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Charlotte Clayton. A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.

Charlotte is five.

005. 5. five.


I thought she was going to come quickly, but she took her time.


She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and we all fell in love instantly.


This girl is sassy. Ohhhhhhhh is she sassy!


She is also beautiful.

She has the most beautiful complexion – her skin is the perfect shade of brown and her eyes are like chocolate pudding. Her one eyebrow can’t be beat and her lashes go on for days.

She loves her sisters more than anything and without being asked will hold the little ones’ hands or help them reach something they need.

She is such a good friend. B has her heart, but her other friends come in a close second: Wyatt, Hayden, Leighton, Mackenzie, Zephryn, Timothy…so many more. She speaks so nicely about all of them and is always so thoughtful in her words.

She’s a smart little thing. She knows what’s going on around her and it’s hard to get anything past her. She’s intelligent but quietly.

She is full of emotion. When she’s mad, she is MAD. When she’s excited, her whole body moves. When she’s happy, her face lights up. When she’s sad, those chocolate eyes fill with tears. She’s never boring.

Her favorite people in the universe start with: her siblings, Dawn, B, Mama and Daddy and then the rest of the family…then everyone else. And she’s not afraid to let that be known.

We are so happy she is ours. We are so lucky to have this thumb-sucking, Deedee loving, bed-stealing, backtalking, hugging, sweet girl.

Charlotte Clayton, you are a gem.

Happiest of days.


From scoot to rock…..and eventually crawl

She’s my fourth baby and I still ask people, “So when do babies start sitting up?”


I forget.

Probably because all of my babies have done things at all different ages. Maria walked so much earlier than Jamie (who walked later than the average baby), but Jamie’s verbal skills were better than Maria’s as a toddler. Alice slept through the night at 2 months while Maria didn’t until she was a year old. Potty training? Jamie was so easy. Maria….not so much.

Charlotte has some friends (*cough* Lilly *cough*) who are superbabies. You would not believe that something that tiny could crawl as well as they do. Charlotte, however, has been quite content with rolling everywhere. Yes, rolling. Like a ball.

Until recently…


Her arms are locked and ready to support her body while those knees go up….


…and up that little bottom goes.


And just like that, she’s rocking.


Pretty soon maybe she and Lilly will have crawling races around the kitchen. Oooh I hope so. I am not sure it could get much cuter than a crawling race….

A [baby] and her dog

Growing up (cue the sad music, please) I wasn’t allowed to have a dog.
Quiet your gasps. I know, I know. It doesn’t get much more unAmerican than a family of 5 without a dog. I used to take my stuffed dog for walks. One Christmas we got cats. That’s as close as we came.

Needless to say, I don’t really understand how people love their dogs “like they are their children.” I hear that quite often and I just don’t really get it. Do I love our dogs? Yeah, I do (I know some of you are calling me a liar under your breath…but I really am starting to like them a whole lot more than when they were puppies). But not like they are my children. And when Danny says, “Go get mommy,” to Scout, he knows he’s gonna get the look.  I do love my dogs. But not as much as my kids love them…

..and that includes my tiniest kitten.


She loves Scout.


And Scout loves her.

[Scout’s tongue is actually licking Charlotte’s mouth…it took a LOT for me not to rush over and scoop her up.]

She squeals with delight when she sees Scout run by and when he’s laying down? She scoots over as fast as those little arms will carry her. Smiles and smiles spill out.


He’s a pretty good dog.


Even when this sweet little thing tugs and pulls,


Scout will take it.


Zeek, on the other hand, is still pretty puppy-like. He’s hyper and jumpy and when he’s inside, we make sure Charlotte is being held. He would never nip at her, but he doesn’t really watch where he’s going…and giant dog feet hurt.

Could these eyes get any bigger or more beautiful?


Back to the baby and her dog…





weight checks, christmas cheer and playdates

I got a call last night from Valley Med. I knew it was Valley Med because I have four children and visit the clinic quite often and have their number memorized. Anyway, I picked up right away because I was not expecting them to call — Charlotte had an appointment scheduled for next Thursday. I pick up and a couple seconds go by….then a recording:

“This is a reminder that Charlotte has an appointment tomorrow, December 7th, at 9:20 am. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Thank you.”

First of all, if the appointment is at 9:20 and you want me there 10 minutes early, please just make my appointment for 9:10. Secondly, I wrote her appointment down wrong. Oops. Thank goodness they call for reminders.

I woke up this morning at 6:30am and got ready. Then I woke the kids up and got them in the bath. Out they came, in Charlotte went. It’s so much easier to bathe Charlotte when she’s the only one in the bath. Little helpers are no bueno in the bath.

We amazingly made it out the door by 8:20. Which is just a little bit too late, but not too bad. We dropped Jamie off at school, dropped Ria off, and headed to Valley Med.

Wanna know what Charlotte weighs? 14 lbs 8oz. Yes, it’s true. She gained a full pound since her last appointment! Dr. Ambrosen was thrilled and so was I. Her growth curve is back where it should be and she’s getting fatter and fatter.  Hooray for (almost, getting closer) fat babies!

The other day, Danny spread some Christmas cheer to our neighbors in the form of Christmas lights.


I don’t even think we had lights last year. December got away from us.


But this year….we have lights.


And a wreath.


We’ve been very busy, hence the lack of blogging. We’ve had errands to run, laundry to clean, work to do and robots to make….


Toddler hands, while very sweet and adorable, are not always helpful. Jamie and I discovered this when we needed tape.



But she is definitely cute.


Ah, they all are.

We’ve also been pretty busy with playdates. The kids have played and played and played lately. Which is exactly what kids should be doing. Yesterday, we had a playdate with a friend of mine’s girls.

I took their pictures not long ago and just the other day got their beautiful Christmas card in the mail:


They are all really beautiful. And she wrote little blurbs about each of her kids under/above their pictures in the card. I believe I will borrow that idea for my card. My card which is not yet ordered but will be soon. I hope.

But anyway, the girls came over to play and Maria and Alice were in heaven.


They played and ran and squealed and colored and ate and ran around some more outside.

And this little peacock?


Well as you can obviously tell, he tried desperately to impress them. He followed behind them like a little puppy. He showed off here, showed off there, tried his hand at funny jokes, tried to run really fast and jump really high…but the girls just wanted to play.


Story of Jamie’s life.