Saturday, December 24, 2011


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This year we visited Santa at Beatrix's school's Holiday Pancake Breakfast. It was a great event that had crafts for children, a basket raffle, a breakfast and (of course) a visit from Santa and his wife. Nana and Mima joined us for the event. We ended up winning four of the raffle baskets - a baking basket, a princess basket, a beer basket and a wine basket! (Thanks to Nana and Mima for all of the tickets.)
Beatrix wasn't feeling especially brave that day (Stranger Danger) so she let Tilly sit by herself on Mrs. Clauses knee and although she was able to tell Santa what she'd like for Christmas we were not able to get her ti sit on his knee.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Growing so fast!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 0

Beatrix's ballet class

Beatrix's ballet class has been a mystery to us because the teacher does not allow parents to attend classes. Beatrix has also taken a "mum's the word" approach to the whole thing. For Christmas, the school allowed parents to attend a class and we were extremely excited to do so! It was fairly distracting for the dancers to have their families in class but they still did very well paying attention to their teacher, Miss Sarah, and her young helper, Miss Amelia. The ballet class is actually a creative movement class and deals more with stretching and movement instead of typical ballet moves. The have exercises and "routines that they must practice each week. It was nice to see Beatrix in that kind of environment and she seems to really enjoy her class.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 0
Every holiday seems to get more exciting as the kids get older and Halloween was no exception. Bebe decided in September that she would like to be a pumpkin on Halloween and come October 31st she was. She trick-or-treated with daddy in his old neighborhood (Derby) and her Mima (Brian's mom, Pam) while Tilly and I (she was dressed up as a Flower Gnome) handed out candy at her house. The neighborhood is packed with children so Tilly and I had lots of fun seeing all the costumes. Bebe was very energetic and polite while trick or treating, and was a little disappointed when she found out she wouldn't get to go again until next year. Another bonus this year was Halloween at her school! The parents were aloud to stay at the beginning of class to take pictures of the adorable kids.

Monday, November 21, 2011


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Bebe is always dancing around the house whenever we put on Lady Gaga. We were hoping to enroll her in a dance class taught by Lady Gaga, but since she doesn't teach any toddler dance classes in the Buffalo area, we enrolled her in a ballet class up the street instead.  Here are a few pictures of her in her leotard. She isn't allowed to wear a tutu (too distracting for the kids) and we're not allowed to watch the class, so this is all we have for now. We will be able to sit in on a class in the near future so hopefully we'll get some better pictures then.

First Day of School!

We decided in August that Bebe should start school this year! She loves to learn but is stubborn when it comes to us teaching her. We have enrolled her at Amherst Nursery School. It is about a 15 minute drive but well worth it - Beatrix loves school. She even gets to take Spanish classes there as well.

New Blog Post!

There has been quite a bit going on over the past few months (our memory card reader was also broken) and it's a great time to get caught up on blog posts!
So, without further ado, here are some pictures from the past few months and some posts to follow!

Baking with mom!

I've always enjoyed baking and over the summer I really loved making pies! "Helping" me bake has also become one of Beatrix's favorite things to do as well. My pie dough recipe is more than enough for a double pie crust so Beatrix gets to enjoy making her own pie using the leftover dough.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Second Place is a nice place to be!

Thursday, August 18, 2011 0
About 2 months ago, Brian drove his friend Maria Whyte (candidate for Erie County Clerk) to several summer festivals so she could meet some voters. At the Rediscover Amherst Street Festival, she entered a Blueberry Pie in the Best Pie in Black Rock contest and won first prize. This was the third time in the past four years she was awarded first place in this contest. Although I have never been a pie baker, this inspired me to try baking a pie.

The first pie I tried baking was a Pineapple Pie because Brian mentioned he tried one at a summer festival and it tasted delicious. Although my first attempt didn't turn out well, I kept trying until I found the best recipe for pie crust and filling. I found a recipe for the perfect pie crust online, which is wonderfully titled The Perfect Pie Crust. For the filling, I tried a borrowed ideas from several other pineapple pie recipes until I eventually came up with a very good sweet pineapple filling.

After perfecting my recipe, and having my husband and several friends try it and attest to its deliciousness, I decided to enter it into The Erie County Fair Pie Baking Contest. It was also a great way to visit the fair because Brian was able to take the day off from work and join me and the kids. I did not think I would win because I thought a Pineapple Pie was not a likely winner for a pie contest. To my surprise, however, I was awarded second place! We were thrilled and it was a great way to start our visit to the fair. Happy Baking everyone and enjoy the fairs and festivals this summer!

This is a picture on my Pineapple Pie.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Matilda

Saturday, August 13, 2011 0
Time flies when you're having fun! Our little Tilly is celebrating her first birthday today.

Also congrats to Tilly who officially started walking today.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Happy Birthday Bebe!

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August 2nd we celebrated Bebe's 3rd Birthday. We just had a small family dinner as both girls will have a joint party mid-August.

Happy Birthday Bebe!

Bebe's favorite show and best friends are The Backyardigans, this cake is Pablo the penguin.
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