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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

Big: we went to the Winter Festival at her old school today and she clearly still felt right at home. The immense amount she’s grown since being there every day is so obvious however, as her long legs no longer fit in the wooden boat she used to play in.

Little: I never question whether or not she will feel comfortable in unfamiliar places, as she jumps right in with both feet everywhere we go. The second I set her down, she took off and started playing and climbing and zooming little wooden cars back and forth.

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

Big: spent the better part of one evening this week playing with her sister and I on the floor trying to coach the baby into walking. It was one of the best evenings I’ve had alone with these two in quite some time.

Little: took her very first step on the evening referenced above. She’s not walking quite yet but is standing on her own quite often and will be running sooner than I care to think about.

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

Big: said she had the best Thanksgiving ever, due to family, loads of pie, and my bff teaching her how to draw portraits when she visited.

Little: was totally unimpressed by Thanksgiving dinner. I had hoped she would love it as much as her sister did at that age but alas, her ridiculously picky eating habits won out.

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

Big: is still not completely sold on soccer. I feel like she’s just more of a dance kind of lady.

Little: started standing on her own pretty steadily this week. It’s like she doesn’t realize she’s even doing it, until a few minutes pass she sits back down.

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

I ended up with two little girls in me bed one night and decided to set up the camera and try out some long exposures.  I have to say I’m pretty intrigued by the results and am hoping to do it again soon. 

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

Big: suffered a very cold Halloween, and has declared that Halloween should only occur in summer going forward.  

Little: added howling like a wolf to her repertoire this week.   Her sister will ask “can you howl like this?”, show her how and then she proceeds with her tiny baby howl.  

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017

Big:  the outbursts and anger that have plagued us at home since starting her new medication this spring have seemed to melt away.  It makes me so incredibly happy to see her not feeling so out of control.  And it has made her once again, the easiest, sweetest child to deal with.

Little: is becoming so talkative and seems to really grasp language.  She follows directions and appears to understand pretty much everything we say.  She started saying “uh-oh” this week and it’s the cutest thing.

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017 

Big:  This girl is seriously fun to spend time with.  We went to the park up the road, and she was disappointed at first because she was hoping for playground equipment.  But we spent time walking, and talking about the leaves and the trees, and looking for animals and acorns.  We even saw turkeys and a deer.  When we left she said she wished we could stay longer and she was surprised because she had so much fun.  She’s been asking daily to go back and have another “picnic”

Little:  Would have loved to crawl off into the prairie or forest while on our journey.  She is so very curious and inquisitive it’s quite dangerous at times. 

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017 

Big:  This week was our annual trip to get pumpkins and she can now pick up a pumpkin almost as big as her.  Much to my surprise, she can also pick up her sister, whom she walked into the kitchen carrying one night while I was cooking dinner. 

Little:  Also loves the pumpkins.  She’s been enjoying sorting the ones on the porch, and also eating their stems. 

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A portrait of my daughters every week in 2017.

We lost one of our dogs this week.  She was 14 years old, and drove me nuts with her food stealing, kid threatening antics, but she was part of our family and we loved her.  For 14 years.  It was hard.  A lot harder than I expected.  I’m grateful these two wild children to keep me too busy to get inside my own head right now.

Big: Is learning how to walk and feed our little remaining dog on her own.  She’s always called him her best friend, even though he’s well known for peeing on everything, leaky anal glands and humping his bed.  We sort of kept the kids at a distance with the dogs in the last few years as our older dog had some issues with aggression.  Allowing her the freedom to create a deeper friendship with this little dude has been really nice to see.

Little: Does not have the gentle calm with animals of her sister.  When our little dog was laying next to her in bed, she reached over, grabbed his ear and yanked.   Hard.  She seems to care about the concept of gentle about as much as she cares about not eating leaves.  Meaning she DGAF.  She is truly a little wild animal.