Wednesday, August 27, 2014


JM was not touring again this year, so a low-key birthday was on the agenda.  I went to NJ to spend it with Jill & Chris and my cute niece. Lara and Candace came down, too.  Here's my niece with auntie Lara, looking for birds, which is her new thing. 

The next day, I was babysitting while Jill worked. So we went to the park and on the way home, stopped at this bakery, Carlo's. Their town has several bakeries, so I like to try different ones when I come visit. 

I got the chocolate peanut butter cup.  The cupcake was too dense (not moist) and not very flavorful. The frosting tasted better, but it was almost crunchy with sugar crystals.  Not too impressed. It wasn't until afterwards that I found out these are famous cupcakes by Cake Boss. Of course I've seen the show once or twice, but I didn't recognize the name. 

Luckily, Jill got us cupcakes from Cupcake Magician the night before. So much better, and cheaper, too! 

Here's my birthday flowers from KB. 

While I was babysitting, we took long walks, went to the park, and went "swimming" in the play pool in the back yard.   I'll be saying good-bye to this cute face tomorrow and going back to work!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

This is Where I Leave You

I just finished this book while on my vacation and I'm totally looking forward to the movie.  Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Connie Britton... What???  How does it get better than that?

Last day in Moab

Went for a drive up the mountain. This is the part of Moab that I like.  Grandad forgot his fishing rod but it was nice to be outside for a bit, chatting and reading. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Moab 2014

I spent a weekend with my awesome sisters, their husbands and kids and my parents in Utah last weekend. I didn't take many pictures but here are the ones I have.

Riding in grandad's truck.

Climbing on some abandoned machine. 

Dressing up in grandad's boots and hats. 

Blowing bubbles with grandma Shauna

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Norwegians in NYC part 3

Hanging out in Times Square.  Let's hear it for New York!

Norwegians in NYC part 2

KB hates the Yankees, but since it's probably the only team that people in other countries have heard of, he wanted to take these guys to an MLB game.  We had great seats and the weather was hot, but once the sun went down, it was a nice evening out. 

Before the kids came, we went to another MLB game, the Mets vs. Dodgers. KB is a Dodgers fan and we lucked out that they were in town while he was here.  It was his first game ever and he thought the whole thing was pretty cool. 

Norwegians in NYC part 1

First time in Central Park for KB and the kids.
Nikolas came to the US for the first time since he was a little kid, so he was very interested in certain things about the US, like the money.  Here he's stealing people's wishes from the Bethesda so he can see the difference in the coins.  He also asked if we have fireflies here in NYC.  I thought that was a great question, and the first time I think I've been asked that. 

Here we are at the Natural History Museum.  Although I've been to the museum a few times over the years I've been in NYC, it was my first time visiting the Planetarium since I was a kid.  Their new movie is quite impressive! 

The only time I remember going to the Planetarium was when I went with Bruce's Cub Scout troop and my mom must have been one of the leaders.  I was sitting with my best friend, Nancy, and the movie had a comment that in the olden days, people thought that the spots on the moon were windows and doors, and that people on the moon were looking out of them.  We got the giggles so badly, people had to shush us.  For the rest of our friendship, we could quote that part of the movie and burst out laughing.  Anyway, here we (they) are with the dinosaurs and out front.