Category Archives: Celebrate

Mother’s Day 2012

Another great Mother’s Day from my lovely guys!

Oh-so-sweet Der made me breakfast in bed.

He went to the store before I woke up and picked up enough breakfast food to feed an army.  He made me eggs, turkey bacon, a bagel with cream cheese and a half cantaloupe full of berries, grapes and melons.  Luckily the boys helped me eat it, because that was a TON of food!

The boys picked out these gorgeous flowers for me.  I love, love, love orange!

They also got me a cool iPhone case and basket to go on the bicycle I got for my birthday! Pictures of that to come…eventually.

I am spoiled rotten and couldn’t ask for a better family!


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Congratulations Burr And Andy

Last weekend Der and I were lucky enough to attend our dear friends Amber and Andy‘s wedding.  Everything about this wedding was gorgeous!  The bride, the groom, the food, the flowers, the people, the dancing were all amazing.  We had the most grown up fun we’ve had in a long time.

I snapped some shots on my iPhone to share with you all.

Here’s Der and I all dressed up with someplace to go.  Thanks Keegan for watching your brothers and for taking this photo.

This picture does not even come close to doing justice to Burr or her divine dress.

Photos were taken of Burr, Andy, Derek and I together, but not with my phone so I don’t have any to share….yet.

Amber said what these flowers are called, but I cannot remember.  They were so pretty and perfect.

I would like to draw your attention to the number of glasses.  There was more alcohol served with dinner than I usually drink in a decade.  Not included in this picture are the margaritas served at cocktail hour after the ceremony or the shot of tequila (yikes) I took  with Andy.  Needless to say I was pretty snockered by the end of the night.  I may or may not have still been a touch drunk the next morning.

The food!  Andy and Burr both have exquisite taste, also Andy is a chef so we knew the food would be “smack your mama” good.  We weren’t disappointed.

That right there is caviar served in the top of an eggshell.  The bottom of the shell is full of butter and hollandaise.   It was almost too beautiful to eat…almost.  I have had caviar before, but it was nothing like this.  This was a party in my mouth. Adding to the party was that giant shot of vodka.  I think it was pretty clear that Burr and Andy had every intention of spoiling us AND getting us drunk.

The second course was a divine salad that I inhaled before I remembered to take a picture.  What I can tell you is that is was beautiful and delicious.

We chose beef for our main course.  It was oxtail, cauliflower mousseline, crispy cauliflower crowned with asparagus tips and reduction sauce-as read off of the menu.  All I can say is that I died, went to heaven and came back for more, after the first bite, and it only got better.

And then came dessert, as if I had any room in my belly.

I don’t know what any of the four desserts was called, but they were fantastic.

On top of all that there was a gorgeous wedding cake that I was too stuffed to taste.  I think if I had attempted to eat another crumb, I would have burst right then and there, no lie.

It was a spectacular evening full of beauty, grace, poignancy, and love.  I am grateful for having such wonderful souls in our lives.  Thank you Burr and Andy for allowing us to share in such a special day.  We love you to the max!


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Happy Valentines Day

I hope your day is filled with all things sweet.

I was inspired by these on Pinterest.

So I made this.

I made hearts around some of my favorite sweets.

It can be used as a book mark, a fan pull, or hung from a rearview mirror.

Ami and Conrad handed out heart crayon valentines like these from Pinterest.

Heart crayons

I didn’t blog it because there are a ton of great tutorials already and to be honest, it was mostly me who made them.  They cut out the paper hearts and Ami helped me peel crayons, but I did the cutting, baking and gluing.  I would have chosen a different homemade valentine had I realized that beforehand.

They loved them and they did turn out super cute, but I like to help the boys with their crafts, not do them for them.


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2011 in review by WordPress

I just got this groovy email with an option to make it public, so I did.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,100 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I thought it was pretty cool.  

I hope to hit 10,000 views by Simplywe’s 1st birthday in February.  It’s a long shot, but I have hope.  

Ways you can help:

Tell a friend. 😀

Tell 10 friends. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Pin photos/craft ideas you like to Pinterest.

Like Simplwe’s Facebook page.

Above all keep coming back!

humongous thanks to those of you who leave comments.  Comments make my day! I love, love, love them.  They, along with my stats page, are what keep me motivated.

I am so proud of Simplywe, and grateful for each of  you who keep coming back! I have had the most fun sharing our everyday lives with you.  Simplywe would not exist if not for you amazing readers.  You have been so supportive and it means the world to me.  It really and truly does!

I wish you all a happy, healthy, wealthy, love filled 2012!

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Christmas Cards

I had wanted to do homemade cards, but time got away from me, so I compromised.


We all sat together, for about 30 minutes, and made our fingerprint birds.

I think they turned out super cute.


It turned a normally a chore-like task into family fun.


We may have a new family tradition.

Send me your address, if you want to be on our Christmas card list :).



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Halloween Recap


Conrad was Darth Vader.  Ami was a race car driver.


Jeremia was a random Star Wars guy.



All of their costumes came from multiple trips to Goodwill.

Conrad and Ami’s were the easiest.  Jeremia’s took some work and piecing together, but I think it turned out really well.  The inner robe with the pockets was a white bathrobe with a panda hood.  I cut the hood off and dyed it with some old ground coffee.

They hauled in a ton of candy. I will let them pick from it for a few days, before I send it all to work with Derek.  They think I’m a candy scrooge, but they don’t have to pay to fix their teeth, so I win.


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Halloween Decorations

We had some fun making simple Halloween decorations.

We made bats and spiders using black paper plates, elmers glue and construction paper. We also made candy corn.


Nothing fancy just cutting an glueing.  We had a lot of fun with it though.

And Jeremia had us cracking up with his.


It says “I’m a social worker.  I have bad social skills”

JP spent a lot of time on his social worker. He’s even holding a little briefcase with the tip of his wing.

We hung it all up in the alcove out front.


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