Maeve and Lilly

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Latest Maeveisms

Friday, January 27th, 2012
  • Wizard Teeth: “When will my Wizard Teeth start coming in? Do you think I’ll have to have them out?”
  • Caramel: “Our ears are only caramel… Did you know that sharks are totally made of caramel?!?”

CD Check Out Program

Friday, September 17th, 2010

You may remember that I’m trying to not only introduce the girls to new music but also encourage them to talk about music through. The CD Check Out Program is in full force. The girls listen to a CD for a week or two and tell me what they like or don’t like about it and then I pick out something based on their feedback.

Lilly: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (catchy, good words) > Superchunk – On the Mouth (can’t understand the words) > The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (loved the music and accent) > The Cure – 17 Seconds (too depressing) > Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles (not catchy enough) > Denali (verdict still out…)

Maeve: Her only directives continue to be “no words, lots of drums and different instruments from the orchestra… Beastie Boys – The In Sound From Way Out! > Darediablo – Bedtime Stories > Cinematic Orchestra – Motion > Drums And Tuba – Vinyl Killer

To be continued…

Latest Maeveism

Friday, September 17th, 2010

“Momma, you are soooo yesterday.” And then in response to Lisa’s question about what “hip” is: “Well, it’s not what you’re wearing.”

Uh oh… boys.

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Maeve came home with a phone number on a scrap of paper the other day. Apparently a boy in her class gave it to her and said, “Call me sometime. You can come over and see my guinea pig.” And is she going to call him? “No way. He’s weird.” When asked why she took the number in that case, she said she didn’t want to hurt his feelings. So it begins…

Latest Maeveism

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Maeve: Lilly, in 10 years, you’ll be 20. [editorial aside: wait... what?!?!]
Lilly: Nice observation Maeve. (said a bit snarkily)
Maeve: That’s not an observation. That’s MATH!

Lemonade Stand

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Lilly began bugging me early about doing a lemonade stand this morning. I really didn’t want to be bothered and kept putting her off. She was very persistent and quickly enlisted her sister as a business partner and nuisance-in-arms. When they made motions to cut open the lemon from the fruit basket, I gave in.

“OK. But you guys are going to have to do it yourselves and put up your own money.” They quickly agreed. I figured this would be a valuable lesson about not thinking a business plan through. (Selling lemonade in a semi-rural area on a road with no sidewalks and a speed limit of 40 mph?!?)

Off we went to Pick’n'Save for cups and lemonade mix (total cost $6). I got them started and helped put signs on either side of the road to entice approaching traffic. Right away they started flagging people down and most of their customers paid double their 50-cent price. An ambulance crew even stopped, turned on their lights and bought three cups for $5.

At the end of the day after backing out their change and their expenses, the little stinkers ended up making a profit of $16.60. The age-old marketing lesson that was reinforced (for me at least) was that cute girls can sell anything. Hopefully the girls learned something more pragmatic and less demeaning. The planning ahead and thinking through details was great but I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the $$ in their eyes. How I hope I haven’t just created another generation of capitalists.

Out In New York

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

I drove to Toledo with the girls and meet Nanny and Grampy at exit 52 off the Ohio Turnpike. The girls then spent three glorious weeks in Canandaigua with their cousins, first Ethan and Aidan, and then Liam. There was lots of boating, swimming, ice cream, amusement parks, shopping, and quality time with Nanny and Grampy. They were a bit homesick, but I think the fun and excitement far outweighed it. Three weeks later I, the Fords, and the girls did the trip in reverse, again driving 850 miles in 14 hours. Whew. It was good to have them home again, just in time for school.

Lucky Star

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Maeve was wearing a bunch of bracelets this morning and I casually made some reference to Madonna. Who? they asked. I grabbed the first self-titled CD (yes, I have it on vinyl too — call it a guilty pleasure). Of course they wanted to hear it. We’ve all been singing “Lucky Star” at the top of our lungs.

Christmas Photos

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Rochester Train Station Photos from the train journey to New York and back are now up. Marvel at the beauty of the girls and giggle and the antics with their baby cousin Adrianna.

At left, Maeve in the Rochester station with a freight train hurtling by outside.

Christmas Train

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I think it was Thanksgiving weekend that we decided to take the train to New York for Christmas. This was the first time since 2004 that we’d make the trek to see Nanny and Grampy for the holiday and the girls were jazzed. In an effort to minimize the amount of luggage schlepped back and forth to NY, Santa shipped a bunch of stuff by way of Amazon.

We also opened some of the larger/more-fragile presents on Tuesday night, the day before we left. The girls were especially excited about their Ugg-knock-off boots. Also of note was the ream of copy paper that Maeve got (this in an effort to keep paper from disappearing from Momma’s office due to Maeve’s art addiction).

Wednesday (12/23) at 2pm, we drove to the Park’n'Ride and waited in the freezing sleet for the Van Galder bus to Chicago. The decision to leave the driving to someone else was a good one. While we relaxed in the back of the double-decker bus, the traffic crawled along the icy Interstate passed car after car in the ditch. Four hours later we were delivered to the front door of Union Station.

After checking our bags and grabbing a bite to eat, we boarded (senior citizens and families traveling with small children first, thank you very much) the Lakeside Express at 9pm. We were just in coach so we put the girls’ seats back, covered them with a pink Hello Kitty blanket and told them it was bedtime. They were a bit concerned that the lights were still on and annoyed that the old Indian gentlemen in front of them was on his phone the entire night. (“Haylo? Yays, I em on deh trayn.”) I think they fell asleep sometime after 10 and woke up around 4:30. I managed to get them back to sleep for a few hours. We rolled into Rochester at 9:30 (15 minutes early!) and saw Nanny and Grampy waiting for us.

Christmas Eve was a blur of making rice pudding, eating Pontillo’s pizza, and a party at cousin Liz’s house. Maeve soundly trounced Uncle Jimmy in a drawing contest before we headed home. Christmas morning dawned with an obscene number of presents under the tree. Despite the quantities, the girls managed to get through them in record time. Prize possessions now include Lilly’s Guitar Hero for DS and Maeve’s music sequencer/sampler. We spent the rest of the day in front of the fire waiting for word about the arduous journey of Uncle Joe and his family from Oklahoma. The girls went to bed disappointed that their cousins Adrianna and Alexis would not be here when they woke up.

Two days later, the crew from Oklahoma made it. The girls cooed and fussed over 15-month Adrianna and giggled awestruck around 16-year-old Alexis. On Monday, the day of our departure, it finally started snowing and the girls were able to get outside with Uncle Joe for some frolicking. The afternoon was spent packing and preparing for our 11pm train.