Monday, November 14, 2011

breakfast muffins

Recently a friend gave us some
breakfast muffins.
Apple-mocha breakfast muffins.
With nuts.
And a light brown fluffy icing.

But Emma says they were not muffins.
She says that they were
Charlee agreed.
Because of the icing, they claim.

But I'm here to tell ya that this weekend
at a party for Remi
I had a cupcake.
I was totally looking forward to it.
Creamy orange icing with fall sprinkles.
And then I discovered
the cake part
Not banana flavoring, banana pieces!
Clearly...a muffin.
With icing.

So I'm not sure where the line is
the muffin
the cupcake.
But this I know: do not disguise
your banana muffins
as cupcakes
with orange icing.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Remi is home sick today

So she's drawing pictures
of bears
with her new
monkey pencil
the pencil machine at school.

She just asked me:
what do bears eat?
Besides people.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

the ultimate fall fun...

Fall is not Fall without


And Woody:

The cutest Toy Story couple:

Remi the pretty kitty:

Emma hung with the big people
and dribbled her
soccer ball
all night:

Parker was the cutest
for sure!
I had her snag
a 3 Musketeers.
For Emma.
Cause it's her fave:

But then Parker decided it was her fave too:

But the funnest treats
weren't treats at all:

'Twas a fabulous Hallows-eve!
Couldn'ta asked for more.
Even if I did
try the girl's patience
to get this pic:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

more fall fun...

Fall is not Fall without pumpkins!

Step one: pick 'em

Step two: cut 'em!

Step 3: light 'em

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

fall fun...

Fall is not Fall without a festival.
Or two.
But this year we only made it to one.
(October was cRaZyyy!)

Here's my favorite pic from the festival.
Cause it's all about
ya know!

And this is my other favorite.
Cause Emma's
letting the baby
on a stick!

Monday, November 7, 2011

busy and tired

So my days are too busy to get stuff done.
And my nights are too busy
...with my mind running...
to sleep.
It keeps going and going...

-emma bday present?
-parker bday party?
-mark calendar; soccer schedule and remi parties
-call about camera lens DROPPED over fence by fedex!
-make christmas list
-drawing for grandma's christmas?
-need to wash car!
-need to reset oil change light on car
-need stuffed animal for remi girl scout event
-does charlee need supplies for art?
-still need to go by hobby lobby
-bags of exchanges and returns piling up, gotta get that done
-make e and p check-up appts
-grocery store!!!
-email about gymboree christmas party
-never got phone bill!
-call insurance about NOT changing e's meds
-and of course...gotta stop thinking and go to sleep!

So maybe now that part of it's in black and white my mind can stop.
Maybe soon I'll knock the list out.
Then I can start on a new one.

Friday, October 28, 2011

storybook dress-up

Sweet Remi had storybook dress-up today.
She dressed as
"The Princess and the Pea"
Do you love the
pea necklace?
We made it!
And the dress???
Emma wore this dress
at a wedding.
She was the flower-girl.
She was 2 1/2!
So you can guess it's
kinda tight
on Remi.
But she said
not to worry,
she didn't need to breath...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Last night we got home and were greeted by
Emma and Scott
who were
to see Sweet P walking!

That's right, first steps
at 11 months!
Emma walked at 7 1/2 months.
Charlee and Remi at 8.
But none of us around here
wanted Parker to
grow up
so fast.
No one really
encouraged walking.
But yesterday she did it!
On her own.
(with Charlee's help ;))

Here's some video:
(...loves her Uncle Chris!)

So last night when we got home and the
walking excitement
we were hanging out in the kitchen...
doing dishes...
nursing the crock pot...
shopping the pantry...
when we hear a light knock on the door.
"Is that the door?"
Scott says yes
and goes to answer it.
He opens the door and announces: "You gotta see this!"
We all ran to the door.
Yes, the dog was at the door.
With all the
 she must have slipped out.
So she paw-ed the screen
on the door.
I think she was mad.
She wouldn't look us in the eye.
And she pouted.
For a while.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

cy-woods homecoming 2011

Emma was bEaUtFuL!!!

