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Everyone Has To Pitch In.

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One disadvantage to working remotely is that I lack the support staff that would typically help me wrangle the thousands of pages of documents generated in litigation.  So instead of neatly filed documents, I have boxes and stacks of documents tucked into many corners of our home.  Although I don’t have an at-home paralegal, I do have this tiny stand-in (or sit-in as the case may be). 

There’s a fine line between filing and eating.  Apparently, lawsuits are tasty business.

It’s like having a paper shredder, except this particular paper shredder is of the two-teeth variety.


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February 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

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I’ve Got The Joy.

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For some reason that I can’t exactly put my finger on, I have been relishing every moment spent with my children even more than I usually do.  To be clear, on an average day, I am borderline obsessed with my children (hence the blog).  I think everything they say/do is hysterical and photograph them ad nauseum.  But for the past week, I have felt especially grateful for them, for my family, for my life.  They haven’t been especially well-behaved or extra obsequious, so I will just chalk it up to joy.  Joy to have two children that are healthy and, in my fair and objective opinion, exceptional.  Joy to get to watch their lives and personalities unfold before my eyes.  Joy to have a life marked with the laughter, squeals, chatter, antics, triumphs and small tragedies of the two girls I love the most.  Today, I am perfectly content in my contentment.  And here are the reasons why.


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February 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

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Fingers Cautiously Crossed.

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We are having trouble figuring out the crazy weather around here.  Here’s Avery last week playing in the snow.

And here we are a mere one week later playing outside in the park with little to no outerwear. 

Really, Avery was playing, and Claire was diligently attempting to eat sand. 

We are quietly, secretly hoping to ourselves that maybe we’ve seen the last of real winter weather.  I’m sort of afraid to even type it because I don’t want to jinx it.  [Sidenote: Yes, I absolutely believe in jinxing.  Anytime I remark how anything related to the children is going well, said children immediately undergo some kind of meltdown.]  We desperately  need some sunshine, and I somehow don’t think we’re going to make it anywhere tropical anytime soon.  So we are hoping, praying, wishing to find those rays in our own backyard. 

We want less of this

and more of this.

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February 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

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Anatomy of a Heart Party.

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Right before Valentine’s Day, AJS hosted a party for the kids in our neighborhood.  It was somewhat of an impromptu affair.  We had all been so busy at the end of January, but, once life slowed down in February, we decided we had just enough time to pull together a kid party.  We hosted 13 children and their parents for a Valentine’s Day Social. We went simple with the decorations – your typical crepe paper and balloons motif. 

We also went simple with the food – light on the entrees and heavy on the sweets – perfect kid fare.  PB&J and raspberry cream cheese clubs plus pigs in a blanket for the kids and chicken salad croissants for the adults. 

On the sweet end of the table, we served bright red cake balls, Valentine’s cookies, cookie bark and chocolate, sprinkle-dipped marshmallows.

As for the entertainments . . . you guessed it . . . simple (are you sensing a theme?).  We rounded up beaucoups of dollar store jewelry with which the girls adorned themselves, pushed all our living room furniture against the walls, and put on some music for dancing.  This also explains why I have lots of pictures of the food, decorations, etc., but barely any kid pics.  The kids were all in motion as soon as they hit the door, so all my pictures turned out blurry.  Here’s one blurry pic of Avery – mid-dancing, decked out in accessories.  

As some of her guests arrived, Avery said “we have accessories over here.”  Such a polite hostess.  The dancing was a smash hit for about an hour, and then they hit Avery’s room and played with every toy.  Her room looked a bit natural distaster-ish afterwards, but it was totally worth it.

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February 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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Here are a few pictures of what we’ve been up to the past few days.  Yep, you guessed it – what we’ve been up to is the business of babies.

Getting a donut with her dad.  Even Cinderella needs her sugar fix.  You may not realize it, but this picture is history in the making.  Avery has never before consented to have any donut but a pink one, but that day – sprinkles!  Just like that, change can happen.  Of course, this was her third donut, and the first two were pink.  Three donuts may be setting off your “bad parent” alarms, but she only eats the tops off the donuts.  Not sure if that makes it better or worse.

Avery helping get Claire out of bed after her nap.  You may notice that Claire looks a bit uneasy about Avery invading her territory.  Claire knows that nothing is sacred around here.

Brunch with the family on Sunday.  Avery is giddy – Mickey Mouse pancakes and bacon do that to the girl. 

A father-daughter(s) trip to PBK.  Avery takes a relaxed approach to shopping.

You may also notice that Avery’s sporting a newly chopped ‘do.  She got a haircut last week, which was overdue as her nickname around the house was Crystal Gayle.  It looks cute, but what you can’t see is the ragged chunk in the back caused by excessive wiggling. 

That is our weekend in a nutshell, holding, feeding, entertaining the tiny girls who live in our house.  We hope your weekend was as pleasant as ours!

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February 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

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A Happy Valentine’s To You.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you, friends!  We hope that, however you’re celebrating this day, it is fabulous. 

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February 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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Monday Morning Confessions.

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On the rare occasion that Claire and I have one on one time without Avery, we try to make the most of it.  As a second child with an older sister with a strong sense of self, Claire already is aware of the pecking order.  She also knows that Avery will not let her come within a city block of any of Avery’s toys without me absolutely forcing Avery to share with her.  But don’t worry, Claire gets hers.  It is possible that I might dump out a tub of Avery’s favorite toys and let Claire go to town while Avery is asleep.  And if I did do that, I would also have to de-slobber them afterwards because I am guessing Claire would try to shove all of them in her mouth.  If I was ever to do that, this is what I would imagine it would look like. 

Moving in for the kill, happy anticipation plastered all over her face.

Victory is hers – Pluto is her first victim (hypothetically, of course).

This is my favorite.  You can’t tell, but she is trying to cram every inch of Ray (firefly from Princess & The Frog, bien sur) into her mouth.  This is the last picture because I had to put down the camera and de-firefly her mouth.

Of course, those photos were just reenactments to make the scenario come to life, for artistic purposes, etc.  We would never actually do that.  Claire is a very skilled actress.

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February 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

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