Archive for May, 2013

Wedding bells

This month has brought a number of reasons for us to be happy—and busy. As I mentioned below, we have three temporary houseguests – my sister Katie, her fiancé Tom, and their cat Sophie. I still cannot believe that they have decided to move to Lawrence – I really could not be happier. They will be staying with us until they move into their own place after they return from their honeymoon in mid-June.

Of course, the wedding precedes that – and in just a week and a couple of days, they will get married on the prairie in Nebraska. As the matron of honor, I have a number of happy tasks associated with the preparations. Somehow, I lucked out – they all align with my hobbies. In the next week, I will make a large, multi-tiered cake, five dozen cupcakes, and a number of small design projects for the wedding. I also have a toast to write, and I’m doing my best not to put that off until the night before.

My task list pales in comparison to those around me – Katie’s, of course, is enormous. And, my mom and Dave have been working hard for months. The girls have gorgeous, handmade flowergirl dresses awaiting them, and our tiny ringbearer has a little bowtie and cummerbund. I neglected to lose the 20 pounds I had set out to, but while my dress doesn’t look exactly as I’d hoped, I am absolutely thrilled that I’ll have the opportunity to stand next to my sister next Saturday.

Katie has created an amazing event–
every detail is incredibly thoughtful, and I am genuinely looking forward to the time spent with family.

Owen Fix

Baby cheeks and baby curls…


Aunt Katie Fix


Last day of second grade

When I told Ava that I would like to take a picture of her on her last day of second grade, she rolled her eyes, sighed, and said “Mom, it’s not like this is my fifth grade recognition celebration.”

At least she managed a smile regardless.

It has been a great year for us. Ava’s teacher, Mr. Fowler, has been wonderful. Ava has made great progress across the board, and I’m very proud of how hard she has worked this year. Look out, third grade!



Bec: “I should really blog again at some point.”

Katie: “Yes. If only someone close to you–or in your immediate family, even–had a major life change recently.”

Bec: “What? Who?”

Katie: “ME. I moved to Kansas.”

Bec: “Oh, right. I already covered that.”

Katie: “IN THE CAT POST?!”

Bec: “Yeah. No good?”

Katie: “No.”


Dagny’s anxiously awaiting Sophie’s arrival!


Owen Fix

Owen grass

Overheard: Recital butterflies

Olivia, as we walked back stage immediately before her performance: “Mom, what am I supposed to do when I have to throw up?”

Bec: “You mean, ‘if’ you throw up?”

Olivia: “No, WHEN.”

Bec: “I suppose you run off stage.”

Olivia: “Well, we’re not supposed to leave the stage…”

Bec: “I think they’ll probably make an exception for you.”

Dance, done.

After nine months of lessons twice a week, Ava and Olivia completed their respective dance classes. Ava’s ballet, jazz and tap instruction culminated in a tap routine to “Button Up Your Overcoat,” and Oliva’s introductory ballet and tumbling class sang and danced to “Genevieve the Giraffe.”

Both performances were part of a a two and a half hour recital at the Lied Center last weekend. They were brillant, per the performers’ mom, as well as the always unbiased Gramma Best and Grandma and Grandpa Lucky.


Oh, Olivia.

My mom often says, “When she was good, she was very good. But when she was bad…” It’s spot-on for this one, my sweet-as-can-be troublemaker who’s never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s complicated and unpredictable and a whole lot of fun.