SC is 21 Months Today!

I always feel a bit silly doing these updates, as I know they aren't the most riveting, but I know these little details that seem so matter-of-fact now will be forgotten in just a few months.
This past month has been a big one, as we finally took away the bottle.  I was starting to feel anxious that we had let it go on so long, but I'm glad that we were able to wait until she could comprehend what was happening.  Poor girlie is also getting her two year molars in, so nap time and bed time are no longer as easy as they once were, but I'm still really proud of SC.
SC likes saying bye bye, and we've started doing that when I leave the room for nap time and bed time, which is a fun game.  She also enjoys saying "uh oh" whenever something falls.  I love hearing her sweet voice.
She's becoming more independent, but she still reaches for my hand and sits on my lap during story time.  She prefers sitting in a regular chair during meal time now, and ultimately likes sitting in my lap to get up a little higher.  I know the time for holding her is short.
Likes: She loves bunnies, turtles, ducks, fire trucks, the trash truck, baby dolls, vacuuming,  and hide and seek. She's enamored with her cousin, and loves looking through her photo book. Part of our night time routine now includes looking for the moon, which is intriguing to her. This summer we've been spending lots of time at the library, pool, ocean, and stopping by the farm to see bunnies whenever we can.
Stats:  I'm guessing she's around 25 pounds, and she is still wearing 18 month clothes, although the 18-24 month clothes are starting to fit.  It's hard to believe that she will be two in October, and I'm treasuring these sweet months!

Weekend Highlights

Our weekend was filled with sand and sea salt, twirling, bunny shoes, firetruck videos, hide and seek, Skyping with my sister, the husband and SC playing in the rain, towers, vacuuming, naps and lots and lots of  books.  It was a weekend to remember the sweet slow days of summer.

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! I'm a bit late with my post because my parents just left after a day visit, and even though it was brief, it was so nice to have a little time with them.  It was very relaxed, and I kept the cooking really simple with some bbq chicken and Skinny Taste's Cucumber Greek Salad.  

Here are a few things that have caught my eye lately!

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Have you all heard of Brandless?  The idea is that everything is $3, and a lot of it is supposed to be organic.  I want to try their peanut butter for SC because it is just peanuts and sea salt (no palm oil or sugar).
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I know there was a lot of hype over Amazon Prime Day, but I didn't feel like there were too many deals that I was interested in.  They did have Wee Baby Stella on sale, which I bought as an early birthday gift for my niece.  SC got one last year and she loves it.  I also think it is absolutely adorable!
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SC loves her doll, and I'm excited because my mom is sewing her baby doll a few new clothes!

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Speaking of dolls, I'm thinking of buying SC the Sleepy Time Scents doll when we go to Maine.  I think it would be fun for her to play with on the plane, and I'm hoping it would be something special to add to her night time routine.  Can you tell that I liked dolls as a child and am willing to indulge SC?  She really does love baby dolls though.  When we were at story time, she saw another toddler's dolly, and after that she was so preoccupied.
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I also looked at the Nordstrom sale online, and there wasn't really anything that got me excited.  I noticed that the Swell water bottles are reduced, so I might pick one up for a gift, but I think that's it.
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Have a wonderful weekend!  It's sweltering here, so I have a feeling we will be spending lots of time at the pool!

Lighting Ideas for SC's Room!

When we first bought our house, we had big plans to update most of our light fixtures, but then apathy set in.  Quite frankly, they have started to grow on me, and except for two of them, I'm not exactly sure what I want to update them with.  Basically, I feel that whatever I choose I'll want to update again in a few years anyways, so we're just taking our time.  But, I am definitely not a fan of the basic overhead light in SC's room, and so here are a few light fixtures that I think might look nice in her room.

This is a very basic drum light from PBK, but I like the little pink ribbon detail.  Of course, I'm also pretty sure she will decide she doesn't like pink very soon, so we would have to change this fixture out eventually.  But I do really like it!
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My husband would never be on board with this (and I also know SC would probably tire of this), but isn't this a pretty light fixture? I think it is so beachy looking.
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I'm hoping we will end up going with something like this; it's very simple, so hopefully neutral enough to serve us for a long time!
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Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?

Five for Friday!

Yay for a short week!  Here are just a few things for Friday!

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 Now that it's summer, I want to cook with some of the things in season, but I just can't exactly figure out what I want to make.  I did try this Zesty Lime Shimp and Avocado salad by Skinny Taste, and even though I didn't add cilantro or jalapeno, I thought the flavors were still so refreshing.  What have you been loving this summer? Even though I can't figure out what to make, SC (and the bunnies) have been getting their fair share of carrots!
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While some of the flowers in our yard veer towards the less traditional, I am so excited that so many things are in bloom right now.  A few weeks ago we enjoyed these calla lilies, and now these gorgeous orange lilies are brightening up our dining room. Eventually I want to plant some hydrangeas and peonies, but it's just nice to have something flowering right now!
I have never been a huge fan of orange, but I love how they look against the blue.
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SC has no need for a bookbag now, but because I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for bunny accessories, I thought these were darling.
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SC is still more into board books, but I was excited that to be able to check out She Persisted from the library.  Ironically, I highlighted a few of the same women when I wrote a children's book for my Critical Literacy class..so it really made me wish I still had a copy to read SC!  Once SC gets a little older, we're hoping to read this book to her too. I love children's literature, and I feel it is so important to think about the narratives we provide.
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And speaking of good narratives, we've been watching Orange is the New Black.  I know it's not for everyone, but I really appreciate how the show humanizes the characters. I'm hoping we can watch a few more episodes this weekend, in addition to some fun in the sun!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Fourth of July Weekend Recap!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!  Our weekend started off on Friday with a visit from my parents and one of my mom's friends.  SC was delighted to see my parents and soaked up all of the extra attention.
Her love for the vacuum is still going strong, but she had extra assistance with her daddy and grandpa on the scene to supervise.
My parents headed out Saturday afternoon to go on a little boat cruise, and then they had to head back home.   After nap time, my husband took SC to the library and the pool, and I was able to stay at home and get a little cleaning done.  With company, I've been trying to stay on top of everything, but it was nice to get a few chores done that have been neglected for awhile.  That evening, we watched the new Beauty and the Beast.  I thought it would be a great film, but I was glad that my husband enjoyed it too.  I really thought it was so well done!

