Zari turned 6 on Halloween. She requested a "fairy garden cake." I don't know why you'd want to spend hours making fake flowers out of frosting when you can just use the real things. Voilà! Instant cake decorations.
Inga is 20 months old. Can you believe it? She's saying tons of words, putting two words together (baby doll, mama shoes, Dio car, two bears, etc.) and generally kills us with her uber-cuteness.
I made Zari a costume out of tons of scraps of fabric. Not really sure what she is, but a "gypsy" was the closest we could come up with. I have enough fabric left to make Inga a matching dress. Some day I'll get to it...
The other kids got recycled costumes. Dio was a butterfly (Zari wore this when she turned 4).
Inga was Little Red Riding Hood. (Zari wore this when she turned 1 and 2.)
Best news of all this week: my older sister had her first baby the day after Zari's birthday! Everything went as planned. With her husband and doula to help her, she had an unmedicated hospital birth and a fairly quick labor. Her water broke early in the morning. They went to the hospital a few hours later. Labor started almost as soon as they got there, and the baby was born after just 5 hours of active labor. The hospital is Baby-Friendly and has been really great. Woohoo! I love it when things go right.