Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

Not only did I miss posting yesterday, I missed out on an epic meet up of awesome bloggers.  I have no good excuse except that yesterday was the second time I have fallen asleep in the middle of the floor this week, and this was following consumption of an amount of caffeine I am ashamed to admit to.  After recently stopping at a green light for an embarrassing amount of time, I'm trying hard to pay attention to my sleepiness levels before driving, especially for hour long trips containing beltway driving during prime traffic hours.

He's going to start sleeping through the night soon, I can feel it in my bones.

At least that's what I keep telling myself to make me feel better.

Anyway, I'm linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter today for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real!


My beautiful little ballerinas, having a lot of fun with pipe cleaner beading this week.

Clare is finally past (ok...almost past...) the stage where she compulsively eats tiny objects.  Unfortunately she's not past the stage where she drops half of them onto the floor, where her brother who does still compulsively eat small objects resides.

This was ridiculously adorable - Emeric was passing Ava blocks from the basket.

Tea and Lincoln Logs.
I think the morning sun coming in the windows is so pretty.
My phone camera skills leave a little to be desired when it comes to capturing that beauty, though.

I love how intently he is studying this leaf :)


Ava is obsessed with all things blueberry at the moment, and has been asking me for blueberry popsicles, which have proved impossible to find...

 But I finally did find some, and she was very happy.

And Uncle Tim came for a visit, bearing a wooden snake from Costa Rica!


My sister Emily got Emeric this hilarious bib at Muir Woods...I love being on the receiving end of my siblings awesome travel souvenirs :)

The girls are adamantly opposed to wearing anything other than a dress.

I'm guessing the other shoppers assumed I was a hillbilly from the sticks who came into town for a rare shopping adventure and got everyone dressed up all fancy for the occasion.  Even Emeric is wearing his little Ralph Lauren polo (scored at the consignment shop of course...)

We checked out the cakes at Wegmans before Ava's birthday.  She's been asking for a blue cake - and I'm not exaggerating here - since her last birthday.  I planned on making one having my mom make one but I thought we'd just see if we found anything that caught our eye.  Well one did catch Ava's eye - the most hideous, neon orange monstrosity.  It was $18.  I told Ava I would be happy to pay $18 for a beautiful cake, and that I would be happy pay $5 for an ugly cake, but the cake was neither beautiful nor cheap.

Maybe I'll regret this someday when I'm shelling out $18x10 every week for her therapy...


Anyway, this was her real cake:

(Thanks, mom!)

 And this is the way Clare ate it...

 That's kinda the way Clare eats everything.

I tried to make pickles...

They were pretty bad.
If you have a great recipe, I'd love to hear about it!!

Go check out Like Mother, Like Daughter for more lovely moments from the week!!
I will probably see you tomorrow.
I'm trying here, I'm trying!!


  1. HOW is Emeric not eating that leaf? I put the babies down on a blanket outside yesterday and they immediately crawled off it and started cramming fists full of grass, leaves, and dirt into their tiny little mouths!

    Also, we used to save pickle brine when I was a kid and just stick cucumbers in it for a few days and they tasted pretty good! Not *real* pickling, but a lot easier than the real version :P

  2. I make these pickles a lot (the recipe is from my gram and reminds me of her):

    They don't need to be canned and are super fast and easy! (And delish!!)

  3. Hi there! Your beautiful kiddos always make me smile and your posts always make me laugh! Can't help you with the pickles...I have enough trouble opening the jar of the ones I buy.

    Keep typing, friend!

  4. Why wouldn't everyone be happy with a pretty blue homemade cake? :) (that didn't cost $18, oy!).
    Thanks for joining -- great post!