new england

last week, cody, evelyn and i took a trip to the new england area.  it has been a place i have been wanting to visit for a long time and now seemed like a great time.  it was just as beautiful as i pictured and although traveling with a toddler isn't always relaxing, it was a fun getaway for our growing family. 

evelyn finally showed an appreciation for the ocean and couldn't get enough of the sand and water throughout the trip.

"oh, that was cold!"

we packed light and weren't able to bring any beach toys with, but a wonderful family gave evelyn a little shovel.  she could have sat there shoveling for hours!

my babies and i loved finding all the lighthouses; this was my favorite one in portland, maine.

the beach in nantucket was covered in seashells.  my job involved keeping all of said seashells safe.

she was super thrilled about posing in front of the mayflower II.

we started our trip in maine, staying right on the ocean at old orchard beach.  it was a beautiful, but very busy, beach.  evelyn's favorite part was eating breakfast on our patio and watching all the people {and bostons and babies} walk by on their way to the beach.  we took a day to drive around maine and ended up at a state park where we did some hiking.  i started with evelyn in our baby carrier since she just wanted to be held most of the trip, but it didn't take long for her to want to hike herself.  she did such a good job maneuvering all the hills and rocks and trees.  we were impressed and definitely need to take her hiking again!  after staying a few days in maine, we drove down to cape cod where we stayed the rest of our trip.  we took a ferry to nantucket for a day and rented bikes to cruise around the island and find a good beach.  on our last day, cody suggested stopping at plymouth rock where we were able to take a tour of a replica of the mayflower.  it was very interesting and we were all glad we stopped.

i put together another little video of our trip.  enjoy! 


strawberries and eighteen months

yesterday, this little peanut turned eighteen months old and a little peanut she is.  none of her new summer shorts seemed to be fitting so i pulled out some six month clothes from last year and they fit like a dream.  who said kids are expensive ;).  and although her body may be tiny, her personality is not.  the other day at the grocery store an older gentleman commented on what a sweet, quiet little girl she is.  i just chuckled to myself.  if he only knew!  so we have been busy over here learning important things, like using inside voices and how to properly throw our heads back when we laugh.  between that and constant requests for rides on the "lawn mow" with daddy and papa, we sure are enjoying this age.


evelyn's room


after evelyn's first birthday, we decided it was high time to move her out of our bedroom.  we were reluctant to give up our office/guest room, especially with such a large master bedroom.  after a couple months of poor sleeping, however, we took the plunge and it has been great.  we filled it right away with her favorite things-a teepee, books, and stuffed animals-which helped her feel right at home.  i purchased her quilt first and used it as an inspiration for the colors in her room, even though she isn't able to use it quite yet.  since kid's toys tend to be bright and colorful, i kept the rest of the room really light and neutral.  the walls are painted simply white by benjamin moore.  i have the hardest time picking paint colors, but after finding this one i am in love and want to cover my whole house in it.  it is the perfect white.  

while putting her room together, my parents came across my old rocking chair my uncle had made when i was little.  it was fun to incorporate it into her reading nook along with a fun rug for some color.  the picture ledges as bookshelves was an idea i had seen floating around the internets and knew they had to be included in evelyn's room.  for a month straight, every time she walked into her room she would stop and say, "ooooh, books!".  i think it's safe to say she loves it too.  


fifteen months

i couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to share a few pictures of my fifteen month old.  this little girl can be sweet, loud, talkative, cuddly, bossy, and silly all within mere seconds.  she keeps us on our toes!  the way she talks is the best and she is getting used to using her words to make requests instead of grunting/whining/pointing.  my favorite word of hers right now is when she tells boston “no, no, no” and wags her little finger at him.  apparently we must tell him that a lot?  i doubt it will be as cute when she is older.  she was so ready for spring to arrive and has been soaking it all in.  the warm days have brought many trips to the park, chasing boston around the yard, and riding in the tractor with daddy.  her favorite time of day still seems to be when daddy comes home.  she spends his entire lunch hour giving him little squinty-eyed giggles that only seem to make an appearance for him.  she loves her new room, but her little reading corner is probably her favorite.  she could read books all day!  sometimes she prefers reading on her own, other times she requests to sit on my lap.  it is fun to see this passion developing in her!