Epic Aquarium Adventures

I didn't take many pictures of this fun adventures (the aquarium does not make for the easiest pictures).  But we had such a lovely time, it had to be documented.

Earlier this month, in honor of Aunt Mimi's birthday, we accompanied her to the aquarium. The last time we had been was about a year ago, before Hibou was born and Papillon was pretty overwhelmed by the dark and the crowds. This time, two girls in tow, it was super fun! Papillon loved it (though her attention span was a little brief so she kept saying "let's see somefing else") and Hibou was enamored with all the creatures!


Thanks for inviting us, Aunt Mimi!

A Little Bit of Bragging

These videos make me one proud mama. I love watching my kiddos learn and seeing how smart they are. I am not saying they are abnormally smart; but they definitely have their strengths. 

One of Papillon's strengths, it seems, is memorization. We started working on Bible verses and Catechism this year and she loves it!  She soaks it up. Not only can she do the answers to the Catechism, but she can ask me all the questions in the right order.

Hibou's strength is definitely imitating. She only has to see you do something once before she is copying it. As I said in her 1 year post, you give her a brush, she brushes her hair. Give her a shoe, she puts it on her foot. Give her a cereal bowl, she "drinks" it like her big sister likes to. Give her a phone, and well...it's adorable.


Hibou's birthday snuck up on us a little bit. Well, not really. But somehow we didn't plan quite as far in advance for Hibou's first birthday party as we did for Papillon's. That's what happens when you are the second child, right? 

But, we still managed to pull off a pretty sweet party if I do say so myself.  It was a "Hat-travaganza" to celebrate Hibou's newly helmet-less head.  

Once again, we picked a date that didn't work for one of our good friends, but, she made the cake anyway.  (It was the same story for Papillon's party. Said friend made the cake, couldn't make it to the party)  Papillon helped.

The day of the party, we tried to incorporate hats in here and there.


Everyone who came was a good sport and wore a hat!

Hibou ate her hat...

She also ate her pizza. Except for the cheese. She hates cheese.

Papillon loves cheese.

We didn't have many strict plans for the party, so there was lots of book reading and playing in Papillon's room.

We did do a little hat decorating. I don't know that anyone's pompoms actually stayed glued to their hats. But oh well. It was a good thought.

Hibou wore many hats over the course of the party.

Cake time!! One for the guests, and a little one, especially for the birthday girl.

"Happy Birthday to Hibou!"

Cake time.  It was tasty jello-cake. My friend had aimed for raspberry cake made with fresh raspberries...it was a delicious idea, and even a delicious cake. But it fell flat which made it no good for decorating. Oh well. The back up was a hit.

Hibou loved it.


Happy birthday girl.

More hats!

Tasty hats!

One of the little party guests really wanted to say goodbye to Marge. She got a huge hug.

After all the guests left...even more hats!

Thanks to everyone who came! It was a fun fun time!

Ikea, place of wonders

We recently met up with some friends at Ikea for a combined shopping trip / play date. Other than the time when my friend's two year old went missing for a solid couple minutes (dare I say, he was gone for full 5 minutes! perhaps. For those of you who may not know...this is an terrifying length of time for which to misplace a two year old. We found him eventually, just doing some shopping on his own),  it was a delightful, delightful time.

Clearly, Hibou is in love with Ikea.

"Soooooo many cool things for super cheap! AAHHHH!"

This is Hibou's shopping-induced, happy, glazed over look.

And here is Papillon and one of her friends, checking out the couches.

Nannie's Birthday

It is always delightful when the family has an excuse to get together and celebrate.  Our recent excuse was Nannie's birthday.  As per usual, a potluck style celebration was in order, at the birthday girl's house.

"Hmmm..." says Hibou, "What to play with first?"

Books. Always the books.

Playing the the castle that holds so many fond memories.

Hibou is skeptical about these castle people.

Uncle C is showing Nannie how to use her present. A swanky new camera! (Nannie has always taken awesome pictures, but her camera technology has not been equal to her skill until now)

Papillon's favorite part...the cake and ice cream of course.

