Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Gotta get back!  This blog is so dear to me and it's been on the backburner.  So, I am committing to writing once a month and it won't be perfect or have a sweet format. Just the facts.  We will start there.

2017 Highlights
4/6/17 Daniel Benjamin Tankoos arrived - 9lbs 15 oz 21.5"
What a bundle of joy our dear POOEY is to us.
Now 9 months old - has two bottom teeth, one top tooth on the left side
Eats EVERYTHING.  Loves food.  Bottles not so much.
Rolls over, crawls, stands and pulls himself up.
Acid reflux POOR GUY!

TNT continues to be a firework!
Loves preschool - 2 ams a week
Has her own ideas and likes things her way
Is finally warming up to little bro LOL
😅  (and OMG yay emojis on blogger!!!)
Loves quesadillas, broccoli, french fries and applesauce (fav meal at the Cantina)
Is funny and smart and challenging and adorable
Movie - currently Boss Baby (toy story, mulan, SING, anything on you tube - blippi, story bots and other weird toddler stuff
Game - ABC mouse
Toy - changes daily. This am she put lip balm on woody's hat AHAH  Loves Woody and Buzz
What to work on - This girl is going to college with her binky.  I just know it.
Bedtime - still fun for the most part.  She is POKY!  We do books, stories, songs and prayer.  Then a drink.  Then another book.  Then something else random! 
Potty- CHECK!  I didn't ever think she would get there but once she decided (becuase she wanted to go to school) it was done in 2 days.  Pull ups at night still.

5.21.17 our BLAKE LEMON LYONS arrived!  Our hearts are full and we have had such a wild and fun year with TNT and the babies.  Babies in matching jammies for the win.

Went to a billion weddings

Had a blast at the lake for WILD WEDNESDAYS

Cantina going strong

Got a new job 8 month pregnant.  Worked 3 weeks and then took 12 off.

The Last Jedi on point.  Rey for President. 

Ok - well it's late and I gotta get myself to bed!
xoxo to everyone

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Elton John at the Huntington Center 9/28/16

Why did I not post this?  What an AMAZING concert.  We got a call an hour before the show with the offer of tickets, scrambled to get a sitter and off we went.  Missed about 20 minutes of the show, but Sir Elton played for about 2 hours so we didn't feel cheated.  Seriously, what a VOICE!  It has this magical and penetrating quality that is matched by no other ( know I immediately will say Eddie Vedder has the same effect, and it's true, you know it...)

Most of his band has been with him since the SEVENTIES!  What?!??  Loved that they have been playing together for so long.  These guys were a class act and dressed the part - no ripped jeans or shirtless guitar solos.  Suits, ties, hats - sharp dressed men.

And then there's Elton.

He donned a rainbow sequin jacket...and it was perfect.

Incredible experience!  Once in a lifetime show.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pi Phi Lunch

Had sort of a mini-reunion with my Pi Phi buddies from college.  We picked up right were we left off.  We have all been in contact via text and social media, but there is NOTHING like getting together with the girls that you spent 4 crazy years with and rehashing the past by telling old stories.  I always laugh SO HARD when we are all together and really appreciate these friendships that have lasted for so long.  Let's hope our 2018 reunion can happen!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cantina Beer Tasting

Just wanted to share some pics of our latest beer tasting!  We had a good time and the food was excellent as usual!  Good job Danny!!  Our reps at Maumee Bay were amazing and really made it fun for everyone - especially the cool mats with the beer descriptions.  

Thanks to everyone that participated and Good Lord, don't forget the cooks....

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

If you have not been to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, you need to get there!!!  What a fun place to take kids.  TNT will be 3 in May and she had an absolute BLAST playing, experimenting, learning and entertaining us all the while. Plus a family membership is only $75 for the year and reciprocal for Imagination Station and museums all over the country!

My Aunt Pat and Uncle Ted treated us to this exciting little adventure.  Thank you AP and UT!!

The Museum has 4 floors and one floor specifically dedicated to 4 and younger.  We stayed and played in that section for over an hour!  The water exhibit was also a long visit - she just loved it!  Other highlights were the foam block room, the video mat to step on, and the Tesla voltage machine.

This water exhibit called H2OHHHHHHHHHHH was the coolest.  It kept us all entertained.  Listen to TNT squeal with delight!!

Block fun

Following in Grandpa's footsteps


Mirror triangle - trippy!

My favorite picture of all time!!!

Water fun - good thing I had extra clothes with me

Roll on the floor in a public place during cold season?  Sure, why not

Baking with Taylor

When daylight is short and you need activities, baking is one of our favorites.  TNT loves to help and especially enjoys eating her creation - WHO DOESN'T??!?!

We made chocolate chip "cookies" with coconut flour.  Coconut flour is such a weird consistency, you should just call these muffin balls or something like that.  If you think cookies - ICK- but if you think they are muffins, then OK!

We also made treats for the birds - stale bread with gross old peanut butter and anything we could find to "decorate."  We set them outside and waited for the birds, but the squirrels were faster.  TNT was mad and said it was for the birds!  Squirrels are a bit tricky.

