Archive for April, 2013


Owen plays peekaboo by covering just part of his face and averting his gaze for just a moment. I think it’s the cutest thing ever, though I realize I’m not terribly objective.



I’m not sure Dagny loves Olivia as much as Olivia loves Dagny.


Backyard birding

As Bryan and I watched a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flit about the backyard last night, we complied a list of everything we recall seeing in the trees behind our house over the last six and a half years. We recalled 48 birds in total, which I’ll list below. What’s on your list that missing from ours?

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Baltimore Oriole

Barred Owl

Black-capped chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown Creeper

Brown Thrasher

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Goose

Carolina Wren

Cedar Waxwing

Chipping Sparrow

Common Grackle

Cooper’s Hawk

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Phoebe

European Starling

Great Blue Heron

Grey Goose

Hairy Woodpecker

House Finch

House Sparrow

House Wren

Indigo Bunting

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged blackbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Song Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse

Turkey Vulture

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Wild Turkey

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Olivia Fix

This is begging for a caption…


Ava Fix

Ava and her friend Emma are working on a screenplay about two kids who sneak out of the house and travel to a different solar system (one made entirely of candy, naturally). There’s a snag, though, in that they are caught by their parents upon their return. No problem—the children just erase their parents’ minds, and everyone lives happily ever after (or something like that)…


April (snow) showers


Weekend wrap-up

We’ve hustled across the state line many times in the last few weeks, for occasions both happy and sad. It’s left us grateful for additional time spent with our families, but also a bit rundown and generally behind at home. So, when we woke early on Sunday morning, we set to work on responsibilities shirked in the many days prior. Thankfully, there was a reward come late afternoon…


There is no place like Nebraska


Livie Lou who’s most certainly no longer two

Olivia and I spent the morning at Quail Run for Kindergarten Roundup, and yet again, I found myself in a rather confusing state when it comes to this sweet girl. On one hand, it seems astonishing to me that she’s just now reaching this milestone. On the other, while she is already five, she is a very young five. Time expands and then contracts, I suppose.

Try as I might, it is hard not to draw comparisons between Olivia and her older sister. While Ava has always been incredibly mature, she has not been particularly outgoing. So Kindergarten Roundup for my eldest daughter brought a bit of concern on both of our parts.

Olivia is much the opposite – she has no problem jumping right into a new situation and making herself right home. And yet, she just seems so little. I even had to remind her to leave her blanket and her favorite stuffed animal – Sleeping Bunny – at home today.

Perhaps it has as much to do with birth order as personality–or even more likely, my own notions. Whatever the case, seeing my youngest daughter in her new role today made me realize my perception of her age means very little. Children grow up, whether we recognize it or not.

Olivia had a wonderful time this morning. She is incredibly excited to join her big sister at the schoolhouse up the street this fall…even if there may be a toy rabbit tucked away in her backpack those first few days.




A&O Fix