my weekend in pictures.

Actually, this ended up being my week in pictures because Eloise was home for mid-winter break this week. We had almost no plans for the week because I didn’t want to be overly ambitious trying to get two kids all over town. So we mostly stayed home. Which was great. And it also caused some cabin fever. Plus, our weather was really cold, so staying home in our jammies just felt right!


{I am definitely not tired, Mama. Oh, okay.}


{The playground at U Village does have little heaters so we managed some time there for a bit one morning. And Eloise had the idea of pushing Daphne around in one of the cozy coupe cars. I thought for sure this would be a major regret, but they both loved it!}


{Daphne did not want to stop.}


{Aside from some of the more unusual precipitation we experienced this week – hail, snow, sleet, wind – we saw the SUN! And Sadie was enjoying every bit of it.}


{Eloise, before bed one night, insisted on organizing her kitchen. It was impressive. If it wouldn’t have been so late, I would have had her work on my pantry too!}


{I mentioned Daphne always has something in her mouth (that way both of her hands are free, right?) and this is what I mean. And it means she drools so much more.}


{Snow! Not a lot but enough to get excited about. We usually don’t get a lot of snow in town even when the ‘burbs do.}


{Playing together after breakfast. It is one of my favorite times of the day.}


{Because we had snow on the ground, I decided I needed to bundle the girls up and go outside and play, even though I just wanted to stay inside and admire it from my living room. But Daphne hadn’t ever really seen snow before and Eloise was begging to make a snowman. So I managed to get everyone majorly bundled up.}


{Daphne was curious about the snow at first.}


{Eloise LOVED it!}


{But Daph realized she didn’t like it. Not one bit. And she cried until I picked her up and she wouldn’t let me put her down. Which made building a snowman a little tricky.}


{So we had to wait until Daphne went down for her morning nap and we built this snow person. A contractor was driving by just as we finished a said “That’s such a great snow person. Nice work!” And so, instead of a snowman, we had a snow person.}


{With a side of sass and a celery nose.}


{Eloise normally has ballet on Saturday morning, but we can make-up classes on Thursday afternoon. And somehow, on Thursday afternoon, I managed to get two kids out of the house and all the way to Fremont in traffic and parallel parked on the street in a “princess parking spot” (right in front) and we were 15 minutes early! #momwin Eloise was the only student in the class this week which made me nervous that she wouldn’t participate, but she did so well!}


{Bed head.}




{I was laughing so hard which is probably why this picture is blurry, but I thought she was going to go in head first!}




{We had friends over last night for a family dinner and it was so FUN! Eloise and Harlon (far left) were born just one day apart and have known each other their entire lives!}


{Papa the jungle gym and Daphne practicing her squatting.}


{Eloise was reading Daphne stories this afternoon while Aaron made dinner. It was so sweet.}

We had a fun week all being home, but holy cow am I ready for school to start again! I am definitely not cut out to have two kids home all day, every day. Help me come this summer!

This weekend we kept similarly non-scheduled since these next few weeks will be jam-packed with birthday festivities and Grammie heading into town. Plus, Daphne’s one year well-check and photoshoot soon too.

How was your weekend?


daphne {week 51}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // dress: Carter’s (old) // leggings: Target (old) // book: The Little Feminist books // quilt by Amanda with Rifle Paper Co. fabric}

{week 51} Walking. Daphne’s newest trick. She’s still pretty unsteady but she is so, so proud of herself! She is also a lot more confident and tries to walk pretty much any time she can.

Also, as you can see above, lying down on her back when she is not sleeping isn’t really an option these days.

Daphne’s favorite toys right now are Eloise’s Duplo legos and The Little Feminist books. She likes to take the legos apart, put them in her mouth, carry them around, and then try to put them together (and sometimes she is successful). And those little books, there are four of them, are fat little board books with only four pages, but the pictures are bright and Daphne is obsessed. She is always holding one of them and carrying it around.

