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January 20, 2020

Hazel Jillian Rufer

On December 24th in the morning, Hazel Jillian Rufer was born.  We waited a few days to see her because I was battling a cold (for a MONTH!!??!) and was hoping I could hold her. 

Sadly, I couldn't hold her but the kids were so excited to hold their new baby cousin.  Clearly, Todd and Lizzy make a pretty cute kid! She's perfect.

Sacramento Sushi

Before the holidays Karrie, Ida and I went to Kru for some sushi and a fun girls night out.  I have to admit - for sushi....Kru is pretty good.  It's not as good as my favorite spots in Los Angeles but it comes pretty close.

Christmas - Sac 2019

For Christmas this year we drove to Sacramento to spend it with my side of the family. Thankfully the hotel is the perfect point to stop, have food, and recharge. And nothing is better than my moms tree.  

January 19, 2020

Pajama Day

On the Friday of Christmas Break - the kids had Pajama Day at school.  Of course Andrew and I also donned our matching PJ's and spent the ENTIRE DAY there.  Granted, it was only a half day....but still.  Andrew made chocolate chip cookies and banana bread for all the teachers, office staff, principal, etc. We also made hot chocolate for both Buster and Olive's classes.

January 12, 2020

Annie - 2019

In early December Olive was in a production of Annie at her school.  She got cast as Tessie - the orphan that says "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness".  She was fantastic and I was soooooo proud of her.

Kid Updates


- Lost 16 teeth
- Her brother annoys her like crazy (directly from her mouth)
- Was voted onto her school's student council
- Is currently in love with no boys (directly from her mouth also)
- Loves all shades of blue
- Favorite thing to eat - Taco Bell and In n Out (lord help me)
- Loves playing tennis
- Doing extremely well in school
- Loves playing piano
- Started voice lessons


- Lost 3 teeth (and 1 is wiggly)
- Started piano lessons a few weeks ago
- Currently in love with no one, however all the girls are in love with him
- Playing tennis every week and LOVING it
- Loves playing Roblox and Minecraft
- Favorite color is Green
- Wanted green hair (now it is pretty much all faded out)
- Tried sushi for the first time (sadly he HATED idea how he is my kid)
- Excited about doing the Jungle Book musical
- Wants to be a builder when he grows up

Mexico - 2020

Last year for Christmas my mom got our family a trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  Sadly, we booked it for Andrews birthday in August and he was just starting chemo....sooooo.....we had to cancel.  We decided to reschedule it after the holidays.  We just got back....and I can't wait to share some photos.  There were definitely ups and downs - which I think is just the norm when traveling with kids.