Friday, July 30, 2010

Do As I'm Doing

Poor little Chloe wants to do EVERYTHING her big sister is doing. I hadn't really noticed it (except the fighting over the same toy) until the last few days. Yesterday morning she woke up and Emily was still asleep, she found Emily's princess dress put it on (the best that an 18 month old can) and then pranced around the house. Today we were playing Sleeping Beauty and Emily was "sleeping" in my bed, Chloe climbed up and started "sleeping" just like her sister. She wants to color like Emily, play in Emily's sticker book, and do pretty much anything else she sees her big sister do. It is kind of cute, when it doesn't involve shrieking!

My other discovery when putting Chloe in the tub this morning is that she kind of has a puppy thing going on. She is this tiny little string bean with super skinny legs and then she has a little buddah belly and GIANT feet! Her feet are super long and skinny and I think they have grown about an inch in the last two weeks, finding shoes is quite a challenge. I have a feeling she is going to be TALL.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Emily

So last Friday was the BIG day, my little Emily turned three. She was SOOOO excited. She has been "helping" me get ready for the party and could not wait to play with all the fun things we had been working on. I have lots more pictures, but here are a few from before the mayham began! I fully accept that the party decor was out of control, but I had been visiting a couple of cute party websites and couldn't help myself. Now a need a new fun project!

Summer Reading

Twice a year the library selects "readers choice" books then you have several months to read and vote on your favorites. I have had pretty good luck with them in the past so I picked up 4 last time I was at the library. Two "Bound South" and "Henry's Sisters" were ok. They were a bit painful to read and I wasn't sure I needed that much reality in my life. The other that I read this weekend was "Something's Missing." Let me just say it was the best book I have read in a long time. It was SO funny! It is about an OCD thief that breaks into "clients" homes and steals things, but his clients never notice anything is missing. It was set in Newington CT, where my sister lived, so it made it extra fun. I totally recommend it to anyone looking for a fun summer read.

Em's birthday was this weekend, and I have finally recovered from the party! I promise a full account and pictures by the end of the day. :-)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More Party Stuff and Curly Hair

Here are some cute new pics of Em sporting her curly do. Her hair is naturally curly and is finally starting to fill in a bit. I love it when it is curly like this. Unfortunately after a nap it is a MESS again.

I have become a bit OBSESSED with Em's birthday party (I guess I needed a project). Anyway below are the invitations and party hats. I am having so much fun!

The best part of my day today was picking two big handfuls of raspberries from the back yard. I LOVE this time of year!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bed Issues, A Mad Tea Party, and Two Princesses

When Emily was 17 months she started climbing out of her crib. After she fell on her head the second time we decided it was time to turn it into a toddler bed. It was a rough transition for a week or so, but overall a good decision (it was great that she couldn't open her door). I decided that I would take the same approach with Chloe. Note, Chloe is an EXCELLENT sleeper. Not like Emily who still frequently doesn't make it through the night (in fact last night we woke up to hysterical screaming three times. For a week this month she decided she wanted to sleep on the floor and today she took a nap in her closet.

At around 3 months Chloe started sleeping through the night (12+ hours a night kind of sleep). Since that day she has only woke up a handful of times, typically experiencing some sort of dire circumstances (leg caught in the crib, sick, missing blanket...). She has never in her life "cried it out" because she doesn't cry when you put her to bed. She takes two 2+ hour naps a day and sleeps 12 hours a night. When she is in a bad mood you just put her in her crib and she will play happily until she goes to sleep. To put it mildly she loves her crib. So me being a moron, decided it was time to move her to her toddler bed. We took off the front rail this morning and put on the toddler rail that allows her to get in and out of bed on her out. She was SOOO happy and immediately began jumping on her bed with unabashed glee. Emily wanted to get in on the action and the two girls spent about an hour playing on the new bed (all the while Emily was whining "mom build me a big girl bed"). I was nervous for nap time, but she took two naps with no tears. Then it was bed time, no big deal right? Oh wait, it is the 4th of July and my normally tranquil quiet neighborhood was transformed into a war zone. Not sure if it was the constant explosions or the bed, but Chloe freaked and it took an hour to get her calmed down and asleep. I am hoping tomorrow will go better. Why again did I choose July 4th to convert to a new sleeping situation?

In other news, it is almost Emily's third birthday. I have been inspired by this website ( and a couple of others, and I am planning a fantastic Alice in Wonderland style mad tea party. I am so excited for some projects. I went on a DI and Tai Pan Trading binge and got so many fun items for the table. I didn't do as well at DI as I had hoped for the tea pots (crazy Mormons don't drink tea :-). I did find two pretty ugly tea pots that I spray painted with pretty good results. I am planning to fill them with bright pink peonies for the table center piece. I also got some amazing Heather Bailey fabric (from the Nicey Jane collection) for the table runner. I ordered some paper lanterns for over the table online and things are shaping up nicely. I am planning food and found a great funky vintage Alice in Wonderland digi kit for the invites and favors. Now I am working on party games. About three weeks ago there were some plastic pink flamingos in the dollar section at Target. I saw them and smiled, but couldn't think of what I would do with them...Now that I have a use for them they are gone, greedy flamingo buyers got them all. Now just to implement the vision!

Also below are some cute photos my mom took of the girls the other day.