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Happy 8th Birthday, Claire!!

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To read about her Birth Story, click here!

Obligatory First Day of School Photo

2nd Grade, here she comes!

Where “Off the Deep End” is a good thing


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Claire-isms from a 7.5 year old

I love recording Claire-isms. Here are some of the latest!

Me: “I’m sorry. I’m not a big fan of Miso Soup. To me, it always tastes like feet.”
Claire: “Maybe that’s because it has Toe-Food in it!”

“I was accidentally breathing in whistle position!” says Claire, who was NOT whistling on purpose, just so you know.

“…and then the Art Teacher cut everyone’s duct-tape. I wanted to cut my OWN duct-tape, but you know how it goes. Let one person cut duct-tape and then EVERYONE wants to cut duct-tape. Plus, she has no idea I’m an expert at duct-tape.” ~Claire, 7.5yo, Duct-Tape Expert

The reason they’re called Monkey Bars.

Despite Evidence to the Contrary, They Don’t…

Claire: “What’s that beeping noise?”

Me: “That’s a special tone that lets blind people know when the lights have changed.”

Claire: “I didn’t know they let blind people drive. That explains A LOT.”

Paint like an Egyptian

Yes, Claire had overlapping projects at school!  (Nothing like First Grade getting her ready for College…again.)

She had fun with this project, too!  (I had fun because I may or may not have manipulated her into NOT choosing to build a pyramid out of sugar cubes. *cough* This project really was pretty hands-off for me!)

Her goal was to translate a “short phrase” into hieroglyphics and paint it onto a poster.

I found a Hieroglyphics Translator online (because of course I did).  She sat at my computer putting in the phonetic letters for her chosen phrase. (Because despite the vowels and ‘ph’ in ‘hieroglyphics,’ they supposedly used phonics, rather than lots of vowels and consonant combos. Yes, we believe everything we read online.)

We printed out the translated version and she drew each character onto a small square of paper.

She then used the magic of our deck door to trace her own work onto the paper.

Then she used a sharpie to darken the image, just like they would have done in Ancient Egypt. (Right?)

Paint was applied by the master.

Voila! (Minus the bulletin board. That was our handy-dandy work surface for this particular project.)

“This writing is art by Claire” is the phrase she translated and also the description.

That’s my girl. 😉

Science Fair Project: Paper Chromatography

Longtime readers of The Casual Perfectionist may recognize Claire’s topic!  We’ve been dabbling in Paper Chromatography for years. She thought of some ways to adapt it into an experiment for her very first Science Fair, and here is the result!

Yes, she did the work herself. Yes, I was allowed to offer “minimal parental involvement,” which I did. Gladly. I love this stuff, too!

She presented to the judges today and was so happy to bring home a ribbon and certificate.  She had SO much FUN!

We are so proud of her!

In true Claire-style, she’s already gathering ideas for next year.

Weekly Weigh-in, Hedgehog Style! Henry at 9 weeks!

Henry – 9 weeks – 8.1 ounces!

Claire & Henry – Chillin’ on a Friday Night



“Mom,” Claire said. “I feel taller. Can you check?”


“Take my picture! Send it to Daddy! …he might barf,” she screamed with joy. CLAIRE LOST HER 1ST TOOTH!