Letting Go of Things!

February 12, 2016 by

  Last Saturday, we had a family afternoon at the Old School playground.  We brought the soccer ball and had a family game of soccer, and enjoyed being outdoors together.  It was pretty perfect! I love low-key days like this because, honestly, life has been pretty crazy lately!     Mr. M started working on a new documentary and he’s been gone long hours.  We miss him!  He loves the job, though – so that’s great.  It’s wonderful when he gets to work with talented people he respects, on projects he’s passionate about.  That’s the whole reason we’re in LA., so it’s great seeing him thriving in his element. Miss Ellie Belly is the world’s worst sleeper.  I mean, really.  I’ve had my share of poor sleepers, and she takes the cake!  It’s mostly that her...

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Sunshine Girls!

February 9, 2016 by

  Mr. M finished work on The Bachelor last Thursday, so we’ve been having lots of family time together the past few days.  Yay!  He’s starting work on a documentary this week, and then it will be Dancing With The Stars season before I know it. I usually do a Weekly Wrap-Up on Fridays, but this past Friday we were at The Getty.  Here are a few pictures from our fun times last week.  If you’re tired of cold weather, I’m sorry.  It’s been pretty gorgeous here, and I feel a little guilty about it.  I have so much envy when I see all those wonderful Winter Wonderland pictures people post.    We’ve got sunshine, so we’re making the most of it.  It’s been about 70-80 degrees here most days lately, so we’ve been...

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To The Getty!

February 8, 2016 by

  On Friday, we went to the Getty Art Museum in Brentwood.  It’s one of my favorite art museums in LA – and not just because admission is free.    It’s so beautiful –  I just like being there and soaking up the ambiance.  Because we went on a weekday, it was practically empty…well, except for a few people – which, I’ll get to later. It was a clear day, so we could see all the way up the coast to Malibu.  Ahhh, I could’ve stood here all day:     We were in a rush to get out the door, so I didn’t pay much attention to Ellie’s outfit.  Lesson learned!  I put her in brown pants, and I had about a dozen people come up to me and congratulate me on finally...

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Surprise Pie!

February 3, 2016 by

  Today we had an “At Home Day” – We just stayed home!  I was going to take the girls to gymnastics, since we have a few make-up classes from when the girls were sick.  But, Ginger (6) really wanted to stay home – so that’s what we did! We got sorted into Houses on the new Pottermore website (super fun!).  Paprika got sorted into Gryffindor and was so sad because she wanted to be Hufflepuff, like she was on the old website.  I used a different email address and let her register again.  The next time, I coached her on her answers and she got Hufflepuff! Then it was Ginger’s turn.  On the old website, she was sorted into Slytherin.  Ginger was hoping that on this new Pottermore site there’d be a house called:...

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Piano Recital Day!

February 1, 2016 by

  Paprika (9) and Ginger (6) had their piano recital on Sunday.  It was Ginger’s very first piano recital, since she just started taking lessons a few months ago. She played a song called “The Greatest Show on Earth“:     This is Paprika’s third year taking piano lessons.  She played two songs.  The first was Prelude in C, and the second was The Merry Farmer by Schumann.  For some reason, The Merry Farmer always reminds me of The Wizard of Oz (when Dorothy was in still Kansas).  But, I might be making that up! Anyway – here is Paprika’s performance:     After the recital, we made sure to get a picture of Paprika and Ginger with their teacher, Ryan.  During Paprika’s first year taking lessons, she had two different piano teachers, and they...

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Book Club Fairy!

January 29, 2016 by

    Happy Friday!  We had a big week, with Ellie’s First Birthday and all the excitement of her big day.   We had our Monthly Homeschool Book Group this week, too.  This month we discussed The Little Prince.  The kids had a guided discussion, then did crafts and drew pictures inspired by the book.     It was a gorgeous day, so after book club was done, the kids played outside for the rest of the day together.  It was magical!       Ellie made friends with my friend Samantha’s three dogs.  She kept calling all the dogs: Daisy – because apparently, she thinks “Daisy” means dog!  She would say:  Daisy!  Here Daisy!   Hilarious.     We’ll have to work out that vocab quirk another time.  If she wants to call all dogs...

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You Say It’s Ellie’s Birthday?!...

January 28, 2016 by

  On Monday, we celebrated Baby Ellie Belly’s first birthday.  You’ll have to excuse the grainy photos.  These are screen grabs from the video I took on my cell phone – and we also have lots of “nice” photos on my big camera.  Of course, it might be months before I transfer those “nice” photos to the computer – so these phone pics will have to do! Oh my gosh – we had such a busy day on Monday.  I felt almost a little bad for Ellie Belly.  We hung out at gymnastics in the afternoon while Ginger (6) and Violet (4) had class.  Then we rushed home, had dinner, and went out for piano lessons! The funny thing was that Miss Elle Bell (as we call her) – loves being along for the ride....

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Happy Birthday, Ellie!

January 25, 2016 by

  Happy Birthday, Miss Ellie Belly!  I can’t believe how you’ve grown in the past year. Here is where you were one year ago today – can you believe you were hiding out in there?     Here’s a photo of me and your daddy with you in the hospital right after you were born. Everyone at the hospital was so surprised at how big and alert you were.  They said I gave birth to a toddler.  That’s funny because you are now a toddler.  I’ve loved every day of this past year with you.  I can’t imagine my life without you in it.  You are my JOY!     Here we are on the day you were born! I hadn’t slept in many hours – and I couldn’t take my eyes off you!...

