November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed under: Family,Katie,The Mama & The Papa,Tristan — by Mama Urchin @ 10:03 am

May 22, 2007

To Everyone Who Thought We Were Crazy

Filed under: Family,Katie,The Mama & The Papa,Tristan — by Mama Urchin @ 6:00 am
Photo by Katrina

To everyone who thought we were crazy to get up at 5AM and drive many miles to have a family portrait session with a photographer we’d never met I invite you to take a look at this.

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

Filed under: Family,Katie,Tristan — by Papa Urchin @ 9:45 pm
Happy Valentines Day

January 2, 2007

The Wedding

Filed under: Family,Katie,Tristan — by Mama Urchin @ 10:57 am
Flower Girls

My brother’s wedding was lovely last weekend and now that it’s over the stresses of it have started to fade away and I can just remember the loveliness of it.

December 31, 2006

Sorry for the Radio Silence

Filed under: Family,Katie,Tristan — by Mama Urchin @ 11:07 pm

But there’s been a lot going on around here and not too much time to tell about it. We’ve been doing this…

Hanging a Stocking by the Chimney with Care

and some of this..

Reindeer Food

and a little bit of this…

Opening Gifts

and you can’t forget this…

Flower Girl Dancing

Talk to you all in the New Year.

November 23, 2006

We’re Thankful For…

Filed under: Family,Katie,The Mama & The Papa,Tristan — by Mama Urchin @ 12:17 am

November 16, 2006

Weekend Update

Filed under: Family,Katie,Life,The Mama & The Papa — by Papa Urchin @ 10:17 pm

Saturday Tristan and I were home alone while the girls went out of town for the day. What did we do with our day as bachelors? I took him shopping for shoes and jeans of course. While we did have some luck in the shoe department, the jeans eluded me. I was taunted all day by numerous pairs of gorgeous size 33 Earnest Sewn Jakimo jeans in their luxurious Japanese denim. Try as I might I could not squeeze my (slightly larger than) size 34 butt into them and I am in no way willing to pay full price for them. Ah the joys of outlet shopping.

I am not generally a person who is plagued by neuroses, but having only recently developed a fashion sense (obsession) I am some what insecure in this area. Ever since I read the many posts where Dooce rants and raves about belts matching shoes I would worry every time I put on a brown belt with brown shoes. I didn’t want to be one of those belt matches shoes guys. This weekend as I was looking for a new eurotrash belt I had an epiphany. The guy on the other side of the rack opened his shoe box and began looking for the perfect match, with a subtle shiny brass buckle. It was then I realized what she meant, and I will never worry again. I don’t own a pair of boat shoes, I don’t have a single Polo brand polo shirt and nobody ever calls me Chaz.

Sunday brought more solo parenting and the realization that I would go nuts having to chase Tristan around for more than half an hour a day. With only 20 minutes of overlapping naps I barely had time to go to the bathroom. I have no idea how Jen does it. Sunday night Katie asked for burritos, so she and I spent some time in the kitchen cooking chicken and beans only to find after everything was ready that the tortillas were moldy. Having always heard how easy flour tortillas are to make and having had many TOD obsessions with baking I figure I would give it a shot. We didn’t have any shortening so i found a recipe that called for vegetable oil. — it is interesting how different cultures can take the same recipe and make very different things, this one could have easily been made into noodles if I cut it thin and boiled it. — Even though the tortillas came out tasting more like flat bread, Katie loved them. If you plan to try it yourself definitely use a recipe that calls for shortening and more than 5 minutes of resting.

Monday night Katie got to experience her first real (non documentary) movie as we watched Cars. I think we no longer have any hope of avoiding the black hole that is Disney.

One last funny story to reward you for reading my ramblings and punish Katie in front of her future fiance. Sunday morning she walked up to Jen holding a carabiner and asked what is that thing called that you put on your nipples.

September 26, 2006

8 Years =

Filed under: Family — by Mama Urchin @ 2:19 pm

Eight Years Ago Today= 2,922 days
= 70,128 hours
= 4,207,680 minutes
= only the beginning

September 11, 2006

We’re still here…

Filed under: Family,Katie,Tristan — by Mama Urchin @ 2:44 pm

…it’s just been a crazy week with a yard sale on Saturday — $627 woohoo! — Stefan’s triathlon on Sunday — finished in just over three hours without drowning, crashing, or collapsing from exhaustion — and Katie’s first day of school today. This week promises to be hectic too with all the fall activities starting up so in the meantime here are some of our favorite images from Summer 2006.

Summer 2006 Favorites

August 9, 2006

Lazy Crazy Weekend

Filed under: Family,Katie,Tristan — by Papa Urchin @ 6:33 pm

The heat wave finally broke and gave way to a beautiful weekend. Saturday was back to back 4 year-old birthday parties followed by craft time for Mama and shop cleanup for Papa. After dinner we took a ride to the local Tropical Smoothie Cafe. On the way home we stopped to assist in the rescue of a large Snapping Turtle. In case you thought turtles were slow gentle animals, think again. These guys have long sharp claws and can bite so hard and fast as to make grown men run like little girls. It took more than a handful of suburban dads (kids cheering them on) before a three-man team with a blanket was able to get this guy out of the road. The prize for the guy who saved him — he got peed on.

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