Aaron and Tracy in Columbus!!

We had the greatest day today. Aaron and Tracy are visiting from Florida and happened to  be here during this glorious non-winter winter.

Today Ruby took them to her zoo to see her polar bears. That was our first stop.

Next were the elephants…

The gorillas did not disappoint. Clara mostly loved looking at her own reflection in the glass. Ruby rode on Aaron’s shoulders 97% of the time. His hair was her “hanger” (that’s what she calls anything that you hang on to.) This next picture might be my favorite of the day. Ruby laying on Tracy’s head and Clara looking the wrong way. Love.


It’s January 31st and it’s 60 degrees today! Last night on the evening news Brian Williams referred to the weather as “Junuary” and I thought it was clever in a nerdy sort of way.

The girls and I spent a few hours at the homestead park and it was glorious to be outside with the sun shining on our faces

Clara did not like the swings, but she loved watching Ruby giggling her head off with happiness. Swinging is fun!

And of course, Ruby spent some time making a bird nest.


Winter has yet to arrive in Columbus, but that’s okay because Ruby got to play in the snow a few weeks ago at her Grammy and Papa Beeson’s house.

She helped her Papa fill the bird feeders, giving him instruction and encouragement throughout the process.

She made her first snow angel – a solid attempt by the left half of her body…

She built a tiny snowman with Grammy and had fun stomping around in her snow boots.

Hooray for snow in Michigan. A bigger hooray for the lack of snow in Columbus!

Charcoal Dust

It was super windy yesterday and Ryan’s Weber Grill got blown over, the lid went flying across the yard, his grill tools were scattered around, and a huge pile of charcoal dust (some would call this ash) is now in our back yard.

Any advice on what we should do about the ash? It will kill the grass, right? It’s kinda wet now after some rain last night. I have no idea how to clean it up.

Ruby is very disturbed because she thinks there is poo in our backyard… which is kinda funny.

If you were me, would you clean up the ash? If so, how would you suggest I go about it?

Monday Musings

First of all, a confession:

I love good ol’ incandescent lightbulbs. The light is warm and soft and I’m kinda not looking forward to the government taking them away… I definitely stocked up on 40-60 watt ones today since they’re being phased out first. If you know of an eco-friendly lightbulb that doesn’t look cold and fluorescent, I’d love to know about it!

Secondly, the weather in Columbus is so crazy! It’s warm and nice and sunny so often! I’m writing this post like a cat, curled up on the warm, sunny spot where the sun has been shining in on the carpet all morning. The girls and I ran errands with the windows down and Ruby asked me for her sunglasses because the sun was shining so bright. Last week a “big” winter storm came through and left about an inch of snow on the ground. I was really confused because everyone here was kinda freaking out about “terrible driving conditions” and “don’t go outside” and all sorts of silly things. All I know is that Michigan must have hardened me because as far as I’m concerned it isn’t even winter down here. Maybe it’s coming. I don’t know. I’m confused but happy about all the sunshine!

Lastly, The “$1 Spot” at Target is one of my favorite places now that I have babies. Ruby could not be more excited about the robot window decals I picked up for Valentine’s Day. She played with them all afternoon.

hello 2012

Ryan was on call through the week of Christmas but he had a few days off during his birthday so we drove up to Michigan to spend some quality time with the Cox family.

Being back in “our old town” was super fun, so on our way to Ryan’s parents house I decided to drive past our old house around 9:30pm. We passed by once but there was a car behind us, so I went around the block to pass by again. All of a sudden there were flashing lights in my rear-view mirror and I was getting pulled over… in front of our old driveway.

Apparently we looked suspicious with our out-of-state license plates and the double drive by… the police officer had received a call earlier about some lady in a van going door to door trying to sell something. Anyway, he let us go on our way after we explained we were just checking out our old house. The best part of this story is the next day when I visited my friend across the street from where we used to live she told me she was the one who called the cops and she and her husband were so excited when they saw someone (not knowing it was us) get pulled over! haha!

The girls loved seeing their Nana and Papa Cox and Ryan enjoyed visiting all his favorite GR places. I think he and Chris went to MADCAP for coffee every single day.Image

Another major highlight was a totally amazing spontaneous dinner out with two of our best friends from when we lived in Chicago, Bryan and Michelle. They were visiting family and were able to meet us at The Green Well (another favorite local establishments) for a kid-free dinner! We loved laughing and catching up with them!

New Years Eve was spent with dear friends as well. The husbands missed out on the picture this year, but I’m glad to have this one of my girlfriends. It felt so wonderful to reconnect and especially to discover that distance between us doesn’t mean there is a distance in our friendships. Wonderful way to ring in 2012 eating great food, playing taboo,  and going around the circle sharing our best memories of 2011.


  • “Good job eating your dinner mommy. You’re growing and growing!”
  • The words “faster”, “harder”, “bigger”, and “louder” are completely interchangeable. When she’s being bad and I start counting to three she says, “Stop saying it bigger!”
  • No matter where we are, every kid she sees she says, “My friend is here!”
  • “hmmmm… who can we Skype with now?”
  • when she wants to hear me whistle, she asks me to whisper… then gets confused when I do whisper.


Statues at the Zoo

Friday was BEAUTIFUL so we went to the zoo with my friend Lindsey and her boys Abram and Royce. Ruby and Abram are little buddies and had a lot of energy to burn, so (like the good mothers we are) we let them run like wild animals around the zoo instead of riding in their strollers.

They rode a lot of statues. Here’s Ruby wrestling a polar bear…

Riding on a baby rhino and hugging at the same time. too much cuteness.

Great day! Great great day.