Thursday, October 31, 2013


Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Chicago there lived a girl named Charlotte. She was born, discovered princesses. End of story. 

And as much as her Dad tried to teach her the ins and outs of superhero-dom...she had no interest. So before her little sister could follow in her footsteps her Dad made sure to get at least one superhero Halloween. 

We asked Charlotte back in August what she wanted to be for Halloween. Without a moments hesitation she answered: Cinderella. And not once did she waiver from her decision.

I present you Cinderella and her superhero sister:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Angry Hour

There have been a lot of things between Charlotte and Grace that have been different. But one thing is consistent: they both had/have a witching hour. And Grace's falls at the same time Charlotte's did. 8-10pm.

It's fun. 

The other night I walked in on this. Our changing table laid on the ottomans. Apparently this was the only thing making her happy that night. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Hausers

It's been a fun-filled, sleep deprived crazy past five weeks. I can't think of a better way to end this whirlwind of new baby activity than spending some down time with a few of our favorite people.

The Hausers made a special trip from California to meet the newest Haigh and help us relax a bit. They helped with meal prep, held babies and toddlers, made sure each of us had some time out of the house and even folded laundry. Pretty much the best house guests ever.

The best part? They brought the cutest almost-one-year old we know! Absolutely beautiful and I swear she never once stopped smiling. Not once. This little girl is amazing, and no surprise considering who her Mama is.

Erika and I met in high school. You name it, we've done it...and the bad ideas were always hers. We were in high school and knew all there was to know about the world. Or so we thought. Looking at her now, as she lets Charlotte put 20 barrettes and 7 headbands in her hair while "brushing" (i.e. pulling out clumps of hair) brings tears to my eyes. I'm a sap, yes. But it's hard to reconcile this life with the one that we had 15 years ago. We've created lives for ourselves that we are both immensely proud of. We have beautiful families. Healthy kids, amazing husbands, and even semi-well-behaved dogs. We're happy. And at the end of the day that's really all that we wanted out of life 15 years ago. We had fun. We created some really great memories, but man am I excited to see where we are in another 15. We did good Mrs. Hauser. I love you guys.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

First Bath

Another round of firsts. A mixture of proud mama and sadness as each one passes. We know how fast they go now.

Grace's first bath. Charlotte helped.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Beach Darling

It's certainly not Florida, but this sister doesn't care one bit.
She would have spent every last second of our Wisconsin weekend out here if her Mom could have hacked the frigid temps. 

Dear Lake Michigan: You are stunning and deceiving. Thank you for the beautiful views. They never dissapoint. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Bit of Belated Celebrating

The Mister's birthday this year was smack in the middle of a whirlwind. A one week old baby, a trip to Iowa, and two very exhausted parents. There wasn't much celebrating on the actual day.

Luckily I had the foresight to spend some time planning months ago because this wasn't just another run of the mill birthday. This was 40. Ask him and he'll deny it.

Our closest group of 10 friends flew and drove from miles away to surprise Troy for a weekend away at a rented lake house in Wisconsin. We had an amazing time.

But not everything went as smoothly as expected. For one, I had to spoil the surprise and let Troy in on the secret a mere 2 days before. Huge disappointment. For months we had all kept quiet and it came down to this. We also had to turn no-kids vacation into a trip with not one (expected) but both girls. We love our girls but this weekend was slated as no kids so everyone else made arrangements and said good byes back home. And for those of our friends without kids spending 4 days with a two week old and a two year old in the same house doesn't exactly scream "relaxing vacation".

Lucky for us, we have amazing friends. Actually, amazing doesn't do this group justice. We have truly been blessed with the most incredible group of friends. Friends who travel hours every year, sometimes multiple times, to ensure we all get together. Friends who when we crash no-kids-weekends with kids show up with loads of gifts for our girls. Friends who I miss just seconds after pulling away from the driveway.

There really are no words to describe this group; at least none that I can put together to convey what they mean to us and our family.