Saturday, September 26, 2015


Dear Olive,

This is our first year with everyone in school!  To ease the transition to a school schedule, we invited our neighborhood friends for a dry run on Saturday.

We sent out an invite using Red Stamp.

Got the beverages ready,

Baked some muffins, 

Set out some cereal and yogurt,

And accessorized with some school-themed Fisher Price

When everyone arrived, we grilled pancakes and sausage and decorated lunch bags and eraser boxes.

It was an amazing playdate.  Afterwards, I asked the moms: a psychologist, a pediatrician, and a preschool teacher, what black had magic caused all of the nine preschool and kindergarten aged children to play together so perfectly without a single transgression.  Typically; when we have a family over to dinner,we can't make it through five minutes without conflict.  "Morning", they replied.  All kids are all better behaved in the morning.  They have more stamina for problem solving.  Aha!  Lightbulb!

We were completely ready for the real thing on Monday.

We celebrated the launch on Monday with french toast.

And read our back to school book "The Kissing Hand" before our walk to school.

Wish us luck!

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Dear Olive,

I have been shallow breathing since the invite from Sherry and John of Young House Love to be featured in their 2nd book: Lovable Livable Home.  Imagine my excitement now that the published book is finally in the mail!

The Petersiks are regular contributors at Better Homes and Gardens, New York Times Bestselling authors, and have lines at Target, Shades of Light, and Home Depot, besides being pretty cool people in general.  I definitely have heart eyes for them.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Dear Olive, 

When I was little, I would play beneath my grandmother's wash line.  I still remember the smell of the grass baking in the sun mingled with bleach and cotton.  Seeking that nostalgia, we rigged one up this week.  

Gabriel took care of the labor.

While I inhaled deeply.

Monday, September 7, 2015


Dear Olive,

I am presently despairing in my many trend-redundant projects.  I pride myself in designing my home with creative endeavors that are above the fray.  Although commercial trends may be the way that many like to tread, I like to curate with things that are original or cutting edge.  So, when something catches fire and I start seeing it everywhere, I sometimes feel a bit cheated.  I feel annoyed that my space feels about as abberant as a Twilight novel.  Thus, for the record, here is a list of things that; although now ubiquitous, I definitely thought of first... without Pinterest.

Black and white rugs

I totally take credit for this.  I scoured the internet for a black and white rug over a decade ago.  I even got so desperate that I tried to paint my own.  Now I see them incessantly.  

Kid teepees

Ok, so Land of Nod made the commercial ones cool, but I made my own before all of these other Pinterest repeats.


I'm not saying that I invented the zig zag, but this thing has exploded since I got on board, right?

Painting everything yellow

No one has more yellow or mustard than me.  But I'm pretty sure that Target and Crate and Barrel are trying to give me a run for my money.  

DIY dog kennels

This is a thing now.  I even saw them at a home show lately!  Sigh.

Wallpapered small spaces

I actually painted this when we moved in because wallpaper was so faux pax and I couldn't find any without country roosters on it.  Now it is everywhere!

I am additionally grieved to discover yet another creative redundancy in the form of BatDad.  Two years ago, I video taped my husband going about his daily tasks as Batman (which unfortunately was a regular occurrence and was unprompted by me).  Below is the bloodshed.

BatDad may be funnier and more comprehensive, but we definitely thought of it here first!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Dear Olive,

Every year since Gabriel was a toddler, we have tried to attend the local hot air balloon festival.  And every year, we have been rained out.  Well, this year, we totally won at hot air balloon spectatorship:

We were all completely mesmerized when they finally started to inflate.  

Absolutely worth the wait!