Dancing and Meeting Bindi!

November 22, 2015 by

    Paprika had a MAGICAL time at Dancing With The Stars last Monday! Mr. M took her with him to the show, and she got to meet the crew, watch rehearsals, and sit in the front row! She even got to talk with Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough at the end of the show.  What a dream come true for her! First, they parked over at The Grove.  They walked around a bit and saw all the Christmas decorations.  Paprika was thrilled at this colossal Christmas Tree:         The Christmas decorations are beautiful this time of year!  Paprika is looking so grown up, it kind of breaks my heart a little.     Then, they went over to the bungalow and she met a bunch of the crew and got to see...

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Live From Hollywood!

November 21, 2015 by

  We have had the most amazing week! Every single day was filled with so many crazy and exciting things – I hardly know where to begin. I am going to start with yesterday (Friday) and work backwards over a few posts that I’ll write in the next few days. Yesterday, I took the girls to visit Mr. M at Dancing With The Stars! The producers asked us to come in because they were filming a fun segment for the show’s Season Finale, and they wanted to interview kids to see what they thought of the dancers and celebrities! They wanted to film the segment over at the Grove, which is an outdoor shopping mall right next to CBS Television City. Mr. M came over with the producers and camera crew and met us...

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The Sister Picture!

November 15, 2015 by

(Today at the old school playground)   One thing I’ve been making a point to do the last few months is to take pictures of all four girls together when we’re out and about. I’m getting better at it – there’s definitely a learning curve. One of the things I’ve learned is that it’s important to take a picture of all the girls together when I first go somewhere.  If I wait until the end – or later in the day – it never works out!  So, basically, I make them take a picture first thing and then they can go run off and do their own thing. I’ve been doing this consistently for about six months, I think.  (My brain is fuzzy from Ellie being born – haha).  I want to make a...

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Day At The Beach!

November 13, 2015 by

  I took the girls to the beach today!  Last time I took them by myself, it was a disaster!  That was the day that it was 100 degrees and the sand burned our feet – and then a giant wave crashed into us all when I was trying to take a picture. I told myself I was never taking them to the beach again – but almost a month to the day later, we were back!  I guess you can’t keep us away for long.   This time I was much better prepared and set us up for success (or maybe I just got lucky).  I took the sister picture FAR from the tide line.  No chance of a wave crashing into us here!     It was Violet’s idea to go to...

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Violet’s Birthday, Part 2!...

November 13, 2015 by

(Violet dressed herself, can you tell?! Ha!)   Violet’s birthday was Monday – but Mr. M had both Monday and Tuesday off work (his weekend) – so we decided to extend the birthday festivities to Tuesday!  We took her to a fun place called Mulligan’s – they have go-kart racing, mini golf, arcade games…you know, stuff like that.  It was actually my first time going there – because it’s always been Mr. M’s place to take the girls while I have downtime.  Kind of like how he’s never been to Adventure City – that’s my place I like to take the girls.  Anyhoo – I was excited to go to Mulligan’s for the very first time! Mr. M took the big girls in the fast go-karts.  He drove, and they rode passenger.  Which was perfect because...

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Happy Birthday, Baby!

November 10, 2015 by

  Today, Miss Violet turns 4 years old!    I can’t believe all that’s happened in the 4 short years since she was born!  Here is the blog post I wrote about her first birthday – time flies! Violet is hilarious (or ILL-arious, as she pronounces it).  She is such a joy-filled, happy person, and she’s always up for adventure.  For being such a little person, she’s got a huge personality.  I love her so much and I feel like I’m the luckiest person on Earth because I get to spend every day with her.  She kinda owns my heart. A sister picture on Sunday – her LAST day of being 3 years old:   Mr. M had to work all weekend, so I took the girls to the Old School playground (where Paprika went to Kindergarten...

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Ellie Is 9 Months!

November 7, 2015 by

  Ellie, you are 9 months old now!  Here’s a little of what you’re up to lately… You have four teeth – two on the top and two on the bottom.  You have a few teeth that look like they’re peeking through.  Your smile has changed so much in the last month – it’s so cute! You have found your voice.  You are LOUD!  You love to screech and squeal happily about everything.     You can sit up for a long time without falling over.  You like to be on your tummy and scoot backwards.  You’re not crawling yet – but you can slide backwards and sideways when you want to get somewhere. You weigh 30 pounds – you are a chubby chunk.  Your sisters call you Chubby all the time and even...

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The Lightning Storm!

November 5, 2015 by

  On Tuesday, we found ourselves unexpectedly in the middle of a rainstorm with 40 mile/hour winds.  We had planned to go to the park for the afternoon, but on the drive over, it started to sprinkle a little.   Change of plans! Instead of the park, I suggested that we visit the new library by the beach, since it looked like rain.     Well, the road to the library was under construction – so we had to detour down to a road right by the beach.  We saw the Little Aquarium at the end of the Pier peeking out at us, and we hadn’t been in months (a year, maybe?)     Violet (3) has been begging to go to the beach – so I said we could stop in the Little Aquarium....

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What A Halloween!

