Sunday, June 17, 2012

happy father's day!

The girls have special bond with their dad and I love watching it grow. He is definitely the more fun and exciting parent and is also more willing to be a human jungle gym. And for that we are all grateful.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

katie is 3!

Our sweet Katie turned 3 on Saturday, and on Friday Katie, Meg and I made her birthday cake. We have been talking about this event for months. The last birthday in our immediate family was in September, so we were really looking forward to this cake-making.

Did I mention this was reeeeaally exciting?? (And did I mention Katie got glasses last week? She is wearing them like a champ, which doesn't surprise us.)

All of the girls wanted to watch it bake. For about a minute.

The next day she waited all day for her birthday cake and the it comes!

When she opened her present she said, "It looks like Katie!" I love that she still refers to herself in the third person. She is also wearing another amazing present - a handmade superhero outfit just for her, complete with a pink tulle cape (so sort of a ballerina-bride-princess superhero - perfect!).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

19 months

Claire is over a year and a half old already! She is a full-fledged toddler now, complete with funny new faces and words, temper tantrums, new physical feats (climbing), and general mischief-making.

Claire loves this rocking chair. I watched her as she tried over and over again to climb up into it as it was rocking, and I love that she was frustrated and crying but didn't give up. She finally got it and now her favorite thing is to stand up on it and rock really hard. I used to make her sit down every time but after seeing that she doesn't fall off, I've given up.

She's also a camera-loving ham like her big sister Meg. Any time she sees me holding my phone in a way that looks like I'm about to take a picture (even if that's not what I'm doing) she'll make a big grin and say "chiz" (cheese)!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

happy easter!

Last Saturday was a great day! Our church's Easter egg hunt was that morning and then the girls got to see their Grandma and Pop Pop later that day.
I didn't make their Easter dresses this year but made some play skirts instead. They were really easy so I might churn out a few more whenever I find some cute fabric!

Before the egg hunt Meg and Katie dyed some eggs. Meg is trying to make stripes and Katie said she was making...soup. There isn't even an egg in that green dye.

Claire's first egg hunt! Putting things in baskets and taking them out again is one of her favorite activities so she was right at home doing this.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

brown thumb

I planted a tomato plant this weekend! It is supposed to bear fruit in 73 days (so says the tag), so we'll see. I'm very excited about it. I love the idea of growing something you can eat. I also must be an optimist, since I have a checkered past with plants.

I've you've ever been in our guest bathroom, you've been welcomed by this:

That's what happens to most of my plants. But this one refuses to die so I just keep it around. I can't bring myself to get rid of it.

But I'm encouraged by one of my very few success stories - we planted 2 daffodil bulbs in November and one is about to bloom!

Monday, March 12, 2012

why do kids love tupperware so much?

The girls all have been a little sick so we've been stuck in the house for quite a few days. By their bedtime Saturday we all had cabin fever. But then Sunday morning they got into the tupperware cabinet and were engrossed and peaceful for about an hour. (Then they remembered they were sick and resumed being cranky.)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

cleaning out the car...guess what I find?

Stuffed into crevices, in the car door pockets, cupholders and on and under the seats. Everywhere.

I know why this happens, too.

Pulling out one's hair thing seems to be the best way to relieve frustration about being trapped in the car. After that, you go after your sister's hair thing. Grab a bunch of her hair, yank it and pull out the bow/ponytail holder/barrette and make her as mad as you are.

So satisfying.