In Real Life: Week 7

Happy Sunday! Come take a look at our week 7 of 2018!

Splashing around is the best part of bath time.

Caught these little bandits looking awfully suspicious when I went to leave for work.


Cheesin’ with our new babysitter!


Robbie isn’t really into commercial holidays, but I couldn’t resist getting this for him.

Valentine’s Day happens to also be Pato’s birthday, so we went to dinner to celebrate together!

We went to an awesome Japanese restaurant and had some adventurous food.

My Gaijin palate preferred the easier things, like these epic pork buns.

Bacon-wrapped Enoki mushrooms were pretty tasty, too.

There is also a lovely version of this shot without the finger photobomb, but I actually like this one better.

Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re stuck in traffic is to just take a breath and enjoy the view.

Half mast, for yet another tragedy. Please Lord, let us be done with these atrocities soon.

Always looking for the light.

Homemade samosas are quickly becoming my favorite part of work potluck day.

Satisfying a craving.

Life always finds a way.

Feeling cute in my Friday Mom uniform.

Pancake mornings are always the best.

Jack agrees.

Went to the nursery and got some new plants to play with.

I think this air plant might be my current favorite.

Sweet sleeping baby feet.

Takin’ a moment just to chill.

We stole Daddy away from work for an afternoon ice cream break.

Happy Friday!

On Saturday I took the boys to the zoo!

We rode the carousel…

…and explored the children’s area…

…saw a genuine tortoise…

…and then pretended to be one ourselves!

We saw both an alligator and a crocodile – and even got to learn the difference!

And checked out the giraffes in the Africa exhibit.

We didn’t actually see quite as many animals as I would have liked.

But that’s okay, because we still had a really great time together.

We goofed around…

…and rode the gondola…

…and just really enjoyed ourselves. And that’s what really matters.

Jack and I played with some fun bathtub paint soap that we found.

This cat is not so happy to be in a hat.

After we moved Jack into James’ room, I claimed his old crib space for myself. Robbie painted his old desk white for me, and I’ve been really enjoying having it as my own space.

Bedtime shenanigans: “So it’s the first thing Jack will see when he gets up in the morning.”

“C’mon mom. Hurry up and lie down so we can snuggle already.”

And that’s a wrap! Have a great week 8!

Take a look in the past:

Week 7 2017

In Real Life: Week 6

Come take a look at our week 6 of 2018!

A little brotherly love for the Eagles on Super Bowl Sunday.

We celebrated with totchos two ways (taco meat, and leftover BBQ pulled pork), and gratuitous amounts of rum.

Still crushing hard on the magnolias at work.

Construction is coming along nicely!

Something new I learned this week: apparently not all buildings have these criss-crossed steel beams. These have been added by special order to make the new building extra earthquake-proof. Neat!

Rude banana.

Derpy cupcakes for this month’s birthday board.


I had a moment with this bloom.

And with this mini backpack and wallet. Self restraint is hard sometimes.

Did somebody call for a whambulance?

When you live on the second story of an apartment building, sometimes you have to get creative when it comes to good outdoor play.

We got out our beach toys, filled a bucket with some water, and pulled out my old herb pots.

We dug and splashed and got dirty and had a grand old time.

I love this boy.

Smoothie hypnosis.

Tiny toes.

Spring rolls + chow mein = happy mama

Poor Jamesy has been sick all week and finally had to go to the doctor. I couldn’t convince this cutie to wear a mask to protect himself, though.

Moosey, on the other hand, always practices good respiratory hygiene at the doctor’s office.

Oh Verve, how I missed you.

Something tells me I’m not turtle-y enough to be part of his turtle club.

Oh you.

Don’t mess with this guy.

Robbie and I had a date night planned for mini golf at The Boardwalk and dinner.

But our babysitter got sick, so we decided to just take Jack with us.

We “played” at the arcade…

…and went on our first carousel ride!

We ate the required carnival food.

I even tried a deep fried Twinkie! It was actually really delicious.

It was a gorgeous day.

We’ve been here almost 4 years, and it still amazes me sometimes that we live so close to this.

Can you believe this was my first time at The Boardwalk? I will definitely need to come back with both of the boys.

Daddy’s boy.

Tacos make everything better.


How was your week 6?

Take a look into the past:

Week 6 2017

In Real Life: Week 5

Here’s what our week 5 of 2018 looked like…

Silly cereal unicorn.


Happy birthday?

No use crying over spilled froyo.

Snuggle bug.

Starbucks’ response to this week’s State of the (Shitshow) Union address.

One version of the holy trinity.

He melts my heart.

James let me cut his hair this week. It turned him into a real (hairy) man for a few minutes.

Good morning from the rush hour jam!


“Winter” in California.

Livin’ that RT life.

It’s been a crazy flu season. This room is normally full of ventilators.

I see octopusses everywhere now.

Like this lady, who almost came home with me.

