Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Ava smiled, at the camera!  She LOVED her peacock costume and willingly ventured outside for pictures and a peacock dance. Could she be any cuter?

This Halloween we once again avoided the trick or treat outing.  The last thing needed here is a bag of sugary treats!  We instead hit Larry’s school carnival and the Aquarium for some Halloween fun in costume, carved a pumpkin and visited out neighbors for one special treat!  My littlest munchkin sported the same adorable pumpkin hat as Ava on her first Halloween!  We had a wonderful fun-filled weekend made even more special because Grammy was in town to share all the excitement!  And to top it off I love these pictures but the one I love most is Ava dancing with the leaf I am pretty sure I will find some wall space for that one!



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Since I have completely neglected my poor little blog I thought I would share pics from our recent trip to the pumpkin patch in honor of Halloween. It was Ava’s first school field trip and the most perfect mid day light possible. If you take away that sometimes I am a stress ball with two kids, outings and photography attempts it was a total success! Ella ate a few tablespoons of dirt but wouldn’t you do the same for these adorable pics!  (more on flickr account if you are interested!)

New Favorite!

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Happy Fathers Day!

As his Spiderman card says, “AMAZING, SPECTACULAR!”  Ava picked the perfect card, although I think it was more for her than Larry!  “Spiderman is cool” she said.  To her Larry is a superhero!  There is nothing more amazing than watching a man with his girls.  Thank you honey for being the incredible dad that you are, these are two very lucky little ladies!!!

Side note:  when Ava handed Larry his card this morning she said, “Happy Valentines Day!”  HA love it!!!

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Since everyday is mothers day…  And because I did not quite get this posted on time!

At 3 years, ”Mommy, I love you.” At 10 years, ”Mom… whatever.” At 16 years, ”My mom is so annoying.” At 18 years, ”I’m leaving this house!” At 25 years, “Mom, you were right.” At 30 years, ” Wanna go to mom’s house.” At 50 years, ” Don’t wanna lose my mom.” At 70 years, “I would give up everything to have my mom here with me.”  

I can only hope that my girls love me half as much as I love my mom… Happy Mothers Day!

An E-mail from my Aunt that was too good not to share….

A  woman, renewing her driver’s licence  ,
was asked by the woman at  Registry to state her  occupation.

She hesitated,  uncertain how to classify  herself.

‘What  I mean is, ‘ explained the woman at Registry,
‘do you have a job or are you  just a …?’

‘Of course I have a  job,’ snapped the  woman.

‘I’m  a Mum.’

‘We don’t list ‘Mum’ as an  occupation, 

‘housewife’  covers it,’
Said  the recorder emphatically.

I  forgot all about her story until one day I found  myself 

in  the same  situation..
The  Clerk was obviously a career woman,  poised,
efficient, and possessed of a  high sounding title like,
‘Official  Interrogator’ or ‘City  Registrar…’

‘What  is your occupation?’ she  probed.

What made me say  it?  I do not know.
The  words simply popped out.
‘I’m a  Research Associate in the field  of
Child Development and Human  Relations.’

The  clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen  in midair and
looked up as though  she had not heard  right….

I  repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most  significant words.
Then I stared with  wonder as my pronouncement was  written,
in bold, black ink on the  official questionnaire.

‘Might  I ask,’ said the clerk with new  interest,
‘just what you do in your  field?’

Coolly,  without any trace of fluster in my  voice,
I heard myself  reply,
‘I have a continuing program of  research,
(what mother doesn’t)
In  the laboratory and in the  field,
(normally I would have said  indoors and out).
I’m working  for my Masters,
and already have four  credits (all daughters).
Of course,  the job is one of the most demanding in the  humanities,
(any mother care to  disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a  day, (24 is more like it).
But  the job is more challenging than most  run-of-the-mill careers

and  the rewards are more  of a satisfaction rather than just  money.’

There was an increasing  note of respect in the clerk’s voice as  she
completed the form, stood up and  personally ushered me to the  door

As I drove into our driveway,  buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I  was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7,  and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our  new experimental model,
(a 6 month old  baby) in the child development  program,
testing out a new vocal  pattern.  
I  felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records  as someone more

distinguished  and indispensable to mankind than ‘just another  Mum.’ 


What  a glorious career!
Especially  when there’s a title on the  door.

Does  this make grandmothers
‘Senior  Research associates in the field of Child  Development and Human  Relations’
great  grandmothers
‘Executive  Senior Research Associates?
I  think so!  

I  also think it makes Aunts.

Associate  Research Assistants.’ 

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Hippity Hoppity

Happy Easter!

I love it… with no formal Easter plans Ava rocked her Easter dress and striped bear PJ duo all day!

The basket: a book, candy, more candy and a toothbrush!  The Easter bunny leaves a new toothbrush every year… candy is fun but healthy teeth are a must!  The Easter bunny also gifted Ava with a child size ergo carrier.  Her little sister has entered the carrier phase of life and now Ava’s BFF black cat can join her in ergo coziness!

The Easter basket paper grass and all are bedtime companions and we are finally coming off our sugar high!

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A Valentine Play Date

What fun! Ava is finally at that magical age where crafts, parties and holidays are a blast! With Ella 7 days old I hosted a Valentine Play Date for Ava’s girlfriends; Emma and Kaya! I am not sure who had more fun the girls or the moms! They were so much fun to watch together and I always love to have some mommy talk time!  This was also the first play date where all the girls and their siblings were in attendance; 6 kids and 4 adults! It will be so exciting watching all these little ones grow!

The play date was a group effort. Thanks to my dear friends that provided the most delicious shortbread cookies and frosting!  YUM!  And my mom, without her support I could never have pulled it together!  I was in charge of crafts for the creation of some beautiful Valentines!  Cookies, art, stickers and what is a party without a goodie bag.  I LOVE making goodie bags.  Check out the adorable heart hair clips I made.  The perfect Valentine accessory!  Ava got a special kick out of the heart shaped sandwiches for lunch which reminds me that I should attempt such food tricks more often!  All in all a wonderful success!

craft supplies, goodie bags and lunch

My Valentine

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“We never know the love of a parent until we become one ourselves” ~unknown

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