my weekend in pictures.

{we had sod delivered & installed on friday. happy dance!}

{I have already started incorporating some ideas from the new Young House Love book! I needed an idea for all of eloise’s weekly pictures & this poster print from Social Print Studio is perfect! I am obsessed & so is eloise; every time we go by it she stops & points at all of the pictures!}

{our landscape designer dropped off a few new trees on saturday. in the pouring rain. that is aaron out there braving the weather too!}

{& inside it was also wet when eloise opened the plug on the bottom of her water toy! my first thought was that her diaper was leaking (!) but then I realized it was just water. phew!}

{packing for our trip coming up this week. it is going to be HOT!}

{happy second birthday to our good friend tahlia! she had a dinosaur birthday & eloise had a blast!}

{aaron & I spent the better part of the morning planting trees. plus, this is a sneak peek at our yard!}

{finished off the weekend with a PSL & a fresh mani – perfect!}

we had a great weekend, but boy it flew by! we were super social on saturday hosting a PEPS get-together (6 one year olds – so fun!) & attending a 2nd birthday party, & it poured rain all day long! today we were super busy in the yard, planting trees & getting the dog run area ready – thanks for all of the work on the yard babe! I shared a picture of the yard above & promise to share a full yard update soon (it looks so amazing!). how was your weekend?


eloise {fourteen months}

{lion: jellycat via nordstrom // tunic: Carter’s // leggings: Target // moccasins: Freshly Picked // book: Olivia Saves the Circus}

{month fourteen} this month it feels like eloise really went from an infant to a toddler (even though that officially happened when she turned one!) because she started WALKING! she was cruising all around before (meaning she could walk along if she was holding on to something, like the couch or coffee table) & even standing for a few seconds on her own, but now, now she is everywhere! when we were out on Orcas Island a few weekends ago was when she really started wanting to walk on her own & would go from point A to point B. now she is gaining a lot more momentum & learning how to balance, & it is amazing to watch her learn! she still can’t stand up on her own without having help (she needs something to climb up) so if she falls, she crawls until she gets to something she can stand up on, but I know that will come in time. these days she toddles (or waddles?) all around & it is the best. she still does better when she is holding onto something, & these days, the more things she has in her hands the better! does anyone else’s kid like to hold a million things in his or her hand at once? even though walking is brand-new for eloise, I know she will be running in no time, which is absolutely terrifying!

this month has also been a big one for teeth. eloise has gotten nearly all four of her molars in the past 6 weeks & we are blaming any extra fussiness or weirdness on them! aaron also noticed last week that eloise is getting her canines as well… oh boy. at least we are getting it all over with at once, right? & honestly, I can’t really complain. sure she has been up a few times at night in the past few weeks (which is a definite change from her sleeping entirely thru the night – 12 hours!) & we are blaming it on teeth, but who can blame her? I can’t imagine how painful it is to get molars (that is so much tooth thru the gum!) & she is still such a happy kid! the craziest part for me about her getting all of these teeth right now is that she looks so much older. once her canines come in, you really won’t see any more gum when she smiles.

a new trick that eloise has learned is to put objects inside a basket or bowl. this is a huge progression since she basically throws everything out of her toy baskets! while I am not counting on her to help me clean up all of her toys just yet, it is nice that she can put some of her toys away. you just have to be careful because sometimes she is nicely putting things away & then all of the sudden pulling them all back out! with this new found skill has also come being able to take simple direction. eloise will bring a toy or book, or stop doing something if I say “no thank you” (most of the time!). it is pretty cool to see how much she understands!

speaking of understanding, the last few weeks have also brought signs, as in sign language. we have been signing a few words to eloise since she was a newborn, but she didn’t really seem to notice until now. eloise can sign for milk, water, more, & please. I had my doubts about whether she would ever sign & if I was just signing for no reason at all, but lo & behold here she is signing away. it is awesome for me to be able to communicate with her & know exactly what she wants. sometimes she signs for water when she wants something to eat (they are the same sign to her) & she tugs on the neck of my shirt when she is thirsty (a habit that has stuck from nursing during the day), but she is doing so well. I want to start using “thank you” & a few other signs too. what signs to your kids know that I should be using?

