The Squeaky Wheel!

February 16, 2017 by

  Remember how I said that I needed to post more pictures of Violet (5)? Well, this post is it! Do you see that first picture? She always wants to pose with her hands just like that – cradled under her chin. I do not know why! It makes me laugh every time. 🙂         Violet is a funny, sweet, GOOD girl. Evan and I say that if our family is like the TV show “The Munsters” – Violet is “Marilyn Munseter” – you know, the normal one of the family. 🙂 That’s Marilyn Munster in the polka dot dress below:     Coincidentally, Violet has been obsessed with polka dots since the summer and wants to wear only polka dots! Hrmmmm… 🙂 Anyhoo – I love all the girls (obviously) – they are all...

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Neighborhood Cruising!

February 8, 2017 by

  I’m happy to report that Ginger (7) and I went for a bike ride just the two of us this past weekend.  As much as I love having little babies and toddlers, I’m finding that as these kids grow, they just get more and more fun. 🙂 This was Paprika’s bike that we bought at Goodwill for $10 (believe it or not!) – and now it fits Ginger just fine.  I’ve been taking bike rides with Paprika (10) for awhile now – but since Ginger just learned, we decided to cruise around just the two of us.  We had so much fun. Riding bikes with Paprika is also fun…however, Paprika likes to ride as slow as molasses.  She goes at such a snail’s pace, you almost fall off the bike if you’re following her....

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Bookin’ It!

February 2, 2017 by

  Oh my gosh – well, let’s see what’s happened recently. A week ago today, I published another romance novel of mine.  That makes five romance novels that have been published since April 2016, plus a box set – and to say I’ve been keeping myself busy is an understatement!  It’s like living a double life. Ha! This last book I wrote was a steamy vampire romance (haha) – and it is doing very well (for me).  It seems like each book finds a wider audience, and this book has taken off modestly and was in the top 500 books on all of Amazon last week.  It’s also being sold at Barnes and Noble, iBooks, etc.  I think it has about 140 reviews right now on Amazon – just in the first week!    ...

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Happy Birthday, Ellie Belly!

January 25, 2017 by

  Today is Miss Ellie Belly’s second birthday! Where does the time go?!     She is a joy with a capital J! She’s starting to really talk now, and she understands everything. She’s still nursing – and in fact, pretty obsessed with her “mookie” (as she calls it). Sometimes I think my name is Mookie. 🙂     She’s very funny and cute – and loves to play with anything Violet (5) has in her hands. Right now, they are both interested in “Trolls” (from the movie). I bought Violet a troll doll as an incentive for moving to the next level in reading, but before Violet had unwrapped it, Ellie took it out of her hands and ran across the house with it.     Ellie loves being read to – Ginger...

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January 16, 2017 by

  We’ve been up to a lot of fun happenings lately – but mostly, we’ve stayed close to home.  This is such a magical time – the girls are SO happy, and they are a joy.  They love being together all the time.  It’s wonderful!  Ginger (7) and Violet (5) play Barbies together for about 6 hours/day (not joking). My Uncle Rob and Aunt Jackie gave us a HUGE bin of Barbies from the 1950s-1990s, with great accessories, etc.  At first I was freaking out because of ALL the tiny pieces that get scattered everywhere – but they love it so much, I can’t deprive them of that joy.  I’ll have to take a picture of them playing Barbies – they are so creative; it blows me away!     Miss Ellie Belly (23...

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Happy New Year! 2017 Edition

January 2, 2017 by

  Happy New Year! It’s back to reality tomorrow for our family – literally! Evan goes back to work on The Bachelor bright and early tomorrow morning (Tuesday). He’s been home from work off and on this past week, which has been great. I love having him around a little more – but television doesn’t really stop, even for the holidays. 🙂 We had a great little New Year’s Eve party here. Well, it was actually Evan’s birthday party – so we celebrated that, mostly! The girls and I made a birthday cake:     Here’s the finished product. 🙂     A good time was had by all:     Did you make New Year’s resolutions? This year, I did not! Remember how I said awhile back that I was going to wean Ellie...

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Christmas 2016!

December 29, 2016 by

  We had ourselves a Merry Little Christmas. 🙂  As you know, I like to have a relaxed holiday.  I don’t like to be stressed or in a bad mood, or running around like a crazy person during the holidays. LOL!  I feel like every year, I figure out a little better how to accomplish that. This year, I kept things very simple.  I did all my shopping online, ordered a pre-prepared Christmas dinner from the grocery store (Whole Foods), and did not send out Christmas cards!  I really do love sending out Christmas cards (and especially love receiving them) – but this year, I just didn’t have it in me to do the cards. For Christmas presents, Evan and I waited until the last minute to wrap.  That was a big undertaking –...

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Hi There!

