dreams do come true:


someone must have been in the "wish granting" business last night......




this is the festive halloween sign that our besties colby & kristin have displayed in their yard right now.

two nights ago a wise soul decided that the wordage could be improved by a few more letters:


when they came home last night, their secret vocab-lovers had worked their magic yet again:


we wonder what it will say next? (my wish is for "boobs". but i won't get my hopes up.)


this t shirt made me laugh today. out loud. (l.o.lllllllllllllll.)

**note to reader: this shirt in no way implies that i hate homeshool. or valedictorians.

OR their shirts.

happy halloween?

a perfect moment in time.

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have you ever had that perfect moment in time?

the one where you sit back, survey your surroundings, and wish for the moment to be frozen in time, forever, so that you can pull it out and re-visit it?

october 23rd, 2010 was a defining moment for russ & i--we had spent some time looking around the the ritz-carlton laguna niguel. (holy MOLY. everybody should try that once in their lives. it's how the other half lives--we were glad they weren't "on" to us--it's all about pretending to fit right in. so it's good they can't see the balance in our check book while walking through the entryway ;)

one of the attendants who parked our car suggested we go and watch the sunset out on the outdoor patio/lounge area, 180 blu:

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the views were breathtaking--

we lamented the fact that our battery had dropped right through the bottom of our camera into the pacific ocean, cursed it a few times for good measure, then pulled out the cell phone to capture the moments:

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what made the area so amazing (besides those trivial ocean views) was the fact that they had couches and fire-pits set out all around the deck.

my favorite part? that they would bring you a heated, soft cotton blanket to keep the chill away.


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when we looked to our right, we saw this:

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when we looked to our left, we got to watch a traditional indian wedding--so cool!

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we literally stayed, snuggled up on our lounge, for two hours enjoying the evening while an amazing guitarist played live. it was PURE HEAVEN:


we will forever look back on this evening as the night that all our stars aligned.



thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

**THIS cookie that i found on jennie's blog. it is sinful. which is the best kind of cookie as far as i'm concerned.

& thank you to megan for making them for rbc's birthday. they are his new favorite.

**the opportunity to purchase a totally cool new bike--

i look like a certified idiot while riding it. AND i protested much about having to wear the helmet. (safety first!) but i'm glad to finally get it.

{thank you to my angel benefactors for helping make it possible. i love you!}

**this view that i get to look at daily. it never gets old.

**pictures from costa rica that make me smile--

this is the squirrel that is currently living with/terrorizing my parents. i think he's adorable:

"her dress what has flowers."

mia doesn't read yet, but her job is to "read" her book to me at night after i've read it to her.

i'm always amazed at young children and their ability to remember details--i envy it. (perhaps it's because i SUCK at any memory game?)

anyway, i loved that we captured her unique style of speaking.

as her mother, i should really correct it..............but i think it's too cute.

plus, i figure her peers will shame her out if it if needed.

crockett & tubbs: reunited

truly, i don't care about sports. nor do i have an opinion on lebron james or whatever he's doing.

what i DO have an opinion about, however, is his new commercial, which i LOVED.

any video which reunites crockett & tubbs is a WIN/WIN in my eyes.


i had so much fun blowing on my digital dandelion--it really works! all you need is a microphone on your computer. (i didn't even know i had one. shocker.)

try it. you'll like it!

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

JUST when i thought i was finally an adult.....

i go & prove to myself that, indeed, i am NOT.

by purchasing this radical belt buckle for russ's halloween costume.


even though his costume was complete.

and it came from the maverick store's poor man's ed hardy line.

AND it cost $16.99.

(there's a sucker born every minute.)

note to my four girls:


a photo like this, posted by you on facebook , will only = PATHETIC.


whenever a self-portrait involves a mirror, a pull-out sofa-bed, & a microwave/coffee maker combo, you have officially hit rock bottom.

if you girls happen to have a momentary lapse in judgement and a likeness of this photo appears as your profile pic?


you've been warned.

love, your mother

(p.s. yes, this was a real fb photo that i ran across last night that was a friend of a friend of a friend. and yes, she was actually wearing a bikini. which i then photo shopped into a TANKini.)

hb russ!

hb to my number one dude.

you are officially OLD.

today you have been alive for:

23291 Months

101278 Weeks

708950 Days

17014800 Hours

1020888054 Minutes

61253283257 Seconds

61253283257554 Milliseconds

(want to know how long you've been alive? click HERE.)

so, happy happy to my number one dude--i love you:

oh, and THIS. (for good measure):


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my friend allison crocheted these too-cute-for-words hats for my girls--

i absolutely ADORE them. as well as envy her just a bit for being able to create such works of art with some yarn and a hook:

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(p.s.--those lips were NOT photo-shopped or tinted red. that there was done the old-school way, via red popsicle:)

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she also made one for chandler, but she was absent during the photo shoot--so i thought it only fair to include a collage of her as well: (doing her favorite thing--sucking on a drink from swig)

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these things make us happy when traveling:

seeing the christus at temple square in salt lake city:


two little ladies taking advantage of a spectacular city view from their own private balcony perch:


a beautiful fall night:


& LOTS OF LOVE between cousins:


mia's "wink" :


things that make mindi extremely happy while traveling?

a priceless blogging opportunity realized while watching an extremely affectionate/pda-filled poolside massage:


and then actually getting the guts up to talk to them afterwards--while being informed multiple times that the spray bottle is "full of ICE WATER, dahhhling! and he mists me! with ICE WATER!":



Three and a Half Seconds About Life from Eran Hilleli on Vimeo.

i loved this little video--thought that some of my friends who don't share my same affection for fine-feathered-friends would like it even MORE.

{courtesy of dooce}


check out crap at my parent's house--

"The goal of Crap At My Parents House is to pay homage to all of the weird crap that everyone's parents have. Please help in this project by submitting anything you deem funny, weird, odd, unique, strange, absurd, ridiculous or just plain terrifying."

some of my favorites:


since traveling is our passion, i was inspired by THIS article listing some of the most picturesque places to smooch in the united states:

"JFK Park; Philadelphia, PA: While Robert Indiana’s famed LOVE statues can be found in a handful of U.S. cites, we’d like to steal a kiss in front of this one — now that the spot's been nicknamed LOVE Park":

"Times Square; New York, NY: Mimic the famed post-WWII kiss by smooching in the middle of this iconic locale. (But do watch out for cabs, please!)":

"The Kissing Camels; Colorado Springs, CO: This rock formation in the Garden of the Gods makes for an awe-inspiring geological kissing post":

"Niagara Falls; U.S./Canadian border: Since the 1950s, these roaring rapids have been known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” More recently, TV couple Jim and Pam from The Office said their vows here":

"Paris hotel; Las Vegas, NV: Can't make it to France? Here's a romantic substitute for the real Eiffel Tower — and this one's got a prime location in the middle of the fabulous Vegas strip":

"Paradise Cove; Maui, HI: As the most popular wedding destination in the U.S., this is the site of many couples’ first married kiss — or "honi" as they say in Hawaiian":

"Northern Lights; Fairbanks, AK: To steal an Eskimo kiss in front of this aurora-borealis background, your best bet is to visit in the winter when the colors are most vibrant":

"Union Square Park; San Francisco, CA: Pucker up in front of one of these pieces of urban art, found throughout the city. You never know, you may just leave your heart here, too, while you're at it":

i think that i was perhaps a bit inspired when i read this--not but just a week prior to seeing the article, rbc & i realized, while on date night, that we had not taken a photo while kissing since june 22nd, 1991.


we decided to remedy the situation while at the same time grossing our children out in the most painful & heinous way possible:

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