To Love / Summer with Bailey

 

     Sunshine. Pure sunshine. For some reason, that's one of the first words that pops into my head when thinking of Bailey. It could be her hair, but I think it has more to do with how her face lights up at the prospect of something new and exciting. This happens often, but it's a constant in these crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer. 

      Summer with Bailey is many things, both good and not as good. Excessive heat and relentless sunshine don't bring out the best in most people, myself included, but especially not a toddler who just wants to play outside, and doesn't really grasp why she can't. It's hard not understanding, so I let her go and see why playing outside isn't really an option. Less than 5 minutes outside in 90 degree heat shows her my reasoning.

       All this is to say that even in the depressing aspects of a season, there's an opportunity for learning. That yes, life isn't always easy, but those hard things mean just as much as the simple things we enjoy. One of our favorite "simple things" to do is pick dandelions, and you would be correct in guessing that we choose the ones in their puff ball state. Why would you pick a little flower over something you can blow into mama's face? It's her happiness in this little activity, and all of the other small ones, that made me fall in love with this summer. 

      Bailey in the summer is wild, free, raucous at times, sweet as the strawberries she picks, and observant of all of the life that's sprung up around her from spring. It's quite the event watching her have her own experiences. From registering the first unforgiving summer storm that she's ever seen roll in, to staring with curiosity at the tiny glimpses of light that are magically emitted from seemingly ordinary bugs, there is much to ogle at in the summer. 

       I'm not sure what fall will bring (although I could give it a few guesses), but I know it will include new experiences for my little one. It's well known that they don't stay little for long, which is the purpose of this documentation. However, the one constant and comfort is that the newness will never fade. 

      Thanks for reading my little ode to the summer of Bailey. Have a fun Thursday + weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday with one of my favorite subjects: shoes!

All photos by auntie Kristen Williams.

To Find / Something Organic

 

     Hi there! Just wanted to share one of Bailey's favorite snacks today. I always try to get her to eat healthy, and for the most part she does, but snacks are where this is trickiest for us. Girl likes her chocolate, so I looked around for something organic that she would actually love.

     We ended up on these Horizon Organics Chocolate Snack Graham Cookies! Bailey's a huge fan, and loves pretending to be the Cookie Monster while eating them. She also is in love with cows, so that was a big selling point for her.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Wednesday!

To Take Photos / Over the Weekend

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share some photos from this weekend with you all today. It was a nice, relaxing one, and it was warm enough to venture out to our favorite gardens! The sidewalks are basically Bailey's running track, so we just walk behind and make sure she doesn't get too far ahead. We had to stop in the school house to snap a picture of Bailey of course!

     Then, all weekend, Bailey was styling her stuffed animals. She's gotten in the habit of arranging them somewhere then asking me to take a picture. I guess she's picked up on some of what I do!

       At the gardens, they didn't have a ton of blooming plants yet. Shockingly though, there were quite a few beds and bushes that already had shoots coming out of the ground.

      They did have some magnolia trees already flowering. This type of tree is the only kind I've seen doing that so far. Brett's parents have one in their backyard, and it was also flowering last week! Crazy!

     Lastly, I've started meal prepping on Sunday's something to eat for breakfast all week. This time, it was whole wheat banana muffin bread, and it's the perfect thing to have on hand for my busy mornings.

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

For Bailey / Lately

 

     Hi there! February's short, so that means it's already time for another Bailey, Lately update!

Bailey, Lately:

- is basically not napping anymore. She'll have the random late afternoon one once or twice a week, but other than that, it is nonstop toddler time from dawn til dusk!

- can draw smiley faces. Like an actual smiley face! She draws them over and over again, saying who each one is.

- has also been coloring within lines fairly well. She obviously can't get marker perfectly inside a shape, but she definitely will fill each shape and not just scribble all over a page now.

- is starting to count on her fingers. We've been teaching her that she's two and holding up two fingers, which she just mastered. She can do three easily, but holding down that extra finger to make two took her awhile to get the hang of.

- speaking of two, Bailey will be three in about two weeks. Don't even get me started on how fast time flies, and all of that jazz.

- is a big fan of Horizon Organic Honey Graham Crackers. As is my duty as mom, I've tried them out myself and can understand the obsession. They are mighty tasty!

- is about to finish up her winter activity of gymnastics. We will continue it in the fall, when it's time to head indoors again, but now that spring is basically here, we want to get her involved in outdoor activities! Most likely, it will be soccer (her Dad is a skilled player).

- can't get enough of the aforementioned warm weather. It's meant parks mostly for her, and that is her happy place. Any place that has a slide and she's there!

