Surrounded by Girls

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

She sells sea shells by the sea shore

That's even hard to type!

More photos from the aquarium here.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


The little one had it all weekend, and now she's given it to the big one. Let's call it the 48 hour stomach flu. That's polite terminology for a variety of messy symptoms.

Jenna is feeling better and starting to eat a little more again, but I don't think we're going to school tomorrow.

Update: Of course I ended up getting sick on Sunday night. And I'm the biggest baby of them all. Spent all day Monday in bed or lying on the couch. The girls are getting better, but still a bit worn out. Makes them great nappers, however.

Thanks so much to Laura who took care of all of us. Here's hoping she doesn't get sick, because I don't know what we'd do then!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

From Mozambique to those Memphis nights

Because Laura hasn't heard it a million times already...

...but tonight Melanie busted out singing full verses of the song. Too funny, and needless to say, we're very proud.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Pretend Flower Girl

As promised, the story of the "pretend" flower girl.

We spent the weekend (and some time before that) making sure that Melanie was excited for her role as the flower girl at TracyMarc's wedding. Then at the rehearsal we finally got to walk down the aisle and practice throwing our flower petals. However we didn't have a basket or flowers petals so we had to pretend. We walked down the aisle a few times, and again before the pictures, pretending to throw our flowers on the ground.

See where this is going yet?

So Melanie finally gets her basket as we line up for the procession. Laura and I precede Melanie and when we get up to the chupah we turn around to see Melanie coming down the aisle, all smiles but concentrating very hard. So much so that she wasn't bothering to actually throw the flower petals on the aisle. She was just pretending to do so!

As we recessed, Laura and I grabbed her from Grandpa Bob to walk out with us. About two-thirds of the way back up the aisle she dropped half her flower petals and stopped right then and there to pick them up. Then at the top of the aisle she grabbed a peppermint from the table as her reward for a job well done. Evidently we promised it to her, though neither Laura nor I remember doing so. All we could think about was her ruining her beautiful white dress, but she was very careful and enjoyed her spoils.

One other thing... Melanie had her first hair cut! As the flower girl, she had her hair did with the bride...

...bridesmaids and immediate family. She was the perfect client and even got a gold barrette that matched the one in her mother's hair.

As you can see, the results were great. Check out the fabulous hair in the following photo.

Melanie's curls look great too.


Tracy Anne Spitzberg, the daughter of Alicia D. Leff of San Antonio and Larry A. Spitzberg of Houston, is to be married Sunday to Marc Daniel Shedroff, a son of Elissa S. Shedroff and Steven H. Shedroff of Allentown, Pa. Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl will officiate at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.

The bride, 33, will take her husband’s name. She is the managing director of staffing for the New Teacher Project in New York, a nonprofit organization that helps urban districts around the country recruit, train and place teachers. She works from her home in Palo Alto, Calif. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Shedroff, 33 is a manager of strategic partnership development at YouTube, working on licensing agreements for video content. He works in San Bruno, Calif. He graduated cum laude from Brandeis and received an M.B.A. from Penn.

Stay tuned for more photos as we collect and upload them. And you know you'll see a lot of the world's greatest "pretend" flower girl...

...along with an explanation of what that means.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Call of the Wild

Click here or on the photo to see a photo set from the girls' visit to Quail Botanical Gardens today. It was "Tales and Tunes" Tuesday and the girls loved every minute of it. They played with bubbles, washed their hands (mostly Jenna on that one), listened to stories, and played with Zoe (pictured at the left) and others in the Bamboo Forest.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

4S, not Forest

Who knew? You hear it on the traffic report and it sounds like "Forest Ranch". But nope, it's 4S Ranch. Here's a little history, and here are some photos from our morning with the Bermans at the 4S Ranch Sport Park.

If barber college doesn't work out

There's always work at In-n-Out.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Onward together

I love this photo of Zoe, Melanie, and Jenna at the Prado in Balboa Park. There are some other great photos in this pathway and at the fountain.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Early & Often

Separated at Birth?


Precious is currently with Friends of County Animal Shelters, from whom we got Emma. If you live in San Diego County and are looking for a dog or cat, please consider adopting from them.

Sorry, but I'm a sucker for the old "separated at birth" routine.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Merriam-Webster Spitzberg

  • Hi
  • Uh oh
  • Mommy (which often means "I want...")
  • Daddy (which often isn't directed at me)
  • Doggie
  • Bird(y)
  • Book
  • Shoes
  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Please
  • Up/Out
  • No
  • Yeah
  • Cheese
  • Ow
  • Boot
  • Moo
  • Hippo & Mop (thanks to TMBG)
  • Door
  • Cookie
  • Cracker
  • Boo boo (which means poo poo)
  • Head, Knee, Eye, Ear, Mouth, Nose
  • Ball
  • Bar
  • Feet
  • Paper
  • Puppy
  • Baby
  • Turtle
  • Train
We also wave, blow kisses, gives hugs and kisses, wipe our nose with a tissue and throw it away in the trash, wash our hands (with or without actual soap and water), and put our finger to our mouth and say "Shhh!".

(photo taken by Granny Franny @ J.W. Tumbles)