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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seriously, though

I'm making a better effort to keep my good  camera handy and not just rely on my cell phone for pictures of Eleanor.  Because, you guys, this kid is awesome.  I mean, really.  And her eyes.  Seriously, though.  For real. 
Everyday life is that much more beautiful when captured with the proper lens, and I don't want to forget any of this. 
I'm trying to make the sippy cup regularly available to her now in the hopes that she will decide it's a great idea when the time comes to let go of the bottle.  As of right now, she likes to hold it upside down and chew on the bottom of the cup and then throw it over the side of the high chair.  She's now crawling all over the house like a pro and yesterday she made her way to the back door to look at the dogs (and found the sippy cup from lunch). 

 Bath time. 

 Nutrigrain bar.  It's what's for lunch. 

 I've been making an effort to incorporate some basic baby sign language into our daily routine (thanks Pam).  So far the most useful is the sign for "all done". 

I don't know why I'm so surprised that she has picked up on it so quickly.  It's so much better than screaming and loosing her  cool when she decides she's done eating and has no other way to tell me.  Here she is today, telling me she's "all done". 
And, because the big camera can't be toted everywhere, a few cell phone pictures... 
Eleanor & Grandpa.  I'm not sure that I have a single photo of these two where he is looking at the camera, because he just can't seem to take his eyes off of her. 
Grandpa usually only gets out of the house once a week when I take him grocery shopping.  Even then, he usually complains about it a little bit and definitely turns down any offers to go anywhere else.  Today I figured I'd take a chance on a beautiful day and so I asked him if he wanted to go to a flea market with me.  You could have knocked me over with a feather when he said yes.  We were gone less than an hour and we didn't buy a single thing, but we had fun. 
We are really enjoying our back porch and I had purchased some patio lights to hang back there.  Drew did it for me on Sunday with no more than my instructions that they should be swooped around and relaxed, NOT perfectly straight like Christmas lights.  I think it killed him a little (he's an organizational maniac), but he did  a great job and we enjoyed sitting on the back porch together that evening after Eleanor was in bed.  Isn't it lovely?
And yes, those are wine glasses on the table.  For those who have asked about our wine drinking venture, here's what we've tried so far.  
  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2013
  • Simi, Alexander Valley, Sonoma county, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
  • Love Noir, Pinot Noir, 2014
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Whole Cluster, 2015
We've enjoyed trying each of these.  We've stayed below $20 a bottle for now because, well, wine can get expensive & we don't know what we're doing yet.  I would probably say that my favorite so far has been the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  It is fruitier (I think the pros call it "more fruit forward") and I like that.  Pinot Noir is also lighter than the Cabernet Sauvignon and so far I prefer that.  My advice to anyone else who is interested in trying wine... the food you eat with it really does matter.  I have much to learn in that department, but I'm working on it.