Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Eliza has had a fun and productive couple of weeks. She now has 6 teeth and is chomping down on everything, especially bare skin. We are trying to teach her to be "gentle" and it seems to be working. She is expanding her vocabulary and understanding of language. She knows the word "no" quite well now! But does she always listen to it? HA! Not this diva!

Eliza loves to go on walks in the hiking backpack. This past weekend I took her to one of our favorite parks around the Kirkland area in the pack. We saw a blue heron, a bunch of turtles, many different types of birds and a mama duck with four ducklings. They were so cute- super fuzzy and yellow and making little "cheep-cheep" sounds. But Eliza's favorite animal so far is a dog. Every time we walk past a dog, she thrusts one of her chubby little fingers out and laughs and kicks her legs. This weekend we are going to take her to a big dog park. She will be in heaven!

The Seattle area is in full bloom, so we took advantage of all the beautiful flowers and did a photo shoot. Eliza was such a trooper, letting me place her down in weird spots, jamming her next to scratchy bushes, or sitting her on random hills. 

Buttercups in bloom!

Lovely lupines

Taken with the self-portrait option. Turned out pretty decent.

Touching a poppy

Eliza has been getting up SUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPERRRR early lately. So we've decided to take action... we are going to make her into a snuggle baby. So far she has rejected our attempts at snuggling. She'd MUCH rather be crawling or playing or doing something naughty. But lately, Wes has had some success. On Sunday morning, after she decided to get up at 5:30, Wes took her into the living room so I could get a little bit of shut-eye. I woke up about and hour later, alarmed. It was quiet in the living room. Too quiet. This is what I found:

So, so sweet.

Finally, we think the reason Eliza is getting up so early is because she is getting close to walking .Out of the blue, this is what she started doing yesterday:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Time and Easter!

Eliza had a great Easter. She received her very first Easter basket, which she promptly pawed through, tossing all the cute stuffed animals to the side only to chomp down on her new shoes. We can't wait for next year when we can do an actual Easter egg hunt!

We've had some very bipolar weather out here. One day it will be gorgeous and sunny, the next day gray and soggy. But it is so wonderful to see all the flowers blooming and to hear all the birds chirping.

Eliza has a busy month ahead of her. She is going to get another visit from her grandparents and hopefully go on her very first hike and maybe her very first bike ride! We just purchased her a helmet and it looks so cute (but of course!).

Finally, I was told at daycare yesterday that she stood up on her own for a couple of seconds! We are very excited and today, Eliza got up extra early (5:20), so that she could practice this skill! Yay us!
Bunny Ears!

Eliza and her loot!

Our happy family

Having the best time on daddy's back!


What a great view and a cute baby!