I’ve been really out of sorts because of the pulmonary embolisms, but here are some nice things that have happened this month- lots of birthdays!
First up, Maisie’s 4th birthday was on 10 September! We usually have huge parties, but my health hasn’t been the best, so we just did a family party, with grandparents from both sides and her first cousins from her dad’s side. She received My Little Pony, Spirit Horses, an Ant Farm (her fave, ours too), and the outhouse dollhouse built by my dad (with base and landscaping by us):
Her Norwegian dollhouse hosted the new Spirit horses:
Later in the week, she received macarons from our dear friend and we had a blast doing mundane things- also, my friend brought us wild paw paw fruit, which tastes like mangoes squished with bananas and pineapple! I was able to ripen them by sticking the branch in water for a week.
It’s still been brutally hot out here, so she had a lot of beach time and park time as well:
Then we ended this week with silver and gold henna tattoos- plus I received 2 new Tiffany heart bead bracelets to commemorate surviving the last 2 months since my embolisms ❤
If you scroll the instagram, you can see a shot of her with me, not in a hospital gown for once lol.
She is such a lovely child and well behaved and soooo smart!!!!! She will be four on 10 Sept!
She does not stop talking, though. She is a font of information. I adore that. You can have an actual intellectual conversation with this tot and it’s ADORABLE.
Maisie informed him that she found her bathing suit upstairs and after ballet, it was going to be a beach day.
I’m sorry, but today is a fairy garden and blue bottle tree landscaping day, kid.
I may have to compromise and fill up one of those little blue kiddie pools while we work-
A little peek into our day, before trick or treat- it was 35F here in SW Michigan- absolutely freeeeeezing (1-2C for the rest of you).
We rushed to get candy for the manny in the house to dole out while we took the girl into the cold.
I had exactly 35 minutes to decide what to dress up as- and accidentally turned into a Zombie Kardashian- or a Game of Thrones greyscale Kardashian– still not sure which.
Maisie dressed as a brown haired Elsa… she was over the moon. Below is a pic with her brother- who is dressed as a sort of emo Waldo who doesn’t wish to be found- but will still take your candy-
I did, however, successfully stay keto and stayed out of the sweets today- so hurray for me!
vintage baby dress and toy giraffe
Ever since R bought that 2.5 ft toy giraffe for her birthday, she’s been OBSESSED with it.
Today it hit it’s pinnacle: she refused to eat or go anywhere without it. She cried every time you took it away, even for a minute.
We haven’t named it yet, but she calls it “G’affe”.
Today’s outfit is a late 1940s-early 1950s vintage baby dress I found on eBay. It is made of cotton and dotted swiss. I adore retro baby dresses- the quality and construction (and price) can’t be beat! I should have ironed it, but I have no time for that.
I really wonder how my grandmother dealt with 4 daughters and all those dresses to iron! I know people say that they ‘sprinkled the dresses with water’, but the details are sketchy. One of my friends showed me how to iron puffed baby sleeves and it is kind of like those Imelda Marcos butterfly sleeved Filipino dresses.
it’s poor neck gets a lot of twisting
the giraffe gets more kisses than we do!
more G’affe kisses
I was so thrilled to find these on eBay~
My kid’s hair is super fine and none of the newfangled barrette/clips stay in for long.
I have been yearning for the yarn ribbons and plastic barrettes of my childhood- and found these on eBay!
They were new, unused old stock (meaning they were vintage, but never sold).
Maisie rocking the vintage barrette
These things actually STAY IN HER HAIR! I am so happy!
Now if I could only find some yarn ribbons…
I love them!
Maisie & Amelie repping Claire Lush Designs with their baby (fake) tats photo credit: Kitty Lee Photography
beautiful designer/kiteboarder Claire Lutz of Claire Lush Designs Photo credit: Kitty Lee Photography
Wonderful Kitty sent two of her finished photos- Claire (and her jewelry) looks AH-MAZING.
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