Clark or Cinderella?

Clark has recently found interest in “helping” me with the house work.  When I’m folding laundry, he loves to pick up pieces of clothes and kind of pretend he’s folding them.  He has learned to open the door where we keep the trashcan and he LOVES to throw things away.  A couple weeks ago, I moved all the furniture in the living room to sweep, vacuum, and Swiffer the floors.  Glad I had my little helper to give me a hand.

He’s getting so big!  Remember THIS? I can’t believe that was almost a year ago!  

P.S. Clark should totally be a Swiffer spokes-baby!  


To Clark’s Daddy


Bob is a wonderful dad!  He loves Clark so much and it melts my heart to see the way he looks at him.IMG_0175


It is adorable when he says, “Look how cute we are!”DSC00107 DSCN1144


He loves to make Clark laugh!  Even if it’s by doing something mommy hates! (Most recently, Clark loves when Bob holds him up and spins him to make him dizzy!)  DSC01957


I think most of all, I appreciate that Bob takes care of us.  He works hard and sacrifices for us.  He is teaching Clark how to really be a good man!  A man of God.  I’m so thankful for that.DSC03061 DSC01986 DSC02888

Clark is lucky to have such a great role model and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful partner in this whole parenting thing!  I think we are a pretty good team and we’re doing alright!noname

With the holiday coming up, I have been getting so frustrated that I haven’t come up with the perfect gift to express how much I love and appreciate all that Bob does as a father.

I think he’s hard to “shop” for when it comes to gifts.  Sure, there are things he needs and maybe a few out-of-my-price-range treats that he would love (uh…hello new golf clubs!).  But when it comes to something really special and meaningful, it’s hard to surprise him.  I did get him a gift that I know he’ll appreciate and in addition, I’ve decided to (try) to keep the nagging to a minimum this weekend and let him just relax and watch TV or do whatever he wants.

Bob, I just want you to know that Clark and I love you so much!  You are a great dad and I hope you enjoy your holiday!!

“A righteous man who walks in his integrity – How blessed are his sons after him.” Proverbs 20:7

Color Me Rad


This past weekend we were in Pittsburgh to see family, celebrate a graduation, attend a bridal shower, AND…


RUN A 5K!!!

Anyone who knows me is probably like, “WHAAAAT?!?!?”  I am not a runner.  And I go through what I call, “workout phases”.  I really WANT to be a person that enjoys some form of workout, but I have yet to find something I don’t just resent.

Anyway, Bob’s entire family from his mom’s side, lives in Pittsburgh so all the cousins (and their spouses, children, etc.) are very close.  A few months ago, one of the cousins decided to organize a team for the Color Me Rad 5K. I figured if I signed up (and paid for it!), that would motivate me to “train” for it, therefore having to exercise!

I did pretty well with keeping a running schedule, but was still pretty nervous come race day.  My goal was to not walk.



Let me clarify that it’s not really a race because there’s no times or places or anything.  It’s really more of a fun run.  You can read about it on the website here.  Basically along the course, there are color stations that throw different colored powder or squirt colored corn syrup at you so that by the end of the race you are tie-dyed.  It was fun!

I did run the whole thing (with my 24 week pregnant sister-in-law) so I was pretty proud of myself.  But I used an app on my phone to sorta time myself and track the distance and found out it wasn’t a full 5K.  It was really more like 2.5 miles.  But hey!  I’m still patting myself on the back!!



It was so fun to do it with other people, especially family!  So…Color Me Rad 2014???  Who’s with me?!

Visitors from Memphis


My older sister, Sally had a wedding Memorial Day weekend in our hometown so she and my niece, Jo, came up from Memphis for the week.  She flew in the Monday before and stayed at my parents’ house, then came down to our place from Tuesday-Wednesday.  It was such a treat to see Clark and Jo play together!  My mom, little brother, Sam, and little sister, Ellen all came too!

Tuesday was really hot, so after lunch from Applebee’s, we put the kids in their swimsuits and made a “water table” for them.  (It was just a big beverage container that we filled with water from the hose and then brought out some tupperware and plastic cups.)1-watertable

Jo is so cute and sweet, but she still has a little bit of separation anxiety (especially since she doesn’t get to see us that often.)  At one point, my sister had to take a phone call so Ellen initiated what we call “the force hold”.  Jo pretends she doesn’t like it, but “Ellen” is the only name she knows from this side of the family.  (As in, she also thinks that’s MY name! :-))  1-photo 2 1-image_11After dinner, we took some family photos since we were all together.1-DSC03198 1-DSC03201

Obviously, the kids were pretty tired so we gave them a bath and put them to bed.

Wednesday, we took the kids into the city for lunch.1-image_12

Then we headed to a park near our house for a while to let the kids wear themselves out before my mom, brother, Sally, and Jo headed back to PA.1-image_13

That Sunday was when we all met in State College, PA for our 5 generation pictures.  (And my grandmother passed away about a week and a half later.  I’ll say again how incredibly PERFECT God’s timing is!!!)  Here are some pictures I didn’t share from that day trip.clarkjostatecoll

We just loved having Sally and Jo visit us and spend the night!  We can’t wait until July when we get to see them again on our family vacation!!1-photo-44