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A Week In The Life!

January 22, 2016 by

  Happy Friday!  This upcoming Monday, Miss Ellie Belly will turn ONE year old.  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like she was born just a few seconds ago.   Ellie and Violet (4) are becoming fast friends.  Ellie loves her big sisters so much, and she squeals with delight whenever they play with her.  Today we sat out in the backyard sunshine and played the afternoon away.  Violet and Ginger (6) made a pretend city out of cardboard boxes, we drew with chalk, and picked flowers.  It was perfect and we never even left home.     Violet is quite a prolific little artist!  She paints constantly.  I always have the paints out for her so she can create whenever the desire strikes.  When she’s not painting, she’s drawing with markers and crayons...

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

January 21, 2016 by

On Tuesday, we had a big day in our house for hair. First – Paprika has been wanting to donate her hair to make a wig for someone with cancer. We’ve talked about it quite a bit – and she was so excited and ready to do it. She decided on Pantene Beautiful Lengths – which makes wigs for women with cancer.  The requirements are at least an 8 inch donation – and the hair must not have ever been dyed and it can’t be gray. Paprika had those bases covered! She took a shower so her hair was nice and clean.  I snapped a few pics outside – just to remember her long locks that were soon to be long gone.  Paprika assured me that hair grows back.       We waited until her hair was...

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A New Pet!

January 19, 2016 by

  We have a new teeny tiny pet…a ladybug named Spotty! Ginger (6) found him – or her? – in the backyard a few days ago, and she’s been taking great care of the little guy. The big discovery of Spotty came when the girls were picking lemons to make even more lemonade. As you can see, we have enough lemons to last us a lifetime.     In no time, Ginger had outfitted her little pet with a whole habitat. He has plenty of food and water.  Now, Ginger’s trying to find another ladybug so they can have babies.     This is a homeschool science lesson in action right here – haha!     In other news, Baby Ellie loves to put things on her head. She can’t help herself. She had half an...

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Faster Than Lightning!

January 14, 2016 by

  Miss Ellie Belly is on the move! This week we spent a lot of time chasing her and playing with her. She is a FAST crawler now. She is curious and busy and into everything.  I love it.     The weather was much improved this week – no more rain – so we played outside quite a bit. Our backyard lemon tree and avocado trees have gone wild – so there’s been lots of fresh guacamole and lemonade made by the girls. Violet (4) and Ginger (6) have been busy bees in the kitchen.     Piano lessons were a bust this week. Mr. M was working late on The Bachelor – so I rushed across town to get the girls to their lessons in time. It turns out that their teacher...

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Writing Update – Agents and More!...

January 11, 2016 by

    I’ve been exhausting myself writing, writing, writing. I’ve finished the first three chapter books in my Mystery series aimed at Middle Grade readers. The series will appeal to readers of Magic Tree House books and Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Mysteries.  I have a few beta readers right here at home who’ve been giving me their awesome feedback! Now, I just have to get my books published! Easier said than done. I sent a few queries out to my dream literary agents, so fingers crossed one of them will fall in love with my characters. I think they’re pretty loveable, but I know I’m biased. If knocking down the literary agent door doesn’t work, I may consider self-publishing. The self-publishing market for Middle Grade is very difficult – but you never know,...

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Let It Rain!

January 8, 2016 by

  Oh my gosh, what a week! Mr. M went back to work on The Bachelor on Monday – and we miss him already!  It was so great having him off work over Christmas. The Season Premiere of the show was on Monday (Bachelor Ben) – so he’s been working extra long hours show-building, and I’ve been holding down the fort here at home. On Monday, we had Piano Lessons for Paprika (9) and Ginger (6).  I don’t know why this picture is so small – so just bear with me.  They had a few weeks off Piano Lessons over the Break, so it was good to be back.     Ginger and Violet (4) had Gymnastics twice this week.  It was raining so hard, I almost didn’t take them.  I know that makes...

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11 Months New!

January 7, 2016 by

  My Precious Ellie Belly, You are 11 Months old now. How this year is flying! Here’s a little bit of what you’re up to lately: On Christmas Day, you learned to crawl. It was just a little at first, and every day you got a little better. Yesterday, you learned to crawl quickly across the floor. You are coordinated now and you can move where you want to go. You are so happy and proud of yourself. This was Christmas Day, the day you learned to crawl:     You love to talk. Your favorite thing to say is: Good girl, Daisy! You babble and sing constantly. You are loud, and I love it. You love our dog, Daisy. You pet her and lay on top of her. You think she’s a soft pillow...

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Happy New Year!

January 4, 2016 by

I took a little blogging break during that magical week between Christmas and New Year’s. Mr. M had the whole week off work, which was a DREAM! I squeezed in some writing on my books – mostly while I held Ellie when she was napping.  Any spare time I had, I was writing and editing my books. I am learning all I can about publishing – and so that takes up a huge amount of my free time (haha, what’s that?!) Still, we managed to do a lot of fun stuff over the Christmas break. We went to a fabulous party on New Year’s Day at our friends’ house up in Montecito (I didn’t take pictures).  We’ve spent every New Year’s Day up there for the past few years – and it’s always a great way...

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