Archive for December, 2012

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Catching Up

I feel like I should check in here even though I’ve enjoyed this nice long break so much! Christmas was lovely and, quite wonderfully, uneventful. Over the holiday I got sucked into Scandal. Are you watching that? If you liked Damages, have ever dreamed of secretly making love to the president in the oval office, have ever dreamed of being a high powered somebody in DC or maybe think that John Stewart is a little bit cute then this show is for you. I’m all caught up now and ready for it to start again in January and Downton, don’t forget Downton. The new year promises to bring great things (to my tv).

Bennett is growing at an alarming rate. You go to sleep one night with a baby who is happy to sit up and play with whatever you give her to waking up with a baby who, instead of sitting in one place, launches herself kamikaze style toward anything she things looks Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Merry Merry

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Friday, December 21st, 2012


I like this picture because it captures some random minute in our day. There’s a tiny bit of everyone in the picture from my vantage spot on the chair by the back door. Happy Friday.

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012


It took us like 3 or 4 days to get it together. I know because we went to buy candy last week when we hadn’t even started with the dough yet. But here we are! We pulled it off again and I was only a little worried that we wouldn’t be able to cross it off our holiday bucket list. Gingerbread houses are so fun! Especially when you don’t fuss with it much.

To say I don’t fuss with it much is an understatement. I used a box of crackers as a guide for the shape of the house and I don’t facilitate the decoration much at all. They make is exactly how they want it to look. Maybe one day they’ll get interested in making them precise and fancy but this is good for right now.

And everyone is happy.








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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012


The 4 weeks between 6 and 7 months were the fastest yet. So unbelievably fast.



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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

What A Big Day

The girls have been waiting forever to visit Santa. We finally, finally did it this afternoon. Santa and hair cuts and the train garden. So much fun!

There was no line for Santa, nobody cried, that was the easy part. The hard part was taking Avery for her first hair cut. I just really did not want to do it. Finally though I realized that it probably not any better for the yogurt crusted hair to just break off than for it to be cut by a professional and so now she sort of has bangs. Nothing drastic. I won’t lie. I was a little jealous of all the pampering they got. Soon though. Soon it will be my turn. Soon.

I shouldn’t talk it up too much. You can hardly tell but it was such a big deal for me. I should have gotten the lollipop. It’s ok though it seems that most of Avery’s curls survived.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Toot Toot, Thomas! A Party!

It’s hard to think about what to write after yesterday’s tragic news. What do you say about something like that? How do you deal with your outrage? Your fear? I saw so many posts yesterday about holding, hugging and loving babies and so I guess that’s what I can do and that seems like a strange and tragic segue into a post about Avery’s birthday party but, if you don’t talk about it, it’s kind of like the elephant in the room… you know? So anyway, welcome to Avery’s birfday! We stuck to the plan and Avery’s friends came over to help her celebrate turning three.

Why is it that the whole day leading up to a birthday party is so stressful for children? It’s crazy stressful for my kids at least and they are never in a good mood leading up to a party. I was glad that I planned the party for so early in the day because I don’t think she would have lasted one minute longer. We had all the usual suspects, friends and family, cake, pin the toot on Thomas and a pinata. Oh, that Thomas pinata. I will never figure it out. The pinata was so weak when I stuffed it that I was dubious about whether it would hold the candy or not and, still, the kids couldn’t break it. I think maybe we needed a better bat but, seriously, now it’s my personal mission to get it all sorted out. I can’t let it go.

I love that girl. Love her. I hope she had a great time. I hope she’ll grow old and think fondly of every ugly cake I ever made for her.


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Saturday, December 8th, 2012

A Christmas Craft For Tiny Hands

Pomanders are an old fashioned traditional holiday decoration that make great gifts and are easy enough for little hands to make (very nearly) on their own. We used clementines because Chase REALLY wanted to try this project after finding it in one of our craft books and that’s what we had in the kitchen. But it turns out that a clementine is just the right size for her level of ability and concentration.

You don’t even need many supplies. Fruit, whole cloves and a skewer to help poke pilot holes for the cloves. Oh, and some string or ribbon for hanging. I helped her tie the twine. She could probably do that part on her own but we tied it after the fruit was studded with cloves so it was a little tricky and I helped.

They smell just like Christmas.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Traces Everything

This is the new thing.

She traces through the back of every paper.

And today she realized that you can trace through several sheets of paper.

Layering the tracings on the back of each subsequent page.

Until you create…

something entirely new.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Pony Play Date

Evidence of Avery’s renewed interest in her Halloween costume. Avery can wear it and carry her baby in it where, Avery tells me, she sleeps all the time. Here, Avery is bringing her over for a play day with Baby Bennie. They played until Avery stood up, packed her baby back in her suit and declared it time to go in her best sing-song-mom voice. She doesn’t know that she’s getting a Care Bear costume for Christmas.

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