Behold a new name for these posts. Ross didn’t like having the word “dump” in the title. I can’t blame the guy.
Here’s what we were up to in January:
This was my new year’s day attire for most of the day. We loved having Ross home for an extended period over the holidays. We were lazy as much as we could be.
Sometimes Analiese gets really sweaty during her naps and the only reasonable solution is to pull her sweaty hair on top of her head. She prefers low ponytails and reminds me every time I do her hair, but there’s something so petite and cute about a little bun way up top.
Oh how I love love love the last feeding of the day. We are both ready for some quiet snuggle time and it’s not uncommon for her to doze off. Sometimes I wake her before I lay her down in her crib, but other times, I just can’t do it. I don’t want to.
This little girl was so excited to go to her friend, Mercy’s, first birthday party. She got dressed up and had such a good time. She left with a balloon. Always a sign of a time well had.
In early January, Hayden Kate was spending a lot of time in the exersaucer. Analiese, being the helper that she is, would pile as many toys as she could find on top of her. She was never at a loss of what to do. We’ve since retired the exersaucer, but Analiese remains as Hayden Kate’s personal toy assistant.
I can’t believe we started this project in early January and got it done in time for Analiese’s birthday. It was a really fun project that I’m so glad we did for her. Compared to the basement renovation, this was a piece of cake! (And it’s more decorated than our basement is.)
We visited the doctor for Hayden Kate’s six month appointment. Bottom line: she’s a big girl. She also loved the paper and entertained herself for a long time while we waited for the doctor.
The Chasey side of the family was not a fan of the girls’ Halloween costumes this year (UofM and Michigan State cheerleaders) so they equipped the girls with the proper spirit wear. We “cheered on” the Fighting Irish at the championship game by wearing the gear to Meijer. :)
Every trip to Target includes an obligatory perusing of the dollar bins. I love this wrapping paper! At first, I thought I would use it as wallpaper for the dollhouse, but decided to go a different route with that. Instead, this pretty paper awaits the proper gift.
Little Miss HK is teething and her favorite chew toy has been this little stuffed flower that belonged to her sister when she was a baby. The stem is perfect for gnawing on.
Analiese on the other hand is all about the lights and sound toys. This symphony toy be B. (at Target) is really great. You can choose up to six instruments to set on the “stage” and they play the song. Then you switch out the instruments to hear it in a different way. The song repeats itself over and over again (to allow time to switch out the instruments), but Analiese just lets it play for SO long in the background of whatever else she is doing.
One day Ross let me go out by. my. self. to a few stores to get decorating goodies for the dollhouse. So many great finds. I couldn’t wait to have time to put it all together.
The first step, though, was to install the wallpaper. We did this a little differently than the tutorial we were following and are really pleased with the seamless results. Also, I love the paper I found. It’s just scrapbook paper from a scrapbook store.
While visiting Ross’s family over Christmas, we started season 1 of Downton Abbey (thanks, Angie!) and loved it. So, we borrowed the dvd’s and watched all of them in time to start watching season 3. We had to watch a few episodes online, but are now fans of watching it live on Sunday nights. It’s the only show we watch on the tv versus Hulu or Amazon Prime.
I’m always trying to think of creative ways to keep Analiese entertained. She really likes to be creative, but I also don’t mind there being an educational aspect. I think I had seen something similar to Pinterest, but they used q-tips. My girl just loves an opportunity to use paint brushes, so I let her have at it. She’s really getting good at her letters!
My brother, Erik, is in two bands. He plays the drums and he’s really really good. Ross and I decided we’d go see him play one night at a bar in downtown Cincinnati. We had to ask for tips on how to not stand out. Totally not our scene, but we had so much fun…even if we called it a night after one set. If sleeping in the next morning was an option, we would have stayed out later.
There are a few things to note about this picture: 1. the cute Hello Kitty dolls from Uncle Greg 2. the adorable Matilda Jane dress–love the hood tail! 3. my little girl keeps doing things that seem so grown up. I just love her movie-watching position.
We celebrated her third birthday a little early with my family in Ohio. I had suggested “anything My Little Pony” without realizing that everything My Little Pony is wedding related. I’m not sure if that’s a seasonal thing they change or what, but I hope there are other story lines the creators of these ponies can think of. Why do little girls need to be inundated with wedding stories? We watched a dvd that my mom (innocently) bought without knowing the theme and it was filled with teenage drama. We didn’t finish it. We were all so disappointed and kind of disgusted by it.
Ice cream cake is not disgusting. It’s delicious.
We miss this family SO much and wish we were closer. Thankfully, our time in Ohio allowed us to spend a lot of time with them. We caught them on our way home at Chick-fil-a one last time. We were so happy to finally eat some chicken because we typically head home on Sunday and they are closed. We drove home on a Monday this time and just missed a sudden, blinding snow storm that caused a 50-car pile-up on the interstate. I don’t think anyone was badly injured, thankfully, but it was scary to drive by.
One of my furnishings for the dollhouse: a mini bed made from a gift box, some pleated trim, stuffing and a piece of fabric.
One of my friends told me about Trader Joe’s frozen crushed garlic cubes. Amazing. So handy.
I did some rearranging one day. I moved two wing back chairs downstairs and brought our swedish chair upstairs to go in the coffee room with the love seat, which is now near the bay window. Parker is a big fan. He immediately saw the potential for the perfect perch.
Isn’t this thank you card just the best?
We’ve had snow in Michigan and Analiese LOVES the snow. Thankfully, Daddy has been home on fresh snow fall days to take her out while I stay warm inside. They play with the sled, shovel together and throw snowballs. She says she’s cold, but never wants to go in.
I surprised her with an offer to drink warm chocolate milk and you should have seen the size of her eyes. We don’t offer many sweet things because we know how her body reacts and we’d just rather avoid that! But, it seemed fitting on this snowy day to make it special. I put marshmallows on top, but she said she likes them chewy instead of soft.
Where’s Hayden Kate?
In college, my roommates and I devoured a few of these peach cakes. It is delicious and has been Analiese’s birthday cake since she was born.