Sunday, February 26, 2012

Window Feeder

Look who's finally summoned up enough courage to try out our window feeder. It's an amazing view to stand just two feet away and watch a beautiful house finch crack safflower seeds and eat its breakfast completely unfazed by your presence. I'm more in love than ever.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Following in her brothers' footsteps...

...we have another scholar in the making...

...or a scholarette.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Snaggle Tooth

I'll let you guess where Addison's new nickname, Snaggle Tooth, has come from. As his one front tooth has loosened, it has slowly migrated towards the center, eclipsing its twin. At the dentist last week, the hygienist said to me: "It's driving you crazy, isn't it? Don't you just want to yank it out?"

To be honest...yes. And so begins the less-than-attractive childhood phase of missing, crooked, and overly large front teeth. But he does wear it rather well, if I may say.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Davis Is 5

We've entered birthday season. You know what I'm talking about. Where we celebrate 3 birthdays in 3 weeks.

Davis kicked it off on February 16 with his 5th birthday. His party was scheduled for the following Saturday, but we didn't want to let it go unacknowledged. So cupcakes and candles and Chick-fil-a it was.

And yes, when Davis blew out his candles, I had to muzzle Genevie.

I think he likes it.

Then Saturday he got more presents, including a brand new bike!

We had Davis's party at Bounce U, which was a terrific success.

If you look very closely you may spot a birthday boy in Spider Mountain.

It took Genevie a little while to warm up to all of it. The last time we went to Bounce U for Halloween she was terrified and strangely intrigued with the worker dressed up as Spiderman. I lost track of the number of times she asked me if Spiderman would be there this time.

And then after all that glorious bouncing, it was time for pizza and cake. Davis even got to sit in a birthday throne.

Genevie made a little friend.

Addison ate his weight in pizza. The kid is a bottomless pit these days and his too-short-tops and bottoms are the proof.


Davis requested a football cake this year.

A table of presents completed the festivities. Davis had a wonderful time, and we toted three happy and tired children home with shiny eyes and rosy cheeks to a clean house.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Funny Valentines

The Holloway children made out like bandits this Valentine's Day. Their faces say it all.

It started with gift bags from Nina in the morning and red foil chocolate hearts from Mommy and Daddy (remember this one because there's an adorable back story here I promise to share soon).

And it concluded with more candy from Nana and Papa later in the day and balloons, which Mommy toted from a flower shop in the city full of procrastinating men with deer-in-the-headlights looks on their faces plunking down $70 per bouquet. It provided some real insight into the commercial genius of the holiday. Create demand among a group who will not themselves be purchasing anything and then shame the actual buyers into spending absurd amounts of money because of their inherent unlikeliness to plan ahead. Brilliant!

This year Trey and I flaunted the holiday by postponing our holiday celebration to the equally arbitrary date of February 24th. I did get Trey a cherry pie and I spent the evening at the dentist with Addison while he got his first filling. Unrelated to the aforementioned sweets. Really. I promise.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Class Picture Rant

Call me a product of my times, but every year I am confronted by the backwardness of school photos. Can anyone explain to me why, in a world of instantaneous everything, we are asked to select IN ADVANCE which photo package of our child we want based on an image that has not even been taken yet? How easy would it be to take the children's pictures, provide an online link and password and let parents electronically select which photo package they want based on actually seeing something?

Do you buy a car without test driving it? Do you purchase an outfit without trying it on? Why on earth would I pre-order a picture I've never seen and may hate?

If Target and Walmart and Shutterfly and every professional photographer I've ever encountered can provide such simple, free picture viewing services before ordering snapshots, surely the school photographers can do the same.

Rant over. Now for my last question. How much am I scarring my children by refusing to buy canned, ugly school photos?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy visited our house last night and left this note. $1 to the first person who can guess who actually wrote it.