Monday, March 4, 2013


Every day Georgetown Cupcake has a secret (not-on-the-menu) cupcake.  They make 100 secret cupcakes per store, and there is a limit of one secret cupcake per person, per day.  How do you get one?  Well, you have to know the specific cupcake of the day and ask for it by also helps to get to the store early.

Today's secret cupcake was vanilla hazelnut.  When Julia and I got to the Bethesda store around 11:15 this morning, we were able to get two (Julia counts as a person - woo hoo!).  And Julia happened to be wearing her "Lucky" St. Patricks' Day t-shirt today.  We were lucky all the way around!

Sunday, March 3, 2013


This house was my Grandma and Grandpa Miller's house in Bellevue, Nebraska. When the house got updated locks and keys, I was given one of the original house keys (from the 1940's).  After an Omaha artist painted my grandparents' house, she matted and framed the key with the picture.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

I Made This!

Remember that doll pajama pattern from Monday's upside-down picture?  The PJ's are finished!  I didn't make the slippers or headband, but they match the purple pajamas perfectly.

Friday, March 1, 2013


L is for love.  Rosie loves Julia, and she also knows that Julia isn't feeling well, so she tried passing on some good kitty vibes during nap-time this afternoon.

Thursday, February 28, 2013


This is the second year we have traded Girl Scout cookies with a friend in Texas.  Why?  Texas Girl Scout troops use a different baker/distributor than we do here, in Maryland, and therefore have different cookies.

This year we traded two boxes of "our" Savannah Smiles for a box each of "their" Mango Cremes and Thanks-A-Lot.  The girls were so excited to get that box from Texas tonight!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On My Bedside Table

My nightstand is really quite simple:  a lamp and my Kindle.  I promise I didn't clean up for today's picture...this is what is always on my bedside table.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Evelyn was playing with Rosie after school today.  She asked me to wrap up the cat like a baby.  I did, and Rosie didn't mind a bit.  What a tolerant little furball!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Up-side Down

I'm starting a sewing project - doll pajamas - and thankfully the pattern on the material allowed me to put the sewing pattern pieces right-side up and up-side down.  Otherwise it wouldn't have all fit!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Facing southwest from our back deck this evening.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Word

Even though we are still two weeks away from officially putting our townhouse up for sale, we are starting to get organized and pack clutter.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Makes Me Smile

Treating my girls to a sweet snack at Barnes and Noble, followed by half an hour of book-browsing.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Happy National Margarita Day!  Here's a full glass of my tasty, homemade concoction.  Cheers!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Where I Stood

This evening I stood with my peanut at her school's Science Expo, where she displayed information about her baking powder vs baking soda experiment.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I Am...

...a pizza chef.  1/3 cheese;1/3 pepperoni; 1/3 pepperoni, mushroom, onion.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In My Hand

Somehow this Lemonade Girl Scout cookie found its way to my hand this evening.  Thanks to our friends in New Jersey who sent them to us - Evelyn doesn't sell this yummy kind.  And maybe that's a good thing because they are DeLiCiOuS!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Evelyn's Science Expo display came out perfectly, according to the baking scientist.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Inside My Fridge

Highlights from the fridge - Georgetown cupcakes (yum-o!), leftover Chinese from last night, the girls' school lunches, and buttermilk that should get used or tossed out.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Is...

My two loves at Evelyn's school Valentine's day party.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Walking our little Peanut home from school today.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Julia and I had a lunch date at the American Girl doll Bistro.  Julia's doll, Rebecca, joined us this afternoon...and here we are, ready to devour dessert.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


We girls put our writing skills to good use this afternoon by writing our Valentines.  They are signed and sealed, ready to be delivered!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Guilty Pleasure

Julia and I went to a birthday party this afternoon.  I went to the party, fully intending to decline birthday cake.  But this sweet cupcake?  It turned into a guilty pleasure that I couldn't resist.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Something Orange

Girl Scout cookies, anyone?  Especially Do-Si-Dos in the orange box?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Name

I don't know of a sign around here that has my name, so I went on a scavenger hunt for the letters in my name.  Thursdays are busy for the girls and me, so I was able to collect my letters from here, there and everywhere as we went about our day.
V - a picture book called A Valentine for Norman Nogg, one of Evelyn's favorites
A - lunch at Chick Fil-A
L - Metropolitan Ballet and Theater, where Evelyn takes ballet
E - District Dance Co., where Julia takes ballet
R - Great Seneca Creek, Evelyn's elementary school
I - Fitness First, where I went to 5:45 am spin class this morning
E - ELF school, Julia's preschool

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Julia went to a preschool program at Meadowside Nature Center this afternoon.  The display in the lobby of the nature center has several animal pelts.  Julia thought the red fox was the softest one.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Something I Smelled

Little Julia has the driest hands right now, and this Aveda lotion (thanks, Kat!) is the only thing that helps.  The licorice smell is actually really sweet on her hands.

Monday, February 4, 2013


The Container Store helped get Evelyn's and Julia's American Girl doll clothes and accessories organized.  I hope it stays that way.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


 These were Julia's favorite pajamas last summer...and she continues to wear them through the winter.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Evelyn had to miss her ballet classes this week, thanks to a painful wart on her foot.  The silver lining is more train time with her little sister.  They love building train layouts together.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


How many days will it take us to down these chocolate salted caramel cupcakes?  Not long, I'm sure.....

Monday, January 28, 2013


Julia needs to grow a bit more so this soccer ball is more her size!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Salt melted through the snow just right to make a heart.  Awwwww...

Friday, January 25, 2013


I nominate Julia's self-chosen outfit electric and eclectic.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


A one-inch snow surprised us this morning.  Julia and I took a drive out in the country, and I took this picture.  This farm is about four miles northwest of our house in Montgomery County.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Julia's favorite dress, for the second winter in a row (lucky girl!).

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What I Do

What do I do?  I let my 4-year-old princess dress how she wants and choose her lunch.  Her birthday is three months away, but why not wear birthday clothes in January?

Monday, January 21, 2013


I love the art deco style of this mosaic.  This compass points to the four corners of New York City that I observed from 67, 69 and 70 floors above ground level.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What I Saw

Degas' "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  One of my favorite things I saw at the museum today.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Tonight Evelyn and I enjoyed these teeny-tiny bites of New York City deliciousness.  Really.  They are minuscule. No bigger than the diameter of an Oreo.  But flavor?  Absolutely!