The Science Center!

October 23, 2016 by

  Last week, we went to the Los Angeles Science Center.  It’s in Downtown LA, and it’s one of my favorite museums.  It’s free, enormous, and usually empty.  The best combo! 🙂 This is the Apollo Command Module:     Ellie (20 months) had her run of the place!     We saw the Endeavour!  It’s always wonderful to see it up close and in-person.  It was actually almost empty in the hangar, but this big group walked in front of us…  About a moment later, the crowd dissipated and it was almost like we were alone!  The space shuttle is so enormous – it’s hard to capture that in a photo.     Paprika (10) and Violet (7) love the hurricane simulator.  You can tell that Violet particularly loved it! 🙂    ...

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My Bossy Dolly: 20 Months!

October 21, 2016 by

    Little Miss Ellie Belly is 20 months old!  Here’s a little bit of what she’s up to lately:     Ellie is really her own person now – she has very strong opinions about things, and she’s not afraid to voice them.  She loves pretty clothes (LOVES them) – and she loves being included.  She gets very mad if her sisters get to go somewhere and she has to stay home.     For example, her three big sisters are going to Dancing With The Stars for their Halloween show, and Ellie already understands that she’s not going!  (She’s far too young for the audience – even getting Violet tickets was a stretch).     Anyhoo – this points to the fact that she understands everything, even if she can’t verbalize it...

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Pumpkin Patch Fun!

October 20, 2016 by

  We did our annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch yesterday!  Fun was had by all. 🙂  I didn’t expect Ellie (20 months) to be so excited by the trip.  She fell in love with the animals, especially the goats! The girls adored the Corn Maze and did it a few times.     We took a tractor ride (aka Hay Ride with no hay!):     The girls each got to pick out a pumpkin to take home. Paprika (10) got a huge one, and Violet (4) got a tiny one!  Ginger (7) got a medium pumpkin, and Ellie’s was a tiny one picked out by her big sisters.  So appropriate! 🙂     Ellie (20 months) had a great time being carted around in the wagon:     The girls also did...

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Achoo to You!

October 10, 2016 by

    I hope your week is off to a great start!  I can hardly remember what day it is – they all blend together a little bit right now.  Haha.  Between Evan working so much (all weekend) – and the fact that the girls and I have been sick – I’ve  been losing track of my days. I think we’re through the worst of our very bad colds – and hopefully will be 100% by mid-week.  Here’s hoping!     We’ve been taking our usual walks whenever we can.  Today we were so sick, we only made it down the end of our block – and then we had to turn back!     One of the more exciting things to happen last week is that I started a support group for Parents of...

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Fun Times Afoot!

October 5, 2016 by

  A few exciting developments afoot! 🙂 Violet’s violin (1/4 size) came in the mail today.  She was so excited, she had to start playing it right away, even though her first lesson isn’t until tomorrow!     Paprika (10) has a one hour violin lesson at our house each week with a fabulous, sweet and patient violin teacher named Margo.  One hour is the minimum amount of time Margo will do for an in-home visit – and it’s a little long for Paprika.  So, I’m going to split the lesson 40/20.     Violet (4) will get the first 20 minutes, and Paprika (10) will get the last 40 minutes! I’ve been trying to get in the picture more with the girls. This is me and Ginger (7) out for a walk earlier this week....

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Little Adventures!

September 26, 2016 by

  The beaches are totally empty now that it’s late September.  The weather is still hot – and it’s almost surreal to have the whole beach to ourselves while everyone else is in school!  It’s definitely one of the perks of homeschooling.     The girls really love being at home.  On most days lately, we’ve been staying home and doing school work.  We do a lot of playing the backyard, making food in the kitchen, reading books, and playing pretend.  Using their imaginations is one of the biggest subjects in our homeschool!  Ha!     Even though we’re mostly homebodies lately, Violet (4) had been asking to go to the beach for awhile.  So, I decided to take the girls for a day at the beach last Thursday.  It was so refreshing to have...

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Jelly Belly is 19 Months!

September 18, 2016 by

  Miss Ellie Belly is 19 months old now!  She’s at such a fun age (I really mean that).  Everything in her life is BIG – it’s either huge smiles or dramatic tears.  No in-between. 🙂 Thankfully, she is a very happy, sweet baby 99% of the time.  One of her favorite things to do is ride around the neighborhood in her car.  I usually walk with her for at least an hour/day.  Not so much now because of my broken toe.  But that’s slowly getting better and she loves riding in the car so much, I’ll deal with the pain of walking! Ellie is obsessed with wearing this helmet when she rides in the car.  It’s because she watches her sisters riding bikes, and she wants to be just like them!     She...

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Oh No, My Toe!

September 14, 2016 by

  Now that Bachelor In Paradise is finished for the season, Mr. M has moved on to working at Dancing With The Stars.  The schedule for DWTS is different (bc it’s a live show) – so Mr. M had his day off this week (his “weekend”) on Tuesday. Violet really wanted to go to Mulligan’s Family Fun Center for the day.  We hadn’t been in months, and all the girls really love it there.  They have go-karts, mini-golf, paddle boats…that kind of stuff. The place is always packed on the weekends.  But…because we homeschool, we don’t have to go on the weekends.  We can go on a random Tuesday afternoon, when everyone else is at school!  Yay!  This is what the parking lot looked like today:     I think the other cars in the...

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Well, Hello September!

