New Haircuts

So yes, these haircuts are already like a month old. And if you know is in real life, you've definitely seen them. None the less, they are worth documenting. This was Papillon's first "real" cut. She'd had a trim before, but this was much more drastic.

The before...


Ready to make the trek to our favorite hair stylist.

Hibou's hair is still a bit too short for a cut.

The after! Voila!

And another picture from immediately after (with a fun friend!). Papillon loves her hair. I love her hair (so low maintenance - literally brush, and go and it looks like we styled it). It may have made me a little lazy with her hair - I am often forgetting to brush it until we are running out the door. Quick, grab the brush! Brush, brush. Done!

I also got new hair, I don't have before pictures, but here is the finished product.


Possibly my favorite haircut to date!

Papillon the Flower Girl

At the end of July, Mon Amour's cousin got married, and had invited Papillon to be one of her flower girls.  We had her dress in the closet for a couple months before the actual wedding day, and Papillon asked almost every day if it was "time to get married yet".   Finally, it was time...

Waiting for the rehearsal to start.

A little pre-rehearsal practice. We were coaching her through how to drop the petals (not all at once) and also how to NOT look at the people, just focus on the aisle and walking!

The big day!

The bride!

Starting to get anxious...

The other flower girl was hilarious. Clearly.

One last practice before the guests arrive.

Papillon was afraid of the photographer, so the only pictures of her were ones that I took.


Pre-wedding snacks.

When the big moment came, Papillon lost her nerve. Despite repeatedly reminding herself not too look at the people, all those eyes looking at her proved too much.  The other little girl made it down the aisle, but looked slightly petrified the whole way down. What can you do? When you are 3 and 4, it's a lot of pressure. 

The rehearsal was a lot of fun though. Hibou (who still wasn't walking) scotched frantically around after the big girls who were laughing and screaming hysterically.


Cake pop favors - brilliant!

Me and my little Blondie.

Crab Eating

Earlier this year my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. 

That being a momentous occasion, we decided to take them out for crabs! 

Any dinner that necessitates hammers is a win in Hibou's book.

mmmm, crabs!

30 years!

This was when we first arrived, Hibou slept for a solid 30 minutes on my shoulder, despite teh chaos around us.

After lunch we went outside to see where they keep the live crabs, and then we got to steer the pier...

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Spontaneous Duck Pond Visiting

Also, when it's August and the forecasted high is 73 degrees, you seize the moment and get outside! This time, to the duck ponds! 

There we're many ducks this time. But there were some Koi to feed.



And there was a friend, with whom to play hide and seek.  These skinny trees make hiding tricky's a good thing the 3year old version of this game doesn't require that you actually be out of sight when the seeker comes looking.

Sunny Zoo Day

When the weather is nice and there are friends available to hang out - it's time to head to the zoo! 

And pet the goats!

And eat some lunch with friends.

Even the giraffes needed some lunch.

This was a particularly fun trip to the zoo cause in addition to our local friend, we went with some friends who I've known literally forever. Now we all have little ones, and so we get to go on fun playdates together!

Peach Picking

Fresh picked peaches are soooo much different than store bought. So, obviously, it being peach season, we made the trek out to our favorite orchard to pick some peaches!

Check out that peach!

Taste testing!

We got to ride the tractor too and from the field, and then too and from the field again when Aunt Mimi arrived.

And no peach picking adventure is complete with out some tasty ice cream!


Papillon: 3 Years Old

Yup, this is officially old news. But, roughly two months ago, Papillon turned three.  So I thought I'd tell you a little bit about my little three year old. 

At three years old, Papillon....

...has been sleeping in her own big girl bed for more than a year. She sleeps the whole night through (say 8pm-7am, give or take), except for those nights when she wakes up and feels the need to tell me something. Something random like "I would like to wear my sparkly dress tomorrow, mom".  For such emergencies, she climbs out of bed very quietly and stealthily sneaks upstairs to my side of the bed. There are also those nights when she falls out of bed, she is generally still half asleep when I tuck her back; on one occasion she even got herself back in bed and by the time I got there she was snoring away again. 

...doesn't nap. We dropped that a couple months ago, and there is no going back. We are still working on developing our "quiet time" skills. Often, since I need to get some work done for my job during the afternoons, we resort to a cartoon or two. But we are working on making quiet time less screen-time and more play-time. 

...weighs 31lbs (50%) and is 38 inches tall (75%). Or at least she did a month and a half ago at her appointment. 

...has become a bit of a picky eater. Though only in principal. She claims to hate all foods. But if you can convince her to try something half the time she ends up loving it.   Things she will generally eat without question include: desserts of all kinds, muffins, cereal, yogurt, cheese, eggs, granola bars. 

...can recognize most of her alphabet. A few letters she still gets confused. K and Y,  S and C, seem to be tricky. But she's getting there. 

....can count to 16 or so without mistakes. Then starts guessing after that. Counting is no problem, identifying numbers is a different matter. It's a work in progress...

....loves to memorize. She knows 6 or 7 Bible verses. And the first 18 or so questions in the shorter catechism.

...loves to "read". You only have to read her a new book once before she's got the gist of it and will "read" it to herself. 

...dances all the time. Thanks to Angelina Ballerina, she knows a lot of different kinds of dance. Including Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Break Dance. Mostly she likes ballet. She starts ballet class this Saturday. She has a pair of ballet shoes that she wears around the house pretty much 24/7.  She is careful to point out that they are not real Pointe Shoes though.

...would wear a dress every day of the week if I let her. Preferably something with lots of tulle and a long skirt.  If she can match the color of her accessories to the color of her dress, she think she is "pretty". a tricycle for her birthday which she loves. Though she hasn't quite mastered riding it yet. She will got a couple inches, then lose her momentum and give up. Practice makes perfect...

...may start getting an allowance soon cause she is ALWAYS asking about money. And how much money we can spend at the store. Since she's interested, it may be time to seize the day and teach her about being responsible with money!

...still sucks her thumb. Usually when she is tired, bored or riding in the car.  We are trying to decide what (if anything) to do about this. 

...loves to be goofy. Sometimes a little too much; we are working on learning when is a time to goof and when is a time to obey. 

...has developed a bit of a deceptive side. And we are particularly working on the idea that disobeying is still disobeying even when mommy can't see you. 

...generally is a great kid. She loves her sister. Loves her friends. (though she is still an introvert and needs her alone time). Loves having sleep overs with her grandparents. Loves going on "dates" with dad (we just started this recently. she loved having alone time with dad).


Happy 3rd Birthday (2 months late...) Little Papillon.  I love you sooooo much!