Daily Archives: September 2, 2014

Em: 12 Month Update

Dear Sweet Baby Girl,

You are now ONE.

One whole year has blown by.  You are a bundle of endless energy.  The only time you slow down is to run over and tackle me for cuddles and hugs.  

Our little spitfire- you tackle your brother constantly, always with hugs and kisses, but still you can take him down faster than a football player.  You and your brother “talk” all day and play side-by-side.  You both prefer to swing next to each other and on the off chance that one of you wakes before the other? You both wander around calling for the other.  I love how much you love each other.

You love to explore and most of the time you are off on your own and will just glance over your shoulder to smile at me and continue on your way.  If ever something scares you, you run toward me and bury your face in my as you attempt to climb up me.  

You can run now.  Sometimes you run too fast and you literally somersault over yourself and then get up and run some more. You are fearless when it comes to pain and rarely will there ever be something that brings you to tears… which is scary seeing as how many bruises are starting to pop up as you are now climbing furniture.  Chairs, rocking chairs, tables, boxes… you name it and you’ve attempted to climb it.  You have no idea how many more gray hairs I have because of your fearlessness. 

You love to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  You will “read” books on your own and pick out your favorites to bring over to me.  You love to figure out how to do/fix/find each item for activities.  You love running into your room and tackling your giraffe and you squeal with joy when you get him.

You stack blocks, carry around socks, and shoes- they are your favorite.  And you ask for things that you want by showing us what you want.

30 inches
12 Month Onesies & Clothes
18 Month Sleepers
Size 4/5 Shoes
4 Teeth
A TON of Hair

Favorite Food: Blueberries, Chipotle, Waffles, Frozen Yogurt

You LOVE to go to the zoo and see all of the animals- that is only trumped by your love for the splash pad. The zoo has both and it is your jam.  We go three times a week right now and you are the one running around getting soaked.  You LOVE water!

I can not wait to see what this next year brings!

Love you so much baby girl.

Love always,


Easy Summer Picnics

As soon as the sun sets over our house the backyard becomes our summer playground.  Sand turtles, play BBQ grilling, and castle conquering fun in the shade- exactly what two active toddlers love.  

Getting these two to slow down and EAT during the day-especially when there is fun to be had-is a feat in itself.  Picnics are the answer.  They grab what they want and GO. Perfect for the always moving toddler nation.  They LOVED being able to grab goodies and sip water, “Like Mom” from glasses.  Em does her best with a straw, but anything that big brother does she thinks she can do.  I used to put the food on a blanket-a la traditional picnics- but it would get trampled by an over-zealous pirate or a shrieking bear.  We like to play make believe.  
Read Salad’s offered to send us some of their summer favorites and we dined in style alfresco.  If you can’t tell the picnic was entirely #toddlerapproved.  Mom Win.

Super thankful for our summer memories.  

3 Bean Salad:

Classic salad of green beans, wax beans and kidney beans in a vinegar based, sweet-tangy dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

4 Bean Salad:

Classic salad of green beans, wax beans, kidney beans plus chickpeas in a vinegar based, sweet-tangy dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

German Potato Salad:

Thinly sliced potatoes and bacon in a traditional sweet-piquant dressing. Great served chilled, heated or at room temperature.

Southwestern Bean Salad:

Robust mixture of black beans, corn, hominy and kidney beans in a subtly spicy tomato-bell pepper, chili-lime seasoned sauce. Serve chilled, warm or at room temperature.

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