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December 07, 2017


ummm...remember when i was pregnant with kaye? and then i blinked and now i have a third daughter who is three months old, has started sitting up in a bumbo, drools like a crazy person, smiles ALL THE TIME, and has the chubbiest boobies i've ever seen...

yeahhhh...the days are long but the years are short. never has there been a truer statement. (especially yesterday. yesterday was a long day.) but let's take a pause...

first of all, if you need to get caught up, you can find elli's birth story here.

and then her one month update here, and her two month here.

this month was a wild one. we have our farmer busy trying to finish up his corn. there was thanksgiving with a big road trip to california, and all things school related. (seriously - the girls go to school two days a week and i don't know what i'm going to do when it's five days a week. i already feel like there is always something going on.) i took a work trip to california for four days. i tried to smuggle elli along with me, but my farmer all but kicked me out the door at 6 am and said, "don't call us until sunday night."

he loves me, guys. he really does.

pair all this with other work obligations - if someone had told me that two months after having elli my design business would be the busiest it's ever been i would have said - shut your filthy mouth. but it really has blown up. when it rains it pours.

the only downside is that i absolutely hate the idea of it taking away from time with my gals. so typically i stay up late and / or wake up super early (even if i've been up with elli in the night)...and then there are the hours i can steal here and there when our farmer takes elli farmering and the gals are at school. we're juggling.

thank god elli is so very very easy breezy go with the flow.

let's talk about elli.

let's talk about how she still smiles ear to ear every time i get her out of her crib. let's talk about the insane amount of bubbles and drool she creates after every nursing session. let's talk about how when i was in california i pumped for four days and i'm pretty sure my boobs will never be the same...but on that note...elli takes a bottle like a champion and my farmer successfully kept all three girls alive and ridiculously happy for four days all on his own. i can't even do that.


nicknames | the baby (quite literal), sweet baby girl, elli boo boo, poopies

size | sweet girl is growing and growing. she's definitely in the 14 pound range and i just bought her some new clothes that are 6 - 9 months...because she's just so long. whyyyyy? why can't my last baby stay itty-bitty for just a little longer?

but as we're discussing her kind of makes me think that maybe she won't be the advanced walkers her sisters were. (9 and 10 months, respectively.) i mean...elli just has such a giant head. that's got to throw her balance off. i know it's throwing off her tummy time. she has such a hard time lifting that melon off the floor. bless her.

sleep | my sweet muff is a sleeper. she wakes around 7 am and then takes her first name about an hour later. she repeats that pattern all day and then goes down for the night around 7pm. i'll be super duper jazzed when she starts taking those two long naps a day. that's always a game-changer for productivity.

eats | girlfriend...when she was drinking from a bottle with my farmer i guess she was going ever 3 - 5 hours. now that i'm home...hey mom! i want to eat every 2 hours, mmmmk? so...that's been fun, but whatever. she's a hungry muff and i love those opportunities to just hold her and smell her and rub her sweet head. she's just so soft. (did things just get weird?)

loves | elli loves her farmer, sisters, and me. that's all that matters. oh...and she loves sleeping and eating and getting her picture taken and going for adventures...and did i mention eating and sleeping? she's also started to enjoy time on her play mat. there's a particular rattle that she makes eyes at. laser focus, that one. she'll whap and whap it...and i love it. (it's the little things.)

dislikes | oh mercy. with all the things she loves, i know exactly what she doesn't love. she does not love when sawyer scares her. there have been a few instances when sawyer has taken it upon herself to jump in the area of elli while they're on the couch or get in her face unexpectedly...and it just sends elli right into panic mode and lots of crying. luckily, that hasn't happened for awhile. i think it scared sawyer too, so hopefully we're past that.

i'd like to say that having three kids is getting easier...but's just getting busier. i feel like my head is spinning a lot of the time and that i'm always trying to play catch up. i haven't been able to work out consistently or keep up on the laundry...but it's worth it and i know it won't be like this forever. because...guys. look at her!

elli girl - you're too much! keep up the chubbiness, cuteness, and sweetness and we'll all get along juuuuuust fine.

