Celine: 3.8

Oh Celine. What a lady.DSC_0686

She’s started this habit where she wakes up between 3-4am every morning and comes into our bed. We let her stay for 5-10 minutes and then bring her back to her bed. I don’t know how or why this started, but we’re desperate for it to end!! I can’t remember the last time I had a full, un-interrupted night of sleep.DSC_0683

She’s been sick for the past few days and she has really had a tough time coming back into the real world. She’s thrown epic meltdowns every day coming home from school and has passed out early as well. She was falling asleep at 4pm every day when she was sick so I’m sure it’s hard for her to stay awake at school now that she’s back! She still appreciates a good cuddle though, so I’m glad for that.

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Halloween 2017!

Not even the rain could stop our fun Halloween day!

We had three activities planned for the day: the girls had a parade and party at school, we popped by my work to trick-or-treat, and we did our standard trick-or-treating in our neighborhood with our annual posse of my parents, Taylor, and Hillary.

The girls’ Poppy costumes were quite the hit at school! Louise was briefly concerned that people were laughing at her, but once she realized they were laughing with her we were good to go.img_0474img_0549-3img_0477img_0506img_0522-1

Celine’s primary concern was to get the show on the road so we could go back to her room and eat cupcakes.img_0482img_0485img_0501

The parade was a little overwhelming for both girls, but they were TOTALLY ON BOARD with trick-or-treating at my office. There were stations set up around the office and everyone was very generous with giving the girls the sweets. Celine was also pretty pumped to meet Captain Obvious.img_0512-1

We went home, watched a little TV, and ate dinner while we waited for our group to arrive. Once they did we made some Hot Toddies and headed out around 6:30.img_0523-3img_0527-3

We brought the wagon in case they got tired of walking, but they wanted to get in it after every house. Finally we instituted an “every three house” rule to speed up the process.img_0536-1

The girls were totally into it, going from house to house with gusto. Celine would get candy and then shriek “trick or treat!” as she sprinted back down the walkway. Louise would get offended if the person handing out candy didn’t respond with “you’re welcome” when she said “thank you.” She was sure to point it out to me each time. They’re learning a lot about being good citizens at school and she’s taking it pretty seriously.img_0544-3img_0541-3img_0546-3img_0547-3

We did our standard up-one-street-and-down-the-next path and then retreated back to our house to hand out candy and survey our spoils. Celine was very involved in handing candy out to the trick-or-treaters who came to our door, and always responded with a “trick or treat!” when they said thank you.

Then it was bathtime and bedtime! The girls slept until after 8am this morning which they desperately needed. Success!

Celine: 3.7

Let’s talk about this little booger.DSC_0673

She’s started waking up repeatedly at night, for one of three reasons:

  1. To stand creepily in our room with her hair covering her face until we wake up, see her, and bring her back to her bed
  2. To sneak into our bed and flop around while sleeping until we bring her back to her bed
  3. To sneak into the kitchen and try to steal candy, dessert, butter, salt…anything, really.

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She’s also gotten really good at annoying Louise. She knows that if she makes a low, steady squeal while Louise is trying to talk, it drives Louise batty. She also sings enthusiastically at the top of her lungs which Louise can’t stand either. We’re working on coping strategies for the exasperated big sister. =)DSC_0676

Stump, Part II

I FINALLY finished the second of three stumps I nabbed from our neighborhood bulk trash pickup three years ago! I had a vision for one of them to be Celine’s nightstand, with some matte pink chalk paint on the bottom portion of the stump. I procrastinated like crazy in getting the bark off, but with some help from Dr. Haydel, I finally finished that part about 6 months ago. Then I procrastinated on sanding it because my dad kept hinting that maybe I should plane it first – it was pretty off-kilter. When my brother Rusty was in town one weekend, I brought the stump over and asked them to plane it. Rusty is pretty awesome at all things wood-related and my dad already knew how he wanted to plane it.

Once I got the stump back from my parent’s house, I sanded the sides to make it smooth and splinter-free. Then I taped off the bottom third and painted it with some matte pink chalk paint. The chalk paint dried in about 10-20 minutes, so once I finally completed that task, it was ready to deploy.

I found a cute little nightlight at Target and put that on top. Celine took one look at her new stump and nightlight and declared that she was ready to go to bed. WIN!ED025794-88A9-4DF7-A74A-46E9838C33F5F67E1277-7052-4B51-A95F-73F0358D298A93AF8661-9479-41B4-BB88-C39B76B8237C

Nietzsche had to inspect it, however.561EA738-B4FB-4B96-ADBE-22A02CC7332D

Celine: 3.6

Well…I haven’t been the most on top of these photos. The past few months I’ve taken her picture riiiiight before the next month is supposed to be shot. My only excuse is that the chair is now in our garage so it’s slightly more difficult to actually take the photo. But without Louise taking her monthly picture as well, mainly it’s just that I’m lazy.DSC_0647

She has been so hysterical lately. She has a sharp sense of humor and uses it frequently with us. She also starts sentences without knowing all of the words she needs, so she’ll look at us and gesture faintly while we guess what word she needs. “Mom, where’s my…my…my…” “Uh, pink dress?” “NO! My…my…my…” and so on.

First day of school: GS and PS

Another first in the books! Louise is starting kindergarten (I may have teared up after dropping her off), and Celine is in the 3’s program.

Obligatory first-day-of-school-in-front-of-the-door picture:img_9676img_9677

Party time!

Mike and I both went to the school to see them off.img_9690

Celine’s backpack was way smaller than I thought it was going to be when I bought it online – it’s so small, her lunch box doesn’t fit inside! Oh well…there’s no going back to the owl backpack. This mermaid option is just too cool.

I wanted Louise to have a rolling backpack this year (mainly because I get tired of carrying it), and after seeing everyone the first few days, the majority of other parents had the same idea. It also seems like unicorns are the au courant backpack pattern – I spotted three others just in Louise’s class!

This was the first year they both happily posed with the tiger. Celine even greeted him and said goodbye.img_9693

Celine had a moment of being overwhelmed when we walked into her new classroom and stood at the door with her bottom lip tucked for about two minutes. Then I asked if she wanted to color with the pink crayon and that snapped her out of it. She happily said goodbye to me and got to work!img_9695

Louise was the surprise this year. She was happy and confident all the way until we got to the door of her room, and then she panicked and didn’t want to go in. She kept saying she was too shy. Finally we (gently) muscled her in and left. She was a happy camper when we picked her up, saying she already made a new best friend (for the record, she now has five).

All went well! Here’s to a great year!