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My mom made another fantastic set of costumes for these lucky kids. Liv enjoyed a moment of fame when hers was featured on the online version of the local paper.

Thanks, Gramma!

Owen Fix 

Every 20 minutes, Owen asks, “How many days until my birthday?”

We finally decided to take a page from Gramma Great’s play book and create a paper chain. As of today, only nine links left!


Owen: “I don’t need a bath!! I just had a bath last week!”

Olivia’s ninth birthday (rocked)

Early this year, Olivia settled on a mineral and gem party for her ninth birthday. I was on board in a big way (80 percent of what I’ve acquired in the last year has been gold, and the rest I’ve spray painted to match).  

We gathered with family in Nebraska over Thanksgiving and then celebrated with three of Olivia’s friends last week. 

At nine, Olivia is sweet and smart. She’s remarkable empathic, always inquiring about my day, and truly listening to my response. She knows just when to deliver a hug or a little love note. 

She’s also driven, and she’s set her sights high. She makes decisions for herself with the certain fact she’s a “pre-president.” (Also, a future mom, a “scientist-doctor,” and artist.) 
Happy day, Liv. I hope nine is your best year yet!


Olivia: “Hey Mom, tonight at football practice, I was doing a handstand into bridge and the boys tried to do it too, and the coach said, ‘Boys, don’t try to do anything Olivia does. You’ll get hurt.'”

(Flag football is “awesome” per Olivia, though she was disappointed to learn there’s no tackling allowed. First game is Sunday!)

A little bit of Minnesota love 

60 years

My amazing grandparents marked their 60th wedding anniversary last week, and to celebrate, their daughters pulled all 21 members of our family together for a weekend on the Platte River in Nebraska. It was truly a great time, and I’m really looking forward to what I think should probably be an annual celebration. Thanks, Mom and Janet, and much love to you, Gramma and Grampa Great!