Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I really hope this video works:



Abigail's note to her sister:

I was so proud to tell her that I didn't need her to read it to me since I could read it myself!

Madonna Family Tree

Through the power of Facebook, and finding relatives you would never have found otherwise, Grandma has dug up some amazing stories from years past in her family tree. Complete with pictures!

Antonio Madonna, Grandma's Uncle otherwise known as Uncle Peanuts

Caroline Madonna, Grandma's aunt

Eve Madonna, Grandma's aunt

sorry, Grandma, I got lost among all the stories and can't figure out who Jessie is?

Richard Madonna - again, I need help, Grandma!

Uncle Winner - again, lost :(
So, clearly, I need some help deciphering all the fascinating emails back and forth between Grandma and her long-lost relatives. One of them mentioned a real Family Tree 'List' - if we get our hands on a copy of that, I'll come back and update this post.


We are usually in California for Easter but this year we had to stay home because we couldn't get the days off. So, we had an early morning Easter Egg Hunt in our backyard and the traditional meal of ham, green beans and scalloped potatoes that afternoon with my parents and their friends. Here are the (few) pictures:

Because they'd been playing with plastic eggs all week long at school, Bryony knew to immediately bust them open. There was no telling this baby to neatly collect them in a pretty basket, then bring them indoors at the end to check them out. No, she knew they had goodies inside and didn't waste a second. First one, chocolate:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Abigail's 5th Birthday

Abigail chose the theme for her 5th birthday party before she'd even had her 4th. She told me that 4 should be Ariel (and it was) and that 5 should be Strawberry Shortcake. I am making her sound like a demanding diva here, but as you probably know, I am a willing participant in birthday themes!

We kept this 5th birthday party very small. Firstly because I wanted it to be at our house, and have only a few guests so that we could spend quality time with all of them rather than oversee a small preschool class group. And secondly, because Abigail and Morgan's real birthday celebration is going to be a trip to Disneyland at the end of the month. They are so spoiled! But 5 is a pretty big deal.

it wasn't actual strawberry shortcake but looked like it

Abigail and Morgan: our 5 year olds!

Guest of Honour

watching a Strawberry Shortcake DVD after lunch

Bryony crashed on Grandma after all that fun


Abigail has been playing with these dolls today. She had them lined up ready to go to a Ball. I couldn't help but notice that the two on the left must be the wild princesses, no?! ;)

Up In The Air

Just watched this movie. Oh, how I wanted to like it. I love the premise, but it just wasn't really believable. The characters were two-dimensional and the idea that a 'firing industry 'is that big, or that ruthless, just wasn't believable. So I'll give 2.5 out of 5. I mean, I did get to watch George Clooney for two uninterrupted hours ;)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I spent this evening at a Zumba class. If you know me at all, you are shocked. Because you know that the closest I've come to exercise in the past 20yrs has been to stir my own coffee in the mornings. Turns out that it's not really that I'm unfit but actually that I'm uncoordinated. Zumba was a little challenging for a 100% English girl without a Latin bone in her body. But I went. I exercised. And for that, I should get today's gold star.