We recently did her one-year photo shoot. My friend, Niki, was so sweet and offered to do them for free when I asked if she would be up for taking them! Elaina was a champ and did great, and the weather was beautiful that day. So all the really great looking pictures in this post were taken that day :)
Still loves to eat. Food, paper, dirt, rocks--you know, she doesn't discriminate ;)
Speaking of...bleh. Molars are the worst! Poor baby will wake up just screaming in the middle of the night. It's the saddest thing ever!
Full on big sister. She loves it most days. That is, except when Elaina is following her around (something she'll need to get used to!). Evie has such a sweet heart and I love getting to hear her thoughts. She is always making connections and she has a fantastic memory. She is always surprising me with details and random things that she remembers!
For the past month she has insisted on being called Moana. Only she adds an "l" and says, "No, say 'Malana.'" She was sick today (3/8) so I was only corrected maybe 5 times. In her sickness she forgot for most of the day and I made the most of my time, haha. I loved getting to snuggle with her more today and read to her lots and lots. It was great :) Elaina was sad to be missing out on her playmate though and kept going over to the couch to touch her face or tug on her blanket.
Graham is working nights. He loves his coworkers and where he works, but it is rough on his body. So pretty much we never know what his schedule is going to look like and what time he goes to sleep or wakes up. This is much harder on me than him, since I thrive on plans and schedules/routines.
Pretty much all that is on Graham's mind lately is our cruise and beach trip that we have planned! Graham and I will be going on a 5-night Carnival cruise in early July. He loves to research and has been enjoying that. In September we will be going as a family to Fort Morgan, Alabama with two other families to spend a week at the beach there. So excited!!
I've been on a podcast-listening kick lately and love finding a new podcast that I can go back and start at the beginning of, listening while I do dishes/laundry or while in the car (though Evie prefers to listen to audio books or podcasts she's already familiar with). Some current ones I'm listening to: Wild+Free, Risen Motherhood, The Next Right Thing, Storyformed, Read Aloud Revival.
I'm also in the middle of a million different books. I used to be a one book at a time kind of girl. Not so much anymore. It's nice to have a couple options so I can choose whatever I'm in the mood for at the time. My favorite at the moment that I'm reading is Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think We Do. So good. And right up my alley. Follow me on Goodreads for more of what I'm reading.
My days consist of taking care of a home and feeding/clothing two children. Warmer weather means less opportunities to easily keep them in fleece jammies all day long, but pj days are so much fun ;) I try to read my scriptures during the day, normally when I put Evie down for her nap. Elaina loves that I have something out that she knows she can't have, so of course she is immediately trying to climb all over me as I try to focus on reading. (Though this habit is getting tricky with transitioning nap schedules...It's always something!) I've also started setting reminders on my phone for things like "compliment Evie" or "pray for patience." I have these set on daily and I like using that as a means to refocus and be attentive.
Also, as I don't post on here often and my current use of Facebook is to share this blog, check a couple groups for ideas, and attend/host Usborne Books parties....if you're looking for more, request a follow on Instagram. But don't be offended if I don't approve it. Heh. I'm keeping my account followers to people I actually know and have an in-person relationship with.
My scripture for this month is Psalm 30:5. I've only memorized the second half of it. I'm undecided as to whether or not I'll memorize the first half. The second half is "therefore, weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."