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Caroline: 3 Years Old

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

I stopped doing Caroline’s monthly updates because it seemed so unnecessary – she had reached all her milestones and it was sort of boring (and braggy) to repeat over and over that my toddler was a genius. But then suddenly I realized it was November and we were only a few weeks away from 36 months old and I was going NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.

But it’s definitely true. She may actually have been 3 for the last 6 months and I was just counting wrong. It seemed ridiculous to call her 2 when she never uses her a stroller, goes to a real preschool class, has no fear of new things or people, dresses herself, can order her own food at restaurants, sits through a full-length movie in a theater, and can sled down big giant hills without freaking out even a little bit.

(FTR, there’s a chain link fence at the bottom of that hill so they couldn’t go out into the road. It’s a perfect sledding hill.)

I think she acts so grown up because I treat her like she’s grown up. I expect the same things from her that I expect from her 4 1/2 year old brother, which might not always been fair for her but she handles incredibly well. It also makes my life easier, since they’re able to play together, share together and help take care of each other (and me – let’s be honest, being able to fetch things for you is a major reason to have kids). She is so kind and helpful and sweet and full of cuddles I sort of dread the 3’s. And the 4’s. And everything between 10 and 21. Right now when she gets super mad at me she mostly cries and says “I need a huuuuuuuuuuug!” I imagine that won’t last forever, so I’m trying to appreciate it now, even when it happens 14 times a day.

She had a dentist appointment and her flu mist spray on the same day last week and handled both without any crying or running away or fighting. She understands the concept of “Do this now and then it’s over and we can go home and have a cuddle”, although stickers or ice cream make very effective bribes. Sometimes there is a little bedtime stalling – especially if she thinks we’re having fun without her – but sleeps through the night 99% of the time. She finally grew a little bit (I’ll get stats at her check-up in January), but she’s wearing actual 3T sizes in shirts and 2T in pants, although yesterday she wore a pair of 18 month snow pants.

Caroline loves princesses and pink and sparkly things. She also loves running and screaming and playing in the dirt and jumping in muddy puddles and throwing snowballs. Right now she has absolutely no sense of girl things vs boy things or “acting like a lady” and the first time I hear anyone try to explain it to her I will LOUDLY tell them they are wrong. I hope she makes all her own decisions about her likes and dislikes forever, be it wearing gowns to the grocery store or running around the house in boots, underpants and a pirate hat.

Her likes include talking, animals, repeating everything I’ve ever said, pink, cookies, helping, hugs, her brother, Daddy, the iPad, princesses, dress up, snow, sledding, drawing, eating, talking some more, Christmas, sleeping, balloons, school, jumping, running, even more talking, books, singing songs she made up, What Does The Fox Say?, quesadillas, the aquarium, talking to people she doesn’t know at the store, Santa, movies, her stuffed ducky, her stuffed doggy, and her stuffed kitty.

Dislikes include being really tired, being really hungry, when Mommy says no, when Daddy goes to work, wearing the appropriate amount of clothing for winter in Connecticut, and “when Blushes [our cat] gets angwy and goes ‘HAAAAAACH'”.

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I did a birthday questionnaire for Evan in writing, but Caroline is better at answering questions (although sort of hard to understand on video) so I broke out the record function on my DSLR for the first time ever and asked her about her favorite things:

Happy 3rd birthday to my Christmas Girl, Caroline Noelle! You are amazing and I love you bunches and bunches forever.

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

I have a pain in my right side that I don’t THINK is an internal organ exploding, but if it could be. What I’m saying is, if you don’t see me on Facebook or Instagram at all tomorrow, maybe text me?

Sunday:

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Devil’s Hopyard – either it was named after the time the devil was seen jumping around in the pools at the bottom of the falls or after a landowner named Dobble who had a farm near there.

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It’s very warm.

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A two photo shoot kind of day

Monday:

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He takes his Christmas gift list circling very seriously.

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CUDDLE TIME

Tuesday:

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MOMMY THERE’S A MAN IN THE TANK WITH THE FISHES

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Aquarium date with some of our favorite people

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Bacon, caramelized onions, tomato, blue cheese on sour dough. JEALOUS?

Wednesday:

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I can’t remember WHY I put the kitchen stools in our bedroom but the gingers enjoy them.

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Special Helper Day

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I like pretending that is my house.

Thursday:

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GOODNIGHT CAROLINE

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We have a train table he never plays with at home. But the one at the library is THE BEST.

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The cat found her spot on the new couch

Friday:

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I think she has her princesses mixed up.

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Showing off his art at my parent-teacher conference

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My kids are weird.

Saturday:

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They spent the full length of a movie like this. Unfortunately the movie was Equestria Girls.

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TV, screaming toddler, Facebook…and I wonder why it takes me FOREVER to get things done.

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Fall in a cookie – pumpkin, hazelnut spread, butterscotch chips. Unfortunately I don’t really like butterscotch and E doesn’t like pumpkin, so we can’t tell if these are actually delicious.

I secretly just want to sleep all day tomorrow, but we’re doing more fun stuff instead. Maybe I can sleep all day on the second of never. I’ve got a date with the elliptical trainer on Tuesday and that’s almost as good as napping. Especially because of the massage bed afterwards.

