Eleanor Love ~ 11 months

Eleanor Love

11 months

Guess who is walking!!! 

  Ellie's not walking everywhere, though. She still prefers to crawl when in a hurry to get to where she wants to go (mainly from the living room to the kitchen). She is taking up to 8 or 9 steps at a time. Our current apartment is so small that she really doesn't have room to take more! I took a video of her at 10 months taking up to five steps before falling, but haven't been able to video her taking up to nine steps. She's definitely not a show pony, capturing her doing cute stuff is hit or miss. Its like she knows exactly what I am doing when I go to grab my iPhone. Eleanor prefers standing to sitting. And she really only walks to her big brother, Ezra. Which, as you can imagine, makes Ezra feel very proud!
  Miss Love now has six teeth and four buds of teeth coming in... yikes! She's had such a hard time with cutting teeth this go around. We haven't tried any new foods this past month, but Ellie is getting better at chewing solids. She is also getting better at feeding herself. She would already have that mastered if I still had our highchair. I'm strongly considering just buying another one from IKEA. I finally found a sippy cup that doesn't leak everywhere, so she's doing really well with drinking from a sippy. Most babies already have this mastered because they're bottle fed. Eleanor never took a bottle. (might have mentioned that in earlier posts)

  Her hair has grown so much these past few months. It's still an ash blonde color, although it photographs a darker blonde. Ellie has curls all over, just like her dad and I, but I mostly dry it so that it looks wavy/straight. I remember that Ezra had the same kind of hair when he was a baby. (His hair is naturally wavy now, though) Her hair is long enough now for baby pig-tails and a baby ponytail, but her hair is so short, still, on top that it looks kinda funny if I try to style it in those ways. But I have to admit, it looks super cute! I might have mentioned this in a previous post but, her eyes have settled on a beautiful hazel color, constantly changing from an emerald green to a pretty golden brown.

  Eleanor's new favorite thing is to blow kisses. Its probably the cutest thing EVER! I have a video of her blowing kisses that I sent to Justin while he was at work. 
Heart = melted. 
She also waves bye-bye, but only every once in awhile. She places her hand, flat, up to her ear and "talks" (baby jabbers)- mimicking me talking on the phone. She also hands objects/toys to you. We call it "sharing" when she hands something to Ezra. A learning experience for both kids! This is all part of her process of copying gestures.

  She still tries to say words that we say. Her new word is: eyes. I'm trying to teach her eyes, nose, mouth, ears, head, and hands... but she just bursts out laughing every single time I get to mouth! She is starting to help more with getting dressed by holding her arms up or out and stepping out of her pants. Which she gets really eager to do when it is bath time! She's a baby Neptune just like her big brother!

  Eleanor has favorite toys and objects. She usually goes for the plastic measuring cups, her pretend tea cup, and small books. I like to think she takes after me, going for tea and books- ha! Miss Love enjoys story time. She also loves dancing! My goodness, this baby girl can move! I have so many videos of her dancing. The funny thing is, she'll dance to anything! Her toy piano that plays music, actual music (any genre), and even to the made up songs that I sing to her and Ezra throughout the day! She cracks us up. I cannot wait to put her in dance classes when she gets older.

11 month milestones {some are repeats from 10 months}- Says: Momma, Dada, Bubba, Ezra, This, Yeah, Texas, & Eyes- all very plainly; Repeats sounds and words; Stands on her own (at 8 months); Took a step on her own 9 months; Walked at 10 months -- took more than 6 steps at 10 months; Eating more solids; Responds to and correctly understands commands; Copies facial expressions and gestures- her new favorite is blowing kisses!;  Still super clingy with me; Stands on her own (in middle of the room without assistance from furniture or someone)- Cruises holding on to furniture; Loves having books read to her; Can feed herself; Loves playing alongside Ezra; Has 6 teeth and counting; Looks for things hidden- and knows exactly where things are, too.; Points at objects; Responds to simple, spoken, requests; Tries to say words you say; Mimics and repeats sounds back to you; Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing.

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Ezra Grey, age three.

Ezra Grey

age, three.

For his third birthday, I asked Ezra a series of
questions to complete a list of his favorite things.
 Here they are...

A list of favorites:

Favorite TV show: Zerby Derby, PAW Patrol, and Super Wings.
Favorite books: the Berenstain Bears books
Favorite Food: pancakes, blueberries, apples, cucumbers, hamburgers.
Favorite sport: golf  (definitely a Hodges...)
Favorite thing to wear: "big boy" underwear 
Favorite place: Texas and Gran's house
Favorite color: red
Favorite animal: kitty cats
Favorite thing to do: play and put puzzle pieces together.
Favorite place to have fun: playground
Favorite place to shop:  Disney Store, Target, and HPBooks

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+ currently +

+ currently +

a list of random, current, favorites from the past couple months:


I have watched way more than this.
These are just the ones I would recommend watching:

Ida (2013)
Foxcatcher (2014)
Barbara (2012)
Ordet (1955)
Two Moon Junction (1988)
The Conformist (1970)
Sweet Charity (1969)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Hunger Games- Mockingjay pt.1 (2014)

apps (most used) & blogs:
 I'm sure everyone has heard of, or uses, Dropbox. I've known about it for years but never used it, although my husband did/does. I didn't think it would be useful to me or something I would use- mostly, because I didn't know what Dropbox actually was. I finally downloaded it a few months back. Its super handy, I use it everyday. I use it mainly for the next app...

