Monday, December 12, 2016


Milly said she wanted an ice cream maker for Christmas. We have the ice cream attachment for my Kitchenaid that I haven't used in forever. So I spent the night last night looking up instructions on how to use the thing, new recipes for it,  and Ryan got the ingredients at the store. I dug out the attachment, cleaned it, and froze it. Tonight I had it going while we ate dinner. When dinner was done I told Milly to come look at Fern (the mixer) with me. I was so happy. When she figured out what it was she said "No that's not the kind of maker I want at all." And walked away. And that's the story of how I came to only have one child.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Milly had been a wee bit naughty last night and had ended up running up the stairs to her room sobbing, VERY angry with her mom.  A few moments later, as I was sitting on the couch I heard small feet come down the stairs and then hesitate on the last few. Without turning around I softly said "What is it, Camilla?"  She sniffily and somewhat angrily said "Well I just really need a hug right now and so I need you to give me one ... but I'm still mad at you ok"  I told her I understood, and she ran and cuddled up in my arms on the couch.  My little huggy monkey.  I wish we'd always end all our arguments this way, but I know all too soon that'll change.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Nicknames:  Coco

How old are you?  9

What is your favorite color?  Blue

What is your favorite animal?  Cat

What is your favorite book?  Took

What is your favorite TV show?  Bunk'd

What is your favorite movie? Star Trek

What is your favorite song? Closer by the Chainsmokers with Halsey

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti

What is your favorite drink?  Diet Coke (??)

What is your favorite breakfast food? Bagles w/ cream cheese

What is your favorite snack? Candy

What is your favorite outfit?  Tshirt and shorts

What is your favorite game?  War (card game)

What is your favorite toy? Kitten stuffed animal

Who is your best friend?  Kalini or Regan

What is your favorite thing to do?  Go see kittens

What is your favorite thing to do outside?   Play volleyball or look at clouds

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What do you like to take to bed with you at night?   My pillow?

Where is your favorite place to go?  Animal Rescue League

What is your favorite restaurant?  Olive Garden

Where do you want to go on vacation?  Florida

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Animal shelter owner

What do you want to do on your birthday?  Get a cat

What do you like about Mommy? You make me happy

What do you like about Daddy?  He plays outside with me

Nicknames:   Milly (Milly Moo, Silly Milly, Mills, General Mills, etc etc)

How old are you? 6

What is your favorite color?  Aqua 

What is your favorite animal? Kitten!

What is your favorite book?  Christmas books

What is your favorite TV show? Jessie

What is your favorite movie?  Star Trek 1

What is your favorite song?  Let me Love You by Justin Beiber

What is your favorite food?  Cheese quesadilla

What is your favorite drink? Root beer

What is your favorite breakfast food?  Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal

What is your favorite snack?  Treats/candy

What is your favorite outfit?  A dress and leggings

What is your favorite game?  Disney Infinity

What is your favorite toy? Barbies

Who is your best friend?  Amelia

What is your favorite thing to do?  Play with my family

What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Run around and play with Cora

What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas

What do you like to take to bed with you at night?   a stuffed animal kitten

Where is your favorite place to go? McDonalds 

What is your favorite restaurant? Perkins

Where do you want to go on vacation?  Paris

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A mom and a teacher

What do you want to do on your birthday?  I wanna go to the apple orchard.

What do you like about Mommy?  That she takes care of me.

What do you like about Daddy?  That he tells me funny jokes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


I don't get serious here often.  But this is a place where I share memorable conversations with my daughters. And this morning was certainly one.  After quietly sobbing for hours last night as horror became a reality, this morning I had to find some way to tell my girls that Donald Trump is now president of our country.  I don't need to list his lengthy egregious offenses here.  Either you already know them, or you choose not to see them. Either way - moot point.  But somehow I had to give my children comfort and hope.  So I woke them this morning and sat them down - and told them what had happened.  My six year old was worried that he was the president of "all of the states".  My nine-year old cried and wanted to know how the "bully" got to win?  I told them this:

Donald Trump won the election last night. That means that in January he will become our next president.  I think a lot of people are sad about this.  I am sad about this.  I think what happened is that a lot of folks voted from a place of fear instead of faith - voted for "loud" instead of love.  But like Michelle Obama said, "when they go low, we go high".  That means that we have to love even harder and have even more faith in coming years.  When you go to school today some kids may be saying bad things about Mr. Trump. I do not want you to be one of them.  We need to put as much love as we can out there, support all those people who don't feel loved right now, and have super strong faith that God will step in here.  We have to work from a place of faith and love - not fear and "loud".  Ok?