     That's all, folks! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! 

To Observe / Bailey, Lately

 

     Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent a lot of ours indoors, waiting for an ice storm that never came. Bailey does surprisingly well during the winter, having not yet accessed the infallible energy that unlocks around age four. She's slowly building said energy up, but it's not too much to where she goes insane when confined to l'intérieur. However, this doesn't mean she isn't up to something at almost all times. Look below for what Bailey's been getting into, lately. 

Bailey, Lately:

- is officially a little gymnast! We've been to two classes so far, and its visible that she is slowly coming out of her shell.

- just keeps expanding her inner dictionary, further and further. One of her favorite things to ask is "what's this?". This question was posed yesterday, in reference to a piece of red fuzz. It surprisingly wasn't the easiest thing to explain to a two year old, as they don't realize that small fibers make up materials, yet. I did my best though!

- has also improved on her diction and grammar. She's started to form actual sentences, and speaks much more concisely than in the past couple of months. My job as interpreter isn't as in demand as before!

- is really starting to take more to drawing and coloring, thanks to the addition of her easel from my parents for Christmas! (Thanks mom and dad, she's really loving it!) The dry erase markers are especially her favorite.

- eats and eats and eats. She was one of those toddlers who seemed to have mostly no interest in food, because she was just too busy to care. Now, though, she's realized that food is delicious, and eats regularly. Her favorites at the moment are these sneaky chicken nuggets that (shh!) contain pureed veggies in addition to chicken. I tried some myself and they are better than most regular chicken nuggets, which makes both of us happy.

- just gets sweeter and sweeter. She openly gives kisses and hugs, and has been cuddling more once she's sleepy. I also taught her "I love you" and she hasn't quite gotten the pronunciations right, but it's close and just melts my heart when I can get her to say it.

Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

 

For a Photo Project / November

      Hi there! With the first holiday of the season having passed, and the continuation of yearly traditions, there were a lot of photo opps in November. We had a blast, and Bailey's really coming out of her shell and starting to connect with cameras. Above is our monthly mommy and me shot, and in matching coats for this edition! 

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      She's recently started showing the camera her toys! Here she is with one of her cars. 

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     One of the last trips to the playground for the season (sheds a tear).  

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       In the bath, showing her crayon to mama. 

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      Snoozing one evening. She was curled up and cuddling in a blanket, and you would be hard pressed to find anything cuter.  

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       Stirring a casserole at thanksgiving. She was very serious about her role. 

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     In profile, at the playground. I'm loving black and white shots in really exposed sunlight pictures these days! 

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      A close up of that pretty visage on the way to pick a tree! Kristen toon this one with her big camera, and Bailey is super interested in what the heck that thing is.  

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Friday! 

To Say Happy Birthday!

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     Good morning! Today is my mommy's birthday, so I'm taking today to just say Happy Birthday Mommy (+ Nana)! Bailey and I made this card for her with some watercolors the other day, and I kind of fell in love with the pretty colors. This craft thing with toddlers is starting to get interesting! Have a great day everyone, and again, Happy Birthday Mama! We love you!!

Morning's at Home, Pt. 2

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     Good morning! This morning, at home with my sweet pea/stinker, we are just enjoying being at our own house. Summer means travel, and while we've got plans for running around the state again soon, it's nice to just be in our own space for a bit. I'm writing my morning pages for The Artist's Way, and Bailey's helping of course. Our plans for the day are to run a couple of errands, work on an upcoming design project, and then have a wine/packing night at Cats. I hope your day is as enjoyable as ours may be! Have a good one and thanks for reading! 

Mornings at Home, Pt. 1

 

     Hi there! One of my favorite things I get to do with Bailey is just simply relaxing with her. This typically happens on mornings I don't have to work: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sometimes she's her at her sweetest in the mornings, and it's just the best time to have breakfast, look at books, and maybe even get a little cuddling in! I've decided to start a new series, recording these mornings each month. I wanted to share and remember this special aspect of our lives at the moment, because I know these easy mornings with her won't always last. She'll grow up and want to sleep in or have school in the mornings, and I'll get to look back at these posts and have a good cry LOL. Honestly though, I'm just the type of person to take the "little things" seriously and really enjoy them, and I hope you do too. 

     Above, is a photo summarizing our morning a couple of weekends ago. We laid on our blankets, looked at mommy's pretty books, and I introduced her to Pocky, which was an excellent idea. Our local grocery store had cookies and creme flavor, which they don't usually have, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for Bailey to try something new and delicious. Thanks for reading, and have a great Friday!