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“Holly Antoinette”

Happy Halloween! I love dressing my kids up for Halloween. It's a lot of fun! Greta is a nutcracker, but perhaps looks more like a circus ringmaster. And Holly is a native American. For photos, Maeve was first a butterfly because she has flat out refused the necklace and hat for her costume. But, she was so pliable with a sucker in her mouth that I decided to try it and she allowed me to dress her! Very exciting! I made Holly's dress, embellished Greta's and I made everything for Maeve besides the green jammies. 

Conor had just gotten home earlier in the day (he spent a week in Chicago!) that I took photos and all Maeve wanted was him! So cute. Love how everyone looks and we are already dreaming up costumes for next year, as we do!

For our church's trunk or treat, Conor was an off-duty cop (that mustache!) and I was a lumber Jill.

Holly's birthday party was really easy and fun! We invited friends over and they decorated their bikes. This was quite the creative process and I'm pretty sure the kids could've decorated all day long! Once decorated, we took the bikes on a little ride through Manito park, a bike parade. Then we came back to the back yard and I served up a 3' ice cream sundae. Ingredients were: vanilla ice cream, cookie dough ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and cherries. Everyone had their own spoon and got to dig in after we sang happy birthday. This was lots of fun and a big hit with the kids. In lieu of gifts, we asked each girl to bring a wrapped book and we did a white elephant exchange. That was great! It was such a great night. I would definitely repeat this birthday party! Too bad Maeve and Greta are both winter birthdays. 

Holly turned nine this past week! I can hardly believe it! We had a fun (and easy) day celebrating her! It's all about food at our house, and the day started off with Eggs Benedict. I made Holly a birthday dress (as per tradition) and I'm so happy with how it turned out! It's really the perfect color and cut on her. We gave Holly a couple books and a bow and arrow. We are really low-key gift givers, and fortunately Holly is super easy to please! 

I totally can't believe I have a 9 year old! Holly is such a great kid! She's kind and thoughtful. She's awesome with little kids. Holly is cheerful and generous. She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Holly is lots of fun and full of energy. She's a great kid!

About two blocks away in Manito park is the prettiest little patch of purple Lupine flowers. I really wanted to capture some shots of my sweet daughters with them before this crazy heat withered them away. I think we made it there on one of the flower's last days, they were looking wilted. But I think I caught some okay photos anyways? Maeve wasn't too impressed with having her picture taken and she lasted about 10 seconds but I guess that's just how it goes with a little one her age. Managing expectations over here! Anyways, these three girls... they are so much work and so amazing. I love having all daughters!

Not sure if it's my lens, me the photographer, or my wiggly children, but most of the photos I snapped of them this morning turned out fuzzy. Whoops! So here's two of my cute children. I love these three so much!

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