Thursday, November 16, 2017

8 month old Ruth

THIS BABY. She is full of joy and such a delight to have around! We're all completely enamored of her. Her older sisters dote on her and Steve and I can't help but squish her every time we get the chance. She is such a wonderful addition to our family!

at 8 months old Ruth...

is eating almost everything now... with surprising efficiency

has almost mastered sitting up

 is pretty proud of her tongue and can most often be found giving a squinty eyed smile with that silly tongue sticking out the side

is ultra ticklish pretty much everywhere. It's the best.

has not lost her obsession with hair and usually has at least one strand of mine hiding in one or two of her rolls. Usually the wrist (yes the wrist roll) or the neck. lol

continues to have that reddish brown hair and pretty denim blue eyes

has completely outgrown her bumbo...or I should say, her thighs have!

is slowly but surely working on her hand eye coordination and can now feed herself the occasional cheerio. huzzah!

gets excited and smiles with her head cocked to the side, which is just....I have no words

is starting to grow quite a bit of hair! It seems like just in the last couple weeks it's started coming in thick

sleeps about 11 hours every night

has gotten her first two colds within a couple months of each other :(

chews on anything and everything in her reach, toys and footwear alike (probably the reason for the aforementioned colds)

is starting to get pretty attached to me and will often fuss when I walk out of the room

has been saying "dada" "papa" and "baba" and the other day I even thought I heard a "mama". Of course she was crying at the time which is, I swear, the only way my kids learn to say "mama"! Hilarious, but also probably appropriate.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Clara Rose turns 5 years old

She woke up to the traditional balloons filling up her room and a roll of smarties on her pillowcase (they're her current favorite). We made buttermilk chocolate chip pancakes- minus the sprinkles because I was sure we had some, but apparently not. whoops! Daddy stayed for breakfast and that pretty much made up for it! We took birthday pictures, which we should really just call a dance party photoshoot. Fitting, as any picture she is asked to take involves a series of poses these days. She took treats to her friends at school (smarties with a plastic rocket ship attached) along with her favorite book to read and donate to her class (Olivia the Spy). I picked her up a few minutes early and we went with a couple of friends to get their nails done! We were supposed to go to the My Little Pony movie at the movie theatre but they changed the showtimes the day before, so we had to call an audible on that! Then we went and got Chick Fil A lemonade and headed home for presents, homemade mac n cheese and birthday cake! It was a great day! We loved celebrating our girl and she loved it too :) several times I heard "best birthday ever!" from her, which made my momma heart happy. I love making birthdays special for my girls!

Happy Birthday Clara Rose! You are smart and kind and so full of curiosity. You are the best of big sisters and take care of your little sisters so well. I often thank my lucky stars that you came first to pave the way! You can be shy of strangers but are confident in yourself and who you are. You love make believe and art, digging in the dirt, snails, Watson and Neo, rainbow leaves (leaves that are changing colors), astronauts, reading books and practicing math. You are growing up and starting to do jobs for me around the house to earn money, which is equally fun for both of us, I think. You often tell me that you want to be an astronaut and an artist and a missionary when you grow up. You've also started saying that you want to be in movies so that you can meet unicorns and trolls someday. You're a problem solver and very independent. You can see a solution to anything (even if this sometimes drives me crazy). You love babies and especially Ruth. You LOVE going to Target to get "crafts", it's your very favorite place. You're often expressing love to your family, especially me and your dad which never gets old. You're favorite thing to say to me lately is "Mom, I love you SO much. More than you'll ever know."

I love you so much Clara Rose. More than you'll ever know.  I'm immensely proud of the little girl you are becoming. Happiest of birthdays beautiful girl.   

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Fall Feast 2018

Every year we throw a dinner for friends with all my favorite things.... delicious food, pretty flowers, fancy clothes, a beautiful table scape and good friends, obviously. It was a little smaller this year than years past so we moved the furniture, built a fire and set the tables up in the living room (as opposed to outside). We split up for appetizers and drinks, Downton Abbey style. The girls had a lemon rose spritzer with rain coast crisps, brie and fig jam, and the boys had a thin cut filet and gorgonzola crostini with (non-alcoholic) ginger beer. The menu besides went croque monsieur on arugula pear salad, then boeuf bourguignon with boiled potatoes, mushrooms and braised pearl onions, then finally homemade pumpkin pie in buttermilk crust from scratch. I must say, it was pretty delicious and the crackling fire, candlelight and good conversation made for a lovely evening. We ended the night with our traditional name game and diet cokes. The boys won...for the first time ever (I'm not bitter). Thanks friends for coming! It was one for the books.