Sunday morning I made some blueberry muffins and then we headed out to church!  SC made it about 20 minutes with us, and then my husband hung out with her in the nursery, where she proceeded to put the doll babies in swings.  It is hilarious to us how she really role plays with her dolls and stuffed animals!
After nap time, we headed out to the beach, and SC had a blast eating her snacks, playing in the sand, and taking a little dip in the ocean.
Monday, the husband had work, but we met him downtown during his lunch break and that afternoon we headed to the pool/splash pad.
They were also doing "Monet Mondays" where kids can play with sidewalk chalk, which SC thoroughly enjoyed.
The actual holiday was quiet for us (and a bit rainy), with exciting moments including me finally organizing all of my kitchen drawers.  All in all, it was so nice to have just a relaxing day with the three of us! I hope you all had a nice holiday!

Five for Friday!

This week flew by for us!  We have been busy with lots of story times, play group, and a trip to a farm to see the bunnies.  My parents are coming up this afternoon, and then my MIL is arriving tomorrow, so I better finish up the cleaning and the meal prep, but here are a few things for this week!

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Last week, SC started an obsession with our vacuum, as she realized it helped clean up all of the messes.  Now she wants us to pull it out for the slightest crumb, which can be a bit tiring, but it's also funny...when you aren't the one she's fussing at about the situation.  So that she can tackle messes on her own, my sister and brother-in-law bought her a little vacuum to call her own.  No morsel can escape her reach now!
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SC has also been interested and really aware of the moon this week.  I've started taking her to the window so she can see the moon, and it's fun to see how mesmerized she is.  It kind of reminds me of this time last year when I would bounce her up and down by our window to calm her down when she was fussy.  We have quite a different view now, but the sky is always there!
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I finally got around to organizing SC's clothes, and I felt like she could use a few new summer things, so these little outfits are on our way to us.  I know this will probably be the last summer that I have such a say in what she wears, so I want to live it up!
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SC has also been enjoying her little rocking horse that got passed on from her dad.  We were having a slow morning before story time, and I took a few pictures of her with our good camera versus my phone. She loves her rocking horse!
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I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Five for Friday

This week seemed to fly by for some reason, but here is what we've been up to!

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We've had some rain this week which has really cooled things down enough to make a trip to the park bearable.  I mixed it up and we visited a different park, instead of the one just down the street.  SC loved exploring!
And facing off with a shark!

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SC is the proud owner of her very own toy kitchen!  I saw this one for sale on Amazon for $40, so we decided to go ahead and buy it.  It's not perfect, but I think it is adorable and I love that it came with matching pots and pans.

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A few weeks ago I had transplanted some vinca, and I'm thrilled that it has started to bloom.
Of course, I couldn't have done it without my little gardener!
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We signed up for two story times at different libraries, and it's been nice to have these little organized events on the calendar.  I know I keep saying it, but I really love our libraries!
We also were able to check out some of Karen Katz books, which SC enjoys.

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It seems like there are a lot of summer sales going on, so I ordered a few things for my husband as a Father's Day gift.  I was thrilled that he was a fan of everything! I bought him these shorts, this polo, and these flip flops.  I'm also going to try these shorts for myself.  I'm pretty sure they will be too short on me, but I love the polka dots and scallops!
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I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Father's Day Weekend Recap!

SC and I started the weekend early by meeting up with my parents to do a little Father's Day celebration with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and niece.  We went to the pool, which was so much fun, and then had a nice dinner and visit. My niece and SC had so much fun just playing with a bucket and watching things float around.
For Father's Day gifts, I never know exactly what to do, so I always do some type of picture gift.  There isn't really anything my dad loves better anyways, so I made a photo book, a framed picture, some peanuts and the book I Love You, Grandpa. As a side note, I tried out Walgreens instead of Shutterfly, and I was super impressed.  
For my FIL, we also did a framed photo, his favorite nuts, a candle and I made up a photo book from his recent visit.  We gave him part of his gift while he was here, but I mailed the photo book, which I think was a nice little surprise.
SC and I headed back on Friday morning, and we had a low-key weekend at home.  On Saturday morning, my husband took SC to the park and nearby farm so she could check out the petting zoo.  She loves seeing the bunnies!  Then he headed off to golf, and SC and I hung out for the afternoon.  Sunday morning SC and I "surprised" my husband with waffles, which was very exciting for SC.
Once again, SC also had a blast assisting with present opening.
We spent the rest of the morning playing a modified version of hide and seek, which SC could not get enough of.
After nap time, we headed to the beach and had such a relaxing afternoon. We were so relaxed, I didn't take any photos. All in all, it was a fun weekend, and I'm so thankful that we could celebrate my husband and our dads! They are such a blessing and every day I am so thankful for everything the dads in my life do!