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

Thursday, January 19, 2017


My favorite thing today is listening to Eleanor yell, "Be Careful!" at the dogs.  I can't even tell you what the words actually sound like, but we both know what she is saying and she means business.
She and Foose have this sweet relationship.  He's the first one through her bedroom door when we go to get her up in the morning and they are just so happy to see each other.  She plays fetch with him and he knows that if he brings her one of two balls that she will throw it for him.  She gets so tickled over the whole process and it makes me smile. 
Today she was the one offering the ball for a game of fetch. 
We ran errands all morning and I made lunch when we got home.  As I was preparing Eleanor's plate, I thought to myself how I should take a photo and document this.  I'm a documenter of all things.  Yummy lunches with my toddler should be included, especially when I'm patting myself on the back for coming home for a healthy lunch instead of driving through for french fries.  We have these cute new plates that have suction cups to stick to her tray and prevent flying food & dishes.   Theoretically.  I prepared her Pinterest worthy plate with small chunks of cheddar cheese, two sliced strawberries, and two slices of deli turkey.  I put it on her tray, turned to reach for my phone to take a photo, and turned back around to see Eleanor holding the plate above her head and her food all over her tray.  Note to self: the suction cups must be secured to the tray if they are to keep the plate in place.  Lesson learned.  I nearly put the phone back down, but instead I slopped her food back onto the plate (properly secured, this time), handed her a fork, and took a photo anyway. 

 I should also take a moment to say that Eleanor was perfectly thrilled with her lunch as it was served.  The dividers on her new plates seem to be making it easier for her to pick up bites with her own fork and she was very pleased with herself over that!  (This video seems to work if I am reading the blog via computer, but not on my phone.  FYI)
One photo to show she's sweet...
 ...and one to show her sass. 
Yesterday Eleanor and I went to our first Wednesday morning Bible study at church.  Every Wednesday morning for the next 12 weeks, I will take her to the toddler room for two hours while I have Bible study with the women's ministry.  She seemed to have a great time in her classroom and I'm grateful she is getting that extra time with her peers.  I think my part of the deal is going to be good, too.  For the first hour we will meet as a large group (100ish women) and have a guest speaker, then for the last hour we break in to small groups.  I know two of the women from our community group, so I'm not completely going it alone, but it's still a big step out of my comfort zone and I'm looking forward to what God has in store for us.