I’ve missed a couple weeks with this Our Life series…. so I’ve got some catching up to do!

We went trick-or-treating with the girls! Flannery had a blast of course. But it was definitely a unique experience for Zach and I because it was 80 degrees. I was wearing shorts. Every Halloween experience from my childhood included a winter coat and snow pants, rendering every costume unrecognizable.  Not these girls though, they were very clearly Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and the Scarecrow, no winter gear interferences necessary.

Dorothy and the Scarecrow!

Dorothy and the Scarecrow!

The next week my sister Katie came to visit! She was with us for a little over a week and it was awesome! Zach had three different trips in the midst of her visit, so it was especially nice to have an extra set of hands. Don’t worry Zach didn’t miss out on all the fun, on the one night that he was back in town Flannery managed to throw up in the middle of the night and sleep through the whole thing. It was a mess, and in that case it was nice to have two extra sets of hands. Flannery was fine after that, she was smiling the whole time and even more excited when I plopped her in the bathtub with all her clothes on. Luckily, we had just checked out Sometimes You Barf (Nancy Carlson Picture Books) at the Library so it was all a dream come true for this little girl to be living out her recent fave read. I looked at my confused little sleepyhead, and said “Flan, you barfed” and her eyes just lit up. Its the little things in life.

A HUGE thanks to my sister for helping me hang all my stuff up around the house- it looks so good!

A HUGE thanks to my sister for helping me hang all my stuff up around the house- it looks so good!

I think I can say we’re officially moved in now that Katie helped me hang all my stuff on the walls. A majority of our pictures and wall- hangings have just been leaning agains the walls of our bedroom collecting dust. The place looks good- and I would have never been able to figure it out on my own. This is where I want to beg FOCUS not to move me in six months. I finally figured out where to hang everything. We took some photos of the girls, and had lots of fun just hanging out and having tea parties.

We had a little photo shoot with the girls at the Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine- there's got to be at least one good photo in there!

We had a little photo shoot with the girls at the Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine- there’s got to be at least one good photo in there!

Things are always changing around here, especially when you have an almost one year old- they cross into a new phase every other day it seems. Harper has started standing up on her own! She has yet to take steps on her own, but she does get a few sets of squats in here and there. We’re venturing into potty training territory with the big one. Up until this point I’ve felt pretty confident in my capabilities as a mother- I can usually figure out how to do most anything now, even the second time around. But this potty training has knocked me down pretty hard. I have no idea what I’m doing-I haven’t felt this confused since I was learning how to breastfeed Flannery. So, any great advice throw it my way because my makeshift construction paper ‘stickers’ aren’t doing the trick.

My little Harper is 10 months old! She's well on her way to walking, standing up all on her own!

My little Harper is 10 months old! She’s well on her way to walking, standing up all on her own!

We did have another exciting incident happen since I last posted, but it deserves a post all its own, stay tuned. It involved Flannery and a Pot Roast, but I bet you’ll NEVER GUESS how they are related. It was one of those moments that I never could foresee happening to me in my whole life, but when you have kids, anything can happen.

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This little goofball has quite the personality, and the things that come out of her mouth. Sometimes its hilarious, and sometimes its barf.

Words of Wisdom from Flannery:

F: “Mo-o-om, where’s the ice cream?!

Me: “Daddy and I ate it.”

F: “MOM. You take it out right. now.” (out of my stomach that is)

Zach referred her to the bathroom to search for it.

Then she turns to Zach and in her best teacher voice:

F: “Dad, I know you like to have ice cream, BUT it is just for movie nights”.

Oh, Flan, take your own advice ice-cream-for-lunch girl.

-Meghan

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