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This Week’s (Month’s) Highlights via Instagram

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 ❤

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My Beautiful Baby before Connor’s Graduation Party on Saturday

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.

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HALLOWEEEN!!!!(AND KETO AND ZOMBIE KARDASHIANS)

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.

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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-

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I did, however, successfully stay keto and stayed out of the sweets today- so hurray for me!

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Some Pictorial Instagram Highlights from Our Month Away From Blog (lots of photos)…

I am seriously lazy right now and supposed to be cleaning the upstairs. I let a lot go to seed when I was recovering from my illness. I dusted and cleaned for about thirty minutes this afternoon- and now I have to try to get the Maisie to go down for her nap.

I’ve gone most vegetarian since my kidney infection- and I’ve upped my water intake. We have cut out red meat almost entirely (the others in my house still eat it).

This was Maisie’s breakfast today- Filipino Adobo Fried Rice, with a fried egg and sriracha

Maisie had photos done with her brothers in early October:

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All of my children in one photo #love #kittyleephotography #family

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She wore lots of cute outfits:

We went to visit my late grandparents’ house, it is now a law office:

me, on same staircase, as a baby:

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Me at the same age #nostalgia #sweet #family #memories

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We got dressed up for Halloween Trick or Treating:

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It's healing nicely #happyhalloween

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My little giraffe #happyhalloween

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We experienced unseasonably warm “Indian Summer” temps here in Michigan (in November!):

She went to her first art gallery show with Mommy and Daddy (and brother and Papa):

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Taking Maisie to her first art gallery show #momlife #memories

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Maisie's daddy

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Toy Giraffe Tuesday: Maisie, Her Giraffe, And Late 1940s-50s Vintage Toddler Dress

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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.

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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.

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We haven’t named it yet, but she calls it “G’affe”.

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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.

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it’s poor neck gets a lot of twisting

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the giraffe gets more kisses than we do!

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non-giraffe shot

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more G’affe kisses

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NOSTALGIC EBAY FIND: Vintage Plastic 1960s-70s Barrettes Old New Stock!

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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).

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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…

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I love them!

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Behind the scenes photos and sneak peek of Maisie’s 1 yr photo shoot :)

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she was SOOO cranky and cried the entire shoot- which was a first- then she was FINE after when she played with the photographer’s kids! This is her pissed off face.

All photos (except the iPhone snaps by me) by  Kitty Lee Photography

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CAKE!!!

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She stopped crying when Dave, the photog’s hubby, gave her flowers. She was scared of the balloons and the parasol props… but loved their kids’ toy ak-47 gun and scooters.

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my parents, finishing off Maisie’s ‘smash cake’ and smashing it into each other’s faces

chilling out a little bit between crying jags

chilling out a little bit between crying jags

Angry face holding her ice cream cone bubble wand thing- with a bruise on her face from falling in the bathtub that morning

Angry face holding her ice cream cone bubble wand thing- with a bruise on her face from falling in the bathtub that morning

she was scared of the pretty parasol and freaked out

she was scared of the pretty parasol and freaked out

she liked the cake part, especially when she got to feed papa

she liked the cake part, especially when she got to feed papa

feeding papa cake

feeding papa cake

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As soon as the shoot was done, she was fine- the boys’ toy ak-47 was a particular favorite of hers WHAT BABY GIRL is scared of balloons and pretty parasols, but loves guns and scooters?!

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she love Ami’s scooter and spent a lot of time figuring out how to balance on it- and she just learned to walk 2 weeks ago!

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by the end of her play date with the photog’s kids, she considered herself a scooter pro

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… and I caught her attempting to push the scooter into the road so she could use it like the big kids were!