Friday, August 4, 2017
I'm trying to get better at remembering to pick up my camera in the normal, everyday moments we experience with Hazel. While sometimes having my camera on me can feel like a burden, Hazel is getting bigger every day, and I'm continually grateful for all the times I paused to document the sweetness of life with her. Yesterday's bath time was nothing special, just part of the daily routine, and yet these may be some of my favorite pictures I've taken of her to date.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
I'm completely serious when I say I look forward to this day all year. There is a 30 acre field of sunflowers just a half an hour away, and I've been anticipating this since our visit last summer. My friend Christine and I always joke about how flower anxiety is a real thing - we're either afraid we'll miss peak bloom, or when we go everyone else in the world will be there, too. The fears were real this year as peak bloom happened on a Saturday and there were multiple news stories about the blooming flowers. I knew we'd be in for a crowd, so we headed there around 9AM. We shouldn't have been surprised, but A LOT of other people had the same idea. Thankfully, with 30 acres to work with, there were plenty of flowers to go around and it was just as magical as it looks. Giddy doesn't even begin to describe how I felt, and Hazel loved them, too. See you next year, sunflowers!
Friday, July 14, 2017
Every year the town of Bethany Beach has a lively 4th of July parade - which includes a bike parade - and this year we decided to join! We decked ourselves from head to toe in red, white, and blue and had the most fun walking in the parade. Hazel recently learned how to wave, and it was the best seeing her wave to the people as we walked by in the wagon. Her and Sully were definite crowd pleasers!
Welp, I meant to post this like three weeks ago, but here we go...!
Development/Milestones: We officially have a crawler! It's a combination of being the cutest and most nerve-wracking thing. I love seeing her explore and get around by herself, but I've also never been more aware of all things in our house that aren't baby-friendly. Hazel has also continued to find her voice and is saying things like "da-da", "ga-ga", and "ba-ba" regularly. She also waves hello and goodbye on cue, knows what we mean when we say "no" and is growing like a weed. At her 9 month appointment she weighed 20lbs and her head is in the 98th percentile - hilarious!
Eating: She has started really enjoying solid foods and we're giving her more stuff that isn't pureed. She's able to use her pincher fingers to grab small bites and is becoming more independent with feeding herself.
Sleeping: Still a great sleeper! I'll say it till the day we die, WE ARE GRATEFUL.
Likes and Demeanor: She's definitely becoming more opinionated and Aaron and I have joked that parents always say "they are developing a personality" when really they mean their child is being SASSY. I have to say, I really like that we have a strong, spirited girl and I hope she remains this way. Other than her developing "personality" she is still content most of the time. She definitely still loves to be held, and I find that she's the most calm when I'm carrying her around.
Monday, June 26, 2017
A few weeks ago while on a flight returning from Seattle, I sat next to an older woman who raved about her small village in northern Virginia called Middleburg. I had heard a thing or two about it previously, but after some solid recommendations and a free weekend ahead, we decided to take a day trip out there on Saturday. Honestly, I wasn't sure if it would live up the hype (that I had mostly created in my head), but then IT DID. We pretty much do this everywhere we go, but we couldn't help but drive by a few houses for sale because we loved it so much. We stopped at the Red Fox Inn and Tavern on the main street for brunch, where I had a blood orange mimosa and fried green tomato eggs benedict. We then walked off our brunch through the adorable main street before taking a leisurely drive around the area. The glimpses of the Shenandoah Mountains were the cherry on top! I'm already scheming about how we can get back out there for a night away soon.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
If this is 29, sign me up! Last year it was strawberry picking, and this year it was frolicking on a lavender farm. Really all I could ask for is a sunny, breezy Saturday to spend time outside with my little family. I'm very thankful, and am ready to see all that is in store for 29.