eloise has also started to cuddle with toys, particularly stuffed animals, & it is the cutest thing ever! she LOVES leo the lion who is the one in all of her monthly pictures. he is still about half her size, so she has to work at hauling him around. we also have a lot of different Jelly Cat stuffed animals (the smaller ones) thanks to Grammie & those are perfect for her right now! even though her lovey giraffe is her go-to for naptime & bedtime, she sometimes will grab another stuffed animal on the way to bed to cuddle with.

since we have had such a sunny & warm fall, we have continued to spend a lot of time outside during the day (& of course, now the rain is starting…) since it is nice to be in the fresh air & I think that being outside, even for a little bit, helps eloise sleep better! we don’t live near the airport, but are under a flight path so we get a few planes fly overhead. eloise has always noticed planes when we are outside & will look up & point them out. she can even find them in the sky when they are too high to hear! lately, if she hears a plane & we are inside, she will point up to the sky. such a smart little one!

like last month, eloise is still really into giving things – food, toys, books. food seems to be a little random since sometimes she wants to eat what she just gave you & other times she isn’t interested in eating it (at least at that moment). it is great when she brings over books because it gives us a chance to peruse a book during playtime. we read a lot of books each day since it is the first thing she wants to do when she wakes up & the last thing she wants to do before she goes to sleep; we must read at least a dozen books each day!

as I mentioned last month, eloise was back to see her physical therapist about her head tilt. since then, she was discharged because she had progressed enough, meaning her head tilt was not really present. I occasionally see it when she is tired or in her car seat if she is sleeping, but most of the time eloise has a straight head! plus, now that she is walking, she is really upright. even her cranial sacral therapist (who is like a baby chiropractor & we have been seeing since eloise was a newborn for both head tilt & latch issues) was so impressed with how straight & upright eloise was just the other day!

as I mentioned above, we have been noticing a change in eloise’s sleep, both during naptime & at nighttime. eloise is still taking two naps per day, for the most part, but I am starting to see signs that she may be ready for just one nap. yikes! a few weeks ago she actually went on a napping strike in the morning & for two or three days didn’t take that morning nap, & she seemed okay with it. I was ready to get her on a one-nap schedule, & then she started taking her morning nap again. I am mixed about the transition even though I know it is going to happen sooner or later. the biggest thing for me is that during her morning nap is when I get ready for the day (shower, get dressed) & check email, etc. I know that I will have more time to do things once she is down to just one nap, but I sure will miss two! eloise has also started waking more during napping & nighttime. she never used to wake up in the middle of naps, but she does now & I will go in & rock with her, lay her back down & she will go back to sleep. she is also up at least once during the night. part of it may be that we were out of town, but she seems to be waking around 6 or 6:30 am & wanting to nurse & then go back to sleep (until 8). & in the last week she has been waking around 1 or 2 am & wanting water. it is a pain to go upstairs & get her a cup of water in the middle of the night, but since she is going right back to sleep afterwards, it is hard to complain. I am hoping this is just a phase & she will get back into her normal sleeping patterns.

and finally, in the past few days, I have noticed two things: eloise is happy to sit & actually listen to a book being read (she used to just flip thru the pages as fast as she could!) & she started waving with her entire arm for hello & good-bye (as opposed to just with her hand which was really cute because she turned her hand towards herself & waved!).

{weight} I am guessing around 23 or 24 pounds, but I haven’t weighed her since last month!

{hair} dark (reddish) brown. it is starting to get long & is layered in the back with side-swept bangs in the front. (we are getting close to mullet territory so she may need a haircut soon!)

{teeth} four bottom teeth & four top teeth, two molars (one top & one bottom) with two more coming in, & the start of all four canines. phew!

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  12 month, 12 to 18 month, 18 month, & some 18 to 24 month (though it is really big!)

{diapers} full-time cloth {bum genius freetime, pocket, & elemental} & honest company size 4 diapers at night with a bum genius diaper cover.

{feeding} during the day, 4 hour cycles. nursing once a day (after she wakes up in the AM). 2 to 4 oz of milk in a sippy cup at mealtime, though she prefers water.

{likes} books, mama & papa’s cell phones, toys that squeak or rattle, singing & music, Sadie, standing, FaceTime, bathtime, standing, her snack cup, shoes, mama’s (diaper) bag, laughing.

{dislikes} having something taken away from her that she really wants to have, diaper changes, (sometimes) her carseat.

{nicknames} Bug{s}, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, Ellie or Elle.


happy fourteen months eloise!


friday I’m in love.

welcome back Friday!