November 1, 2015 by

    We had a very cute Halloween this year!  Mr. M had to work on Dancing With The Stars, so I was flying solo for most of the day! I got the girls in their costumes early, so we could take pictures in the backyard.  Now that it’s getting dark by 5 o’clock, I didn’t want to miss the chance to get a picture of them all together.  I love looking back at pictures from old Halloweens and seeing them all in their costumes together. Cuteness overload!     Paprika (9) went as a Peacock, of course!  She earned her costume by completing a whole school year of Math in 3 short months.     Ginger (6) could not decide what she wanted to be.  She always likes to pick out something we...

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Pre-Halloween Fun! (Weekly Wrap-Up)...

October 30, 2015 by

  October has flown by – I can’t believe tomorrow is Halloween!  Paprika (9) and Ellie (9 months) have their costumes all picked out.  Ginger (6) and Violet (3) are still deciding. We’ve had quite a busy little week here.  Earlier this week, we went to a birthday party for some dear friends of ours!  The party was about 2 blocks from the ocean – if you peek far down this sidewalk, you can see the beach!  I love how all the houses in this neighborhood are on streets without cars.  (You park your car in the back, through an alley).  It makes it so fun (and safe!) for the kids to play outside:     The theme for the party was Hawaiian, which my girls loved, of course!  Ginger and Violet made up...

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Secret Dates!

October 29, 2015 by

  I know I mentioned it a little bit before – one of my favorite things right now is taking the girls on secret dates!  Basically, it’s quality one-on-one time, whenever we can sneak it in.  They LOVE it and look forward to it all week.  Sometimes it’s something more formal like going out to lunch – and other times, it’s just a walk around the neighborhood after daddy gets home from work. On Monday, I took Paprika (9) and Ellie (8 months) out to lunch at Islands, Paprika’s favorite restaurant!  We hadn’t been on a date here in over a year!  It was just like old times – well, except Ellie was out of my tummy and I wasn’t puking in the parking lot from morning sickness.     Ellie was the perfect...

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Under The Sea Science: Sharks!

October 28, 2015 by

  This week we’re studying Sharks for our Under The Sea Science Unit!  Our Science Study is structured around the popular web series, A Mermaid Minute by Mermaid Linden on YouTube! I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to this unit study called Under The Sea Science, where I post lots of great activities to go along with the theme each week. Please check it out and join us over on Pinterest! Last season on A Mermaid Minute, Mermaid Linden made a wonderful episode about Carribean Reef Sharks.  Paprika (9) has REALLY been wanting to study sharks ever since Mermaid Linden mentioned at the Fair that Sharks are her favorite sea creature.    So, that was the jumping…errrr…diving off point for our science study this week! Here is the Mermaid Minute episode, if you’d like...

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What A Week!

October 25, 2015 by

These are a few pictures from the last week that I’ve posted to Instagram.  I tend to post over there at least once/day – sometimes more. So, if I’m not posting here, you can always check me out there!     The above picture was taken on Monday at Barnes and Noble.  Mr. M had the day off work on Monday – so he took Ginger (6) and Violet (3) to gymnastics.  It was his first time taking them, and I think he had fun with it! While they were at gymnastics, I had a mini-date with Paprika (9) and Ellie (8 months) at Barnes and Noble!  We went to the cafe and shared a cookie and an ice water – and then read books for a few hours.  Paprika said it was her...

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The Pumpkin Patch!

October 23, 2015 by

  We took our girls to The Pumpkin Patch this week.  It’s a family tradition!  This is our 9th year going to the Pumpkin Patch. Just for my own records – I went through and found all the Pumpkin Patch posts from previous years:  2014, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2009 (2nd visit), 2008, and 2007! That feels like A LOT of Pumpkin Patch trips!  One thing I love is getting a picture of them all in a wagon together.  This is last year’s wagon picture.  Amazing all that can change in just one year. 2014 (Just last year – time flies!):   2012 – was Violet EVER this small?!:     This year, we had this little pumpkin with us.  Ellie (8 months) was not all that impressed with the Pumpkin Patch! Ha!  It didn’t help that we were there right...

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A Mellow Little Weekend!

October 19, 2015 by

    We had ourselves a mellow little weekend here.  Mr. M had to work on DWTS (I feel like a broken record every time I say that – haha).  So it was just us girls. On Saturday, we made plans to go over to a friend’s house for dinner, playdate, and movie!  I somehow mixed up the time in my head – and we got to our friends’ house over an hour early – while they were still playing their hockey game.  They were not even home!  Doh! So, I drove the girls over to the local park – and let them have fun on the playground and climbing the trees!     All they really wanted to do was climb the trees, of course – and not play at all on the playground!  ...

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Funny Things!

October 16, 2015 by

  I’ve been posting a lot this week – so I thought I’d just do a few recent funny pictures for our Friday Wrap-Up! The above picture is Ellie’s Halloween costume – she’s going as an Elephant because her nickname is Ellie Finn.  Get it? 😉   On Thursday, Paprika (9) skyped her Homeschool Spanish Tutor from Guatemala.  It’s supposed to be a “Private Lesson” – but that just doesn’t work in a house with curious younger sisters.  You can see Ginger (6) and Violet (3) eavesdropping in on her lesson.  They were trying to be sneaky – but it didn’t really work out!  Haha:         We went to our friends’ beautiful birthday party for their daughter turning 8 years old!  I took the girls by myself since Mr. M was working on DWTS....

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