as promised!

Here I am, nearly to Violet’s first birthday, with not a single post in between her birth announcement and now.  I’m still not sure I’ve even finished her birth story!

Typical me.

Violet has been nothing but amazing over the past 11 months. Her toothless smile lights up the room and she has everyone (especially her 5 year old sister) wrapped tightly around her finger.

She is constantly the center of attention, even when I try to shift focus to the big girls. Harper and Ariana love to dote on her, showering her with hugs, kisses and snuggles whenever they get a chance

We’re now gearing up for a 2 week vacation to visit family, followed quickly by Vi’s 1st birthday and Harper’s 4th birthday (and I realize now that Harper’s 3rd birthday was skipped in my blog hiatus, so now I’ll owe her a double post!).

And now (since Violet is taking one of her extremely rare naps in her own bed), I’ll leave with some photos.Image

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four

Our sweet diva turned four yesterday.


The above photo is at exactly 4 years old (she’s sleeping, as she was born in the middle of the night!) 

Where have the years gone?


(this is the outfit she chose to wear in the morning, but she changed soon after since the straps kept slipping)

When she was first born, I held her in my arms, with so many hopes and dreams for a bright future.

Her intelligence constantly amazes me, her jokes keep me smiling, her creativity astounds me (in a good way!).

Happy 4th birthday, Princess :)


(Ariana told me that this picture “has to be there because my hair is silly!” Can’t argue with that!) 

big girl bed

Watching my littles grow up is both an amazing and sad experience.  I can remember the newborn snuggles so vividly, it’s hard to believe that there are years between those moments and now.

Ariana’s months in the bassinet seemed to suddenly give way to a pack-n-play, crib & eventually a toddler bed.  I knew that her time in the toddler bed would be limited, but it was still too soon that we bought her a twin mattress and box spring.

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fighting colds

My least favorite part of the weather changing is the fact that every year, I inevitably catch a cold.  I sleep as much as I can, drink herbal tea with honey and lemon, sip chicken broth and kick the cold to the curb within a few days.

Unfortunately this year, I am not sick.

“Wait,” you say to yourself, “weren’t you just complaining about catching a cold?”

Why yes I was.  The problem is that my babies have both caught colds.  It breaks my heart to hear their tiny coughs, to see the red spots under their noses from wiping off the runniness.

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Potty Training

**Welcome to the most popular post on my blog! I hope you find the potty-training/ potty-learning tricks you need for your family :)

It’s finally happened!

At age two and a half, I am officially calling Ariana a potty-trained toddler.  We (both Ariana and I) have learned a lot during this process and I want to share how we did it.

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Blogging hiatus, frugality and Caroline the pack-rat

This blog post’s alternative title: “I have too much on my mind to decide on a simple title, so deal with a long one & then read my rambling post about basically nothing”.

If you’re one of my few regular blog readers, you’ll notice that my last post was at the beginning of the month. Since I started this blog, this is the longest I’ve gone without posting.

My lack of posts is not for lack of things to say, but rather lack of time or energy.  With two always-on-the-go toddlers, I’m lucky if I can sit down for a few minutes during the day without one of them hopping in my lap or begging to go down the slide. Continue reading “Blogging hiatus, frugality and Caroline the pack-rat”