Saturday, November 30, 2013


After two days of hurrying, cooking, cleaning, bathing, dressing, cleaning again, cooking some more, eating, NOT napping, I finally have a moment to reflect. 

We had such a lovely Thanksgiving. Surrounded by my most favorite people, lots of food, lots of pie and lots of love -- it couldn't have been more perfect. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Oil & Water, Part 2

Another installment of "Look How Drastically Different My Girls Are" …

 Turkey by Grace:

 Turkey by Claire:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Winter Is Coming ... But Not Yet

Fall is my favorite season. 

Except when winter finally gives way to spring and the little blades of grass poke up through the ground and blossoms dangle from tree branches. 

And, of course, summer with its carefree days and lightning bug nights. 

Don't even get me started on winter with its snowball fights, hot chocolate, warm fires and the joys of the Christmas season. 

So, yes, fall is my favorite. Except for all the others. They're my favorites, too. 

On a recent walk, I turned around to see if Scott and Grace were coming, saw these two peas in a pod and I just started laughing. All she needs is a Royals hat. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Family Is

Family is unconditional love. 

Family is squeezing together in a too-small bed on a Saturday morning, snuggled under the covers watching cartoons. 

Family is letting the more tired one sleep in while you attend a tea party at 7:30 a.m.

Family is sitting on the cold bathroom floor at 2 a.m. (and 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.) with your sick kiddo. 

Family is making a late-evening run to Dillons on a mere hope that a much-loved stuffed animal is there. 

Family is reading 101 Dalmatians for the 52nd time. 

Family is watching your kids grow, loving every minute of it and longing for it to slow down. 

Family is happiness.