December 06, 2017


soooo...reflecting back on my childhood, teeth falling out was a big deal. a right of passage. i also remember being super wimpy about it and humming and hawing and letting said tooth dangle for weeks until eventually i was brave enough to let my dad "pull" it (and by pull i mean tap because that's all it took). 

i also remember being around eight years old when my teeth started falling out. eight. not barely five.

but, sure enough...kaye pulled her second tooth last night. yes, you read that right. she pulled her own tooth. the first tooth she pulled in the car on the way home from school back in september. and then last night she decided to pull her tooth after rough-housing with her farmer. i just...that girl. she's far braver than i ever was. by a long shot.

as i was putting her to bed last night she asked me if the tooth fairy was going to visit her. i told her, "of course! just like last time!" (last time the tooth fairy left a special note and some's set a precedent.)

and because i wasn't sure i wanted to write out notes for all the teeth she's going to lose plus all the teeth her sisters will lose i decided to make a little tooth fairy printable that i can easily print out, fill out, and tuck under her pillow. 

guess what, you can do this too. i made a 5x7" card for boys and girls. all you have to do is fill out the blank spaces, mark the boxes, and fork over the cash.

so here's to the bravest five year old i know. i hope she doesn't call me out and express that she'd prefer special, hand-written notes from now on. 

feel free to pin for later!
December 05, 2017


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it's the most wonderful time of the year. it's the most wonderful time of the year. i usually just repeat this to myself over and over again as we're getting our family pictures taken.

but then...when i receive the family pictures and start browsing all the holiday card possibilities i'm like -


not only am i actually in some of the pictures with my farmer and my three best gals (mom problems), but it's my chance to share with our nearest and dearest how the girls have grown over the last year our family grew this year. hi elli! pictures were taken and our holiday cards have been selected, ordered and arrived from minted. i know, i know. i sound like a broken record when it comes getting my brag on about one of my most favorite companies. but when you find quality - stick with it.

i'm absolutely in love with our holiday cards every year - the paper is thick, the designs you get to choose from are just beautiful (and designed by independent artists), and from the time i clicked order, my cards arrived in three days. no joke.

(insider scoop - you can get 20% off your holiday card order of $150+ with the code BRIGHT17 through december 11th.)

that's not an insider scoop. it just says that right at the top of the minted site.

so yes. i have our cards ordered and now comes the hard part. getting them all addressed. i lie. that's the easy part! minted has this beautiful thing called the address assistant. a few years ago i plugged all our addresses in there (and now i just add to it) and all the addresses are printed (for free) and the cards arrived ready to be stuffed, stamped, and mailed. such a snap.
thank you minted. lawd knows i don't have time to write 250 addresses out. no. it time for me to stop oohing and ahing about my love affair with minted. did things just get weird? okay - but just one more thing. minted really does the very best job when it comes to paper goods. i've used them for home decor, birthday parties, baby showers, and our holiday cards for years now and never once have they disappointed. in fact...they just keep getting better. (see my original post here.)

this year i stepped away from the gold foil and went with a sweet, delicate branch design (found here) for our christmas card and it's just so gorgeous. it matches our picture perfectly...and aside from sawyer looking off into space (huh?)...i'm so pleased with how it turned out.

the other detail i love is that you can add more pictures to the back - which i did...because it gave me that much more opportunity to brag on my beautiful family. can add other backers such as a note or family update or even just a pre-designed look.

if you haven't ordered your holiday cards yet - give minted a go! they also have a wonderful selection of new year cards. that way everybody will think you planned it that way...right? right.

not in the market for a holiday card - have a look at their other goodies - stockings, holiday decor, and customizable gifts! the list goes on and on.

happiest holidays!

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