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February 25, 2006


This is the color Juliana picked out for her room:


Awesome! I'm almost done with it and it looks SO GOOD. I only have this picture right now but I will post the rest when I finish it up tomorrow. Juli told me that it is really looking like "a princess room". Like a true decorator though, she also said that the ugly drop-ceiling has totally got to go. (Which sounds a little bit picky but in all honestly it really is quite hideous.) I was a little nervous at first when I started painting the color on the wall but the more it went on the more perfect I knew it was for her. And really, what other color would you expect for someone with this much personality?



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February 17, 2006

Miss Independent


Ava has been blowing me away lately with how conversational she is with us. Although she has been speaking in complete sentences for quite a while, every now and then it will strike me just how much she is turning into a "big kid." Today she was finishing up her snack at the dining room table and she called out to me in the kitchen, "I all done Mommy! I go upstairs in da attic now , ok? Bye!" And away she went pitter-patting up the stairs.

Now if only she wasn't so darn scared of the stupid potty.

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!



I really need to start taking photographs again. Ever since Christmas and the move I've only taken a handful of pictures of the girls so I really had to dig to find recent ones to put up today! Juliana has her standard picture-taking face on as you can see. Last night we stayed up after bedtime finishing all of her valentine cards for her classmates at school. She had intended to make them all herself and was working very hard on it until I realized she only had about six done out of thirty so we made a quick run out to Target last night for some store bought ones. Thankfully they were all finished in time and she headed out the door with a big decorated bag full of them this morning and all was good in her little kindergarten world.

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February 10, 2006



Grandma Joanie sent Juliana and Ava a "Peeps" marshmallow decorating kit for Valentine's Day. Juliana said, "I love these things because they have lots of sugar in them!" Imagine that.

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February 8, 2006

Bear Visits the Beauty Salon

Ava Playing
Originally uploaded by Tracey Gessner.
Ava likes to do her teddy bear's hair and make sure he is wearing the appropriate shade of lipstick for his outfit.

Posted by Tracey Gessner at 5:44 PM

February 6, 2006

Ciao l'Italia!



Ava and Juliana salute their new European friends! Apparently they have been living a secret double-life over there-- which they actually think sounds kind of glamorous. The furthest they've ever traveled from the Midwest is to Florida, so people from all the way across the ocean are cool with them. Plus, they both love to eat pizza and Juliana likes that the country is shaped like a boot.


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Here We Go Again

Well, it seems someone has taken photos of the girls again and posted them on an Italian message board for mothers. For the past two years they have been known as Guilia and Margherita! (Let's all remember the time when somebody took pictures of my girls and made a website for "Sthella and Evie." Good times!) I'm seriously reconsidering how much of myself I want to put out there on the internet. Which makes me sad.

(This post is for the women on the message board so they believe me that the photos were stolen! Thankfully they all seem to be very nice people. Except for the one pretending to be me. Her? Not so nice.)

Oh Internet, what a complicated relationship we have.

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February 5, 2006

Jungle Boogie


Remember when I was talking about how my baby loves dance club music? Well, she has a new favorite song. Ever since I bought the girls the dvd of the movie "Madagascar", Ava has been flipping out over the song King Julien the lemur sings called "I Like to Move It, Move It". I bought them the soundtrack as well so they can move-it-move-it whenever their little hearts desire. Ava likes to make her Barbie dolls move-it move-it and even Polly Pocket likes to move-it move-it every once and a while.

What really makes me laugh about it though is the man who does the voice of King Julien- Sascha Baron Cohen- used to have a rather, let's say colorful television show on HBO called Da Ali G Show. A show that got him banned in Kazakhstan. (Although let's face it, it's probably not that hard to get yourself banned in Kazakhstan.) Anyway, now my two-year-old loves him and that's pretty funny.

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