Luck of the Irish?

For the past four years or so I have been a loyal customer of *golden* custom sewn tees.  They are adorable clothes, mainly t-shits, that are designed by an amazingly creative and talented mom who has now become my friend. I use her to create one of a kind outfits for many special occasions such as birthdays and holidays for my girls.

*golden* recently had a contest where the winner would win a year of adorable shirts – one a month!!!!  I never suspected that I could win since she has around 2,500 fans on her facebook page.  But, I did!!!! I was so excited!  So far, I’ve received Kate’s super cute Hello Kitty birthday tee, V-day tee and beyond awesome St. Patty’s day tee!  I’m getting them for Kate so I can hopefully use most of them for Clare eventually.  I’m thinking in addition to being a great designer my friend at *golden* is also a savvy business women since I end up purchasing a coordinating tee for Clare as well. :/  I just can’t stand the cuteness!!!

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Kate's awesome leprechaun shirt

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*golden* V-day shirt and matching skirt

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Kate's 4th Birthday Tee

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Clare's matching tee

Kate’s first Disney Princess Costume

Kate attended a princess dress-up birthday party earlier this month and I thought it was time that she had her own Disney Princess costume.  She chose to be Ariel in her dress, not her mermaid outfit.  Unfortunately the day before she took a header off the swing at school and pretty much slid to a stop on her face.  I should have done a close up of the road rash on her forehead, nose and chin.  She wasn’t phased.

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Bugs and growing babies

I never realized how busy Halloween can be when you have littles!  On Saturday the 30th, we had our playgroup family Halloween party and later that evening, Brett and I were able to have some adult-fun at the annual DreamHost Halloween party.  Trick-or-Treating topped off the weekend.  But, before we get to that, guess who is 4-months old! (I realize this is a tad late since Clare will be 5-months next week, but what are you going to do?)

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Weight – 13.11 lbs, 50%

Height – 24 3/4″, 70%

Head circumference – 42″

At 4-months, Kate was 14.14 lbs and 24 3/4″!  You can see my 4-month post on her here.  Wow, they really do look a lot alike. I am wondering if Kate weighed more because she was formula-fed and Clare is breastfed.  Clare is also enjoying the same exersaucer and is an avid communicator.  She only needs to make eye contact with you to smile and she constantly is making little squeals and grunts.  A total cuddle-bug and another thumb-sucker.

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I had a couple of bugs around here for Halloween.

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…and a butterfly to be exact.

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Clare’s costume wasn’t very functional so at our playgroup party she wore a fun onsie that said Pumpkin Princess with an adorable custom tutu and headband that my friend, Lynn, made for her.

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Brett and I had an amazing time at the DreamHost Halloween party.  Last year, we went with a group of friends as renaissance people and won the group prize.  This year, we all went as geishas and samurais and won the group award again!  Our friend Jason spent months hand making an awesome samurai warrior costume so we decided to have that be the theme for the group.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic of him alone but you can see him peeking out behind the group of Asian lovelies.

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Brett was the “sensei master” and my costume was called “jade princess” but I’m not sure what that means.  All I know is that all the girls succeeded in looking like Asian hookers!

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The party was at the most amazing venue called the Edison.  I hope they have it there again.  I pretty much wanted to move in to the place.  It gave me the idea for our group to dress in steampunk for next year.

I am lucky that my brother Anthony and his fiancee Cherise (yep my baby bro is engaged!!!!) also go with us to this party.  It is always fun having them around!

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We had some of Kate’s friends over on Halloween, along with their parentals, to do trick or treating around our neighborhood. I was happy to discover that we have a great treat giving street!  We only made it down our street and half of the one below us before the kids pooped out.  I want to make it a tradition to have the kids and parents over every Halloween for trick or treating and hot apple cider and sweets after.  It reminds me of the amazing Halloween memories I have growing up on LeRoy.

Holy Hotness

So, we pretty much won’t be leaving the house today.   Although I did consider taking Kate to the park to let her run around and get exhausted to guarantee a nap.

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Yep, it says 109.3 degrees outside.

Clare is now three months old and just adorable.  From the recent video post you can see how much she is talking or trying to communicate.  She loves interacting with Kate.  Her next doctor’s appointment isn’t until 4-months so no stats to update this time.  Here are some pictures I remembered late to take. I have now entered a monthly reminder in my calendar so I can be sure to take her picture on the 22nd of each month.  It seems I never missed with Kate and always had some new, cute outfit to put her in.  Poor Clare. She smiles at me all the time with these huge, chubby cheeks and adorable dimple.  However, when taking pictures she is more interested in staring at the camera then looking at me and smiling.

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Kate decided to decorate herself with stickers.  She called it her “birthday hat”.

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