our trip to boise + my weekend in pictures

we headed to boise on the 5th of july to spend a week with my parents but I didn’t get a chance to share pictures, so here they are along with our weekend pics! {there aren’t a lot since i was really trying to disconnect but i got a few to share.}

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{picnicking for lunch in pendleton, OR on the way to boise!}

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{Daphne didn’t take her usual afternoon nap during the drive (which was unusual) but fell asleep 5 minutes before we pulled into my parents’ driveway… of course!}

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{we got to see Uncle Jason and Aunt Kelly for dinner and got to help celebrate Kelly’s birthday!}

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{over the weekend, I headed up to the mountains for a mini girls weekend away. idaho is so beautiful you guys, not just potato fields!}

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{it was a mini girls trip, as i mentioned, with just three of us (though some of the other ladies joined us for breakfast the day before) but it was still SO good to get some girl time in without wrangling all of the children.}

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{Eloise LOVED the pool and I swear she was happy about it!}

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{and I did venture into the pool later in the week but mostly opted for staying in the shade.}

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{we hit up one of the local splash pads and Daphne likes the little fountains.}

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{and Eloise had a good time too!}

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{Grammie and Eloise played store one day and it was the CUTEST thing ever. at first it was a “traditional” store where Eloise went into the store to go shopping, but then it turned into “Amazon Fresh” and Eloise ordered her groceries to be picked up!}

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{the girls and I headed out with my parents to the Birds of Prey Center one morning and Daphne insisted on wearing her sunglasses. gah, so cute!}

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{and a sisterly love moment while out shopping and lunching with Grammie.}

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{picnicking in yakima, WA en route to seattle.}

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{and Eloise has been super into making forts since we have been home. and hanging out in her underpants since it is SO hot!}

{Daphne’s post-nap dance.}

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{testing out the new s’mores maker on the grill. I recommend not adding the chocolate since it got way too melty!}

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{we headed over to Seattle Center this morning to meet the Garner-Ballards who are in town! Daphne’s face is cracking me up; she is shoving a Larabar in her mouth!}

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{and a post-dinner stroll around the neighborhood to finish off the weekend.}

We had SO much fun in Boise with my family even though the thermometer hit triple digits which no one really appreciated.

And this weekend we had fun with Aaron before he headed out on a boys’ camping trip this morning with his brother and two nephews who just flew out for a visit. So, I am heading into the week solo and praying I can hold down the fort on my own (but just until Tuesday)!

How was your weekend?

M

my weekend in pictures.

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{We headed to the dentist Friday morning and both of the girls loved brushing the monster’s teeth. And great check-ups for both girls!}

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{After we came home, Eloise played dentist with her bear. The hygienist was super sweet and gave Eloise a mask and a pair of gloves.}

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{We headed over to a birthday party on Friday afternoon and Amanda got some amazing photos of Daphne, including this one. Those eyes, Daphne girl! Also, babies in tank tops.}

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{We celebrated with some popsicles after dinner. And someone didn’t care that she wasn’t a big kid and just wanted a taste!}

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{She was in love from the first bite and would have eaten that entire thing if we let her!}

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{And she was super sad when I told her she couldn’t have my ENTIRE popsicle! Oh Daphne girl!}

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{Saturday morning swim lesson. She looks stoic in this picture but loves the pool. We have one more lesson before taking a hiatus from activities for the summer.}

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{Refinishing this table was at the top of my to-do list this weekend and it’s so close to being done!}

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{Daphne sitting right up at the table like such a big kid.}

 

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{Family dinner with the Sadliers is our one of our favorite nights of the month! Scrabble and Molly Moon’s rounded out a great Saturday evening.}

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{This morning Eloise and I headed out to a friend’s birthday party at Seattle Gymnastics Academy. She was SO excited and loved the tumble track (which is like a super long trampoline) but not so much the foam pit.}

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{We got home, had lunch, and Eloise watched a show while Aaron took a nap! The kids kept him busy this weekend.}

We had a few social things planned this weekend, including TWO dinners with the Sadliers! I don’t know how we got so lucky. I was able to make some serious progress on refinishing our side table (I did the coffee table last summer) and hope to have it done by tomorrow. Yes!

