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April 2014

27 Jun

For Christmas this year I drew my brother’s name in our Secret Santa draw. Ummm…excellent. My brother and I share an affinity for dork culture that is unparalleled by the other members of our immediate family. So I bought him a 3-day, VIP pass to the 2014 Vancouver Fan Expo. He was pretty excited. I think he was more excited that I also bought MYSELF a ticket, and that our buddies Stamata and AJ would be there to hold our hands lest we get too excited and maul a favorite celebrity. (In this case, the headliner was Bruce Campbell…ummm…AMAZING!)

Bruce Campbell’s accomplishments include both Evil Dead movies and their hilarious trilogy conclusion, Army of Darkness. A recurring role in Xena: The Warrior Princess, guest cameos in the original Spiderman trilogy (thanks to director Sam Raimi, who also had a hand in Xena), an awesome part in the excellent show Burn Notice, and many, many, many other.

Yeah…we were excited. So we loaded up our comic books and dvds and headed to the Convention Center downtown. We had passes for Friday. Saturday, and Sunday. Saturday, Nova and Lux’s grandparents graciously agreed to take them overnight so that Cale could come along to support his super nerd wife. (Something I am eternally grateful for, and why I will continue to go to the gym. Thanks honey.) We had an amazing time, and Cale, being the excellent sport he is, even put on my brother’s Darth Vader costume and entertained the masses with countless photo ops.

Can’t wait for next year!



Representatives of the 501st Legion had an exhibit. My brother is in heaven right now. This guy is giving Cale some costume/character advice. So awesome.


Dr. Who Weeping Angel…as represented by a FOUR YEAR OLD! Parenting: You’re Doing It Right.


I learned so much about Pokemon from this guy all weekend.


I mean come on. Get out of her with your gorgeous self. ❤


I’m happy that this weirdo is related to me.




And of course…Bruce Campbell meet Wayne and Garth. Perfect ending.

In this midst of all of this excitement, we snuck in an Easter Breakfast/Egg Hunt. The whole family was there (minus Jerred and including the DGs) which was pretty fantastic! The girls are becoming more aware of what a “holiday” is. We do presents for Easter (because I do presents for EVERYTHING…whether there’s a reason or not…because I just like to give people things.) so they got some cute dresses, a few new toys, and a buttload of chocolate, much to Nova’s EXTREME pleasure.








Then Nova and I snuck outside while Lux was sleeping and played in my in-laws beautiful back yard.




The month rounded itself out with an annual barbecue with friends that I was happy to attend child-free. It tends to go on into the later hours of the evening and we used to come early so that everyone could see the girls, but I was grateful that I was able to go, stay as long as I liked, and have uninterrupted adult conversation. Sometimes the stories about being married with children are much more entertaining than being forced to witness the reality. HA!


Gorgeous Asia, who would hardly sit still for a photo.




One of these days I’ll be all caught up.

Making Friends

26 Feb

One of the best things about having a new baby is that EVERYONE comes to visit! I LOVED introducing our friends and family to Nova once she made her grand appearance and I am JUST as excited to do the same for Lux. I love every comment about how “big” she is, I like watching people look from Cale to me and back again trying to figure out which one of us she looks like (for the record…it’s neither! Lol.), I especially love passing her off and seeing the look of love wash over the faces of the people I love! We are so lucky to have such amazing, loving, wonderful people in our lives, and Lux and Nova are so lucky to have such a wonderful extended network of friends and family to teach them, guide them, and more than likely get them into some trouble as they grow up.

Dan and Lux

I’ve known Dan for…well…a very long time. I love having friends from all different walks of life and in all stages of their lives! We went from dirty, uncaring teenagers to grown-ass adults with careers and relationships and homes and children. I love each and every relationship that has grown along with me over the years and I’m always so pleased when I think about the friendship Dan and I share. We easily could have drifted apart over the years but a little cultivation on our parts have kept our friendship strong and firmly rooted in mutual respect and admiration. I’m also happy to report that he didn’t even make a face when I passed Lux his way. Another sign of growing up I suppose. Heh.


One of the awesome things about everyone coming to hang out with us and the girls is that I get to see how THEY are changing as well! I’ve known Tylynn for the ENTIRETY of her young life and even though I’m not THAT much older than she is, it’s been such a pleasure being a part of her life and watching her grow into the intelligent, conscientious, caring young woman that she is today. I cannot believe that the two photos below are only a year and a half apart. (The left is with Nova and the right is with Lux.) She graduated from High School just this past year and I’m not ashamed to admit that visions of my own daughters’ high school graduations flitted across my brain and brought tears to my eyes, as she is the “baby” of her family. I’m so proud of Tylynn and so thankful for her and her wonderful family. Hopefully she can take a picture of me holding HER babies someday.

tylynn and the girls