All good adventurers know this.

You think teal is this guy’s favorite color?

My vice.

How was your week 5? What are your bets for today’s Super Bowl?

Have a great week 6!

Take a look into the past:

2017 Week 5

In Real Life: Week 4

Hello friends! Let’s take a look at week 4!

Sundays are for waffles. Mmm.

And lunch for two.

And movie dates with your favorite 11-year old.

Finally saw the new Star Wars. OMG it was so good!

Tuesdays are for tacos.

And getting back to the gym.

I met my 3-times-per-week goal this week, and felt so strong!

A short yoga practice on my day off was also really nice.

The magnolias at work are starting to bloom, and it’s the best.

We’ve had some gorgeous sunrises this week, too.

This peanut had his first ear infection this week.

We snuggled lots on my day off.

Apparently the froggy wanted goldfish, too.

Saturday I got up bright and early to go to a lung conference.

It was at a local country club, so everything was very fancy.

Even me!

I spent the day listening to some great lectures from doctors, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists about what’s new in the world of pulmonary care.

I enjoyed the scenery on our breaks.

Hey there!

Afterward, I was treated to an amazing sunset walk along the coast.

California is made for lovers.

Hello, deer!

Another great day, come to a close.

I felt a little cannibalistic eating calamari. But it was sooooo good.

And that mule hit the spot.

Epic fancy dinner, FTW.

Corned beef benedict, what?

The Monterey Bay never ceases to amaze me.

Always take the opportunity to explore a little.

My siren song.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

Have a great week 4, everyone!

Take a Look into the Past:

2017 Week 4

In Real Life: Week 3

We had an amazing week 3 of 2018! Come take a look…

Always a kitten at heart.

Working out at 5am has its perks.

Wednesday was my birthday!

After complaining for years that I always wanted an ice cream cake for my birthday when I was a kid, but never got one because no one wants to eat ice cream in the middle of January in snowy Idaho… Robbie came home with this epic, cupcake-shaped ice cream cake. It was as amazing as I always wanted it to be.

That means you, too.

Such a sweet face.


Hi, buddy!

I’m a sucker for a pretty church.

The AARC approves.

LOVE can be found in strange places sometimes.

Believe it or not, there’s actually no filter on this photo. This rose was plenty beautiful on its own.

This year for my birthday, Robbie really went all out.

He took me to beautiful Napa, for a food tour and grown up getaway!

We started the tour with these adorable – and very tasty – lemon-ricotta pancakes, from Alexis Baking Company.

Then we sampled these bomb sliders at Norman Rose Tavern

…and were also treated to a house cocktail called the “Oh My Darling,” aptly named because it heavily features a clementine soda.

We also ventured into Molinari Caffe

…where we got to sample two different house-roasted coffees, including their now famous wine-infused coffee.

Next, we walked to Ca’ Momi for some truly amazing wood-fired pizza.

I loved this place for many reasons, not the least of which was getting to sit at the bar and watch this pro handcraft our pizza.

The owner is also apparently as obsessed with octopusses as I am.

So much so, that they even had a custom octopus tile mosaic done on their pizza oven. So badass.

Their oven also apparently reaches temps of close to 1000 degrees F. And they never turn it off. Like whoa.

Which is probably a big reason why their crust is so damn good.

I really enjoyed myself.

Over at Napa Palisades Saloon, we sampled these fantastic Reuben croquettes. A strange concept, but holy hell, I could have eaten an entire basket.

We walked through some lesser-known parts of downtown Napa, and were treated to views like these.

One of our last stops was The Fatted Calf, where we enjoyed a charcuterie sampler that was outta this world. The Spanish chorizo was so good that I bought an entire (very expensive) sausage to bring home.

We ended our tour at the Oxbow Public Market.

You could buy all kinds of amazing things there, including this local honeycomb that we very nearly came home with.

And these adorable tiny roses.

This is 29.

We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk back to our car.

It was simply stunning.

Then we checked into our hotel and spent our free evening being lazy and enjoying each other. It was bliss.

And later in the evening we ordered room service while we watched TV, because we could.

Bed hair, don’t care.

In the morning light, we finally got to see the true beauty of our little resort.

We stayed at a swanky hotel at a winery, and every detail of the place felt like Italy.

The crown jewel of our stay was the spa time and couples massage that Robbie booked for us.

Yes, it says “cave,” because yes, it’s underground.

Please tell me I’m not the only person who sees a face in that door.

After our luxurious spa treatments, we took a short walk up to the vineyard.

Gorgeous is an understatement.

Beauty is in the details.

Are we in California, or Scotland?

Good morning, Mary.

Out to pasture.

I am so grateful for this weekend away. We needed it more than I can explain.

Sometimes leaving home is the best way to remember that it is my happy place.

How was your week 3?

Enjoy your week 4! See you next Sunday…

Take a look in the past:

2017: Week 3