For Grandparents

Jo marching to her abc's- one only the grandparents will appreciate. ignore: her hair (it just came out of a pony tail) and her clothes (she was half dressed in pj's).

She thought no one was watching

but I was.

Somebody's got JOKES

I have no clue what my dad was saying in this series of pictures, but I know this much: dad+jack+cousin casey+audience (patty & aunt gail)=humor at jack's expense. But don't feel bad for him- every other equation = jack making jokes at someone else's expense.

I just love their expressions

a picture that summarizes every stephens family event: dad clarifying & jack denying but unable to keep a straight face

Dad making a final point, jack giving in, and casey commiserating at his cousin's defeat

a few more

I love this one of the group watching the pinata. Especially how they range from hilarity (patty) to concern (linda).

26 weeks

and looking like a giant easter egg myself ;)

easter & julia's bday

ugh- I got ZERO pics of the Hamilton Easter, which featured a highly competitive Easter egg hunt!
Stephens Easter & Julia's 6th bday:
One of her TWO easter wardrobe changes, brought to you by a generous & thoughtful AUNT AMANDA!

Pinata-- everyone's favorite Easter tradition (PS- whose idea was it to use a BAT?!)

Aunt Linda, who made bacon in the oven with BROWN SUGAR on it, which resulted in a chewy almost candy-like bacon that is making me hungry right this second

Happy 6th Birthday Julia!


Terry on "Women"

Terry's all about healthy self esteem. Major themes in our conversation include: what others have said about him that is positive, what his doctor has said about him that is positive, and what his neighbors have said about him that is positive. I'm all for healthy self esteem, but I like to focus mostly on my own. He's the opposite. So we don't have a ton of common ground. When I talk, he says "uh-huh." And when he talks I say, "em-hm." The other day though curiousity got the best of me & I had to dig a little deeper...

Terry: Welp, everyone keeps asking me, "When you gonna settle down!?" And I just tell 'em, "I'm not!!!"
Me: em-hm.
Me: Wait- what do you mean, "settle down?" (he's lived in the same place for about 20 yrs, he's not the wandering nomad sort, and he has no penchant for high risk/adrenaline sports. I'm not sure how much more settled the guy could be. In fact he spends a good deal of time sitting in a lawn chair in his drive way watching light residential traffic.)
Terry: Ya know, get a WOMAN.
Me: Oh right. A WOMAN. Why don't you want one?
Terry: CUZ! I'd rather save all my money!

Those women...they'll take the dollars from your wallet & the pennies from your pocket. Bleed you dry, they will.


23 weeks

23 weeks pregnant:

This is the kind of pictures you try to stage when you're 23 weeks pregnant & you have a child:

This is the kind of pictures you tried to stage last time you were 23 weeks pregnant & you had a dog you treated like a child (who no longer gets the time of day in this house but does receive copious amounts of high chair discards):


We had my parents + some sibs over for steak Sunday. Patty couldn't make it b/c of work...but someone ate a steak on her behalf. Here's how it went down:
a)a little dancing

b) a little literature

c) a lot of couch sitting

Iphone Catch Up Pics

My iphone pics rarely get blog facetime, so here it goes- all the moments captured on my phone instead of my camera:

1. Dad the baker. What you should know is that he is making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for my MOM at her request. He doesn't even like them (which didn't actually stop him from eating a few, but that's besides the point). He followed the recipe (a concept that my mom & I don't subscribe to, and then complain when "recipes" fail). He is using an COOKIE DOUGH SCOOP for perfectly rounded and evenly proportioned servings. Interestingly enough, they baked evenly...perhaps for that very reason.

2. David, Chris & Luke @ Chris & Rachel's joint-bday-party, Kennedy School. FYI, Luke & I are so old that we stopped to get coffee on the way there & were home & in bed by 10:30. Ouch.

3. How I find her almost every night as she unwinds- she dumps out all her books in a circle around her & reads to herself. ignore the muddy cat paw prints.

4. Jo & her "shexee" which is how she pronounces "Lexee." Lexee is her BFF and the best babysitter known to man. These two will have such a special relationship for the rest of their life!

5. Thank you Sarah for these colorful overalls, which are cute, but that Jo refuses to remove. She slept in them that night, though I was able to wrangle the rain boots and sunglasses off her.

6. Mommy had some serious work from home hours to log on Friday, which landed Jo some sesame street time. She loves elmo.

7. Aunt Amanda sent a TON of summer dresses to Jo, and Jo couldn't wait for sunshine (who can wait for something like that in OREGON!?) so she rocked the dress + cowboy boots + pigtails to church Sunday.

8. Chris (Ropp) wouldn't leave Costco w/o this bear, which he says he bought for Jo but really I think he bought it for himself. Here's Ashley with her new bear. Ridiculous and that thing is NOT setting foot in my house. It would take up 20% of our square footage.

9. Me & Cristina @ the start of the half marathon last week. how cute is she?

10. Jo's new thing is "outside" - she wants to be outside all the time. Here she is in a crazy gettup of pj's vest sunglasses & boots, mugging w/her daddy.

11. Porch swinging 2 poppa & grammy's

12. Luke fixing his grandma's toilet. Jack talked him through it over the phone, but Luke pulled through. Who knew I'd be surrounded by so many men who are good with toilets in my life?

13. I am not ashamed that I stood at the counter & ate girl scout thin mints + whipped cream for 15 minutes the other night. I took this pic to send to my sis Naomee to make her jealous. It worked.

14. Ryan Heath took this, this was literally taken the second the cashier told Luke it would be $35 for two adults to get into the Newport Aquarium. That's what I call maritime hustling.

15. Love this, also by Ryan.

16. Final Ryan Heath pic- these jelly fish were SO cool!


General Updates

1. I got up in the middle of the night & upon returning to bed
Luke said to me: So what do we think?
Me: Huh?
Luke: What do we think?
Me: We think I had to go to the bathroom & get a drink of water.
Me: What do you mean "what do we think?"
Luke: I thought you were Charles Barkley.

That's fair. I can see how I could be mistaken for a 6'3" 300 lb black man.

2. I ran 13.1 miles Sunday in the Race for the Roses half marathon. I have to say- I wouldn't normally think that was a sane thing to do pregnant, but this girl at work is like 9 months prego & still running 10 miles every Saturday. So I've gotten all worked up and affronted by her bad-assness and feel like I don't want to be outdone. I ran it slower than last year, but only by 8 minutes! Not too shabby!

3. I am like a leap year gardner, meaning I'm only interested in gardening 1 year out of every 4. This isn't a good habit, but this year is an "on" year. Must be the nesting instinct taking over...the one that dissapears the second this baby arrives & I have zero time or interest in gardening again.

4. Baby #2 has popped big time. And here's how I know: I started the day w/my jeans buttoned, and ended the day with them unbuttoned. Then I transitioned to sweats & all is restored.