Here’s a look at our July…
I feel like I should title June as The summer of smoothies & Popsicles. The heat has come strong and it isn’t letting up a bit.
Elanor wrote her name the first time. Given, it was backwards, but that’s what happens when you start on the far right side of the page. Sarah was so excited for her.
Sarah has discovered texting on my phone Â She messages her uncle Matt and cousin Graycie, and on occasion RiRi. She knows how to record voice messages with the mic, take and send videos and loves to do silly face photos, which my brother always does back to her. She pretty much thinks every time my phone beeps its for her.Â
-here’s an example-
Elanor still takes random and spontaneous naps. There’s no system to it, but they usually occur when we are in the car and then I carry her inside and she finishes there.
For Father’s Day Sarah picked out a homemade confetti cake for us to make. It was a detailed and time consuming dessert, but she was so excited and proud. They made him a card and Sarah built him a Lego creation.
Visiting a garden center with Nana and Aunt Kelley.
My hydrangeas bloomed this month! They didn’t do anything last year and I thought they were dying/dead, so I was thrilled to see blooms. They are one of my favorite flowers.
Bedtime stories with Uncle Jason.
Reading with dad â¤ï¸
And LOTS of swimming at Nana and Papaws house :)
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An oldie but a goodie.
The girls were pretending to go to the doctor and have a baby. Elanor had a stuffed animal up her dress and then she would push the animal out and Sarah would announce “You had a baby”. They did this back and forth for a while. They even laid that towel down for a “bed”.
I have no idea where they get this stuff…surely not from seeing and hearing about birth semi-constantly with my work and work talk. I’m just glad they wereÂ fairlyÂ accurate, aside from announcing the babies came from their belly buttons ;D
I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since the day Elanor was first placed in my arms. Oh how the time has flown. There were days that flew, and some that felt like an eternity. I think that sums up part of parenthood, in a way. It flies, even though some days/weeks or months feel like they will never end. Three entire years though? This truly has flown by.
Elanor was such an easy baby. Her labor and birth were peaceful. She nursed like a champ and did so until the day she decided to quit at 15 months. She still loves to cuddle and does the sweetest thing where she tucks her arms in underneath herself and against our chest, which is when we know she’s there to stay for a while.
Physical touch is probably her biggest love language. Lately she has been asking me to lay with her when she falls asleep for her nap and at the occasional bedtime. When she sneaks in our room at night, maybe once Â a week, she cuddles up next to me and pulls my arm out to lay her head on it, she calls it her mommy-pillow.
She is fierce, strong, tough, hard headed, independent while also tender, soft spoken, shy and gentle.
When I wear dangle earrings she always notices and she loves to slowly take them out of my ears and then put them back in. I don’t fear it a bit because she is so focused and soft with her movements.
She went through a stint between about 18 months and 2 1/2 where she didn’t take a nap during the day. Something amazing happened and she is back to taking a nap in the early afternoon. She gets up around 6:30 and is usually ready to nap around 11. Sarah stopped napping around the same time, but never started back like Ella has. I think she needs that extra sleep to keep up with her sister.
She loves peanut butter sandwiches, pancakes, bananas (and pretty much all fruit), yogurt, smoothies, hotdogs, food off of our plates even if it’s the same thing that is on her plate, grilled cheese, any cheese (sliced or shredded), bacon, eggs, rotisserie chicken, and dipping everything in ketchup.
And cereal. Lots of cereal.
She loves to play princesses with Sarah. She also enjoys pretending to be a cat or frog, or being a baby while Sarah is a mommy. Pretty much any game if it’s with Sarah.
She is a firecracker while simultaneously a quiet independent child. She is such a beautiful girl and we could not be more grateful for her and the joy she brings to our family and one day to the expanses that Christ gives her.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Elanor S0-Silly Ringl. We love you more than we can explain or comprehend.
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Naps on the floor and cornbread snacking on the floor. Days where we just stay home, with minimal errands and activities, are usually my favorite. At least when it’s me and the girls. I like to save outings for when Stephen can be part of them. Like Wild Honey frozen yogurt. Stephen is always up for an ice cream date with the girls :)
We went and visited my friend Amanda. Sweet Amelia was just chilling out in her baby swing and Elanor LOVES little babies so she gave her some love. You can see her excitement in that first photo, but what you don’t get to see was when Amelia got a hand full of Ella’s hair after that 2nd photo and I had to help her escape. I had a tiny proud-mom moment when after she was free she just looked at Amelia and said “silly girl”.
Sarah was never much of an attached baby, or toddler. She is actually huge into cuddling with us now that she’s older and it’s her decision. Silly girl. Elanor, however, she has been an attached little one. She slept and napped on me as a newborn and baby. Would be okay if held or on the floor watching her sister play. I love that she still loves to be in the carrier. Some days she wants Up Up Up and my hands are not readily available, so I can grab my Ergo and she is good to go. At home, while blueberry picking, shopping at the store, all sorts of places. I never really understood how people wore their babies and children all the time, until I had a little one that preferred AND enjoyed it! I’ll miss these moments, which is why I don’t even care that I took a photo in my bathroom mirror. Smudges and all.
Sarah had a bit of a Doc McStuffins Christmas this year at Grandma and Grandpa Ringls house and this particular toy is one of their favorites. You push a button on top of the car and it drives and sings a song and when you attach Doc McStuffins she walks in front of it. At this particular moment I saw Elanor holding Docs hand while she was walking along with the car.
Sadly, since this, the car no longer moves. The car plays some of the music still, but it’s having some major engine issues.