Sunday, April 16, 2017


I gave the boys different hair cuts just to "try it out." Unknowingly their hair cuts fit their personalities...let me explain : )

All three with fresh cuts at the tulip festival
Caleb's round head actually allows for long hair...his long beautiful locks says he's laid back and carefree and certainly pretty silly too!
Eli's double cowlicks makes his hair stick straight up so he can only wear short short hair.... his sharp military style cut says he's a rule follower and self disciplined.
Thomas has a medium cut with some definition to it...his hair says he's very fashionable and he likes to stand out as different. 
The tulips weren't quite ready but still beautiful!
With their mama Elda whom they all adore!
Eli lovin' his mama Elda!
Eli smelling the tulips : )
Love this one of Thomas and how he matches the tulip colors!
Group shot
Family pic but not our best, oh well, ha!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Six And A Half!

The boys are super excited that they can now say they are six and a half! The years go by in no time at all, ugh...they'll be 7 next time I blink. Seven seems so foreign, so big, eek! I also can't believe I've been blogging for over 7 years now! I've seen so many blogs come and go and very few that have gone as long as mine. Hoping to keep going as long as I can though : )

CET are 6.5!
They start soccer next week although it's not as organized as basketball was with practice and games. It's more just practice once a week to get some energy out :

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dillon's Beach

Just over a month ago we did a quick 3 day trip to California to see family. It was a bit of a rushed trip since we had to drive so far away but it was definitely worth being able to see everyone under the same roof!...I dropped the ball and didn't take many pictures but thankfully cousin K took plenty and shared them with me : )

Group Pic of the whole Pittsenbarger clan
All the couples : )
Always fun to hang out with Aunt Candy
Funny uncle Garret
The kids loved the hot tub
Oh so handsome Caleb
Super Caleb!
The boys were getting some good air : )

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6 Yrs 5 Mo!

CET are 6 years and 5 months old!
As cool as ice and dreaming of summer...

Friday, February 24, 2017


I may have bitten off more than I can chew this month cause I'm so behind on blogging! I signed the boys up for basketball and they have a practice and game once a week (so twice a week we are out doing basketball). It's a bit hectic but the boys LOVE it! I always wanted them to do sports but they were never interested in it (I don't think I'll be the type of parent that pushes extracurriculars unless the kid really wants to do it, ha!). All that changed a few months ago when they picked up a fervent love of basketball (well Eli and Thomas that is, Caleb likes it a lot). Thomas and Eli are really good at it too, both boys have made shots during games (and in the right hoop too, ha!). Anyways I have a lot of catching up to do, we went to Cali a few weeks ago and I just got around to taking the pictures off my phone. The boys have just 3 more weeks of basketball and things should get back to normal then : ) 
Trying out some summer wear while its 40F outside, brrr!
Thomas drew of our cat Nehala (Na-hayla), we call her NeyNey for short. Love how Thomas spelled it "nana" and how he spelled meow in Spanish phonetics!
That face you make when you look good and you know it!
Basketball champs!
They play a mean game even though most kids tower over them : )
Caleb drew a great rendition of Grumpy Cat from memory, I'm impressed!
Here's a little video of the boys first game, Thomas scores on the other teams hoop! So glad everyone cheered anyways : )

Sunday, January 29, 2017

6 Yrs and 4 Mo!

CET are 6 years and 4 months old!
I've been working for 3 weeks now (albeit the first two weeks were very sparse bc of the snow)! I'm back doing cancer research only with a different lab this time. I really thought 6 years off would have really hurt my chances of getting hired anytime soon. I only applied to 6 or 7 positions and interviewed with 2 and of course was hired by the last one I interviewed with (yay!). I was pretty selective about the positions I applied to. My biggest priority was that it had to be part time (no more than 32hrs/week). I do not know how you would find a good work/life balance with two full time parents, it would be so challenging! Positions of this type are hard to come by since most want full time employees. Thankfully I found the perfect position, I can pretty much work as much or as little as I want so long as I average a certain amount per year which should be pretty easy given my schedule with the kids. Plus its very exciting and interesting work and I've been really enjoying challenging my mind again! Phil drops the boys off at school in the morning so he starts work an hour later than before and I pick them up after school lets out, so it works out perfect. I guess it's on to our next chapter of life, should be interesting!

As you can imagine I will be much busier than I have been so expect regular but less frequent blog updates, I hope you understand!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Snowpocalypse 2017

Last Tuesday there was snow predicted in the forecast and I figured we'd get a light dusting and that would be that....
Tuesday night we were all shocked to see it had snowed a significant amount!
Come Wednesday morning it looked like this!
It set a record for snowing so much in 24hrs or less, over a foot.
Oh and I started a job this week too!
What a great way to start a new job...
My second day commuting to work via a sky tram. 
Triplet snowmen
So the problem is that it hasn't gotten above freezing since it snowed and all the streets and sidewalks are now covered in 6 inches of ice. There are maybe two snow plows in the entire city and they seem to only care about the freeways because you'd think that 6 days later at least all the major roads would be plowed, but no. My first week back at work in more than 6 years has been a disaster! For example, this morning I spent an hour waiting for the bus to go into work. It never came (well I think it did eventually but not for me and it was probably so full I most likely wouldn't have been able to get on). I didn't want to risk hypothermia so I just went back home. I also don't have proper shoes for the snow and my aging rain boots just aren't cutting it anymore. This is the 4th time it's snowed this season (thank you global climate change) so the kids have missed 8 school days so far and it's supposed to snow again tomorrow morning so it might tick up to 9 days before this is over. The kids have not had a full week of school since November! And we haven't been to meeting or service in ages. It is mayhem, we risked our lives on Saturday getting to the grocery store so at least we now have a nicely stocked fridge. It rains a lot here in Portland so it's not usually something I get excited over but let me tell you, I've never wished for rain as much as I do now!

Even the kids are over the snow, they're so bored at home they've resorted to doing things like this....haha!