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Monday Minions

It’s been raining every day since last Thursday. (Happy Summer!)

And every day Charlotte tells me that the song we’ve been singing hasn’t worked again. (“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Charlotte and Caroline want to play!”)

Hopefully tomorrow Mother Nature will get the message. 

So, after renting Despicable Me 2 (or, as Charlotte calls it, “Spit-a-cul Me.”) from the library to help pass some of the time indoors, we were inspired to make our own minions!  

We just used some things I already had at home: an egg carton cut apart, some yellow paint, googly eyes, and markers. We painted the egg carton pieces first, and then waited a looooong time for them to mostly dry. All this rain is making the air nice ‘n humid, so we had to wait over 24 hours. Agony! 

Then we simply glued on some googly eyes, drew on some glasses (or some scribbles, whatever), and set them up in their makeshift egg carton minion mobile.

Ready, set, play!


Besides being yellow and roundish, they really don’t look much like minions….But 4 year-olds are easy to please. And my 4 year-old had fun making and then playing with our simple rainy day craft. Win!


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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Mercy T-shirt milestone

This picture is from November 22…..I might be just a leeeetle behind on my blogging. Maybe. 


I just had to document Caroline wearing her Mercy hospital T-shirt. It was one of multiple little gifts the hospital sent us home with, and I didn’t really expect it to start fitting so soon.

I should have known with my big babies.

Gosh, what a photogenic child! 

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Updates in Caro-land

Caroline has had a few “firsts” lately that must be documented (or else something will surely happen, right?).

First, and perhaps most excitingly, she is now a roller! Caroline first rolled from her back to stomach when we were in Glen Ellyn two weeks ago. Most babies roll from stomach to back first, I think, but Caroline hates tummy time so much so she just went straight to level two rolling. The other day she did complete level one rolling for the first time, and I think she might be enjoying tummy time just a little bit more now. Well, enjoying may be a strong word. And I probably just jinxed that so forget I mentioned anything.

This is the first time I've smiled during tummy time EVER.

This is the first time I’ve smiled during tummy time EVER.

Another milestone to remember is that Caroline is now sleeping in her crib every night! That’s right – we finally brought it up from the gallows and assembled it in her room, and she moved in just about two weeks ago. At 4+ months, she is about a month older than Charlotte was when she moved out of the bassinet in our room, but we put it off longer because we were really enjoying using the space for Caroline’s crib for all our laundry. The room looks much cuter with the crib. Are you wondering where we now put all our clean laundry? No, of course not away in closets and drawers! Now it’s in the living room. But we really only use that room as a hallway and occasional dining room anyway so we may as well make it more useful. 🙂 Anyway…..Caroline is doing great in her crib. Yay!

Finally, and unfortunately, Caroline also has her first illness. 😦 She started getting a runny nose earlier this week and last night the doctor confirmed her first ear infection in her right ear. Our poor baby has been awfully crabby at night, but it seems like the antibiotics have already started kicking in. I hate getting her on antibiotics this young, but since she can’t tell us about her pain, we all decided it was the best idea. Hopefully this is both her first and last ear infection.

She hasn’t been totally miserable this week, thankfully. On Thursday I bundled her up and took her out in the stroller, which she loves. Look how cute this little Teddy Bear is:


The snuggliest Teddy ever!

Charlotte captions her art

Charlotte has many interests – animals, dinosaurs, planets, anything sciencey (made-up word alert), super heros, reading, among others – but writing/drawing/coloring really haven’t been her forte. For that reason, she is still working on writing or drawing any particular shape or letter. Most of her stuff still comes out as a scribble….but not her people! Yesterday she drew her first person! I took a picture and included a caption: Charlotte’s exact words when she looked at her completed work of art. Her tone was so darn matter-of-fact that I had to laugh out loud. I just love her honesty.


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