Monday, January 31, 2011
To Mrs. D (last name was spelled wrong and it was written on the board)
Title: Ws(Student's name) faverit Teacher
I Like Mrs. D shes my faverit teacher of all, like Mrs. M, I Wright this poem for the teacher I like the mosste her name is Mrs. D thats her name,
Its a pritty name it's priter name I'v ever herd, some times she letss uss play hangeman She wood normmily wood strt out frust when We play hangman,
It's time to go we go out the door she givs me a hug sometimes.
I have known this little guy since January 2008 when I taught him Math. In that time period he has changed schools four times and I have no idea of how many homes he has been in. He struggles in school, if you couldn't tell from this letter, he is immature for his age and he doesn't have any friends that I know of. His clothes do not fit and he smells of dirty gym socks. Every time I sub, he is always a kind courteous young man who jumps to help me and ask about my day. He tells me random stories and always gives me a hug. No matter the trouble he gives other teachers he never gives me any. He may lack a lot of school smarts but he doesn't give up and he tries his best for me. Which is all I ever ask.
This letter made me cry today, not only because he obviously put a lot of effort into this but I saw his face when he was working on it (didn't know what it was at the time) and it was one of the most determined faces I have ever seen. This was most likely more writing than he has done in weeks. He left this on my desk without telling me and when I read it, tears streamed down my face just thinking of all the people in his life who are failing him and yet he still takes time to be kind to little ole me.
He is why I don't give up and throw in the towel. He is the reason I go into the schools day after day and treat students the way I want to be treated. He is the reason I fight for change and accountability.
W is in 5th grade. Bless his sweet little heart.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
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Aren't these adorable??? These cloth blocks from Sister Sue Designs on Etsy. I love the little owl and the bright colors and I love blocks and my little girl will be owning a lot. Probably, because I also feel strongly about having toys that make you think and pretend as opposed to toys who do everything for you..
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This adorable hat (and little girl but she is not for sale haha) needs to be on my girls head! I love the colors together and those are the colors I would love to use in her bedroom! This is from Three Yellow Starfish's store on Etsy.
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Okay, these owls? I die. They are soo stinkin' cute. I can totally picture this sitting on her dresser (that still needs to be purchased haha). This is from I Sew Lucky's Etsy shop.
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Of course I have to have something reading related on her want list!! Let's not even begin to talk about the massive amount of books she already owns. (I have a problem!!!!) But this is just too cute. I also love the reading pillows, adult size shirts and the fun scrabble necklaces on this site. Perfect gifts for a reader! This onesie and other cute things are from Gibberish2's Etsy shop!
Friday, January 28, 2011
In the last section, we learn of the difficulties the Hontveldts and Christensens faced being crammed into the cottage all winter together. We learn of what really happened the night of the murders and the time leading up to them. In present time, there is a huge storm and the storm pretty much brings all of their problems to a head and the reader learns what has happened to make Jean like she is.
I was slightly surprised how Maren's account turned out. I kind of felt she had been a part of the murders but was surprised at how it turned out. Obviously, her relationship with Evan was shaky and to find out that Anethe was pregnant was heartbreaking for her. Her sister was a horrid person and if one could slightly put the blame on the victim I could see kind of how she was at fault. Maren was forced into a very uncomfortable position, one that would change her life and shun her from what she knew and who she loved and it was mostly a lie. (If we can believe her account of her Anethe in bed together, cuz I mean deep down it might have felt like a neener neener to Evan..)
The whole storm situation and losing Billie was horrible. But it seemed to be written with such a lack of emotion that I think that was to show Jean's extreme detachment from everything. Normally, the death of any likable character may make me tear up but this was just so calm and detached. I am still convinced that given time Adaline and Thomas were going to have an affair and it is sad that Jean and Thomas's relationship ended, it did need to happen. It was very unhealthy.
Apparently, The Weight of Water is a movie.
Questions from litlovers.com
1. What are the similarities between Jean and Maren? In what ways are they different?
2. Atmosphere - the terribly rough climate and unbearably close living quarters -- plays a significant role in the characters' psychological states. To what extent are these external conditions responsible for the events of the novel?
