Celine: 3 years

Happy birthday, big girl!DSC_0495

A lot has happened in the past few months. Celine:

  • Is now potty-trained (except at night)
  • Doesn’t put her two fingers in her mouth anymore
  • Sleeps in a big-girl bed
  • Speaks clearly and in complete sentences
  • Is out of the high chair for good, even at restaurants
  • Picks out her own clothes, including panties. She can usually get the panties on but sometimes gets both legs stuck in one hole.
  • Can open doorsDSC_0481

She can throw one epic temper tantrum. She had one last week when she woke up and we couldn’t get out the door for school until 8:50am. I spent about 30 minutes trying to placate, and then ended up forcing her clothes on. We called Mike while he was driving to work which was the only thing that finally calmed her down (he told her a story of a princess who woke up grouchy but put her school clothes on and got in the car). She really works herself into a frenzy! She’s also into throwing to show her anger. Fun fun.DSC_0483

She is shockingly articulate, particularly when detailing why she doesn’t want to do something. She’s also great at summarizing her activities and emotions following an event. “We went to school and I cried. But then I stopped crying and Ms. Cindy read me a story.”DSC_0485

I am only allowed to put a braid in her hair. If I try to give her a pony or pigtails she complains until I take it out. Her hair is still growing and it’s thin and frizzy, so I wish she’d let me do more with it!DSC_0480

Some days she will eat everything put in front of her and more, and some days she won’t touch anything. It’s kind of a feast-or-famine lifestyle. Her #1 favorite food is rice – she would eat two cups of rice for every meal if we let her. She also likes spaghetti, sausage, Goldfish, applesauce, jambalaya, hot dogs, quesadillas, meat loaf, bread, and anything she can dunk in ketchup. We’ve been using M&Ms for bribery purposes and she’s a big fan. She also loves fruit snacks but turns into a monster after eating them so we’ve totally removed them from rotation.DSC_0490

She is seriously committed to dancing and lip-synching. She really puts her heart, soul, and limbs into it. She even mouths the words to her favorite movies and makes exaggerated faces depending on the tone of the scene. My parents gave the girls a karaoke machine for Christmas and it came with a CD with two songs on it, one of them being One Republic’s “Counting Stars.” This is “Celine’s song” and she will put it on and march around in a circle during the entire thing. It’s permanently stuck in Mike and my heads.

We love our headstrong, independent, loving, funny daughter, and we’re excited to see where three takes us!

Celine’s birthday crafts: unicorn horns

Once I settled on a unicorn party for Celine, I knew I wanted to make unicorn horns for the kids. After checking Pinterest, it seemed like an easy enough craft, and it ended up costing less than $30 total for all of them. I bought a bunch of felt at Jo-Ann and headbands off of Amazon and got to work!

First, I had to construct the horns. I had leftover poly stuffing from Michael’s Halloween costume in 2015 so I used that to fill them. I cut out the shape, rolled it up, hot glued the end, stuffed the horn, and hot glued the felt circle to the bottom to seal it all up. I made mostly white horns but made some black ones as well for the boys. Luckily Michael was binge-watching all five seasons of Homeland to catch up before the current season so I could half pay attention to catch up while making these.3-1-17-horn-1

I then wrapped gold cord around the horn and hot glued it to the headband. After cutting out the ear shapes, I hot glued those to the headband as well.3-1-17-horn-2

Then it was time to make the felt flowers. I found a few different styles on Pinterest and got to cutting. I ended up using 2-3 sheets of felt per color, which made for a lot of flowers.3-1-17-felt-13-1-17-felt-23-1-17-felt-3

I arranged the felt flowers in groupings I thought would work on the headbands and started gluing.3-1-17-felt-4

I didn’t really think about it, but the flowers ideally needed to sit completely above the headband so they wouldn’t hit your head and prevent the headband from lying flat. Oh well…I think they look great!3-1-17-final-horn

For the boys I just cut out star shapes in blues and hot glued them on. Also very cute!

Celine’s 3rd birthday party

Celine had her third birthday party this weekend at Little Lakewood Salon and Playhouse. All of her classmates came out along with a few additional friends. She had such a good time!

One of the great things about the venue was that they do all of the setup for you and handle table covers, plates/napkins/etc, balloons, and hanging decor. It was so nice to stroll in ten minutes before the party started and see everything already put together. I added a few things I had – unicorn pinatas and headbands, party favors, banner, cake, and balloon runner – and we were ready to go!IMG_6299IMG_6301IMG_6303IMG_6302IMG_6304

Let’s have a close-up on that cake. My mom and Grandma made it and it turned out so amazing!! I bought the horn and ears on Etsy and it finished the whole thing out.

I only took one (terrible) photo of the play area, but it had an indoor tube/gym type thing, dress-up, lots of pretend play, a train table, rockers, etc. It seemed like the kids were pretty excited about their options.IMG_6305

After about an hour, the kids went to the room for snacks and cupcakes!IMG_6306IMG_6337IMG_6333IMG_6334

After snacks, it was time to sing happy birthday! Celine is pretty comfortable being the center of attention. 🙂IMG_6315IMG_6331IMG_6330

Our pretty unicorn princess!IMG_6317

Part of the party included decorating cupcakes, so instead of cutting the cake open, each child got a cupcake, some frosting, and some sprinkles. A few kids (not naming names CELINE) started eating the cupcake before they received the frosting and sprinkles, but there were a few extra so she could start over. The kids had fun decorating the cupcakes!IMG_6319IMG_6323IMG_6325

The kids started gathering up their pinata, balloon, headband, and stuffed unicorn and heading out. The venue owner started cleaning everything up. I looked back in the room and there were two kids left, still decorating their cupcakes…Celine and Louise. Lol.IMG_6329

Usually I feel exhausted after their birthday parties as the adrenaline wears off. This one was so low maintenance that the exhausted feeling didn’t happen. So I guess it was a wildly successful party!