Simple dress, simple jewelry, glamour-y eyes...
Loved the look.
And don't be fooled,
the messy bun
takes longer than ya'd think.
But she was very happy with how it turned out!

It takes about 2 hours.
To dry the hair.
Apply make-up.
Style the hair...
I figure by the time Charlee
starts attending
homecoming dances
we'll have to start getting ready at 8 in the morning!

Monday, October 24, 2011

bitter-sweet endings

Remington was a fairy this weekend
in a very funny
of the classic
Red Riding Hood.

Auditions and rehearsals began
way back in May.
Remi knew she would be cast as Red Riding Hood herself.
Instead she was cast as 'Elf #6'...
a Fairy!
The littlest fairy!

The cast and crew have practiced all summer.
It's a big deal.
Scott and I took turns
And boy have there been
a lot.
I mean a really lot!
Especially in this last month of preparation.
On one such night
actors were to come to rehearsal
in costume.
Only I forgot our
fairy wings
at home.
Remi was quietly disappointed.
But when we got home, she said that
Red Riding Hood
told her that
she was
a beautiful fairy,
even without her wings.

The production came off beautifully.
Without a hitch.
Two amazing performances!

Remi had 3 lines.
"We're a pack of woodland elves!"
"This (is) may be the news you're dreading..."
('is' was added by Remi...totally not in the script.  And a summer of practice couldn't kill it either; just made it a bit sweeter)
" we..."

Other than that she had a buncha dancin.
And singin.
Both of which she's
obviously able.
She was born for it!

When it was over,
while Ms Candice was
sharing her thanks,
Remi couldn't stop
cleaning up
all the kitty
Too cute!

In spite of the long hours spent in practice,
it was kinda sad at the end.
Especially when the director told me that
was the first love of the
cast and crew.
I hope she wants to participate again next year.
Cause the day after the last performance
I'm all ready to do it again!

Friday, October 21, 2011


How appropriate for October!
eMmA mum-ified:

Yes! She made it!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


This morning:
"Mommy, yesterday I couldn't find a water bottle in my backpack for after recess."

"It should have been in there, Remi."

"It wasn't. So I gotta drink at the water fountain."

"Ewww, don't do that.  Get a water bottle. There are lots of germs on water fountains and you'll get sick."

"But I like water fountains."

"Whatever, don't come complaining to me when you get sick."

Quick as a snap:
"K, I'll con-plain to Daddy."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

crunch time

The night of ghosts and goblins is soon upon us
(though we've never actually had a kid dress as a ghost OR a goblin).

Remi thought about being a princess.
Which means Disney Store.
$40 costume and $100 in accessories???
No thanks!
Besides that they're all pretty much the same, just with different
princesses on the picture.
I think she should go as a fairy
this costume is just too cute
(for her play this weekend):
We have, though, nailed down
(we think).

Parker's gonna be Jessie from Toy Story
(how cute is this):

And we're thinkin Charlee's gonna go as her trusty sidekick, Woody:
We'll see how that goes.

No clue on Emma...but I'm likin' the Toy Story theme...Remi could be Little Bo Peep and Emma could be Hamm the pig...

 Letcha know when we figure it out.
Cause October is all about the costume hunt!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

knowing me...

I love this.
My girls know...
if I see a lunchbox
or a binder
or a jacket...
I'll panic.
And run it by the school.

So I smiled really big when I opened the pantry saw this:

The note on her lunchbox says:
I'm buying my lunch, don't worry. I have money!
Heart, Charlee

Thursday, October 13, 2011

homecoming hair

It's all about the dress.
Until you get the dress.
Then it's all about the accessories.
Until you figure out the accessories.
Then it's all about the mum.
Until you've got the mum situated.
And finally it's all about the make-up.
And the hair.
We did Emma's.
It turned out very pretty.

She loved the dress.
And the accessories.
And the mum.
And the make-up.
But mostly she loved the hair.

Kind of like Emma...