Friday, October 24, 2014

Shattered

Well my big news this week is that yesterday I shattered the screen to my iPhone. I bent over to pick up Eleanor while we were outside, it fell out of my pocket, and the rest is history. Unfortunately, I'm not due for an upgrade for another 8 months, Chris isn't due for an upgrade either, and it's too expensive for us to fix at the moment. Boo.

Needless to say, I will certainly be investing in a LifeProof or OtterBox with my next phone. I had gotten this recommendation from other moms and figured I didn't really need to worry because I'm careful and don't let Eleanor play with my phone, but all it takes is one falling toddler for you to swoop in to avoid injury to the thing that can't be fixed (a.k.a. your kid), and then your phone could end up looking like this:

The saddest part about all of this for me is that I don't actually even use the computer anymore apart from uploading pictures and blogging. I check everything on my phone and often go 3-4 days without touching the computer depending on my work schedule, so it really impacts my day to day significantly.

Thankfully though, it's just a phone. That's not to say I'm not bummed about it, but at least it was a thing, not a person. One day I'll have another that I'll hopefully not break (and as a side note, why hasn't Apple invented a shatter-proof screen with all the technology advances they've made? Ridiculous.), but in the meantime, I can be comforted by the fact that "cracked phones are totally a hipster thing." So now I'm kind of like a hipster. (Totally kidding, I am not comforted by this at all, but that is what Chris told me when he saw it after getting home from work.)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rainy day

There were several days in recently that were fairly rainy and I hate when those happen to fall on days that I'm home with Eleanor. We both get pretty stir crazy in the house, so I decided that despite not having a rain coat for her, we were still going to take advantage of going outside. I put her in layers and gave her a hat (that we peeled off as soon as we got inside so she was dry) and she had a blast. She loves water and didn't quite understand the falling from the sky part, but she was into it nonetheless.

I'm okay with rain as long as it's still warm out! We had a blast together :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Homecoming 2014

This year, Homecoming at W&M was a bigger deal for Chris' job. Last year he had mostly football responsibilities, but this year he had events sporadically throughout the whole weekend. This year was also more fun for me as Eleanor enjoyed it more. We basically spent parts of every day this weekend on campus and it was wonderful! Last year, Eleanor spent the entire Homecoming in the moby wrap and this year she marched herself around campus on her own two feet.

Friday we went to the Homecoming parade. Chris was actually in the parade this year, so Eleanor and I planned to watch him pass by (along with the other floats). When Chris walked by though, she got a little over excited and ran out to him, so Eleanor ended up being in the parade this year, too! After Chris got to the end of the parade route, he came back to watch the back half of the parade with us.

On Saturday, we spent the early afternoon visiting tailgates across campus. In basically every parking lot, Eleanor would spend her time collecting and stacking cones.

Then we headed over to the football game.

At halftime, Eleanor and I took a break in the Sunken Gardens so she could run her energy out before heading back to watch the end of the game.

By the end of the game, she was completely exhausted. It was a pretty long day on campus for her, leaving the house around noon and not getting home until 7ish, but she really seemed to enjoy all the fanfare.

And, a little throwback to Homecoming 2005, when my roommates and Chris' roommates all painted up for the football game. If I recall correctly, I believe we used house paint, which did not wash off of the guys' chests very well afterwards (thankfully the girls painted t-shirts). There were also a lot of square-shaped sunburns after that game.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend with mom

This weekend, my mom came down to visit! It happened to be her birthday weekend and we were thrilled that she decided to spend it with us :) She brought her bike down with her and we spent the weekend riding and exploring the trails near our house.

First we rode to Jamestown Island, around, around the island, out to Black's Point, and then back. At one point, Eleanor's trailer ran over a turtle so I had to turn around and get it off the road.

That afternoon while Eleanor was napping, my mom and I got back on our bikes and rode to Surry. We took the ferry over (which I've never taken on a bike) and rode a little bit across the James River. Some of our friends were heading over to go pumpkin picking so we got to enjoy the ferry ride with them!

We had some well deserved birthday cake for my mom that evening. While we were trying to take a picture, Eleanor found the cake with her fingers.

The next day we went to church.

And after church was over, we hit the road again! This time we rode along the Colonial Parkway along the river from Jamestown to College Creek.

Overall it was a great weekend! We rode over 40 miles around our house exploring the area and had a great time. The weather was awesome for riding - cool and overcast but not raining. We really couldn't have picked a better weekend. Happy birthday, Mom!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

More biking

Eleanor and I have been continuing to ride and explore the trails in our area. Chris has recently been borrowing a bike from our neighbor so that he could join us, which has made it all the more fun. We ordered Chris a bike for his birthday, which hasn't gotten here yet, but we are having a great time in the meantime borrowing one.

Eleanor also likes to nap while we ride :) We have since started putting pillows in there for her.

We have also still been riding with Eleanor's friend down the street, and they seem to enjoy going together fairly well. More recently it has gone less than smoothly, but prior to that it was working out very well!

I mean, how cute is she in this helmet?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Maynard Marv

A couple weeks ago, we received a package from my grandparents in the mail. Apparently, one of my grandma's friends had collected dolls and wanted to pass along a couple to Eleanor. Eleanor up to that point did not have any "baby dolls," so I was interested to see what she would think. She absolutely loved them from the start. One is a cabbage patch kid named Maynard Marv (his given name, and I thought it would be appropriate not to change it). This is the one we let Eleanor play with. The other one was a Lee Middleton doll named "Angel Face" that we have put on a shelf in Eleanor's room so she doesn't destroy it.

Eleanor loves for Maynard to do all the things she does, so she walks around and puts him in her high chair, then takes him out and puts him in her stroller, then pushes him around for awhile. Then later she'll try to share her milk with him. It is absolutely the most adorable thing I've ever seen.

When she is upset or crying, I'll put her down and say, "Eleanor, where is Maynard?" and she'll walk around the house, go get him and bring him back to me. She likes to give Maynard (very wet) kisses, too! Her absolute favorite thing to do, though, is to walk outside with Maynard. In this particular picture we had just gotten back from a bike ride and she didn't want to take her helmet off yet (I do not make her wear a helmet to walk on the street). All of our immediate neighbors know all about Eleanor and Maynard now. I love it!

And as Erika (E's auntie) pointed out in the picture above, Eleanor and Maynard are making the exact same face :)