DIS 2016-2017: TPS (Celine) and MS (Louise)

Louise had a great year in Pre-K, and Celine did a great job adapting to a new school this past year. We’re loving DIS!

Of course I took the obligatory first day/last day photos. There is a torrential downpour happening today so the photos are a bit different, but what are you going to do.6.9.17 Lasy day of school6.9.17 Last day 16.9.17 Last day 2

Their teachers post pictures occasionally throughout the year…here are some highlights.

Celine first:5.1.17 Celine in class 15.1.17 Celine in class 25.1.17 Celine in class 35.1.17 Celine in class 45.1.17 Celine in class 65.1.17 Celine in class 85.1.17 Celine in class 95.1.17 Celine in class 115.1.17 Celine in class 125.1.17 Celine in class 135.1.17 Celine in class 155.1.17 Celine in class 165.1.17 Celine in class 175.1.17 Celine in class 185.1.17 Celine in class 195.1.17 Celine in class 205.1.17 Celine in class 215.1.17 Celine in class 225.1.17 Celine in class 236.5.17 School 26.9.17 Celine 16.9.17 Celine 26.9.17 Celine 3

And Louise!5.1.17 Louise in class 15.1.17 Louise in class 25.1.17 Louise in class 35.1.17 Louise in class 45.1.17 Louise in class 56.5.17 School 16.5.17 School 36.5.17 School 4

Not the greatest picture since she’s hidden, but this is her class!5.1.17 Louise in class 65.1.17 Louise in class 7

DIS Fairy Tea

Following Louise’s birthday party this past Sunday was a school-sponsored “fairy tea” for mothers and daughters. I have the perfect dresses for the girls – my mom bought them both lavender frilly dresses that were made for a fairy tea – but I forgot about them, and they were already in outfits from Louise’s party so I just went with it.5.4.17 Fairy Tea 1

I was expecting a shindig that had face painting and other activities, but it was pretty much just tables set up with snacks and drinks. We stayed for about an hour and then headed back home. I was glad we went, though – it was extra outside fun for the girls on a beautiful day, and I got to chat with a couple of DIS mom friends.5.4.17 Fairy Tea 25.4.17 Fairy Tea 35.4.17 Fairy Tea 45.4.17 Fairy Tea 5

Celine: 3.1

Mike told Celine he was giving her a “bear hug,” which completely blew her mind and also introduced a whole new realm of hug and kiss possibilities. So far we’ve identified the following hugs and kisses: bear, kitty-cat, lion, lizard (that one’s pretty juicy), flamingo, elephant, penguin, and octopus.DSC_0511

She’s still throwing fits like a champion, but Mike and I are working to better manage them. I sort of play into them a bit which only escalates the situation, but if we can distract her long enough for her to take a breath (or take a sip of water), then we know we’re on the path to a calmer Celine.DSC_0517

She has so many opinions about her outfits, it’s hilarious and also so frustrating! She has a preference on what dress she wears for school: the navy jumper, not the gingham dress. That was fine in the winter but now that it’s getting warm again, it can be tough. She also refuses to wear her shorts under her dress, won’t let me put her hair in anything but a little braid at the top, and basically only wears one of two dresses in her off time.

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!