Friday, May 20, 2011

We're Moving!!!

You heard it correctly...the Jaeggmeyers are gettin' outta Dodge! The sun has set on our years in the condo, and after much deliberation, saving, and planning, Tony and I have found a place that is perfect for this next phase of our lives. Almost serendipitously, a frriend of mine from work announced that he was going to be renting his home. The location was perfect--Granada Hills, which is as close to the Santa Clarita Valley without actually being IN the SCV--, the price was right, and the size was great (3/2.5 PLUS a pool/spa...yippee!). We jumped at the opportunity, and we'll be moving in first weekend in June.

Our current home, not surprisingly, is a total disaster and life is a little bit chaotic right now. Being that this is the end of the school year, I am also frantically trying to tie up loose ends here as well. On top of which, I am also trying to pack up my classroom for the big move to the new campus (for those of you who don't know, I am moving to a brand new campus this coming fall. I am a member of a pilot school design team and will be teaching history at the new school. Exciting stuff! More on that later). Thankfully, Tony is almost finished with his first semester back at school, so he will likely get the lion's share of the final packing and unpacking for the move. Lucky for me, he's amazing and is just as excited as I am about the big move.

To tide everyone over until I update again (and we all know how often that is!), here's a shot of Sophie helping me move...

~To be clear, she's reading books to her mimi (blanket) and the bucket. Everytime I pack a box, however, she insists on sitting in this one. Cute.~

Monday, March 14, 2011

Time Flies

Two years ago today, Tony and I met an incredible little individual. Over the course of the last two years, that little someone has blossomed into a bright, bubbly, and beautiful little girl. We fall in love with her every day, over and over again, and never stop being amazed at this person we have the privilege of calling our daughter. Two years seems like such a small chunk of time, but I keep marveling at how much has happened in these last two years. I look at my baby, who's not a baby, now and can't believe that that little person is the same baby I brought home from the hospital two years ago. Each day, Sophie learns something new, says something hilarious, and is forever adding to and developing the her that she is becoming. And what's best, is that Tony and I get to watch it happen!

I can go on and on. My baby is 2...that's the bottom line. Happy birthday, my sweet Sophie Bean. Mommy and Daddy love you so much.

Monday, January 24, 2011


...except that Lydia isn't Russain. In any case, she certainly has the talent. To be clear, my niece is only 7, AND this is the piece that she's practiced "only a little bit". She rules....


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jumping Beans

I know, I know...I haven't posted in ages. Trust me its for a moderately good reason...busy with work, busy with studying, busy with family. Holidays and whatnot.

Until I finally find the time to bring everyone properly up to speed, here's a lil' somthing to tide you over...


Friday, November 19, 2010

She's a Maniac, Maaaaaniac...

It's important that everyone knows what a talented dancer Sophia has become...


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bean to English Dictionary

There are about a thousand other updates that I need to post, but this is an entry that has been swirling in my brain for months now. Sophia talks so much now, and her little voice and baby lisp just kill me they are so cute. Some of her words are so funny to hear that they need to be shared with everyone. Sadly, a person can't get the full effect of the cuteness unless you hear it first hand, but I figure a little translation guide would be the next best thing...

1) "mommeeeee": aka, "mommy". When she's really tired or fussy, she'll scrunch up her face and then say "ooohhhh, mommeeeee". It's pretty adorable.

2) "daddheee": aka, "daddy". Dad is pretty much the coolest thing in the world lately. He's the go-to guy for all things fun.

2) "puhpeee" or "Loolee": the dog. She follows poor Lucy around the house all day every day looking for an opportunity to sit, lay, ride on, or in some other way torture the poor creature. Lucy, thankfully, is pretty patient.

3) "kihee" or "titty" or "Saffooo": that'd be the cat. Sappho is far less patient than the dog. On another note, I'm pretty grateful for the fact that Sophie doesn't say kitty much outside the house. I just imagine lots of raised eyebrows when my 17 month old is yelling for her "titty".

4) "boobee": depends on where we are. She's big on birds lately, and "birdy" usually comes out sounding like "boobie". Unfortunately, birdies are only outside, so there are quite a few "boobies" that the neighbors end up hearing. Sophie also really likes identifying body parts. In this case, I think the translation is pretty self explanatory. :/

5) "copper": no, she's not a fan of police shows. A couple weeks ago, we had a fire nearby and there were helicopters that kept flying by. She LOVES pointing out airplanes now. Almost all planes end up being coppers, however.

6) "oggee": not a ganster, although that would be pretty rad. This would be yogurt. Sophie would eat her body weight in yogurt.

7) "ermeal": oatmeal. If she's not eating yogurt, she's eating oatmeal. There are days where she eats it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

8) "dee doh": that would be her ding dong, otherwise known as her belly button. She's big on pulling up her shirt and showing it to you at various points during the day. She also has a book that she calls her tummy book where she likes to find the dee dohs on the monsters in the book.

9) "caca": before you start making poop jokes, let me clarify that "caca" is cracker. Crackers are anything small and crunchy, from cereal, to actual crackers. I popped a mint one time and she asked me for a cracker. :)

10) "cock": probably my favorite and most embarassing. This means clock. She likes to find them in various books, and she frequently asks to borrow ours (although she more frequently knows that the ones on our wrists are called watches).

11) "Suffee": she just started saying her own name. She usually will point to her chest when she says it, just in case the listener didn't originally know who she was talking about. :)

There are a ton more, but I wanted to give everyone my top 11. Being that I haven't blogged in about a century, there are lots of other updates. To tide everyone over until that long awaited day when I actually am completely up-to-date, here's a little taste of the cuteness that is my kid...

~enjoying a pretzel during our beach day with Jana and Ryden~

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In Memory of...

As most of you know, our nephew, Tyler Sikora, died just recently. He was an amazing individual with a beautiful spirit, and he will be missed by everyone who's life he ever touched. Whatever you might believe, Ty is in a better place now, and can play sports the way he always wished he could.

The day after Ty's death, he and his bother's friends organized a candlelight memorial at Crescenta Valley High School (where Tyler was playing basketball when his heart gave out). The pictures are a few from the vigil. The outpouring of support and emotion was extraordinary, and again a testament to how special Ty truly was...