November 6, 2009

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November 3, 2009

Candy Monster

I was nursing Penelope in the back bedroom the other morning and I could hear Max and Zoey talking.  I knew from what they were saying that they were most likely in the kitchen getting into the candy.

When I came in, I came quietly so I could watch them.

While I was watching them, Zoey came up to me right away, but Max was so into the bowl of candy he didn't notice me.  He was too busy trying to pick out what he wanted and fit it into his greedy little hands. He put his candy on the ground, put the bowl back on the counter, put all the candy back into his hands and started to walk out before he noticed me.

He says....”oh hi, can I have some candy?”
I said "no, you can have some after lunch."
He looked at the one piece he had already unwrapped and said. "Please, can I eat this one?"
I said "No, you can have it after lunch."
He then quickly shoves the piece into his mouth and chomps it down...

I said “You get no more candy today.  You just ate yours.”

November 2, 2009

Support Kids with Special Needs!

Here's a fun event to start the holiday season!  Great crafters, festive atmosphere, &  the annual (and only) fundraiser for SEPAC.
Hope to see you there!
Mark your calendars for the 2009
Woodinville Holiday Craft Fair!
Saturday, November 7th
9 am - 4 pm
Woodmoor Elementary School
12225 NE 160th Street   Bothell 
SEPAC's 29th annual craft fair proceeds directly support students with special needs and their families in the Northshore School District.
Beverages are available for purchase while you shop.
 Look for Coffees a la Cart at the entrance to the Craft Fair.
No need to stop for coffee on the way!
Questions?  Need a Crafter application?  Email us at:

October 30, 2009

I should be rich!

If I had a dime for everytime I hear the word "why?"

and, I've only started with Max.  I still have to get through Zoey and Penelope.

I guess this is when I'm thankful that Quinlin doesn't talk like they do.

October 28, 2009

Daddy should have milk too!

After Max had seen me nurse Penelope a few times he asked me what I was doing. I said I was feeding her.  He asked what I was feeding her.  I responded with mommy's special milk.  This is the conversation that followed....

"Why do you have Milk" asked Max.
I replied "God gave Mommies milk to feed babies"
He thought and had a serious look on his face and then said "I think God should give Daddies milk too!"
"I agree!" I chuckled.

Share the duty.  That would be wonderful!

October 27, 2009

He's so Awsome.....

I've mentioned before about how great Erik is.Check out... what a mighty good man.

Erik is a great Dad and Husband.  It is hard to explain sometimes what it is that makes him so wonderful.  He is fun, loving and charming. But here is more to him than those things.  I guess you could say he's just... comfort!  Like mashed potatoes, hot cheesy lasagna, you know those yummy hot foods that just make you feel good and comforted... just being around him makes you feel like home.  He is so easy to be with. He is simple, relaxing.  Like curling up with a blanket by a hot fire and cup of yummy coffee... that is Erik.  And...he's all mine.

October 26, 2009


Max and Zoey were bathing together today....and... like little kids sometimes do, Zoey pooped in the bath tub.  I hear "Mom! come here!....Zoey just poo pooed in the bath!"  As I'm cleaning everything up Max turns to Zoey and says "Zoey, that's Pa-Scusting! Don't poopie in the bath EVER again!" She grins at him.  He yells to her "it's not funny Zoey, it's Pa-Scusting!"

He's right, it is Pa Scusting.  But As he was so upset with her, I was trying hard not to laugh at him too!

October 23, 2009

running away with me.....

So I started making Halloween costumes for Quinlin many moons ago because I enjoy being creative, seeing what I can make from my imagination, and I'm super CHEAP! I didn't want to spend the $20- $30 for a costume and I thought I could have fun making her one and also save a bunch of money.  Every year since Quinlin was about 3, I have made her Halloween costume.  Then Max came and of course I made his too.

All Images in this Post
courtesy of Scott Laird

This is Shelby, Justice, and Max (they are all born within one week of each other)

Three years ago, Erik and I both thought we'd love to do a Family costume and show it off at our annual church party "Trunk or Treat." The first year we were all frogs, then last year with the addition of Zoey, we did Wizard of Oz.

