happy halloween!

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happy halloween! we have two very excited firefighters at our house that cannot wait to get outside and put out some fires while  trick-or-treating later today! i thought halloween was fun before, but with toddlers who can really grasp it and are honestly living for it this year, it’s a whole new world of awesome.

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toddler eats: lunch!

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i’m excited to have kelsey nixon back to share some of her ideas for creating the perfect lunches for little ones! we get into a lunch-rut more than i’d like to admit at our house with E and S so hopefully you’ll find these ideas and examples as helpful as we did! i especially love that kelsey believes it’s important to keep offering new and different foods to your little ones, even if they remain untouched on their plate, to help expand and grow their toddler palate.  ...

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A nod and a smile.

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there was a moment last night during family home evening, where the littles and i were sitting on the sofa singing the wiseman built his house upon a rock, as josh played it on the piano, that i caught samson’s eye and he gave me this great very grown up, adult like head-nod, almost to say, “i sure love you mom.” or at least that is what it felt like his little head nod was saying as he raised his hands high above his head singing about the rain coming down....

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a weekend in chicago!

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we were in chicago the other week to celebrate the marriage of some dear friends! we all met ten years ago as freshmen at juilliard so it’s been such an incredible experience as a friend to get to watch this relationship progress over the past decade and witness such a beautiful wedding last week!

a few photos below from our weekend in chicago…

^^^the ceremony, dinner and reception were just gorgeous. ...

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our favorite apps for little ones

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like most parents, josh and i try hard to keep screen time with our kiddos to a minimum.  in the beginning when they were babes it was like, “no way. never. they will never look at or touch a screen!” (oh the things we say before we’re parents, or as new parents. i’m so guilty of all of it…)  then we were introduced to baby signing time by a friend when eleanor was around a year old (i can’t recommend it enough ps, it’s so good) and after she picked up several signs the very first time she watched the DVD with us, we realized not all tv shows or apps aimed at children are bad.  ...

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