Family time in Vegas

November 30th, 2015

Some photos now of the girls meeting Dorothy (just two weeks old) for the first time and of hugging/playing with PopPop, Safta and Isaac. Avery commented of Dorothy, “She’s so small. Like a doll!” And both girls had a blast chasing around Isaac – and playing with his hair.


Avery, Daddy and Dorothy

Zoe and Dorothy

girls and Pop Pop in Vegas

Avery and Safta

girls, Isaac and Pop Pop

Hello from Vegas!

November 28th, 2015

We spent most of this week in Las Vegas, where we traveled to meet the girls’ newest cousin, Dorothy, and celebrate Thanksgiving with some of the Browdy clan. Among our activities was spending a half-day exploring the Strip (a must-do, especially considering the girls have never been), which is where this fun photo was taken.


family Vegas shot

A Thanksgiving performance

November 27th, 2015

As you may have guessed from the picture below, Avery recently played the part of pilgrim in a class Thanksgiving performance; below is a photo and a few videos from the show. (It’s a bit hard to hear her speaking parts – but the videos are still worth a look.)


Avery's Thanksgiving performance

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2015

…from one of our little pilgrims.


Pilgrim Avery


A bestie birthday lunch

November 24th, 2015

Before Zoe’s party on Saturday, she had a pre-birthday lunch with her best friend, Zachary. He invited her out for lunch and treated her for ice cream – and they even had their own table.


Zoe and Zachary eating

Zoe and Zachary hugging

She’s nine!

November 23rd, 2015

We’re almost in double-digit territory! Our sweet Zoe turns nine today.


Zoe with nine balloon

Slumber party, part II

November 22nd, 2015

All smiles before everyone headed home…



Slumber party!

November 22nd, 2015

We’re all a bit tired today, because last night Zoe hosted a slumber party for her upcoming birthday. Zoe has been carefully planning this for weeks, and she and her five friends (and Avery) did everything on her list: played games, watched movies, and did lots of crafts. What they didn’t do a lot of was sleep – but I guess that was part of the plan, too.






Avery’s turkey

November 19th, 2015

Like her sister before her, Avery had a homework assignment to create a turkey that isn’t really a turkey. Avery’s is a ballerina who says, “Please don’t eat me!”


Avery's turkey

Fun on the playground

November 17th, 2015

The girls have gotten really big (see last post for evidence), but they’re not too old for slides and swings. Thank goodness.


First and third grade

November 16th, 2015

The girls’ school photos…




At the park

November 15th, 2015

The girls were off school on Friday, and the three of us spent the day together. I let them each pick one activity; Zoe wanted to visit a used bookstore in Half Moon Bay that we discovered a few months ago, and Avery chose a picnic and stroll in a park…


girls on walk in park

“I love Dorothy already”

November 12th, 2015

The girls welcomed a new cousin to the world on Tuesday. They were both super excited when they heard the news (“I love Dorothy already, and I miss all of them,” Avery suggested that I tell Dan and Jenny via messenger), and Avery was particularly concerned about her aunt. “I hope Jenny’s okay when the doctor checks her,” she said. (It sounds like she was…)


Little Lions

November 10th, 2015

Saturday was Avery’s last soccer game of the year. Getting to practice and games this fall sometimes felt like a lot, but it was totally worth it: Avery learned a lot (including the importance of teamwork), got to socialize with kids she hadn’t yet known well, and – most importantly – had a lot of fun.


“Can I have a little help here?”

November 8th, 2015

There are certain books that are difficult for me to read, and one of them is The Giving Tree. By the time I finished reading it to Avery one recent night, I was a blubbering mess – and Avery sweetly tried to make me feel better by rubbing my arm and telling me that it was okay, that the tree was happy… Her efforts weren’t really working, but I couldn’t help but laugh when she said to her sister (who had just walked in and hadn’t said anything), “Uh, Zoe, can I have a little help here?”