The drizzly grey and rain welcomed in July (typical) though it looks like the weather will be warming up just in time for the 4th! We are gearing up for a fun week with a festive BBQ and a road trip!

How was your weekend?

M

 

daphne {sixteen months}

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{alligator: Jelly Cat // tee: Molly Moon’s // jeans: babyGap (old) // bow: DIY}

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{And the outtake. A bit of sisterly love.}

{month 16} I think this month I am equally shocked that Daphne is 16 months as I am that it is July. Where is the time going?

I am going to start this monthly update with a slight side-track about our Champaign trip since I didn’t really share details about that:

At the beginning of June Daphne and I took a trip just the two of us to the midwest for a wedding. It was the first time I had flown alone with a child since Eloise was a newborn and I am not going to lie that I was nervous. Daphne is so mobile that the idea of being on a plane with her for hours didn’t really sound like a good time. But, she was really good! We flew out of Seattle super early in the morning (on a 5:30 am flight!) and Daphne fell asleep as the plane was taking off. Just as I was dozing off myself, she woke up & stayed up, clocking in exactly 45 minutes of sleep time… Luckily the seat next to us (we were at the window) was empty and we used the extra space to play. Daphne was more interested in snacking, and taking things in and out of the seat-back pocket than she was of any toys I brought. On our trip over we flew thru Dallas which meant our flight time was almost cut in half: just over three hours to Dallas and just under two hours to Champaign. It was great to get off the plane for a layover and stretch our legs. However, Daphne was EVERYWHERE in Dallas and would not sit still! The flight into Champaign was on a tiny little commuter plane, and we were again super lucky to have the seat next to us open. Daphne was sort of all over the seats and my lap for the entirety of the flight and then managed to fall asleep as we were landing.

Once we got to Champaign we picked up our rental car which was tricky only because it was just me with a “diaper backpack,” Daphne strapped to my chest (I took our Sakura Bloom onbuhimo which is my new favorite piece of baby gear!*) pushing our medium-sized suitcase and (attempting) to pull a car seat in a travel bag. Technically I could have put the car seat bag on my back like a backpack, but there’s no way I would have stayed upright! There weren’t any luggage carts available in the tiny Champaign airport (guys there’s like one gate!) but thankfully there was an incredibly nice gentleman that saw me struggling and helped me take our suitcase and the car seat out to our rental car! We rented an Airbnb house with my parents who flew in later that evening and we were all set for a fun weekend!

The wedding was the next day (Saturday) so we had some of the morning to hang out before we needed to get ready. I decided to keep Daphne on Pacific time, so we slept in and then she was up later in the evening. The wedding ceremony was at a church nearby and we got there early-ish with seats towards the front. There was a guitarist playing the music for the ceremony just ahead of us on the “stage” in front of the church and Daphne LOVED him. She would walk over there and dance and clap. It was the sweetest! Once the ceremony started, Daphne was still busy but contained in the pew. But, about half-way thru, she got antsy so we politely walked to the back of the church and out into the main entrance/reception area. Daphne did laps around while I was able to peek in and hear the bride and groom exchange vows. Immediately after the ceremony we headed home for nap time at the rental house which was a great reprieve from the heat. Once Daphne was up we all got in the car and headed for the reception at one of the local golf course country clubs. As was true at the wedding ceremony, Daphne was a big hit at the reception! She was friendly and super sweet, and LOVED the dancing! She shared mac and cheese with Grammie during dinner, and then charmed everyone on the dance floor for most of the evening. I brought her jammies to change into towards the end of our evening, and we were able to stay pretty late since Daphne napped well and was still on Pacific time (for the most part).

