Friday, April 29

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Monday, April 25

4th Birthday

It was Stacy's 4th birthday yesterday! And Easter too! We're still coming down off the sugar high...cupcakes at school today should wrap up the treats for awhile.

Our day started with opening a few birthday presents, then we headed over to the school for a pancake breakfast and egg hunt. It was a well-attended and fun morning. Scott was the head pancake chef.

Here are the girls modeling their funny-face glasses from their Easter goody bags donated by a community member.

After some lunch and naps (for all of us!) we opened some more presents and the girls played. Before we knew it, friends started arriving for Stacy's birthday dinner. Her pick: hot dogs, Cheetos, and salad. Yum! Mama added potato salad and we were good to go. I was grateful for such a simple menu after such a busy day. Stacy wanted a "baby cake" so here it is. I think it turned out looking a *little* bit like baby Linus!

And because you rarely see my face around here:

At the end, Stacy begged to wear her new footie pajamas to bed. I bought them for her for dress up (she's *obsessed* with having/being a's also her plan for next Halloween!), but since it was her bday we let her wear them to bed. Apparently it was too hot though...she came out of her room (LONG after she should have been asleep) to tell me she was changing into some other PJs. So sweet!

Friday, April 22

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, April 20

NICU quilts, 2011

Here they are, crummy picture and all! We're in the midst of a plumbing re-do here in our building and it means that furniture is in front of my favorite well-lit picture taking wall. Instead you get his shadowy picture. Boo.

I finally finished these two little quilts up, completing the hand-sewing of the bindings on Sunday afternoon. These have already been dropped into the mail and are headed south to the group that supplied us with a quilt for Kelsey during her NICU stay. I've talked a little bit about this before here and here.

Now onto other projects...birthday projects! For a birthday that happens in just four short mama, sew!

Monday, April 18

Screen Free Week

Guess what we're doing this week? This!

Now I'll be the first to point out that we're not going *totally* screen free, but the point for us is to avoid turning the TV on or surfing the web just because. On the other hand, I think the internet and email are a communicating lifeline for us so we'll still be online answering emails and sharing in this space. What I won't be doing is lusting after stuff on Amazon and browsing quite so many blogs.

Today was day one of this and I have to say it went better than I expected. Of course it's made a bit easier by the fact that our TV has to be moved every time we want to watch it thanks to some re-plumbing that's happening in our column of apartments! It also helps that I'm not a big TV watcher anyway, and I've not allowed my kids to become heavy viewers either.

I know we'll never give it up completely and really I'm OK with that. I just think it's good to go without it from time to time to be reminded of how we want to control it, not have it control us. I noticed that I felt much more relaxed after an hour of reading my book at naptime than I do after an hour of TV or internet.

Sooooo...that's what's NOT going on at the Korbe house this week!

Friday, April 15

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, April 13

Going Swimming

We are lucky to be able to tag along for swimming lessons with the school kids for the next four weeks. Fun, fun, fun! The girls *l*o*v*e* water and swimming, so it was bound to be a hit. We did some 'mama and me' lessons the summer before last, but nothing since.

Living in Whittier makes the timing of getting to things a bit of a challenge. We have to leave at 11, even though lessons don't start until 12:30 because taking the 12 tunnel doesn't give you enough time. It worked out pretty well though. We stopped at the park for lunch and a pre-swim play, then continued on to the resort for lessons. They practiced "bouncing" across the pool, paddling with their arms, and floating on their backs. Kelsey really likes the floating part...she chose to practice it over and over during free time at the end of the lesson! Lessons are over around 1:45 (there's 2 for younger kids, one for the older kids), so we catch the 2:30 tunnel back in. Stacy's still a very dedicated napper, so we were in the car all of 10 minutes before she passed out!

No pictures since I hadn't been to this particular pool and wasn't sure how it was laid out, but here we are picnicking in the sun!