Mealtimes are still going pretty well. We have some issues with Daphne wiping food off of her tray towards the end of the meal or trying to feed Sadie (she will look around and say “good girl” and then give Sadie food), but she is such a good eater still! Everything. She eats everything. But she especially wants whatever is on my plate. So if there is something that I am eating that she isn’t also eating (generally at breakfast time) she will yell out until I give her my food and she won’t stop until it’s all gone! And, she is obsessed with drinking out of a (sippy) cup. Straw, no straw, she doesn’t mind. She will hold the cup and drink on her own (we are working on tipping it) but will eventually bang it onto her tray which is loves.

Daphne also constantly has something in her mouth, so we have had to be extra careful about what small toys Eloise has upstairs. She sticks something in her mouth and then goes about her business playing with other toys. But having something in your mouth all the time also creates more drool, so she’s like a little snail and leaves a trail of drool all over the floor… But her most loved thing to stick into her mouth is Dad Tiger from our Daniel Tiger family set, though she also really likes the wooden strawberry half and most recently a slice of tomato (which is impressive because it is super wide).

And here is Eloise’s 51 week update.

How (HOW) do we only have one more weekly update left? I swear Daphne was just born. Right?

Happy 51 weeks sweet Daphne!


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my {long} weekend in pictures.


{Snack time with Daph.}


{Hello Fresh meal! We’ve been getting one order (three meals) once per month and it’s a fun change to our normal dinner routine.}


{We spent Saturday morning celebrating Miss Emme James turning one! She is just a week and a half older than Daphne.}


{And more birthday party fun. It was dry and sunny, albeit cold, but Eloise was down for playing outside. We had come straight from ballet and had chosen to wear two different rain boots (both the left one)!}


{We headed to U Village on Saturday afternoon after naptime to do some late birthday shopping and celebration for Mama! After a fun trip to Madewell we stopped by the playground. Daphne loved this little window, but was really unsure about the slide.}


{We tried Even Stevens for dinner and it was delish! Sammies are pretty much our family jam.}


{And no birthday celebration is complete without Molly Moon’s ice cream. Eloise got a gift card for her birthday and was so excited to use it to buy her own!}


{It was probably in the 30s and so windy, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying every bit of our ice cream outside!}


{These girls both LOVE books. Such a joy!}


{This morning we decided we would stay in our jammies for most of the day since it is the start of Eloise’s mid-winter break. And she opted to add faux fur to her ensemble.}


{Eloise had quiet time, per usual, this afternoon and just as I was going to head down to get her and Daphne up it got really quiet. And I came down to find her asleep like this! I guess she was tired.}

We had a fun weekend continuing with birthday celebrations and seeing friends! It was bitterly cold and we had a few small snowflakes fall which was exciting. But the SUN has been out and it’s been so, so beautiful. I will take cold and sunny over warm and rainy any day. We kicked the week off with a lazy holiday Monday and Eloise will be home all week from school!

How was your long weekend?


daphne {week 50}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // onesie: Carter’s // chambray shirt: Carter’s (old; similar) // leggings: Cat and Jack for Target (old; similar) // moccasins: Freshly Picked // lovie: Amazon}

{week 50} Okay, so that little ponytail! The tiny hair ties make me nervous because they are such choking hazards, so we probably won’t do Daphne’s hair like this much, but it’s such a milestone, right?

Daphne, as I mentioned last week, has been a pointing machine. She points at everything. Sometimes it is because she wants that thing (like her milk or water cup) and sometimes it is because that is what she is looking at. But so much pointing. It is super cute!

In the walking department, we are getting much closer! Daphne will still take a few independent steps if is trying to get between two things (like the couch and the table or chair) but took two steps yesterday while FaceTiming with Grammie (and Aaron and Eloise) while I was at Barre. She has also recently discovered that she can get up to her hands and feet (like a bear crawl) from sitting, so she is doing a lot of that. Like tiny yoga. Aaron and I were just reminiscing that Eloise didn’t learn to go from sitting to standing until after she learned to walk, so this may be a game-changer for Daphne!

And again, we are in total denial that it is just TWO weeks until Daphne’s birthday.

And here is Eloise’s 50 week update.

Happy 50 weeks Daphne!