I think the constant togetherness leads to a lot of aggravation and unspoken frustration. When you are cooped up with the same people day after day it gets irritating, the slight things are enormously annoying. I think Maren having to watch her brother and his wife soo touchy feely when her own relationship was so not like that and because of her odd feelings towards her brother it made it harder to accept the news that Anethe was pregnant.
I also think everyone on the boat being so close made the intimate moments shared between Thomas and Adaline more glaring to Jean and being able to hear Rich and Adaline make love was a little awkward. Being able to see Rich, and see how good a man he was and how not messed up (like Thomas) he was made Jean desire him in a way that was inappropriate and probably wouldn't have happened on land in their own homes.
3. Jean ponders, "What moment was it that I might have altered? What point in time was it that I might have moved one way instead of another, had one thought instead of another?" (p. 192). Are there moments in which Jean could have acted differently and thereby changed the course of the events that followed? If so, identify them. How much control do Jean and Maren have over their respective fates? How much does anyone?
1.) When she shouted at Adaline which caused her to fall overboard. 2.) Making a move on Rich. 3.) Sitting for too long at the house. 4.) Stealing Maren's account of what happened. They each had some control over the situations. Maren, could have pulled down her damn nightgown. Or she could have spoken the truth and have Anethe speak up for her. Jean, I think had a little less control on Billie going overboard but there were moments before the storm that could have altered things. Or making sure Billie never left below, but it's not like Jean threw Billie overboard nor did she really make Adaline fall overboard. Adaline was stupid enough to be out there herself.
4. It is often small resentments and indiscretions that lead to greater misdeeds. What small offenses do Jean and Maren commit? Do you feel these acts should be taken into account when determining their culpability for greater crimes?
5. Jean's story begins with a plea for absolution: "I have to let this story go. It is with me all the time now, a terrible weight." Similarly, Maren's document opens with an appeal for vindication: "If it so please the Lord, I shall, with my soul and heart and sound mind, write the true and actual tale of the incident which continues to haunt my humble footsteps." (p. 39). How do these pleas affect you as a reader? Does it make you more sympathetic to the characters, more willing to believe in their innocence?
For some reason, I feel more sympathetic towards Jean than I do Maren. I feel like Jean was honest and I am still not certain that Maren's account was totally truthful. Maybe if we had more info on the thoughts in her head like we did with Jean I would accept her words at face value but I have a hard time doing that with someone who took an ax and repeatedly hit two people with it.
I really enjoyed the 4 different discussions and hope you did as well! Any suggestions on anything to make it better for next month?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I really did not want to use new twitter and then I did and I liked it. Then you stopped loading more than a page. I am not happy. I would like to easily be able to read all of the people I follow. I suggest you fix this before you get rid of old twitter (that still works for me) or I will not be a happy user.
annoyed twitter user
I get that not everyone fits into the right demographic for your surveys. That is fine. What is NOT fine is having me answer about 10 minutes worth of questions to then tell me I do not qualify for the survey. WTF? I just wasted my time answering questions that obviously will be used for something and in return I get 0 Swagbucks. I suggest that if you have someone answer more than the basics (age, income, nationality, type of employment) you need to give them SOME Swagbucks. You irritate me and I get annoyed that I just wasted time. It makes me get all irritated and want to hate on the super mega store who exploits their workers, who you had me answer questions about, more than I already do.
Irritated Swagbucks user
I so appreciate when you put away dishes (pretending that I don't have to ask about 10 times, I mean it did just take 3 days for you to take care of the counter full of empty pop bottles). BUT, you must put away the dishes where they go. Don't know where they go? ASK ME PLEASE. I mean I don't really understand how you can put away the crockpot and not put the lid with it, but I suppose those things happen. But, if you are going to put them away in completely opposite locations, could you please remember where the lid is? So we could make the amazing Buffalo Chicken Tacos that were posted on Iowa Girl Eats? Please and thank you.