Monday, April 11

Growing Up

It sounds trite I know, but goodness it happens fast! This weekend Scott got home from his week-long trip to Washington DC. His flight arrived late enough that he couldn't come home on the last tunnel, so we met him in town and spent the night. Since he had driven and parked the truck for the duration, we had both vehicles in town and decided to make the most of it (gas is $4.06/gallon here!). We stocked up on TP (a spacehogger in the car on those marathon grocery trips!) and as long as we had the truck in town, we bought the girls their first bikes. As much as I have loved our trikes, Kelsey in particular has really outgrown them. We are now the proud owners of two very shiny pink and purple bikes with training wheels!

Stacy was so excited that she rode hers from Wal-Mart to the hotel. Luckily the hotel was just next door, since we were without helmets. Kelsey had to wait until we got home to add training wheels to hers. Of course Scott had close supervision and plenty of help for this task. As if doing it while jet-lagged wasn't difficult enough!

Of course Ms. Fix-It needed to work on her bike as well. Stacy *loves* to do anything involving tools.

Once we got them all prepared, we suited up and headed out. The up side of learning to ride a bike in Whittier is that there's very little traffic, particularly this early in the spring. The down side is that it's literally all pretty much downhill from here! Needless to say, brakes was lesson #1.

We ended up riding down to the Inn at Whittier and having water and hot chocolate.

It was a fun afternoon and the girls found that riding bikes back up the hill home was much easier than riding trikes. A great science lesson about gears!

Saturday, April 9

It Worked!

Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about the deep clean going on here? Well at that point I went through my books, joined Paper Back Swap, mailed out a bunch of books and books are coming in! Basically the way it works is that you pay postage on the books you mail and then when you request books the sender pays the postage on the books coming to you. I figure I'll lose a little or break even on the postage, but a new to me book will arrive in my mailbox. I figured it was worth a try, so I listed a bunch, mailed a bunch (15!) and some are on their way to me. My first one arrived yesterday--woohoo!

In other exciting news I got my first check from EBates. This is a cash back site (like Mr. Rebates) where you shop through them and earn a percentage back. I've only shopped a bit through them, but a check arrived in my mailbox last week. Free money...I won't complain!

So there are my recent frugal adventures...if you want to give them a try I'd love it if you signed up as a referral from me. I earn a little reward if you do! :-)

Wednesday, April 6


Lately I am...

:: missing my husband who is in Washington DC this week

:: enjoying some extra-special moments with my girls

:: looking outside and reminding myself that it really is spring...even if it is snowing. again.

:: trying to catch up on some sewing projects

:: looking in on a friend's kitty and missing having one of my own

:: thinking about how to teach the girls the real story of Easter

:: planning for a 4th birthday

:: glad for friends and family who make me laugh

Monday, April 4

SeaLife Center

This past weekend the girls and I headed down to Seward with my friend Stephanie and her son Austin. You know you've had a good weekend with kids when this is the last picture on your camera.

That's what 3 kids look like after a weekend in Seward! We loaded up all 3 into Stephanie's truck on Saturday around naptime. Austin and Stacy napped most of the way there. We made a quick visit to the Seward park upon arrival. It's a really neat park, but it was pretty chilly and the wind was blowing so I didn't take any pictures and our visit didn't last too long. From there we headed to our hotel. The great thing about traveling in the off season in Alaska is that there's fewer people. As in we had the whole hotel to ourselves! It's a little mom and pop place (The Exit Glacier Lodge) where we stayed last summer when we went to Seward with my mom and it's fantastic. Even moreso when you have the whole place to yourself! The kids ran up and down (and up and down!) the halls, burning off tons of energy.

After a dinner out on the town we all retired to our rooms. This is how my girls look when they're snoozing in a king sized bed. That little space in the's for me!

The next morning we ate some breakfast (cold pizza in bed and yogurt fed to you by your friends!), played some more in the halls, and then headed off to the SeaLife Center.

As with past trips, the touch tank was the Korbe family favorite. Austin preferred the bird enclosure. He would have stayed there all day if he could have! Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

We stayed and the SeaLife Center until the kids were completely exhausted then we grabbed some lunch at Subway and hit the road home. You already saw how that drive went!

Friday, April 1

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.