(Above: Daisy is a sweetheart, and one extremely patient dog! Ha!)
It’s Friday and it’s February! Every week, I feel like not that much happened, and then I look through my phone pictures and I’m surprised at everything we did. Even on the quiet weeks where I feel like all we get done is school and life – we still manage to have some pretty fun adventures.
This past week, we went to the beach. Paprika found an iPhone 7 in the ocean (!!!) so that was a fun little gem. It was in a waterproof case, and the phone is (supposedly) waterproof, but it was definitely a goner. I was so preoccupied with keeping the kids safe while we were at the beach, I just got this one picture on my phone. It was a pretty good picture, though!
Ginger (8) baked every day this week. She loves making different kinds of breads, but sourdough is her specialty. Violet (6) is her assistant – and they have so much fun together!
She also makes muffins and all sorts of other yummy treats. She usually makes them in small experimental batches – just six muffins (one for each of us). You can see Violet couldn’t wait to eat her muffin before I even snapped a photo!
The weather has been gorgeous – simply perfect. We’ve spent a lot of time outside, and Ellie (newly 3!) loves her “pool parties” and watering the surrounding grass.
Our lemon tree is bananas right now (ha!) – so Ginger has been making lots of lemon-themed recipes. This week, she made lemon cake with a sweet glaze. I don’t think she’ll ever possibly bake enough to get through this many lemons, though!
Just hanging out:
Playing in the backyard:
Okay, so this is NOT that exciting – but Ginger let me do her hair! Ahhh! It didn’t last very long, but I have photographic proof that sometimes I get to brush her beautiful strands.
Evan took the girls to see Paddington 2 in the theater last Sunday night. I stayed home with Ginger and Ellie, while he took Paprika and Violet. I was surprised that Violet wanted to go to the movie because she generally doesn’t like to watch movies or even TV shows.
Paprika (11) loved the movie, of course! But when they got home, Violet was crying and said she thought it was the worst movie she’d ever seen, and that she knew ahead of time that she wasn’t going to like it. I asked her why she went to the movie, and she said:
I just went for the snacks! I didn’t know it was going to make me cry!
Before the movie – happier times. 🙂
Ginger (8) wanted to stay home from the movie, and ended up reading a bunch of books to Daisy.
The biography of George Washington put Daisy to sleep – haha!
Earlier this week, Ginger was almost finished with Moby Dick (the abridged version) – and she was LOVING it. But then Ellie (3) absconded with it, and we can’t find it to save our lives. Ginger is desperate to finish the book. I’m probably going to find it right after I go out and buy a replacement copy. Isn’t that the way it works?! Ha!
Violet’s gymnastics school talked to me this week about her starting on their team. She’s in the “rec” classes, which aren’t competitive, and are just for fun. Everything gets more serious once you start on the team, and it becomes a lot more serious and a bigger time commitment. So, it’s something to think about! Some of these kids are training 30 hours/week or more. If I’m being honest, I really want her to stay doing rec because it’s low pressure and much less expensive. 🙂 It’s ultimately up to her – and I will support her if she wants to make a bigger commitment to the sport. I just don’t want her to stop having fun.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Ellie got out the baby bouncer and decided she was the baby of the family. The girls spent half a day pretending with Ellie that she was their little baby. Ginger was “Grandma” and Violet was “Mommy.”
A trip to the comic book store. You can see Paprika (11) in the background browsing the aisles. Paprika (11) has been writing a lot of fan-fiction latey, and her chapters are SO GOOD! I actually ran her writing through three different plagarism checkers because neither Evan nor I could believe she’d written them. They were that good. All of her work came out clear (zero evidence of plagarism).
I had been bugging her to write faster. She was very caught up with showing vs. telling, and her first two chapters took forever. Really, only about three nights, but it seemed like an eternity to me.
Well…now I see why she took so long. It was honestly shockingly good – and it made me think that I need to take writing lessons from her. She was so nervous that her chapters were horrible, and she cried when I told her how awesome Evan and I both thought her story was. I should stop now because this is sounding braggy – but it was a revelation to me. Her writing was savant-like, and I hope she continues because writing ability like that is a gift.
Ellie looking cute at the comic book store:
Me and Ginger:
I took the middles on their weekly date. It was (again) supposed to be Violet’s date, but she insisted that we bring Ginger, too.
We stopped at their favorite place – The Godiva Store! I found a table and let them go into the shop by themselves to pick out the candy and buy it. They even surprised me with my favorite – dark chocolate raspberry truffles!
Violet being a goofy model at the Pottery Barn Kids store. She loves looking at their jewelry boxes and pretty tea sets. Of course she does!
And last, but not least, a picture of me with all four girls. I hardly ever get a picture with them all together – but thankfully Evan snapped a picture of us on Ellie’s birthday!
I am charging the ole’ selfie stick as we speak because I want to make sure I get more pictures of us all together. It’s one of my goals for February!
This week, we have lots coming up. Paprika has an art exhibition tomorrow in Santa Monica where her painting is going to be shown along with her art studio classmates. She’s been looking forward to that for weeks! We also have three piano recitals – and Paprika’s violin recital. And probably a million other things I’m forgetting. 🙂 That’s life!