new piano


new softies


books with daddy




new book new soup


beac h day


beach day water


loves the beach


daddy and boo


by the sea


The weekend started off VERY wet. Jeff and his Dad worked on wood working projects in the garage while Mama got some time to thrift sans baby (Ellie kept Nana busy at home).

Ellie received a fun toy piano from her Uncle. We are convinced she’s a genius with her excellent rhythm and soul.

The weather lent itself to lots of homemade soups and stews, the making of some new softie toys (a crescent moon, a rain cloud and a rain drop, I’m a little obsessed over making these fun little guys), and lots and lots of book reading, for Ellie and for Mama.

Sunday afternoon we asked Ellie what she would like to do… and a few minutes later, we were off to the beach. An excellent way to end a very nice weekend, if I do say so myself.

– joining Amanda with Weekending! 



more taro gomi

mister sun

its everybody


oatmeal play


dinosaur roar


sunset at mothers beach

gma and g pa



lazy sunday


play time with daddy

Lots of playtime happening around here. I finished some more Taro Gomi critters for Ellie’s felt board. Ellie did lots (and lots) of sensory bin play. Her new favorite thing. Mama got up early this weekend (usually Daddy gets up with Ellie most mornings) and made these pancakes. We had a visit from Gramma and Grandpa and so we took them to Ellie’s new favorite beach to watch the sunset. And Sunday was filled with football, pulled pork sandwiches (and favorite veggie snacks- peas and cauliflower) , more sensory bin fun for Ellie, lots of music and some light cleaning around the house to wrap things up.

How was your weekend? Joining Amanda over at The Habit!

An Afternoon Beach Jaunt

(Thank you for all the uplifting words from my weekending post. It’s hard to let go of some things when you have a vision of how you want things to be. Your words helped me take a step back and instead, breathe in all the good that’s surrounding me). 

When you are feeling overwhelmed and out of sorts and like nothing is going quite like you want it to, it’s so nice to have the beach at sunset to retreat too. Ellie and I did just that this afternoon, before dinner. We snuck away and walked together down the beach. It truly filled my heart with joy, watching this little girl explore the sand between her toes, find mangled seaweed washed onto shore and run (as best as this 16 month old can) down the beach and up and down the dunes. We left all the holiday projects behind. We left the sad, yellowing Christmas tree and the half-finished cards still waiting to be sent out and we walked down the beach. I chased my sweet, active baby girl and drew her name in the sand and showed her shells and pointed out the waves and the gulls and the beautiful sun lowering into the sea. It was a glorious afternoon. A glorious Christmas-time memory I will hold dear.



pure joy




look what i found


the sun




pink hues


eloise sand




back shadow




walking away


a feather


pink hues




playing in the sand


a bunch of sea something




top of the hill




all quiet


birds at sunset