Deciding on pseudonyms for the girls was more difficult than it should've been. We considered Big & Little, but although they're 2 full year apart in age, they're practically the same size. We also thought about Dragon for the oldest and Dino for the younger, since these are nicknames we occasionally call them in the real world, but Dragon seems more aggressive in print. Alex once thought of the perfect names of two sisters in a beloved story, but neither of us can actually recall what he came up with. Go figure.
Lulu (6) was chosen from a sweet chapter book series by Hilary McKay. Like the title character, our Lulu is obsessed with pets. She's indiscriminate about the type of pet; a dog, kitty (but not a big cat), snake, bird or rabbit have all been suggested/begged for. Maybe we'll blow her mind and get a family fish sometime. Lulu is bubbly, observant, and prefers making mischief with her friends than by herself. She is an absolute joy to be around and makes friends everywhere she goes.
Flavia (4) gets her name from one of my favorite series by the brilliant Alan Bradley. If you haven't read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, finish this post and then beeline it for the library! A few shared characteristics include seriousness, smarts and a stubborn streak that never leaves well-enough alone. The primary difference between these two is that our Flavia hasn't solved any murders (yet). Flavia is empathetic and thoughtful, snuggly and sensitive. Like her sister, she's an absolute joy to be around.