Chubby little hands are my favorite.  Good thing we had Skye from Paw Patrol to help us!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Restaurant Review: Jing Chuan

It's hard to accurately describe how I feel about Jing Chuan.  It's a combination of nostalgia and just excitement about delicious food.  One of the best things about the Jing is it's consistency.  The same entrees we ordered in 1995 are the exact same today.  Which I love.

The restaurant itself might need a little updating, but again, if the food is this wonderful and consistent, I overlook decor.

We took TNT there a few weeks ago and she loved it!!  We ordered:

Spring Rolls (extra hot mustard for me)
These little rolls are so crispy, filled with shrimp and veggies.  That wrapper is paper thin!

Basil Chicken
What a fun and complex dish - the chicken is so tender and juicy, cooked perfectly.  The brown sauce is tangy and flavorful.  Veggies are onions and peppers and HOT peppers if you ask for spicy.  Definitely recommend spicy.

Snow White Chicken
This is my all time favorite dish - chicken is the same as the basil chicken, but the white garlic sauce is delightful.  I wish I could order just the sauce and take it home to drink in the privacy of my own home.  I love the veggies - snow peas, cauliflower, broccoli, mushroom.  Perfect.  I usually get it spicy but wanted to share with TNT.  SHE LOVED IT!  Loved the rice even more.  HAH!

Other favorites are the sizzling rice soup (or hot and sour depending on my mood), crab Rangoon, lo mein and Jing Chuan chicken.  

Lunch is fun because you get soup, rice, entree and these two little chicken wings (that again, are probably gross to those of you that have not been eating it for 20 years).

A PLUS for this establishment for me.  I would go out on a limb and say it's top 5 restaurants in Toledo.

Sorry, these are terrible quality pics but it's hard to concentrate on quality when you have a 2 year old eating white rice out of the bowl with her hands.

Spring Roll
Basil Chicken
Snow White Chicken

Monday, December 12, 2016

Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Warehouse

When was the last time you ate at The Spaghetti Warehouse?  It's been a good 5-8 years for me.  I dined there (no, not in the Trolley) with a friend in November and this is what I thought.

The atmosphere is so interesting.  I think I like it because it reminds me of going there for Homecoming or when you were a kid.   I'm not sure if I was new to the place, that I would like it.  The tchotchkes and Tiffany style lamps, dark wood and red awnings just make it seem so warm and cozy in there.

I feel the same about the food.  If I was eating there for the first time, maybe it would be rated as "just okay, " but since is a childhood nostalgia effect, I thought it was amazing!!  The bread and butter is so delightful and I always eat it - don't care!  

The salad is very lackluster, featuring iceberg blend basically out of a bag and jarred dressing.  Not my favorite.  I should have ordered the minestrone soup, I love that.

I got the good ol' spaghetti and meatballs with extra sauce.  Incredibly comforting and I had to restrain myself from eating it all.  The meatballs were a perfect size and great consistency.  The sauce has this wonderful rich flavor to which I always add red chili flakes and a bit of parm.  

My friend ordered the pizza bake (!!) which I was not familiar with from years' past.  It was angel hair pasta with sauce and a layer of cheese and pepperoni on the top.  WOWZERS.

I would absolutely go back and it will be fun to take Taylor because she LOVES spaghetti and so do I.  It's good for your soul.  

The...bread.   And more importantly, the BUTTER.

Salad with Italian

Spaghetti and Meatballs! YAY!

Pizza Bake

Friday, December 9, 2016

Target Fail

Shopping at Target is so fun.  I love Target, I love the layout, and you can get almost anything you need there.  Which is dangerous.

What is also dangerous is the sale rack.  Not in the terms that you buy too much negating the idea of saving money, but in the physical sense.

I was rifling through the 50% off rack and all of a sudden CRASH!  The whole rack went down. SERIOUSLY!  There was another shopper in my vicinity and she actually said, "What did you do?"  I wanted to snap back, NOTHING TOMMY BOY!  But I restrained myself.  

I went an found a dressing room attendant to confess my retail crime, and she actually laughed.  Out loud.  Which made me have a compulsion to hug her and then I thought, no, better not....

 We put the rack back together in true teamwork fashion.  She was so funny and gracious.

A+ customer service Target for not making me feel terrible/stupid and have to find a new Target. Target on Monroe is the place for me.   Perhaps I need to shop a bit less vigorously and a tad more gingerly.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Shopping 2016

In efforts to make the holiday less material (think "Keep Christ in Christmas"), I am adopting a new process.  Heard it on the radio and loved it.

4 gifts for each child
Something you want  Tickets to see Daniel Tiger live at the Stranahan (I like this because it is also an experience gift)

Something you need  See, this is my point, we don't truly need anything.  I was going to buy juice pouches and snacks and wrap them all individually so TNT a lot to open.  You gotta eat right?  Plus she's TWO let's not forget.  

Something to wear  Christmas Jammies

Something to read Christmas book

BONUS  A Santa gift - soccer net and cones for the basement

BONUS x 2 I want to do an ornament for St. Nick - it's less candy and then TNT can put it on the tree before Christmas to enjoy!

I realize this is still a lot of gifts, but helps me stay on track when it comes to buying.  Plus, if it works, this might be a great format for the future.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016