Tuesday, December 8, 2009


On Saturday, we took the kids ro see Santa at the Children's Museum. Here's what happened!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Disney On Ice

My mom and I took the kids to see Disney On Ice last week. I haven't been to anything like that since I was pretty young, so I had no expectations. Maddox wasn't too excited about going. He thought it would be all about princesses and such. When Marin saw the commercial on TV, would squeal with delight!

So...we go to Conseco. We get there and we have pretty excellent seats. We were on the lower level and were close enough to see all of the characters faces with clarity. As soon as the show started, Marin instantly clamped my hands over her eyes! She had a death grip on my hands and would not let me move. I was trying to talk her through it, pointing out her favorite characters. I eventually got my hands down, but she then put her own hands over eyes. I passed her to Mom, didn't help for a good 20 minutes. I told Mom to hold her arms down so they wouldn't cramp after being held up for the hour and a half show. That didn't work, but shortly after is when the princesses came out!!! She turned into a different child. My mom was shocked that she knew all of their names, even though she hasn't seen the less popular movies and the ones we don't have.

Maddox got into it during the villains part. He loved Jack Skellington!! He was entertained, but not mesmerized. As expected.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


This year we decided to keep the birthdays low key. Wednesday, Maddox's birthday, we decided to take the kids to the Children's Museum as part of their celebration. That night, we met Kellie at a Texas Roadhouse and had dinner. We then had cake and Maddox opened presents at Granny and Hampy's house. His birthday surprises included Bionicles and Transformers.

On Friday, we celebrated Marin's birthday a day early. She had her own party theme and opened her presents. I really didn't capture the excitement emanating from her on my camera, but it was definitely felt in the room. She's crazy about Tink, so the tent was an excellent choice by her dad and I. Marin also got a Cinderella barbie and a PINK doctor's kit, among other things.

They enjoyed their days and we enjoyed watching them!

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Crisp Autumn Day

I finally had a day off from running MadrinDesigns and could go outside with the kids and enjoy the day. Maddox dressed himself for the "weather". Marin decided to take her stroller out with no baby in it. I captured their quirkiness on camera this time. Next time you think your child is weird, just take a look at this picture of Maddox. :) And yes, those are his Monday underpants and socks on his hands.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Aunt Carol and Uncle John's House 8/24/09

The whole fam got together at my aunt and uncle's in Valparaiso in August. Luke and I went to see Pearl Jam on Sunday at the United Center, while the kids stayed and played with their cousin, Bryalyn. On Monday, they had a great time on the beach. Maddox was kicking sand with cousin Lauren while Marin was in the water with Aunt Carol and cousin Lesley. Occasionally, Daddy went by on skis or in the tube behind Uncle John's boat. I managed to get burned/red because of my crazy light sensitivity, but it went away about 2 weeks later. All in all, a great time had by all!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hampy's B-Day

We went out for dinner for our Hampy's birthday! It was fun and they brought him a HUGE piece of chocolate cake a la mode! We all shared. I got more than Marin!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Painting Pictures for Mama

While I was gone doing an art show, it was arts and crafts day at home. It still hasn't been explained how paint ended up in the mouth, but she's still alive and kicking, so no worries! Marin began to sing and dance months ago, but has a favorite song now: The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.

Maddox is completely self-sufficient in reading now. It is unfortunate for me though. I used to be able to trick him or spell words I didn't want him to hear, but no more! He is currently quite obsessed with Transformers. He's saving his money to try and accumulate all of the action figures! He has 8 or 10, but that barely scratched the surface of Transformers merchandise. My cousin Josh was kind enough to send an old VCR tape of the original, animated Transformers movie. Luckily, I saved a VCR after replacing with DVD players.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Having Fun In The Pool!!

We went swimming at Grandma and Grandpa's last Saturday and Sunday. The kids had a blast. Marin is already kicking her legs and trying to swim. Maddox had a scare going under water a few times, so now he wants like 5 flotation devices. Before that happened, he was swimming very well. We'll get there again.

They both have a blast with their Auntie Kellie. She lets them get away with everything!

Last Thursday and Friday, Luke and I made a trip to Nashville, TN. We saw Eddie Vedder solo at the famous Ryman Auditorium. The best part was that we were in the FRONT ROW!! We didn't know until we got there. It was a fabulous surprise! We couldn't have any cameras or cell phones out during the show, so no pics. We had a great time and enjoyed walking around downtown Nashville. We did take photos at the only replica of the Parthenon.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Check it Out!

Check out my MadrinDesigns blog for an interview with none other than Mr. Maddox.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April Fun!

We spent Friday with Grandma Beth, Hank, and Katie at the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati. Saturday, Granny and Auntie Kellie took us to the park to enjoy the nice spring day!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Another Beautiful Spring Day!

Maddox and Marin enjoying the sunshine in our backyard!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

At Gymboree and Playing Ballerina

We recently went to our friend Nicholas' 1st Birthday Party at Gymboree. Marin and I had a good time! Marin is also finally into wearing the tutu Auntie Kellie got her for Christmas this year! Too bad she had eaten spaghetti for dinner and ended up with it all over her!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring Is Here??

We were enjoying the 60 degree temps over the weekend. Marin was all smiles aboard her red car! Maddox looked like such a big boy in his bike.