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Home Run

This morning Holden had his last t-ball game.

Last night while I was tucking him in, I told him to get a good night’s sleep so he’d be well rested for his game in the morning…

He said, “I’m going to catch the ball for you, Mama!”

Bless his heart.

He tried and tried to catch the ball {for me} to no avail which resulted in him exiting the field on the verge of tears and come to me and say, “I can’t catch the ball for you!”

Broke my heart.

Of course I assured him that it was an awesome game and that he had a great couple hits.

Gonna miss those cute little munchkins in orange shirts…..


This evening’s dinner was definitely a home run, though.

Coconut Chicken and Curried Quinoa with Cilantro & Pineapple

If you’ve been flopping along with me for awhile now, you’ll know that I love all things coconut so this was a must try.

Absolutely delish.

We’re trying to eat more quinoa and less rice and pasta. I’m always trying to find new mix-ins to doctor it up. Tonight I sauteed some onion and garlic along with some curry powder for a bit before adding in 1 cup rinsed quinoa and 2 cups water. {normally I use chicken stock}. Once the quinoa was done cooking, I stirred in chopped cilantro and about half a small can of crushed pineapple.

I was afraid the quinoa would be too bland without the stock, but it was perfect with the chicken.

{you could certainly make rice and stir in the cilantro and pineapple before serving, too!}

A festive summertime meal for backyard al fresco dining.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Red Vines

Holden had a t-ball game last night. His field was next to the A’s, who Elliott’s classmate’s sister plays for. It’s so cute to see Elliott & Cameron call out each other’s names on game days, run to each other and pal around together while their siblings play ball.

{Cameron, Emilie & Elliott ~ Photo courtesy of Cameron’s mama}

As I sat with one eye on the game and one eye on the threesome above, I couldn’t help but smile as I watched them skip and gallop around in the late afternoon/early evening sunlight.

Ironically, on the first day of kindergarten I filled out the last page in Elliott’s baby book ~ My First School Day. Under the entry, “I was so proud because I _______________ for the first time”, she wanted to fill in the blank with “met new friends”. She named a few of her new classmates and Cameron was one of them. Almost 10 months later, they’re sharing Red Vines on the t-ball field…..awwwww!

I’m thrilled that she has fostered friendships all on her own this school year. She really does love each and every one of her classmates. She’ll come home too and mention that she met a new friend in Mrs. So-and-So’s class. I love that she’s befriended other students since, without a doubt, each school year will bring some new faces to her classroom….chances are she will already know some {or all} of them.

Making my best effort to keep in touch with many of the sweet moms for some fun summer play dates. I couldn’t be happier with the nice group of kiddos and parents we shared this school year with.

Maybe the saying {all I ever needed to know I learned in kindergarten} really is true after all.


“A friend is a present you give to yourself.” ~ Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

Thumbs Up

Goodness me.

Life got a little hectic all of a sudden and I don’t quite know where to begin.

The weekend was great ~ t-ball opening day and Mother’s Day.

We were up bright and early for the annual parade and opening ceremonies followed by the first game.

Please excuse the barrage of t-ball cuteness to follow:

{lining up with buddy, nicholas}

{parading around the field}

{sitting with his teammates}

{national anthem}

{getting into position}

{up to bat}

{running home}

{praise from coach}

{thanks for the helmet, lolo!}

{goooo orioles!}

It really was too cute for words. A few times I thought I was watching football ~ the kids would all run for the ground ball and then dog pile each other! Saturday mornings are going to be so fun for awhile.


After our big t-ball extravaganza we hit up Panda Express {Holden’s pick} for some lunch and then cruised the ‘hood and rummaged through some garage sales. To this point, I have preferred hosting the garage sale, but I have to say it was fun seeing what everyone was trying to get rid of….and there is always an offer to me made!

Then the girls {Gramma, Elliott & me} went for pedicures and an afternoon Starbucks.


Mother’s Day was nice with morning coffee and monkey bread and a Mexican food lunch complete with margaritas…

I never thought the words “Gramma, finish your margarita!” would ever come out of my mouth…

We dropped Jay and the kiddos off and then {tipsy} Gramma and I toured an open house and did a little shopping followed by another afternoon Starbucks pick-me-up. Jay made some homemade pesto, grilled some pizzas and made a salad for our special dinner.

Another wonderful Mother’s Day down in the books…


Monday night was filled with an unexpected twist. My friend, Hollie, got some tickets to an audition taping of Simon Cowell’s new show “The X Factor” at USC’s Galen Center. My {celebrity sighting resumé} is picking up a bit. I stared at the back of Simon’s and Paula’s heads for about 3 hours. Ha! We were WAY up high in the nosebleed section as we got caught in traffic and were a little tardy for the party.

But it was fun and there was some decent talent…show airs this fall.

Here is my dorky pose before I hit the road for the night:


Things have been a little topsy turvy lately, but it has become clear that it’s time to refocus and buckle down for awhile.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. ~ Henri Matisse

I’m all for it….thumb’s up!


Happy Tuesday!

A True Flip Flop Folly

This morning as we were walking to school, my {most worn} pair of black Havs broke.

Just like that.

We were about 2 minutes into the stroll and boom…the little between-the-toe part gave way and snapped in two.

I was bummed…we turned around and walked home, carrying the retired right foot flop.

Why couldn’t it have been my $1 pair from Old Navy?

Anywhoo, Elliott suggested we drive so we wouldn’t be late as a result of my faulty flip flop {She is SO my daughter! All my “C’mon, let’s go! We’re going to be late!” panics must have sunken in}.

R.I.P old black ones.


We survived our first t-ball practice last night.

So cute….

{warming up}

{batter up}

{learning to field the ball}

Great team with nice parents. Should be an awesome season…

Go Orioles!


Looking forward to a busy weekend.

Friday afternoon playdate. Dance class. Souplantation for din din. Mad Hatter Tea Birthday Party tomorrow. Errands. Jay’s doing a {fun} 5K {I should be doing it, too!}. Picnic at the lake on Sunday afternoon.


This morning I got rid of more crap and did my S.V.S. {sweep, vacuum, swiffer} and if I missed anything, too bad! It’ll still be there on Wednesday when I do it again to get ready for Lolo, Lola & Gramma K’s arrival for Easter.

Oh, and the Easter Bunny will be picking up a few things this weekend! He just did the math and realized that baskets need to be filled in almost a week!

What does the E.B. stick in your baskets?


Happy Friday!

Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

Holden was {drafted} to his first t-ball team!

Not only will we be rooting for the Padres this Spring/Summer, but we’ll be cheering on Holden and the Orioles!


So exciting….lots of good buddies on his team, too!

When I told Holden what his team was called, Elliott overheard and yelled, “Yay! The Oreos….I LOVE Oreos!”

Sorry sweetie, it’s a bird, not a cookie.

Looks like we’ll be shopping for some teeny-tiny size 8 cleats this weekend!