Sunday, October 13, 2013

Daxy met corn on the cob

... and he thoroughly enjoyed it!

Lilya is also a fan! 

Back in August....

Lilya turned NINE!  She is growing up so fast!

Lilya loved her cake and the singing ... and did a great job blowing out her candles!

Daddy picked out her cake ... I think he did a great job!

Lil's favorite gift -- fluffy slippers!

Karly made a picture for Lil

Lilya is getting much more comfortable being the center of attention.  I think her special day was great!
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Lydia's Balloons

Every year on Ruby and Lydia's birthday, we put purple balloons in Lydia's tree. 

Even though it was cold and rainy, we still made it outside to tie the balloons.


It's a very odd year, such a late spring.  The lilacs are only starting to bud, and most years they are in full bloom by now.  I guess we'll have another reminder of Lydia soon, when they flowers bloom.
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Ruby's Birthday

Ruby was so excited!  She brought cupcakes to school, and got to wear her new "Birthday Girl" shirt

And she came home from school just as excited ...

with her birthday crown on, and a new stuffed puppy! 

She named him -- puppy.

One of her birthday presents from Nana and Grandpa was a set of princess shoes!

These are sooo funny; she adores them ... and shuffles around the house in them.  Too cute!

So far, six is fun!
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Thursday, May 9, 2013


We took the kids out for pizza last night, for Ruby's birthday.  They do a whole little birthday sundae thing here, and sing the (actual) happy birthday song (copyright violation, sure, but FUN!)

So, the guy comes out with the ice cream sundae, toots the horn (seriously!) and the red light is flashing on the ceiling.  He says something about "We're celebrating a very special birthday - Ruby is six!" and Ruby pops way up on the bench, leans far forward so other people can see her well, hand on her hip, smiling at the other patrons.

Because, Ruby has such confidence, she just KNOWS these other people are feeling so fortunate to be there to celebrate her moment, you know?

Everyone sang to her, and she glowed.  She blew out her candle (even though Lilya tried to sneak in at the last moment), and shared her ice cream with her sister.  And Mom.

I don't think she made a wish, so I made one for her -- I wish that she always has that confidence, throughout her life, and the ability to draw people in.  She has such charisma - you can't see her happiness and not share it.

We love you, Dolly. (Mommy, I'm RUBY!) I mean, Ruby.

Happy 6th Birthday!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dax Video

Wanna see a cutie one-year-old walking and waving? Of course you do!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Girl Scouts

I have 2 darling Girl Scouts who are selling cookies!  Ruby and Lilya are both new to Girl Scouts this year.  Lilya hasn't had a troop meeting yet, but Ruby is loving hers!

Cookies are $3.50 a box, and will arrive in late February.

Please let me know if you'd like to order!

  • Thanks-a-Lot
  • Lemonades
  • Thin Mints
  • Caramel deLites
  • Mango Cremes
  • Shortbread 
  • Peanut Butter Patties
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich

Monday, January 7, 2013


Yesterday, Brian took Braden, Ruby & Lilya sledding!

Ruby was a little bit excited, can you tell?




Braden was sledding, too, but he was on the big hill and Brian didn't get any pictures of him sledding.  We did get this one last night -- he's got a couple bruises on his face.  He has no idea how they got there ... I asked him if he was sledding with ninjas, and I got this look.

I guess no ninjas were involved.
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