Weekend Recap!

As I mentioned on Friday, my parents and sister came to visit this weekend!  I know I'm fortunate that I get to see my parents a lot, and considering that my sister is a plane ride away, I get to see her pretty frequently too.  But I still really cherish our time together and saying goodbye is always a little tough.  Fortunately, my sister is coming back at the end of August, so I'm looking forward to that!

SC was a lucky lady with her doting aunt and grandparents meeting all of her heart's desires.  
 Saturday was rainy, but we still managed a little neighborhood walk and bubbles.
 
That morning, my husband and dad also took care of SC while my mom, sister and I got to go do a little shopping.  I thoroughly enjoyed our little Saturday excursion, and thankful to the husband who is always happy to host his in-laws.
Sunday it was a beautiful day, so off to the park we went!
 I am so lucky to have my two sweet Sarahs!

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!  My sister is flying in for the weekend, and my parents are also coming to visit, so I'm very excited about this weekend!  This week seemed busy as we wrapped up story time, met my husband during his lunch break, had a play date and met with one of my friend's and her baby!
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I bought this cute dish towel for a friend who loves pineapples, and I'm planning on saving it for Christmas and pairing it with this cookbook.
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This week we also had a not so fun visit to see the allergist, but the good news is that it looks like her milk allergy might be getting better!  We have to do a milk challenge to see, but I have high hopes that yogurt and cheese might be in her future!
I tried to come to the appointment prepared with no less than three stuffed animals, food pouches and stickers galore.
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SC's newest "trick" is blowing kisses, which melts both my husband's and my heart.  I may have spent the better part of Tuesday morning making videos of her blowing kisses to send to family.  She also does this when we leave during naps and night time, which I love.

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The weather hasn't actually been so miserably hot lately, so we've visited the park a few times this week, much to SC's delight.
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Have a wonderful weekend!  I can't believe August is almost here!

Cousins!

We haven't been up to too much lately, but I wanted to share a few photos from when my parents and brother's family came up to visit last week for a quick visit.  

To keep things interesting, we set up a pool for the girls to play in inside.  They loved it, and it kept everything contained! The silicon blocks SC had were a huge hit, as both girls are in the midst of teething.
They also enjoyed brunching together.  Fine cuisine included fruit, eggs and, of course, puffs.
The toy vacuum from my sister and brother-in-law was also super entertaining for the under two crowd.
This is totally random, but I love seeing my niece in some of the clothes SC wore last year.  Who knew that a sleeper could bring back so many memories?
We didn't take that many pictures, but everyone enjoyed being together, even though traveling with a baby is never easy.  I hope these sweet girls will be forever friends.

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!