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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First Haircut!

Most kids get their first haircut at a much younger age. Kate, however, at nearly four has just received her first!  I’ve never been great at styling her hair and the thinness and messy curliness of it has always presented a challenge for me.  I hesitated to cut it because I thought I needed the length in order to properly style it.  Well, it was getting gross.  The old baby hair just had to go.  I had to get my hair done so I asked my long-time stylist, Laurie (also the sister of my dear friend Denise), if she would be able to fit in Kate as well.  She had time and here are the results! Kate did protest a little bit.  She hates getting her head wet and the blow drier so I am surprised she didn’t freak out more.  When I was putting her in the chair for the cut she went stiff as a board so she couldn’t sit and kept sliding down.  Glad I had an extra dose of patience that morning.  I am so glad that I finally did this and I should have done it a lot earlier.  Of course now that I have washed her hair I will never be able to do it like Laurie again.  Oh well.

 

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Before (scary)

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After

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Kate’s First Big Dance Recital

Hopes of becoming a professional dancer aren’t high on our list for her, but Kate still had fun at her first dance recital.  She really enjoys dance class three days a weeks with her friends Layla, Aerowyn, Kendyl and Anika.  The dance gene is definitely not in our DNA pool so we know an invitation to try out for the company team won’t happen but for now Kate can enjoy expending some energy and getting more flexible!  She had three different dances with three costumes at this recital – “Good Ship Lollipop” (song and dance), “Peppermint Twist (tap) and “Splish Splash” (pre jazz).  Nana Wende, Papa Tony, Gramps, Uncle Anthony, Aunt Cherise and Uncle Kyle and Aunt Stephani all came out to watch!

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Good Ship Lollipop - Kate, Layla, Aerowyn, Anika, Kendyl

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Clare, Kate, Aunt Cherise

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Clare, Kate, Nana Wende

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Kate and Gramps

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Kate, Uncle Kyle and Aunt Stephani (with cousin Gavin in her belly)

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Our family

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Kate and mama

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Good Ship Lollipop

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Good Ship Lollipop

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Splish Splash

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Splish Splash

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Splish Splash - Kate, Layla, Aerowyn

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Peppermint Twist

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Peppermint Twist

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Peppermint Twist - Layla, Anika, Kate (the giant), Kendyl, Aerowyn

Easter 2011 (it’s not too late, right?)

 

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Playgroup Easter Party

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Playgroup Easter Party

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Easter Egg Hunt at Irvine Park Railroad

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Easter Egg Hunt at Irvine Park Railroad (playgroup)

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Easter Egg Hunt at Irvine Park Railroad (Aerowyn, Kate, Layla)

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Easter Egg Hunt at Irvine Park Railroad

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Easter Egg Hunt at Irvine Park Railroad

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Easter Bunny 2011 - Kate and Clare

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Kate left carrots for the EB

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Look what the EB left for Kate!

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We even saw his little footprints

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's - check out the loot!

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's - Papa Tony

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Easter 2011 at the Dunst's - Aunt Cherise and Uncle Anthony

Does size matter?

A whole lot to update everyone on but we have been very busy so this is a short one!  Clare is now one year old! I was looking at pictures of Kate at her first birthday party and the size difference between the two of them astounds me.  So, I looked up Kate’s stats.  Here you go:

Kate at 12-months

21.9 lbs

30.25″

 

Clare at 12-months

19.13 lbs (25%)

27.5″ (10%)

 

Yowza!

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Clare’s 9-month and Kate’s 3-year check up

I am so behind but we are busy, busy busy!!  And, obviously having a lot of fun!

Clare 9-months

Weight: 17.5 lbs – 20%

Height: 26.5″ – 10-15%

She is still a champion crawling, eats as if a bottomless pit and learned to wave and say “bye-bye”.  We were in Kingman, AZ on 3/22 on our way back from visiting Brett’s Aunt Marian, Uncle Richard and Mama Ellie (grandma) in Albuquerque, NM along with Brett’s parents.  So, here are some pictures of her on the hotel couch in her PJs.

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Kate’s 3-year stats:

Weight: 32lbs – 45%

Height” 39″ – 80%

Doctor estimated that she would be between 5’6 and 5’7 full grown.  I’m hoping for taller.  Clare, on the other had, is estimated at 5’1 to 5’2!!  Maybe she will have a growth spurt someday.

Kate’s Birthday

Disneyland holds a special place in this family’s heart so naturally we love to celebrate special occasions at the happiest place on earth.  Brett was able to take a half day and meet us to enjoy the beautiful day.  We stayed late in to the evening to take in the new “World of Color”.  We had seen it a few months ago and did not have wonderful seats and overall I was very disappointed.  However, this time, we took advantage of the special dining package.  Basically you eat at a specified restaurant and a fixed meal and get priority seat tickets.  The new perspective made all the difference.  I thought the show was beautiful.

Overall, I think Kate had a blast.  Her current fav ride is the Matterhorn.

First off, let’s take a look at Kate in her chair at one year and now, at three years.

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And of course we need one with baby sister as well.

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Next, let’s look at Kate last year with Minnie Mouse on her birthday and this year with Minnie.

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Minnie doesn’t seem to have aged at all.

Kate’s gift from Nana Wende and Papa Tony was her very own annual pass to Disneyland!  I was content to let her still slide in under the radar but Brett and my mom would not have that.  So, as a right of passage for a proper orange county girl, at three, Kate now has a Premium Annual Pass.  Hopefully my parents will continue to purchase this. {smile}

Getting her picture taken.

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Yay!  An almost $500 flimsy piece of plastic.  But, oh the memories it will be responsible for!

Love this picture with Clare’s hand on Kate.

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Having fun with Papa Tony.

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Two peas in a pod.

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Birthday candle #1.

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And #2.

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So glad my parent’s have annual passes too!

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Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl.  I can hardly believe that three years have gone by.  You astound me every day with how observant, humorous and unique you are. I can’t wait to see the person you will become.

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