15 Months Young!

May 23, 2016 by

(Pic above:  rare sleeping picture at gymnastics!  She’s cut back to one short nap/day now!)   Miss Ellie Belly is now 15 months old – and I figured I should write this post before she turns 16 months (in a few days).  Ha! There are so many exciting new things Ellie’s doing, and I want to keep track since this is the closest thing she has to a baby book. 🙂   She loves to stand and hold on to the rail of our backyard mini-trampoline.  She hasn’t figured out how to get down yet – so she “trees” herself quite often.  She’s been known to do the same thing with chairs, picnic tables, etc.  She figures out how to climb ON something, but then can’t climb down! Another recent development is that Ellie...

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Because We Have Each Other!

May 18, 2016 by

  Oh, hi! Can I tell you a cute story I want to remember? Please stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A few weeks ago, Ginger (6) was at two-hour gymnastics practice on a VERY hot day. The coach let the kids go get water, and Ginger let everyone go in front of her in line (she always does that). The coach blew the whistle just before Ginger had a chance to get a drink of water, and she asked him if she could go back to the drinking fountain. He said no. It was probably 95 degrees in the gym on that day, and Ginger was drenched in sweat. She had a full-on panic attack in the gym, and I didn’t know what was wrong (because I was on the other...

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The Fashion Police!

May 15, 2016 by

  On Friday, I took the girls to the park for the afternoon after we were done with our homeschool lessons. Ginger (6) insisted on wearing her Daddy’s shirt – and would not brush her hair (of course)!  It’s not worth the tears to get her to wear regular clothes  – even though we have a small army of beautiful outfits she could wear (passed down from big sister, Paprika).  But nope, it’s got to be Daddy’s shirt!  It makes me long for the days when she would only wear pajamas in public.  LOL     Violet (4) at the park on Friday:     So, on Saturday – I jokingly told Ginger that if she kept wearing her Dad’s shirts in public, the Fashion Police were going to come arrest her. (Totally joking). Well, I...

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Daughter’s Day!

May 9, 2016 by

  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Sunday was Mother’s Day, of course.  I have mixed feelings about Mother’s Day because it tends to leave so many people feeling left out (for lots of reasons).  And, of course, I always miss my twin daughters in Heaven especially on this day…and the fact that my own mom, stepmom, aunt, and Grandma live so far away!  So, I try to make the best of it and just have low expectations for the day…which always helps! Also, I try to stay off social media on holidays when I know I’ll be alone with the kids…it helps me to not be a “compare-bear” – as I like to say.  I really do think it’s true:  Comparison is the thief of joy. Mr. M had to work on Mother’s Day...

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Dreams Come True!

May 5, 2016 by

  Yesterday, we went to Devon’s Graduation from Nursing School!   From the moment I met Devon (almost) eight years ago, she told me that she had a lifelong dream to be a nurse!  She majored in Marketing in college, and didn’t think that going back to Nursing School was an option with small children and an already steady career. She is an AMAZING woman.  She’s has had four children in the NICU – her two daughters (born at 29 weeks and 31 weeks) – and her twin sons, Blake and Ethan, who passed away due to prematurity.  (We met at a support group shortly after Vivian and Annemarie, and Blake and Ethan passed away).  Needless to say, she has so much to offer families through her nursing care.  I’m so excited for her!!! Graduation Day: (Isn’t this...

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Happy Friday!

April 29, 2016 by

  Happy Friday! Thanks so much for the kind words of congrats on my book release yesterday! 🙂 Mostly, the girls were really excited to download it to their free Kindle app on the iPad. They’d already read the book before it came out, of course!  They are my beta readers. But, there’s something nice about having an official copy.  Ha! So, I wanted to post a few more pictures from this week (and last…and let’s face it, I STILL haven’t posted our Easter pics!) One fun thing we did this week was have Homeschool Book Club at our house! Yes, we hosted it this time – and guess what we read for book club? My book, of course! We read the first LOL Detective Club Mystery – which was super fun for me. The...

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Mermaid Magic!

April 28, 2016 by

  I know, I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I’ve been going CRAZY with my book writing! Earlier tonight, I published my second book in the LOL Detective Series (more on that later). And, I’ve also published my first full-length Romance Novel (under a pen name), and a non-fiction eBook (under a different pen name). This has all happened in the past two weeks – FOUR BOOKS! – so yes, I’ve been a busy bee! 🙂 The new cover for LOL Detective Club, Book 2: The Paris Puzzler!     I’ve been working ALL the time when everyone else is asleep, often staying up until 7am (I know) to get stuff done! I have to slow down soon, because I’m only getting about 2 hours/sleep per night and that’s not sustainable. Haha. But, there’s just...

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The Aquarium of the Pacific!

April 21, 2016 by

  Last week on Mr. M’s day off work (Tuesday) – we went to The Aquarium of the Pacific for the day!  Warning – this post is picture overload (I know!)  It’s just such a beautiful place – and we hadn’t been back since the Fall, so I took a lot of pictures. Sidenote:  If I’m not posting and you want to see pictures, check out my Flickr page.  I always upload pictures there first for the blog – and I usually have A LOT more pictures there than here.  I didn’t even think about it until my mom said she checks it for new photos. Good to know!  I’ve posted over 48,000 pictures to Flickr in the past few years.  How crazy is that?  I have to do the math and figure out...

