Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Catch Up via Photos

I thought it would be easier to do a quick post to catch everyone up on the things that have been happening in our lives without going into crazy detail on each and every development.

Olivia is a toothless wonder - she lost all 4 front teeth in 4 weeks - and believe it or not, it has impacted her ability to speak clearly, so I constantly find myself saying "What did you say?" AND she got a major haircut...not really on purpose, but we are going to make the best of it, and frankly, I think she is as cute as a button, so I dig it.

We've had a few snow "showers" and the girls have loved every minute of it - catching snow flakes on their tongues, trying to make a snow man, getting in a snowball fight, you name it, they loved it.

This guy doesn't love the snow - but when we are outside playing he generally does enjoy trying to eat the snowman while running around in circles...

Thanks to my In-Laws for delivering one of my Christmas Wish List wants...I now have a strategy to decrease the dark circles under my eyes, and at the same time I am going to tackle my "Olivia Marks" as I affectionately like to call them...

We met one of Avery's friends and her Mom at Chick-Fil-A on MLK Day and ended up not only spending some QT with the Chick-Fil-A cow, but Cinderella was there as well...a huge hit with the girls.

We had a great visit at the Dentist - the Dentist is her Kryptonite, she doesn't move while in the chair, she listens like her life depends on it and she is just an all around angel. And then of course despite the fit she throws while brushing her teeth at home, she gets a great "rating" from the dentist.

Olivia survived the x-rays like a champ, and despite her face plant while getting on the bus last Thursday, our Dentist said she didn't do any additional damage, he said it was perfect timing given she doesn't have any front teeth.

AND last but not least, yesterday was an amazing catalog day: Pottery Barn Kids, PB Teen AND Vineyard Vines...like my girl Belinda Carlisle said "Heaven is a place on Earth"

Monday, January 28, 2013


We've been working on rhyming here, Avery has been trying out her own version of rhyming and we are all trying to help her...

Avery: "Hey Mom...I can rhyme....Blue and Kite"
Me: "Well honey, I think we have a few things to work on..."

But a few other things:

1) I really AM in a bit of a FUNK....hard to explain, can't even nail down the root cause for myself, if I can figure it out in the near future, I will be happy to share.

2) The NFL Bad Lipreading Video makes me laugh and one of my favorite clips is "SKUNK"

3) I am still working on reducing the amount of junk in both my house and my TRUNK...neither project is going all that well, but I am making some progressing, I reduce the junk, then more comes, and then I have to work on getting rid of that junk too...its a cycle.

4) I saw a funeral procession today and realized that I cannot witness one without crying - I cry sympathetic tears for all the people who have lost a loved one, I cry happy tears that all those people loved that one person so much, how amazing it must have been to feel so loved, and then God forbid that there isn't a long string of cars and then I cry sad tears that this poor soul wasn't loved like they should have been.  I am a mess.

5) I can't believe Private Practice is OVER - I wasn't prepared for the series finale to happen in January, I figured they would have a full season and end it in May.  I adore Jake (Benjamin Bratt), what a great husband he is to Addison

6) While I am still on topic TV shows...I am madly in love with Nashville and Scandal.

I hope to have something witty and clever, or artsy and crafty to share with you soon, I promise I haven't forgotten about the blogging world, but I am, please see #1 above.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Olivia at 5.5 Years Old

January 18th marks Olivia's Half Birthday - and she had a special night planned.  Her Daisy Troop had a Daddy/Daughter Date Night planned and they had dinner and went bowling as a troop - from the sounds of it, she had a blast.  The last 6 months of Olivia's life have been filled with firsts:

- First day of Kindergarten
- Lost her first tooth, heck, she actually lost 4
- First time she sat on Santa's lap without tears
- and I am sure there are several more...

1. What is your favorite color? Red

2. What is your favorite toy? "My art box"

3. What is your favorite fruit? Raspberries

4. What is your favorite tv show? Shake It Up

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? A turkey sandwich with mayo

6. What is your favorite outfit? A dress

7. What is your favorite game? Twister

8. What is your favorite snack? Gushers

9. What is your favorite animal? "Otters - they are so cute"

10. What is your favorite song? Jingle Bells

11. What is your favorite book? Princess Books

12. Who is your best friend? Riley (the dog)

13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play in the Snow

15. What is your favorite drink? "Diet Coke", but she actually doesn't even like it, so I have no idea why she said that.

16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My Big Dog

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Donuts

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Mexican Food

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? "A Mommy, but I don't want to have kids" (hmmmmmm, so I asked again), "I haven't decided yet"...and when I asked a third time her response was "A Dog"...appears as though we have some work to do.