where to begin…

ok, ok,  i’ve  got some guilt about not keeping up on all of this.  it was much easier when the kids where almost always cute and doing something “new” and “exciting”  but these days it’s mostly the same ol along with a lot of attitude and i don’t really feel like taking a picture as i would like to have a glass of wine.

there are some new things though…

like owen’s gymnastics.  he’s competing on the team and we are very proud of him.  we certainly couldn’t do any of the things he’s doing.



we got a new puppy.  her name is pepper and she is adorable and cunning.  we joke that somehow we got our kids in our dogs.  sonoma (owen) is smart and concerned about what’s going on all the time and pepper (dylan) is so cute and cunning.  she’s always trying to figure something out, like how to open the door, which she has.

puppy love

puppy love

the kids are obsessed with minecraft along with all the other boys and some men =).  they wanted to be characters from minecraft for halloween.  owen want to be herobrine and dylan wanted to be a skeleton.  i need to make them make there decisions sooner because i was whipping these out the last minute as usual.


we went to NYC in November to attend the L&L benefit.  we took the kids all over NY.  the museum of natural history was a hit, we went two days in a row.  we went to the statue of liberty and saw the lion king on broadway, but if you ask the kids about NY they will probably only tell you about Dylan’s Candy Bar.


the summer recap

june | owen turns 8!

the summer started out with owen’s 8th pool party birthday!  lifeguards and shark pinata included!

Owen is 8!

Owen is 8!Owen is 8!Owen is 8!Owen is 8!Owen is 8!Owen is 8!


july | gramps camp and new orleans (j+k only)

the kids went to anacortes, wa or gramps camp for two weeks.  i was supposed to get work done but then we decided to go to new orleans or nawlins instead.  our basic agenda was eat, sleep, swim, eat, sleep, swim… it was awesome!

Gramps Camp!

Gramps Camp!Gramps Camp!Gramps Camp!

Gramps Camp!Gramps Camp!


our escape to New Orleans!

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august | dylan turns 6!

dylan’s 6th birthday party was a lot of fun! we filled the sun room with about 800 balloons!  (i don’t think john will ever agree to doing that again =)) tracy, the animal guy put on a great show and thoroughly frightened the grandmothers when he pulled out the big snake.   totally worth every penny, not to scare the grandmothers (well maybe) but to see the big smile on dylan’s face!

Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!Dylan is 6!



“The sheep are in the house!”

Meet Barnaby and Snowy!


something i  never imagined i would hear being called out.  the sheep are getting quite comfortable with there new home.  the first night here i thought we made a huge mistake.  the whole night all we heard was “baaing” and since we put them in with the chickens. the chickens were freaking out so it was an all night long symphany of “baaing” and “clucking”.  but by the next day everyone had figured out they were okay.

we introduced sonoma to the sheep after about a week of being around each other through the fence.  the sheep were not scared at all by sonoma and instantly walked up to her and smelled her.  sonoma did a smelling inspection and then went on to clean there ears.  very cute.

all is well on the chowanec funny farm =)



poor sonomapoor sonoma poor sonoma

The boys got screen time (video games and tv) taken away for a week for bad behavior.  Unfortunately I think I may have punished Sonoma as well.  Poor Sonoma

skipping ahead to… Mammoth!


future olympians!

sorry folks i just can’t get caught up so i’m skipping ahead to our most recent trip to Mammoth!

the kids had mid-winterbreak or ski-week, so we packed up and went to Mammoth with the Carsetti family!  the trip was great.  all the necessary snow filled activities were achieved and happily done so.

build a snowman:

snowman building!

snowman building! snowman building! snowman building! snowman building! snowman building! snowman building!

snow sledding and snowball fight (no pictures of the fight, i was too busy hurling snow balls!)

snowplay! snowplay!

snowboarding lessons for owen, luca and marco


owen and marco getting readysnowboarding!

snowboarder owen!
(click above to play video)

skiing lessons for dylan and mia

slow down dylan!
(click above to play video)

and snow tubing!

tubing time!
(click above to play video)

snow tubing! snow tubing!

and guess who else loved the snow…sonoma or her new knickname snowoma!

sonoma loved the snow!

rainy day fund

rainy day fund
what better way to spend the first rainy day, than sorting, counting and rolling  7+ years worth of change.  any guess as to how much was in there?  we all took a guesstimate before we started counting.  john : $400, dylan: $500, owen: $682 and me: $700  we were all wrong and under the actual amount. my favorite part of the day was uncle michael’s conversation with dylan, who clearly likes money.

uncle michael: “dylan. scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you? 10 being the best”

dylan: “10 isn’t the best”

uncle michael: “uh okay. scale of 1 dollar to 10 dollars, how happy are you?”

dylan: “oh, 10!”

mo money, mo money

dylan’s new smile

dylan's new smile

back in april, dylan’s mouth collided with tessa’s head, it knocked one of his front tooth loose but i didn’t think much of it.  i was surprised to find out at his check up in august that it was fractured and infected.  it had to come out.

yesterday, dylan had his tooth pulled out. he did great during the whole procedure except right at the end, he threw up!  we’re not sure what set it off, could have been the pain killers (although he’s never had that reaction before), his gag reflex or just plain nerves.  but the kid puked everywhere.  i wasn’t in the room but the dentist said it was the most she’s ever seen come out of a child, it was adult sized.  i’m just imagining a huge projectile puke, it must have went up and then back down because his hair was caked in it as well as his shirt.  so when he came out and running to me of course i picked him up but i SO DID NOT WANT TO.  he didn’t cry once.  i’m super proud of him.

tooth fairy first visit

more excitingly… the toothfairy came and she brought golden dollar coins and a teeny tiny note!  dylan did not let go of those coins all day yesterday.


camp owen!

okay maybe i went a little over board with owen’s 7th birthday party at a campground, but owen and his friends had a great time.  it was crazy sometimes but all was good.  it will certainly be memorable.

camp owen! camp owen!

camp owen! camp owen!

camp owen!

camp owen! camp owen!

tent bedtime story