September 8, 2016 by

  In case you’re wondering, I didn’t fall off the face of the planet. 🙂 Two weeks is the longest I’ve gone without blogging ever (or at least since I started this blog 10+ years ago!) I don’t want to let that happen again. We do SO MANY things that now I feel like I have to play catch-up.  So this week, I’ll probably do a few more blog posts than usual. Get ready.  Ha!     Today was MY BIRTHDAY! Yay! I really love my birthdays and getting older. It’s just wonderful all the wisdom and self-confidence that comes with age. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m excited about the years to come (if I’m lucky enough to get years to come). Life is truly a wonderful gift – and I’m so...

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Fiddler on the Loose!

August 23, 2016 by

  What a fun week we’re having and it’s just starting.  🙂   On Monday, Paprika’s birthday present arrived – a violin! She’s been asking for at least two years (probably more like five years…eek!) to play the violin.  I always kind of shrugged it off because she already takes piano lessons, and I didn’t think she was really serious about playing the violin.  Well…she finally wore me down!  Haha. I spent the last month staying up all night researching violins – so I know a lot more about them than I used to know. I wanted to get the trifecta: High Quality Low Price ???  I guess there are only two things I wanted in my trifecta.  Haha.   After I narrowed it down to a few options, I let Paprika choose which violin she wanted.  She...

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Back To School?!

August 19, 2016 by

  It’s Back To School week! I’ve seen so many adorable photos this week from parents sending their children back to (traditional) school. I guess that signals the start of a new school year for us, too! We had a great “end of summer” with Paprika’s birthday celebration. (I realize I rambled on way too long last night in my post about Mermaid Linden. I went back and read it after I got some sleep and realized it was verrry wordy. I was just so exuberant – I’m sure you could tell! Ha!)     Anyway, it’s Back To School time now. It’s that time of year when regular school families are forced to buy lots of school supplies from ridiculously long lists (I know, because I had to do that when Paprika went to kindergarten)....

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The Most Mer-Mazing Birthday!

August 18, 2016 by

Paprika turned TEN on Tuesday! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, (or just started reading this blog), you know that Paprika adores the very special, one and only, Mermaid Linden! Paprika swam with Mermaid Linden last year on her birthday, which was a magical dream come true for her! Paprika on the day she met Mermaid Linden in person last year.  Paprika had been watching her YouTube videos forever and she was already a huge fan: >   We’ve been fortunate enough to see Mermaid Linden a few times since then – once at the LA County Fair, and another time at the Make-A-Wish charity walk.  But, you know, it’s just never enough time! At the Make-A-Wish walk, April 2016:     At the LA County Fair, September 2015:     Whenever we see Mermaid Linden,...

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A Decade Tomorrow!

August 15, 2016 by

  (Photo: Me and Paprika on a “date” last week at Islands) Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Paprika’s 10th Birthday! Can you believe it?! I started this blog when I was 17 weeks pregnant with her. Wowza! She was the size of an orange when I first started writing here and now she’s this big.  Geez!:     I don’t know about you, but we’ve been watching The Olympics non-stop!  This is the first time in many years that we’ve owned a television.  During the 2012 Summer Games, we tried to watch the events online using our computer, and it just wasn’t the same.  There’s nothing like relaxing on the couch, all together, watching synchronized swimming (Paprika’s favorite!) – or gymnastics (Ginger and Violet’s favorite)! 🙂 I am going to be sad when the Olympics are over,...

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Big Day (Part 2)

August 11, 2016 by

  I’m back! I know I said I would write Part 2 of my post yesterday, but I got caught up because TODAY, my 4th Book in the LOL Detective Club Series, The Mozart Mystery was published on Amazon in Paperback and Ebook! Here’s the link in case you want to check it out.  The Ebook will be 99 cents for the first week – and then the price will go up to normal. So, get it while it’s cheap.  🙂 Ha!     Here is Part 1 of my “Big Day” Note I wrote to myself on my phone on Saturday. This is Part 2: We do this dance together, growing up.  Ebb and flow.  One moment a child.  Then, trying on the cloak of independence.  Then needing my lap for comfort.  Around...

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Big Day (Part 1)

August 9, 2016 by

For tonight’s post, I’m going to jot down what I wrote on my phone’s Notepad feature on Saturday. Do you do that on your phone – write little notes to yourself? I have hundreds (thousands?) of little phone scribbles: ideas, dreams, observations. It’s wonderful to look back at those notes because they really capture a moment in time – a fleeting moment – and then poof! it’s gone…  I’m often glad that I collect these ideas when they’re fresh in my mind. Here’s the first half of one of the notes I wrote to myself on Saturday. I’ll post the other half of the note tomorrow… Big Day: August 6th: Paprika learned to ride a bike on her own today. It happened when I was out of the house by myself for the first...

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Almost Paradise!

August 5, 2016 by

  What a week it’s been!  Bright and early Monday morning, we got our copy of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in the mail.  We pre-ordered it back in December, and Paprika (especially) was so excited for the book’s release. Right when it arrived , she ripped open the box and read the whole thing in one sitting! I remember when the original Harry Potter books came out, and you had to wait a year (or more) in between books.  This is the first (and only) Harry Potter book like that for my kids.  The book’s been passed around all week, and hopefully I’ll get to read it soon – if the kids will ever let go of it for long enough! Haha.   This week was the premiere of Bachelor In Paradise...

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