Oh hey, insta-friday, it’s been awhile.
Sometimes I feel bad that my second child has mostly instagram photos rather than “real camera” photos. Then, other times, I am so grateful for phone cameras and the ability to quickly snap a photo and to preserve a moment in time.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on insta-friday and linkes up with Life Rearranged, so here’s a peek into what we’ve been up to the past few weeks!
Also, I realize it is not Friday anymore . . . but . . . life.
So, here a bajillion pictures for you to look at. Okay, it’s just 20, but it feels like a lot! (I’m jenanninga on insta if you want to follow.)
There have been some vacations, some slow days, some busy days. Good, tough, fun, mundane, but ultimately wonderful days.
I met up with a bunch of girlfriends that I have known since junior high. We all have babies now. It’s so surreal! Also, the child on the far left almost weighs as much as my peanut two-year-old. Also, I want to squish his cuteness.
We took a trip to Tahoe last month as well. Hiking, swimming in high-altitude lakes, Stand-up paddle boarding. Such a nice escape.
We try to have lunch with daddy once a week. Usually we hit up a nearby park, but this time we snuck out to the beach and explored a “secret tunnel”. I may or may not have been panicky that Addie was going to fall through one of the holes in the tunnel into the foamy and perilous sea below! The struggle is real.
The beach is so nearby, but we don’t go nearly enough. We made a trip and spent some time near the estuary instead of the big waves. It was perfect for the kiddos to play . . . and the adults . . . as you may notice my two brothers building sand castles with nary a child in sight.
I’ve been reading some fantastic books and this one – Women Living Well – has been speaking to me on so many levels.
Addie was once afraid of the goats at THE BARN, but no longer. She even attempts to pet them now. Also, her cousin is her BFF. Also, she has more style than me . . . then again, I dress her, sooo . . . hopefully that counts for something.
I’m back on the baby-food making wagon (Also, I almost typed baby-making, which would have been awkward).
Beads for Daaaayyyyzzzz . . . but no pants. To each his own.
We climbed a mountain with Aunt Julie! It was a nice treat since hiking by myself with both kids isn’t really an option at this point for me. Although it would be humorous for others to see me with one child on my back and one on the front . . . my old lady knees and completely out-of-shape self would not find it humorous. AT. ALL.
Hey, look, a photo not of my kids! I’ve been doing some free and easy upgrades around the house. Gold sharpie and white lampshade. BOOM.
Picnics are our favorite. However, Addie has not gotten the memo that one is required to eat food at a picnic. Actually I think she didn’t get the memo that one needs to eat food to survive! Thank the Lord for milk.
Ellery, on the other hand, acts ravenous each time I feed her. She loves her food!
Cousins and sisters!
I posted this EPIC photo of Addie being a Diva on instagram and one friend said it looked like she was auditioning for Footloose. Whatever she was doing, she did it awesomely!
However, I don’t want her to dance for a living, so we began some informal “school lessons”. We made a binder and I take a little time each week that is very intentional to practice letters, letter sounds, number recognition, counting, drawing shapes, and other simple concepts and skills. It’s been really fun so far and it is a nice time for Addie and I to have just to ourselves.
My hubby made me some cool things for hanging my jewelry. We already had all the materials, so it was all free. Score!
Addie loves rocks. Like . . . looooooves them. She also loves painting. So she painted rocks, and paper, and her face, and her arms, and legs, and her armpits. Then I cleaned her off with the cold hose water and a spray nozzle. Payback.
My life felt luxurious today. My sister-in-law and her BF watched the girls while I went to a baby shower tea in a cute coastal town, and then hubby and I used a gift certificate for sushi and a bomb milkshake downtown. (Related: Do people use the term “bomb” anymore? Like cool people. Do cool people say that? Wait, do people say “cool” anymore? sick? sweet? I’m so out of the loop, or old, or both).
Well . . . there are 20 snapshots into our lives lately! What have you been doing? Any epic plans in the near future? We’re going to spray our house for ants tomorrow. Thrilling, I know.