Sunday, December 14, 2014


We made our annual trip down to see the lights at LaSalette last night. Unfortunately, Keyne and Brianna couldn't make it this year but Keely inherited two minions who would follow her anywhere!

They had a great time!

And I even wore down Maddy enough so she could FINALLY overcome her fear of Santa Claus. She agreed to stand next to him, but when the time came, she climbed right on his lap and I finally got the photo!

However, poor Santa looked a liked Christmas-ed out!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gingerbread Houses

We had a week full of gingerbread. We made gingerbread cookies. And we made THREE ginberbread houses between the three of us. The first house sadly ended up in the trash can after a flurry of expletives. Let's just say that I've learned my lesson about buying a kit where the house is cute, but not not exactly structurally stable!

The second house Maddy built with Girl Scouts and that one (sadly) ended up in the trash as well after it collapsed on the ride home.

But the third house was a keeper!

And they even put most of the candy on the house!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

How are you? I have been good this year. Could you please bring me a purple minion and a yellow minion. Audrey wants a tape measure. Please come early on Dec 20th. Thank you.

Love Maddy and Audrey

Monday, December 08, 2014


A Sunday visit to the MFA...

...and then inspiration strikes! I call this one, "Snowman in mixed media."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tree Trimming on a Beach Day!

We had another (almost) sixty-degree Sunday today and we took a nice walk on the beach....

...which was weird enough for the last day of November. Then we went home and decorated our Christmas tree!

The kids are so excited to get the tree up! And after Maddy carefully hung all the candy canes (convientently located on the same branch!)...

...Audrey instructed us on the proper procedure for brushing your teeth with a candy cane!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


We had a great Thanksgiving! Kenny and Tricia were hosting turkey day again this year but we still had come cooking to do the day before. Luckily, I had a couple of sous chefs to help out with the sweet potatoes...

...and the pumpkin pie (which was a great two-handed activity!).

On Thanksgiving morning (before the parade was on TV) Maddy helped out with the stuffing. I felt a little like I was passing the torch!

After a relaxing morning watching the parade, we drove down to Kenny and Tricia's. They are excellent hosts.

And Kenny even carved the turkey without messing it up!

We all ate too much!

And the turkey hat made another appearance.

After dinner, Audrey entertained us all with knock-knock jokes.

It was great to catch up with everyone and spend some time with Grammy...

...and Grandpa.

It was a great day!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What a Three-Year-Old is Thankful For

Behold, Audrey's unfiltered mind! I love the things she is thankful for. The only thing that is missing is "dirt"!