I don't think I'll ever understand how a man with no qualifications, who repeatedly lied blatantly, who often voiced hate and separatism, who admittedly sexually assaulted women, who is on trial for three various offenses in coming weeks, somehow became president over a woman with 30 years of service.  That is what scares me the most.  Not the man.  The fact that enough people believed in his point of view to carry him to the presidency.  I know I need to take myself by the shoulders, and follow my own advice. To lead with love - and with faith.  I'll try.  Today however I just need a day to mourn.  God help our country.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


This morning I had a tiny girl who didn't want mommy to leave for work. Like REALLY didn't. Once I could finally gently peel her off of me she ran ahead of me to the garage, got in the car (in her jammies and bedhead), buckled herself into her seat and told me she was going to work with me! I envisioned a screaming match in the driveway with me literally trying to yank her out of the car - not how I wanted my (or her) morning to start.
SO - I just said "ok" and backed out of the driveway. As I drove away from the house I said "Your friends and Mrs. Scheneden are sure going to miss you today." (pause) " OH and Meme is supposed to pick you up from school today - you'll miss going to the Dollar Store." (pause) "Oh shoot! Daddy was heating up your muffin as I was leaving - it'll get all cold. And we don't get snacktime at work. Oh and I have that big long meeting today. Yuck." I waited a bit just driving... then said "Maybe we should turn back huh?" She agreed, I turned around, dropped her off with a hug and that was that. So.... maybe I'm 10 mins late to work today but c'est la vie.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Milly: I have a big brain with lots of smartness in it.

Friday, September 23, 2016


Milly (today in the car while we were discussing there isn't much that people can do that is limited by their sex): I wish I was a boy. Just so I could pee wherever I wanted. I wish I had a penis. 
Me: ..... Well, yes, that would be nice.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


In case you're curious, candy corn are the most sacred and limited thing in the universe. Ergo if your sister gets ONE more piece than you, it is END OF TIMES.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Milly: "The only thing that will bring us joy and happiness right now, is pie."

Sunday, June 5, 2016


Milly: "Mom, you birthed a weird one when you had me."  #letyourfreakflagfly

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Cora: (calmly while staring intently at me from the back seat) Mom... what do lice eggs look like?
Me: Well they're tiny and either clearish white or clearish br........ CORA! I do NOT have lice.
Cora: (still calmly) Oh, ok. It must just be dandruff then.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Milly has a pair of shiny gold pants that are a bit baggy. She was wearing them yesterday and I said "You like those pants don't you?" To which she replied: "Well of course! They're my Hammeroid pants."


Thursday, May 5, 2016


Cora: (from up in her room) Mom! I'm still hungry!
Me: (hollaring up) Then you can chew on your attitude a little.
Cora: My attitude isn't edible!


Thursday, March 10, 2016


Cora: Can I get another fish?
Me: No.
Cora: Can I have a dog? All I want is a dog. A dog of my own will make me soooo happy. PLEASE MOM. {ad nauseum, ad infinitim - weeks and weeks}
Cora: Can I get another fish?
Me: Fine.
I think I just got lawyered.

Friday, February 5, 2016


Milly's prayer tonight (I listened on the monitor):

"Dear God, I don't know why we have to bother you. Today is the 102nd day of school and my sister is almost in 4th grade and I'm almost in 1st grade, so thank you and I love the Unicorns."


Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I had seen a beautiful senior picture of a young lady who was wearing a lovely ball gown - but sitting in a crouch with her shin guards and cleats on (from softball). I took the photo and sent it to Cora (who, for some reason, loves to play dress up at home but refuses to wear them to school) and told her "You don't have to be one thing in this life. You can be all the things you want to be - all at once". She sent me this back this morning (as it was their late start day and she was snoozing when I left) with the comment "I'll be me but in many ways".  *love*

ETA: Here is the lovely young lady's photo I sent her.  If anyone knows how to give her proper credit (and her photographer) please let me know!

Sunday, January 17, 2016


{I regularly bake Challah on the weekends. It is my favorite bread and makes the house smell amazing. Today Milly decided to help me when it came time to roll and braid the dough}

Milly:  I think I know how to make bread now and I'll make it for my kids when I'm a mom.  When I'm a grandma I'll make it too.  {After some thought...}  But I think I'll adopt kids. I don't want to actually have them.  Is that ok?

Me:  That's wonderful!

Saturday, January 9, 2016


Milly: I ALWAYS never give up, and I always do the best I can to do whatever I want.