Currently... August

Sometimes I step up to Blogger and wonder what in the world to write about, because all I take photos of are Ellie. I'd take more pictures of other things, but I actually enjoy not taking a photo of everything we do, and a lot of the time I don't even think about it.

I feel like I live a million miles from the city now, so mostly we hang out or go shopping closer to our house. Once it gets cooler, I'd like to go to the zoo and maybe go into the city more. It's a little too hot for Ellie right now. We actually probably live about 30 mins away, but it feels like much longer when you have a baby.

... Feeling
Sick - blah! Ellie came home from her first week of daycare with a stomach virus that just won't stop. It's been nearly a week now and she is still sad and having an upset stomach after ever meal. Today's actually the first day that her mood has been a little better and she has eaten a little more. The doctor said the bug lasts 7-10 days, so I'm hoping she feels better soon. I picked up a little cold from her but nothing as bad as what she's got.

She was totally cool at the doctor's office, waving at people (who were actually not facing her haha), until the nurse came over and interacted with us, and then it was screams the rest of the visit. She is not a fan of the doctor, or strangers touching her.



These pics are from two different days but apparently, I really like this outfit this week!

... Starting something new
Greg started work this week - yay! He's got two weeks of training and he'll start his job after that.

I've been at my job for two months now and it's been good so far. My boss was very understanding with Ellie being sick... I am not looking forward to taking her to daycare next week. Except for her being sick, I have enjoyed spending time with her this week.

... Expecting total chaos
I think we better hunker down this weekend, because I have heard the eclipse traffic near us is going to be crazy. We are apparently right in the path and there are people coming from all over and booking hotels to see it. My work is only a 5 minute drive, and I plan to do a half day on Monday.

... Watching
Moana on repeat. Ellie likes the songs and I love watching the animation - I hadn't seen it before recently and it's absolutely gorgeous. I love the songs, too.

Here she is enjoying a scene, and also a sneaky pic of me from forever ago, because this is my mom's house:

... Reading
Tale as Old as Time by Liz Braswell. It's a good read, so far - an interesting spin on Beauty and the Beast. I've got a couple books to pick up from the library but have felt more like spacing out on Facebook than reading since I've been sick. Mostly, I just want to sleep and not concentrate. I'm actually feeling better today than I have been - probably due to the downtime with Ellie and lots of Dayquil to help me breathe at night.

We have been inside a lot lately because it is baking hot here in SC. I am looking forward to fall and winter, even though it's going to be an adjustment for me coming from somewhere where we usually get at least several inches of snow at some point in the winter. I'm hoping I can still get into the fall & winter spirit here!

Friday Favorites

I have a lot of updates I could talk about, but it's Friday and that is a fabulous day, so I'm going to share some favorites.

... Shirt
I don't usually buy any clothes full price if I can avoid it, but I accidentally wandered out of the clearance baby clothes section at Target, and I had to get this shirt. It also has a cute tulip cut back - I'm so excited for Ellie to wear it. We found some cute tees on clearance for her - I stalk the baby section every week to see what's new.

... Hair Product
Renpure Cleansing Conditioner - I heard about this conditioner which both cleans and conditions your hair, so you don't have to use shampoo with it. So far, so good. I have oily-prone hair, and it has been soft and not oily since starting to use this every other day. I've still been using regular shampoo and conditioner about once a week, just so I get a shampoo in but it may be fine without it.
... Food
A magical mom friend online sent me a box of cookies! There was a story that involved Greg eating all the cookies and me complaining (I get hangry without dessert), so she sent me lots of cookies. I am thinking the stroopwafels look especially delicious.

... Baby book
Ellie has taken a big interest in this 100 First Words book. She's started pointing at the different pictures, and I like to read it with her.

... Project
Greg built Ellie a dollhouse bookcase! He's really amazing at woodworking, and we'd seen these style bookcases on Pinterest, so he found some plans and we changed the sizes to work for what we wanted. It took a few weekends and now she has a custom bookcase! He did 99% of the work - I just made the plan on Photoshop and helped him paint a few parts.

Have you tried any stroopwafels? What books should I put on my baby book wishlist? Hope you have a fantastic Friday and weekend.

What I've Been Reading

I really love Show Us Your Books time. It's the one of the only times I post, recently! I'll check back in with regular stuff sometime - long story short, Ellie started daycare this week (help us all, I am so worried!) and Greg is starting work next week. We have lots of changes happening and we are going to have to settle into an all new routine. She also recently turned 10 months old - holy moly, almost a year.


I read some great books this month, which all happen to be part of my choices for Erin's book challenge.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - 4.5 stars

Loved this book. I liked that the author was able to present so many different viewpoints but with no doubt about how she felt. The main plot point happens early on and the rest is about the events that happen afterward. I think that the author said things well and it was heartfelt.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman - 4.5 stars

This was my first book by Fredrik Backman and I loved it. It's about a small hockey town and the people who live in it. I loved the characters, especially Benji and Peter. I pictured Peter as Peter from Parenthood, another character I love. Side note, I enjoy watching hockey in person but have no particular passion for hockey and the hockey bits were not so important in the story.

Watership Down by Richard Adams - 5 stars

I'm not sure how to describe this one because it's always been a favorite of mine. I love that the rabbits are so rabbit-like but also have human characteristics. I like the slight mystical element and the language invented for their kind. There is a new movie being made for Netflix that I am excited about, starring James McAvoy , John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, and other fabulous people. I don't remember seeing the older film but it's known for being quite violent, which I did not find the book to be. It seemed more an adventure book with sweet characters to me.

Currently Reading:

I highly recommend all of the books this month. I'm linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books.