The next day we spent with the Edmunds (Sue and Lindy), whose son was the groom and who have been great family friends since I was a kid! (They were our across-the-street neighbors when I was in elementary school. Kyle, the groom, is about my age, and Carlie, his older sister is one of my best friends and acted as the maid of honor in our wedding.) We just laid-low and hung out, chatting and catching up since it had been so many years since we were all last together, while Daphne spent most of the time playing on the stairs…

Daphne slept and napped really well while we were away, and while she is just so busy and mobile, she is just such a sweet kid that it’s hard to complain! On our way out of town, my dad and Lindy escorted us to the airport so that they could help me get all of our stuff out of the rental car and into the airport. I am so glad they did because when we got to the rental car lot to return the car, there was no one around to help! The flights back were slightly more challenging as we didn’t have an open seat next to us on either of the flights, nor did she sleep at all. We flew thru Chicago on the way home, so the first flight was about 45 minutes, if that. Totally do-able. But the flight into Seattle was (and felt) MUCH longer! Luckily, the woman in the middle seat next to us was so sweet and let Daphne climb all over her lap and played with her. It didn’t really give me a break in any way, but at least I didn’t have to try to contain Daphne in just my seat!

Okay, onto other things that are new this month!

Daphne has learned to nod and shake her head. Spoiler alert: it is the cutest! She is much more into shaking her head “no” as an immediate reaction, but then sometimes realizes she is saying no to something that she really wants (like food!) and then she starts nodding her head instead. But generally speaking, she communicates well with signing and shaking her head!

On that same vein, Daphne has started verbalizing more as well into sounds that are recognizable, since she babbles almost all the time. She clearly says “uh oh” and “more” (which generally is her yelling MO MO MO! when she wants something more to eat) along with mama, papa (baba), good girl (Sadie), Roomba (oomba), and poop (pp). And while she still LOVES food and eating, she isn’t eating in quite the same quantity as she previously has been. Breakfast and sometimes lunch is much less these days. The only issue has been that she is generally done eating first, so she will sign “all done” and want to be excused from the table. But if Aaron or I are still eating, she will wander back to the table and demand to have more of what we are eating! And she usually wants to sit on someone’s lap and not in her high chair…

Speaking of high chair, we still LOVE the Stokke Tripp Trapp that we use for Daphne (and Eloise without the baby set and tray) and just this weekend started sitting Daphne in her chair, but up at the table without the tray. We almost always give her a plate with her meal on it on her tray anyways, so it should be a pretty easy transition to get her to the table. Though I will miss the convenience of being able to feed her breakfast (and sometimes lunch) in the kitchen when I am cooking or cleaning up, I won’t miss cleaning a high chair tray.

Daphne loves to stack blocks now and can do a pretty good job stacking them up before she turns destructive and knocks them all down. Before, Eloise would be the block stacker and Daphne would be the block destroyer, but now they change roles depending on how they are feeling. Daphne is also starting to be able to put Duplos and Mega Blocks together and start to build things. She LOVES the baby dolls and feeds them, holds them, and pushes them around in the stroller or shopping cart.

While I was gone mid-month in California, Daphne learned to go down the stairs on her own. She will get to the top of the stairs and turn around, get on her hands and knees, and start scooching towards the stairs. She does well crawling down and only get distracted sometimes while mid-stair. She also does well climbing up the stairs! We are getting closer to being able to take the baby gates around the stairs down, but I am not totally comfortable with her having access whenever she wants, so I foresee a few more months of baby gates. Maybe this fall?

Also while I was in California, Daphne went to daycare for the first time when Aaron had to go into the office for meetings at work. I held out on sending Daphne until well after she was one year old (which is when I sent Eloise for the first time) because at the beginning of March we were still in a really bad cold and flu season which we managed to completely avoid in our house this year! But since we still have back-up care hours available for the girls as a benefit, it was nice to be able to use a few of those hours and introduce the girls to daycare (Eloise hasn’t been since Daphne was born). Drop-off went well for Daphne and she let Aaron leave without any fuss. I wasn’t really surprised to hear that since in a “play” type of setting with other kids and adults, Daphne generally socializes well. And she also took a nap which was great! I never know how naps will go when Daphne is in a totally different environment, but she was probably pretty tired from the activity. So, hopefully I can get a few more hours of daycare into our schedule for both girls this summer and then Daphne in the fall before cold and flu season start up again!

