Monday, March 30, 2015


Rachel lost one of her front teeth over Spring Break and the other one was getting seriously loose. (Which delighted me, because kids missing their two front teeth are so adorable!) The other evening, Rae went into the bathroom to pull her tooth. After a few minutes we heard her yell "I got it!" Soon after, she came out with her eyes big and said, "I accidently drained it." It seems that slippery little tooth slid down the sink drain and was lost. Rachel was embarrassed and a bit afraid the Tooth Fairy wouldn't come without a tooth to exchange, but the Tooth Fairy paid up anyway. And now Rachel can sing All I Want for Easter Is My Two Front Teeth!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Boob Voyage

My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. She's 40 years old, in good health, and with no family history of the disease. It was a shock to all of us and hard for her. Hard to accept. Hard to tell people. Hard to think about what she is facing. Hard to think about. There is "good" news - the cancer was caught early, it has not spread, it's very treatable, and she tested negative for the breast cancer gene. But there is no way to avoid the truth that cancer sucks. Robin will lose part of her breast next week. She'll have to endure radiation treatments. She could possibly have to undergo chemotherapy. And she will spend the rest of her life worrying that the cancer might come back.

But my sister has a terrific, earthy sense of humor and has kept me laughing for 40 years. We have laughed a lot sense her diagnosis - in person, on the phone, and through texts. We've sent each other boob jokes and ridiculous breast themed etsy crafts and pithy sayings about all the crap life can throw at you. And all that humor has helped. This wasn't a journey Robin was expecting to take, but she'll make the best of it. And teach us how to live in the process.

Robin has a huge collection of fun, quirky friends and they have surrounded her with love and support and their own brand of humor. Last night, a group of friends threw her a  party. The invitations read "You are cordially invited to attend a Boob Voyage Party in honor of Robin and her killer boob, before it's transformation into something fabulous and cancer-free!"

There were pink balloons and pink Mardi Gras necklaces and a pink feather boa.
There was also a lovely boob cake.
We ate Mexican food and chatted and then Robin cut the cake.
"This is the lumpectomy!"
It was red velvet cake for another layer of humor/grossness.
We had a good time celebrating Robin.

Because Robin is such a strong, funny, caring presence for all of us and we are so grateful to have her in our lives. Killer boob and all.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Climbing Tree

Steve's parents have an enormous pine tree in their front yard with branches beginning just a few inches off the ground. It is the ultimate climbing tree and my girls adore it. We spent the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa and the girls spent time in the tree every day.

This tree is The Best Tree Ever and one of my girls' favorite places!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Where the Wild Things Are

Rachel had a music program tonight. All of the kindergarten and first graders wore their pajamas and sang folk songs intermingled with a reading of Where the Wild Things Are. It was fun and cute and Rae sang her heart out.

Rachel was quite excited about playing the drum during "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". She even practiced on her drum at home.

It was great fun watching my little Wild Thing!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Rachel and Mom Day

Steve and Katherine spent the day at an Odyssey of the Mind tournament, so Rachel and I had a day for just the two of us. Rae's choices of activities for the day were simple: shopping for spring clothes, eating Chinese food for lunch, and going to the botanical gardens. It was 70 degrees outside and spring is in the air, so this was a perfect list!

Rachel is not particularly interested in the plants or flowers at the botanical gardens, and she is pretty much oblivious to the beautifully planned garden architecture, but she adores the Children's Garden. Even without all the fountains and water features that are running in the summer it is a terrific place to play. And play she did!

It's still winter, so nothing is blooming in the gardens. That means we had the chance to admire the squirrels and all the sweet little sculptures.

And I had fun looking through my camera and noticing the subtle beauty of the little things.

After leaving the gardens, we made a spur-of-the-moment visit to the Keeper of the Plains, the huge Native American sculpture that is an icon of the city. The Keeper and the bridge that leads to it are fun to visit and so interesting to look at.

We came home with tired bodies and minds full of all the sights we'd seen. It was a perfect Rachel and Mom Day!

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters


Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way