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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eleanor

Eleanor is turning into a little girl and each day there's somehow a bit less of the baby left.  I keep making inappropriate jokes to Drew about how he should get me another baby.  He feigns chest pains every time I bring it up.
But really.  You guys.  My girl is beautiful and full of personality.  I can't get enough.



 

There's still some baby in those fingers.  Sweet, dimpled little fingers. 




Fun with my camera and the new flowers. 
  
We reached a new milestone today.  Eleanor played in the yard by herself while I read an entire chapter in a book.  It was a short chapter, but it was a chapter.  She played by herself!!!  When Drew got off work he had to mow, but Eleanor & I were able to relax on the deck while he worked.  Back porch sitting, a Minnie Mouse sippy cup, Sonic tea that I've refilled from home at least twice today, a lunchable for dinner, and a good book.  Summer is awesome. 
 
Side Note: I recently read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and loved it. It's a memoir of her childhood living in poverty with parents who were wanderers.  I would highly recommend it.  I loved her writing style so much that I'm reading her other two books.  I'm currently into Half Broke Horses, a true life novel written about her grandmother's life.   I'm not sure that I ever elaborated on another book I recently read... Hope Heals by Jay & Katherine Wolfe.  It's a true story of severe health issues and very much a testimony of faith & God's healing.  I liked it, but mainly because it hit on some feelings that I felt on our journey with Alex & Emma.  It's hopeful (duh), but it's pretty heavy.  Not a beach read, that's for sure.  I'm a sucker for a good memoir.  If you guys have anything to recommend, let me know! 

Go Outside

I've been dramatic when it comes to telling you all about swim lessons this week, but I have to say that we wrapped week 1 on a good note.  Thursday morning's lesson involved no screaming or crying, so I consider that a win.  Also, sucker.  Winner, winner. 
 We spent yesterday evening in the backyard while Drew added steps and a planter to our new deck.  Eleanor drew on the studs for the steps before he assembled everything. 
 It was HOT and humid, but we had such fun. 



 This morning we went to Lowe's for soil & flowers.  Unnecessarily long pit stop at the slightly scary Mickey Mouse fountain.  Nobody tell her it's for sale.  Please. 
 Just us girls driving the truck today... and taking selfies while they load up our soil. 
 I'm a fan of my big, unruly, curly, frizzy mane.  It's wild & happy and it makes me feel like me :)
 Home with our loot...
Before flowers...
 I had a very specific method for planning this flower bed.  Step one: pick flowers I like.  Step two: try to pick perennials so they'll come back next year.  That's about it, y'all.  I know there are people who spend years in college learning to design landscapes and flower beds, but I'm not that gal.  I just really like pretty flowers and getting my hands dirty.  I'm so super pleased with this modest little planter because it feels like me... wild, unruly, imperfect, and happy (hence the reason for the selfie above). 



 We spent tons of time in the back yard before the deck, but we're enjoying it in a new way now.  I'll have to take a picture this evening, since everything is beautiful at dusk.