always a treasure seeker


i can't stay away from etsy.

albeit, i am 90% window shopping but still. the 10% will get me!

it is one place where you can find so many amazing, handcrafted goodies. you have to appreciate that.

take a look at these goodies from graphic spaces. they could make a seriously adorable addition to any baby nursery.

 the hedgehog is my favorite!

or these cute gifts from little sidekicks

i think i will order this sweet memory game for hadley

i will always be able to share etsy finds. it is one incredible site. seriously.
i could go crazy.


wordless wednesday

a sneaky fox

found a new etsy seller with some really cute, hand-crafted kids shirts.


the fox is definitely my favorite (and just may end up on that sly hadley!) but i think they are all super fun and trendy.

you like?


haircuts...a third, a first, and a too many to count

i asked hadley if she wanted to get a haircut. she proceeded to walk to the bathroom. made sense seeing how her first two haircuts were given by me in the bathroom. yes, by me and in our bathroom. no experience necessary, right. but this time, we were taking her to an actual salon for kids. it was time she got a 'real' haircut. this girl has a lot of hair, as you may have noticed. i am pretty sure caroline was the most excited about hadley's first haircut. it was cute to see.

hadley's first haircut. i had to give her bangs to keep it out of her eyes!
hadley's 2nd haircut. i tried doing a little bob. not bad considering i'm no pro!
i think it looked adorable on her.

and lastly, her third haircut done at snipits for kids.i was smart this time (unlike caroline's first haircut)
and brought a dvd player (the wiggles) to occupy her.  it worked like a charm! no tears. just a big girl sitting in a chair getting a haircut.

the "after" shot. not much taken off the length, just really cleaned it up so it was the same length.
see, this girl has a lot of hair for 2 yrs 2 months old.

she wasn't the only one to get a new summer do. lb also cut a lot of hair off and i must say, i absolutely love short hair on her. no messes. no tangles. no fights. it's a win-win for us both! though unfortunately she is already saying she wants it long again. i hope she changes her mind once the tangles resume!

caroline's hair before
 and the after pics

and for fun, lb at her first haircut. she didn't fair quite as well as hadley. nor did she have near as much hair.

i've got two stylish girls on my hands.


haddie gray is 2

it has been two years already since she joined our family. 2 years! 

how did that happen? did you see where that time went? i sure didn't. well maybe at times i did. mostly the bad times. why is that, the good times fly by and the bad times drag on? you're like, 'what? how can you say that?". i totally mean all the terrible health times with reflux, asthma and allergies. those are the bad times i am referring to. when we had (and still have) to see such a little body endure so much.

now on to hadley at the age of 2-
  • weighs 28 lbs and is 33 in. long
  • not a big sleeper but i blame the steroids. goes to bad lately around 9pm and wakes around 6:30am. average nap is an hour and a half. not a lot of sleep happening here
  • meds are prevacid in the morning, qvar at 2 puffs 2x a day, and albuterol as needed. we are also starting her on zyrtec daily 
  • is fully on dairy, though she still isn't interested in drinking milk
  • sleeps in a toddler bed 
  • loves the color blue. uhmmm, make that obsessed with anything blue
  • drinks from a cup
  • is great at putting her shoes on the correct foot. we are working on "left" and "right." i didn't say she puts on the same two shoes though. this girl prefers to wear two different shoes but at least on the right foot
  • is great at taking her socks off her feet and putting them on her hands
  • is definitely left handed
  • has the best manners. she always says please, thank you, and bless you
  • says "uhmmmm alright" rather than yes
  • can count to 14 in english and 10 in spanish (thank you breathing treatment where we have to count 10 breaths)
  • knows the abc's
  • knows colors
  • knows most of her shapes
  • favorite show is "sophia the first"
  • favorite foods are currently cucumbers and jammy sammies
  • favorite game is probably still hide and seek
  • favorite books are "cinderella" and "duck and goose"
  • says four and five word sentences
  • is very funny
  • loves to run, jump, climb, and hide
  • prefers her daddy and sister to push her in the swing since they push her high
  • has long, thick hair. seriously.  it's surprisingly long for her age
  • has a lot of tantrums. yup, a lot. daily. 
  • has a short temper
  • is stubborn and always wants what she wants when she wants it. did i mention she's stubborn?
  • unfortunately is a hitter. we are really working on this one with her. we say "hands are for hugs and high fives, not hitting." 
  • likes to share only half of the time
  • plays with her food
  • is tough and pretty quick to brush off boo boos
  • started a new preschool on monday. the exact one that caroline started the summer after she turned two too. so excited about this
  • still wants everything that her sister has
  • screams and cries when her sister leaves and screams with excitement whenever she returns
  • is so ready to start potty training (we are going to wait until after her new school transition)
  • doesn't sleep with covers or socks, though once she is sound asleep, i sneak socks on her
  • doesn't have a favorite toy
  • always wants to play in the car as soon as i unbuckle her
  • is really your typical two year old toddler

we celebrated her 2nd birthday at our house with family. it was a fun time for sure. i was just happy that hadley could eat a real cake this time, not a dairy/soy free one likes she did for birthday number one.

hadley's sweet grandma made her the "2" shirt

happy 2nd birthday to you, haddie gray! we are so happy you are a part of our family. you've completed it.


pen to paper

caroline writes songs.

have i told you that before?

for being 8, her songs are pretty good. sometimes serious. sometimes funny.
for being 8, her songs are a little deep. maybe even a little metaphorical.

the best part is when she has a little impromptu concert for me complete with costumes and all.

here's a sample of her work-

i will try to share another song or two this week from her 'song book.'  the one she wrote me for mother's day is by far my favorite. but again, i will let you see for yourself.