Friday, May 24, 2013

7 quick takes (vol 6)

This cold weather that swept in last night is more than welcome to LEAVE!! It was cold from October - April and I am OVER IT! I would like to wear shorts, get a tan, play outside, go for family walks and have my new windows open, PLEASE!! 

Just went to the Pittsburgh Science Center w/the Mom's Group and this is fair warning for all: Under NO circumstances should you go to the Science Center on a Friday EVER!!!! It was more crowded than I have ever seen in the 2 years I have been going. There must have been at least 30 different schools there plus all the parents w/small children. It was a bit overwhelming but thank goodness for the toddler area! Juls and friends were able to roam freely w/out worrying about being trampled by the non-supervised, poorly behaved school children. 

On a more positive note, we got our family pictures taken last weekend by Tim Van Dyke a close friend of Mark's that started a photography business about 2 years ago. He and his wife do a FANTASTIC job! Like amazing!
Sam and Juls by Tim Van Dyke Christmas 2011
Juls 2nd Bday by Tim Van Dyke October 2012
Gruber Grandkids Christmas 2012
As you can see, they do a GREAT job, and here is a peek at what they did this past weekend
Gruber Girls!
I will post more once we get the CD but the teasers were spectacular! So happy to have one of the three girls!

Do you ever watch old videos of your toddler just to remind yourself that they were once cute, innocent and didn't have a snarky comeback for every request? I do! It helps me to remember that this is just a phase and they will continue to grow and change and it's a blessing to have them in our lives!

So the other day a friend came over and asked if I'd bake cookies for a party they are having this weekend. No problem, I love cookies. We had a nice visit and when she left, I thought..."mmm, cookies!" and couldn't wait til the weekend! So I pulled up this recipe b/c they are my favorite! I use half chocolate chips and half butterscotch! YUM! Probably the best cookie I have ever made! Try them!

In one month we will be at the BEACH!!! It's really exciting to think of getting away as a family for an entire week. It will be Samantha and Miriam's 2nd time at the beach, Juliana's first! We are taking Mark's sister Emily w/us and we are hoping to get out a night or two on a date! It will be a tough 7 hour drive but we are considering driving through the night so we don't hit all the beach traffic.

We have 4 birthday parties with in the next two weeks. We are so blessed to have great friends and family in town. I often take for granted the fact that I married into such a wonderful family and feel so blessed to have met such beautiful women in Pittsburgh. Birthdays are such a great reminder of how precious life is. How much can change in a year. To wonder what the year ahead will bring. I love birthdays! 

Thank you to all Military who have served and died for our country. Hopefully it will continue to be the same America you gave your life for. 

Thanks Jen for hosting once again!


  1. I would so love to have pics taken sometime. thought of doing it last fall and now that we're adding another member I'm glad it didn't work out. Love the photo he captured of your precious girls.

    yes, the science center and field trips = disaster.
    I saw on FB that the Children's Museum has started listing when and how many field trips are scheduled on any given day. LOVE THAT. brilliant for members who are none too thrilled to navigate through the field trip kids
    AND every school is packing those field trip in, in these last few days of school so those kinda places are cut-razeee

    glad you had the toddler area though!

  2. We were going to the SC after dance...glad we went home to nap instead!

    The pictures are beautiful. What an amazing testament that grandbaby picture is - so many blessings!

  3. Greetings from the UK - just visiting.

    God bless.