Patrick: 7 Months and Then Some

Patrick turned seven months a couple of weeks ago. So naturally, we took his picture yesterday and are passing it off as authentic. It’s how we roll. We’re pretty laid back and casual.

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Aww Squishie, you make me melt!

Patrick loves pulling off his socks, pulling himself up on anything he can hold on to that will support his weight… or not, and has two bright and shiny new teeth that he’s pretty excited about. His crawl has officially evolved from the army crawl to the full blown up-on-all-fours model and he’ll eat anything. We love him, and he loves everything. Mostly food, though.

But let us not forget, in order to accomplish seven months, he first had to accomplish being six months. Which he did.

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And before any of this… he had to be two months. I’m happy to tell that you I finally caved and just bought a new charger for our camera (since our other one is officially MIA at the moment) and was able to download this gem of history:

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Oh little man, I can’t believe how big you are!

You will also notice that we switched it up a little bit and I stood in at 7 months with Baby P, instead of Tim. Because variety is the spice of life.

Now, by the time he’s 10 months I’m sure we’ll get around to taking at least his 8 month photo, if we’re lucky we might squeeze in the 9 month-er for good measure. #lifegoals

Happy Monday!

30 Days Young

As I mentioned  we will be doing a month-to-month photo with Patrick, just as we did with his sisters. This one kind of came about because I forgot to take a really good one of Patrick when he was first born, but found a pretty great one of him and Tim and the month-to-month evolved from there. So, without further ado… here’s the newborn pic:

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Toes!

Anyway, and here is the big (little) guy 30 days later!

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I also have one with the month on it:

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But I think I like without better.

Patrick is chubbing out like a champ. He started smiling about a week ago, and is cooing up a storm which melts my heart every time. Every. Time.

Happy one month, little man!

Charlotte Turns 2

Our littlest dumpling turned two this past weekend! I know everybody always says this about their children, but time flies so fast. I can’t believe my rosy cheeked baby is now a running, jumping, talking two-year old.

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Because of Sophie’s birthday-picture disaster, I made sure that someone was on camera duty at all times so we didn’t end up with only a few really poor quality shots on the camera phone. Instagram can only do so much for us.

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Along with The Little Mermaid movie and a raincoat (that we used later in the day) we made Charlotte a little bed for her favorite stuffed animal, Fefe. I got the idea from this amazing lady and ran with it. I had been trying for days to make a cloth-doll for Charlotte, and it just wasn’t turning out. I mean, it REALLY wasn’t turning out. Apparently dolls aren’t my thing.  When I saw this baby basket on MADE, I knew we had to do it for Charlotte. She loved it so much she even wanted to bring it with her to the orchard for her party. That’s a win for Mom and Dad.

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We’re pretty sure Fefe was happy too. Sophie also put in her own order for a baby basket. She said she needs one for her puppy to “be warm and snuggly”. I guess puppy can have one too.

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As mentioned, this year we decided to go to an orchard for Charlotte’s party and pick some apples, drink some apple cider, and all around have a relaxed, good time.

Well, if only Mother Nature had gotten the memo. It was cold and drizzly most of the day! We still ended up having a wonderful time, but not without a few shivers, and really cold, wet feet. Let’s just say we have the most AMAZING family and friends for braving the elements and coming out to celebrate with us.

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I mean seriously, just a beautifully rugged, natural orchard. There was also some wine tasting to be had, as well as brick oven baked pizzas and a really fun band that played throughout the afternoon despite the blustery rain coming through.

They also had complimentary portraits being drawn up in the barn!

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So both girls sat for their portraits. And by “sat” I mean sort of squirmed and twisted in the chair and I was feeling grateful that the very talented artist drew something that even sort-of resembled them. They are beautiful little momentos for the day and I’m excited to hang them up in their new bedroom (next week next week next week!).

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Charlotte sat still with the help of a honey stick for about half of it. Then we had to start singing Little Bunny Foo Foo with her. Daddy stood behind the artist and did the actions so Charlotte was at least looking the right direction for the artist to see all of her gorgeous, chubby-cheek features (I’m her mother, give me a break). The things we do in public to entertain our children, I tell ya.

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I like to call this group the “second wind” group. We had gotten a particularly strong shower after opening gifts, had packed everything up into the car, and were pulling out of the parking lot when I received two texts from party-goers that had just arrived! They had all told me they were coming late, but I just assumed that the weather had kept everyone home.

I was so wrong!

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Back out of the car we went!

I am so happy they came when they did! Up until that point we had just been hanging out around the barn and campfire, the weather wasn’t really apple-picking weather at all. But when this group showed up, suddenly it stopped drizzling, the wind calmed down, and we were all, “Well shoot! Let’s go pick us some apples!” So we did!

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It was a pretty great surprise-ending to our little washed-out party. It was still pretty grey out but there was no more rain and with the wind gone, the 60 degree temp wasn’t feeling quite so frigid. I think for every one apple that got put the bag, atleast three were eaten. Babies really don’t understand the whole save-for-later concept when the apples are so delicious looking.

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I was surprised by how many orchards only have a pick-your-own option for a couple of weeks in the fall and then are done. I thought apples were a until-it-started-snowing thing. Maybe not that long but I figured first week in October we were safe. Nope.

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We had actually planned to go to a different orchard until we realized there were no apples available to pick! We made a quick switch to this one at the last minute. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when we weren’t even going to go out and get any apples. And then how happy I was when we were able to go later!

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We had some pretty determined pickers…

By the time we were finally ready to leave (for real this time) everybody was pretty exhausted and well-ladened with bags full of apples. And I was feeling so grateful that the party hadn’t been as much of a disaster as I originally thought it was.