{one} tiny tassel tutorial.

{via The Sweet Lulu Blog}

I have been having a recent love affair for tassels, on pillows & even my key chain (I have one from K. Slademade but it isn’t available anymore. Boo.) Any way, I pinned this tassel tutorial some time ago & I want to make one (or a bunch!). It is super easy! Maybe for our front door key?

{two} WA high school rankings.

High School

{via U.S. News & World Report}

While we have a few years (um, 15?) before Eloise will be going to high school, it is something that I think about a lot. Partly because I can’t believe she is ever going to be that big & partly because the public high school is just three blocks away. The U.S. News & World Report for 2015 ranked the top Washington schools & guess which one made the top ten? Yep, Roosevelt High School is #8 (& in the top 500 nationally)! Wahoo! One of the greatest things about our location is the school district (sort of planned & sort of sheer-dumb-luck) & I am thrilled! Eloise Lower – Roosevelt High School graduating class of 2032!

{three} our sweet Sadie dog.

{from Sadie’s 9th birthday}

So first, a belated birthday shout-out to our number one dog Sadie who turned 11 two weeks ago! We were out on Orcas Island & Sadie had the best time with our rock-star dog/house sitters! & two, Sadie got an A+ on her check-up today. It was just a routine exam & updated vaccines, but the vet was impressed with how well she is doing in her elderly age. The only thing was that the vet tech mentioned maybe cutting back on some kibble since she is clearly getting some extra food scraps (read: Eloise)! We were working on trimming her meals down already, but noted! We love this lady & even though she doesn’t get as much of the spotlight anymore, she still has our heart!

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my weekend in pictures.

{eloise shenanigans on friday morning!}

{this is a pretty usual scene – DVD in hand. she has learned to take the disks out of the cases though, so it has become interesting! also, that stripey shirt? I need one in my size!}

{{eloise’s first ride in a cozy coupe at the UVillage. to say that she loved it would be an understatement. she may or may not have thrown a small tantrum when we had to leave…}

{eloise was sporting double Daffy Duck bandaids on her thighs after shots on friday afternoon. she wasn’t too happy about them but was so brave! darn flu season.}

{the maple in front of our house is SO beautiful right now. this picture doesn’t do it justice!}

{we headed to home depot on saturday morning to get supplies for a few on-going projects, including some things for our yard overhaul (which I am so excited to share soon!). don’t mind the pacifier – someone missed her morning nap!}

{eloise was entertaining herself while mama & papa worked on a project.}

{this afternoon was so nice & we had to spend some time outside. after a family walk around the block, I got out eloise’s little bike – a birthday present from grammie & grandpa – & she loved it! a few months ago she was too little for it, but now she can push it down the sidewalk & even sit down on it & take a ride! she had so much fun & then threw a small tantrum when we had to go inside for dinner… are you sensing a theme?}

{I inadvertently match our outfits at least a few times a week & I am not sad about it. today it was black leggings & green shirts!}

{aaron has been wanting to prune this front tree for a long time & I finally gave in. it really couldn’t be worse than it was, & I am pleasantly surprised that it looks better! it seems like about half the tree came down, but go aaron!}

we had a fun weekend filled with catching up with close friends & it was lovely! we had friends over for brunch this afternoon & aaron made the BEST huevos rancheros. seriously, so good! the weather is still warm-ish, but fall has definitely arrived in seattle as the leaves are starting to change & the temperatures are dropping down. I LOVE this time of year in the PNW! we are gearing up for another week & it is hard to believe it is already October… what the heck? how was your weekend?


friday I’m in love.

welcome back Friday!

{one} disco ball costume.

Disco Ball Costume | Oh Happy Day!

{via Oh Happy Day!}

While our Halloween costumes are getting their final touches, I have been enjoying seeing ideas for fun costumes floating around the internets (mainly on Pinterest). Per usual, Jordan over at Oh Happy Day has great DIY costume ideas, including this awesome disco ball costume. Isn’t this so fun? I think this would be so great for a little one (who could walk)! Maybe next year Eloise. Anyone else excited to dress up for Halloween?

{two} Matt & Nat backpack.

