One Small Step!

July 22, 2016 by

  The big star of the week is Miss Ellie – who at nearly 18 months old – has taken her first steps!  Yes, she is walking!  🙂 She is a very cautious person and gets freaked out by any sort of physical danger.  I am sure that’s why it’s taken her so long to walk – she is terrified of falling!   Slowly, but surely, she is overcoming that fear.  I do lots of practicing with her around the house – holding her hands and making sure she feels safe and comforted.  It’s helping a lot. Big Sister Ginger (7) has been a huge supporter.  Ginger is always patient and happy to encourage Ellie’s walking practice.     One of her first steps:   Ellie is still not a fan of walking (or standing) – but she’s...

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P.S. I Really Love You!

July 19, 2016 by

  Happy Tuesday!  As you may recall, last year I wrote about Violet (then 3) and her LOVE for the boy next door.  She didn’t know his name, so she called him:  My Handsome. We found out his name is Matthew.  He is almost 4 years old. I sometimes call him: My Shoe (because that’s how she says Matthew). She still loves him so much.  She writes him notes and leaves him presents on his front porch for him to find later. Here is one of the letters she wrote this week She also gave him one of our Hot Wheels toy cars.  Her letter says: Dear Matthew, Roses are red Violets are Blue Sugar is sweet And I love you! Love, Secret Girl (Ginger – age 7 – helped her with the spelling!)    ...

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At The Drive-In!

July 14, 2016 by

  On Saturday, I picked up this little car at Goodwill. We’ve driven it all over town these past few days.  The girls think it’s the best thing ever. (They really do!) Today we went on two long walks with the toy car. On the first walk, Violet pushed Ellie. Violet felt so grown up! Ellie was so excited to “Go!” (as she says it) in her little car:     Getting a book at the Little Free Library:     On the second walk, Ginger (7) pushed Violet (4) for almost two hours! I was behind them pushing Ellie (17 months) in the stroller.  Paprika (9) walked with us, too.  We were all happy to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise.     I was so happy My Little Jelly Belly was not...

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Happy Friday!

July 8, 2016 by

  (Photo: Paprika – age 9, Ginger – age 7, Violet – age 4, Ellie – age 17 months) Our weeks have been so full and fun lately. I’m not going to be able to cover everything we’ve been up to – but here are a few snapshots of life at the moment. Movie Nights with Paprika: I’ve been taking Paprika (9) to the movies for a date just the two of us about once/week. We usually go on a Tuesday or Wednesday night to the late show, after Mr. M gets home from work. Me and Paprika on our movie date this week:     Mr. M took Ginger (7), Violet (4) and Paprika (9) to see Finding Dory a few weeks ago (when it opened) – but the whole experience was a little too...

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Desperately Seeking…

July 1, 2016 by

  I am desperately seeking reviews of Cubnapping in Kenya, LOL Detective Club, Book 3! I would be incredibly indebted to you if you would leave a review for the book. Even one simple line of text can make a huge difference in people wanting to buy the book! Seriously – it would mean the WORLD to me!!!! Here is the link to review the book!     In other news, Happy Friday and Happy July! I can’t believe it’s already July 4th Weekend. What?! Time is flying. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy going to the park, having friends over to visit, and staying cool!  We had Devon and her girls over for the day on Tuesday – and today we had Sam and her kids come to play. I love that these kids...

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A Girl and Her Dog! (17 Months)...

June 28, 2016 by

  Ellie is now 17 months old!  Our nicknames for her are: Ellie Belly, Elle Belle, and Miss Jelly Belly. We call her Miss Jelly Belly because she is very jealous when she sisters get attention from me (their mom) – and she’s still pretty chubby!  Ha!  It’s all said in love. Miss Jelly Belly loves Daisy so much.  She has such a huge love for all animals.  Whenever we’re out and about, she squeals with delight when she sees a dog or a cat. Needless to say, she adores Daisy most of all!     Ellie loves to kiss Daisy, pet her, talk to her, and feed her.     Ellie has learned to be very gentle with Daisy.  She pets her softly and loves to give her kisses!     Ellie shares ALL her food...

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Easy Like Summer!

June 23, 2016 by

  We’ve been back from Indiana for a week now – it’s really flown! Remember how I said that I was streamlining the girls’ wardrobes and only putting them in elastic shorts and t-shirts?  Well, that lasted ONE day.  Haha.  Pretty much the second after I hit publish on that blog post, they were asking to wear their favorite dresses and skirts!  So, I went to the garage and unpacked everything.  Turns out these girls think of “summer dresses” when they think of summer! 🙂     We’ve been keeping busy with lots of walks: to the park, to the library, and all points in-between!  Ellie (16 months) loves the swings – she can’t get enough of them.  When Paprika was this age, all she wanted to do in the swings was GET OUT!...

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LOL Detective Club, Book 3 Is Here!...

June 20, 2016 by

  Oh my gosh – I know I just said that my next book in the LOL Detective Club Series would be released in the next few days, but Amazon went and put it up faster than I thought!  I’m so excited to share the latest installment in my kids’ Mystery Series – LOL Detective Club, Book 3: Cubnapping in Kenya! It’s available NOW on Amazon!!!!  Please go buy it and leave a review! 🙂  For right now, it’s only in eBook format.  The price is .99 JUST for the launch, and then the price will go up soon! Each book in the series is a stand-alone, so you can start with Book 3 even if you haven’t read the first two books!  They’re similar in reading level to Magic Tree House books and Nancy Drew and...

