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hello april.  hello sunshine.
I thought you’d never return.

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I think the last time I posted was in the Fall.
What a shocker.
I keep saying I want to get back into blogging,
but it just hasn’t been in the cards lately.
I’m hoping I can carve out some time for it in the future.
BUT, it’s been a good break for me.
I would say I’ve been in a season of weakness lately.
Not in a bad way,
but in a way that makes me realize my dependence on Jesus.
I used to feel like I had a large capacity to get things done.
For whatever reason, that capacity seems to have shrunk.
Maybe it’s the two little people that live with us.
It could also be all the time I waste on facebook
I do have a love-hate relationship with that monster.
ANYWAYS,
I’m trying to learn what God has for me in it,
and rest content with whatever I can get done in a day.
and learn how to be more diligent with my time.
It really is good.

A little rambly update on the girls.
my biggest job is keeping them in pants that are long enough.
my girls may as well be walking on stilts. 
both are in the 93rd percentiles for height.
Julia is well above the max height for all 2T sizes. 
I’m serious – I can’t find pants that stay long enough for more than 3 months.

Julia is a chatterbox. 
Sweetest thing ever, yet has quite the temper.
I blame her father Winking smile
she has a very vivid imagination and loves to play with her Entourage.
what is the Entourage? you ask:
all her Hello Kittys, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Birdie, Person, Other Person, Elephant, Baby Moses, Red Man, Red Lady, Chickie, all the people who live in her pink castle, donkey, Mr. Cow, and I could go on and on.
the Entourage started with 5 characters.
It’s gotten out of control.
She loves playing games on the Kindle.
she’s become a bit of a picky eater, but we’re making a lot of progress in getting her to try new things.  but don’t worry, she’ll still let you know if the food you just spent an hour preparing is “GROSS.”

she keeps us laughing constantly.
we can’t imagine life without her and her infectious joy,
despite her crazy antics.

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and then there’s Isobel.
already 9 and 1/2 months.
so many things I could say about this girl.
sweet, cuddly, happy, excited about EVERYTHING.
above all, she is my snuggler.
Julia slept through the night at 9 weeks old and never looked back.
Belle waited until 7 months to do it consistently.
Definitely defied my expectations (sorely),
but it has forged a special bond between the two of us.
many hours in the rocking chair will do that. 
Just last night she was up most of the night with a cough
and could only be soothed by coming to bed with us.
I don’t like sleep deprivation,
but I will always love that memory of having her snuggle up with us in bed.
I keep trying to remember that these days don’t last long. 

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She is different from her sister in practically every way.
But they are already best friends.
I’m really excited to see all that lies ahead for them.

And that’s it for now.
Hopefully I’ll be able to post more and update less.
Happy Thursday and happy SPRING!

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This is what “we” do when “we” are bored.

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even on days like today.
when she was trying her hardest to be our arch-nemesis.
i’m trying to remember that she won’t be rock-able forever,
and that i should enjoy it while i can.

They have been friends since Day 1.

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A Great-Grandmom is a very special thing.

Is a girl’s best friend
(not to mention a mommy’s best friend too…)

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Remind me to never overpay for toys ever again.

…I can get wherever I want…

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…and into whatever I want…
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Doesn’t she remind you of the soporific Flopsy Bunnies in this last picture?
Too many polka dots will do that to you…

Easter is late this year.
And the Easter Bunny is early.
We had some nice weather so I took advantage of the opportunity. 
It’s been a rough week for the Smith house between everybody being sick and a certain somebunny pushing teeth.  Have I mentioned I hate teething?  It is a week I am eager to forget and get as far away from as possible ;) 
These pictures of my cutie are helping…
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Hoppy Easter.
A month early.

I really need to be reminded of how cute my darling is…

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Apparently someone told her it was Monday.
When I find out who that someone was…I am going to hunt them down and hang them upside down by their shoelaces 😉

This weekend, I made tea bags for a dear friend of mine.
Traci is expecting a little boy in only a few short weeks.

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Design Sponge did a Valentine’s Tea Bag post, and I just customized it for what I needed:  a baby shower gift.
Specifically, a “mommy” baby shower gift.
With my (very) limited experience of being a mom, I have found that there will be fabulous times, and there will be “challenging” times.  Is that an understatement? 🙂
Whichever time it is, God is always using it to make us more like Christ and increase our joy in Him.
And I have found that tea helps the process 😉
So I made my teabags with tags to fit all the various occasions.

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Traci, I cannot WAIT to meet this little man.  You are such a great mom already, and I know you’re going to do a fabulous job with this brand new addition. 
God will certainly multiply not only your love for these little people but also His grace to care for them.

Well, one of them is more of a favorite right now.
Which one? you ask.
Let’s just say this.
At 11 o’clock at night, one should always let sleeping babies lie.
Always.
Or else they will become a not-so-favorite.
My mistake.

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I am hoping she falls back asleep soon.

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