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eloise: You are growing more inquisitive and curious about the world around you every day. You love learning about new animals and painters. You corrected your Grandma the other day when she asked about “Alpaca fur”. You made sure she knew it was called “fleece” not “fur”. You remember everything we tell you. You really do amaze me every day.

-joining jodi for the 52 project!

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eloise: We’ve hit a new spot in three year old land. It’s called “do all the dangerous things”. I’m always astounded by your bravery and willingness to try new, exciting things. I was not like this at all as a child, so its a new territory for me.
It’s hard to know when to step in and when to let you do what you need to do. My education tells me that taking risks are a good thing, but my mama bear instincts tell me to put a helmet on you and keep you in a soft, comfy bubble. 😉

-joining the 52 project!

Weekending!

Another low key weekend for us. Jeff was fighting another bug and I had to get emergency dental work done, so it was close to home this weekend. We did bring Ellie to a friend’s birthday party at a local park and then spent Sunday with my parents and siblings. Some sketching in there, some great book finds,  some bike riding, and some binge watching of Breaking Bad (after Ellie goes to bed of course). 😉
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Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Watching Birds

Wanting to introduce Ellie to more nature, I thought it might be fun to start talking about a “bird a month”. She loves the artist’s that come to visit so much, I thought this would be a fun way to bring in some science and nature study (all in an age-appropriate way of course).
We started with a cardinal for February (except for I should have done my research earlier. Turns out this species of bird is not found in California). Whoops. But, it surprisingly has interested her despite and next month I will be more conscious of introducing our local fauna.
IMG_0790I brought out some great bird guides and books and then made her cardinal, egg and nest magnets for the fridge.
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We looked through our guides and drew our own cardinals for our bird book we started keeping. We talked about what they looked like, what the female looks like, what color eggs they lay and what they eat and how they make their nests.
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Ellie’s Cardinal!
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We are certainly enjoying learning about birds over here! Stay tuned for March’s bird.

Valentine’s Weekend

We have been celebrating Valentine’s Day, pretty much every day this month. Cutting out hearts, painting hearts, drawing hearts in the sand. Reading lovely stories about “love” and listening to podcasts (these ones) about cupid and love.
We started the weekend with two Valentine parties. So much fun. So much candy. Lots of crazy 3.5 year old energy! We ended the weekend at my parents house, enjoying some down time. We spoiled each other with treats and cuddles and love. It was a really nice weekend. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine weekend as well!!
“Good Morning to you, Valentine;
curl your locks as I do mine,
One before and two behind,
Good Morning to you, Valentine.” – Traditional English Rhyme

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Eloise: Three and a half years old. Strong, sassy, wild, smart, lover of all things pink, friend to the animals, champion scissor cutter and heart drawer. Dancer, twirler, singer. Snuggly bug, screaming me me, monkey and kitty and snake and bunny. You are all of these things and so much more.

joining Jodi for the 52 project!

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eloise: Constantly learning. Some days, I try to “teach” you about something and you seem to not be listening or not very interested. But then , days later, you will mention some tid-bit of knowledge I passed on. And I’m always astonished. How did you know that?! My little sponge. Taking in everything around her.

-joining Jodi for the 52 project!