Audrey’s 10th Birthday

To say that Audrey gets a little obsessed with books would be an understatement. When it comes to Harry Potter, however, I am right there along side her. So, even though we didn’t have a friend birthday party, I still couldn’t help myself from going a little over board with some Potter-mania.
I picked the girls up from school and asked them to get the mail on the way home. Here’s what they found (one for each of them).

And here’s what happened when they found the letters.

Based on her reaction, I was a little bit worried that there was going to be some major disappointment once we got home and she realized that it wasn’t actually a letter from THE Hogwarts and that she wasn’t actually a wizard.
I don’t think she was too disappointed though.

They first arrived at Platform 9 3/4 and then got to visit Madam Maxim’s to get some robes, Olivander’s to make some wands, and Honey Dukes to get some sweets.  I realize that the proximity of all of these places to one another is not at all consistent with the book, but it was more about the fun than the authenticity of it all.




Then, for dinner we ate at the Three Broomsticks and had a little potions practice while we were at it.



And of course we had to have a golden snitch in there!
Happy Birthday Audrey! We love you!

Keep on the Sunny Side of Life

On Saturday we had a talent show at church for the Primary kids. We had just got back into town from Utah a few days before and my mind was on things like field trips and school projects and not on what my children were doing for the talent show. On Thursday, I got home from a field trip with Audrey and I asked Simon what he wanted to do for the talent show. He told me that he was going to play the ukelele and Dad was going to play the guitar and they were going to sing Sunny Side. I figured he and Scott had worked this out and moved on to other things. I mentioned something to Scott about it on Friday and it was news to him. Finally, on Saturday morning, they practiced a couple of times and this is how it turned out:

Man! I love that boy!

Audrey and Kate also performed. Audrey played Etude on the violin and Kate played Shortnin’ Bread on the bass, but I didn’t get any footage of them since I was back stage. They did great too, though.

I Won’t Say I’m in Love

I really can’t think of many things that make me happier than my kids doing the dishes – without my help. But tonight, I got a bonus of them actually having fun together while doing dishes. This video makes me smile.

They usually sing the opposite parts that they sang in this video so needed each others help at a couple of parts.

Jane turns one!

Oh, how I love this little cutie of mine!

We did The Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday.  The day started out with each of the kids getting their own little caterpillars in a jar,inviting them to celebrate Jane’s first birthday.

For dinner, we ate all the different fruits the Hungry Caterpillar eats each day of the week.  A bit over the top?  Perhaps.  I told Scott that I knew I wasn’t doing this for Jane, because she wouldn’t care about it.  I know it was totally for me, but it was so fun.  And pretty cute if I do say so myself.


Apparently a giant edible caterpillar can be a bit upsetting…

…until you actually try eating it.  Then everything’s fine.


Happy Birthday, Sweet Baby Jane!

Strawberry Fields Forever

We made the voyage out to the Strawberry Farm again.  I always forget how far out there it is and how long it takes to get there.  I’ve started to wonder if it’s worth it.

Simon tried picking a few strawberries, but they seemed to just squish in his hands, so he just instructed me on which strawberries to pick instead.  The pickins’ were sooooo good this year.


Jane came along for the fun and did a fantastic job of staying in her stroller the whole time.  After picking the berries, we went to check out the goats, but Simon and I were both too chicken to feed them.  Oh well.


For the first time, we got strawberry popsicles at the end.  OH MY YUMMINESS!  This is a must!

Much later in the day when we weren’t even talking about it, Simon said, “Mom, That was so fun!”  I asked him what he was talking about and he said, “Going to the farm.”  He repeated this several times the next day.  So…. I guess it is might be worth the hour and twenty minute drive.  Plus, the strawberry crepes we had for dinner were pretty delish too.