I try to settle on an idea many months in advance, because I'm cheap, and I can get the basics of our costume when things are on sale.  We decided quite some time ago that this year we could be Pirates.  My friend Laura has also been on board scouting out things that would work for some of the different kiddos. Little here and a little there and now I feel like this Pirate idea is running away with me.  Between the million trips to Value Village on .99 day and taking trips to Michaels and JoAnns to use the 40% off coupon, I'm still missing some items.  I just spent an hour in traffic to rush to the craft store to buy MORE feathers for Penelope's Parrot costume. Jeez!  Who would have thought something that was supposed to be fun and cheap has turned into an expensive chore.  Oh well.  The kids will have fun.  I'll post pictures after we get them.
 Tomorrow, Trunk or Treat (our Halloween Party at church) will be here.  I can't wait.  I love Halloween.

October 22, 2009

More Conversation with Max...

"Where does Penelope's mother live?" asked Max.  "I'm Penelope's mother, I live here with you," I replied.  Again Max asked "Are you Penelope's pretend Mother?"

October 20, 2009

Mustard anyone?

Zoey decided mustard taste better licked off her finger than on the hotdog.  Yum Yum...

October 19, 2009

Conversation with a three year old...

I said "Max, don't climb on the chair any more....its breaking"
Max replies..." but I want to climb up there"
I go get the blue crate and say "use this to climb up there"
"But I want to climb up the chair" he says
I say "you can't anymore, its breaking"
"But I want to"
"I don't care, you're breaking it.... use the blue crate"
"I don't want to climb up there that way; I want to use the chair"
"You can't", "but why", "it's breaking", "but I want to"...
I'm going round in circles with a three year old... I think I’m going cookoo

October 16, 2009

Coming To Cali...

We're coming to CA for Christmas so I thought while we were there, I'd take the opportunity to do some sessions with folks there. Here are the details....

Shutterpated, Photography by Marci Cheesebrough

Available sessions: Sunday, December 27th -Afternoon/evening

Monday, December 28th - Morning

Location: To Be Determined (El Dorado Hills/Placerville area)

Sessions include:

* 60 minute session with Photographer

30-60 images with post processing and retouch to choose from.

Black & White/Sepia options for every image.

On-line presentation of images in a password-protected gallery.

* Custom made brag book to share with friends and family that includes up to 20 of my favorite images.

Session cost $85

Special Discount Session for the first 3 paid sessions- only $65. SAVE $20

***Note: Sessions will take place outdoors in natural light. Therefore, session dates are subject to rain. Dates could be rescheduled due to weather.***

For more information, book your session, or to contact Marci go to

October 14, 2009

The Farm

Sunday we went to our annual Pumpkin Path... the Farm. The kids are getting old enough they are starting to enjoy annual traditions and fun things that come with different times of the year. They had fun with the Hay Maze, petting zoo, Kettle Corn and of course... picking pumpkins.

October 9, 2009


"I'm a bad Pirate!" says Max

October 6, 2009


My mom and dad came to visit a few weeks ago. This is Gramps holding Penelope....

September 10, 2009

and more...

September 9, 2009

More Penelope....

August 24, 2009

Welcome Penelope

Penelope was born on Monday. She was 6 lbs. 11 oz and 19 1/4 inches. We are all home and healthy and happy to have her as part of our family. Of course... more pictures to come.

August 10, 2009

Forks, WA

If any of you are Twilight fans, then you know that Forks, WA is the mecca for all things vampire/twilight. Some great friends of mine, who are HUGE twilight fans, invited me along for a weekend at Forks to check out all the sites. Of course I brought my camera.... and at one of the stops, La Push Beach, I took the opportunity to feed my need to take some photos that Erik and I could have a lot of fun with. I posed the girls in vampire fashion, then when I got home, Erik and I played around with different looks on photo shop to see what we could come up with. Now, those of you twilight fans know, that the vampires in twilight are depicted as very appealing and beautiful, unlike other representations of ghoulish vampires. So that is why here, you won't find them all gory and ghostly, but more like Stephanie Meyers describes in her books.

This is Laura....

and Alex....