Friday, February 5, 2016

Pickle Style

This girl in an outfit with no dress is as rare as the unicorn pegasus on her "pants"

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ice Skating

This POND that we have at the house is super ugly. But! I have loved 3 things about it. 1. Baby Fawns playing (and peeing ew) in it with their mommies, 2. frogs everywhere-it's weird and fun 3. ICE SKATING!!!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

my loves

D & O
SO Impressed by your professionalism during our little student feature film. You were memorized and professional and worked so hard. So proud of you girls.

I was delivering some treats to your bed side table and noticed a little stack, topped with JOY. I am happy to see you making efforts towards happiness.

I am so proud of all your dedication and determination in basketball this season.

I admire you. I know that times are tough, but you get up every day and do it all again, despite the adversity surrounding you.


Early, I am in the shower--KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK
me: come in
P: Guess whose going to Angela's house? So excited for her little adventure while mom and girls were off doing a gig.

I have 4 kids, 1 boy, and 3 girls. (she does math?)

She recognizes the letter A every where we go.

Me: Why is there wet on the floor?
P: because uh....I sticked my.....foot in the toilet (pulls a face)
Me: and then what happened?
P: I got some toilet paper and wiped it up, the end.

While playing super heros: "CUDDLE UP!" instead of HUDDLE UP.

While walking through Times Square she wanted to find the Statue of Liberty (the person dressed up as) and I said: Keep your eyes peeled!  Later I asked: Are your eyes peeled? She replied: NO, they are not peeled, they are just wiggling.

Working so hard at the flute. You are so dedicated and sounding so good.

You continue to be so good to your little sister.  I scold her and then you kindly explain why. I should be more like you.

All the kindergartners at school LOVE you

I loved laying in bed and have you read Harry Potter 4 out loud to me.

I love watching you continue to grow and learn in life and in the gospel. We had a very long discussion about eating disorders over (ironically) pizza that I at least, was stuffing in my mouth.

J: prices are definitely going down.
me: for Hamilton?
J: no, jazz vs nets

Before telling me something (usually in the sports category), you have learned to preface it with necessary information such as: so -and-so, coach of the Carolina Panthers, who will be playing in the NFL Super Bowl...
because I really do not know these facts that most others do. Thanks for making the extra effort to keep talking to me about things that you care about and I do not. Because, I care about YOU!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Go Dragons!

They ended the season with a 2 day tournament in which they played 3 games. Fortunately we were able to attend 2, one of which they won! It was their only win of the season, but it was at least a win! D scored 51 points this season, including 1 3-pointer! I am so proud of my little basketball girl!

Love when I get some good pony tail shots.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blizzard Jonas

The blizzard lived up to the hype! We had a miracle....everyone slept until 9AM! Even our resident very early riser. We stayed in bed a good part of the day!

I did some crafting, embroidering this bracelet i found at Michaels. I was inspired by the instagram feed of Elizabeth Pawle. I love how it turned out:

Church was cancelled Sunday so we had bedroom church:

Pickle writes and rewrites the letter P on everything she can find:

After the storm ended, we headed out and tried to dig ourselves out...and we played too:

Jason's car reminded me of a white shark:

School was never cancelled, but the sidewalks were still difficult to pass. We made it though, and had a little fun doing it:

The Glass cousins in DC had no school a few days leading up to Jonas and the entire week after. What? We New Yorkers are was a fun, snowy weekend.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kids on Set

I started off the year with a MASSIVE 3-day job...wrangling! It was a very ADULT day, as we were working with legit models in the business. The amount of time it takes to get them ready to go is CRAZY. The kids are called in early and sit in a room until it is their turn to go on. A large percentage of them never even make it on set, as they are back-ups.  As soon as the parents arrive I tell them to emotionally prepare for a long day.  They still have a difficult time getting through it. I watch them deteriorate as the day goes on and on.  There was a nursing Mom there, there was a mom who had a 6 week old she had left at home.  On Day 1 we had a baby there until after 8 PM.
There was a lot of super hero goodness going on this time. I was amazed and pleased at the amount of kids who were TOTALLy willing to wear these crazy masks and costumes. This white mask of mine---not easy on the face…I kind of hated it.  But the kids were troopers.  

The stylist and the tailor hooked me up with a little Pickle Swag when we wrapped:

I had a lot of anxiety leading up to this job.  It is a biggie. I have done at least one day of it in the past, but this time was the full 3 days.    I tried very hard to stay positive and be a good worker. The environment is tricky because there are many "bosses". It sometimes feels overwhelming trying to please all of them or navigate who to listen to, or what is trying to be communicated.

At the end of the 3 days, one of the higher ups said to the producer, in my presence, "we are not doing this shoot again without HER. Change it if you need to, we have to have HER." After  over a decade of wrangling, I really felt seen/heard and validated. It made the sacrifices and the EFFORT so worth it.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

I Knit: Baable Hat

I spied this hat most likely on my instagram feed and knew I had to make it! The pattern is free! yippee! I had some leftover green cashmere and knew it would make the softest grass for these little sheep.

It is a great hat.....go knit it!