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eloise {three & a half years}


{lion: jellycat via nordstrom // dress: old // pants/skirt: Cat and Jack for Target}


{And the outtake! This is such an Eloise goofy face!}

{three & a half years} Oh my, I can’t believe Eloise is 3.5 years! She seems so, so big these days and wise beyond her years. It is such a joy to witness this joyful little soul explore the world.

Over the past few weeks Eloise has been putting herself down for a nap in the afternoon during her quiet time, which I have shared a few pictures of. It is amazing that she can go from playing and singing to completely asleep in about 10 seconds. If she does fall asleep, I usually let her snooze for about 30 minutes, because she is obviously tired, but if I let her sleep too much longer than that she is awake until 10 pm or later! No bueno. When she isn’t sleeping though, she does so well playing quietly in her room. She reads books, plays with her dolls or magnaformers, or changes her clothes. Eloise has also, recently, been cleaning up her room! She makes her bed, and organizes her toys in the baskets as well as the clothes in her drawers and closet. Yep, she may be slightly Type A from her mama!

At Thanksgiving and then again right after New Year’s we took two separate road trips to Boise which meant 10.5 hour days in the car. I talked about our trip a little already, but Eloise did so SO well on these trips. Partly because she was excited to get to Grammie and Paga’s house and partly because she really loves to travel (and has never minded the car). Eloise busied herself with coloring and reading during the long hours and only watched about four 30 minute shows in total over the 40+ hours of driving! She would, if we let her, watch shows and do screen time the entire trip but we are pretty strict about how much time she gets. And, like with plane travel, we exhaust all of our other options for things to do before we offer screen time. We feel really lucky that she is such a great little traveler!

These past months we also had Aaron home on the second-half of his paternity leave which was 6 weeks starting in mid-December. He usually takes quite a bit of vacation around the holidays, but it was really lovely to have him home for these weeks during a busy time. Eloise preferred if Aaron took her to school and picked her up, so we let that be their thing when she had school days. Aaron is also the first person that Eloise asks for in the morning, so with Aaron leaving before the rest of the house is up now has been a bit of a change. But, Eloise just had the BEST time having Papa around for those weeks!

Eloise also started ballet which you may have seen pictures of in our weekend posts. We found a great little studio over in Fremont which offers pre-ballet for 3 and 4 year olds. Plus, it is a kids-only class which means it’s sort of like childcare, right?! The teacher (Ms. Aminda) is so great with the kids and the class is set-up so well for Eloise’s age and attention span. She tends to stop participating when she sees me watching thru the classroom window, so I try to give her space to be herself and just quickly check-in to see if I can watch her being an impossibly adorable ballerina. There is a mix of songs and play along with learning basic ballet positions and techniques. Plus, the stamps at the end of class are Eloise’s favorite part! The sessions are 6 weeks and Eloise just started her second session of Saturday morning classes. We are planning on keeping her in ballet until the late spring and then I am hoping to find a good swimming lesson to get her into. If you have any advice about swim lessons for this age, I am all ears!

And related to ballet, Eloise LOVES to dance. Any time she hears music, or even when she doesn’t and is just singing to herself, she is always moving her body. She loves to have dance parties at our house and had the BEST time at my cousin Micah’s wedding in January. I will be sure to share photos and videos because it was so sweet!

One of the biggest things that has happened since last fall has been that Eloise will finally get herself out of bed to use the potty in the morning if she is awake and needs to go before we get her up! Guys, this is life-changing. We already sleep in pretty late (our normal wake-up time is 8 am) but in the past, Eloise will just yell from bed that she had to go potty. A super fun thing to wake up to! But now, she will walk down the hall, use the potty, wash her hands, and go back to her room to read until we are up (which on Sundays is usually around 8:30 since that is our sleep-in day)! We are really proud of Eloise since she just started doing this on her own a few weeks ago.

And, last fall we were doing the preschool tour thing since we needed to find a new school for Pre-K, and the good news is that we found one! It is right down the street from her current school and after the tour, we love it already. Eloise’s weekly schedule will basically be the same, Monday thru Thursday mornings, but then we will more than likely add Friday mornings which is a Spanish immersion program. This new school has a good Pre-K curriculum which I think will ready Eloise for Kindergarten without being crazy-academic focused and will allow her to still have a lot of time for physical activity and creative time (either play time or art and music). And then we also took a tour last week of an elementary school that we would love for the kids to attend. Without getting into too much extra detail now, it is a public school but you have to apply to get in. We don’t have to worry about anything related to Kindergarten for another year, but I definitely teared up when we walked into that big elementary school for the tour!