Daphne had her second dentist appointment this week which was great timing since she had grown four molars since her last appointment. Teeth brushing is now part of her bedtime routine, and mostly she is okay with it. She doesn’t mind the toothbrush, but doesn’t want to stay still long enough for anyone to actually brush the teeth! At her appointment, she did well when the hygienist checked her teeth (and brushed them) but by the time the dentist came out, she was all done. She cried while the dentist was doing her check-up, but all of her teeth look great and she calmed down as soon as the exam was complete. She is also getting her bottom canines (and maybe her top ones as well) which would explain why her entire right hand is constantly in her mouth! The dentist did notice some movement of her top teeth from Daphne sucking her thumb, but she isn’t worried about anything until at least the age of three, so we are good on that front.

{weight} 27 pounds.
{hair} blackish brown.
{teeth} four bottom teeth, top four teeth, four molars, (at least bottom) canines cutting.
{eyes} dark grey/brown.
{clothes} a few 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 2T.
{diapers} size 5 {from the honest company}.
{feeding} 2 to 4 oz sippy cups of milk at breakfast, lunchtime, after nap time, and at dinner, and water when she asks for it.

{likes} watching and chasing the Roomba, picking her nose, eating, bath time with Eloise, watching big kids or babies, crawling, pulling up to her knees or feet, spinning on her back and belly, teething rings, chewing on anything, sitting in her highchair, banging on her tray, staring at her quilt (from Amanda), rattles, nursing, riding in the car (usually), her big sister Eloise, Sadie, singing, lights, paci, being bounced, being tickled, talking, her Lovie.
{dislikes} having a hat on in the car seat, seeing some type of food on a plate that she doesn’t have on her tray, having gas, lying down flat, being hungry or tired, having her face or nose wiped off.

{nicknames} Daph, Daph Daph, Daphers, Bug, Snorty, Baby D, Daphne Doo, Daph-a-doo, Love, Lovebug.

And here’s Eloise’s 16 month update.

Happy 16 months Daphne!

M

*Baby-wearing is something that we have really embraced since Eloise was born, but had become especially important once Daphne was born because it allows you to carry a baby but also have two free hands. We have both an Ergo (which we used for Eloise) and a Tula carrier, but I never found either to be very comfortable because they were so cumbersome. Though Aaron likes both! It is really nice that both of these carriers can be adjusted to fit both Aaron and me, but I preferred the Solly wrap. Daphne is way too big now for the Solly, so I started searching for a better carrier for her. I considered the new style of Ergo (the 360) which is less bulky, but settled on the Sakura Bloom onbuhimo because it is a waistless carrier, meaning you don’t have a waist-strap! It definitely takes some getting used to and uses really different muscles than other carriers, but I really like it. It’s super lightweight and really beautifully constructed. Plus, the ability to carry a child on your back but up high enough to see over your shoulder is awesome!

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my weekend in pictures.

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{These girlies were loving playing on the playground Friday morning for a friend’s birthday party! Daphne loves any seat she can sit in by herself, so she was pretty happy.}

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{Happy Birthday to Eloise’s school friend! There were so many school friends at this party that it felt like an end-of-the-year celebration. We will miss these friends so much next year!}

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{Eloise found some sand toys and wasted no time getting them to the sand box.}

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{Eloise got a little ice cream shaped sidewalk chalk and she was being goofy. You can’t eat that silly girl!}

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{We went to another birthday party on Saturday afternoon and Daphne wanted to be front and center with the musical guest. She sat on that bench almost the entire time and danced and clapped along. It was so sweet!}

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{And once the drums came out, Aaron and Eloise were into the music too.}

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{On Saturday night we put Daphne down for bedtime and let Eloise stay up for family movie night! She requested a “not scary at all” movie and it was hard to find something… all Disney movies have scary parts! We decided on Despicable Me and she liked it, especially the Minions. She didn’t like the first part since Gru was mean, but we kept telling her he would become nice, but she was almost in tears at the beginning.}

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{This afternoon the girls hit up the water table after nap/quiet time, and eventually ended up soaking wet!}

We had a fun weekend that wasn’t as super photogenic, but it felt like Aaron and I got a lot accomplished. The goal this weekend was to clean out the guest room/office which has turned into a holding purgatory. So we sorted everything into piles to donate, list on Offer Up, or put on our local Buy Nothing Group, and we managed to make a big dent! We have also definitely started the summer birthday rounds which will only increase thru July and August, when we have two (or more!) every weekend!

