Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



Sleeping Beauty

FullSizeRender-15Totally tickled to check on Holly before bed last night and find her sound asleep in her kitty sleep mask. What seven-year old doesn’t need a sleep mask?!

Happy birthday, Mémé!

Lombardi'sLast night we enjoyed a really great dinner at an Italian restaurant on the waterfront in celebration of my mom’s birthday.  Everything about the evening was fabulous.  We got to talking afterward about how nice it is to have the girls at an age where we can take them out someplace nice and anticipate that things will go smoothly.  Both girls were so well behaved and delightful (even though the restaurant was busy and service was slow).  We are definitely to the “good parts” of raising kids.

Happy birthday, Rob!

Rob55Bday_01The girls made him cards and we gave him a gift.Rob55Bday_02Rob55Bday_07Rob55Bday_05He requested chocolate cake (no surprise).  I made him one and it totally flopped.  I’ve never had a cake fall apart before, not sure what happened.  The girls and I made a quick trip to the bakery for something more worthy of a celebration.Rob55Bday_04Rob55Bday_03Rob55Bday_06Happy birthday, my love!

Twin Day

Holly’s school is having spirit week.  Today was “twin day” (where you dress the same as a friend).  Holly’s friend, Tressa, was so keen on being twins that she brought Holly a matching outfit to school.  How cute was that!twinday01twinday02Take note, Holly finally has a friend as tall as she is!

Happiness is waking up to some snow!


Junior Cheerleader

She’s back!bbcheeer09bbcheer10bbcheer11This time Miss Holly and Miss Zoey cheered at the high school basketball game.bbcheer03bbcheer02bbcheer04You can’t exactly tell from the picture above, but about 100 little girls were standing in this hallway getting ready to cheer at halftime.  It felt about 100 degrees inside the building.  The noise decibel level was also probably about 100.  Oy.bbcheer05bbcheer06I wasn’t able to get a picture or video of Holly doing the cheer.  She was on the other side of the gym which was already swarming with teens for senior night and I’m guessing 200 extra parents (or 300 if each family brought along a grandparent or friend) to watch the junior cheerleaders.  My point is, it was WAY CROWDED.  I could see Holly, but my camera could not.  She was fabulous.bbcheer07Look at that happy smile!bbcheer08Well done, girls!

Learning to hoola hoop

This video is for Grandma Carolyn who is interested in seeing Holly hoola hooping.

And Grandma, Linlee wanted to show you her twirl:

Penny turns 3

Pennybirthday02Well, what to say.  Penny remains the most high strung dog we’ve ever owned.  She has settled down some.  She doesn’t play-bite as often as she used to.  She still gets overly excited when guests arrive and often pees on the floor as well as invading their space with over-the-top dog energy.  She still snuggles up to us with a toy or bone and then growls if we pet her.  She still counter-surfs for food daily.  After pulling a tupperware container off the counter and eating the entire batch of cookies inside, we began keeping her in the garage when we are out.  She’s got a cozy bed in there and it’s nice to come home to a kitchen which has not been ransacked by the dog.  Despite how much trouble she is, we still love her.  She’s got a sweet spirit which is overjoyed to be part of our family.  Happy birthday, Penny!Pennybirthday01dsc_0041Little Penny as a puppy.  (Doesn’t even look like the same dog!)

Ice Dancer

FullSizeRender-17Sorry for the blurry picture.  Holly was waiting for her coach yesterday and she began doing a pretend routine on the ice.  Sometimes her moves were graceful, sometimes dramatic.  She glided and twirled and skated on one leg.  Her arms and hands were like that of a ballerina.  She sparkled with happiness.  Clearly Holly felt beautiful and confident on the ice.  I so wish I had caught it on video.  (And how I wish I could freeze that moment in time to have ready for future days when her self esteem needs a little boost.)