Let’s talk about this little booger.
She’s started waking up repeatedly at night, for one of three reasons:
- 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
- To sneak into our bed and flop around while sleeping until we bring her back to her bed
- To sneak into the kitchen and try to steal candy, dessert, butter, salt…anything, really.
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. =)
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!
Nietzsche had to inspect it, however.
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.
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.
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:
Mike and I both went to the school to see them off.
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.
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!
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!