Jo loves to play with my camera phone, and I hate deleting the HUNDREDS of pictures she takes.  Rapid fire photos of inanimate objects (like the compelling couch or profoundly symbolic microwave, etc.) and/or rapid fire photos of herself.  It is like she already knows how to be 13 on facebook.

Smiley selfie

Looking at the button not the lens selfie:

Underbite selfie:

No eye contact selfie:

Fake candid looking happily away from the camera selfie:
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Eyes closed didn't know I was being photographed (by myself) selfie:

Crooked grin selfie:

Fake just enjoying life didn't even realize my pic was being taken selfie:

ruh-roh selfie:

Make an ugly face but still make sure you look cute selfie:

And while we're on the subject, here's a how you get your hair done when your baby prefers to be with you at all times selfie:

And by far the very best: my father's first selfie with grandson Casey (aka: the "i still have a flip phone so i can't tell if i'm really taking this or not" selfie):


Go Navy!

Her future personalized license plate.

Then and Now

In May 2012 Baylor played with the lego station at the Portland airport:

And two years later:


Neck Attire

Jo went through a phase where she wanted something lovely (grammy's sports bras) around her neck.

Brooklyn, apparently, is going through the same phase.



Hands down, I have the best mother in law ever.  Sometimes she says things that are not quite true (sometimes they are not even remotely true), and Dick calls them "Sara-isms."  Here's a list of things I've learned from Sara- some are pearls of wisdom and some are most definitely Sara-isms.  I'll let you decide which is which.

1. Always laugh at your husband's jokes.  It makes them feel good about themselves.

2. When babies are gassy, press their legs upward & rub their bellies.

3. Laundry baskets are the quintessential packing method for camping trips, car rides, beach days, and even....laundry.  They also work as play pens in a pinch.

4. It only takes one consecutive day of McDonald's ice cream with Gram-gram to establish an addiction and tradition so deeply ingrained that your grandchildren will SOB if you promise them their mom will get them ice cream this time, and then McDonalds' stupid ice cream machine is broken.

5. It is preferable, in all occasions, to dress your children alike.  Unless you have two boys and one girl- then you go with a theme. 
Eh, screw that. Just dress them alike anyway. Katie will get over it.

Well...she might not get over this atrocity:

But look how cute it works for groups of the same gender:
6. Children are best bathed in sinks.
One at a time,
Two at a time,
Or even in the spaghetti pot

7. EVERY baby is the most exciting- no matter how many grandkids you have.

8. Love your in-laws

9. Love your momma

10. If they don't sell it at Costco, you don't need it.

11. The definition of winning is to mop the floor with a foot rag while you're cleaning the dishes.  Even her granddaughter has picked up on this habit.

12. Don't fret over perfect pictures. Keep it real.

13. Sometimes suggest and embark on the most ridiculously insane adventures- like taking 8 kids to the zoo. On MAX. 

Or five to the beach, a 2 hour ride each way, in a single day, and stop at no less than 4 fast food joints/grocery stores on the way home to get everyone their favorite food.

14. Sunscreen. Always.

15. If you have a sort of gangly foot thing, don't let it stop you from climbing/crawling, dancing or running. 

16. If you're going to laugh at people, do it silently so they don't know they're being laughed at.
Photo: Silent laughing with my daughter while holding her daughter; wonderful morning!

17.  Hold tight to the ones you love.

I love you Sara- Happy HAPPY Birthday!
PS- this is Sara's passport picture, and Dick's very favorite picture of his wife.  Isn't that sweet? 


An Editorial, by Guest Blogger Navy

You look funny sideways.

Ahee-hee, that's more like it!

I crack myself up.  I get that from my mom.

Sooo....time for some updates.

Found out I can chew on my hand!

Working towards getting them both in there at the same time.

Found out I have a neck! I was like, "This scrawny thing's supposed to hold up my big head!?? Um, hellooo design flaw!"

I rolled up my sleeve one day & noticed I have a crazy birthmark that looks like a bad tatt.

But then I got distracted by all these stripes.  Do they make me look wide?

I met an invisible friend one day, just hanging out in the chair. She tells me the most shocking things.

I'm always like, "Whaaaat!?!?" I don't think I can trust her.

I'll tell ya who I can trust. THIS guy.


Sometimes I try to tell my mom with my eyes, "THIS GUY'S NOT STABLE."

And then she ignores me until I cry.

And then she holds me again & I can rest easy- PHEW.