December 16, 2016 by

  Hello, there!  I hope you are having a happy December.  We have been up to so much – trips to the Science Museum, the Harry Potter Party at Barnes and Noble, and a bunch of other things I can’t think of at the moment.  Ha! We’ve been getting quite a lot of rain lately.  This is the playground (park) where we go often.  It was flooded!     Thankfully, the swings were still dry. Ha!     Our old McDonald’s got a make-over.  We kind of missed the old, retro decor.  But the new decor is nice, too. 🙂     Paprika and I have been to a bunch of movies.  We usually have a Tuesday night date after her violin lesson.  We go to the late show and have the theater all to...

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Attitude of Gratitude – Thanksgiving 2016!...

November 30, 2016 by

  Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  We did!  Evan finished Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week – and so he was home for most of the weekend.  Bliss!  He is working on a movie and The Bachelor – so his time home was short-lived, but it was great while it lasted. 🙂 We spent time together as a family.  We went to the park on Thanksgiving Day, and ordered in a traditional Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods.  We do that because the kids don’t like Thanksgiving foods and I don’t like to cook!  Haha. No really, I do like to cook –  I just have other things I like to do a lot more. 🙂     This season of DWTS was really intense (they always are!) – so we were especially...

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Almost Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2016 by

  How is it already late November?  This Thursday is Thanksgiving! Evan will finish Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday.  I’m excited about that because he hasn’t had a day off since the election (Nov. 8th) and he’s been working about 100 hours/week.  So on Wednesday, he’ll be home for the day.  Yay!  He’ll be home until the weekend – but then he starts working on Bachelor (Bachelor Nick) – so I’m going to enjoy the time he’s home because it’s such a rare/nice treat. Paprika (10) made this for Mermaid Linden this week.  Paprika misses Mermaid Linden so much that she cries herself to sleep sometimes (really and truly).  So, I’m going to have to figure out a way for Paprika to see her again…somehow!     I’ve been taking the girls to the...

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Lindsey Stirling Concert!

November 17, 2016 by

  Paprika’s favorite musician is Lindsey Stirling.  If you don’t know who she is – she’s a violinist who plays kind of rock/contemporary violin.  The reason Paprika (10) loves the violin so much (and begged to take lessons) is because of her.  Paprika loves Lindsey’s music – and she will dance for hours to her songs.     I heard that Lindsey Stirling was playing at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood (where the Oscars are held) – so I got tickets for Paprika to go.  It was her first “rock” concert – and she was excited! Opening Act:     I got 6th Row Center Tix – so not front row, but good!  Evan took Paprika to the concert – and I stayed home with the little sisters.     I didn’t know it when I bought the...

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Violet is 5!

November 13, 2016 by

  Miss Violet turned FIVE years old this week!  Oh my goodness, where is the time going?! Violet is by far the easiest of the girls – always happy, sweet, smart, polite, funny, good natured, and positive.  She never throws a fit or a tantrum.  She eats a bunch of different types of foods (an oddity in our house) – and she even loves exotic cuisine!  She is creative, artistic, hardworking, a team player, athletic, smart as a whip, good at math, piano, violin, and reading!  I could go on.  (I am her mom – so I know I’m biased). If I only had Violet, I would think I was the best mom in the whole world! LOL  For whatever reason, she is always sunny and a pure joy to be around.  I honestly know...

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Something Happy!

November 11, 2016 by

  (Above:  Before they left for the show on Halloween – Ellie stayed home with me!)   What a week…I don’t even know where to begin.  I’ll start by writing about something happy…Halloween! We had a great one this year.  Evan took the three big sisters to Dancing With The Stars for their Halloween show.  It was Paprika’s third or fourth time going – but it was the first time for Ginger (7) and Violet (4). This next picture is outside the Bungalow where Evan spends about 100 hours/week!  The girls got to meet all of Evan’s co-workers and hang out in the Editing Suites before the show…     It’s always great to go to the show with Evan because they got to meet the cast members, dancers, and talk to Tom Bergeron (the...

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Seeing Angels!

October 29, 2016 by

  Something very strange has been happening lately. It’s happened a few times, and I didn’t want to make a big deal about it, in case I was making it up or imagining it.     But it keeps happening. I’ll just say it. The first time this happened, I was in the bedroom with Ellie (21 months), changing her diaper. She pointed over my shoulder and smiled a big smile of recognition. Sissies! she exclaimed and pointed at the thin air behind my head. I looked back – there was nothing I could see there. No shadows, or anything like that. I went back to changing her diaper, and she really tried to get my attention. She kept pointing and saying “Sissies” (how she says sisters). Then, she got very calm (highly unusual...

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Halloween Costume Previews!

October 28, 2016 by

  Happy Weekend! It’s almost Halloween. It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like Fall here. The girls are SO excited about their costumes this year. Paprika (10) made her own costume. She’s going as Kubo from the movie Kubo and the Two Strings (her favorite movie). She made the whole costume herself with Evan’s help.  I searched online to see if I could buy a ready-made Kubo costume, but I couldn’t find one!  It turns out that making the costume has been a lot of fun for Paprika, and a lot less expensive, too! For the jacket, Evan and Paprika spray painted gold onto a red jacket with the cardboard stencil of a beetle they made.  I got the red jacket on Ebay (of course).     They also made a shamisen (traditional...

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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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