Portrait Project

Not sure if I’ll ever get back to doing this once a week, but at least I’m still taking photos regularly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I have for you, portraits, 33, 34 and 35…

Eloise: This week you had to get your first cavity filled (hopefully your last, but with your Mama’s teeth genetics, I’m afraid it will be never ending issues)… You were incredibly brave. Mama had to bring Dada along not for your sake but for hers.

Eloise: With your new glasses and your good friend Lucy’s new glasses, “glasses” have been the new, hip thing in your social circles. Every one wants them… even your stuffed toys.

Eloise: Deep in play with Mama made birds and peg dolls. I relish in watching these kinds of independent play sessions. You can tell stories with these little guys for hours if you want to.

” A portrait of Eloise, once a week, every week in 2017.”


Home school Club- Flower Science

We spent the first half of the summer studying flowers and herbs forย  Home school club and the second part of it swimming in the pool, beaching and enjoying the summer sun with friends and family. I didn’t get the chance to blog about our last home school meeting for the summer, so I will now.
In mid July we met at one of our favorite parks and wrapped up our flower study with some science. We talked about the different parts of the flower, how flowers take in food, with the classic “carnation in the food dye” science project and then we let the girls build the parts of a flower with clay.

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Ellie: Five years ago I was still pushing through a very long, rough labor (22 hours to be exact)… and at 10:00 pm on August 5th, you finally showed your face sunny side up! you are my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. You are full of spunk and imagination. You are fierce and mighty and gentle and funny. You want to be a paleontologist, zoologist, geologist, engineer (so you can build your own theater), and then actress (so you can sing The Last Unicorn song for anyone who asks).
You love dinosaurs and dolls equally and think Madagascar Hissing cockroaches are cute. You live for play dates with your friends but will still cuddle with me when ever I ask. These five years have been amazing…. I love you Kid of mine!

Happy Birthday Ellie Lou! Your Mamasaurus loves you!

Ellie: zoned out watching Dino Dana on t.v., naked with a dino mask on. This is classic Ellie.

Ellie: My beautiful sunshine girl. You love riding your bike anywhere and everywhere! A perfect summer day riding down the beach boardwalk!

Ellie: It’s always “the best day ever” when you get to play with your friends, paint together and make music together! You are one lucky little girl!

“The 52 Project! A photo once a week, every week in 2017”

A Dino-tacular 5th Birthday!

So Ellie turned 5 this past weekend! Can you believe it?! I can’t. I just can’t believe my little monkey is such a big, beautiful girl now. She has been wanting a dinosaur party for quite awhile now. Often these interests fade quickly, but dinosaurs have stuck around for awhile now. She watched a documentary with her Dad maybe almost a year ago now and she was completely mesmerized. From that day on it’s been nothing but dinosaurs (with a few unicorns and some bugs thrown in as well). So a dinosaur 5th birthday it was! It was only going to be a few friends and mostly family, but it turned into something a little more, well, let’s just say, dino-tastic. We had a lot of kids and a lot of families and thankfully we chose to have the party at a nearby park instead of our house. I’m so glad we did and I really think it made the day even more special to be able to run around and enjoy the outdoors, as little dino children naturally should. My Youngest Sister and Mom painted faces and my middle Sister and her Fiance were hilarious and surprised everyone by wearing dino outfits. They were really the hit of the party! The kids loved them! Ellie had a blast, got way too many dino presents that she thought were “dino-rrific!” and we even ended the day with her favorite Ramen noodles downtown and an ice cream cone. It couldn’t have been more perfect for our little Elliesaurus.

Sunflower Study

“Why did Blake say
‘Sunflower weary of time’?
Every time I see them
they seem to say
Now! with a crash
of cymbals!
Very pleased
and positive
and absolutely delighting
in their own round brightness…”

excerpt from Elizabeth Smart’s Blake’s Sunflower

We decided to study Sunflowers ! It’s July now and hot and muggy and perfect for exploring this bright, tall flower! The girls got to each paint them after I read them a story about Van Gogh’s sunflowers. We talked about the colors we saw and the differences in the different varieties I had for them. We opened them up and explored the anatomy of the flowers as well. And then the girls proceeded to play in the flower garden nearby, finding caterpillars and using the sunflower petals as something special for their play. My home school club kids also surprised me with some belated birthday gifts (aren’t those water bottles the coolest?!) and we had sunflower cupcakes!


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Eloise: The happiest, dino-lovin’, almost 5 year-old there ever was!

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Eloise: The Fourth of July Push-me Pull-em Parade. We’ve gone every year since we’ve lived here. We ran a bit late this year but you caught up on your bike and we joined the crowd!

(years past in case you wanted to see cute Ellie photos… 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

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Eloise: Yes, that’s a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach you are holding happily. You are quite the nature girl. No bug is too scary or yucky. “Mama, he’s just sitting on my hand. He’s kinda cute.” ( Mama backs away slowly).

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Eloise: You need glasses! I took you to the optometrist after you had been complaining of headaches. And sure enough, you need glasses for astigmatism and far sightedness. Of course, your Mama was a little sad by this news. It’s always weird to hear your child isn’t “perfect” in every way. ๐Ÿ˜‰
But… I wear glasses (for nearsightedness and your Gramma and aunt and uncle wear glasses) …. so you are in definite good company. Plus, you look pretty darling in the glasses you picked out. Hoping there’s a whole new world out there for you to see.

Eloise: I know, I know… this isn’t quite a photo of just you…. but it’s still very much a portrait and a portrait with someone you love and who loves you so very much. It’s so neat seeing your relationship with your “Dada” grow and develop. You two have a special connection and I love watching you talk about ice skating and fossils and riding bikes and the dog park and so on and so forth… You are certainly one lucky girl to have a “dadasaurus rex” like yours.