Happy Summer! We are kicking off the week with both girls home with me and lots of play dates and activities!

How was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love {june}

Keep Families Together

{one} Hydroflask 16 oz Wide Mouth Coffee Thermos

I think I have previously sung the praises of my Hydroflask waterbottle (with a straw lid) that I got to replace my old Camelbak ones, but I am here again to say that I am OBSESSED with my new coffee thermos. I use it every day, starting with my cold brew (though you could use it for hot coffee too), and then using it for my Bubly water for the rest of the day (which I discuss below too) which doesn’t do well in a straw cup because of the carbonation. Guys, this thing keeps ice cubes for hours, at least 6, and does hot and cold beverages equally well. Plus, it’s about $25 so if you have a Nordstrom note, it costs you just $5, AND it fits in cup holders!

{two} Bubly water

So I mentioned Bubly water above, and I definitely jumped on the bandwagon for this one. And as a former lover of La Croix water I was skeptical about a new carbonated water on the market, but I tried it when I was in the midwest a few weeks ago and haven’t looked back! The two things that I LOVE are that the flavor is better (than La Croix) and the bubbles are less intense (you have to try it and you’ll see). My very favorite is the Strawberry, but I also like the Grapefruit and Apple. And, if you drink it from the Hydroflask coffee thermos (like I do!) you can keep it cold all afternoon or however long it takes you to drink it. I have seen it at grocery stores and Target, so pick up a pack!

{three} Natives shoes

As we have nearly officially headed into summer, I have been doing tons of research and shopping for good shoes for the girls. They both have sandals, but especially for Daphne, I need something with good foot protection since she tends to fall. A lot. Plus, something that is easy to clean and easy to get on and off (because it already takes forever to get out of the house). I had been hearing about Natives for a while, but I honestly thought they were over-priced plastic shoes. And while that may be true ($35 to $40 for kids shoes is not inexpensive) they are totally worth the hype. We had a friend give us a hand-me-down pair for Eloise and it took only one wearing before I was sold. The style is like a sneaker and they are extremely easy to put on and wear for the kids, from the playground to the splash pad, but they don’t scream UGLY PLASTIC SHOE like other ones do (ahem, Crocs). Daphne is really good about sitting down when I ask her to put her shoes on and it takes me about 10 seconds to get them on her chubby little feet, and Eloise has no problems slipping them on. AND Nordstrom Rack frequently has them for about half-price.

{four} Keep Families Together

If you know me, you know that, especially recently, I don’t talk politics. In fact, following the recent election and start of the current administration, I am sad to say that I don’t watch or read the news at all. Any of it. As someone who was a bit of a current events junkie (a very informed citizen, if you may) it has been a huge change. But when I am at home every day raising my babies, I just cannot stomach the current news cycle. It’s seriously depressing and I feel so helpless. It won’t always be this way, but for now, I am best if I just don’t know.

That said, however, the horrifics of the current administration’s stance on families seeking asylum at our country’s borders is one that I cannot shake. It has gained some serious social media momentum (which is how I even know about it!) and for good reason. The acts of this country in relation to these families are deplorable. I can’t tell you how many times my stomach has turned and the tears that have streamed down my face when I think about these families being torn apart. The children that are being detained are the same age as my girls (and even younger). There is absolutely no reason that I can conceive of for these actions to be taken by a government, let alone one that is built on immigrants. We have seen atrocities like this in the past with the Holocaust and the internment of the Japanese during WWII, but yet here we are. Politics aside, this is a morality issue and one about compassion, empathy, and being a good human.

Please join the thousands of outraged citizens all over the country (and the world) as we stand up for justice and change. We deserve better than this and so do our children (and grandchildren). This article on Cup of Jo is amazing if you want some more information (without delving into all of the heartwrenching details). I have called my senators, made donations to the ACLU (of which I am a PROUD member) and RAICES, and am looking into ways I can help in my local community.

