Archive for April, 2014


Olivia, while showing me some school work: “Ike says this is all blue. But clearly this is periwinkle, this is indigo and this is cornflower. THIS one is blue.”

Rebecca: “I know exactly what you mean.”


Smile, Livie.

Seriously. Now.

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Weekend roundup

This weekend had us dodging storms as we completed hours of yard work. Saturday started with six cubic yards of mulch and a pretty cute little helper.




Hard work—and Bryan did most of the heavy lifting. But everything is trimmed, mulched, mowed and manicured. For now…


We have a pretty significant landscaping project underway in the backyard this spring. Some planting still remains, but here’s a sneak peek.



More on this development soon!

Owen fix



Olivia: “Where is Daddy going?”

Rebecca: “He’s going to go play trivia.”

Bryan: “Excuse me?”

Rebecca: “He’s going to go win trivia.”


To do

Today I attended mindfulness training. During what was supposed to be an exercise to focus solely on the physical act of breathing, I created the following mental task list.

TO DO (a partial list):

Be mindful
Worry less
Exercise more
Make time for friends
Spend time alone
Lean in
Be present at home
Go with the flow
Plan the work, work the plan
Drink less wine
Drink more water
Get more fresh air
Avoid sun exposure
Be more organized
Get more sleep
Get up earlier
Feel less guilt
Be better, generally speaking
Eat more leafy greens
Avoid starch and sugar
Find a creative outlet
Schedule free time
Stand instead of sit
Buy more comfortable shoes
Plant the garden
Play with the kids
Spend less time online
Blog more
Read a book
Write letters
Express gratitude
Remind Bryan that we’re nearly out of wine
Sign up for remedial mindfulness training

Girl Scout bridging ceremony

Ava joined Girl Scouts this year, and last night, she “bridged” from Brownies into Juniors. (This, by the way, was the first time it occurred to me she will be in FOURTH grade next year, which I’m certain is unreasonable, if not entirely impossible.)

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During the ceremony, they sang the same Girl Scout songs I sang some 27 (!) years ago, and then shared their favorite parts of the year. (Ava enjoyed learning about France and creating inventions.)  Her friend Sophia is in red on the far left, and her friend Kayin is just to her right. In all, there are about 20 girls in her troop.

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Congrats, Ava!

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Owen fix



On Friday evening, we ventured up the hill to dye Easter eggs with the neighbors. Owen happily hung out well beyond his 7:30 bedtime. And, here he was at nearly 9 pm last night . . . While I always enjoy some extra time with this cute little guy, I hope we don’t have a night owl on our hands.

Happy Easter!

We visited my friend Jill’s chicks yesterday–just five days old and incredibly cute. Livie asked first if she could keep one, then just suggested instead they name one “Liva.”


Olivia fix

Olivia always has the BEST bedhead.