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Look At This Stuff, Isn’t It Neat? {GIVEAWAY!!!!!}

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Please excuse the exclamation points and the fact that it is apparently giveaway week here on my blog (I haven’t done any in months and then BAM! THREE AT ONCE!) but I had to resort to Twitter begging for this one and I don’t regret it one bit.

THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy

How would you like to win THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy? Oh, a whole bunch? That’s what I thought.

For the record, Caroline has never actually seen The Little Mermaid. My copy is on VHS (still have it though!) and our library doesn’t have a copy from the last release Disney did. They do, however, have The Little Mermaid 2, the prequel in which Ariel’s mother dies on screen and we’ve seen it one million times. We also have four different Ariel dolls and as of yesterday Caroline has started asking for an Ariel dress. which I will probably cave into and buy her immediately. Because how do you tell your tiny red-head toddler she can’t be the best of all the princesses? You can’t. Or at least I can’t. Maybe you’re dead inside.

Check out The Little Mermaid website, where you can watch clips and play games, including Ariel’s Dress-Up, which I definitely did NOT play on my own for 20 minutes last night. Nope.

To enter to win your very own Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy: Leave a comment on this post. For inspiration, let me start… “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?” (YOUR TURN!)

Official stuff: 1 entry per eligible household, winner must be 18 or older and a resident of US or Canada (no PO Box, please). Giveaway ends October 3rd, winner will be drawn with Random.org. I get my own copy in exchange for hosting this giveaway, which is why I am doing it. It’s been in my Amazon cart for MONTHS and now I can exchange the movie for the mermaid dress-up set. All opinions are my own.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Technically it’s still summer, but someone forgot to tell Connecticut. And Virginia.

Sunday:

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Life’s tough choices: cinnamon cider donuts or glazed cider donuts?

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Giving directions in the maze

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Brushing the princess’s hair

Monday:

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Belle watching Belle

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Being a princess is exhausting

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Blue Icees are the best reward

Tuesday:

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Pre-pre-school hugs

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Purple dress with tiny pink foxes at Target. Go get one for your baby.

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Building a dinosaur skeleton zoo, to keep dinosaurs skeletons for escaping

Wednesday:

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Hello Hartford!

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Doin’ sciencey stuff

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Not swinging. Sitting. Because I was working. But she refused to get out (or put on pants).

Thursday:

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I’ve been going to the clinic on base for 8 years and this was the first time I ever noticed the water tower. Observant!

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Cooperative art

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We pay $200 a year for an aquarium membership and they think the lobsters at the grocery store are just as good.

Friday:

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Go on vacation? Nah, we’ll hang at this rest area and look at diggers.

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Can’t you see I’m RELAXING? Knock it off with the pictures.

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RELAAAAAAAAAAX

Saturday:

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Man-time fishing on the lake

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Jumper!

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Golden child

I keep thinking there’s just one week left in August and I have way too much to do, but there are TWO weeks left in August…and I still have way too much to do. Well, no, not too much. I can never, ever get too much photography work and I’m super excited I have some shoots lined up already.

So excited I MIGHT have just ordered myself my dream camera. Now I have 6 months to pay for it. Please forgive me if there are a few extra sponsored posts next month – dreams are pretty expensive and I’m determined to finance mine on my own, without using the family (husband-earned) money.

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Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Welcome to August in New England, where the weather cools down juuuuust enough to make life bearable, the days are still super long, and the kids can SENSE that I’m shipping them off to school soon so they start demanding the playground every day.

Sunday:

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When you take gymnastics, every wall is a balance beam

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The King of All Wild Things demands a rumpus.

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Admiring herself in the table reflection. Vanity, thy name is Caroline.

Monday:

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HI PIRANHAS! I LOVE YOU! YOU SO SPARKLY!

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Want to see him wait patiently? Promise him grilled cheese.

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Swinger

Tuesday:

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I walked to the grocery store. The halfway point is the hospital where both kids were born.

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MORE SWINGING!

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Photographer (and model) in training

Wednesday:

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Evan decorated her hair during a cat nap

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Appropriate scooter attire

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Creepy ass princess takes a bath

Thursday:

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When you don’t have a photography studio, you improvise. Thank God for sliding glass doors.

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Scooter pro already

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Photography assistant for my evening maternity shoot

Friday:

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She found the shirt she liked and wouldn’t even LOOK at anything else.

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I got beat at Princess Chutes and Ladders by a 2 year old. It hurts.

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Uh oh, I hear sirens…

Saturday:

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TINY PRE-K SCHOOL UNIFORMS I CAN’T EVEN.

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Photo editing while the kids watch a surprisingly not terrible fake Pixar movie about sea turtles.

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Terribly grainy drive thru photo of the kids attempting the clapping part of the Cups song.

E’s hours are still killing him, but we managed to fit in some family time today, which was super fun. He even put up a curtain rod we’ve been meaning to put up for seven years. Maybe in another seven years we’ll fix the shower door that’s been broken since we moved in!  No, probably not. That clothes pin keeps it closed pretty well.

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