This morning I dropped a dragon and a butterfly off at elementary school with a bunch of these cupcakes.

Candy corn colored swirl cupcakes

(You may notice the icing is swirled with candy corn colors!)

Then I took my Ravenclaw to Hogwarts. Spiderman and I will be going trick or treating with them after school and before the last football game of the regular season.

We’ve also reached the end of the competitive marching band season. Tomorrow are the state marching band finals. The kids haven’t gone to most of Julia’s competitions because a) it’s expensive, b) they last all day, and c) you are required to be relatively still and quiet while the bands are performing (and we cannot do either of those things). Last weekend’s competition was close to home, so all the kids came along to see their sister perform. We made signs and I wanted to get a picture since they were so excited.

Band Signs

My usual method for photographing the kids is to just take a buttload of pictures. There’s usually at least one that looks alright. The great thing about this method is I also get some fun outtakes. Like the look on Bee’s face in these.

Phoebe's funny face

Phoebe's funny face, again

I love it.

Oh, and there’s someone you should meet. This is Dipper.


I know. Another one!?!?

Lucy and I spotted him on the way home from dance class last Saturday. He was very malnourished. You could see the bones in his spine, he was so skinny. He looked pretty rough around the neck – I’m not sure what happened to him there, but he was missing fur all around it. I was a bit worried the first day or two he was with us. His tummy was painfully bloated, he didn’t walk so well, and he didn’t do much more than sleep. But now, his belly is normal and he is happy and playful. He’s very tiny and adorable and loved so very much by all of us. Picasso has been mothering him and Mabel loves having a playmate.

Speaking of Mabel, here she is at the very moment of this writing.

Mabel on the printer

I don’t think she can get any sweeter.


Mabel in a basket


Are you on the table?

Mabel, Mabel Basket on the table


Mabel in a basket on the table

I am in the basket.

The Dab

by Leslie

How Julia reacted when the band qualified for State Marching Band Finals

It’s what the kids do when they win all the trophies at the Maysville Band-A-Palooza competition and qualify for State Marching Band Finals.

Julia and the band's trophies from Saturday's Band-A-Palooza competition in Maysville

The trophies are for:
Best Percussion
Best Auxiliary
Class B First Place
Class B/C Overall Marching
Class B/C Overall Music
Class B/C Grand Champion
They also tied with Northridge for Class B/C Overall General Effect.

They only thing they didn’t win was the ice cream eating contest.

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