Hibou was a big fan of this part as well. "Finally! They gave up trying to feed me those nasty vegetables!

Aunt N helping to read the car that Papillon (and Nana) made for Nannie.

Cake time!

And of course, the Birthday Girl had to get some snuggle time in with her smallest Great Granddaughter.

Hibou: 1 year

I am a bit behind, but Hibou turned 1 last Tuesday.  The weather last week has been very much like last year when she was born. Furious snow flurries one day. Sunny and warm the next day. Such fun! 

Here's the birthday girl with her tiny Dollie.

Here she is at 11 months (wow, did she still have her helmet on!). And for fun, here is Papillon at 12 months.

At her one year appointment she weighed in at 18lbs 6oz.  Not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but a full 10oz bigger than her sister at this age.  I would have guessed they were a little closer in weight, until I looked back at the pictures of Papillon - I think they are the same height (28inches give or take), but Hibou has some pudge to her! Her little belly overwhelms her little pants waist.  Papillon had no no pudge to speak of. There in lies the 11oz difference. 

At 12 months, Hibou...

...goes to bed around 7:30 and gets up between 6:30 and 7am. 

...generally takes 1 solid (1.5-2hour) nap, and one quick cat nap. 

...loves to eat crackers, bread, cereal, all those good carbs.  Also enjoys fruits and loves yogurt. And anything sweet. Dislikes veggies and meat. And detests cheese. I've tried to trick her into liking cheese, but she is very determined to avoid it. I made her a melty delicious grilled cheese, figuring her love of bread would win out over her hatred of cheese. She took a bite, ate the bread, spat out the cheese. 

...nurses 3-4 times a day. 

...has 4 teeth, with one or two more slowly starting to peek out. 


....uses the sign for "more" proficiently. We haven't really tried to teach her any others. 

...loves to read books like her sister does. She prefers non-boardbooks, and does a very good job turning pages carefully and staring at each page astutely. 

...has learned the 'appropriate' response to "how big are you?". She'll even stop mid-crawl and do it with one hand. Then laugh, embarrassed.


...is still best buds with Papillon. They are seriously the best playmates ever.  They can entertain each other for a couple hours. Its glorious.


....she is a generally super-happy kid.  Giggles, acts like a goofball. She still always looks like her little mind is turning over in her head, a joke that only she knows.


....she doesn't say any words. But I like to think she's pretty smart. You give her a hairbrush and she brushes her hair. You give her a sock or shoe, she sets it on her foot. You give her a hairbow, she tries to stick it to her head. Give her a hat, she puts it on her head. Give her some food you have just blown on, and she puckers up and blows on it. She's observant, and a quick study.


...crawls pretty adeptly. Though it is still slightly peg-legged. It looks kind of like this:

....has started to show a little interested in pulling-up/standing. But I think we are still a ways away from walking.


...loves to brush her teeth. Like whoa. She is very happy and laid back. But when she has an opinion, she will let you know. And her fair skin gets super red super fast when she is angry.  Teeth-brushing (and raisin snacks) is one of those things she is very opinionated about. Heaven help you if you let her see her toothbrush without intending to let her "brush"

It's funny how different 1 year old looks when its your youngest, not your oldest. Hibou is growing, for sure, but she still seems like a baby to me. Papillon, at this age, seemed all grown up to me. Perspective is a crazy thing.


Happy Birthday, Hibou. 
It's been a fun fun year! We love you so much!

Helping Grandpa at the Bakery

Papillon has always enjoyed her visits to the bakery.  Its such a little routine for her now, that she knows exactly what she wants to do.   "We go to the bakery. Get a muffin. Drink all da juice box.  And Grandpa say "hot pan"!"

Papillon also enjoys "helping" Grandpa with other bakery odds and ends. Such as...

...calculating cash flow...

...and checking the safe to see if we have enough change.

After such hard work, a juicebox break is a must.

Classic Parenting Moment: Toilet Paper

I love a lot of things about being a parent. But I particularly love it when things happen that you thought was only the stuff of stories.   There is just something extra delightful about totally unscripted, script-worthy, moments.

Like this one.


Love it.