Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Years Old


This little girl of ours turned three today, and she is the best thing ever.  


This will probably mostly be picture heavy, because there's just too much to say about her that I might not even try.  She's so awesome.  She has grown up so much this past year, and I literally can't even put into words how much I love her or how much joy it brings me to spend my days with her and Claire.  Seeing every new thing they learn and hearing every new thing they have to say.  It's the best.  I am so blessed to get to be here and have this life with them.

She has had some rough days lately with some extreme grumpiness and not so nice behavior.  I'm hoping this isn't how her life as a three year old is going to go.  It has not be pleasant.  The last few days have been better than last week was, but still not great.  She wasn't feeling well last week, and maybe that ickiness is still lingering and causing her grouchy little attitude.  Let's hope she feels better soon if that's the case!

I couldn't love her more though.  Even when she's being a stinker and getting in trouble, she still just wants a hug from me.  She comes to me for everything.  I get so worried about her when I'm not around, because I am her comfort.  I love that so much, but also wish she'd let other people love her up like she lets me.  


Claire is majorly in love with her, as we all are.  Natalie loves Claire too, but isn't nearly as loving towards her as I would like :)  

She's still a picky eater, but it doesn't worry me quite as much as it used to... I keep thinking some day she'll figure out that food is delicious, but so far it hasn't happened.  She stopped napping a few months ago but still goes up to her room for rest time every day.  I need it, and so does she.  She sits in bed and reads books to herself the entire time.  She flips through and recites what she has memorized, otherwise she just makes it up.  It's my favorite thing ever to listen to the stories she makes up.

(We celebrated by making a nest and watching Tom and Jerry Christmas episodes and eating popcorn for dinner.  That's my kind of birthday!  We also drove around to find a house whose lights were timed to the Frozen soundtrack.  She slept through it.  I enjoyed it though :) )

She basically narrates her life.  She'll say something and then say "Said Nat" right afterwards.  It's so hilarious and awesome.  She hit her head on a chair one time and was genuinely sad and crying a little bit, but she still managed to pause to say "cried Natalie in her house" then resumed crying.  I find her pretty amusing.

She just impresses me on a daily basis.  I love her so much.  I'm so excited for her to get older and just be my little buddy, and to teach her things and have long conversations with her... but don't think I haven't watched her first and second year slideshows with tears in my eyes this week.  Multiple times.  

I'm in the process of making her third year slideshow and I'm wondering how many more years I can keep this up :) Not many, probably.  Also, the sappy songs are killers but that's kind of the point of being a mom right?  Just being a sappy puddle of love for your kids?  I'm there.

I love her so much.  I hope she knows it, even when I'm not happy with how she's acting.  I hope she knows I just want to sneak into her room and hug her at night and how I want to just hug her all day long and run my fingers through her long wild hair...  Tonight when we were putting her to bed, I finished the two (too long) books I read her and then she said "Mom, you can sleep with me" and I really really wanted to do it... but Claire was still up and I have other things to do, and I don't really want to go to sleep at 8 o'clock.  Normally she's in bed at 7:30, but we were off tonight.  

I just don't want her to grow up on me... but I also can't wait.  It's confusing.  I can't wait to see who she becomes.  Hopefully the past week isn't a glimpse into the future, but rather a shortly lived phase.  Let's pray it's the latter.  I need it to be.  If that's not the case I'm going to have to have some lessons in patience.  I just want her to grow up and be happy and kind and loving and have a heart for God as huge as His heart is for her. 


Ok, this was more writing than I intended to do, but there's just too much goodness about her.  I wish I had been writing here throughout the past year.  There's so much that happened and so much I've already forgotten.  I'll try to be better from year 3-4.  

Anyways.  Happy happy happy birthday to my beautiful little Natalie!  My three year old.  I love her more than I ever thought possible. 

Oh, and Michael built me a mantle!!!!!!

I'm obsessed.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Costumes

This year we have a little frog and gnome on our hands.

Natalie has known for months that she wanted to be a frog for Halloween, so I made it happen for her.  

I found the frog head/hood pattern on Etsy and after I found that, I threw the rest together.

I bought a white shirt and pants from Target and then dyed them green.  I dyed them a different green to begin with, but the color turned out very differently than I imagined.  So I had to buy a new pair of pants and try again.  That time it worked out pretty well, but it still didn't really match the frog head I made... SO... I made a second head with yarn that matched.  

I used a darker color of green yarn to make little spots to sew onto the head, shirt and pants.  

I also made her a little stuffed frog belly, and hands and feet.  The hands and feet are just green gloves that I found at The Dollar Tree that somehow matched pretty perfectly.  I bought three pairs of them in case the ones on her feet got ruined.  After three wears (and two more to go) they are still in tact, but filthy.  They still work though!

They are just slipped on over her shoes so we can take them off if she's having a hard time walking.  She walks really well in them, I think partly because if the toes get caught under her foot she can just walk on top of them and they don't trip her up or anything because they aren't stuffed.  Just flimsy glove fingers.  She hasn't tripped in them at all yet, but I did take them off at a Halloween party we went to on Friday.  She's been a champ.

She seriously loves frogs so she is loving wearing this costume, and it makes me really really happy that she likes it.  I think she feels like she's actually a frog and she loves it :)

I like that girl.  A lot.

