Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ellie's First Nutcracker

Okay, so it technically wasn't her FIRST "Nutcracker," but I've decided that last year's "Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker" didn't really count.  So yesterday Ellie and I went to her first real, grown-up, not abridged or adulterated, ballet.  And she did great.  She enjoyed the first act more than the second, but who can blame her?  The first act is all party and plot, while the second is just dance for dance's sake.  Even I get frustrated with the second act.  (Ellie's comment when the Sugar Plum Fairy made her third entrance:  "Please don't tell me she's going to dance AGAIN."  Everyone's a critic.)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Night Four!



(If only it sounded as sweet as it looks.)


The problem with eight nights of Hanukkah is that there's no way my kids can behave well enough to deserve presents EIGHT DAYS IN A ROW.  (I'm just kidding, darlings, you're perfect.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Me and My Boy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Wishes

The anniversary of Sandy Hook....the news from Pakistan today about the school massacre...  I don't normally talk "serious stuff" on this's all just family photos and amusing anecdotes.  But tonight, I struggle to maintain holiday enthusiasm amid near constant reminders of how tenuous it all is.  So I find joy in Gabe's relief at FINALLY getting a light-up, remote-control race car, and watching Ellie meticulously apply enough layers of glitter nail polish to preserve her fingertips through eternity.  I'll make cookies and latkes and make it all as perfect for my little family as I can, and I'll share cute pictures and silly kid stories like the the little Dutch boy holding back the dam. May you all find peace and joy this season, and may the world come to its senses.


Hey now, aren't we cute.  :)

Brian's Aunt Jan posted this to Facebook today.  It's from our visit in September, I think?  It's all of us, plus Brian's grandmother Doris, and his cousin Dan.    Could Ellie be wearing any more pink?  She's obsessed.

Quick! Find the baby!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cheese Dip

Ellie is VERY excited about any opportunity to make Velveetta Cheese Dip, so yesterday we had a couple people over, made latkes and cookies, and dipped much more than a reasonable amount of Tostitos in melted cheesy goodness.  Maintaining Holiday Enthusiasm!

Friday, December 12, 2014

4 Month Stats

This smiley little girl had her four month doctors visit this week.  She's 22-1/2" tall and 13 pounds.  The puts her in the 5th percentile for height and the 50th for weight.  The doctor called her a butterball.  I've never been more proud.  I've also never been more exhausted.  About two weeks ago she stopped sleeping.  I'm hoping for a Christmas/Hannukah Miracle.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Look what I found in the kids' room...I'm going to remind Ellie of this the next time they're trying to kill each other.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Painting with the Bouchards

Sometimes you've gotta live dangerously and bust out the paints.

Closet Buddies

How cute are these girls?  Hanging out in L's closet...

Gingerbread Houses

The holidays are here!  The holidays are here!  I get so giddy at this time of year.  There's just so much to look forward to: latkes, sugar cookies, apple cider, friends, family, the smell of the christmas tree.  Is it bad I listed latkes and cookies before friends and family?  I just love it all.  This weekend we decorated gingerbread houses with the neighbors.  Let the holidays commence!  And here's to trying to maintain this level of enthusiasm through New Years.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Marshmallow Madness

One for the sculpture, one for his for the sculpture, one for his tummy...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving in Vermont

Thanksgiving!  Turkey!  Stuffing! Snow!  Hooray!

Walking in a winter wonderland...Or driving, as the case may be, and feeling very thankful for our new snow tires.  

Ellie and Dori, eating snow.

Godsisters!  Dori making sure Mira is well taken care of.

Night sledding, anyone?

Mira and Jeremy.  Her eyes are no where near this blue in real life...

Gabe LOVED this monster truck of Dylan's.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Little Girl/Big City

Elle was super excited to go to work with Bri in the city on Wednesday.  She now thinks "working" involves eating donuts, cupcakes, and Pirates Booty while running around an office collecting dollar bills from kind strangers.  Sounds about right, yeah Brian?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kindergarten Feast

Me and E at her Kindergarten "Thanksgiving Feast."  Someday my presence at school functions will aggravate and embarrass her, but today?  Today she was psyched.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Smiley Girl

...almost four months...

A Very Useful Boy

Proof the house has been dusted at least ONCE since we moved in.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blanket Fort

Gabe's feeling better, but not quite good enough to go back to school today.  Since he did nothing but watch TV yesterday I figured I ought to step up my game today.  Blanket Fort!  Complete with twinkly lights.  All before I finished my morning coffee!  Can I go back to bed now?  I've accomplished enough for the day, right?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Sick kids are the worst, but sleepy snuggles are a small silver lining.
(Don't worry, mom...He's just got a cold.)

Monday, November 17, 2014


Friday, November 7, 2014

Head's Up!

And just for nostalgia's's Ellie in the same hat:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Round Up

Hot damn.  When you live near Sleepy Hollow, Halloween isn't a's a season.  There was the ragamuffin parade, the grown up parade, the kindergarten parade, and then FINALLY actually Halloween.  I'm exhausted.  Bring on Thanksgiving.

Elle at the neighbors.  They take Halloween very seriously.

See what I mean?

At the pumpkin patch.  I came dangerously close to failing on the pumpkin front.  Anyone looking for a christmas tree?  Home Depot's your place.

One of Gabe's many, many costumes.

Ellie's kindergarten class at the school parade.

Scraping the "spider webs" out of the pumpkin.

Queen Elsa descending the library steps.

Costume change!

Costume change!

Andrew and his margarita.

Waiting for the show to start.

The actual costume I made Gabe that he wore for approximately six minutes.

Happy Halloween!