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Dinosaur Bones!

June 20, 2016 by

While we were in Indiana, we visited the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (the largest Children’s Museum in the world) – twice! We decided to become members, since our membership will last until the end of June 2017, so hopefully we can go a few times when we visit Indiana next year. 🙂 On the first visit to the museum, Mr. M, my dad, and my brother Robbie took the girls for the day so that I could go out to lunch with my friend, Ann! That was a rare treat for me. This is us at the restaurant we used to go to ALL the time back in the day (Bazbeaux’s). The restaurant’s changed a lot – but we’ve stayed the same. Haha.     So – I don’t have any photos from the first...

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Happy 7th Birthday, Ginger!

June 20, 2016 by

  On Saturday, Miss Ginger turned 7 years old!  This was the first birthday she’s had since she was a baby that happened on a weekend, when Mr. M could be home from work on her actual birthday.  That was reason enough to celebrate!     I had planned for us to go to Adventure City – like we did last year on Ginger’s birthday.  Mr. M has never been to Adventure City (can you believe that?!) – and I was excited for him to go.  (Probably more excited than he was – haha). But, we’re in the middle of a crazy heat wave right now in Southern California.  I asked Ginger if we should go to the amusement park and brave the high temps.  She said: I don’t think that’s a wise decision.  You know...

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Hello, Summer!

June 17, 2016 by

(pic above:  backyard at my mom’s house on the lake) We are back from a two week trip to the Motherland, my homeland…Indiana!  We weren’t sure if we would be able to go this year because of Mr. M’s work schedule on The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise – but we made it work!  This is our second year going back to Indiana to visit family – and we all look forward to it SO MUCH! We stayed at my Dad and Nana Nancy’s house (Nana Nancy is my step-mama, who I LOVE!) 🙂  Ginger (6) loves their backyard chickens, so collecting eggs each morning was a huge treat for her.     Breakfast with fresh, out of the backyard eggs:     Grandpa and Nana Nancy’s house is within walking distance of everything...

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Girls’ Party Week!

May 30, 2016 by

  I hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day weekend!  Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately. 🙂 Dancing With The Stars finished last Tuesday (almost a week ago)!  Mr. M was working 80-100 hour weeks up until the Finale, which meant I was holding down the fort here solo pretty much.  His next show he’s working on is Bachelorette/Bachelor In Paradise.  I love watching it to see what’s going to happen next, so I never let him tell me spoilers.  Ha! Right after DWTS wrapped, Mr. M went on a guys’ trip with his buddies from high school.  It’s his tight core group of friends that he’s had since childhood.  He flew up to Seattle to see his friend Rey, and then they drove to Oregon to meet up with the rest of...

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15 Months Young!

May 23, 2016 by

(Pic above:  rare sleeping picture at gymnastics!  She’s cut back to one short nap/day now!)   Miss Ellie Belly is now 15 months old – and I figured I should write this post before she turns 16 months (in a few days).  Ha! There are so many exciting new things Ellie’s doing, and I want to keep track since this is the closest thing she has to a baby book. 🙂   She loves to stand and hold on to the rail of our backyard mini-trampoline.  She hasn’t figured out how to get down yet – so she “trees” herself quite often.  She’s been known to do the same thing with chairs, picnic tables, etc.  She figures out how to climb ON something, but then can’t climb down! Another recent development is that Ellie...

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Because We Have Each Other!

May 18, 2016 by

  Oh, hi! Can I tell you a cute story I want to remember? Please stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A few weeks ago, Ginger (6) was at two-hour gymnastics practice on a VERY hot day. The coach let the kids go get water, and Ginger let everyone go in front of her in line (she always does that). The coach blew the whistle just before Ginger had a chance to get a drink of water, and she asked him if she could go back to the drinking fountain. He said no. It was probably 95 degrees in the gym on that day, and Ginger was drenched in sweat. She had a full-on panic attack in the gym, and I didn’t know what was wrong (because I was on the other...

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The Fashion Police!

May 15, 2016 by

  On Friday, I took the girls to the park for the afternoon after we were done with our homeschool lessons. Ginger (6) insisted on wearing her Daddy’s shirt – and would not brush her hair (of course)!  It’s not worth the tears to get her to wear regular clothes  – even though we have a small army of beautiful outfits she could wear (passed down from big sister, Paprika).  But nope, it’s got to be Daddy’s shirt!  It makes me long for the days when she would only wear pajamas in public.  LOL     Violet (4) at the park on Friday:     So, on Saturday – I jokingly told Ginger that if she kept wearing her Dad’s shirts in public, the Fashion Police were going to come arrest her. (Totally joking). Well, I...

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Daughter’s Day!

May 9, 2016 by

  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Sunday was Mother’s Day, of course.  I have mixed feelings about Mother’s Day because it tends to leave so many people feeling left out (for lots of reasons).  And, of course, I always miss my twin daughters in Heaven especially on this day…and the fact that my own mom, stepmom, aunt, and Grandma live so far away!  So, I try to make the best of it and just have low expectations for the day…which always helps! Also, I try to stay off social media on holidays when I know I’ll be alone with the kids…it helps me to not be a “compare-bear” – as I like to say.  I really do think it’s true:  Comparison is the thief of joy. Mr. M had to work on Mother’s Day...

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