Friday, July 22, 2016

Friends by the Fire.

Last weekend my darling friend Katie invited my little
 family to her cabin in the thick woods.
It was a beautiful evening.

And just when it couldn't get better, it totally did because 
Mary (Katie's sister-in-law)
 brought out a delicious tray of goodness to make smores.
Mary is pregnant with her 4th long legged beauty.
Charlotte immediately took to Katie, who has four 
adorable children of her own.
We are not sure why Claire is holding that horse.
She was such a sweetheart to let Lottie sit on her lap and talk her ear off. 
Then Katie talked to Claire like a big sister
offering good advice for the soon-to-be-freshman!

Katie is an amazing friend with a big big heart, and
that is why I love her so much.
Plus she is really funny.
And, many years ago Katie introduced me to Lu Lu Lemon and I got hooked.
And...(one more thing), Katie's husband and brothers started Rhone.
and now Christian is hooked.
Katie is pretty much amazing and if I am going to stand next to a fire,
I am glad it's with this group.
The group around the fire ring.
*I am headed to the ranch next week and will be blogging from there.
Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


Today I took all the Little Nies on a few errands with me.  
Before we began the adventure, I stopped off at my friend Suzanne's house.
A few minutes after I had left, Suzanne
texted me and said that one of Lottie's shoes
had fallen out of the car door.
Luckily and amazingly, we had another lone survivor shoe
just floating around in the car.
Lottie mixed and matched shoes today and owned it.
It was NBD.
Also, I should say: thank goodness for Target and Dr. Pepper.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I don't know if it's because Mr. Nielson is gone 
or because the RNC is a bummer, but I found myself taking weird photos with 
my sister Lucy last evening as the sun was setting. 
We had spent a wonderful day at the pool but as the day 
went on the our children became grumpier and grumpier.  
As she left my garage 
(with kids screaming in the car and Lottie dressed up as a mouse),
we took some quality photos together:

You know that time of day when you really want everyone 
to go to bed so you can take a shower, 
maybe pour yourself a HUGE Dr. Pepper with loads of ice, 
and watch something (anything) on TV?
I was feeling that tonight.
I bathed Lottie with Oliver explaining (in detail) about the three lego 
creations he had just made.
Lottie screamed while I scrubbed her chlorine soaked hair,
and Ollie's voice got louder so he could talk over her exhausted cries.
I felt a headache coming on and heard 
Jane in the kitchen preparing to make macaroons.
Who make macaroons at 9:30 at night?  Who makes macaroons period?
Nicholas had spent almost the entire day upstairs in his 
lego room missing almost every meal we ate, 
and now he was hungry and complaining about the lack 
of food in our refrigerater (it's true).
I overheard Claire on the phone talking to friends about plans...
did I already mention it was 9:30- at night?  
I held it together and calmly told Ollie to wait and finish his
 Lego stories until exhausted Lottie was in bed.
He waited for me in the hallway of Lottie's door while
 I covered her little sun kissed body with warm blankets.
I went back in the kitchen where I listened to the rest of the Lego stories.
I made point to look at him in his eyes while he spoke to me
so he knew I was really listening.
I helped Nicholas with a bowl (or two) of cereal promising 
I'd head to the store first thing in the morning.
Then I talked Jane into waiting to bake tomorrow and lastly,
I told Claire it was too late for friends promising
 that she could have them over for a afternoon swim tomorrow.  
Thank goodness for tomorrow!