some new favs

you know i love etsy!  everything etsy.

my latest loves are-

field treasure designs

bayan hippo


she says

hadley is talking so much.  her sentences are consistently 3 words now. i think she'll be a talker like caroline is. caroline had a great vocabulary early on and still does thanks to the power of reading!

i knew i had to write down a few of the funny and sweet things she is saying or i would totally forget a few months from now when she has a new slew of funny and sweet things to say.

"ahhhhh bess you"-  love this one. she says ahhhh bless you instead of ahhhh chooo for a sneezing sound

"meees you"- in the sweetest little high-pitched voice at the end of the day when i pick her up from school

"morning"- first thing she says when i come in to her room in the morning after a good night sleep and the first thing she says to her big sissy when she comes downstairs in the morning

"stop it"- which i find totally funny because she uses it correctly (& often)

"phia"- her favorite disney tv show, 'sophia the first'

"choco milk"- she's drinking cows milk now (she's come a long way w dairy).  caroline gets chocolate milk and hadley gets regular but she still calls it chocolate

"viman"- can you guess what this is? it's a vitamin. i've gotten into the habit, a good habit i might add, of giving the girls a daily vitamin. who doesn't love a good flinstone vitamin in the morning

i am most impressed with her language skills because she gets connotation and uses words correctly after only hearing them once or twice.

quite the speaker this one. she and caroline will have some deep conversations soon, i'm sure of it.


find me

haddie's favorite game to play at least 4 times a day with her sister is hide and seek. thanks to her sister's great example, hads is really good at the game and actually remains super quiet while hiding. The only area with room for growth in the game is her hiding skills....


eight birthdays later

funny thing about birthdays, they really do happen every year. and every year i find myself wondering, how is it she is another year older?

well she is. caroline turned 8 in march and i still find myself asking where my baby went. 8! it is hard to swallow.

her 8th birthday party was a slumber party that included 2 cousins and 4 friends. 7 girls total may not sound like a lot, but believe me, when you are in thick of it 7 feels like 50! thankfully we had a lot of activities planned to keep them busy. and even with all the activities, they still found plenty of time for screams, messes, and a little chaos.

lb wearing the birthday shirt that her grandma made

yummy cake time! it was a cookie cake since
the birthday girl is not a fan of icing.

one of the party games... donuts on a string

we opted to not invest much in party favors. 
rather we had a face painter come over the 
next morning. it was a total hit with the girls.

Caroline at the age of 8:

  • is in the 2nd grade
  • loves to read A-Z mystery books
  • is a katy perry fan and quickly becoming a kelly clarkson fan
  • loves accessories
  • loves to get pedicures
  • loves to dance in the kitchen while we are cooking dinner
  • goes to bed at 8:30 and wakes up at 6:30
  • favorite food is ribs
  • weighs 55 lbs
  • wears a size 3.5 shoe
  • is a super helpful, super sweet, big sister to hadley
  • has lost a total of 10 teeth 
  • is amazing at gymnastics
  • makes me nervous with the flips she likes to do
  • favorite tv show is austin and ally
  • loves chewy candy like swedish fish, skittles, & gummie worms
  • gets more toppings than yogurt at yogli mogli
  • is very funny and has a great sense of humor
  • does not like any of her clothes too tight
  • likes ankle socks
  • is obviously a pretty particular kid
  • has a lot of friends
  • is always the teachers pet
  • plays with barbies and american girls
  • plays hide and seek with her little sister
  • favorite color is anything but pink

happy 8th birthday to the world's most amazing caroline!

thanks for always being such an involved, positive role model for your baby sister.