A Christmas Dress


Sophie, all dolled up for her preschool holiday party.

“When in doubt, wear red.” —Bill Blass

Upside Down Winter Coats


At preschool Sophie learned a new way of putting on her winter coat—it involves placing the coat open, on the floor, and then climbing into it. Of course, if she places the coat upside down on the floor, it ends up upside down on her—something she finds hilarious.

“When the bold branches
Bid farewell to rainbow leaves—
Welcome wool sweaters.” —B. Cybrill

Grandma’s Purple Princess


“What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure.” —Gene Perret

Tutus & Galoshes







Warm(er) weather, bottles outside, sidewalk chalk, tutus and galoshes, a smile and a smile and a smile. (Thinking of all this on this cold, spring morning.)

“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” —Mark Twain

I’m Sorry, Owen





Sophie loves to dress up the boys as princesses and flower girls. They love it. She loves it. I see no reason to stop it. Although, I imagine, at 15, Owen will wish I had.

“Man is a make-believe animal: He is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.” —William Hazlitt

Beads and Wings and Funny Hats


Venturing into the world of make-believe is much more fun with a friend.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” —Dr. Seuss

New Sunglasses


We rarely let Sophie pick out something for herself at stores so we (hopefully) don’t have to someday deal with constant “I want that, I want that, I want that” while shopping. But she wanted (and needed) a new pair of sunglasses. So, while Andy was painting our living room, I took all three kids shopping. Oh, the choices! Sophie agonized over the red, glitter, heart-shaped pair, the purple butterfly pair and the pink flower pair.

The pink flower pair won. (We also left the store with two new headbands–so much for my never buying something she impulsively wants.)

The sunglasses, unfortunately, are already broken. (I suppose that’s to be expected when you spend a whopping $2.50 on toddler sunglasses.} Already she’s talking about another shopping trip. She keeps mentioning the red, glitter, heart-shaped pair.

I think I’m in trouble.

“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses and the little sleeveless dresses.” –Audrey Hepburn

Summer PJs (in Winter)


She insists on the pretty silky Asian summer ones. We insist on thick fabric and feet. Seems like we always come to this agreement.

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.” —Ludwig Erhard