Maeve and Lilly

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Christmas 2008

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Christmas Dresses Christmas eve… ah the anticipation. We went out for breakfast at the Pancake Cafe as is our tradition. Later in the afternoon we made the traditional Christmas eve rice pudding and ate it for dinner. Lisa turned up her nose at it, but the girls and I regretted and lamented not doubling the recipe. After assembling a snack plate (cookies for Santa, carrots for the reindeer, and cheese for Santa mouse), the girls were sent upstairs with strict warnings about coming back down and interrupting Santa and thereby spooking him off without leaving presents. Lilly was a good sport — though she did over do it a bit with the “maybe Santa’ll bring me so and so.” wink wink.

The girls slept in later than we expected. We actually weren’t awoken until 7:30. While we puttered around making coffee and a fire, feeding the dog and getting the Christmas Kringle out, we allowed the girls down one stair at a time every few minutes. The familiar rush into the living room resulted in the same awe-struck “Santa came!”

Stockings were ripped into: Maeve got two cases of Scotch tape and Lilly got a winter cap. Santa brought both girls new American Girl doll: Jess for Lilly and a blond-haired, blue-eyed Just Like You doll for Maeve. Lilly practically spasmed with joy as she tore into a Nintendo DS. After that, the Lisa’s very slightly used iPod Nano wasn’t such a big deal. (We dutifully handed down Lilly’s 256Mb mp3 player, previously mine as well, to Maeve. Both girls immediately instructed me to get Miley Cyrus songs on their devices post haste.

We spent the rest of the day in front of the fire and had our traditional homemade Christmas pizza for dinner. Glorious. Photo documentation is also available.

Christmas Is Coming

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

We got our tree the day after Thanksgiving as is our tradition. They girls were a bit giddy about unpacking all the boxes of Christmas stuff and squealed when they remembered all the Rankin & Bass movies on DVD we had stowed away. The girls have been exceptionally polite and kind to each other, though they deny it has anything to do with Christmas. They both wanted to buy presents for each other and for us, and in a show of good will offered some of their gently used toys for the daughter of a less-fortunate friend of mine. Best pals Sonja and Nora came over to make Christmas cookies and each day the pile of presents under the tree grows bigger. Several snow days over the last couple of weeks have heightened the holiday tension. Two days and counting…

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Man, oh man, am I behind.

We drove down to my cousin Julie’s house for Thanksgiving. It was a nice time and the girls really enjoyed tearing around the huge house with their cousins Paige and Lindsey playing hide and seek. Despite Maeve’s promise to try my Tofurky, she refused when the time came.

The Written Maeveism

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Maeve’s ScheduleMaeve is starting to sound things out and write them down, with some rather interesting results. She filled out her schedule here: school (“SGYUL”) on weekdays and a day off (“DARF”) on Saturday and Sunday (note the self-portrait of her in bed to symbolize the sloth).

The Political Process

Friday, October 31st, 2008

With the election a few days away, I thought I’d report on the campaign from the view point of  an eight-year-old.

  •  After watching a bit of the first debate: “McCain doesn’t talk very well and he wants the war to keep going.”
  • While noticing a lot of McCain signs in our neighborhood: “Why would ANYONE vote for McCain?”
  • Spotting an Obama sign: “Good choice!”
  • Wondering aloud: “Do people CHOOSE to be Republicans?”
  • Needling me: “What would you do if I became a Republican?”
  • Noticing a McCain sign in her librarian’s yard: “Well, THAT’s disappointing.”
  • While trick-or-treating: “I HOPE Obama wins.”

Halloween

Friday, October 31st, 2008

For weeks Lilly told us that she was going to be a black cat, same as last year. Then a week before Halloween, she announced that she really wanted to be a witch and she hadn’t wanted to be a black cat at all. Turns out it was peer pressure — Riley and Sonja were both going to be witches so suddenly the whole game changed. We found a costume on sale at Target (not that I’m complaining, but why make everything 30% off the week BEFORE?). Maeve waffled on her ladybug costume. We were pushing it since it was an old one of Lilly’s. Once we told her she could have antennas though, she was all in.

We carved our pumpkins Thursday night and the girls did a lot more of the work themselves though they were a bit squeamish about getting their hands in the pumpkin guts. We used paper templates and Lilly did pretty well, but after Maeve spent 20 minutes on one of her cat’s ears, I had to step in and move things along.

Friday night we went over to the Roberts to visit our neighbors Penny and Maggie (as is the yearly tradition). Then while Lisa stayed to visit, we trick-or-treated our way around the lake and then back to collect Momma. The girls were clearly hopped up on sugar but exhaustion kicked in unexpectedly and they zonked as soon as their heads hit their pillows.

Use of Perspective

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Maeve’s art is getting more and more advanced. Note the ghost’s arm(?!?) in front of the haunted house in the distance, and the catepillar’s grasshopper’s antenna in front of the cloud floating in the sky.

Ghost and Haunted House

Catepillar Jumping in the Sky

Poppa’s Birthday

Friday, October 17th, 2008

In the morning, Lilly gave me her card and an additional letter detailing how she didn’t have time to buy me a present but that it didn’t matter anyway and that the important thing was how much she loved me. The first line of the note read: “Poppa rocks!” Maeve wasn’t done with hers and was very upset until I was able to convince her that she’d have plenty of time after school before I got home from work. By the time I got home from work, she not only had the card done, but both girls had made my favorite Chocolate Chip Date Cake and were getting ready to put it in the oven. Despite Lisa’s misgivings about the quality of the workmanship, it was delicious. Happy birthday to me. (Come to think of it, reading Harry Potter to them, like every night, was gift enough.)

Message From Mrs. S.

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

We received this heartwarming e-mail from Lilly’s teacher. Made us proud…

I have been meaning to send you an email, but have been so busy I haven’t gotten a chance to!  I just wanted to write you and thank you for bringing up such a well-mannered little girl!  Not a day goes by when Lilly doesn’t say her “please, thank you and your welcomes.”  I was raised by parents who really valued good manners, so when I see students who have parents that obviously value good manners too it brings a smile to my face.  She is a joy to have in the classroom and there are times when I would just love to take her home with me:) Thank you for being such positive parents. Your love and effort definitely shows in your daughter!

Latest Maeveisms

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Mazazine: “Poppa, stop reading that mazazine and play with me.”

Mandaze: “I want some mandaze on my cheese sandwich.”