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Maisie’s 1st DIY Youtube vids

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My 4 yr old made a “Kawaii Kitty” toy for herself that we designed and she helped sew and stuff the thing.

She has her own tiny sewing machine, but she used the big one today.

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Maisie (after using the big sewing machine): “OOOOH, IT’S SOOO FAST!”

Here are her vids- I think she’s adorable.

As she says “Please press LIKE and subscribe” (Actually, she’s just cool with the thumbs up thingies)

and her last video of the night

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Maisie (and ME) Photo Updates

I have been SO Busy this week, but am posting some highlights from my Instagram here…

We had a funeral today. A friend of my parents’ passed away suddenly.

These were from the bathroom at the funeral home. It was a sad reason to dress up…

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Maisie & Mommy

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At Ken's funeral

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Maisie and Mommy

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#mirror #reflection

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She was such a good girl at the visitation! She actually took SOME OF HER FIRST STEPS at the funeral home!
By the time we got back home, she (and I) was SO tired.

I found a tee shirt from when we were in Orkney, Scotland over 15 years ago- this was her brother’s shirt when he was a toddler. I have been transitioning her from her bottle to a cup these last two days and it seems to be doing really well. I bought a fantastic training cup with a soft spout from NUK that she LOVES. She hasn’t had a bottle all day today and hasn’t missed them at all.

My mother dropped off a bunch of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians stuffed doggies a couple of days ago. They used to belong to her oldest brother, Sam, when he was a baby. Sam is now 26, if that gives you any idea how old these are. She’s not let them go since they arrived and grabbed TWO of the puppies to sleep with last night! They get more hugs and kisses than I do. I am a little jealous 🙂

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Nice #photobomb, daddy #cute #cutestkidz #cutekidsclub #sweet

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I had my hair done yesterday and we wore these cute little Mexican traditional shirt/dresses.

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#love

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#baby #fridakahlo #love #cute #cutebaby #sweetbaby

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My niece who lives in Wisconsin came for a visit last night. She has 4 kids under 5! It was a great visit- here is Maisie with my 2 grandnieces, Lainie and Karmia- Maisie wasn’t too happy here:

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#Cousins #love Maisie and my grandnieces

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Her hair is curling up:

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Happy #dimples #cute #cutebaby #love #sweetbaby #sweet

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Last, but not least, the dumpster went bye-bye. I will attempt to update the Dumpster Diaries this week- been working my tail off in that back room!

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There goes my dumpster… #dumpsterdiaries

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Today in Maisie History: She thinks the GI Joe is “Daddy” and piano playing time…

2 out of 3 of her favorite things today

2 out of 3 of her favorite things today

I have decided to do posts with pics of my sweetums going about her day (because I am one of THOSE mothers… and I do what I want when I want… lol)

piano playing is serious business...

piano playing is serious business…

Jamming out, because she heard her pianist brother doing so from his real piano

Jamming out, because she heard her pianist brother doing so from his real piano

Today, Maisie was all about 3 things: Her new Fisher Price dollhouse, her Melissa and Doug toy piano, and her GI Joe doll. She likes to kiss and kiss Joe and call him “Daddy”.

she is convinced that Joe is a doll version of her daddy

she is convinced that Joe is a doll version of her daddy

probably because he plastic head is delicious to teething toddlers

probably because he plastic head is delicious to teething toddlers

this ugly thing gets all the kisses

this ugly thing gets all the kisses

I love the Melissa and Doug piano because it is so sturdy and well built. It’s a toy, so it’s woefully out of tune, but still comes with a little songbook. It’s a heavy piece, too… not prone to tipping at all.

The GI Joe was probably out of her brothers’ stash from long ago, when they were children. It’s ugly and has a green face.

So ends my toy review efforts for today 🙂

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My 10 month old is way too smart for her own good

Maisie lost the Fisher-Price baby already and when I questioned her about it she went to her toy box and pulled out a tiny teddy bear to replace it!

She decided that Teddy would be the baby's changeling

She decided that Teddy would be the baby’s changeling

...and artfully puts the daddy next to it, like I wouldnt notice the difference

…and artfully puts the daddy next to it, like I wouldnt notice the difference

“See Mom, nothing is amiss here”

I finally found the hidden FP baby- When she saw that I had it, she snatched it and put it back where she’d hidden it.

*SMH*

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Maisie’s 1st Doll House: Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home Review

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Maisie’s rather skimpy toy collection was due for a boost. She’s been really into independent play lately, so I was in the market for something that would amuse her and was a little less ‘infant’ like.

A lovely friend suggested the Fisher-Price Little People House. Amazon had it on sale for $25, so I bought it immediately- and thanks to my Amazon Prime subscription- it arrived in 2 days with free shipping! I use my Prime almost daily. Best subscription EVER.

What could be in this big box?

What could be in this big box?

The packaging was perfect, as I’ve come to expect from Amazon shipments. Her little eyes opened wide in awe when she saw the house.

Maisie and Dibble the Cat check out the packaging...

Maisie and Dibble the Cat check out the packaging…

The house itself came with a couple of screws (to screw the front piece together) and a long screw (for the hinge). The screws required a phillip’s screwdriver. It was simple to assemble. It had a couple of yellow pieces that were a bit confusing and just attached to the sides. The baby was able to rip them off in seconds- they didn’t make much sense.

these pieces made no sense and the baby was able to rip them off every time I tried to attach them. I can see them getting lost very easily.

these pieces made no sense and the baby was able to rip them off every time I tried to attach them.
I can see them getting lost very easily.

Another minor complaint was that the front of the window looks like something attaches to it, but nothing comes with it from what I’ve seen.

see the little holes in the window?  they drive my OCD bit mad. Apparently nothing attaches to them...

see the little holes in the window? they drive my OCD bits mad. Apparently nothing attaches to them…

Other than what I mentioned above, this is a really clever little starter doll house. It has sounds in almost every room- you push a button and the toilet flushes, the stove makes cooking sounds, etc.

A video of the sounds the house makes- please disregard my horrible, chipping manicure:

Maisie loved playing mostly with the doll family that came with the set. It includes the daddy, mommy, and baby. It also comes with a car, baby bed, and dining table.

mommy and baby in their beds

mommy and baby in their beds

the new Little People have holes in the bottom like the old ones did

the new Little People have holes in the bottom like the old ones did

Daddy in the bathroom

Daddy in the bathroom

The new Little People are much bigger than the ones from my childhood and made from a child safe type of plastic. They still have holes in the bottom. She enjoyed sucking on their heads, just like kids used to with the original Little People.

I miss the old style wooden and plastic head-ed Little People of my childhood.

I miss the old style wooden and plastic head-ed Little People of my childhood.

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She’s loving this

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a happy Maisie playing with her new dollhouse

I can see her playing with this toy for a long time to come. The reviews on Amazon are nearly 5 stars.

My rating: 4.5/5

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Maisie and her naughty new stuffed cat…

My sister Edie bought Maisie a new stuffed cat. We named it “Dibble”, after a similar REAL cat my grandparents had when I was a tiny girl.

She dragged the cat to her toybox and proceeded to introduce it to all her dolls and other stuffies.

When she brought out her favorite tiny stuffed owl – being the evil mommy that I am – I took the cat and pounced on the owl, pretending that the cat was eating the bird.


Maisie looked at the scene in horror for a few moments, then started to cry.  She snatched the cat out of my hand and spanked it on it’s head, saying “NO, NO!!! BAD! BAD!!”

Where did she get that?! She’s never had a spanking herself!!

It reminded me of when we’d catch our cats on the farm with live birds and tried to get them to drop them.