June 28, 2013

Do you know what to pack?!

hospital bag musts

Do you know that the REAL necessities are in your hospital bag and why?! I'm sharing later today on Rockabye Mommy! Make sure to stop by!

June 24, 2013

Little bits of life around here...

last couple of weeks have been a little bit of a roller-coaster around here. sometimes i really want to imagine ( and i do ) what it would be like to actually live your life as you plan it, maybe for a short period of time. but the realist in me knows better then that, and i have to admit i'd most likely be the first one to get bored with a simple and planned out life. so, roller-coaster it is, next time i simply need to remember to buckle up tighter.
thank you for all your thoughtful notes , emails and comments - we ( as in the baby and i) are great. i can't wait to see the little face and hold a little person in my arms but i am sincerely grateful for pregnancies that last as long as they are supposed to. exciting as it may seem to have a baby early, having experienced a preemie birth, i am happy to mark off any extra day from my long 40 week calendar. 
we are back to sharing and posting regularly. i appreciate your support and readership more then i can express. what started here as my little space has grown into something completely unexpected, bringing most amazing people to my (and all of ours) life. a big thank you again. 

here is a little bit of snaps of daily life from instagram:

^^ my instant mood booster. a smile and a high-five every 30 seconds may not get me far destination-wise, but it surely is worth the stops ^^

^^ who doesn't need to stop and smell the roses?! ^^

^^ taking advantage of last few days of being the upper-seat resident. #nottoomuchlonger ^^

^^ don't know about you, but it looks like we color-coordinate with ikea for saturdays ^^

^^ the place to be is behind daddy's strong shoulders ... ^^

^^... bonus : naps included! ^^
^^ the little baby's room at the start! it is completed now and i can't wait to share! ^^

^^ just 'fishing' in the stream downtown. an hour of happiness and 1001 request later, we now have a tank with goldfish too ^^ 

^^ farmer's market season is here and i am over-the-moon about it! it may not seem like too big of a deal, but can i tell you how much i miss manhattah right now, and this is a small trip down the memory lane makes me so. happy! now they just need to have it all year around. and a few days a week, that's all. ^^

June 18, 2013


"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."

^^ 2 best "backpacks" we've ever owned ^^

^^ a playground in the mountains. only in utah ^^

^^ may not look like much, but the baker i found puts his heart and soul into his creations. add to this that the last time we bought doughnuts was about 6 years ago, this was really something unusual :) ^^

^^ these two photos added to the top of my "favorite pictures" list. my - for now - two men, father and son, talking. no words ^^

^^ a full-on rock star concert with dancing ... ^^

^^ and a little "doughnut break" - because who doesn't need one when performing?^^

^^ some seriously creative dancing, and EVERYONE participated.  i couldn't be happier ^^
  ^^ as the sun started to go down, the views of the city below us were nothing but gorgeous. which was about time we climbed a little higher to watch the sun go down and count all of our lucky stars ^^
  ^^and let me tell you too - for a baby, 1 year old or a 4 year old, those carriers are absolute musts. i have never been able to pull of this type of a trick at 9 months pregnant ( AND being comfortable too!) with any other carrier, THAT too i now know for sure. ^^

June 14, 2013

10 things about pregnancy and marriage ...

I stumbled upon Toulouse and Tonic while on Pinterest, and couldn't help but laugh. Some of those points hit just about toooooo much close to home! I think any of those that are pregnant or have been can agree? And those of you that don't have children - just have a good laugh (but... I would suggest silently) when you are around someone with a belly. My husband tried REALLY hard not to laugh ( you know , comes with experience by now...) , but it was obvious that most , if not all , points hit right on. So, here it is!

Top 10 Sucky Things About Being Married to a Pregnant Woman

1. Violent mood swings. Crazy as it seems, that beautiful and sexy woman you married has the strength and stamina of a hungry UFC fighter. During this time she wants things a certain way and if they don’t go her way, hell’s fury will rain down. During our first pregnancy, my wife asked me to vacuum the carpet on a Friday night. I got the vacuum out, but got busy doing something else. Sunday afternoon rolled around and I was parked in front of the TV set watching the Cowboys – vacuum still in the middle of the living room and carpet still untouched. She asked me again to vacuum the carpet. I told her I would after the game was over. The skies started turning black, the wind picked up, and Psycho music started playing. This should’ve tipped me off to what was going to happen next. My beautiful, pregnant bride easily picked up the upright vacuum cleaner with one hand, threw it across the room at me and screamed, “VACUUM THE &%#$*@ CARPET!!!”. She ran out of the room crying and I sat there saying things to myself like “I will be damned someone throws a vacuum cleaner at me and gets away with it,” “Who does she think she is?!?!?”, and “I am married to a crazy bitch!”. Then I vacuumed the carpet for the next 30 minutes.

2. Breastfeeding class. Yep, like many expecting dads I got conned into attending a breastfeeding class on a Saturday, in the fall, during COLLEGE FOOTBALL season. Now, I like boobs as much as the next guy, but come on! 8 hours of instruction and video on how to use these things? I don’t even have them but they seem pretty simple to operate to me. One dad in the class was even asking questions about how his wife should treat her cracked and sore nipples.

3. Compliments that aren’t taken like compliments. Don’t make the mistake of even responding when your wife complains about her body during this period. Just act like you don’t hear it. Any “compliment” you can provide her to make her feel better will be taken out of context and placed in the same category as a quote from Bin Laden. A warning from my personal experience – when walking through the mall, be sure to avoid the trap of “Do I look as pregnant as her?”. The best thing to do in that case is run aimlessly through the mall screaming that your balls are on fire – much less traumatic for you.

