Thursday, January 30, 2014

Christmas!! Part II

We spent much of the trip enjoying the house and the beach and food and drink.  On Christmas Eve there was a candlelight ceremony at the Town Hall.  It was very sweet.  Very Little House on the Prairie.  The talking went a little long for the kids but they sure did love getting to hold FIRE.  And the singing.  The singing was so fun.  I loved it.
Feeling very grown up holding fire

Santa came!  He showed up at our doorstep just after we got back from the candlelight ceremony.  Lucy was completely freaked out and ran upstairs screaming.  Ruby was ready to tell him EVERYTHING.  Lucy finally calmed enough to give Santa her pictures that she drew, but then melted into tears when she realized that Mrs Claus wasn't there to receive her picture.  Then she decided she was brave enough to tell him that Dolly really wanted a bone with a red bow on it in her stocking.  Sweet girl.

On Christmas morn, I awoke to Ruby snuggled up beside me.  She had a big grin on her face and looked at me and said, "I love you mom" and there was my Christmas gift, right there.  Then we went down to see what Santa had brought on his return trip.  

Here is Ruby all snuggled up with Hikari reading her new book that Grandma got her.
And here's Lucy with her new baby from Grandma Rita at the beach.  See?  HAPPY.

Having time to sit and really enjoy each other's company for that stretch of time was so glorious and we are so happy that so many that make up our little family were there to share it with us.  We are a lucky bunch of girls!

Christmas!! Part I

We had a great and very relaxing Christmas, living above our station in the beautiful (though also really strange in an everything is perfect kind of way) Seabrook.  So many of our favorite people were there that it would have been impossible to NOT have a good time.  Grandma Genie and us girls traveled there on Sunday before Christmas and were soon joined by the Millwards.  The next day, Kathy and Harlan arrived and the following day, after the Millwards departed, we were joined by Uncle Pete and Aunt Setsuko and their dog, Hikari. much fun!  Here are some glimpses of the week:
Our little tree

With a little prompting from mama, the girls got each other Batman pj's!  So fun!

Uncle Nick brought his guitar and we had an evening of much cozy goodness

When we arrived, Ruby announced, "Oh look!  We can hang our stockings by the fire like normal people!"  So , we were normal for a week.  Yay us!

Monday, October 28, 2013


We got our costumes off to a trial run for the White Center Trick or Treat.  Superheroes and villains invaded the neighborhood!

My Parenting Book Title

This pretty much sums up my parenting right here

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Parade of Elderly Female Relatives

We had the good fortune of a long weekend with Gramma Genie, Gramma Rita and Auntie Marie.  We ate well, played games and had lots of laughs.  We love those ladies!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Random updates

Oh boy it's been busy and it's FALL and many things to share!

Lucy is slowly moving out of the preschool room and into the "Olders" room in preparation for her 4 year old birthday.  She's gotten a taste of the olders and is looking forward to being back with her friends Ari and Thekla, though she'll miss JoJo quite a bit.  She is learning her letters and pretends to read to her babies while she's at home.  Sometimes I hear her say to the cat or dog, "Oh honey...let me help you."

Ruby's been in 1st grade a couple of weeks now and finally adjusting to it.  She had a very hard time the first week or so. Poor kid was exhausted and a complete basketcase for a few days. Logically, I understand this -- 2 classes, 2 languages, all new rules -- but it was rough for a few days, there.  Thank god for my posse.  At any rate, she's doing well and I'll be glad to get to talk with her teachers in a few weeks. 
A couple of Ruby gems of late:
She loves to hear stories about grown-ups and their childhood and I frequently get requests like, "Tell me a story about when you were scared. With snakes." or "Tell me a story about when your imagination ran away with you."  When I have told her stories where I was misunderstood something she says, "That is just like when I used to think that Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were in love!"  I have no idea where she heard of those two but I love that she's made the connection and that she has some "When I was little.." stories to share.  The other was a few days ago while at the Andersons.  The kids were playing and Ruby came running up to me in full tattle-tale mode, an upset look on her face and requesting intervention. "Mommy!  Ari says bananas don't make you crazy!!  And the DO! Monkeys are crazy!"  Poor Monica and I had to really hold in the laughter to address her feelings of injustice that someone disagreed with her theory.

The girls are really into superheroes still which is fun.  I adore this pic of Lucy in her princess fairy dress and Hulk mask.

This weekend, we were fortunate to get a visit from my dear cousin, Geneva and 4 month old Baby Jasper.  Lucy was kind enough to give up her favorite car seat to him and both girls loved snuggling this sweet boy.

I love how he's staring at her face....

And not to be missed, Ruby lost her 3rd tooth this week!  Now she's got a jack-o-lantern smile and lisp. Not for long, the big one is already making its way out!
That's it for now.  We are really looking forward to fall and the holidays!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Spider-Man! Or Why I Think Ruby is the Bees Knees

When I took Ruby shoe shopping for school, these are the shoes she picked out:

They've been way into super heroes lately so I was not surprised though I was secretly pleased. She wore them or the first day yesterday and the first thing she said was that some kids were saying she had "boy" shoes. I asked her why and she said, "Just because they aren't pink!" I said she could wear whatever she wanted and that there shouldn't need to be any need to call one thing for boys or one or girls. I then told her About when I got teased for having a Lone Ranger lunchbox. She asked me to tell that story three times in a row. 

The mom of her bestie from school emailed me to tell me her daughter was so worried that Ruby was being teased and tried to stick up for her. Sweet girl!

Anyway, I just love that she loves Spider-Man, that she is ok with what she likes and that she has such a kind friend. I am hoping that she is able to always feel comfortable with what she loves.