happy feet.

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not really of importance to anyone but me, but i can’t get enough of my little samson’s baby toes. or the way he is always clenching them so tightly. i also have a little girl who would wear her rain boots to bed if i let her and i find it sort of adorable. you never know when that next big rain storm will hit! ;) just yesterday i had to quietly slip them off of her feet after she’d fallen asleep at nap time. you just don’t get between eleanor and her rain boots. you just don’t.

and while we’re kind of sort of on the topic of feet, i’d like to use this opportunity to tell you just how much mine hurt. but i guess that’s new york city’s way of officially welcoming me back to the city… that, and a few blessed blisters on my heels. but if the upside of this situation is semi-toned legs come october, then i’ll take it! who needs a gym pass in manhattan? you just need really comfy flats with wonderful arch support (because i won’t do tennis shoes. i just won’t. i can’t. ever.)
footnote: samson is sitting in the bumbo chair in the photo above. i am aware bumbo did a voluntary re-call last week. we have ordered the repair kit (safety strap) and always use our bumbo chair on the floor while sitting or playing right beside our baby. // i found eleanor’s rain boots pictured above on GILT a few months ago. // and for those who inquired about where we purchased E’s wooden toy camera in this post, i got it from this etsy shop last year.

my little photographer.

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around the time eleanor turned 1, we noticed she took to imitating everything we did. it was kind of cute when she’d try to talk on the phone or cover her nose when she sneezed. and we would laugh with her (and we still do) when she’d do these sorts of things. but it’s almost scary how much she observes and picks up from us… nothing keeps you more in check than your little shadow who mimics your every move. just the other day she poured her glass of water on the floor and without thinking i reacted by looking at her and saying, “really? really?” in which she looked straight back at me and replied while she talked with her hands, “really? really?”
if there is anything i don’t want this child to pick up from me, it’s my quick temper and sass.
lately, she’s taken to carrying her camera with her everywhere she goes. snapping pretend photos of absolutely everything (even the floor. we call these photos her “ant” photos…) she often talks with her hands before she snaps the picture…as though she is ordering you to stand still, or move a little to the left. apparently, she must have an annoying blogging mama as her mother.

i caught a bit on video if you’d like to see. and below, eleanor taking a photo of her aunt hannah and baby brother. i’m tempted to give into it all and buy her a little disposable camera to take around with her. maybe when she is a little bit older and can really process it all.

week one.

well, we’ve been back in NYC for about a week
and while there have been moments where
i didn’t think we’d survive week 1, here we are!


our house still looks like this….


but we’ve been eating a lot of this
to help ourselves feel better about it….

sister hannah is in town helping us with the littles
while we unpack and get situated.
she has stolen miss eleanor’s heart in the process.
in fact, i’m kind of not sure i’m her favorite anymore.
and like, i’m her mama.

the kids are loving it here.
for eleanor, so many pigeons to chase,
people to wave hello & goodbye to and trash to try and pick up
when i’m not on my mothering A-game.
toddler heaven for this little one.
as for samson, we’ve never seen him more wide eyed.
tall buildings and sky scrapers appear to be his thing.

josh made us our first meal in our new home and it was delicious!
he’s also a happy camper since there is
an aisle dedicated entirely to hummus at our grocery store.
don’t even get him started on the cheese aisle.
if you ever need to find josh, try the grocery store.

we’re really excited to be back.
we love you, new york. and we’ve missed you.

the worst haircut ever…

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still unpacking over here…
but we laughed until we cried last night listening to this piece and i knew i had to share. i can’t even choose which part is my favorite… pretty much every sentence that comes out of those little mouths is just priceless.
thanks to marissa for sharing this with me.