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So a really big “thank you” to everyone who helped make this day wonderful for us! Charlotte had such a wonderful time at her big-girl birthday party and we felt so blessed by all the birthday wishes coming in! You all are amazing and we love you so much!

Cheers!

First Day of School

Or rather… first day of preschool!

Both girls went to their very first day of preschool today (although I think for Charlotte it might just be considered Day Care but shh…)! The girls were both really excited to go. We went to their preschool for a little “test run” late last week and they loved all the toys and games and, of course, the kids.

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Originally we had thought that this year, since Sophie turned 3, we would send her to a half-day preschool program. However, then I went and got all employed and we were in need of something a little more full-time for BOTH girls. Having never sent our kiddos to any type of daycare before, I think I probably looked at about a million and half different options “just to be sure”. We even flirted with the idea of getting a nanny but we still wanted to send Sophie to some type of preschool program and that on top of the cost of an at-home nanny was kind of out of the question.

So, after doing some research we decided that we would send our girls to a day care program, and what we really wanted it to be was bilingual. We have always loved the idea of having our kids in a language immersion school program and you know what they say, “The younger the better.” Happily, there are lots of great options for language immersion school options, we just had to pick the one that fit us. And so the hunt began!

And we are so happy about our choice. We’ll see what the girls say when I pick them up, but from the pictures the center has been sending me, the girls look like they are having a great time! They both were a little unsure when we arrived, no tears, just unsure. But hopefully they warmed up to right away and had a great time! Cross your fingers!

Also, when I asked them to pose for the picture above. This is the original pose they did…

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Apparently they really like their backpacks…

For everyone else who started school recently… Happy back to school! Cheers!

Sophie Turns 3

** I literally took maybe five pictures total at both of Sophie’s birthday parties (fail). So the ones I posted were from a very limited supply of all-around bad photographs. My bad.

We had a really busy weekend two weeks ago. Genius over here did her second (ever) craft sale on Saturday, and then had her oldest daughter’s birthday party/Mother’s day celebration on Sunday. THEN I decided to split up the family birthday party and friend’s birthday party so the following weekend we had Sophie’s kid birthday party. Yep, I did that.

In my defense, when I applied for the Craftsravaganza, it never occurred to me that May 11th is the day before May 12th. I was all, “Oh.” when I figured that one out like a big girl. Genius. So I had all this stuff sprawled out everywhere, while simultaneously trying to clean up the apartment… what?

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Honestly though, it all turned out pretty stellar. I had a really wonderful time at the Saint Paul Craftsravaganza, even if my toes were frozen cold the whole time… The weather was nice and sunny with a side of blustery cold winds. At least it wasn’t raining. I sold out of my froggy bath mitts in the first hour, so now I know that I know when I think things are deliciously cute, I should probably make more than five of them. Lesson learned.

Thanks to all my amazing friends and family who came out and supported me that day. It’s so wonderful to see familiar faces in the sea of strangers. I also got to meet some pretty sweet, amazingly talented vendors from all over the midwest. I was even approached by a couple of store owners looking to sell my items (holy what?!) and people looking for vendors for other craft shows in other states (road trip!). So all in all, I would call it a pretty rocking success. Cold, but successful. Also, for those of you who have never been to the Craftsravaganza, go. And get there early because the swag bags they hand out to the first one hundred people are pretty legit. I had the extreme urge to hop in line myself just so I could get my hands on one of them. Next time…

In other news, Beansie turned three!

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Yea, she’s a whopping three fingers up. Can’t believe it. I am still in such awe of her. She’s such a light in our lives. She’s got a pretty killer sense of toddler humour and loves all things pink and sparkly. Mama is pretty proud of her.

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This year her birthday landed smack on Mother’s Day so when we sent out invites for her birthday party, we decided to just keep her Sunday, May 12th party small. Then we could also celebrate the mother’s in the room. We had Quiche (one was gluten and casein free and amazing. I used to think gluten-free was weird but I’m fast changing that opinion. I’ll post my variation of the recipe later. You’ll die.), fruit, and caramel rolls from our favorite bakery . I love birthday parties. It’s like an excuse to have a ton of delectable food all at once.

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We scheduled her wild and crazy (read: low-key)  kid birthday the following Saturday. She had a blast at both! We feel so blessed by all the love and support we feel every day by our amazing crew. This one we went all sunshine and coals on the grill. We had hot dogs, various salads, a veggie and fruit platter and a (get ready for it) gluten, casein, egg-free cake with frosting that was likewise G.C. & E. free! Who am I?

And with all those delicious aspects removed, it was still an amazing cake! I have officially discovered my favorite out-of-the-box cake and frosting mix and I can’t believe it’s got no dairy, wheat or egg in it. But it was awesome, and Sophie loved making it. The reason we went that route is because some of Sophie’s friends have allergies and we wanted to make sure everyone could eat the food we provided. Nothing sucks more than going to a party and having to bring your own food for fear of allergic reactions. So we gave it our best and it turned out really great. (Next time I go to the grocery store I’ll look to see what brand the cake and frosting was from and I’ll update)

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Do you like her outfit?

She picked it out herself. It was literally sitting on a hanger altogether for two weeks while we waited for it to be her birthday. Headband included.

Also, do you like Charlotte’s man-stache of chocolate? Classic.

We set out a slide, chalk, bubbles and balls for the kiddos to play with. Sophie’s really into gardening right now so the goodie bags were actually little pots with seeds in them for her friends to plant.

It was great. And now Sophie is enjoy the sweet rewards of being one year older… and having a large amount of brand new toys to play with. Ah, the good life. What did you all do over the weekend?