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Paprika’s Trip To DWTS!

April 20, 2016 by

  Last week, Paprika (9) went to work with her Daddy – which is pretty great when your dad works on Dancing With The Stars!  She got to hang out backstage with Minnie, Mickey and Donald (it was Disney week, after all!) Paprika and Mr. M:   She met a bunch of the dancers and the celebrities – and just had a grand old time.   Paprika with Whitney (one of the dancers):   Here she is watching the live dress rehearsal before the show:     Watching the Dress Rehearsal up in the balcony:     During the show, her seats were down on the floor by the stage.  You can see her here in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.  I’m not sure where Mr. M is – haha!  (My friend sent...

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Paprika’s Going to DWTS Tonight!...

April 11, 2016 by

  (The picture above is Cinderella’s coach – which was parked in the DWTS parking lot this past weekend.  Mr. M snapped a picture of it for me when he was at work – and I can’t figure out how to make the picture bigger.  Ha!) The first order of business is that Paprika (9) and Mr. M will be at Dancing With The Stars in the audience tonight!  It’s Disney Week (Paprika’s favorite) – and she’s SO excited to go!  This will be her third time attending the show.   I’ve only been twice!  Haha.  I could go every week – but there’s that little issue of childcare.  🙂 We’re trying to figure out how long Mr. M has been working on DWTS – I think it’s almost 9 years now! I have pictures...

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Ginger’s On Pre-Team!

April 7, 2016 by

Today, Ginger (6) started on Pre-Team at gymnastics! She was SO excited, she was about to burst! I told her on Friday that she’d been asked to move up to Pre-Team – and I wish I’d had my video camera rolling. I never could have expected her reaction. She about hit the ceiling. You would’ve thought she’d won the lottery, or an Olympic Gold Medal, or gotten her acceptance to Hogwarts. She was THAT excited. She leaped around the living room for half an hour, dancing and exclaiming: They want ME for the pre-team? Me?!!! It was pretty adorable.   So, today was the big day for her to start! Violet (4) was SO happy for Ginger on Friday when we told them. She kept saying things like: I’m so proud of you! You’re...

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A Date With Violet!

April 6, 2016 by

  Today I went on a beautiful date with Violet (4)!   I’d been promising her we would go on a date all by ourselves (without her sisters) the very first day Mr. M had a day off work.  And today was that day! I told her we could go anywhere she wanted for lunch.  She picked McDonald’s!  🙂     It’s funny because I haven’t taken the girls (or been myself) to McDonald’s in over two years!  I’m not being a sanctimommy about it – It’s just that when we moved to our new house, it wasn’t convenient for me anymore… So – anyway, it had been a long time since I’d been there.  I was surprised how much things have changed!  (I swear this isn’t a sponsored post by McDonald’s…haha). First of...

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My Big News!

April 4, 2016 by

  Oh my gosh – this past week has been CRAZY!  I made a (silent) resolution to post daily – and then I went five days without posting.  Ha!  In my defense, it’s been really busy around here.  SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED! First, Mr. M is working ALL the time on Dancing With The Stars right now.  He was working all weekend until 2am each night.  And then, on his “day off” today, he had to work!  Plus, I’ve been sick and juggling four kids plus homeschooling and activities.  So yes, it’s kinda been a one woman show around here.  I’m not complaining – honestly!  Just explaining… 🙂     On top of all this, I decided to publish my first children’s book!  Crazy, right? Here’s how it happened.  On Friday, I realized that this month (April),...

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The Sweetest Bride!

April 1, 2016 by

  Violet (4) loves to talk about her wedding day.  She dreams about who she’ll marry, and how excited she is to be a bride. I don’t know where it comes from – she is such a girly girl! Of course, she still thinks she will marry her Mr. Handsome one day. 🙂     I just love her joy for life, and her sweet spirit.   If she does get married one day, it will be fun to have these pictures to look back on…       She is sunshine all the time, and I’m so grateful for her. She makes me laugh every single day, and she doesn’t take life too seriously. Sweet Violet teaches me so much more than I could ever teach her.  I love her without measure…    ...

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Big Election Feelings!

March 29, 2016 by

Annika (9) loves to write stories and books while she waits around for her sisters at gymnastics. She wrote this one on Monday, and I just loved it.  So,  I’m sharing it – with her permission, of course.  I think it has a great message! Enjoy! 🙂 -Erika...

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Ellie Is 14 Months!

March 27, 2016 by

  Miss Ellie Belly is 14 Months old now!  She’s changing so much every day, I have to write it down.  This is basically her baby book, so here goes! 🙂     Ellie is on the move!  She is a very fast crawler, and she can stand up holding onto something.  She’s not to the point of standing unassisted yet – and definitely not near walking.  I think she’s going to walk at around 18 months (if I had to guess). Even though she’s not walking, she doesn’t let that stop her!  She loves to be put down and crawl all over creation.  Today we went to two parks – and she wanted to play soccer with her sisters!  It was pretty cute!     I just put her first pair of shoes...

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