Evan finished up The Bachelor, and we thought he was going to get a long break from work – but instead he was asked to work on American Idol. So, he’s been doing that – and then this week, he’ll start editing The Bachelorette (they just started filming). He did get four days off work though (Saturday-Tuesday) – which was awesome. I love having him around as much as possible – he makes life beautiful and so much fun. 🙂
Having dinner the other night:
Ellie (newly 3) is at a super fun age. She is so smart and independent. She loves to sing songs, and she is constantly making up her own music. The other day, she asked me: Mommy, are you a person?
I said: Yes, I’m a person.
She said: No, you are not a person!
And then she made up a song called “Mommy’s Not A Person.”
Sometimes you have to laugh, or else you’ll cry. She really does love me, though, and I know she knows I’m a person. She has a sharp sense of humor.
The weather has been gorgeous, and we’ve been enjoying the time change (Daylight Savings). I love being able to stay out later and have it stay light longer. I wish they would keep it this way year round! We’ve been hitting lots of parks together.
Ellie wanted to run to the playground – no time for pictures!:
Feeding the ducks:
Evan was home today (Monday) – so I took Paprika to a matinee of A Wrinkle in Time! She read the book almost exactly a year ago, and she’s been waiting patiently for the movie to come out.
Lately, Paprika’s been on quite a reading kick! I mean, she’s always loved reading – but right now she’s going through three to four novels/week. She read Ready Player One and the whole Divergent series this week. Thankfully, we have a library very close to us, and she can walk there to check books in and out.
She’s also started running with Evan in the mornings. On the way home from the run, she’ll stop and trade out her books for new ones. I remember about nine years ago, I’d take her to the library and she’d try to climb the bookshelves. We’ve come a long way, baby! 🙂
Us at A Wrinkle In Time:
Trip to the beach:
Another day, another park:
Violet (6) is on a perfume-making kick. She got a perfume kit for Christmas, and we finally got around to experimenting with it. She loves mixing different scents:
Violet at gymnastics this week:
We got the progress report cards from the girls’ piano and violin teachers. I know the teachers have to write nice things – but it’s so good to read their kind words, anyway! Ginger (8) has blossomed with her piano abilities, and she is learning to transpose and write original music – on her own! Sometimes I’ll lay in the next room and listen to the girls practice when they don’t know I can hear them. It’s so soothing, and wonderful. I want to record it to replay when I’m 80. 🙂
Paprika at her violin lesson. Paprika is still taking piano, as well – and practices both for about an hour/day. She’s improving so much. Her favorite things to play on violin are Disney songs – and she just started to learn a Lindsay Stirling song (Shatter Me). I never have to remind her to practice violin, which is so nice!
Ginger (8) has been doing so well on her Auto-Immune diet. Basically, she’s eating a lot more veggies, fruits, nuts, and eggs, plus her vitamins and medications. The big thing (besides her medicine) is making sure she has enough protein, and lowering inflammation. But you can’t only eat twigs and roots all the time. 🙂 So, she’s basically doing the diet 90/10 – so every once in awhile, she can have some treats.
Ginger has been wanting to try French Crepes forever – and I found a little cafe near us that serves them! So, we had a little date just the two of us – and she tried Nutella and Strawberry crepes, as well as Cinnamon and Sugar crepes. We split them, and we still couldn’t even finish them. They were huge!
Of course, as we were eating the crepes at the cafe – Ginger was trying to figure out the recipe. She had me stop at Target on the way home from our date to buy ingredients so she could make crepes for her sisters and her dad. I even took a picture of the menu at the restaurant for her so she could remember what goes into each crepe!
Here she is at home with Evan, mixing up her first batch of crepes. I had a Nutella, Strawberry and Cream crepe (the next day) – and it was so delicious. It was honestly much better than the restaurant. Incredible!
While we were at Target, Ginger begged me to get this stuffed bunny for Violet (6). Ginger said she knew Violet would love it – and Violet has been working so diligently on her reading and her math. Violet is several grade levels ahead in both reading and math now, despite not really being an eager student. Ha!
Anyway, Ginger said: Violet is so motivated by gifts, and you know that every time she looks at this bunny, she will be reminded that hard work pays off and she’ll be so proud of herself! 🙂
I still didn’t want to buy the bunny because it’s SO BIG – but Ginger offered to pay for it with her savings. Of course, she did! Luckily, it was on sale at Target and cost less than many of the tiny stuffed animals – so I bought it.
Needless to say, Violet LOVES her bunny and named her Sugar. 🙂
Sugar goes everywhere with us now – even to bed!
And last, but not least, Daisy loves to sit by the front door and watch the world go by outside. We get great afternoon sun at the front of our house, so I leave the door open when we’re home to let in the fresh air. Daisy just lays here with her paws crossed, keeping watch for us.
But lately, I’ve had to keep the door closed because this squirrel loves our bird feeder and it drives Daisy crazy! You would not believe what a ruckus Daisy makes over this squirrel. The squirrel is not afraid – and just eats away the bird food while Daisy goes NUTS inside the house. I’m tempted to let Daisy out to meet the the squirrel face to face, but that sounds like a recipe for disaster. Ha!