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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


A cold front came through at the end of last week, bringing with it colder temperatures and rain.  Our reservations at Devils Den with Drew's siblings and their families had been in place for more than a month.  The threat of severe weather and flash flooding kept us home Friday night, but we got up Saturday morning and went camping.  It was soggy and chilly, but I'm glad we went. 

 She was so excited to get in the hiking backpack. 
 Great little hike to the waterfall (that was really flowing from all the rain). 

 Jessica & JR

 Nonnie, Pat, Alex, and Corbin went home before bed.  Jessica & JR braved the 39 degree temperature so JR could sleep in the tent for the first time.  Drew and I were grateful for the warmth and comfort of the camper, but Eleanor had a really hard time sleeping.  I'm really hoping we get this sleeping thing down, because so far Eleanor's camper sleeping is hit or miss.  I'd be lying if I failed to mention that we all had a good long nap when we got home on Sunday. 
Monday was beautiful again and we enjoyed snack time at the picnic table and played outside all afternoon. 

 video: she's discovered that her playhouse has a sink and her current favorite thing is pretending to wash her hands.  (when she realizes that I'm filming, she runs around the playhouse and says, "Boo!" and then yells for Mac.) 
I've been struggling with sinus pressure headaches for a week now and Monday night was the worst.  Allergy meds and decongestants aren't cutting it, so yesterday we stayed inside (even though it was beautiful outside). 
When we ran errands yesterday morning, Eleanor was all cute in her little dress, leggings, and Converse.  She lost the shoes before nap, lost the leggings after nap, added these black dress shoes at some point in the afternoon, then walked around with a giant spoon and empty box of mac & cheese while I made dinner in the evening.  I wish you could see her skinned knees in this picture, they really round out the "I've got my own style" look that she had going on.  I love it. 
 It's been raining and storming all night & morning here, so it's a pajamas at home kind of day.  She may not be drinking from a bottle anymore, but she loves giving her baby doll a bottle. 
In case anyone is counting down with me... Drew and I leave for NYC on Friday!  I'm so excited, but also a little anxious.  I'm praying that I'll have peace over leaving Eleanor (I've never left her over night before!) and that I'll be able to really relax & enjoy this weekend adventure with my husband. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Big Girl Hair

Last year we took a little of the stringy baby fuzz off the back of Eleanor's head, but today she had her first "real" hair cut.  Kendra's been doing my hair for 9 years and she cut Alex & Emma's hair for years.  We just love her and I continue making the 40 minute drive back to Siloam every other month so she can keep me pretty.  Eleanor was most excited about sitting in all the different chairs in the salon and not at all excited for anyone to actually touch her hair.  I bribed her with Cheetos and the actual hair cut took about 3 minutes (during which she screamed), but the next hour or so was spent playing with Kendra's earrings, splashing water in the shampoo bowl (which she called a bath), and putting on lipstick.  I think Kendra may have won her affections and next time Eleanor will be excited instead of skeptical.  Such girly fun! 

 Admiring the After:
 Oh my goodness, such a big girl hair cut! 

She spent the entire drive home repeating, "Kendra!  Chair!  Hair Pretty! Bath!  Lipstick!" and then making kissy noises as she smacked her lips.  God is good, y'all! 


I forgot to share our limited Easter photos with you on the last post.  As I look back over the last two years of photos, I have this picture on repeat:  I set up the tripod and camera, tell Drew to stand "right there", I set the timer, run to stand beside him and we get a photo like this one... with Eleanor in the middle wearing a look of confusion and disinterest.  I haven't quite figured out all the set up for the new camera, so this year's pre-church Easter pictures were at a weird angle and zoom. 