My go-to photo editing app.  Premade photo editing templates never looked cleaner or easier to use. The VSCOgrid (a link to my VSCO grid) is a wonderful outlet to showcase your best photography. (I think Visual Supply Company killed Flickr.) The company has an eye for modern photography (although sometimes more than not, they tend to be a bit  biased on photographs "without substance"; the kind that is currently popular with the so-called hipsters). The easily curated way of making digital photography mimic film saves countless time in lightroom and photoshop. I have even been chosen to have some of my photography selected for their curated grid!
(search instagram with hashtag #vscocam)

 Because, who doesn't want to know where to get the best deal on gas near you!
So handy, and free!

The Kindred Women 
 I just adore the girl who created this blog. Colie has such a beautiful and loving soul. I thoroughly enjoy reading each and every post, and am honored to be a guest blogger!

Live Love DIY
I adore this blog. Truly adore.
I think Virginia and I would make great friends, which is probably really weird to say.
My interest in flipping houses, buying a fixer upper, and doing complete remodels brought me to her blog.
The cute DIYs and just her personality through her writing keeps me coming back.

A Beautiful Mess
I have followed Elsie's blog since 2008.
Back before she was married, and back when
she just made paintings and crochet bear-ear hats!
Something about her fun personality keeps me reading her blog.
Also, all the super cute, and often really handy, DIYs.
Loving her blog contributors as well.

Good Flow Honey Co. local Austin, Texas honey. (a pantry staple)

HEB brand almond granola bars

The freshly made, in store, Texas style medium salsa from the HEB deli. I'd say that it is better than Whole Foods... and super HOT! I can't get enough. I basically eat it everyday for lunch, even if it does set my mouth on fire 20 minutes after I eat it!

classic hummus with corn chips
(gluten free! and, my go-to snack!
Plus, Eleanor L O V E S sharing classic hummus with me)

Half Price Books
a.k.a, Ezra's favorite place (besides the playground and toys stores, of course)
We usually go book shopping on Sunday afternoons. Stopping first to get coffee for hubs and a chia tea latte for me at Starbucks, which is, haphazardly, located right next door to where we currently live...
copper paint pens.
I've updated and upcycled so many things with copper paint. 
Can't stop won't stop.

Also, currently giving our bedroom a much need makeover and revamp.
I've narrowed down a "theme" and DIY updated the wall art and items that go on the bedside tables. Now, just to paint our fourposter bed and purchase new, coordinating, and much needed, linens at IKEA.

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Eleanor Love ~ 10 months

Eleanor Love

10 months

  My little hazel-eyed girl is growing by leaps and bounds! Her little features keep changing and she is getting taller and "slimming up" some. She now has five teeth and is trying to walk! She took her first step by herself (without holding on to something) at nine months, and took three steps the day before she turned ten months old! But, she doesn't quite yet have the confidence to take more steps or to walk- on her own, that is. She still walks when holding onto fingers and she also walks around furniture (a.ka. "cruising").

  I've started to introduce her to more solid foods of different taste and texture. She is getting better at chewing, or "mashing" her foods. Soon, she will be drinking from a sippy cup. She is still breastfed, but occasionally will drink water from a cup (usually mine.) Her current favorite foods are: classic hummus, bananas, anything mixed with kale and spinach, Greek yogurt, and amaranth. She has one premade food that is a mixture of pumpkin, dates, oats, and chia- I tasted it and it was amazing! I would totally eat it! Actually, it reminds me of my loved chia tea latte that I get from Starbucks!  So it's safe to say that she has been eating quite an assortment of food blends for her budding palate! If anyone reading is wondering what premade baby foods we buy: Plum Organics and Sprout Organic baby food. Both companies also make organic go-to snacks for us adults, too. Just FYI.

  Eleanor has added the word, Yeah, to her vocabulary. Which is hilarious! If you ask her a question her answer is, "Yeah!" I know all too soon she will be saying "No!", ha! She "jabbers" non-stop and has the sweetest baby girl voice!

  She still responds to being told "no". She also still responds to her name being called. If she leaves the room all I need to do is say, "Eleanor, come in here to Mommy." and she stops, turns around, and comes to me- or at least in the same room from where I called to her.

10 month milestones {some are repeats from 9 months}- Says: Momma, Dada, Bubba, Ezra, This, & Yeah- all very plainly; Repeats sounds and words; Stands on her own (at 8 months); Took a step on her own 9 months; Eating more solids; Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach (constantly!); Smiles really big when you say her name, responds to her name, responds to and understands "No" and stops what she is doing; