Archive for November, 2011

Happy birthday!

My sweet, sweet Olivia turned four today. This funny, artistic and adorable little girl just melts my heart.

In preparation

I have quite a bit of help in the kitchen today—both girls are off school, and holiday baking is officially underway.

So far, we’ve crossed Nutella-filled banana muffins off our list. Up next, toffee cheesecake and a pumpkin Bundt cake, all in preparation for the holiday. We’re looking forward to spending time with our families this weekend and celebrating Olivia’s fourth birthday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Why Olivia isn’t an optimal bedmate…

Ava Fix


Olivia: “Mom, guess what, Mom?”

Me: “What, Liv?”

Olivia: “Brayden called me a baby today.”

Me: “Oh no! What did you say?”

Olivia: “I said, ‘NO THANK YOU.'”

Olivia Fix

Will someone please buy this girl a puppy already?

No one does Sunday better.

Ava’s Play Date

Ava hosted three of her friends for a play date last weekend. Two of the girls are longtime friends from preschool, and one is a new friend from first grade. It turns out the new friend knows the two old friends very well—a benefit of living in this small town!

Caramel apple cookies

These almost did me in. Thankfully, they didn’t last long…



Ava: “Mom, if you got runned over by a car, and Dad was in Russia, who would pick us up from school?”

Bec: “What?! Why?”

Ava: “I just want to know. If you got runned over, and Dad was in Russia, WHO?”

Bec: “Well, I suppose Monica. Or Tom.”

Ava: “How would they know to pick us up?”

Bec: “I’d call and ask them to.”

Ava: “How EXACTLY would you do that? You’d be smooshed.”

Liv: “YEAH. You’d be SMOOSHED.”

Ava: “Your phone would be smooshed.”

Bec: “. . . I wouldn’t be that smooshed. I could still call. What exactly have you been watching on that iPad?”

Ava: “Mom. That’s what happens when you get runned over. You get smooshed.”

Bec: “I promise I won’t get runned over. I am very careful around cars.”

Ava: “But just in case, Monica or Tom, right?”