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Serena’s Self-Portrait Photography Project

Serena got ahold of the camera and took a bunch of self-portraits. Here they are: Here is the setting of the photography session (which she also photographed):

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Reading Serena

Serena reads everything she can get her eyes on. She LOVES this new window into the world. It’s like a whole layer of the universe has opened a door to her. The other day during bedtime books, she read half of the book Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s a beautiful book, see: But […]

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Our triennial hair salon adventure! I can’t believe that we don’t take the girls to get their hair cut professionally more often, it makes such a HUGE difference! Simone was very reluctant, until she saw that they give away lollipops if you get a haircut. Then she hopped right into the car and had them […]

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The Bus

Not only did Serena start Kindergarten, but she started (at her insistence!) riding the bus home from school all by herself – on this first day of school! And it was by far her MOST FAVORITE thing about school (and she really loves a lot about school so far, so the bus thing is winning […]

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Mama, Does Anything Make You Die?

Some “bigger girl” told Annika (when they were in the pool last week) that if you swallow pool water you can die. We did not know the conversation occurred. Last week, Annika came downstairs when we thought she was already asleep. She walked into the office, lip quivering and eyes brimmed with tears, totally choked […]

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How You Doin’ Mama?

I was cleaning the bathroom the other day when Simone walked in, totally purposeful, filling a cup for some (messy, I’m sure) experiment she was conducting. “How you doin’ Mama? You doing good?”, she asked, distractedly, as she climbed the stool to the sink. When did she get so grown up? How does she just […]

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This Pink Matches!

Last Friday morning Simone and I were playing on the landing during our one-on-one Friday morning time (Serena and Annika were at Spanish School), looking over the fifteen thousand little wooden beads that were strewn across the floor from early morning three-girl playtime. Simone picked up a pink bead and held it next to a […]

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At first there was one….and now there are two!  Serena lost her other front bottom tooth this evening.  The good news is that she caught this one when it came out.  Michelle made a lovely little fancy pouch out of some sparkly ribbon,  in which we placed the tooth, and Serena wanted to be certain […]

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Tooth Fairy

Serena has had two loose front bottom teeth for over a month. We learned they were loose when she last saw Dr. Rex (our dentist, who is also a self-proclaimed superhero) and he explained that she is losing her teeth about 1.5 years early. He says there’s a high probability she will need substantial orthodontic […]

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Oh. Okay.

Simone is 21 months old. She LOVES conversation. In fact, I’m pretty       sure that her love of conversation is the reason she is having significant trouble (read: refusing and or passionately resisting) sleep suddenly. Sometimes it takes her over an hour to go to sleep. (Funny parenting side note: with Serena – and even still […]

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