Seven Years

Paris Snowglobe
Dearest Alexis,

Seven years ago today you were born. How is that possible? Most days it seems like it was just yesterday that you were wrapped up in that little hospital blanket, looking for all the world like a little glow worm. You were here and you were mine. I was thrilled! Seven years later here we are!

A lot has happened in your world since last year. You finally got to see “your” Statue of Liberty and you were thrilled! The look of awe on your face is one I will never forget! You truly love that statue and it amuses me the levels of your adoration. Don’t lose that ability to look at the world through eyes of fascination as you grow. That is an amazing quality that you posses and I hope that you never lose it!

We also traveled to Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. You had a ball on this trip and of course your favorite part of the trip was standing next to the ocean at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. You are so my child!

We also enjoyed two trips to Tennessee, one planned, one unexpected, as well as various day trips to locations from DC to Western Maryland. You like to get out and go. I love that about you!

Your birthday party got canceled when you developed a fever and a rash. We thought for a bit you had chicken pox, but it ended up being some generic childhood thing instead. At first you were very sad, but we had a small party with Grandma, Papa, Uncle Jason and us and you quickly came around. You finally decided it was “The best birthday party ever!” I’m so glad you can take a bad situation and make it something more! This is also a good skill to have. I hope it sticks with you as well.

I still wish for you all the things that you want to see and do. I hope we get to take that trip to Paris soon. I can’t wait to see your eyes light up when you see the Eiffel Tower. I hope that you see it for the first time at night when it is all lit up and sparkly. I also hope we take a trip to Hawaii as that is your latest location of interest. I hope that the world is always at your feet. It is…Never forget that!

You truly are a very special individual. You have so many friends and have the ability to make new ones everywhere you go. You have an open heart and an open mind, two very important things to have in this life. May they go on with you as you grow and learn. You are smart, funny, loving and lovable. You are the perfect mix of all of what life should be.

You are a star. You are my star. May you always shine brightly. I love you in ways I can’t even explain to you, but know this…I will always love you.


Originally posted at Daffodil Lane.

Meet Tulip and Daffodil aka the Tadpoles

Alexis named them. I’m not sure why she chose flowers, but it works!

The Tadpoles

I had forgotten how cute tadpoles are! I mean seriously look at that little face!

The Tadpoles

They came boxed in Styrofoam and each in their own little individual bag:

The Tadpoles

Then you had to float them in their habitat to acclimate them much like you do when you buy a new fish for an aquarium:

The Tadpoles

And now they are swimming free! This will be a fun little experiment for Lex. I love this kind of stuff!

Originally posted on Daffodil Lane.

Fish Tank Humor

Scene: Alexis standing next to the fish tank watching the fish and frogs do their thing when the yellow neon fish starts chasing the blue guppy.

Lex to the fish sternly: Stop that right now Banana! You know that it is not the right thing to chase your friends and Blueberry is your friend! There are two rules in the fish tank, you don’t chase your friends and you must say you’re sorry if you do! You have to be a very, very normal fish! You must never chase Blueberry again!

Lex to me sighing: Man this raising fish thing is hard!

I. So. Love. This. Kid!

Originally posted at Daffodil Lane.

Amusing Me

“Mom can I have one of of those new pomegranate things I tried the other day that aren’t pomegranates.”

“What?”I asked completely confused and trying to figure out what in the world she was talking about.

“You know that thing the other day that you sliced that looked liked a peach,” she told me in exasperation and rolling her eyes at me.

“You mean the nectarine?”

“Yes that!”

“That’s not a pomegranate, not even close!” I pointed out reasonably.

“I know that!” She told me in her best teenager trapped in a six year old body voice. “That’s why I said it wasn’t a pomegranate!”

Well I’m glad we cleared THAT up! 😉

Originally posted at Daffodil Lane.

Chocolate Cake a la Alexis

Chocolate Cake à la Alexis

A few weeks ago Alexis wanted to make a chocolate cake. She told me what to put in the cake, and I figured out the right quantities. What we came up with was a very moist, very tender, really fabulous chocolate cake! Top it with your favorite frosting/icing and you’ve got the perfect treat!

What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
2/3 cups of cocoa powder
1 cup or organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/3 cup of safflower oil
2 eggs
1 cup of buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl add flour, cocoa, sugar, sea salt and baking powder and stir until well mixed.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add vanilla, oil, eggs and buttermilk. Stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour batter into an 8 X 8 inch dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 30-40 minutes until cake sticks done.

Cool and top with your favorite frosting or icing.

Notes: If you wanted to switch things up a bit you could use mint or almond extract instead of vanilla. Mini chocolate chips would be a fabulous addition too.