"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, July 28, 2016


My vegetable garden has been far from impressive this year. In fact, it's been quite dissappointing. Even so, the tomatoes have done decent and Eleanor is a fan. As I was cleaning out the remaining sickly zucchini plant, I picked the tomatoes that were ripe. I didn't have anything to put them in, so I put them in the wagon. Next thing I know...
If you squeeze it, it will shoot tomato juice on your arms...
And the only solution is to lick it off...
Then you eat those tomatoes like apples. 
One for each hand. 
Also, spaghetti is yummy. 
"Helping" Daddy work. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mini Vacation: Day 2 & 3

We headed up to Branson Saturday morning. We did a bit of outlet shopping, but it was so crowded and about a billion degrees. Those are the shopping trips where I buy nothing because the entire situation stresses me out. 
Look who we talked into driving up for the Dixie Stampede. (Yes, I bought the expensive souvenir photos. I'm that person.)
Eleanor LOVED the show! 
On Sunday we drove up to Springfield to visit the original Bass Pro Shop. The USO was set up there to gather donations and had this beautiful Great Dane. 
We ate brunch at Hemingway's restaurant in Bass Pro and it was delicious. We spent a couple of hours looking around and then headed home. It was a quick little getaway, but we had a good time. 
Shopping is tiring and Mommy is just so comfy. 

Eleanor had her 12 month well child visit this morning and is doing great. She's 28 inches long (10-25th percentile) and 20lb 11oz (50th percentile), so that's all great. She's within normal guidelines for physical developmental milestones and is ahead of the game with verbal & social skills. She handled her immunizations like a champ. Yay for a healthy kiddo and 6 months until the next well child visit. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mini vacation: Day 1

It just so happens that I have a dear friend from Altus, AR. It just so happens that Altus, AR is Arkansas wine country. It just so happens that said dear friend invited us to come tour the wineries in said wine country. 
On Friday Drew took the day off from work and we drove down to meet Heidi. What a fun afternoon we had! 
Having a bottle of apple juice in the parking lot before our first stop. The look on her face says, "I'm sitting in the front seat!" 
We got to tour Post Winery and learn a lot about the wine making process. 
Eleanor, Heidi & me 
Eleanor & Heidi explored... 
...while Drew and I taste tested. Yum. 
We got to try so many different wines and I learned a lot about what I like and what I don't. General rule: I prefer red wine over white wine and dry wine over sweet wine. Yep, a dry red is what Drew & I both prefer. Because we found several that we liked and because Post wines are so reasonably priced, we bought enough to last a good while.
Next stop, Mt Bethel Winery 
That's my kid, with her finger up her nose. She's recently realized that her finger fits perfectly in her nostril and sticks it up there often. 
Next stop, St Mary's Catholic Church that was built in 1879. Heidi grew up in that church and it is on the National Historic Registry, so we went in to look around. It was beautiful and our tour guide was lovely ;-) 
Our last stop was Wiedekher Winery. We tasted a few more wines and then had dinner in the restaurant there. It was delicious and I would definitely make a trip just to eat there again. I probably have no pictures of this stop because it was one million degrees outside and because I had taste tested about a billion different wines and because I was distracted by making sure that my sweet child didn't destroy the lovely restaurant, but mostly because I just forgot. Oops. 
It was really such a lovely day. Much love to Heidi for planning our day and being our guide. If you have any interest in wine then I highly suggest taking a day trip to the wineries in Altus (there are actually 2 more that we didn't get to visit on Friday), the wine is yummy, the area is beautiful and the people are lovely. 
Eleanor did awesome through the day and the ride home was not too bad because apparently shoes are as fun to play with as they are to wear. 
Mini vacation: Day 1. Success. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Blurry picture because she got excited that Daddy was in the tent to play! 
"I think I might be stuck." 
This week Eleanor discovered that she has a belly button. She's happy to show anyone who asks :-) 
How I discovered that Eleanor can reach the pictures above her crib. That middle one was straight when I laid her down for her nap. Next on the to do list... Lower the crib mattress. 
Reading books in her rocking chair. Take note of her new pink Converse. She LOVES her new shoes. 
These two 💜

Monday, July 18, 2016

Baby Ninja

Eleanor is into all kinds of new things now that she's pulling up to stand, willing to let go with one hand while standing, reaching high to reach new levels while standing, climbing stairs (and stools & chairs) and generally moving like a baby ninja! 
"Hey, I climbed up 8 stairs last night. Who put up this gate while I was sleeping?" 
"I'm pretty sure I can get my entire body balanced on this small pillow." 
She spent half an hour working on getting her entire body on the pillow and off the carpet. 
"Check me out." 
"I'm in the chair, but now how do I turn around?" 
"I'll just stand up."
"Thanks for the help, Momma!"
BBQ at Jessica & Jason's new house. 
Drew talked everyone into playing the Pie In The Face game. Even his mom & dad! So funny! 
JR wanted to keep spinning until he got the whipped cream in the face. Silly kid. 
We were sitting in the back porch yesterday afternoon while Drew was working on a project. I had gotten these samples in the mail for Eleanor and she was having her snack in her high chair. I took this picture of the snack because I was thinking, "Kudos, Target. You sent me this super healthy, organic, gluten free snack that looks like rabbit food and my kid loves it. I'll have to buy some next time we're at Target." 
Then Drew asked for my help so I gave Eleanor another bite, laid the rest of the bar on the patio table and walked 10ft away to help Drew. When I turned back around I found Mac sitting in my chair, ponied up to the table and licking his lips. Apparently dogs also appreciate a healthy snack. Little toot. 
Squishy sleepy baby. Nothing better. 
I still think it's hilarious when she feeds herself yogurt. Disgusting, but hilarious.