posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sienna is in kindergarten now! Or year 6 as they call it here. We were trying to prepare for the worst on the first day of school and kept trying to pep her up and even bought her a new toy. She picked out Ariel in the toy store and said she would make her happy in school. All the kids could bring a toy for the first week to make them feel happy about going to school.

Much to our surprise she did so well! She didn't cry and came home teaching us all the new turkish words she learned. We couldn't be prouder of her.

We love you Sienna. 


posted on: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sammy came back on Friday night as we sang the hallelujah chorus! He came back with tons of goodies from Italy, so we've spent the weekend eating bresaola and grating Parmigiano-Reggiano on everything! 

Before he came I spent the day baking some banana bread and burning the granola again. I think the charred bits gives the granola character. :) The local bazaar by my apartment is in full swing and it's just as amazing as I remember. There is nothing better than fresh figs and berries. 

Sienna met her teacher and we are almost ready for school! Do school supplies excite anyone else? I love shopping for school supplies. It reminds me of fall and that I should be watching "You've got Mail" everyday on repeat as I always do. :) 

I love the beginning of a school year. I can't wait to see what Sienna learns this year and how she adapts again. She has already started speaking Turkish with her friends. I'm excited for what this new year will bring. 

Have a good one friends. 


There is so much pink happening on Pinterest right now. PINK VELVET! Is this a thing right now? Is pink velvet the new brown suede for fall? I have so many questions. I also want a pink velvet headboard. I'm also kind of upset I didn't know about Sketch when I took my trip to London. Imagine having afternoon tea whilst sitting on a fluffy pink cloud. Heaven. 

I have been on a Pinterest kick lately. I feel like I either forget of its existence, or I'm pinning things at one in the morning. There's no in between. 

all images found on pinterest. 


posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

 We've been trying to survive two weeks without Sammy. He's been in Italy training for the season and we've been hanging out with friends, going to playgroup, going to the playground almost every day. Sienna needs an itinerary of the day as soon as she wakes up and Penny just goes with the flow as long as she is being fed. Sienna needs like, legit stuff to do. She is so her father. Penny is more like me. Plop me on the couch and I'm happy as a clam. I mean, how much entertainment does one 5 year old need? Geez, I'm tired. 

Is anyone excited for fall like I am? I'm dying to put on a sweater and stop sweating. Between me and the girls, there's just so much perspiration! My God. Not cute. But on a brighter side, there's only 110 days until Christmas, just in case you wanted to know.

 You're welcome. I am here to provide important information! 

I am on a "Buffy" marathon, and it has been an experience. This show is so hilarious and so 90's! Someone once said, "Those who ignore history are doomed to wear it." Nothing is new anymore! 

Adidas will forever be awesome though. 

We're almost to the first day of school! :) 


posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2016

I wanted to share these photos before they got lost in my camera roll! My sister and I took these right before we came to Turkey. We rarely get our photo taken together as a family unless we schedule a professional and really, who has that time? Anyway, it's nice having these! 
These pictures make me laugh because first, Sienna wanted to hold an umbrella. It wasn't raining, by the way. Then Penny wanted to wear my sister's purse and just looked hysterical! It's crazy how different they are, and Penny's little smirk just kills me. 

I love my family! They make me smile. 


posted on: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy 8 year anniversary to us! We celebrated before we left home and had a nice dinner out without the kids. It was wonderful and we ended the night saying, "We should really do this more!" :) We celebrated early because we knew that the preseason is always crazy and we wouldn't have time to do anything. 

Well, we literally woke up and said goodbye and I sat on the couch wanting to sleep for a hundred years. I looked at my computer and saw the number sixteen from the calendar and realized it was our anniversary! I feel like people lie when they say they forget important dates. I mean, how can you really forget? Don't you plan for the day? Not us, apparently! 

Anyway, Happy Anniversary babe! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!


We made it to Turkey after a hilarious (not at the time) and infuriating landing experience. Apparently I have no sense of direction and got lost and ended up in the departing terminal. I went up instead of straight and I suffered for it! Anyway, we ended up walking for an hour after a ten hour flight looking for each other. It wasn't very fun, and I hope it doesn't happen again. 

Anyway, we all left the plane with the sniffles, thanks to the gross airplane-recycled air. It still blows my mind how we were healthy going in and sick going out. I would have rather just gotten a massive pimple, really.  

But we are here and are trying to get adjusted to the time. We are failing miserably, but hopefully soon we won't all be asleep at two in the afternoon. 

In a positive note, being jet lagged in Europe will literally force you to catch up on sleep. Your body has no choice, it must sleep. Unless you have kids and then you're basically in hell. 

Fun times.