Saturday, October 23, 2010

Katie Sez...

... Water Body!

Water body?

Water Body!

Water body?!?! What the heck does that mean?!

Watch Water Body, Mom!

Mike: (turning on the DVD player) Is this what you mean? Do you want to watch this show? The Letter Factory?

OK, Water Body.

Kate, can you say Let-ter Fac-to-ry?

Wa-ter Bo-dy.

OK, sure.

OK! Heh heh.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Not THAT Tea Party!

Today we had a real little tea party, complete with hot tepid chocolate, marshmallows, goldfish crackers, banana chips, and buttered toast cut into triangles. Kate LOVED the toast and ate most of it herself. Maggie spooned out marshmallows into everyone's cup, whether they wanted them or not, and even successfully refilled my hot chocolate for me without flooding the table. Nevertheless, all the place mats we were using as a table cloth had to go into the laundry basket, although the carpet's no worse than it was before. We all had a smashing good time, dahling!

Notice Kate eating toast in almost all of these pictures!

We used my real tea things because their plastic play set is filthy from being under the couch and dumped in the bottom of the toy box.

The little cups the girls are using are actually espresso cups Mike and I bought on a trip to San Antonio. All of my cups are too big for the girls to manage easily so I may have to buy them their own larger set of espresso cups - they're the perfect size.

We are using my little snowman teapot, which they liked very much, and I wasn't too worried about breaking it. It's really meant to be a one-cup teapot with a large cup as the bottom half of the pot, but I hid the marshmallows in the cup and the girls thought that was the coolest!

Very prim and proper

These marshmallows are gorgeous, Petal! (I don't know why English people say that food is gorgeous when they mean delicious, but they really do.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Hey folks! I'm back with a new Tu(n)esday post! It's been too long, but I now have fresh inspiration. Our current favorite album is Lisbon by The Walkmen (be sure to check that link out - they are marketing their album along with specially designed posters and t-shirts on ETSY! - cool idea). They're a New York City band, and you may remember their hit The Rat from 2005. In case you don't trust my judgement, here's a review from the music website Pitchfork that gives the current album an 8.6 (out of 10 - quite an achievement for Pitchfork) and labels them Best New Music.

My current favorite song on the album is "Blue As Your Blood" although really all the songs are extremely good EXCEPT for "Follow the Leader," which drives me crazy - in a bad way. Here's a recording of "Blue As Your Blood":

Here are the rest of the videos and an interview from this session at AOL and here is a series of videos they did at a radio station in Seattle. Clickey click click and enjoy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Katie Sez...

... Tractortractormommytractormommymommomtractormom


heh heh



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Entertainer

ABC Song


Ring Around the Rosey

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Say Hello To My Little Friend

Ellie G - Day Two:

Cutie Patootie

6 Months Old and Already Reading

Toy Extravaganza!

Using the Deer as a Prop-Up Pillow

You Can't Keep Kate Out of the Rocking Chair!

You Can't Keep Kate Out of the Red Bird Chair!

Gram Is Delicious


Buried Under a Pile of Little Girls

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Little E is in the House!

You can't keep Kate out of the Jumparoo!

Snack time and watching a video

Ellie G loves the Jumparoo, too!

Maggie is reading E a story. E is listening very attentively.

Why do you just keep flashing that light in my face, lady?

Checking out the fascinating little person

Maggie said she was playing restaurant with Elizabeth.

Only one of the children was being sweet while I was getting dinner ready. Guess which one!

That looks soooo interesting!

Got it!

Kate shows her how it's done.

Maggie built this castle all by herself! She was very proud.

Chaos ensues.


Nakey time! Kate loves to honk honk people's noses.

Cozy PJs - Our girls are pretending to be asleep.

No one would sit still!

I think this looks like they are admiring the baby Jesus!

Here's some myrrh, baby Jesus. Do something nice with it.

Can you find two little girls hidden in this picture? It helps if you tip your head back and squint.

And this last picture was actually from this morning, but I had to include it. Maggie spent a long time cooking "warm worms" for Joyce and Maxine and made them sit at the table with her to eat them. That's some excellent parenting.

Many more photos are up on Snapfish!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Maggie Sez...

... Mom, you are ruining my show!

Because I had the ABSOLUTE GALL to sing along with the Disney movie she was watching while I swiffered the playroom.

And I had another moment of clarity in which I realized that I am indeed becoming my mother. I'm fairly certain we had this same exact conversation at some (or several) points in my childhood.