violet moments

Violet is slowly learning to write her letters. Very slowly.

For some reason, it's taken Violet a long time to say "Gommy" (her name for my mom), so it was fun to catch this on video. But the truly entertaining part is that she is so used to people saying "Look, it's you!" when they show her a photo of herself, that it led to what you see here.

Well, about 50% of our mealtimes have turned into battles. Sometimes they dissipate pretty quickly, and other times they turn into writhing temper tantrums. I gotta take a stand though. It might seem mean to people who don't get it, but you have to just put a meal in front of a toddler and tell them they can eat that, or they can eat nothing. Otherwise they turn you into their meal-making slave. And, as her pediatrician has said, she's not going to starve herself.

But luckily there was no problem with this meal. A PB sandwich and some cheese are always a hit.

Violet gets inspired to do some new moves.

Other than the 30 seconds when I have to rinse the shampoo out of her hair, V loves her bath time.

And Mom and Dad love checking in on Violet right before we go to bed. The day could have been exhausting (and let's face it, kind of horrible at times), but she always turns into this sweet little angel while she's asleep.

Still working on those letters. Great coloring though!

sugar & pepper

I finally picked the peppers from one of the plants in my garden! They were a nice yellow, and they were wonderful on our chicken kabobs that day.

'Twas a day in the kitchen- I made a layer cake for my mom's birthday.

It looked so pretty on the inside... I had great plans for the outside. It ended up ok I guess.

Violet helped address the card.

Please ignore the jank frosting decoration and focus on the birthday girl & adorable granddaughter! Looks great for 61 (and 1 & a half), don't you think?

last but not least

Today is the end of an era. After four and a half years, it's Mike's last day at Pine Valley. He's done such an amazing job. The residents there love him.

Seriously, when have you lived in an apartment building where they threw a goodbye party for someone in the management and the residents were invited? ...And actually wanted to come? He received gifts and hugs and saw a few teary eyes from people who live there who have enjoyed having him working in the office, always ready to help them. I'm so proud of him for how amazing he has done at that job :)

Unfortunately for the residents, there will soon be another face greeting them when they walk in.

Better get on with the hiring process! A decent candidate came in to interview.

She wasn't super organized.

But the cuddling skills were top notch.

In the end, she was a little too distracted to do the job.

But we decided to take her home with us anyway.

Congratulations, Mike, on a job well done! The next chapter starts right away- Monday is his first day at Citigroup!

on the go

You know how people are all "that's the story of my life"? Well THIS is literally the story of Violet's life right now... As in, it is all she wants to read (worthy honorable mentions go to Put Me In the Zoo and Fish Out of Water, also from the Dr. Seuss world) So yeah if you're at our place and Violet comes up to you chanting "DOG GO, DOG GO, DOG GO", you'll know she isn't just rudely asking you to leave.



After we wrenched the books from Violet's hands, we decided to get on with our Saturday and try out a new (to us) place- Jungle Java! It's this indoor kids place with a huge play area. Violet was into the toddler area.

But then Mike took her up the maze-like obstacle of the big kids area. She did really well climbing up the netting and going down the big slides.

No surprise- this little daredevil climber loved being way up high and waving down to me.

Afterwards, we hit up the coney island across the street. It seemed like a lot of other families had the same idea, by the looks of the hordes of tired parents and rambunctious children. Side note: There was wine & beer on the menu. Has anyone else been to a coney island like that? It seemed rather bizarre.

We do whatever it takes to tire out this sweet girl (while having fun too, of course)

cool kids

Tavi Gevinson.

This one is like duh. I have posted photos of her before, but she is truly awesome. She's 15, for starters, and (at 14) started a successful online magazine (, in addition to the fashion blog ( that she's had going since she was 12. She's been going to shows at NY Fashion Week for a few years, now that she's known in that world. And she is obsessed with awesome things like Freaks & Geeks and The Virgin Suicides and The Royal Tennenbaums and making flower crowns and 90's mix tapes and not being afraid to dress weird and it still looks pretty and just being teenagery and funny and very cool.

Maude Apatow.

You know the last name- she's Judd Apatow's 14 year old daughter. And she's also really funny and teenagery and cool and her dad was the exec producer of Freaks & Geeks and ok obviously there is a pattern here.


Christina Grimmie.

You gotta love these Youtube stars. It just ain't what it used to be when I was a kid. Now you can live in a random town a million miles from the places where you can really "make it", but still "make it" by getting lots of people to listen to your skills online.

I love the whole "I rearranged this on my keyboard myself and I am in my bedroom with my Sonic poster and photos of friends in the background". She just has a really strong pretty voice for someone so young.

Elle Fanning.

I include her mostly because she was snagged by Sofia Coppola to be in her dreamy (would you expect anything less?) film Somewhere (okay, a pattern here again... I already mentioned Sofia's The Virgin Suicides). But she's not just a pretty face in a famous family- cough cough Dakota- her understated acting is really lovely. This is really quietly beautiful movie. Side note: those may be the most amazing glasses I have seen in my life.

The Bleubird kids.

So um obviously this photo speaks for itself. Was there ever a more perfectly hipstery family in all of existence? I recently read an article about how lifestyle blogs are turning into these things that women read and then feel bad about themselves because they can't live up to the seemingly "perfect life" the blogger leads. Well, that's EXACTLY what this blog is like! (For proof: the blog) Everyone always looks like they are wearing designer clothing, they all eat super healthy (of course the kids & baby all eat lots of kale & rhubarb with no complaints!), they are homeschooled in a really creative way that involves going to museums and making quaint little watercolor paintings of plants and listening to records, and their home looks like Etsy in physical form. Oh and duh, the mom is a model & owns a vintage shop & births her children at home, who have never ever been vaccinated and have never gotten sick in their lives. But beyond that (which of course is not the whole picture), the family really loves each other and the kids seem super fun and really smart.

Violet Melody.

Duh. I mean, she's cool even when I do things like make her wear clothes that are too small and therefore make her look like she has no neck:

Hey, just trying to get my money's worth. This cost a whole 90 cents at Value World!

Thanks for reading! I think you're cool too.

main street

Me & the little lovely were looking for something to do one warm afternoon, so I decided to head down to Main Street. I had heard about Rock, Paper, Scissors opening, and I wanted to visit. Turns out it's a suuuuper cute shop. Also turns out that all the trinkets and papers and knick knacks at rambunctious Violet's eye level proved to make a bit of a stressful situation for me.

So we just hit the streets and walked around.

After all that walking we needed a cupcake, of course.

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