Saturday, August 08, 2015

Darby-ism 2.0

Mom, my foot hurts.  I have pins and noodles.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


In case we needed more proof that Fiona is my kid, she asked her drama teacher to please give someone else the leading role in the spring play because she didn't like the way everyone was looking at her. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Iris-ism 4.3

I bet God sees all the slug bugs.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Naughty list

Iris:  Mommy what if Santa doesn't come tonight?
Me: Well were you naughty this year?
Iris:  (starts crying) I told Miss Thompson I was sorry!
Me:  What happened?
Iris:  I touched the elf and he lost all his magic!
Me:  I'm pretty sure that's just what teachers tell you so you don't touch him.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Man

Father, Son, Holy Spirit, A Man

While in a classroom down the hall Iris said they talked about how Jesus healed the leopards.  

A Man

Mom in heels

I was carrying Darby through the grocery store when a woman stopped me.

What she said:  I can't believe you can walk around in those heels and carry the baby at the same time.  I guess I must have done that too when I was twenty.

What I heard:  You look twenty.

Killing Me

Me:  You're going so slow Fiona, you're  killing me

Fiona:  Mom, if I was killing you I'd be stabbing you in the face.

Me:  ...........

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Many

Bye Bye
No No
Right there
Quack Quack
Baba (bottle)
Here you go
Thank you

Monday, August 04, 2014


What's the best thing I've heard all day?

Fiona:  Mom, can you and Iris be quiet?  I'm trying to read.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Darby-ism 1.0

Me: Darby, what does the doggie say?
Darby: (pants like a dog)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Iris-ism 4.2

Iris:  Mommy, owls are not turtles.
Me:  Right.  They are not turtles.
Iris:  No, Mommy, owls are NOT TURTLES.
Me:  Yes.  Not. Turtles.
Iris: Ugh!  Mommy, I said they are not turtles.  They are awake at night.
Me: Oh!  Nocturnal.  Got it.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Little Engineer

Fiona asked me why the clouds looked pink in the evening and we had a quick conversation about how light refracts through glass and water, like when our landing at the top if the stairs makes a rainbow room when the sun comes through the front door glass, and how clouds are made of water.  No sooner had the words come out if my mouth then my little engineer had understood the concept and already devised a plan.

"Mom, can we put a flashlight in the drain of the sink pointed up, then put a crystal in the center, so when the water runs it will make the sink shine rainbows."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fiona lost something

"Mom, it just came out."

Iris-ism 4.1

Iris: I'm going to get married.  Fiona, you can be my bridesmaid.  Mom, you can be my waiter.
Me: Who are you marrying?
Iris: I can't decide between Graham or Lincoln.  I just love them both so much.  Probably Graham though.

Look who's up!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


A boy at school has a crush on Fiona.  She tells me every so often what happens at school.  First he chased her around on the playground, then he sat by her at lunch.   At Drama Kids he stands next to her and tries to hold her hand.  One day she told me he kissed her on the cheek. 

Fiona: He freaks me out!
Me: Why?
Fiona: Because every time I see him he smiles at me.
Me:  That's nice.
Fiona: I know but it's like he LOOOOVES me.  And I don't even like him!  I mean, I FRIEND-like him, but I don't LOVE-like him.

Iris explains Adam and Eve

Monday, November 11, 2013

I'm thankful for...


1. That men and women gave their lives to save our country (on Veterans Day)
2. My family
3. That God made the world so perfectly
4. My friends
5. For nature and for all the seasons
6. For schools so we can learn more in our lives


1.  Eyes
2.  Baby Darby
3.  For houses that give candy on Halloween
4.  My birthday
5. Ariel
6. Coloring

One of these girls is going to be President.  The other, head cheerleader.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Summer List 2013

As the first day of fall is upon us, it's time to retire our summer list.  Not fully complete but full of fun memories.  Yes, this will surely be an annual tradition at our house.

We finished the summer Sunday night with night bowling in the driveway.  Glow sticks in water bottles made for a good family activity, but not so good for pictures.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Yesterday was wear a number to school day for Fiona.  She wore an old small size football jersey of Uncle Pat's.

Yesterday was also wear your favorite football team jersey for Iris.  She wore the Tech T-shirt KK bought her.  

Which one looks more excited???

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sick Day

99.9 degree fever
1 new DVD of Bye Bye Birdie
2 scoops of chocolate ice cream
11 puzzles

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Fiona came home with a good note from her teacher for being good at the library.

Then we saw this note from the principal on the back


We just keep manufacturing the same girl again and again.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Labor Day Breakfast

My sweet big girls put fruit on the grocery list and got up this morning to make us a fruit salad for breakfast.  They made it entirely on their own.  We have two quiche lorraines from Grandan in the fridge so we turned this rainy morning into a fancy holiday breakfast.  Love these girls!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fiona the First

First day of First Grade

Sunday, August 25, 2013

First day for Iris

First day of preschool for Iris

Saturday, August 24, 2013

God as Flynn Ryder

Fiona: What does God look like?
Me: Well, what do you think he looks like?
Fiona:  I think he has brown hair, a kind face, and he is tall like Daddy.  His hair is long, but not really long, just long like Flynn  Ryder but he doesn't have the curl in front.  And he lives in outer space and holds the earth in his hands.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

The Summer List: Write A Letter

Iris wrote a letter to Kacy and drew her a picture.

Fiona wrote a letter to Mattel to ask a question about the new Barbie dining set she bought (entirely her idea).  The set came with plates, flatware, a tray, pitcher and even a vase of flowers for the table but no cups.  I'm really hoping someone at Mattel finds this letter adorable and decides to send her a response with a gift card of some kind for her trouble.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Summer List: Mail something silly

A shoebox lid to KK!!

Iris-ism 4.0

Talking about finding things for our alphabet walk...

Me:  We can find things like a bicycle or a bird for letter B.

Iris:  Maybe if someone was at the park earlier today having a picnic and eating an apple, but they didn't finish the whole apple, and when they tried to throw it away it fell out of the trash can, and it could be sitting in the ground half-eaten, then we could say Apple for letter A.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The good, the bad and the ugly

Miss Darby and Henry the dead dog.  It's just too easy.

Uh-oh, this is not good.

It's real.

Miss Darby sleeps

...during the day anyway.

Thank you Misty!

After telling her about Darby's every-other-hour feeding schedule at night, our neighbor Misty shared with us that they had their now one year old daughter sleeping in the swing for about eight months because it was the only place she'd sleep.  Even though I was skeptical, we tried it for the first time a week ago.  And tonight marks a week straight that Darby has slept through the night (for at least for six hours).  

Last night she slept for seven hours.  


We love Misty!

The Summer List: Paint Blue dogs like Rodrigue

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Summer List: Lemonade Stand

Both neighbors held a yard sale today so it gave us the perfect opportunity to set out our lemonade stand.  

The Summer List: Sew Something

Fiona used the sewing machine for the first time (assisted) and made us a table runner from bandanas.  Pretty!  


KK (holding Darby for the first time): Fiona, I’m going to kidnap your sister when I leave and take her to Houston with me.

Fiona: No you’re not.

KK: Yes, I am. She can sit in the front seat.

Fiona: How are you going to feed her?

KK: I’ll stop at the grocery and get a gallon of milk.

Fiona: She doesn’t drink that kind of milk.

KK: She doesn’t?
Fiona (glancing at KK’s chest): You got milk in those things?