that thrift shop style

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Kinsley spent some quiet, quality time with herself in her little dream world, the other evening. When she emerged from the playroom, this was the result:

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Sophie woke up about then, and after informing me that “The Baby Hippo is awake, now!” she ran into the playroom, to make herself into a “Queen Baby Hippo”.

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Dan and I thought that the new look was more “Bag Lady” than “Queenly Hippo”, but Sophie was happy with the results.

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Kinsleyism :: Sheep or Goats?

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Kinsley: Mama, do sheep turn into goats?

Mama: No, they are two completely different animals, but they do have some similarities –

Kinsley: But Mama! When the papas come and cut off all the sheep’s hair, and lay it over the fence, and the hair turns into a blanket, then the sheep turns into a goat!

Sophie: (Not wanting to be left out) Yes, Mama! And Hippos, too!

Pictures from Sophie’s birthday

We’ve had so many celebrations lately that I can’t find time to get the pictures uploaded and posted! Sophie’s birthday has had the running theme of Hippos. It’s a huge part of her life right now.

Here’s a collage from Sophie’s birthday party at my parents house…

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Notice the shiny red tricycle. It’s a gift from Marme and Granddad and the gang. Now the girls each have one, and the living room has become a race track of sorts. The only good thing is that neither of them can really peddle, but then on the other hand, if they suddenly (and accidentally) become very proficient at peddling, they can’t really steer, either….

Christmas Morning :: Indoors

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Christmas morning was as lovely indoors, as it was out.

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One thing that struck me, is that while we may think that times are getting more difficult, we are not needy. Look at the abundance under that tree… We are so rich that I think we can’t even begin to comprehend what need actually is.

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Everything we gave to our daughters came from the thrift shop, and while it was an unusually abundant Christmas for them, everything cost less than $30, when it was all said and done.

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One of the highlights of Kinsley’s stocking, was the can of black olives which Dan suggested adding.

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Sophie on the other hand, was thrilled to death with a twenty-five cent stuffed hippo from Goodwill.

Ornament Favorites :: Old and New

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This ornament has been the highlight of Sophie’s Christmas, so far. It came in a package from Uncle Mark and Aunt Holly. When we opened the box and showed the cheerful pink hippo to the girls, they squealed in delight. Then they hung it on the Christmas tree and have shown it proudly to everyone who walks through our door. Three or four times, in fact. So thank you, Uncle Mark and Aunt Holly!!!

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This tiny little cardinal came on a box of wonderful English Toffee, from cousins Rachel and Nemiah. Kinsley has taken a particular shine to it, and has shown it to everyone who stops to look at the Pink Hippo. She and Papa have done quite a bit of bird watching lately, and she has been fascinated by cardinals in particular, so this was also a very timely little gift!

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This is the last of the new ornaments this year, a gift from Dan’s papa. He has sent us several of these hand painted, mouth blown, Christmas ornaments over the years, and we always love to look at the delicate detail.

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Another one from Papa.

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This one was a wedding present. Isn’t it romantic?

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This is one I bought before we were married. I think it came from Dollar General, and yet, it’s still one that I love to see every year…

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A gift from a dear friend. I think it was given to us on our first Christmas together, but it may have been our second. They’re all starting to blend now…

When I was due with Sophie around Christmas time two years ago, we kept her name to ourselves. We were actually going to name her Lucy Sophia, and had experienced a few negative reactions to the name Lucy, so we decided not to share the name until there was a tiny girl to go with it. My little sister, Hannah saw this ornament hanging on the tree, and was certain that she had learned the name of our baby girl!

As it turned out, Sophie’s name got changed while I was in labor to Sophie Lucia Marie, so all that secrecy was for naught.

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This ornament was made by Aunt Paula, and acquired at an ornament exchange which was hosted by my mom.

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A vintage ornament which I happen to love. Actually, I love all the vintage ornaments, but this one was particularly photogenic. My grandma gave me this. She doesn’t treasure these old things the same way I do, because this is what she’s always had. Plastic is still new and fascinating to Grandma.

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This sweet little hand-painted, Nativity set was given to us by Dan’s sister Holly and her husband, Quico. It came all the way from Spain, last Christmas. The only damage it sustained was to Joseph’s hand, but he doesn’t seem to notice. In fact, he holds his staff as suavely as ever, even without the hand.

So, that’s the partial tour of our tree. What are your favorite ornaments? What memories to they bring to mind?

The Scholarly Hippo

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This is Sophie. But we can’t tell her that, because she’s convinced that when she dons these lovely glasses, she becomes a hippo.

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The glasses were her father’s. From way back in his bachelor days when he had no wife to help him make such important fashion choices.

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The Hippo is reading from Winnie The Pooh.

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A very deep and thought provoking book, by the way.

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This is actually preferable to Sophie’s other condition, which is Hippo Schizophrenia. When she is suffering from this other condition, she hears a hippo talking to her. A hippo who, in fact, carries on very long and belligerent conversations. A hippo who “lives in her neck”.

Pygmy Hippos

Dan’s niece Rachel, knowing of our house-wide hippo obsession, sent us the below video. We’ve watched over and over again…

That peaked our interest in the area of Pygmy Hippopotami, which lead to the finding of this video.

Since the girls like to watch this video over and over as well, I thought I’d “save” them both here, then I won’t have to search YouTube every time they want to watch it. YouTube has become quite the minefield when it comes to searching for Hippo Videos – we have to watch out very carefully for Singing Hippos, you know.