 Cropped and with a filter, to make it look like a lovely family photo, even though my two loves really weren't into it.  (Really, look at Eleanor's face.  She's all like, "Why are we even doing this?") 
They love me enough to try.  Now that I'm thinking about it, our Christmas cards last year pretty much had this same pose and look from Eleanor.  Of course I love to have photos of all three of us, but my favorites are the ones that aren't so arranged.  Now that I'm thinking of it, I need to just book a session with our photographer that took Eleanor's newborn photos and just have some family photos taken.  One should do that every two years, right? 
Even if the family photos weren't perfection, Eleanor was her normal fiery self.  We didn't buy special Easter clothes this year, but this dress and sandals that I bought at the last consignment sale fit the bill perfectly.  Oh, and the attitude.   She's always donning the attitude. 
 This one is my favorite. 

 She wanted to sit in this chair. 
 Then she was mad that she was sitting in this chair.  Life is complicated. 
Random fact: I don't think I've mentioned that the bottle is gone.  It's been two weeks and the bottles are over.  They aren't even in the pantry "just in case".  They are gone forever.  I'm proud of her for moving on, but I'm the tiniest bit sad that another little piece of her babyhood is gone. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Have I mentioned how much I love the sunshine and warm temperature?  Well, I do.  We've been enjoying the heck out of it and that almost makes me not feel annoyed that stormy weather could mess up our weekend camping plans.  We'll worry about that if we have to.  Until then... pictures. 
Last Friday Eleanor and I spent hours in the front yard, clearing old mulch from the flower beds, trimming back shrubs, and putting down new mulch.  She was bored with the wagon, so I pulled down the sled.  Poor kid got this sled from Nonnie for her first Christmas and it hasn't snowed for us to ever use it.  Know what?  It pulls pretty well through the grass and Eleanor thought it was awesome.  When Drew pulled up and saw me pulling her through the front yard, I thought he was going to drive off the road laughing.  (Also, I got the front beds done and they look so nice and fresh.  I'm awesome.  Also, I forgot to wear sunscreen and got my first decent sunburn of the year.  Oops.) 
 On Saturday morning Drew did yard work while Eleanor and I went to pick up some special cookies that my friend Daila made.  She's awesome, the cookies are beautiful & delicious.  If you have a need for custom cakes or cookies and you're in our NWA area, I'd be so happy to get you in touch with her. 
 Getting kisses from my girl. 
 If you're looking for a new hair product, Eleanor would like to suggest Country Crock spread.  It's nice and greasy and nearly impossible to get out. 
Y'all, she's jumping now.  Since she's realized she can actually get off the ground, she just bounces everywhere.  I'm biased, but I think it's the cutest thing she's done to date.  If you aren't sitting at a computer so that you can watch this video, you should be. 

 When I walked into the house the other day I had a moment.  You know, a "moment".  The kind of moment when you realize that life is pretty cool and you don't want to forget it.  So I stopped and took a picture of my messy, wonderful, awesome house.  I get to live here and that's pretty cool.  God is good. 
 I'm not a play dough fan.  I'm just not.  It has the potential to be a real mess (especially for a toddler who likes to eat random things and smear things in her hair).  BUT... I also know that cool sensory stuff is fun and important, so we had our first play dough session.  Eleanor was intrigued. 
 Oh, the baseball park.  I just love it.  These two girls are two of my faves.  When Kayla is around, my job is about a million times easier.  Eleanor adores her. 
 Caution: awesome video...
I dumped my compost in one of my vegetable garden beds a few weeks ago.  Today I noticed that I'm growing things.  I'm certain that a few of these are squash, but I'm not sure if they are yellow squash or zucchini.  And some of this might be tomatoes, but I'm not sure which variety.  Since last years crop was pretty much a bust, I'm planning to pull all this up and start fresh with new transplants in a few weeks. 
 Sunny days, warm weather, a outdoor loving toddler, and a Daddy at Toys R Us equals fun new things for the back yard. 
 Helping to put the playhouse together. 
 Her first golf lesson (and Mac avoiding the swing). 
When she had trouble making contact with the golf ball, she moved on to a bigger ball :)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Eve

Easter egg hunt at Nonnie's house with the cousins. 

 Corbin & Pat
 JR said, "Do you want to take a picture of me with my eggs?"  I said, "Of course I do!" 
 The whole gang. 
Corbin & Eleanor got a wagon ride from Nonnie.