Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014


A few goings on at our house.  Our swingset was old and rotten so we bit the bullet and bought the girls a new one from Steepleton's.  (merry christmas and happy birthday for the next ten years)  It had gotten to the point where I was afraid to have both girls swinging on it at the same time, and we knew we would have lots of girls on it during our croquet party, so, down it came.

My burly husband took it down on a few Saturdays ago.  Fast forward a week-and-a-half, and the nice man who sold us our new set arrived with another man to assemble our new one.  Took them two-and-a-half hours.  So glad we went with a local store that includes installation - who knows how long it would have take us and now it's up and level and we know the girls are safe.

new set going in
Caroline monitoring the progress.
All done and ready for play.
Ellie and Caroline have played on it every evening (and some mornings) since.

Ellie was so happy to see it when she got home from school.
Ellie's neighborhood friends had a good time on it while the adults played croquet. 

These girls don't mess around when it comes to play.
Brandon Eason, Croquet Champion for the second time.
We're pretty happy with the purchase, and love to hear Ellie as her imagination takes her on boat rides, airplanes, and in the car all while she stands at the steering wheel.  Little sister has decided she's not so little anymore and also wants to be in on the action.
I just can't take her face sometimes.  Heartbreaker.
She climbed right up on her first try.
Another change - perhaps a bigger one - has been in the bed department.  Pete picked up matching twin sleigh beds I found on Craigslist a few weeks ago, but we didn't have mattresses for them.  Ellie knew about them, but wasn't asking for a big girl bed, so we didn't rush her.  Then, a couple of weekends ago, Ellie mentioned something along the lines of, "maybe when I'm a 4-year-old I'll get a big girl bed."  We asked her if she'd like to sleep in her big girl bed now, and she replied that she would.  So the next day we bought her a mattress.  The evening of September 1st Ellie slept in her own bed and hasn't looked back since.  
What I found when I checked on her a couple hours after bedtime.
Later that night, after I'd righted her.  (we now have a bed rail.)
We had been putting pillows on the floor, and she fell out a couple of times, but has done really well.  We kept her crib on the other side of the room for a week or so, just in case she decided she wanted to go back, but she didn't, SO..... next we increased Caroline's real estate!
First nap in the big crib!
old crib, new spot, new tenant
The official passing down of the crib.
So that's what's new with us!  Big day on Monday, so get yourself ready for lots of pictures of the Littlest!!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Caroline, weeks 36-47

Yep.  I'm still taking weekly pictures.  Only two more left.  Sniff.  Sad face.  I just put the numbers on all these yesterday, so here you go!

She was still such a CHUNK at 36 weeks!!  She's not dainty now, but her face isn't as round.  And it's nearly impossible to get her to sit still for a picture, as you can see in week 46 when she crawled over to me and pulled herself up to look at the camera.  Little stinker :-)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Caroline at 11 months

In two weeks The Littlest will be one-year-old.  

Say Whaa?!?!?
I can't believe it!  This year has flown by and I feel like I missed most of it.  

Loves to play the piano.
Hates that she's not allowed to play during her sister's nap.
In her eleventh month Caroline started speaking some protowords:  /dada/, /ffff/ for either Fiona or woof-woof, /tiii/ or /titi/ for teeth, and /mumumum/ for that crack of baby snacks, Mum Mums.  


Her fourth tooth emerged last month as well - her other top incisor, the left one, broke through on the 12th, while we were in South Carolina.  She had several other firsts in SC.

First sunrise on the beach!
First orange slice.  Complete slice went in, only the skin came back out - like a pro.
Napped like a champ on vacay, too.
Technically, she turned eleven months while we were on the beach.  
Eleven-months-old today!
Are you sure?
So the 'official' pictures were three days late.  Her stats were as follows:  weight- 21 pounds, 7.5 ounces, thigh circumference- 10.75" - down a full 1.25 inches from when she started crawling!  :-( 

Caroline learned how to crawl up the stairs in her eleventh month, and her favorite activity is to take things out of other things:  clothes out of luggage, tea set pieces out of giant tea pot, legos out of box, blocks out of tub, etc.  She is also quite the hair-puller.  Favorite targets:  Mommy and Ellie.  But Baby Kate felt the wrath of her grabby hands a few times on vacation.  Still loves the bath and all things water-related.

Looking like her Daddy



I commented to Pete the other day that Caroline still has that baby smell.  I don't know exactly when it goes away, but I'm so glad that she still has it.  She still has that super-soft skin you just can't help but kiss and those precious baby toes and starfish hands.  We don't know what we would do without you, Cares!!  I know you must grow, and I know there are great adventures ahead of us, I just wish you could stay little a bit longer. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beach Week 2014: beach pics

It's been raining all day so there seemed no better time to finally wrap up our trip to South Carolina.  I got some pictures on my real camera our last afternoon at the beach.  The older girls were always on the move, and the littlest was fairly quick to get in on the action when she could.

best photobomb ever

Crazy Girls - what will we do with a boy in the mix?
These two were fast friends.

"hey guys, wait for me!"
At least I got a good one of the Wheelers!
Matt was kind enough to build a sandcastle for the girls (to destroy).
Expert sandcastle squasher
Kate loved the ditch her daddy dug.
The week was also full of some excellent tea parties.

While we were on Sullivan's Island, Ellie saw many of the animals she has read about in her books.  We saw:  a horseshoe crab, a hermit crab, jellyfish, minnows, seagulls, pelicans, a whelk, a blue crab, dolphins, and a shark!  We were walking back from the tide pool one evening and Ellie said to Pete, "Daddy, what's that?" (we had seen dolphins the previous evening).  I was looking for seashells and I suddenly heard Pete jump a few feet in the air as he said, "Whoa!  That's a shark!!"  Sure enough, there was a three-foot long shark, about four feet away from us swimming along the shore.  It swam alongside the shore as we walked along for a few feet, and eventually turned its tail and headed back out to sea. 

For Rachael and Julie:  Yes, the food post was from memory.  I used the picture dates to help me get everything in correct order, but the entrees are etched on my mind!

It was a great week with great friends - can't wait to do it again!