Let’s just be kind to each other.

M

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eloise {last day of preschool 2018}

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Gosh, the last day of preschool? I am not ready for this. Eloise has been at the Birch School for the past two years and is headed to a new school next year for pre-K. We have LOVED the Birch School and her three teachers, and will be so, so sad to leave this amazingly loving community. But, I know there is so much in store for Eloise at her new school and I am excited to see her thrive there too! Pre-K though, wasn’t she just born?

And here’s her first day of preschool in the fall!

Happy Summer E!

M

my weekend in pictures.

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{I caught an early flight out of Seattle on Thursday morning and headed to OC (Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach) to meet up with my family for my sister Anya’s college graduation. I was up at 4 am, in an Uber by 5 am, at the airport by 6 am, but I was flying solo & got to drink my latte hot so it was pretty amazing!}

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{Meanwhile, Daphne and Aaron hung out at U Village while Eloise was at school. Apparently she was listening to some beats while also drinking a hot coffee.}

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{Packing light! Such a dream for airplane travel.}

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{And the girls went on a bike ride in the afternoon. Eloise’s face in this picture kills me.}

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{We spent most of Thursday afternoon walking around campus and getting some pictures of the soon-to-be grad!}

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{I definitely teared up when I heard “Pomp and Circumstance” though I felt really old when I thought about how long ago my college graduation was. Spoiler alert: it was 11 years ago!}

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{We found Daphne’s California Greek restaurant and lunch was a must!}

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{My absolute favorite interior designer, Shea McGee of Studio McGee, just opened a shop in Costa Mesa and I knew the stars were aligning for me to go there. So my mom and I popped down there on Friday afternoon and the store was as perfect and charming as I expected. Plus, Shea was doing a meet & greet at the same time we were at the store (which I didn’t realize until after-the-fact) and she was the sweetest person!}

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{A celebratory dinner for Anya on a beautifully warm evening out on the patio.}

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{We FaceTimed a lot this weekend and it was always SO good to see all of my favorite faces. Except when Daphne started to cry during the end of this call and I lost it too.}

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{The BEACH! It was a little cold and overcast but that didn’t stop us from heading down Beach Street to the PCH – Pacific Coast Highway – to get our toes into the sand.}

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{And I got to spend the long weekend with this lovely lady who just also happens to be my oldest sister Keri (or Dollie as we lovingly refer to her).}

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{To Eloise, Love Grammie.}

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{And a play date with the neighbors on Saturday morning.}

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{I headed home on Saturday evening and enjoyed watching the sun setting over the mountains while I read my book. It was slightly magical.}

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{Opening gifts and cards for Papa’s Day this morning. Eloise has been asking all week if Aaron would open her presents she made for him at school.}

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{I wish I loved yogurt this much!}

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{She knows the keys go in the door but she’s not quite tall enough.}

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{Aaron wanted to go on a family hike for Father’s Day so I thought it would be fun to head over to Magnolia to the Discovery Park Loop. Amazingly in all of the years we have lived here, neither of us had ever been out there! And this picture may be my new favorite one. Eloise’s smile is everything.}

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{The morning was just beautiful. Look at that water and the mountains!}

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{These girlies. I missed them.}

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{We jumped on the chance to get a family picture since the park was buzzing with people.}

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{By the time we got here Eloise was getting tired and we headed back to the car, but next time we are making it down to explore the beach!}

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{I got my workout in on the way back out of the park!}

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{And we discovered the playground!}

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{Eloise’s interview about her Papa. It is pretty accurate, minus the age!}

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{Daphne LOVES hats!}

It was CRAZY to be away from Aaron and the girls this weekend but we all did well. It was the first time I have ever been away more than 4 hours from Daphne and two years since I have been away from Eloise overnight, so it was much needed! Plus, I got to hang out with (most of) my family which was also really fun.

We are gearing up for the last week of preschool and counting down the days until summer. Eek!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Papas, Grandpas, Papaws, and Pagas out there! We love you more than you will ever know.

How was your weekend>

M