? check out the video below

Siena- more and more often I find her deep in thought and miles away- amazing to see the inner life of a person develop before your very eyes…

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A trip to the zoo

We went for a long awaited zoo trip- we missed the lovely, magical Taronga zoo for so long. We've been to the Minneapolis zoo several times over the last few years and now to the Des Moines zoo and while it is no Taronga zoo it was still nice and cozy and the kids loved it. We also checked out New World Cafe- an all vegan restaurant in Des Moines and loved pretty much everything on their lunch menu (which is mostly sandwiches and smoothies).