Happy Birthday Beatrice!

Can you even believe the baby is ONE YEAR OLD? I can’t. Too big. Too fast. I attempted some birthday pictures, but alas she was not so willing. I might try again tomorrow when there is a little more sun and she is possibly more willing.

We started out ok.


But quickly decided this dress was awful.


Attempted standing up, which was fine, until the sisters descended and upset her.


Finally got her to smile while holding my hands, so they are nice and up close.




And since I took pictures of both Greta and Eloise on their first birthdays in this dress, here they are.







quick takes #zillion

1. On the few random warm days we have had we have tried to spend as much time as possible outside since we don’t really know how many more there will be. This include side walk chalk on the front walk and driveway.






2. Since our driveway is pretty terrible (hilly) for scooting/bike riding, we usually go down to the nearby park and use the basketball courts for scooting/riding. Nice and flat, surrounded by grass. The big girls LOVE it!






3. This is what happens when I leave the room. Poor baby is going through such a difficult separation anxiety phase.

Beatrice stands and cruises, but it still a little too wobbly to walk, maybe in a month or two. She has four teeth!


4. My sweet girls.



5. Greta thought the Amish girl outfit we have worked well with her pilgrim hat from school. I think it does work very well 🙂



6. This takes talent. And as you might imagine resulted in an eye full of yogurt.


Beatrice also loves when her sisters include her in whatever they are doing.


7. Greta LOVES to do ‘tricks’. She will do random things and ask what is this called, thinking she must have done some dance move. Sometimes they have a name and sometimes not.




7. Eloise mostly avoids having her picture taken, so there aren’t as many of her lately. She definitely knows how to pout.


But oh she loves our baby and her babies.



8. I never really shared any more about Albert and it appears I’m not going to get to a real post, so you get the short story. During the hurricane, Albert wasn’t really eating much, but we just thought it was stress or he decided he didn’t like his food (this has happened before). So we got him some new food to try and he ate a little, but not much. He definitely seemed weak and not like himself. We took him to the vet and they told us he either his heart was enlarged and he was in heart failure or had cancer. They told us to take him to the emergency vet to get more testing, have his heart drained to see what the fluid around his heart was and have him given IVs. We opted to take him home and give him some medicine that would help him feel better IF it was his heart. I picked him on Monday evening from the vet and he died Tuesday around noon at home. We are all still a bit sad, but we did have a little funeral for him and buried him in the back yard. The girls colored pictures to put in the box with him. (Greta was the only one who would pose with him before we took him to the vet).



9. Let’s end with a super cute picture of the girls in front of our Christmas tree (more tree pictures later).


shoe debacle

The girls needed some new shoes and really I dread taking them all to a shoe store, so I usually just buy online. There are usually better deals online so I can get what I want for cheaper, sometimes MUCH cheaper.

example 1: Greta wears about a size 9.5 or 10. She needed new boots. So I bought her some See Kai Run boots online in a size 10. They were last year’s style so they were on clearance. They get here and are too small. Of course size 11 is not available, so I can’t just order the next size up. I decide I might as well save them for Eloise or Beatrice since they were much cheaper than all the other boots I could find.

example 2: Stride Rite is having a great sale. Most of the shoes are marked down pretty low and then there is an online coupon for an additional 25% off. Greta definitely need sneakers and Eloise wanted a new pair of shoes as well. The shoes I order for Greta are totally fine. Eloise doesn’t need sneakers, but there are some on sale, so I order them in the next size up. She has some Stride Rite brand sneakers in a size 8, so I order a size 9, thinking they will be for spring or summer. I also ordered Eloise a pair of mary jane sneakers in size 8.5. They arrive. The size 9 sneakers of the same brand are the same length as the size 8 sneakers we already have. Eloise doesn’t need new sneakers, so now I need to either return them or exchange them or save them for Beatrice.

I thought I had learned from Greta’s boot experience to only buy brands that I knew what size to buy and it turns out that isn’t the case. So internet, tell me, do you buy your kids’ shoes in the store? or online? How do you buy shoes that actually fit them? And how do you get the best deal? Is there really this much variation in the actual brand or do we think the stride rite shoes are mislabeled? What am I doing wrong?