The Olympics, Birthdays, and Spanish

Hola!  August is almost over and so is summer!  We haven’t done that much and I’ve really enjoyed it.  The weather’s been pretty great (with only a few too hot days) and we rarely go anywhere anyway because we really love summer here in the Pacific Northwest.  I also hate that the kids are all out of school and ruining everything.

Ooh, and the Olympics!  I’ve spent about 500 hours watching all the Olympics and still have about 80 recordings on our DVR to watch.  G and I are trying to find a sport that will get us into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.  We are still searching.

A few weeks ago, I picked up Kennedy from “school” and she was dying to show me her backpack.


It came with a cape!  She kills me.  Every day.

And this guy turned 4 last week!


Little Kaz is growing up.  Can’t even believe it.

Fortunately, G and I haven’t aged a bit.


 Thank god for Instagram filters (you can find me @the_marni).

My mom also had a birthday last week (my family has waaaaay too many Leos in it…mom, dad, brother, and nephew), and we went to The Temptations on Sunday…it was so much fun.  And really f*cking hot (it was at least 100 degrees that day).


Per usual, G worked on his tan:


Yes, he’s wearing my sunglasses because he forgot his own.  Idiot.  I, of course, did my best to avoid the sun.


I’m so cool.

Oh, and remember a couple of years ago when I started taking Spanish lessons?  Well, I think I took 7 lessons and then went to Europe for three weeks…and never continued my Spanish!  Fail.  In May, my wonderful friend, let’s call her Anna Maria, asked if I wanted to start classes again.  Of course I said yes and we started with one class a week.  In August, I started taking two classes a week and started going to conversation night.  Wow, the conversation nights are embarrassing, helpful, fun, and super stressful all at the same time.  I’m really enjoying it, though.  I’d really love to become fluent in Spanish (and quickly) so I’ve decided to spend a month in a Spanish immersion course in Guatemala!  In November, I’ll be living with a family and taking one-on-one Spanish lessons 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week.  Apparently, there’s a lot of time to travel on the weekends and in the afternoons so I’m really looking forward to this adventure!

G has no desire to learn Spanish, but he will be joining me for a week at the end of the month.  We are both really excited about it and I can’t wait.  Although, I’m going to miss the hell out of my little Biff.


We are still madly in love with that little idiot.

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This Summer

Hello?!!  Is anyone reading this anymore?  I know it’s been a while, but here’s a quick recap of some of the things going on over here.

First (and most important!), George and I celebrated our 10th anniversary last month!


And yes, we ate an entire cake to celebrate!


We didn’t have the top tier of our wedding cake made like we have in the past, but this vegan German chocolate cake was pretty f*cking good!


We’ve also been hanging out a lot with this monster:


He’s turning into a pretty good dog and we love him so much.  We are such suckers.



And he thinks he’s a lap dog.  He looks huge in that picture, but he only weighs about 47 pounds…I think he has a very big empty head.


Not surprisingly, Bing f*cking hates Biff.  Even less surprising, Biff thinks they’re friends.  In order to stay away from Biff, Bing has claimed the dish drying mat (on the kitchen counter) as one of his daytime sleeping spots.  He also goes in the catio and sleeps on a perch we have in the office.  Because we’ve crate trained Biff, Bing gets the run of the house at night after Biff goes to bed and Bing usually sleeps with us.  This seems to be working well.

As I think you know, I work from home.  Both idiots (Biff and Bing) insist on being with me in the office when I work.  It’s basically a circus that involves a lot of yelling (by me), whining (by Biff), and growling (by Bing).  It’s a pretty good work environment.

We had a couple of s’mores parties and they were both a lot of fun.  I don’t really like s’mores, but I like to play with fire so it worked out well for me.  Friends came over for the first party (where I took no pictures) and family came over for the second.





Kennedy and Kaz are pretty cute when they aren’t fighting.  Although, I actually think it’s pretty funny when they ARE fighting, which happens a lot (yay!).

Oh, George got to meet goats and chickens!



Our friends Shay and Steph (you remember them, they had the racist dog), moved to the country and now have goats and chickens!

Their house and pool isn’t too bad either!


Last week, our other friends successfully reproduced so we got to spend some time with a newborn!!


His name is Jack and I’m always so amazed that humans can be so small.  And adorable.  And look like little old men.  All at the same time.  Weird.

And now you’re pretty much caught up with our summer!

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Water Blobs!

We spent Sunday celebrating my nephew’s 6th birthday!!


Kai really wanted a harmonica.  Whoa.  Not a good idea.  My ears are still ringing.  And Ken’s smile?  Hilarious.

I thought it would be fun to do a little DIY gift for him and his brother.  Of course I used Pinterest to find this tutorial on how to make water blobs!  I ordered this stuff from Amazon…


And that’s when George became concerned that I was planning  to make a Dexter-like kill room.  He’s now on his best behavior so that worked out perfectly for me!

Because the plastic is 10 ft. by 25 ft, I thought it would be easiest to make the water blobs 2 ft. x 5 ft.


Biff really wanted to help.


It was pretty easy to cut straight across the two foot mark so I didn’t have to measure that much.  As I’ve stated before, measuring is against my (completely made-up and fake) religion.


I ended up with two sections that were 2 ft. by 10 ft.  I folded them in half and ironed the seams, leaving a hole to fill the water blobs with water and put the little sea creatures inside.



Biff thought the ironing part was pretty f*cking boring.

When I got to Kai’s house yesterday, I had the kids put all the sea creatures in the blobs, added food coloring, and filled them up with water.  The kids had a good time playing with the hose and putting everything together.  Oh and did I mention it was super inexpensive?  So that’s cool too.

Kai refused to pose for pictures so I recruited Kennedy and Kaz to be my models.



They were excellent models!


Happy Birthday, Kai!  I promise he was actually excited about his cake, the party, and all of his presents…even though it doesn’t really look like it.

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Painted the House

And no, we didn’t paint our house ourselves, we hired someone to do it.  I really considered doing it myself, but I didn’t want to ruin my next 30 weekends and probably end up divorcing G.

I’ve hated the color of our house since we bought it three years ago.


I think it was tan with brown trim.  And the inside was all beige.  Whoa.  Too much.  I wanted to go a little more modern with the new color and I really love gray.  I also thought a dark color with white trim would look really nice.



I think I was right.

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Happy Mother’s Day

The whole damn fam came over today to celebrate Mother’s Day!



(I can’t believe how much the kids have grown up.)

When I woke up this morning, I tried to find a picture of my mom and me (that wasn’t a disaster) and COULDN’T FIND ONE! I called her and told her to come over prepared to take some pictures.


And I think we got a good one!

We met earlier than usual so I could kick everyone out before midnight and had brunch.   I made cinnamon rolls and strawberry shortcake.  I used Minimalist Baker’s Double Chocolate Shortcake recipe.


So pretty.  I love that we already have strawberries this year!!  I think I overworked the shortcake a bit, but they were still really good. And I made coconut whipped cream so it the entire thing was vegan too.  Amazing.

Biff was a huge help in getting ready for everyone to visit.


Lazy.  He must have learned that from his dad.

And of course he was f*cking exhausted after everyone left.


Poor Biff.  He’s just a baby.


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