Celine’s big girl room

We’ve completed Celine’s big girl room! For reference, here’s what it looked like before the transition:2-21-17-celine-nursery-12-21-17-celine-nursery-2

And here’s what it looks like after!img_6092img_6094img_6093

Bed: Wayfair
Bed bumper: Bed Buddy
Duvet cover: Libeco (gift from Grammy)
Canopy: Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Dresser: IKEA
Flower knobs: Land of Nod
Rug: West Elm (already had)
Tent: Gift from Michael’s aunt
Cushions in tent; stool: HomeGoods
Dresser lamp: Pottery Barn Kids
Curtains: Target (already had)

The only thing left is for me to finish stripping the bark from one of our stumps and paint part of it pink with chalk paint. I’m thinking that will serve as her nightstand, so we’ll have to get a light for it as well.

Celine loves her room and so do I!2-20-17-celine-in-bed2-20-17-celine-in-tent

Winter break

Along with a Spring Break (that occurs in April), the girls get a Fall Break and Winter Break from school. This past week was their Winter Break and the whole family banded together to have a fun time with the girls!

First things first…they both needed hair trims. I took Celine after school on Thursday and Louise on Saturday. Their hair definitely looks better – and Louise’s has far less tangles now!2-20-17-celine-haircut2-20-17-louise-haircut-celine2-20-17-louise-haircut

Grammy and Grumps arrived in Dallas on Saturday evening and came over Sunday morning for some fun. They babysat the girls on Monday and Tuesday while Mike and I went to work. Monday was the Perot museum…I think they had a good time!2-20-17-perot-12-20-17-perot-2

Tuesday they traveled out to Grapevine Mills mall and hit up Build-a-Bear, the Rainforest Cafe, and the carousel. I think Celine was a little overwhelmed at the Rainforest Cafe and came home with a story about how the gorillas were scary. But Louise loved it!2-20-17-grapevine-mills-12-20-17-grapevine-mills-2

Wednesday was Grandmas turn to hang out with the girls. She stayed at our house for the day.2-20-17-grandma

The girls spent the night at their house on Thursday night which was great for Mike and me, and then my parents dropped them off around noon on Friday.

Saturday was shaping up to be a beautiful day so we decided to hit up the Arboretum. When we got there we discovered the Children’s Garden doesn’t open for another week, but we still had fun walking around, eating our lunch, and dancing to music.2-20-17-arboretum-12-20-17-arboretum-22-20-17-arboretum-3

I was taking Celine to the restroom when I heard an older couple say, “looks like we’ve got a dancer!” I turned around and saw Louise by herself in the middle of the stage, dancing away. Nobody seemed to mind!2-20-17-arboretum-4

That afternoon, Louise helped Mike make cookies. We bought an adjustable table for our Super Bowl party and it’s come in handy for things like this! Looking at this picture, I wonder why Louise didn’t wear her apron…2-20-17-baking

By Sunday the girls were pretty restless, and an attempted trip to the park ended in a busted lip and some tears. Mike took the girls to school this morning and said they seemed pretty ready to be back in school. Us too!

It was a fun break and as always, I’m so happy the girls have grandparents they can spend time with.

Celine: 2.11

One more month until we have a three year old! Maybe she’ll be more into taking these photos when she’s three?dsc_0417

Two big things happened this month…Celine is potty-trained, and she now has her big girl bed! The potty training went much more smoothly than with Louise. We tried one weekend, put her in pull-ups for the week at school, tried a second weekend…and then she was in panties at school and that was that. She still has to go #2 in a pull-up, but it’s super easy: she tells us she has to go, we put one on, she goes, we change her, and done. The only…not great…thing is that she has a training potty in her room, and she likes to pull out the bowl and show me that she went potty. Even if I’m in another room. Even if that room is across our house from her bedroom. Even if she spills the contents of the bowl while walking across the house to show me. *sigh*

We’re struggling a bit more with the big girl bed. She sleeps in it and absolutely loves it, so that’s good. The issue is getting her to actually SLEEP at night! Her average bedtime has been around 10:30 and it is negatively affecting everyone. I’m really hoping getting back on a school schedule and not taking marathon afternoon naps will help with this.dsc_0412

Celine is really into clothes now, and typically goes through 4-5 outfit changes per day on the weekends. She’s very opinionated about what she wants to wear – dresses are her #1 choice, always – and has a favorite dress (her “green dress”) that must be clean and available at all times. She frequently puts on her princess dresses as well, and her Rapunzel braid I made out of yarn for her Halloween costume is on its last leg. It’s cute, but she has a lot of clothes in her closet that are neglected!

She can open doors now, which hasn’t really affected anything but thought it was interesting to share. She uses this skill mainly to open her closet door and select a dress to change into.

Celine: 2.10

Celine is in the throes of potty-training and doing a really good job!dsc_0415

At first I thought she was going to be stubborn about it, but she’s responded well to our positive feedback and, although she hasn’t really independently asked/gone on her own, she has minimal accidents and understands it. I’ll take it!dsc_0419

Both Celine and Louise are obsessed with their scooters and go everywhere around the house in them. It’s pretty funny to see them zoom into the kitchen from their bedrooms in the morning for breakfast.dsc_0428

Celine got pink eye in one eye, and then the other, in the past couple of weeks. She’s been so good about her eye drops though, calmly laying down and telling me she’s not going to cry. So brave. 🙂dsc_0425