your annoyed wife
Dear politicians/people who think they know everything,
We do not need anymore "new" teachers. There are plenty of highly qualified college graduates who are EXCELLENT educators who know their stuff and WANT TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM. However, government cuts, government requirements and gosh darn stupid mandatory state testing are part of the MAJOR PROBLEM YOU HAVE IN EDUCATION. Yes, there are some pretty crappy teachers out there, hence why I became one. How do you start getting rid of them? Well, the retirement incentives are a good start. Another? HOW ABOUT YOU ACTUALLY HAVE PRINCIPALS DO REAL Observations on new teachers? How about you make sure teachers ARE teaching? How about you make sure you don't give tenure to someone who is there for summer's off and because it is any 'easy' job?How about making sure PRINCIPALS are doing THEIR jobs? How about making sure hiring committees are fair and really DO have the best interest of the kids and it is not a who knows who competition? And how about, you please hire me because I guarantee I do care about kids, I do care about making kids into life long learners and I have high expectations that do coincide with state requirements without making learning 'suck.' But more empty promises and telling more people to become teachers is not going to solve the education 'problem.' I suggest scrapping the whole shebang and starting over again.
an annoyed unemployed college graduate who gives a damn and knows a thing or two about the education system that she speaks of
That felt pretty good. Carry on now.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
All three of these are from Gussy. Here is a link to the main page of the Diaper/Totes.
Weight gain/loss: up 1 pound.. i officially am in the positive for weight gain.. while on the scary side i have gained around 8 pounds since Christmas... on the positive side it took me 24 weeks of pregnancy to weigh more than they day i found out i was pregnant...
Maternity clothes? all pants worn out of the house minus pj pants/workout pants.. i can wear some pre-pregnancy t-shirts and shirts but my expanding belly is eliminating all short shirts from the mix
Stretch marks? None yet, but belly is getting big.
Sleep? When I fall asleep I'm good.
Best moment this week? Discussing names with my husband and potentially coming up with a totally new name for our list that we both dig.
Food cravings: Jose Ole Mini Tacos.. yuummmmm
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? a ton! a lot a night and whenever i am sitting down it appears.. my husband finally felt her this week!
What I miss? my favorite foods tasting the same.. and the ability to eat just about anything for dinner and not having to have the thing that i was thinking about all day.. sooo food spontaneity ..
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Today we are supposed to introduce ourselves and our blogs. So, hi. I'm pinkflipflops and I like to read, drink wine, bright colors, try new recipes and talk. A lot. I am also pregnant with my first child and due in May. ;) Very excited about that.
My blog started as a place to write my thoughts on books, reviews and connect with other nerds who enjoyed reading. Since then, I have started a group read where anyone can join in and we discuss an agreed upon book once a month. This month we are reading The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve and February's group read was just voted on and we will be reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.
I also have random thought posts, rants, at least one weekly pregnancy update, recipes and just a lot of random. Hence, the name, Many Thoughts of a Reader. Not everything here is books.
So, take a look around and please leave a comment and tell me something about yourself. Do you like wine? Got a kind for me to try? Favorite book that I just haaave to read? Let me know!
I also just was awarded the Stylish Blogger Award from mchupie over at ...And Baby Makes Three. (GO CHECK OUT HER ADORABLE BABY GIRL!!)
As part of the award you are supposed to share 7 things about yourself and link to some of your favorite bloggers. So, thanks for checking me out. Learn a bit more and the check out some of my favorite blogs. ;) Hope to 'meet' you soon!
1.) I love coffee and almost always prefer it to be just plain black coffee. I do not understand the Starbucks hype and very rarely am willing to part my money for so-so taste. However, I will say that the peppermint mocha is amazing.
2.) I watch The Biggest Loser but I watch it about a week late, on demand and I barely pay attention until the weigh in/voting off. Or if I notice someone whining.
3.) I like to plan running training plans but then never seem to get past week 2 and never actually run a race.
4.) I am not a fan of blogs that post pictures of the food they eat but then don't tell you how they made it. Um, thanks for showing me that delicious dish but how am I supposed to make it??
5.) I can waste an entire day on the Internet. Easily.
6.) I very rarely go to the movie theater and watch a movie. Even with free movies on demand I very rarely watch movies. I do not believe I have watched a single movie this month so far.
