Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stocking Up for Fall

thredUP Haul
Helen has been growing so much lately. Pants that used to drag on the floor fit just right; shirts that used to fit don't cover her tummy. I realized that she won't have enough warm clothes this fall. I had some credit on thredUP, so of course I couldn't resist stocking up on some adorable pieces.



Stocking Up for Fall
Here's what I got: Printed leggings. These are oh-so-cute - love them! A chunky red sweater. I love knits on kids. And a frilly little plaid skirt.



Ready for Fall
Here she is wear the sweater and skirt. The leggings don't fit her quite yet. The shoes were also a purchase from thredUP. I can't believe she fits them already!




Ready for Fall

I'm pretty sure I'll need to buy more warm clothes eventually - this is just a mini haul. I can't wait! I love shopping for Helen.

By the way, if you use any of my links in this post to sign up for thredUP, you'll receive a $20 credit to spend as you please, and I'll get a $10 credit. But hurry: this offer is only good until September 15. After then, you'll only get a $10 credit (which is still an awesome deal).

Have you started shopping for fall yet?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

18 Months


Helen
Helen
Helen
First Haircut!
Our little girlie is 18 months old today! 

Here are a few facts about her:

Favorite Foods: Homemade pumpkin cake (she calls it "appa"), peas, bacon, blueberries, grapes, yogurt with maple syrup...she loves food!
Favorite Books: Nice for MiceWiggle!My Big Animal Book
Words: It seems like she's learning new words all the time. She can easily say 2-word sentences, and she's said 3 word sentences a few times. She'll say "love you" and "back Daddy" (come back Daddy). She also says complete words instead of just the beginning consonant sound and the vowels. Sometimes she'll repeat the last consonant sound a few times. 
Social: She LOVES being with other kids. She'll rattle off Justin and Audra's kids' names. But she doesn't necessarily know how to share yet...
Potty Training: Helen has gone on her little potty several times. I'm pretty sure she could master toilet training if I was willing to take the time to teach her, but there's been so much going on lately. I'm thinking of trying this fall. She loves "undies," so that's a good sign. 
Sleep: Helen usually goes to bed between 6:00 and 7:00 and sleeps until 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning. She takes one nap at around 11:00 or 12:00 and sleeps for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 
Other Things of Interest: She had her first haircut (see last photo)! I just had to trim the mullet she had going on. I think it's a big improvement; Reuben isn't so sure.
She's still nursing, but it's down quite a bit. I'm thinking about starting the weaning process...not sure how she would handle it! I've tried to limit her feedings, but she gets pretty agitated if I refuse. Any tips from veteran moms?
I think she's getting some molars! Which might explain her wanting to nurse constantly and her cranky moods. 
Much to Reuben's chagrin, I've been singing "Let It Go" to Helen. She says "Go, go!" It's pretty cute.



Here's a video of Helen talking:



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And that's all for now!



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Our Duluth Trip

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Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip
Duluth Trip

We decided that it was high time that we took a trip. The destination was an easy choice: Duluth is only about an hour from where my sister and her hubby live.

We toured the rose gardens, stopped by Whole Foods (a major disappointment, IMO), ate at Culver's (so so yummy), got in some shopping (I drooled over the makeup in Ulta), and went down to the lift bridge (see THIS Vine). For supper we ate at a Japanese restaurant. 

It was a fun trip, but it was pretty stressful with Helen. She decided to go on sleep strike. She wasn't particularly grumpy (until we went to the Japanese restaurant), but just having a kid along makes a trip twice as tiring.

Hopefully we'll be able to go on another adventure sometime...when we forget how much work it is. :P

All photos taken with my iPhone 5S.

Have you been doing any traveling this summer?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sparklers!

Sparklers!
Sparklers!
Sparklers!
Sparklers!
Sparklers!
Sparklers!
Sparklers!

Sorry about the dead air around here lately, everyone! Summer has taken off faster and been busier than I expected. I'll try to remedy my absence.

Last weekend was our family reunion. On Friday night my cousin-in-law, Ben, set off fireworks and lit sparklers for the kids. I knew I had to run to my car and get my camera - everyone was being so photogenic. 

The kids had to line up to receive their sparklers. Elinor was a bit wary of the flying sparks.

What have you been up to lately? Any big plans for the summer?



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recent Helen Cuteness

On the beach
Helen's first time on the beach this year. She was terrified of the waves at first, but she eventually became bold enough to sit right down in the water. I hope she enjoys swimming!



Gus Gus
Gus Gus. She even tripped on the beads.



Pigtails!
I can finally put Helen's hair in pigtails - when she'll hold still long enough.



Mud
Mud + Baby = Happy Baby.



Eating Bacon and Pancakes for the First Time!
Helen had (additive free) bacon and (sprouted) pancakes for the first time! She loved them.



Little Barrette
I really wish she wouldn't pick her little barrettes out of her hair - they're so fetching.


xoxo
Erica




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3 Years

Engagement
3 Years
3 Years
Honeymoon - Grand Tetons
Honeymoon
Rustic Camping
Pregnant!
Announcement
Helen's Birth
Sleeping with Dad
Mom & Baby
Family

Three years ago today Reuben and I said our vows before God and men and started the grandest adventure of our lives. We've been through so much together in such a short time. I've learned so much (like how selfish I really am, and what it really means to love), and have much more still to learn.

Marriage has definitely been the hardest thing I've ever done (with motherhood coming in a close second). But it's also so rewarding and very much worth it. I wouldn't have wanted to go through it with anyone other than my love, Reuben. He has always been so ready to forgive me. I am continually amazed at his wisdom. He is an awesome husband and father.

Thank you, Reuben, for loving me through it all. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

thredUP Haul!

thredUP Haul
As I'm sure ya'll know by now, I have a bit of a thredUP addiction. It's so much fun to able to find name brand clothing for a fraction of the original cost. 
One night I found a bunch of items that I fancied and asked Reuben which ones he liked. He approved of nearly all of them and told me to order them. Well, yes sir!

Here's everything that I got:
Top Row: Gap | Abercrombie & Fitch | H&M
Middle: Gap | Gap | Old Navy
Bottom: Anthropologie | Mossimo | Green Apple 



thredUP Haul
I really like the stripes on the flowers on the Abercrombie top.



thredUP Haul
I love the polka dots and hem details on the grey Gap skirt. 



Here are a few outfits I put together:


thredUP Haul
Flip-flops: Clarks | Similar
Necklace: Gift

I started out setting up a tripod and using a remote. It takes a while to get the shot you want when you're flying solo.





thredUP Haul
Pink peep toes: American Eagle | Similar
Earrings: Target | Similar, Similar
Fun fact: These are the earrings that I wore to my wedding.

Then Reuben came outside and offered to take over the camera. 
I'm on the fence about this skirt. I like the style, but I think it's meant to be worn high-wasted, so it's too short for my taste unless I unzip it and wear it lower on my waist, like here. And it's still a bit short. I might return this one.




thredUP Haul
Sandals: Rocketdog | Similar: Save | Spend 
Jeans: Banana Republic | Similar

I'm also not sure about this shirt. It's meant to be a crop top, but on my short self it certainly isn't. What do you guys think? Is it too floppy, or does it work?





thredUP Haul
Earrings: Etsy

And this is me being embarrassed by Reuben saying funny things to me as we tried to get a walking-towards-the-camera shot.

As always, if you guys want to receive $10 off your first order from thredUP, just sign up with my link HERE. I'll also receive a $10 credit if you do. :)

Have a lovely Monday!
Erica



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