when the cats away...the mice will play!

since mommy has been in florida for the past several days, we decided to hijack her blog and make a post!  i've never done this before so please excuse my inexperience.

the girls were quite sad when mommy left so what better lunch to dry up those tears than popsicles.

there, now that's better.

the rest of the day we swam and made everything and sesame seed bagels.  i can't wait to make them for cin.

thursday morning i had to stop by the plant to analyze a few critical samples.  to encourage the girls to come along, i bribed them with a trip by the cupcake place which happens to be just down the road from work.  that was easy.

from top left clockwise:  chocolate chip cookie dough, lemon drop, salted caramel and hippo ring

i have to go in again tomorrow so i'm not sure what the bribe will be.

janey and aubrey love the backyardagains "fisher lady" episode.  they like to act the shows out so we made fishing poles, created a blue lake and added fish to catch while they watched. 

here they are with the whoppers they caught!

i wasn't up for kraft macaroni and cheese for dinner so i opted for the big, nasty cheeseburger that ends up all over your face and running down your arm after the first bite.  the only thing missing was a tomato slice.

sorry there is no post bite photo as i was in it to win it!

friday riley had a movie night at a friends house so janey and i had to cheer on the miami heat by ourselves while aubrey was sleeping.  mommy did her best from south florida.  since they won, her presence must have helped.  you may have to plan your trip next year for june again babe!

ahh yes, the kids are finally in bed.  all of this mr. mom stuff is making me a bit hormonal.  this should do the trick!

saturday morning we went to the movies and saw brave.  it was a bit much for aubrey considerring it was her first movie.  she'll stay home with me next time when mommy takes the big girls to see it with her.

keeping with tradition, we made pizza for dinner saturday night.  we made the usual bread sticks for janey, 1/2 cheese / 1/2 pepperoni for riley and aubrey and spicy italian sausage for me.

our neighbor brought some garlic scape pesto and marinated tomatoes by the other day so they ended up on a pizza with mozzerella, parmesan, ricotta and red pepper flakes.

this was a breath killer for sure but was extremely tasty!

sunday is finally here!  mommy comes home tonight!  we started with a nutritional breakfast at dunkin donuts and ran a few errands.  the girls swam in the blow up pool while i straightened up the house to create the illusion it was never messy.

i forgot we need to make another batch of bagels!  i'm sure i'll have some help since all three of my lil beauties love to cook!

my littlest baker was sleeping so she could not help.

after dinner, the girls suprised me with a special ballet performance.  it was beautiful!

i hope you enjoyed the recap of the last few days.

okay, better take a break from blogging.  i have to finish my housework.  i can't leave for my trip tomorrow and leave mommy with a messy house.  we miss you mommy!  you do so much around here that becomes very apparent when you are not around to do it.  we're a great team and i've missed you but you certainly deserved the break.  the girls have missed you tremendously as well.

safe travels, babe!
love you!



{See Ya...}

...i'm florida bound...
my bags are packed.
my boarding passes are printed.
i have a carry-on filled with magazines and snacks.
i think i'm ready.
i'm off to visit these lovely ladies and to have a bit of fun and relaxation.

we are hoping to see this
eat here, here, and definitely here :)
spend a day at this place.
maybe shop here and definitely here.
the laundry is done.
the house is cleaned and surprise love notes are written.
i think i've covered all my bases.
excited but still nervous.
i love to visit but i hate to leave my little (and big) sweeties.
i know they will have a blast without me and probably not even notice i'm gone.:)

have a happy day and
wish me luck and sunshine,

{thankful for}
1. a hubby who is more then capable of holding down the fort when i'm gone
2. good friends
3. vitamin water
4. computer check-in
5. good music played loudly:)


{Overnight at the Zoo}

janey and i went on a girl scout overnight adventure at the indianapolis zoo.
it was a ton of fun.

goodbyes are always tough for this little sweetie.
but she quickly cheered up when she saw how closely we would be sleeping to the dolphin tank!!

zoos are always fun but i can't help feeling sorry for those little guys!
a polar bear in this heat?!?!

some of janey's favorite memories were...
the dolphin tank
the dolphin show
trying to touch the shark
the vitamin water in the car
snuggling and telling stories at night
the funny signs in jimmy johns on the way home

riley stuffed a note into our sleeping bag.

i guess goodbyes are tough for her too:)

have a happy day,


{Happy Birthday Aubrey}

our littlest baby is three!!
we all can't believe this one.:)
we sat around remembering when i was pregnant....almost 4 years ago...riley in first grade...janey in preschool...wow!
this is definitely one adored little three year old that's for sure.

we met some friends at the indoor park for lunch, playtime and birthday chocolate chip muffins.
these two are so sweet together.
i love good friends don't you?

these three little angels seriously melt my heart...

we visited a new little bakery in town for cupcakes.
they were so yummy.
i wish they had a place where you could sit inside...looks like we might just be getting these again to go.


saturday we had some friends over for another little birthday celebration.
aubrey was so excited all day and kept asking "is my party today?"

she got the sweetest little ladybug outfit from her friend brooke...she had to immediately put that on:)

i can't wait to take more photos in that sweetie of an outfit.

she asked for daddy's favorite strawberry shortcake cake again this year.

we all spent the rest of the evening playing outside, jumping on the trampoline and looking for toads underneath it. it was a fun night and surprisingly the ladybug outfit stayed clean through it all.

oh how we love you our sweet, sweet aubrey kate.
you have filled our hearts more then we ever imagined you could.
your smile, your giggle, and the way you love us all is such a blessing.
happy happy birthday baby.