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Our Fairy Garden

My grandma, Mimi, has been creating a little fairy garden in her lawn beside her driveway for the past few years, and I’ve always thought it was just the cutest thing. Miniature furniture, mushrooms, maybe a gnome or two – count me IN. As a little girl, I was obsessed with anything tiny. I read The Borrowers and The Littles series, I played with Polly Pockets (and other tiny dolls), and I always wanted to find and save for last the tiniest grapes on the bunch. (That last one’s a little weird…) I’ve been waiting and hoping for the day Charlotte might express some interest in creating one of these adorable little gardens….

And that day has come! 

She brought it up last week, and Daddy and I delivered. We spent a small fortune at Earl May and Menards getting the supplies, but who cares when it comes out this adorable? Behold, our fairy garden:


It’s still missing our cute pair of ceramic bunnies that suffered a near causality as soon as we brought them home, but once the glue cures we’ll plop those right in there to play amongst the moss and mushrooms. 

Now, I have no clue how this will look after it finishes raining tonight, but half the fun is arranging it anyway. I don’t think we’ll mind having to do it again. 

And on that note, Happy Mother’s Day to all! 


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Caroline is 8 months old!

I’m a day short of a week overdue with this, but at least it is still February. It’s hard to believe our baby is 8 months old now.


She is such a love!


Caroline is still loving her sweet potatoes and puffs the most, and she loves to feed herself more than ever now. We rarely spoon-feed purees to her anymore, and she is doing a great job scooping up slippery chunks of avocado and pasta. Eating solid food has helped ease up my pumping regime during the work day, which I appreciate! It is really difficult to get any work done when I was pumping three times a day (both preps and during lunch). Now I’m down to twice a day (or once and at night if I feed her right before she leaves for day care) and it makes a big difference. 

Caroline is a toy-loving gal! Unlike her big sister who couldn’t care less for toys as a baby (that’s not AT ALL true now, though 🙂 ), Caroline can always be appeased with one of her toys. I finally bought a basket to keep all her own toys and move around the house wherever we need it. We can just plop her down on the floor, spill a bunch of toys around her, and she’ll stay pretty happy for awhile. If she gets upset, toss in a new toy. Easy! But don’t you dare take something away from Caroline. That really pisses her off. Her face will contort into the saddest and most dramatic expression before she lets out a mighty wail. Luckily she gets over things pretty quickly. She must know I deal with enough drama from her big sister and my 150 7th graders in a day! Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

The only time she sits in her swing is if we have a random difficult night where she’s wide awake at 2 am (like last night). Otherwise, she likes to move and play too much for that boring old thing. I can’t wait to get that monstrosity out of our small family room. Small house living is challenging with all the giant baby gear!

No teeth yet. Not crawling, scooting, or pulling up. But she is a wiggler who loves to lunge forward in our arms and sort of hang off us. She certainly gives me a workout. Her favorite past time: grabbing things. Like my face. My face is her favorite thing to grab. Painful? Yep. But it’s also cute so I forgive you, Baby. It’s also so adorable the way she will lunge out her sitter’s arms toward me when I arrive to pick her up every day. Then she’ll just grab my face and pull it toward hers for a kiss. And when I say kiss I really mean a face smoosh because, remember, she’s only 8 months old. 

This sure is a fun age, and we are enjoying watching Caroline’s personality  emerge more each day. Mama, Daddy, and Charlotte love you, Caroline! You make me smile and beam with pride all day long! 

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Charlotte and Caroline had appointments yesterday morning (Charlotte’s 4 year check and Caroline’s 6 month check). Daddy spent over two hours at the doctor with both of them while Momma went to work. Caroline is now 18 lbs 6 oz! Even though she is a few weeks past her exact 6 month birthday, I still think it is incredible that she is exactly 2 pounds heavier than Charlotte was at 6 months! I know because I just checked my own blog. I knew I’ve been writing this thing for a reason! Caroline is also 26.25 inches long.

Charlotte is now 40.5 inches and 36 pounds. Both girls are healthy, which means Daddy and I are happy!

Charlotte was not so happy about the shots she had to get. After her flu shot a couple of months ago, she has become terrified of needles. There was a lot of screaming on the exam table and a full day of limping to follow. It’s been over 24 hours and she’s still hobbling around, although only when she remembers to do so. Our dramatic girl! (Remember this?)

Also, looking back at June 2011 I came across this post with an adorable video of six month-old Charlotte and Buddy. What a cutie. I have the most adorable babies. And my dog was pretty darling, too. We sure miss him, but I’m glad Charlotte had a pup to spend her early years with. Now Caroline needs a furry friend…

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The Big Eve

So long, 2014. Thank you for blessing our family with this sweet little gift!


See you in 2015!