She’s four months old already! And with this post, I am finally caught up with my baby blog backlog (say that 3x fast) and…I’m sorry little dude, there are so many photos of your little sis and not as many of you this month. I’ll do better in September. 🙁
We are HUGE tea drinkers in this household and in January of this year I discovered Whittard of Chelsea tea providers and there are very, very few teas they sell that we dislike. I made it a personal quest to give them All the Money this year (the grey boxes and colored tins are all from them), but let me tell you, we’re not going to coffee shops much right now, and it’s like having a Very Fancy Tea Shop in the corner of our kitchen. Here you can see August’s(!) acquisition, along with the beautification of the tea rack. Recommendations? I like fruity and floral black teas, and their Piccadilly, English Rose, and Covent Garden blends are fabulous.
My wonderful friend Carla of Pink Skies Photography took branding photos of me (for social media and my website)! We had such a fun time photographing together! I’ll share the photos I took of her soon.
My daughter’s curl game is STRONG.
Baby bunny infestation of cute in the backyard (for now – there are no plants in the backyard we particularly value), and the DEAL OF THE CENTURY: $50 7 ft tall fiddle leaf figs from Costco!
Chomping on the baby carrier and giving mom a hickey.
In mid-August our phones pinged with another “severe thunderstorm” alert. They’ve been happening all summer, about one every two weeks, and you get a bunch of wind, the neighbor’s tree loses a few branches, the woodchippers come the next day, the end. WELLLL, this was the first time the tornado sirens went off and we were like, “it isn’t the first Tuesday of the month at 10 AM (when they test the siren). GRAB THE KIDS NOW.” Apparently a crazy windstorm called a Derecho started up in Nebraska and decided to bring extreme gusts of wind (and tornadoes!) to Chicago. We went for a walk and found this scene. It was like this all over town!
Beautiful housewarming cookies from my dear friend. Find her on Instagram! They were as delicious as they were beautiful.
Happy girl on a quilt made by her well-loved great-grandma. 🙂
Supervising as Dad and I unpack toys from the cousins! I love that eyebrow raise in the first one, like, “ooh, what have we here?”
Little dude was a bit tired out after a trip to the zoo with friends!
We scored a baby papaya tree (YES IN CHICAGO) from the local gardening group!!
Fabulous shoes and a fabulous note from my wonderful photographer friend Carla!
When your wife is a photographer and she says the baby is dressed up and the light is good, you drop what you’re doing and go outside for photos. Or else. Haha!!
Look at those curls!
Trying to eat my arm, as usual.
Her brother has a kind heart – when he sees her upset he comes over and tries to comfort her. Let it be known that I came over to save her right after documenting this!
Grandma (with COVID antibodies) came to visit! It was SO GOOD to see family after so long!
Headed back to small, in-person, socially distanced school this fall!
We put her in zipper swaddles because she kept Houdini-ing her way out of the velcro ones, and YET, if we have her arms free, she’ll flail while sleeping, hit herself in the head, and wake herself up.
Impromptu al fresco dining. The table was bouncing the light into his eyes. 🙁
CHEEKS, and, little guy made a duplo heart for mom. 🙂
Love this guy. 🙂
Got a soft hedgehog friend, Mom!
Friends, we are caught up!! Join me in two weeks for the September installment. 🙂
Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (Chicago, IL metro area) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!