My husband snapped this photo of me on the dance floor at a family wedding in California a few weekends ago, dancing with my two sweeties: Russell and Carson. I love how Carson had his eye on a cute little girl (actually, in this photo, it kind of looks like a stare-down!). Carson loves girls. He was really shy at first, then he kicked off his shoes and started dancing with her. How sweet is that? Then, he met this little girl and it was love at first sight …

Did you love advent calendars as a kid? My mom always hung them up for us, and we loved opening the little doors every day in December until Christmas. We always had paper calendars, but I recently bought this one from The Land of Nod for my boys. So cute, huh? It's made of felt, and the pockets are big enough to tuck a little treat inside for each of them, though there will be no chocolate for my 11-month-old (sorry Russ!). It also looks really adorable hanging on the wall in our playroom. Don't you love advent calendars?


Happy Halloween! We went out for sushi (random) and came home and passed out little packs of organic gummi bears to the trick-or-treaters (no, I did not consider giving out bags of carrot sticks) while the kids ran around in their costumes (one bumble bee and one turtle) and we munched on these pumpkin seeds that I had roasted earlier after the pumpkin-carving extravaganza. Here’s the easy recipe …

We're feeling better here today--thank goodness. The boys are playing. I'm cooking (then again, I didn't stop--we still had to eat!) and writing, writing, writing. In other news: asparagus. I've known that my 2 year old, Carson, was nuts for asparagus for a long time. One day, about 8 months ago, the child who hates most all green vegetables, pulled up his kitchen stool and leaned over to look at what I was making on the stove: sauteed asparagus. "I eat one?" he asked in toddler speak. You can imagine the look of glee on my face. Let's break this down: My 2 year old just asked me for a green veggie. I watched as he ate a small plateful of asparagus. Then he asked me for more. The asparagus love continues today. Whenever I make them, which I did recently--Parmesan-roasted asparagus--Carson's eyes light up. Here he is, eating one raw:

Years from now, I want to remember this moment--morning snack time with Carson, my 2 year old--because it won't be long before he's too old/too big/too busy/too cool to sit down and have a a little quiet time and a snack with his mama (sniffle, sniffle). So, here's proof that we have a standing 10 a.m. date with two little plates of yummies. Me: Crusty bread with sunflower butter and apple slices (which, also happens to be one of my favorite breakfasts). Him: Bread and edamame hummus (his all-time favorite).