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2011 in pictures

by @according2kelly on January 9, 2012

2011-in-pictures13 mountain bike races, 3 half marathons, 2 triathlons, 2 5Ks, 1 10K, & 1 relay (& that’s just me).

jeffy completed 13 mountain bike races (that he can remember), 4 criterium bike races, 2 road bike races, & 1 half marathon.

&, the boys finished 6 mountain bike races, 2 2K’s & 1 triathlon.

surprisingly we didn’t spend the entire year racing or training. we also squeezed in a hawaiian holiday, one broken nose, a little bmx action, roller skating, LOTS of skiing & snowboarding, a vegas trip (or two), several weddings, little league, an last minute european adventure in ireland, amsterdam, brussels & paris. not to mention more trips to disneyland than i can even count.

and while 2011 is full of excitement & adventure, i can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for us!


{almost} wordless wednesday: the merriest place on earth

by @according2kelly on December 7, 2011



really & truly, there is nothing more magical than disneyland during the holidays. decorations galore, tasty holiday-inspired treats (rumor has it the holiday gingerbread beignets at the cafe orleans are AMAZING), literally thousands of sparkling lights, santa & his reindeer – live & in person, fireworks &  the always-anticipated snowfall… it definitely is the most wonderful time of the year.


the never ending battle

by @according2kelly on November 3, 2011

this halloween the boys proved once again that the battle between good & evil, really is an eternal struggle.

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rapunzel, rapunzel let down your hair

by @according2kelly on November 3, 2011

diy-tangled-rapunzel-costume-for-kidsjust weeks before halloween, little miss charlie finally discovered princesses or “princey’s” as she calls them. (with two brothers & a house full of hot wheels – i’m not at all surprised it didn’t happen earlier.)

seeing that “punzy”(otherwise known as rapunzel) is her new-found best friend, it seemed like the perfect halloween costume. although, after dressing like “punzy,” charlie is now having a bit of an identity crisis.

she prefers to wear her purple rapunzel dress at all times, refuses to wear shoes & will only let me brush her hair if i sing…

flower, gleam and glow
let your power shine
make the clock reverse
bring back what once was mine

heal what has been hurt
change the fates’ design
save what has been lost
bring back what once was mine

wonder if she’ll start singing “i could go running/ and racing/ and dancing/ and chasing/ and leaping/ and bounding/ hair flying/ heart pounding/ and splashing/ and reeling/ and finally feeling/ now’s when my life begins!” next?!


{almost} wordless wednesday: scrabble alphabet soup

by @according2kelly on October 5, 2011

scrabble-alphabet-soupit’s become a morning ritual – once the lunches have been made, the boys dressed for school & breakfast is on the table, scrabble alphabet soup comes out.

with school back in session, and gavin & owen in 1st grade & pre-k, learning to spell & read has become a bit all-too-consuming. i don’t know about them, but i’m already sick of flash card, & easy readers. luckily, we’ve discovered scrabble alphabet soup…

scrabble alphabet soup is a seriously fabulous game for everyone, but especially new readers (& spellers). players can “grab their spoon, roll up their sleeves and dive into the frenzied spelling action in a race to scoop up a three, four or five-letter word.”

each of the players gets a card, selects a word they are aiming to spell, then starts scooping out letters, hoping you’ve scooped out the letters needed to spell their word. the first player to spell the selected word on their card wins the round.

i love that my kids are learning to recognize letters, spell, construct words & even read – all while playing a game & having fun. & the best part? now that it’s part of our “morning routine,” the kids look forward to playing each & every day, without even realizing they’re learning.

disclaimer: i received scrabble alphabet soup for review purposes, but the opinions expressed are 100% my own. & we really & truly do play scrabble alphabet soup every morning as we eat breakfast.


{almost} wordless wednesday: dancing queen

by @according2kelly on August 24, 2011

always remember to…

even though, chances are…

somebody is watching,

you are going to be hurt,

someone will hear you,

& heaven really is on earth.


photo & video via ryan marshall of pacing the panic room


{almost} wordless wednesday: russell loves kristen

by @according2kelly on July 27, 2011

this was definitely a wedding to remember… dinner, dancing, a diy frozen yogurt bar & hands-down, the most incredibly breath-taking views ever. located in malibu canyon, we spent the evening surrounded by vineyards, zebras, camels, & llamas. yep! yep! yep! i said zebras, camels & llamas.

what can i say, it’s the perfect start for a couple’s happily ever after.


kindergarten graduation

by @according2kelly on June 17, 2011

dear gavin,

congratulations! as of this week you are officially a kindergarten graduate – a concept i’m still trying to wrap my brain around. it seems like just yesterday i was saying goodbye to you on your first day of preschool. & it’s nearly impossible for me to fathom the fact that it’s been six years since you were a newborn. yet, here you are – practically grown up!

someone much smarter than i, a mr. robert fulghum, once proclaimed that “most of what i really need to know, about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, i learned in kindergarten.” & i have to say, i most definitely agree…

“share everything. play fair. don’t hit people. put things back where you found them. clean up your own mess. don’t take things that aren’t yours. say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. wash your hands before you eat. flush. warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. take a nap every afternoon. when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. be aware of wonder. remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: the roots go down & the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. goldfish & hamsters & white mice and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup – they all die. so do we. and then, remember the dick-and-jane books, and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

everything you need to know is in there somewhere. the golden rule & love & basic sanitation. ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.

think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon & then lay down with
our blankies for a nap. or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

and it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands & stick together.”

everyone has told me “they grow up so fast.” but it’s the truth. but especially this past year –  i have watched you grow, learn & change, right before my very eyes. you’ve learned your a,b,c’s & 1, 2, 3’s. you can write simple sentences & even read. although, at the “core” you’re still the same, sweet little boy i brought home in my arms six years ago. green is currently your favorite color. legos & video games are your newest passion, although riding your bike is your favorite way to spend the afternoon. & somehow you manage to charm everyone you meet. parents & teachers alike have told me that you are “secretly” their favorite.

congratulations on this huge accomplishment, and always remember…

xoxo, mom


{almost} wordless wednesday: toothless

by @according2kelly on June 8, 2011

technically speaking, it’s not the first tooth gavin has lost. he knocked out two of his bottom teeth, earlier this year. (oy vey!) so, we’ve already had a visit (or two) from the tooth fairy. but, this is the first tooth that he has pulled out – all by himself. he wiggled & jiggled, twisted & turned, until that baby popped right out. unfortunately the tooth fairy was too busy to make it too our house that night! luckily, she has 72 hours to collect.


{almost} wordless wednesday: here comes the sun

by @according2kelly on March 30, 2011

snowmama-park-cityin college i lived on the mountain, snowboarding nearly every day. often times riding 100+ days. as you can imagine, i created some pretty amazing memories – such as meeting & falling in love with my hubby…

but this season on the slopes, will definitely be remembered as one of my favorite years – ever.

sure, i may have only spent 13 days on the mountain, but watching my boys fall in love with the slopes will definitely make this, a season to remember. (not too mention all the amazing powder that park city continuously seemed to make just for me – does it ever stop snowing there?)