Eloise: It’s moments like these that make me feel really good about our choice to home school you for kindergarten. You delve into a project and figure things out on your own and then proceed to keeping building… layer upon layer of learning.
Eloise: I am certainly thankful for you, my spunky, precocious, incorrigible, funny 5 year old.
I’ve been taking them…. I just can’t seem to find the time to post them. Here we are almost 5 weeks behind again…
Eloise: You started your first official year of Home school Kindergarten in September. We’re taking it slow and allowing for lots of play and exploration of your interests as well as throwing in a bit of those “academics” too. I’m excited for this journey, however long and fruitful it may be.
Eloise: Hair flying all over, glasses on because your friends are wearing theirs too, milk mustache and always in mid-sentence. Perfect Ellie portrait.
Eloise: Your Aunt Katie is getting married and I captured this great shot of you at the rehearsal. You are very excited to be the flower girl and I can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle throwing those petals.
(Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture any photos myself of Ellie walking down the aisle, so this photo is courtesy of my cousin, Laura Shine- thank you!)
Eloise : You did a wonderful job walking down the aisle, as the flower girl in your Aunt Katie and Uncle Nick’s wedding! You loved playing the part of the “flower fairy girl”!
Eloise: We headed up the coast this past weekend to go apple picking this year. However, it was sadly too late to pick apples, so we enjoyed the hay maze, horse rides, tractor rides and fun with friends instead- and brought home a pumpkin too.
Eloise: You learned to ride a bike a couple months ago. Four and a half and riding a big girl bike with no training wheels! (I won’t tell you how long it took me or your Auntie Hayley to learn to ride a bike). 😉
Now you are mastering riding. We’ve been taking you on longer rides, and in different areas, so you get used to all types of riding concerns. You just light up on that bike and when you are going, you are going! It’s been exciting to watch you learn so quickly!
Eloise: Enjoying the spring sun and flowers. My little butterfly girl!
eloise: You’ve been doing a lot of hiking with me and your friends. Fearless and always running ahead. However, we got you up some switch backs and you were very worried about looking down. “Afraid of heights Lou?” I asked her smiling. She clung to my arm and kept saying, “too high, too high!”
When those little four year old feet were back on solid ground, you were just fine and back to your silly, fierce self. But, it was so interesting seeing my fearless girl so worried about heights. I have to remember you are still only “four and a half.”
eloise: Christmas Day (at Gramma and Grandpa’s house). Joyful and merry! A perfect way to end the year.
– joining Jodi for the last portrait of the year!
Playing catch-up once again here on the blog. I swear I’m constantly thinking about this space, but I’ve just had so much trouble finding time to get here. So here are 29 and 30 a week or two late.
eloise: I couldn’t help myself with this one. Here we were in Washington, two years (to the day!) and in the same spot I took your portrait as last time. My you’ve grown. I’m so glad you got to visit this very special place and spend time with your Great Grandmother. I’m also so very glad you got to meet your Great Grandpa Earl before he passed away.
eloise: Summertime. Naked, reading books in her tent outside. A week away from turning 3. This portrait is the epitome of Ellie.
eloise: You want to dress up in your “Wendy” dress pretty much every day. “I’m Wendy today”, you say. But you act a lot more like Peter Pan. You are asserting your independence. Bossing others around, doing things on your own and not needing our help and showing us some very big emotions. We are trying to be patient and gentle through this phase, but some days we all struggle. But, as one of your favorite books reads, “I love you when you’re angry and cross your arms and pout. I love you when you’re wild and yell and scream and shout. I love you any way you feel, no matter what you do. I love you any way you are. I love you because you’re you!” (I love you Because you’re you by Liza Baker)
eloise: you have become this little girl all of a sudden. Riding your bike to the park or down the boardwalk, climbing through wild Lupine off the beaten path, telling me long stories, listening to chapter books and slowly starting to wean from Mama’s milk. Growing like a beautiful flower.
-joining Jodi for the 52 project!
eloise: this crazy, fun, loving, sensitive, wild child. You are the epitome of joy!
-joining Jodi with the 52 project!
eloise: It’s been a trying couple weeks. Lots of big emotions. Lots of tears. Lots of no napping. Lots of extra nursing. I can’t seem to pin point why, maybe it’s the extreme heat wave we are having, maybe it’s more teeth breaking through, maybe it’s getting back into the routine again after being away on vacation; but I’m thinking it probably has to do with just the hard fact that you are two. And two is tough. But throughout those days of big emotions and challenging behaviors, there are moments like this that make everything all right. Late afternoons, right before dinner when laundry and toys are strewn all over the house and Mama can’t deal with anything else, we go outside and run around. I chase you and you chase me. We twirl and run and laugh and smile.
-joining Jodi for the 52 project.