7.) I love Ohio State. It gets a bit ridiculous. What some people find amusing, is that I went to MSU and support them, but to an extent. My number 1 love is and will always be THE Ohio State University. Except, that I am a little peeved at their football team and Mr. Jim Tressel for their little rule breaking that occurred and the fact the ones in trouble got to start in a BCS football game when they should have had to learn a hard lesson and sit out. So what if they would have lost, which they would have. Integrity is more important. Sad.
Some of my fave ladies that you should love as well!!!
Blair @ The Heir to Blair
Raechel @ Finding My Feet
Lisa @ Lisa's Yarns
Amber @ Girl With the Red Hair
Jenny @ What The Blog?
Papps @ Our Arduous Journey
Kelly @ She Wears a Red Sox Cap
Dee @ TTC and Other Random Musings
Julie @ Book Hooked
Amy @ Somebody's Parents
Kiri @ Elbows, Knees and Dreams
Amber @ Musings of Amber Murphy
The Up North Writer Mama @ The Up North Writer Mama
Erin @ School Teacher by Day, Superhero by Night
Kelly @ Kelly Teaches
Make sure you check out Katie and Miranda's blogs for a blog hop (to meet more new peeps and for a week of excitement!)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 pound angel hair pasta
3 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound baby shrimp bag
1 cup chicken broth
Cook your angel hair pasta like you normally do....
In a frying pan, evoo around the pan and 3 tablespoons of butter on medium heat until the butter is all melted. When the butter is melted add the garlic for about 2 minutes.
Then, add 1 cup of chicken broth to the shrimp.
Turn up the heat and bring it to a boil. When it boils, remove it from heat and mix it with the pasta.
Mix it really well and add parsley on top.
I also made garlic bread to serve with it. Yum.. nom nom nom
Verdict? Kind of blah. I think maybe more garlic would have helped and more of the chicken broth/butter mixture. Maybe next time add some more garlic or add garlic powder and maybe a tablespoon more of butter and just a little more chicken broth? It needed something, but I am not sure what. Overall, it was very good.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Maren and John settle into Smuttynose and she hates it. They take on a boarder, Louis Wagner, who seems to be a bit odd and creepy. Her sister Karen moves to America and is a reaaaaaaaaal peach. And John's brother also moves in with them. Karen and Maren have the weirdest relationship ever with neither of them ever really being just nice. There is always some kind of manipulation going on. Karen, keeps from Maren the fact that their brother is coming to America and.. dun dun dun.... MARRIED! Maren is jealous of just about everyone and Louis gets weirder.
Jean takes more pictures and puts the moves on Rich.. Whaaaat?
My Random Quotes/Thoughts/Questions
What is up with Maren and harping on everybody's teeth???
It seems Maren really does not want her sister to be happy after how Karen treated her and that she blows off Louis liking her sister because she wants his attention to herself, even though she finds him slightly creepy. She can't seem to handle competition.
"She made some effort to ix her face, but this effort was largely unsuccessful in the way that trying to reshape a molder bit of rubber will be futile enterprise, as the elasticity of the rubber itself will cause the object immediately to resume its original shape." - pg. 158 ( ouch. what a thing to say about your sister, ESPECIALLY YOUR DEAD MURDERED SISTER)
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"We have periods when I think our coming together was a kind of accident, that we're wedding because of a string of facts. And then maybe the next day, or even that night, Thomas and I will be so close I won't be able to remember the words to a fight we had two hours earlier. The fact of the fight, the concept of an accident, will be gone -- it won't even seem plausible." pg. 166 (I can totally relate... we can fight like cats and dogs and be better in like 2 seconds.. it is quite strange.. you can be so angry and then move on..)
Yikes, Jean hitting on her brother-in-law is surprising. Do you think she honestly liked him or did it to hurt Thomas? Would just anyone have worked if they were present?
I found Maren's testimony was quite confusing. Between the broken English and the jumping around it was kind of hard to follow.
Questions from Litlovers.com
1. The Weight of Water is concerned with the subject of jealousy and its consequences. Discuss this theme as it emerges in the exchanges between Jean and Maren and their families.