And the newest rendition of Things Eloise Says:

“Papa, I don’t want you stretching your arms. I don’t want your arms to break.”

“I love watching these.” (The advertisements on TV. She’s a marketer’s dream.)

Kitchen timer goes off. Eloise whispers: “Aaron, can you go check on what’s in the oven?”

“For Christmas can I get seeing glasses? Not sunglasses, seeing glasses so I can see where I am going!”

Aaron and I were trying to get out of a store without buying anything so we told Eloise we didn’t have any money with us. Aaron: “I didn’t bring any money, did you bring any money?” Eloise: “No Papa, you just use a card!”

“Eloise, what is your favorite color?” “Pink.” “Since when? (It is usually purple.)” “Since my birth.”

“Did you already get married?” Eloise asks me and Aaron. “I wanted to get you a card. Bummer.”

Looking out the window. Eloise: “Bird, what are you looking for?”

“I call them pea beans.” (Pea pods.)

Scream cheese is string cheese.

Me: “Do you just repeat everything that Mama says?” Eloise: “Apparently.”

“How did he get grass in his truck?” (She saw a truck carrying a load of hay.)

“Mama, when I get married will you and Papa buy me a ring? That fits me? And maybe it could be from Target?”

Playing “store” with Daphne: “It costs three dollars and fifty-five bucks!”

“I can’t even believe it. I can’t even bless my heart!”

“Please can I have some cold water, Papa? You have to say ‘please’ otherwise it’s demanding.” (Oh my gosh, Aaron and I were dying over this because she said it so matter of factly.)

“It was in my imagination.”

We have a new babysitter (for date nights, yay!) who is an au pair for another local family and is originally from Columbia. Eloise says she is from “Columpia.”

“Mama, my foot hurts. Right here. It’s crispy!” (I don’t know what she meant by “crispy” but I think it was part of her ploy to get me to carry her!)

{weight} 35ish pounds (my guess); height: 37.5 inches

{hair} (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 20 teeth plus four molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  some 3T, 4T.

{diapers} NONE!

{feeding} during the day, three meals, (sometimes a) morning snack, & (sometimes an) afternoon snack. cup of milk with every meal.

{likes} singing, dancing, taking walks around the blocks, talking to the neighbors, Teddy the mailman, school and her friends, Daphne, coloring, yelling, Duplos, digging in the dirt, splashing, counting, any person outside on the sidewalk, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, coloring, buckles, jumping, watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone, FaceTime (but she always wants to hold the phone), bath time, shoes, mama’s (diaper) bag, putting things inside a bag or box, helping with anything & everything, when Papa comes home from work.

{dislikes} not being included, having something taken away from her, not eating when someone else is, being hungry, TimeOut.

{nicknames} Bug, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, E-Lo or Elle.


Happy three & a half years Eloise!


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my weekend in pictures.


{Daphne playing on Friday morning. We stayed in our jammies for some of the morning before deciding at the last minute to run out on an errand. Most Fridays we stay in our jammies since Eloise doesn’t have school.}


{And while Daphne napped, Eloise and I started crafting for Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of homemade cards. But then it is so much work! Plus, I took on making all of her friends super hero masks… remind me not to be so ambitious next year!}


{The SUN was out in the afternoon and it was glorious. The girls played quietly in the afternoon for a few minutes and it was heaven.}


{And more crafting. See above. (face palm)}


{Eloise thought it was WAY too sunny on Saturday morning before PEPS. Also, I put Daphne’s hair into a teeny-tiny ponytail for the first time. Swoon. I didn’t get a good picture of it, but don’t you worry that I will get a good one to post soon!}


{We hosted PEPS on Saturday morning and ended up with a house full of kids, mamas, papas, and babies. It was perfect and so fun!}


{It was so nice and sunny outside, though still pretty cold, that I couldn’t stay inside while the girls napped on Saturday afternoon. So I got out for my cardio session and walked down to Greenlake. It was crazy busy there, but so beautiful!}


