Monday, September 28, 2009

Yurt camping at Tolt!


i've been wanting to camp at tolt (popular winter mountain biking spot near seattle), ever since they put in yurts about 2 years ago. this past weekend, that's exactly what we did! a whole crew went out there and it was a seriously great time, adults and kids alike were pleased with our time in the woods. we rode bikes, sang songs, ate good food, took long walks, rolled around in the grass, toasted marshmallows....etc....

check out heather's blog for great photos of the yurts, the kids, the bridge and more!
keelingtwins.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More conversations with True

This morning, as we area leaving the house for pre-school, my 3 year old says to me, "Dude, it's sooo sunny today! Awesome! But I really need my sunglasses!"

Friday, September 18, 2009

4 years


ahhhh....we were so young and in love. now we are so busy and in love. with two more erbecks to love.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

so pretty. oh so pretty.


i had a little lump removed from my eyelid yesterday. who knew such a little thing could cause such an intense removal procedure! and now, on this... my wedding anniversary day, i'm lookin' fine.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

true, the wise son

our friend matt had a little conversation with true the other day. matt told me that it went something like this:

matt- true, who is the smartest person at your house?
true- mommy

matt- true, who is the biggest person at your house?
true- daddy

matt- true, who is in charge at your house?
true- meeeeeee!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

dinner with a view


one of our favorite things to do on a nice sunday night is to go out for dinner in the van. we grab some take out, park at the beach, and watch the sun go down. luca used to sleep through the whole thing, but now he is an active participant. this cell phone shot is from the after dinner dance party.

True's new glasses



thanks for the cute gift jason!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

this face says it all!


the evidence of an 85 degree september seattle day!
sunscreen...check
sweat...check
some tears...check
watermelon juice...check

we had a great time at the Creative Kids preschool end of summer picnic! i love all the kids, the parents, and of course our teacher, ms colleen! aaron was out of town, so i went to the event with the kids and had luca on my hip all day, but never felt compelled to worry about true...he was BUSY!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NCR



i never did get around to writing about our annual traverse, re traverse over the north cascade highway (early august). i think it must have been that the 3 day event was so eventful that i felt overwhelmed.

one of the better parts of the weekend was watching skyler entertain all of the little alki/rubicon kids. true layed claim to skyler early on, and had a hard time "sharing" her with the rider twins (but mom, she's MY skyler...i don't want to share MY skyler). it was kinda cute. i'm not certain if skyler digs true as much as he digs her, but she's the only person who could ever get true to wade chest deep into a lake! maybe skyler should start taking true to swimming lessons, she'd probably have better luck than us!

Monday, September 7, 2009

labor day.

labor day was true to its name for me. it seems like i spent all day long picking up toys, changing diapers, wiping down luca, wiping down luca's highchair, cleaning up after true, picking up toys, picking up toys, picking up toys....it was endless. i wanted to pull my hair out.

then, everything gets quiet...luca goes down for a nap...aaron takes true into the guest bedroom for a nap...i decide to join in and we're all snuggled under a heavy wool blanket. this is my reward.

aaron falls into a deep slumber (read=snoring), and true squirms between the two of us, making all kinds of *silent* noise. i tell true he must close his eyes and go to sleep or go to his own bed. he scrunches up his face as hard as he can and scrunches his eyes closed and he looks horribly uncomfortable. every few seconds he opens his eyes to a slit and glances at me sideways, then quickly resumes his super closed up, scrunched up face, hoping i didn't catch him. he repeats this for a good five minutes, me watching, and slowly, with each passing glance, his face relaxes, one little tiny muscle at a time until he is fully relaxed and deeply asleep. aaron and true then snore in unison...and while i find it a little funny, i realize that i find much more endearing then anything.

aaron wakes up. luca wakes up. true wakes up and the chaos resumes.

and then i decide that at aaron's suggestion, i am going to make good use of the eggplant in the fridge. eggplant parmesan it is! what a stupid endeavor for a woman already tried from a day of nothing, yet everything, although nothing to show for it.

here's how it goes and so you get an idea of how it goes, luca is on my hip for most of this process- slice the eggplant and soak in a heavily salted bowl of water. start the tomato sauce (simply a jar will not due- must add herbs, garlic, wine). drain the eggplant, salt it again and place in a colander to drain again. adjust luca to other hip. kiss true's boo boos. change his clothes because his pants got wet and he is freaking out. put luca and true in the living room with toys...tell them to behave. rinse eggplant. run into living room and remind true that he can't roll all over luca. kiss luca's boo boos. place eggplant slices on paper towels to dry. organize one pan with flour, one with beaten eggs, one with seasoned bread crumbs (not store bought). realize that you don't have eggs. it's far too late to abort mission, call in the troops (that would be aaron, wet and dirty from gutter cleaning and repair) and offer the choice of going to the store or watching the kids. find yourself going to the store. resume process. dredge eggplant in four, then egg, then breadcrumbs. brown each side (3 rounds to a pan). repeat. a hundred million times. realize the colossal size of one eggplant and wonder why jesus didn't give it away to that crowd on the hill instead of fish and bread. layer a casserole dish with sauce, eggplant, sauce, cheese, repeat. put it in the oven. look around the kitchen and wonder how every single dish, pan, surface is dirty.
clean. again. for the thousandth time that day.

i don't know how women (and now a lot of men) do it. how do people do this every day?! better yet, how do they do it and stay sane?

well, the eggplant came out and it looked good and smelled great and was fantastic. usually when i take on such a labor intensive dish, it fails. big time. the more time, effort, and $$ the more it's gonna suck. but i considered this a win when aaron had two helpings and true ate everything. even eggplant. my kid ate eggplant!

and then my husband says thanks for dinner and my first born says thanks for dinner and i'm left with another pile of dishes and i still have the laundry to finish and the floors to mop....and it's ok with me.

it really is.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Erbecks invade Aunt Gayle's peaceful retreat






auntie gayle was so nice to invite the west coast erbeck clan to cape meares for some oregon coast beach fun! we enjoyed everything from rain, sun, fog, good wine, cheap wine, good food, bad bacon, hiking, beach combing, bee stings, monopoly marathon, old maid, good beer, cheap beer....you get the idea. spending time with gayle is awesome, the kids love her, and we had the added bonus of lincoln, nicola, and skyler! thank you so much gayle!