Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
  And he will be called... 

Wonderful Counselor
Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

So thankful for this fact...He is truly all of these things!  Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sugar-y.

Found myself a little sucked into Sugar Paper's site tonight.  How is everything so adorable?  And how is it that they use the exact, delightful, most perfect shade of pink?







Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy 11-month birthday, baby girl!!


Dear Eloise,

I absolutely can't believe we're just one month away from your first birthday.  How did this happen so fast?  Just this time last year, I was uncomfortably waiting your arrival, thinking you would be here in just a few days (so wrong).  But you, sweet little babe, were waiting for the perfect moment to arrive.  These past two months (again, doing a two-month post :) have been full of fun new things.  Here we go...

* Biggest news:  You started crawling!!!  Just about week ago you officially started.  How exciting!!  We're so proud of you.  You've been trying for awhile and weren't able to quite coordinate it all, but you didn't seem too bothered by the fact.  But now, you are able to crawl where you want when you want.  At this point in time, you aren't too terribly quick.  It's so fun to see you explore.  Today I set you down and you came to visit me in the kitchen.  So sweet.  Oh, and today I also set you down, only to find you had made your way under the coffee table, had laid down on your back, and were playing with a clump of dog hair.  Yep, that too.

* Daily activities at the moment include: Playing with toys and still, banging toys together.  Banging toys on furniture.  Banging toys on people.  Playing with your hairbrush.  Hitting hairbrush on mama's head.  Pulling mama's hair.  Pulling every single DVD we own out of the shelves and dispersing them throughout the living room.  Desperately trying to find pieces of paper around.  Desperately trying to eat said pieces of paper.  Turning dials on the stereo.  "Reading" LOTS of books.  Loving the Christmas tree.  Pointing at the Christmas tree.

* You love to clap and wave.  No longer just at certain people.  You wave at strangers and smile at them.  You're incredibly excited when they wave back.  And you've started clapping more regularly.  It's so fun.  And so cute.  :)

* You STILL do not have any teeth!  Not one!  I swear one is coming this week, because you haven't been feeling too hot this week/slightly cranky, but maybe it's just a bit of congestion or the change in routine.  You might be a year old before your first comes in!

* Food-wise, you are eating more table food and loving it.  Slowly but surely, you are learning to pick things up with your own hands and put them in your mouth.  You've started to eat rice without it being mashed.  You still love fruits and veggies and are trying new types of meats.  You are super hungry right now, wanting to eat everything we eat and letting us know if you want more.

* You are imitating more sounds now, mostly things like "yay" or "hi."  Tonight it sounded like you tried to say "baby."  You're really trying.  There are lots of "Bababababababa"s going on and also lots of trills and r-rolling.  High-pitched trills, mind you.  :)

* You are an absolute goof-ball.  You like making faces at us and making us laugh, and you love to talk to us in the mornings and look for a reaction.  You also love giving huuuge kisses and waiting for a reaction to that.  It's pretty fun. You love playing with all your grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins.  You love observing other kids and trying to get their attention.

* You still love to cuddle and are so sweet to hang out with.  You're a snuggle bunny.  I'm so thankful for this.  When school has been hard, you've allowed me to come home and hold and hug you, soaking up all you sweet babyness.  It's such a joy to walk in after a nap and find you smiling at me, ready to be cuddled.  Love, love.

* Baby girl, you will not much longer be a "baby," although I'm sure you will always feel like a baby to me.  I'm tearing up writing this.  You are so precious to us, raising you is such a privilege.  You bring joy to us each and every day.  I absolutely cannot wait to see what this next month holds in your life (and for your first Christmas!!).

Love you, sweet little one.

Love,
Your mom

Pride and Prejudice fans...

...I found this sweet book for Eloise's stocking yesterday.  It's an adorable Pride and Prejudice counting book...love the idea and the design!

Monday, December 19, 2011

My sweet pea...

...I heart her.  Love getting to spend as much time with she and Zach as I want to right now.  Today Megan and I (heart Megan time so much) were able to start off the Christmas week seeing The Grinch musical, then headed downtown to meet Zach and Ellie for dinner at Bailey's Range (yum!!).  Relaxed this evening to watch a movie.  It feels INcredible.

Plans other than the typical Christmas plans (gift shopping, etc.):  Spend some major time with Jesus, read my Bible more (set up some better habits for school time), read some fun books (Shauna Nequist and Tina Fey in the queue), enjoy every minute with family and friends.  And keep my house somewhat clean.  Yep, that's about it. 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ad. Or. Able.

Just discovered these adorable stuffed animals from Walnut Animal Society via Rifle Paper on Twitter today.  Oh, wow.  Are they not some of the cutest things you've ever seen?!  Love them.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas is coming.


Sorry I've been so MIA recently.  Just finished exams today and hoping I am truly done (still a chance of remediation next week if I didn't do well).  I am exhausted.  Mind and body-wise.  These past few weeks have been just a lot in general.  And I shoved so much into my brain these last week that I truly thought it was going to burst.  But, I didn't cry during finals week for the first unit.  Such an accomplishment!  haha.  And I learned a lot this unit, plus it went by SO fast this time.  I feel like it's only been a few weeks, but lo and behold, it's been way more.  And I'm now 3/5 done with the first year!!  Wowza. 


So, now it's time to get excited about Christmas!!  Yes, please!  

Here are some pics of Christmas tree shopping the day after Thanksgiving and Eloise loving the Christmas tree.  It's the sweetest.  The poor baby is not feeling too hot right now and screamed a lot tonight, but tomorrow we go Christmas shopping.  If she's really my daughter, it will probably lift her spirits a bit.  :)  

P.S.  Very soon I will be posting a fun giveaway from one of my absolute favorite places.  Get ready.  Starts with Land and ends with Nod.  :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Easy playpen.

Next baby, getting this.  Considering the amount of fights I've had with our playpen and one in a hotel room (which involved a bout of me yelling at it at the top of my lungs), this would be a worthwhile investment.  Hallelujah.  It's called the Breeze, made by 4 moms, and it folds and unfolds with one hand in one motion (watch here).  Doesn't come out until next summer.  That's a shame.
  
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