{We had family dinner at a friend’s house and Daphne took advantage of the big kids playing hide-and-seek.}


{And the kids’ evening ended with all of them wearing baskets on their heads and running down the stairs.}


{And after bedtime, we got in a game and some good conversation. Oh, and snacks. So many snacks! Thank you for hosting us Amanda and George!}


{The kids’ kitchen cabinet is getting good use these days. And Christmas jammies because why not?}


{I headed over to Sara’s house this morning for a Galentine’s Day Brunch and it was so fun to see old and new friends! I even got to wear a sparkly skirt and heels, and drink my coffee while it was still hot! It’s the little things.}


{I headed out to Pure Barre this afternoon and loved wearing my sunglasses. This is the best kind of winter weather, in my opinion, cold enough for a coat but sunny enough for sunglasses!}


{I almost always hit up Trader Joe’s after Barre since it’s just a block away and if I stick to my list, I can get it all in a basket! But then I have to lug that basket all over the store with my super sore arms from Barre. I may re-think this decision next week.}


{And my view when I got home this evening. Do you think they missed me?}

We had such a fun weekend and the SUN made it 10,000% better! We got to see a ton of friends and catch up which is always a good time. And, this week is Valentine’s Day and my BIRTHDAY, so we are all pretty excited.

But I am also in denial that I am turning one year older, that we are in the middle of February already, that Eloise is officially 3.5 (with her post coming soon!), and that Daphne is just weeks away from being ONE.

Here’s to an amazing week and Happy Valentine’s Day!


daphne {week 49}


{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // tee: Old Navy (old) // jeans: babyGap}

{week 49} First of all, can you tell I am slightly obsessed with Daphne’s baby jeans? Seriously. They are the cutest!

About as soon as I hit “publish” on Daphne’s eleven month post saying that she wasn’t signing, she started signing! Just like that she signs “more” which then almost always turns into clapping. It’s just so cute.

This has been a really big week and a bit hard for this mama since Daphne weaned herself this past weekend. I knew it was coming but I was holding out for her hitting 12 months first, so it is a bit of a shock. It’s emotional for me partly because of hormones but partly because Daphne is more than likely our last baby, so this mama is done with nursing. Hard to believe since I have spent just over two years (out of the last 3.5) nursing babies.

But, the most important thing is that Daphne is still doing well and we have replaced that morning nursing session with a cup of milk (formula) with her breakfast. It didn’t make sense to give her a(nother) bottle since we are anticipating weaning her from bottles when she turns one year, so we have been using this ThinkBaby cup that has a soft nipple and was great for transitioning Eloise from a bottle too. At lunchtime I also offer milk in a cup (rather than a bottle) since it is a mealtime, but we keep the bottles after her afternoon nap and at bedtime, and will eventually (in the coming weeks) start moving those servings of milk into a late snack and into dinnertime.

Daphne is really chatty these days and her very favorite thing to say is “good girl.” Any time she sees (or wants to see) Sadie, she says “good girl.” But it is also used when she sees the Roomba (which she LOVES) as well as Eloise! Daphne also says “mama” which is pretty fun, though not as much in context as “good girl.” We have also heard her say “baba” for bottle and “mo mo” for more. Daphne is also pointing a lot with her index finger at things that she likes or sees. And also points to herself!

Cruising along the furniture is happening all day every day, but Daphne doesn’t seem too interested in trying to walk this past week like she was last month. I know it will come and probably sooner than I am ready for, so I am happy that she is taking her time!

There is also clapping. So much clapping. Any time Daphne is happy or excited. Or when she sees something she wants. Like her bottle. She claps and claps and if you don’t give it to her right away (if it’s warming up), she will cry and keep on clapping. It’s the sweetest and saddest thing you have ever seen!

I am in complete disbelief that Daphne will be ONE in just three weeks. But I have commenced party planning and we are looking forward to celebrating this sweet little one! I also scheduled a one year photo shoot since we definitely didn’t do 6 month photos like we did with Eloise…

And here is Eloise’s 49 week update.

Happy 49 weeks Daphne!

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