In the produce aisle at the grocery store... Evie: Does eating spinach really give you superpowers? Me: Yes, but you have to eat a lot of it for a long long time. Evie: Will Daddy share his superpowers with me? Me: No Sweetie, everyone has to eat their own spinach.

Aaaaaaaand done.

Evie finally made it to her big birthday party and oh what a party it was.  She and her friends enjoyed the heck out of the SEE Science Center (aka The Dinosaur Museum).  Evie and her little superhero buddies ran amok and I was very tickled to hear Evie shout out to her buddy Anna "Let's go find some crime!".  (The never found any.  The Dinosaur Museum's general lack of crime is one of it's many fine qualities.)  We brought one very pooped 4 year-old home (and one shouty baby who waited out the festivities at Grammy's house) and kept her up just long enough to get her presents opened before sending her off to bed.  My money is on her sleeping in tomorrow but I've been wrong about such things before.  Regardless, she has now celebrated her 4th birthday four times and I think we're all ready for calmer seas. Happy Birthday Kiddo! DSC_0008

A Big Three Years Old

For the past couple of months anytime anyone asked Evie how old she was she would answer "I'm a big three years old!".  It was adorable.  Much like her saying lan-ter-in for lantern and "the day before this day" for yesterday, it was a lovely reminder that even our wonderfully verbal daughter was still just a very little girl after all.  For the last few weeks though her answer to the question "How old are you?" has been a little different.  Now she's much more likely to tell you that she is 3 years old and provide you with the number of days left before she turns 4.  She is growing up and looking toward her future.  She doesn't need to be a "big three years old" anymore because soon she will be 4 and, one presumes, the "big" part will be assumed.  She has come a long way this year.  She's mastered daytime potty training, learned how to draw things that actually resemble what they are, and, most importantly of all, become an excellent big sister.  Evie is always ready to cheer up a sad Suzy with a silly face, wacky noise, or a lullaby of her own invention. She's usually on the scene before I even get a chance to respond.  And Suzy loves her big sister oh so very much.  Every morning when Evie comes in to say hello Suzy responds with excited shouts and full body movements that make it clear that she is trying to will herself into her sister's arms.  It amazes me just how obvious a 7 month old baby can make her love for the big sister who is the most outstanding thing in her world. And tomorrow my first baby will be 4.  I've still got a couple hours though.  A couple hours left having a big three years old. Don't grow up too fast kiddo. DSC_0003-2 DSC_0518 DSC_0002 DSC_0081_3 DSC_0015

Happy Easter!

We had a great time spending time with the Stelmachs today.  Evie really enjoyed hanging out with her cousins and Suzy was held to her heart's content.  Both girls were in bed early and should sleep well tonight!  (Also, there are a bunch of new photos in the February and March galleries :o) IMG_1228

Disney on Ice

Tonight, Evie and I went to the 7pm showing of Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream.  It was almost 2 hours of princesses on ice skates and Evie loved every minute of it.  She refused to get off my lap at the intermission I think because she didn't want to miss anything when the show started again.  She kept asking me when it would be her turn to skate and even when I finally convinced her that she wouldn't be skating with the princesses she couldn't quite let it go.  On the way home she informed me that she would be skating with the princesses "next time".  She assured me that her teachers have told her that she already knows how to skate.  She did think that someone should get her "skaters" for her birthday though.  All-in-all it was a very successful evening! IMG_0363

The Sun

A few days ago, while we were driving around town, Evie started talking about the sun.  It occurred to me that it would be a great time to expand her knowledge a bit with a fact that I thought would be interesting to her. Me: Evie, the sun is a star. Intense silence radiated from the backseat. Me: Did you know that Evie?  The sun is a star. Evie: The sun is out in the day time not night time. Me: That's true! But the sun is our very special star.  Stars are made of fire.  The fire keeps our planet warm and makes it light in the day time. Evie: We don't touch fire. Me: Right!  But the sun is very far away, so far away that you could never touch it. Evie: The sun is NOT made of fire. Things went down hill from there and I had to drop the subject before she got a more worked up.  I thought (and perhaps hoped) that we were done and could let the subject lie until she was oh say 14 and ready to discuss it again. No such luck. IMG_0311

Merry Christmas!

The girls had a very nice Christmas in New Hampshire.  Evie still doesn't quite understand the Santa myth well enough to have a handle on how Christmas morning is supposed to go but after we tore her away from her examination of the empty cookie plate she was very happy to open her presents.  I was a little worried that she'd bored with her gifts after the first hour or so (which the Internet tells me is a thing to be worried about) but Evie was very happy to play with her new toys all day.  The stars of the show were her new easel and the My Little Pony Castle but her new collection of dragon and dinosaur action figures were quite popular too.  I'm hoping that we can get into the new books and puzzles tomorrow.  Evie's hoping she'll be able to get into her new craft projects but Mama and Daddy are bound and determined to get the house put back in order before we start creating new messes.  Suzy, for her part, was very happy to receive an exciting variety of small colorful toys many of which make noise.  She very carefully tasted them all and seems quite pleased with the lot.  All in all it was a wonderful Christmas and now that the girls are in bed Joe and I are rounding the day out with BBQ from Jack Stack and a viewing of The Martian.

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!DSC_0044