2. How does Anethe's arrival on the scene affect this relationship? (Maren & Evan's)
Okay, the comment section should allow everyone to comment and add on to each other. Here's to hoping it works. If you want to add any of your questions/thoughts/words you looked up do so in the comments. If you want to submit any before next week's Discussion on (pgs. 192- end over all novel thoughts ) email them before Thursday night.
Discussion 1 , Discussion 2
don't forget to vote on february's group read! poll is up on the sidebar..
Thursday, January 20, 2011
5 burrito style soft tortilla shells (what we had)
Two skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
hot sauce (i used enough to cover the chicken)
2 ounces shredded cheese
3 tablespoons ranch dressing
shredded lettuce (i eyeballed what i thought we would need)
2 carrots shredded
2 tablespoons water
First, I put enough EVOO on the pan to cover the bottom and then put my chicken breasts in. I seasoned both sides with salt and pepper.
Washed and shredded the lettuce.
Then, since my chicken breasts were mammoth size I broke them up into pieces to make sure it was all cooked through and we wouldn't die from salmonella. You could shred the chicken, but I never have the patience. I just left the chicken in smallish chunks.
When the chicken was browned and fully cooked through I put it in a bowl and dumped the hot sauce in and stirred it around. I only put enough to cover the chicken, because I was not sure how hot it would be (flavor wise) I would recommend more hot sauce. Probably around 2-3 tablespoons.
Then, in another bowl I mixed the 3 tablespoons of ranch, 2 tablespoons of water and a handful of the cheese together to make a sauce. I would also recommend maybe using 5 tablespoons of ranch for more sauce.
Then, I added the carrots and lettuce to the mix. The amount of sauce I made was perfect for the amount of carrots and lettuce I had.
Verdict? I really liked it and so did my husband. I ate 2 and he had 3. Next time I make it, I will add more hot sauce, use more lettuce and more sauce mixture. The 2 carrots were perfect and I wouldn't probably add anymore of those. We both liked the crunch it added. I did also like the extra cheese on top, as I am a cheese freak. And maybe I will get the patience to shred the chicken haha. It was very yummy!!!
What are your favorite taco toppings?
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Weight gain/loss: down 1 pound.. soooo i've gained almost all of the 7 pounds I lost back since around Christmas time...
Maternity clothes? all pants that I wear in public but i am still wearing mostly my own shirts with a few maternity shirts
Sleep? For the most part fine..
Best moment this week? got to hear her heartbeat again today at my appointment, it was 145 bpm and she was moving around like she always is. i worry she will never sit still.. ;) also we ordered our crib and mattress and the mattress arrived yesterday and our crib JUST arrived!! i am so excited to get it up.. but we are still waiting on the bathroom renovations to be done to work on her room. i do feel much better knowing it is purchased and in my home! also have my baby shower date planned.. april 16th ;)
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? Yup, mostly at night and in the later afternoons or about 15 minutes after i eat and i am sitting down
What I miss? not worrying about what to wear all the time.. i hate spending money on clothes i am not going to wear a long time so i am trying not to buy much stuff and it is hard!
What I'm looking forward to: setting up her room!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
It's taken me a bit of time to get around to the 16th installment (it came out LAST YEAR summer) but the wait list at my library for her books usually ranges between 400 and 500 people eeeek. I just happened to pop in yesterday and saw A COPY (rest still all checked out) sitting in the book express so I snagged it. Last night I had a lovely snuggle in my bed as I laughed out loud and rolled my eyes at the adventures of Stephanie, Lula (ex ho turned office filer) and Grandma Mazur (Stephanie's hilarious grandma).
This one only disappointed me in one aspect. There was hardly ANY action for poor Stephanie with either Ranger or Morelli. I like it when she gets all hot and heavy with one or both haha. But like I said, she has morals. ;)
In this book, bounty hunter Stephanie is on the lookout for beefy Butch Goodey, Chopper (who has a pet alligator), Lenny Pickerall (who stole toilet paper from rest areas) and McCuddle (who is a 70 plus year old bigamist). Of course there are hysterics and some slight drama when Vinnie, her boss and cousin, gets kidnapped by his bookie for being almost a million in debt to him. Lula, Connie (office assistant) and Stephanie have to find him and find cash to bail him out.