'Fabi' Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

{via Nordstrom}

If you know me very well, you know that I am not a backpack girl. Pretty much not ever. As a kid, the first few years of grade school, & a few times in law school, but really I prefer a tote or shoulder bag. I even traded my beloved diaper bag to this tote bag with this insert a few months ago because it felt more “me.” So color me surprised when I started thinking I maybe wanted a backpack (for my “purse” and diaper bag). Seriously, am I feeling okay? I hate to jump on-board something that is SO trendy (backpacks are all the rage these days, apparently) but since they are on-trend, it means there is a ton of selection. And look at that beautiful backpack! The color is gorgeous & I love that it doesn’t look like a backpack. So don’t be surprised if you see me donning this on my back as I chase Eloise down the street (since she is officially walking all over the place!).

{three} not being a photographer.

Last weekend when we went out to Orcas Island, I realized at the ferry terminal (when Aaron & Eloise were having the best time together!) that we didn’t pack our SLR camera. At first I was really sad. What opportunities I/we would miss to take “really good” pictures of our weekend & the wedding. But Aaron & I decided pretty quickly that it felt really good to not have the weight of the camera (literally & figuratively). It was freeing not to feel pressure to take really good pictures. We both really engaged with Eloise & Colt (who was in from out of town) over the weekend, & really enjoyed the wedding without feeling like we had to capture any special moment. After all, the bride & groom had paid someone (a professional!) to photograph the wedding. While I do wish we had gotten a few more pictures, I am really glad in the end that we didn’t bring our big camera to weigh us down. It was like our version of unplugging.

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PEPS Date Night Challenge Kick-Off!

As I had mentioned a while ago here, PEPS (our most favorite group!) is kicking off a Date Night Challenge & it is officially here. Consider October the month of date nights! And, yours truly (& Aaron) are featured front-&-center on the website! (Check it out here!)

Whether you live in Seattle, or elsewhere, if you have kids or are empty-nesters, treat yourself to a date night this month. This campaign is set-up like the old Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead of dumping an ice bucket on your head, you get to go on a date! Then you make a donation to PEPS (pretty please!) & then challenge a few of your friends or family to join in on the fun & get out on the town.

Aaron & I have a date night to a Halloween party towards the end of the month, but are also hoping to get in one more date night too! Last time we were out on a date it was dinner & a movie which is my favorite! Maybe we should do that again. Any good movies to see?

Take the Date Night Challenge

How It Works 

  1. DATE. Get a (Wonder)sitter, go out, & have fun! All types of dates count so be creative: dinner out or in, a walk, girls’ or guys’ night out – you name it!
  1. DONATE. If you took the challenge, please consider a donation to PEPS – any gift, big or small is appreciated and helps us create more supportive villages for new parents.
  1. CAPTURE. Take a photo or video of your date night to share with PEPS on Facebook and you will be entered in our prize drawing! Use the hashtag #PEPSDateNightChallenge and tag @ProgramForEarlyParentSupport  (please note: your post must be public for PEPS to see/receive it).
  1. CHALLENGE. Share the fun & challenge at least three of your friends to a date night of their own by tagging them in your date night post.
  1. WIN. If you participate in the PEPS Date Night Challenge, and tag @ProgramForEarlyParentSupport in your facebook post, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a fabulous prize. Please note: To be entered to win, your post has to be made public.

Date Night Challenge Prizes
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Free babysitting will be offered by Wondersitter to all Date Night Challenge winners!

Consider this my challenge to you for Date Night! Thanks for joining in on the fun!


eloise {12 month photos}

I just got eloise’s one year photos back & I am so excited to share them! she did so well during the shoot & I am really happy with the way they turned out. prepare for LOTS of photos! {& how did she get SO big?!}

{sidenote: right after we got eloise’s six month photos taken, we were told that our photographer Melissa was bowing out of her business to spend more time with her family. great for her, but so sad for us. I LOVED her! but, she referred us to a few other photographers (that had a similar style) & we found Alicen who shot these photos of eloise.}

{dress: June & January (no longer available) // moccasins: Freshly Picked // green tee: Old Navy (same but different colors) // chambray pants: babyGap (no longer available) // lion: jellycat via nordstrom // onesie: Lil’ Giggles Etsy Shop // bloomers: Carter’s (no longer available) // bow: Lululuvs // shirt & bloomers: Peek (similar top & bottom) // party hat: DIY // E light: Michael’s}

love you eloise – our sweet toddler!


{see eloise’s newborn & six month photos.}

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