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









catching up

After some lovely time away, I’m slowly getting to read through all the blogs I adore.

I’m enjoying peace and quiet, sipping on hazelnut coffee mixed with vanilla almond milk, while the girls nap.  We’ve had a whirlwind couple of weeks, but every moment was wonderful.

After two months apart, the girls ran into Daddy’s arms….

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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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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”

Labor Day fun :)

Terry and I decided to celebrate Labor Day by sleeping in until… wait for it… 7:45.  I know, I know, we are really living life on the edge ;)

We wanted to have a lazy day, so we didn’t make any plans.  After breakfast & showers, we decided to take the girls out to the sailboat harbor for some fun on the beach and a picnic lunch.

The girls had a fantastic time! They loved the boats & were thrilled with the shells they found on the ground.

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Happy Birthday, H.R.!

Today, my little ladybug turns one.

One year ago, at 4:30 AM, I called Anchorage’s L&D to make sure there was room for me to come down for my induction.  They gave me the go ahead to come in at 6 AM.

After a relaxing day filled with Pitocen plus a booster shot that made everything from my fingers to my ears numb, Harper Rose arrived at 5:52 PM.

At birth

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