It was a super fast read and super funny. I read a couple hours last night and about an hour today and it was done. Fast and fresh and funny, just what I need every now and then.
What is a guilty pleasure read for you?
don't forget to vote in the sidebar for a feb. group read!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
3 large tomatoes
1 small onion
16 ounces of Chicken Broth
enough EVOO to go around the pan
(I tend to never measure seasonings and just eyeball it)
While the onions and carrots were cooking, I peeled the tomatoes (mostly, it is hard work!) and chopped them up.
Into the pot with the veggies went, the tomatoes, garlic powder and the rest of the seasonings. Then I brought the soup to a boil and let it boil for about 1 minute. Then I lowered the temp to simmering and let it go for about 45 minutes. When there was about 18 minutes left, my hubby did his thing and made us some delicious grilled cheese!
Our bowls with our soup and mozz cheese on top! Yummmm..
Saturday, January 15, 2011
1ish pounds of ground sirloin
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
handful of mozzarella cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and ground black pepper
Add the Italian bread crumbs, cheese, onion, garlic, tomato paste to the well.
Then form 4 mini loaves. It was fun to play around with the mixture. I was a little bit leery of it all forming. But it formed magnificently!
Use EVOO to coat the mini loaves and then pop it in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
Finished product.. nom nom nom
Friday, January 14, 2011
a map of the Isles of Shoals
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Books we have already read..
The Weight of Water
Water for Elephants
The Color Purple
The One That I Want
The Secret Garden
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Pride & Prejudice
I See You Everywhere
Add suggestions in the comments! A poll will go up on the 18th to vote on all the choices. Feel free to suggest more than one. ;) Anyone is free to join and very much welcome! Tomorrow I will be posting the second discussion on The Weight of Water.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
How far along? 22 weeks.. yikes!
Weight gain/loss: my bathroom is under construction so I did not get weighed this week but I will put it at either 1 pound down or even.. maybe even up 1 pound.
Maternity clothes? i feel as though i have yet to find cute looking maternity clothes. i just look fat and the pants fall off. i don't understand this loooove of maternity clothes i hear from people. probably the same people who don't have regular pants fall off their ass all the time!
Stretch marks? no
Sleep? I have been sleeping in a lot. I get my best sleep between 6:30 when A gets up to go to work and about 9 o clock on days I don't need to be anywhere.. yikes!
Best moment this week? buying cute new clothes for my little girl!
Food cravings: anything sweet
Belly button in or out? In
Movement? rockin' around in there!
What I miss? nothing right now
What I'm looking forward to: Our bathroom being finished and A knocking out the shelves and desk in the baby room so I can get stuff done in there!
Today, I had a not so nice experience of almost passing out in front of a class of 5th graders!! I was able to get out of the room and walk around. Then I got an orange juice and propped my feet up for a bit. But holy moly, that was not cool!
If you had to name my baby girl, what would you name her?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Ok, I got these fleece pants yesterday and they are soooo soft. Target has INSANE deals right now and I got those for less than 4 bucks! They are 18 months but every girl needs her fleece pants!
How stinkin' cute are these? I got the sleeper on sale yesterday in a 12 month size and the green/brown outfit (size 9 months) from Kohls. 16 bucks for both!
Okay, I freaking LOVE these oneies. They have the cutest bow on them! I got those in a 3 month size and the sleeper in a 12 month size on sale at Elder-beerman yesterday! These were a total of something like 14!
GO GREEN! I got the adorable itty bitty hat and bib from my aunt and uncle at Christmas and my mom's friend got us the sweatshirt for Christmas!
I kind of have a rule against buying newborn sizes but the 2pack on the right was on sale for 4.99!! She will wear them at least once ha. I got them at the Carter's Outlet. The onesie on the right is from the Gap Outlet. Super cute.
Here is one of her THREE!!! (yes why she needs 3!!! is beyond me) Christmas dresses. I bought this right after Christmas at Kohls. I had eyed it up earlier in the season and I love it. It is not overly Christmasy and it is fun and hot pink. haha. My mom has bought her a really cute dress and apparently my MIL did too. Where she is going to wear them all I have no idea. Since we are only doing 2 days of Christmas. Whatever.