4. Baby showers. One of the biggest whips there is. Nothing like going to a party (usually scheduled during a much-anticipated sporting event) with a bunch of people you don’t know, giving you a bunch of shit you could care less about, and NO ALCOHOL to make it all better. Brutal. And you have to sit there and open all the “gifts” and smile like you got the most precious nugget of gold or best bottle of bourbon which incidentally is NOT what you got. And the stories being told – find your happy place and quick. By the third kid, I was like Rain Man at these things.

5. Attending doctor’s visits. It’s something you have to do, but I always felt perverted sitting around a bunch of pregnant woman with my pregnant wife waiting for the scheduled doctor visit (that was an hour late). Then the doctor sits with you for five minutes, tells you everything looks good, and charges your insurance with a full informational office visit.

6. Thinking up a name. Seriously?! Can’t these things be assigned by the government or something? You think for hours on end about what to name this little person that will eventually grow up and tell you that you don’t know shit and sneak your alcohol when you aren’t around, only for you (or someone else) to “change” their name once they appear in this world. My youngest is named Andrew Dalton. The first minute I held him I called him AD. He has been AD ever since and even his friends call him AD. People in the stands at his sporting events call him AD. He signs his papers AD. Someone once asked me how Andrew was doing and I asked, “Who the hell is that?”. I used to practice yelling out the names we discussed in our back yard. If I sounded like a dumb ass, I would push like hell not to pick this name. “Honey, did you see that some dude named Cameron shot 7 people in Dallas then kicked a puppy while he ran from police?”

7. Weird food cravings. Yes, we think it’s fine that you crave hotdogs dipped in Kool-Aid powder, but that doesn’t mean WE want to eat that shit too. And don’t act like our double-meat, double-cheese burger is the most disgusting thing you have ever seen and that you can’t stand the smell of it so we need to eat it somewhere other than the location you are in.

8. Sex. I know this is an easy one, but it has to be listed. We love you very much but contrary to what everyone says there truly is something creepy about doing that whole “thing” with your sweet, precious, unborn infant just a few inches from the nasty probe that caused this whole mess. And the more kids you have, the further you — and sex — slide down the importance scale. By the third kid, I was approximately the 7th priority after the kids, the dogs, and a couple of nice sweaters.

9. Boobs. The good news – this is the coolest thing about a woman’s pregnancy – you get a free preview of what a huge porn star boob job would look like on your wife. The bad news – you can look but don’t touch. Why must God make them so sore at the same time he made them so big? The really bad news is that these beautiful things are for some little runt that won’t even appreciate them and their greatness. Oh, and afterwards, they go away — far, far away.

10. Nightmares. I’m not sure if everyone’s pregnant woman has these but mine would scream at 3am like she was an extra on the Blair Witch Project. I’m not talking a “normal” scream — more of a 30 second guttural, deep throat, building in crescendo, to the point the dogs are flinging themselves under the bed in panic, that pops you straight up from a dead sleep with your heart pounding like you just finished a 400 yard dash and thinking that Jason has just walked into your bedroom with a machete in one hand and a severed head in the other. Only to have her wake up and tell YOU to “BE QUIET! I’M TRYING TO SLEEP, DAMMIT!” Just roll over, Beethoven! { source here}

Do you agree? 

Wishing you a happy weekend! 

June 11, 2013

When the last minute strikes...

Last minute gifts for him

Father's Day is around the corner. I know many of my friends that had the celebration planned months ahead, but I know just as many that are like myself, scrambling for ideas at the last minute.

Head on over to Rockabye Mommy to see what above mentioned "emergency savers" were a big hit for my man in the past, and why!


June 05, 2013


Considering the fact that the little baby will be here in just a few short weeks, I thought a little trip with still four kids would be a great idea - memories, you know... So we packed some necessities, grabbed our Crusi (though four year old mostly walks, it's still nice to have an option of on-the-go napping but enjoy a small footprint of a stroller frame to navigate in tight tourist spots), the carrier for "just in case", and were on the road before the kids even realized what was happening. 

Though we didn't have much time and the weather was really warm ( about 106 degrees warm ), I think it was one of the best trips.  In between places, we stopped by Venetian to cool down and absolutely fell in love. If you are looking a place to visit - I think it's worth a stay. So beautiful inside and out, breath-taking decor,  delicious food and very entertaining shows. We stopped by to watch a few , but by far did not make it even to 1/10 of happenings. Bottom line - we will most likely be back sometime this summer.

^^ navigating the map . i was very glad we grabbed the carrier  at the last minute. it was a LIFE SAVER, and i am not exaggerating when saying so: 5 hours into it, everyone was still happy: the baby, daddy and his back and me ( because all those that could run away were securely and comfortably "in" something. trust me , when you have more kids then your hands, you need some reliable helpers ( ours are from here and here ) . ^^

^^ considering the amount of "wow!"s , i think a trip to Italy is due sometime in future. brought some warm memories to my heart as well and made me feel really homesick. love as i do the us and all my americans, i do miss europe sometimes ...^^

^^ enchanted by beautiful gondolier's singing. i was too ^^

^^ such talented performers ^^ ^^daily life or traveling, i cannot say enough about a necessity of a good, reliable and comfortable stroller. it is so worth the investment. we couldn't be happier with ours that converts to cover all needs possible, and is EASY to push ( a BIG must for me) ^^

^^ the masks brought all the memories of the art and venetian mask history. it is quite fascinating, actually ^^

^^ though not in real Italy, but how can you visit Venice without some gelato, right?^^

^^ she didn't get her own, but everyone shared. it's all about bonding, as i see it ( the fact that she was comfortably strapped onto daddy's back and he didn't want gelato there may have had something to do with it too ) ^^

 Have you been to Venetian? Did you love it? 

How about Italy? 

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