Monday, October 30, 2017


Once again, Halloween is here and I love it so much. Everybody wearing skelejams!


Paint that vampire, Geneva.

DECORATIONS. I thought this guy might be just on the other side of the horrifying line but the girls looooove him. Geneva calls him 'Mr Peek-a-boo' and spends every breakfast exasperated with him. 'Mr Peek-a-boo keeps trying to play peek-a-boo with me but I need to be eating my food.'

Geneva's first day of preschool, she ACTUALLY NAPPED so Eleanor and I had a chance to build this foam house. We learned from last year and just brought out the glue gun straight away.

Got a bone snake for the stairs; both girls make a point of screaming at him whenever we walk past, even if we are mid-conversation.

My new house is amazing, there're just way more places to put stuff like a disembodied hand.

This marvelous beastie finally went on sale enough for me to spring for him.

This pensive sir is also new, but he is from the dollar store.

We got an 'Is It Too Early For Halloween' donut from the cafe one pro-d day and I was like, Sirs it is the 20th, you know it's not.

Made black death waffles again. It's like, how much more black could they be? (I feel like maybe a little more black. Catch me next year.)

Eleanor has been asking to 'make a potion' and been drawing up lists of potion ingredients and tools she would need so one day I just...gave them some kitchen junk and let them make potions.

We made some skeleton pretzels. Literally all I had to do was melt the chocolate and put it in the bag.


We did a dry run of the costumes today and they look so good I am so excited tomorrow is gonna be so good.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I'm a free woman

This little yam fry is in preschool now.

We had signed her up for the preschool on the same campus as Eleanor's elementary school, and I was like SUUUUUPER one stop drop-off this is going to me amazing, but then some legislation re class sizes was passed and all the preschools that were in elementary schools lost their spots because the elementary schools needed the space for their extra classes and I am ALL FOR smaller class sizes but like this legislation was passed last fall and the preschools got the word they were being kicked out IN MAY and omg the panic.

The teachers from the school we had registered for started up their own preschool above our local sushi place, but it required extensive renovations and we weren't sure it was going to be done in time for fall and it they only just finished inspections two weeks ago but HERE WE ARE and this gave me a chance to get Eleanor settled in kindergarten before launching Geneva off on her own.

Shut up with that face, you love it.

She's so excited to have a teacher and wear a backpack and bring a snack, she thinks she's so big. *I* am so excited to have six hours a week to my own self. SO BIG INDEED! But also, still so little.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Busy birds

Well! Hello! Time is flying by. That first week of school was a doozy, and things continue apace. I'm trying this new thing where I put my kids in all the activities they requested (jk Eleanor also wants to be in martial arts and tap dance but I have limits) and then I can pull them out of stuff if we can't hang but so far it's been pretty great! Joel is working a ton, so it's nice to have like a dance class or something to go to some evenings. Geneva's dance class is in the morning while Eleanor is at school

and I have no First Day of Dance photo of Eleanor because THAT WAS MY SOLE ERROR in that first week, I wrote down the day wrong and we missed her class and the receptionist was really shirty to me about it and now I'm always apprehensive about getting the wrong time or room for that class but in lieu please accept this photo of her first day but everyone's second day but also Free Cheeseburger Day at McDonalds.

Both of the squirrels are in soccer

Eleanor's back at gymnastics

and Geneva is taking swimming lessons this month because preschool doesn't start until later (IF AT ALL that is a whole saga into which I will not enter here).

And then there is school. Eleanor is at school EVERY DAY and I LOVE IT because she is a lot of person. So we get breaks from each other and then I like her so much more in the afternoon and she has a lot to tell me about chlorophyll. Geneva is a pretty chill dude when she gets to be lady of the manor, so she and I are enjoying our few months of solitude before I have this baby. Which isn't to say she doesn't MISS ELEANOR.

This happens literally every day.

'Geneva! I'm so glad you're here!'

No end in sight for this.

And sometimes Eleanor let's Geneva carry her backpack home.