Monday, March 30, 2015

June's Bonnet

DoodleBug is bringing back the bonnet. Especially for boys. Because, as they say, boys rock bonnets, too. And June... more than rocks a bonnet.

But first. Olive is a Cootie.

"Coooootie, cooootie, cooootie, cooooootie."

June did some shopping. He is sliding a coin through the little credit card swipe slot.

And.... bonnet!

June's drinking face.... ha!

I love his feet. So much.

His bonnet is reversible.. the ears are removable.. overall it's pretty amazing. If you want to see more really cute photos of June in his bonnet, check out the gallery.

Pancake Adventure

Last week Olive and June received adorable handmade mice in the mail from DoodleBug. These mice are inspiration to be adventurous and get and explore. The goal is that there will be a community on Instagram to share and inspire adventure and exploration.

The day after we received the mice was chilly and windy and we were without a car.. so we took our mice on a pancake adventure. I was eager to play with them right away and wanted to do something fun, but outside didn't sound like a fun option.

Our kitchen is mid mini renovation. Don't mind the.. textured.. backsplash.

The mice helped me prepare everything.

Olive did all of the work while June looked on and supervised the mice.

This is June's mouse.

Olive requested that we make pear pancakes. Good idea!

Hi, Olive's mouse.

Olive stood on her kitchen stool while June stood on a chair. I think I might modify our kitchen stool into one of those DIY learning towers that I keep seeing all over. We didn't have a learning tower for Olive.. she did fine with the stool. But with two kiddos it would be nice to not have to worry about June falling (or climbing!) while I'm busy with something else.

June was keeping the mice entertained but kept trying to hand Olive her mouse while she was busy working.

With mice in hand we went to the other side of the kitchen.

June made the microwave beep while Olive worked on pancake cooking.

And mouse face smashing?


Click here to see all of the photos of pancake making.

A Four Year Old.

Olive, June, Tyler, and I went to the Guthrie Theater to take Olive's official four year old photos, a few weeks after she turned four. We got a late start so the theater was already buzzing with activity but we found a few quiet corners and did our best.

After seeing the photos that I took of Ben and Ali at the Guthrie, Olive wanted to go to the same spot for hers. It had been a couple of years since she last visited.

June was much more interested in running around than sitting still for anything that might pass as a photo of him and his sister.

Olive will rarely, but occasionally, smile when asked. But it's a little... forced looking.

For kids of all ages I really prefer lifestyle type sessions where there is no pressure placed on anyone. But with the theater filling with patrons we were in a bit of a hurry and I had to go the "look at me and smile" route a little bit.

It was a good try.

June saw some ladies.

Isn't June's back just lovely?

I wanted to get a few photos of Olive wearing this dress that I won from an amazing handmade clothing company in Vermont, DoodleBug.

At this point she wasn't overly enthusiastic about being photographed. So.... jumping!

At some point she tripped and her mood went quite sour.



Just a little one?

So we tried her last outfit.

Can't say it really helped though.

At this point June and Tyler had left to explore elsewhere. Olive looked eager to get moving as well.

We took a little break out on the endless bridge. Again.. totally full of patrons.

So we made our way to the amber lounge, which I assumed would also be packed.

We started by checking out the construction of the new football stadium. The amber lounge offers impressive, albeit somewhat amber hued, views.


We switched to the east side of the space and found one little corner void of people.

I'm so glad we did. These are, by far, my favorite.

If you would like to see the entire gallery of Olive's four year old portraits, click here.