Thursday, October 28, 2010

the hills are alive

If you remember, I've managed to transfer my love of musicals to Kaitlyn.

A couple of weeks ago she announced she was going to be Maria from the classic Sound of Music.

I knew I had to call in reinforcements for this one -- a.k.a. Miyo.

(Again, thank you Miyo!)

She fashioned the apron out of an XL men's shirt I found at a thrift store.

Mo snatched this costume the moment we walked through the doors of Old Navy a couple of weeks ago.

She literally dragged it around the store the entire time we were there refusing to let me carry it for her.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

sleeping with sissy

We are officially going to move the girls into the same room.

Katie has been sleeping on her mattress in Maddie's room almost two weeks now and they both love it.

Katie: I want to sleep with sissy all the time!

Mo: Me too! (although yelling "me too" seems to be a knee-jerk response, and not always one she means)

How can we say no to these faces?

So, for those of you who have kids who share a room: Do you have any tips? Pointers? Absolute Dos or Don'ts?

Friday, October 22, 2010

homemaker of the year

Scene: At Miyo's house. She is making Katie's Halloween costume and ironing a piece of fabric.

Katie (pointing to the iron/ironing board): What's that?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

for mo

Maddie loves yellow. When she paints she always chooses yellow paper and yellow paint. Her work is like modern art you see in museums.

When we shop she always grabs random yellow clothing. Most of the time we are not shopping for her as she has a ton of beautiful hand-me-downs from both her sister and Dylann.

Today I found this in a thrift store and had to buy it for her.

Looked up the label and it turns out I scored a vintage 1950s Jean Durain dress for $5.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

celebrity sighting

Pulling into a Montecito neighborhood on the way to a lovely friend’s baby shower.

Jen: Okay guys, THAT’S Jack Johnson.

Tracy (rolling down her window): Hey, great show this week!

He walks over to the car pushing a stroller (I'm guessing being five moms and a baby in a minivan is a less-than-threatening scenario).

I dig frantically through Miyo's purse looking for my camera.

Tracy: I was one of the people underneath you when you were surfing the crowd this week.

He reaches in the car to shake Tracy’s hand and then shake’s Jen’s hand. Amy, in the backseat thrusts her hand out the window between Tracy and the front window. He shakes her hand.

Tracy: Becky in the back was also at your concert too.

He glances through the tinted windows and waves.

I wave frantically at him even though he can’t see me, snapping pictures like a maniac.

He walks away.

Amy: I should have called shotgun.

Jen: I had to be driving a minvan when I meet Jack Johnson?


Wednesday, October 13, 2010


takes odd forms sometimes.

I'm on deadline this week so, what do I do this afternoon? Try to recreate Jenn's awesome mobile project with Katie and Maddie's artwork of course.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

my babygirl

Me: Come over here baby girl.

Katie: I'm not a baby anymore Mama.

Me: Honey, you will always be my baby girl. Even when you're 40, you'll still be my baby girl.

Katie: Okay, but do you think you'll still remember then?

Me: Oh, I hope so.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

a party for papa

In Katie's world all parties have themes.

Katie: What theme is Papa's birthday going to be this year?

Me: Uh, what do you want it to be?

Katie: Well, last year he had a prince party. I think he should have a cat party this year.

Logical, right?

A cat party it was.

We made cat decorations.

We crafted cat masks.

Mama jerry-rigged some cat ears.

As well as some tails out of old leggings.

There were cat races.

And, the aforementioned inedible cat cake.

Hope you had a good one Papa!

Monday, October 4, 2010

making lemonade

While I bake often for some reason I had never made a cake from scratch before. So, for Papa's birthday I made a first attempt and it was in word: Bad.

Katie (with a half-eaten cake in front of her): I think I'm all done Mama.

Papa: That was the litmus test you know.

No idea what I did wrong. It was so disappointing. I even made strawberry butter cream frosting, which we all tried to eat off the awful cake.

We had some leftover frosting, so we made sugar cookies today in order to salvage some of the labor that went into making that.

I will be making cakes over the next few weeks to try to ameliorate this situation.

In the meantime, here is my strawberry frosting recipe, which took me many batches to perfect.

Strawberry Butter Cream Frosting

1 C. unsalted butter (two cubes)

1 C. fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled

2 lbs. powdered sugar (two boxes)

1. Press strawberries through a sieve to get rid of as much liquid as possible. Result should yield approximately 1/2 C. strawberry pulp.

2. Puree pulp.

3. Cream butter with a hand mixer.

4. Add powdered sugar and pulp little by little while with hand mixer on low until you reach desired consistency.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

happy birthday babycakes

Thank you for being the best papa ever. Mama and the Little Wickies love you.