Now for little Claire Bear's costume.

A gnome was the only idea I kept going back to for her.  I think it's because she's so teeny tiny and only a gnome seemed fitting :) She just makes a perfect gnome in my opinion.  

I used a onesie and tights we already had.  I did buy the jumper from H&M, but she'll wear it other times than this. 

The shoes are just soft shoes I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby and I dyed them red.

I made the hat out of felt and made the leaves and acorns out of felt too and sewed them on.

I also made the apron and sewed on little felt mushrooms I made.

I just can't get enough of seeing her in this costume.  I seriously can't.  She's just the cutest little gnome baby in the world.

 I wish it was Halloween every day.

Claire's Birthday Party

This is only three months late... But it's still worth documenting, right?  Kristin likes to point out when my blog sucks (which is always because I'm boring) and she's done it again :) I have been meaning to do this post, so I figured I'd still do it. 

Here we go.

We celebrated Claire's first birthday party two days before her actual birthday.  We had lots of family and a few friends come to celebrate with us and she had a great day!

She's a great eater, so I was super excited to have a child who would actually eat their birthday cake.  She ended up not digging into it like I imagined, but it was still cute.  I had some serious frosting issues with her cake, so maybe she realized it wasn't real appetizing looking or something.  It still tasted good to me :)  She did eat some, but no handfuls or shoving her face in it or anything.  

We did a donut theme and I had a lot of fun with it.  I made mini donuts and regular sized donuts with two donut pans I bought.  They worked perfectly and all of the donuts came out really well.  Thank goodness I had some help from one of my friends who came to visit, because it ended up taking longer than I imagined.  We got it all done in plenty of time, but it was nice to have some extra hands! 

I had a lot of fun decorating and putting stuff together.  I didn't go too crazy overboard I don't think?  If our house was bigger we'd probably be in trouble, but our dining room is tiny so I feel like I need to control myself somewhat.  I also have issues with clutter and I am a pack rat, so things tend to get a little crazy in here.  

She had a great fun happy birthday and I love that little teeny thing so much.  She is such a good girl and she makes me incredibly happy.  I can't believe she is already one.  And Natalie will be three in two months and that is blowing my mind.  These girls need to stop growing up.

But I'd still like to have birthday parties and holidays.. They can just stay little though.

(Somehow big sister is the one with a present here...)

They are my favorites.

Monday, July 28, 2014

One Year Old!

Has a year ever gone so quickly? I really don't think so. I have a feeling I'll be saying this every year for the rest of my life...

Happy happy birthday to my favorite little one year old!

One year ago today I was holding my brand new teeny tiny baby girl.  Natalie was and is a tiny child, but even she made this little newborn Claire seem impossibly small.  I couldn't believe now tiny she was.

6 lbs. 5 ounces and 19 inches of adorableness.

She was perfect and amazing and spending the last year of my life taking care of her and watching her grow up has made me so incredibly happy.

She is such a loving little thing.  She gives out kisses like it's her job, she is super cuddly and is in love with her big sister.  And her dog.  

She's talking a bit more.  Just yesterday she said ''sit'' to my mom trying to get her to sit down on the sit 'n spin toy we got from a garage sale.  So grandma obeyed and sat on there with her.  It was pretty darn cute.  She also says ball ''bah'', mama, dada, dexter ''dedter'', and I think she was saying ''bubble'' tonight in the bath tub.  

She thinks it's perfectly acceptable to try to dive off of furniture every chance she gets.  She is oblivious to the fact that it might not be such a great idea.  Or she knows somebody will always catch her.  Either way, I wish she'd change her mind about thinking this is a fun game.

She has 4 teeth and I'm sooo happy she finally got her top teeth to come in.  Those gave her some troubles and made my life a little less enjoyable for a while.  I'm ok with just 4 teeth for now because she's sooo happy at the moment :)

She is not as shy as she used to be so that's awesome.  Last time my mom and sister's family were around she'd get very nervous about them and sometimes cry if they tried to hold her.  But she really warmed up to them this time . We had her cousins stay at our house and I looked over to see her giving one of them a kiss this morning.  So so precious.  

We go to her one year appointment on Friday so we'll see how big/little she is.  She has definitely grown since 9 months but it's hard to say how much.  I think she's grown at least.  She is still pretty itty bitty though.  She's always been smaller than Natalie was even, which is kind of crazy.  

She's just the best.  She has been so much fun, and such an easy addition to our family.  She's made having two kids as painless as possible so far :) I love her so much.  Natalie is starting to really think of her as a little buddy now and not just a baby.  I am obsessed with the fact that Natalie calls her Claire Bear along with her mommy and daddy.  Natalie singing ''Happy birthday dear Claire Bear'' about killed me...

Claire loves to try to play with Natalie and wants to be by her all the time.  Natalie really does put up with it very well most of the time, but they are fighting a little bit already.  It always kind of cracks me up, but also makes me scared for the future.  I know how sisters fight.  It isn't pretty :)  I believe I've been tied up and thrown out in the snow, stabbed in the face with a pen, attacked, kicked, punched... yeah.  Good times.

But they are going to be best friends.  I'll make them.  

So happy birthday my little Claire bear!  You are so precious and we love you so so so so so so much.  

Comparison of the girls on their first birthday's:

Some of Claire's one year photos: