A Pin from Madeleine Albright

A couple of weeks ago Madilyn played Madeleine Albright for an oral report/wax museum at school. We tweeted about it & Ms. Albright sent Madilyn a pin from her collection!

The note says:

“I loved hearing that you played me and that you did a lot of research. I thought you might want to add to your pin collection one of my pins. Good luck! Madeleine Albright”

Madilyn was so excited to open it. What a thoughtful, generous way to plant a seed for a bright future.





Kid President? Meet Kid Secretary.

I tweeted @Madeleine Albright a link to a picture and video of Madilyn’s portrayal of her at the 2nd grade wax museum, and she RT’ed us, replied and is sending Madilyn a pin for her collection. What a treat to have one of the most powerful and accomplished women in the world take the time to encourage a little one to study hard & dream big.

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Now… who thinks Kid President needs a Kid Secretary?



2nd Grade Wax Museum: Madeleine Albright

Seven-year-old Madilyn was honored to portray Madeleine Korbel Albright in her 2nd grade class “wax museum” today. She’s an inspiration to girls everywhere who desire to make the world a better, more just place. #‎LeanInTogether‬


Madeleine Albright is not only brilliant, but she remains relevant. Who else can out-wit Conan O’Brien on Twitter, crush a cameo with Amy Poehler on Parks & Rec, leg press 450 pounds at age 77 and have a traveling exhibit of her fashionable and politically powerful pins? It’s the same women whose most famous sound bite is: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”



Mrs. Freeman helping her prepare.


Ready for her audience!


Press the button on her hand and she would come alive! Madilyn was pretty sure Ms. Albright would wear red nail polish.


Madeleine Albright is known for her extensive pin collection (every pin has a meaning behind it), so Madilyn represented that with this prop.


She made a poster with lights — because Albright is all bright!


The note cards


The class!


Ellenor’s 1 Year Book

One of the benefits of blogging regularly about your children is that you have details documented that you can’t ever hope to recall by simply relying on your memory. So when the second child syndrome hits and you haven’t updated your baby blog in more than a year and you want to create a photo memory book like you did for your first child, you’re …. well, how do they say it …. out of luck. Thankfully there’s digital copies of every photo ever taken, and plenty of info to mine from on social media. So I was able to piece together Ellenor’s first year on earth in photo book form. Here it is for your viewing pleasure!

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Ellenor 9 Months

Our sweet Ellenor has 3 teeth, is crawling and pulling up. She is as content as ever but is starting to cry when we take away something she wants. She’s got opinions! She’s babbling, learning to high-five, blow kisses and sign “bottle” and “more.” We love her more each day!

Ellenor at 8 Months

Our sweet Ellenor is flying through her first year. She’s got one tooth breaking through the gum. She’s still rolling (instead of crawling) but getting stronger by the day. She’s just as sweet as she’s always been and cries when Mommy leaves the room. She eats baby food 2-3 times a day and drinks about 4 6oz. bottles of formula a day. Her sister can make her laugh harder than anyone else. It’s really something to see. She enjoys her baby toys and loves music! Any time she hears it she’ll start rocking back and forth and moving her legs.

We’re moved in!

We’re officially moved in! It’ll take a while to get situated but the hard part is over. The washer/dryer was delivered yesterday & we now have Internet. Yay! I love being close to Madilyn’s school. Jeff is closer to his now as well. The house is beautiful & wonderful & big and we’re feeling exceptionally blessed.









Love Notes

Since the first or second day of school Madilyn has been fast friends with an adorable little boy named Canon in her class. She said, “Canon thinks in his girlfriend.” I said, “Why does he think that?” She said, “because I make him think that.”

We had a good laugh over that but she’s continued her little friendship, as Canon’s mom & I have begun to develop one as well. She texted me a pic she found in his backpack this week. (Top pic) and I found one in Madilyn’s as well (bottom pic).



Top pic Madilyn wrote the words, “I’m going to kiss you, said Canon” and Canon drew the picture. The bottom Canon wrote but we’re not sure of all the words. We can make out, “I love you, Madilyn. This is why….”

Madilyn says they’re writing a play. It’ll be interesting to see what else these two come up with!