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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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Merry Christmas

After a last minute change of plans, we spent a quiet Christmas day at home as a family of four. 

I would have been sad all day long about missing the family Christmas celebrations back home if not for these two.


Did you know it is hard to get a good picture of two young children? Probably not — no one has heard this ever.

Charlotte sort of understood Christmas last year, but this year, after watching so many Christmas movies, learning about it at Kinderfarm, talking about it with us and her daycare friends, picking out a gift for her sister, and just being a year older and wiser, she really got it. It was so fun for Chris and me to help her put out cookies, milk, and a candy cane with a note for Santa on Christmas eve (then eat/drink said refreshments). And for some reason filling her stocking was even more fun than I thought it should be. She loved pulling out all the random goodies before opening her gifts this morning (like Chapstick, bubble gum [all but two pieces are gone already!], some Go Fish cards, Silly Putty, and a few caramels). 

Charlotte’s  favorite gift from Santa was the big, green t-rex she had wanted for at least a year now. Caroline loves her new fleece booties that she looks so cute in…..Well, she’s actually pretty indifferent toward them, but she did love the banana Santa left in her stocking! We held it in front of her mouth and she devoured the entire thing this afternoon. Banana is actually her second solid food – she tried sweet potato for the first time this past weekend (I will have to post about that and share pictures later). She is already shaping into a champion solids eater, and we are so proud! 

This afternoon we watched Elf, played with toys, and tried to get Caroline to take one decent nap (we failed). We had Japanese for dinner because we weren’t planning on being here and didn’t have the right food to make a decent meal. But sushi is good and fun, and Charlotte is a very good miso soup eater. Caroline just watched, hungrily staring at my….soba noodles.

I hope everyone reading had a wonderful and festive Christmas! 

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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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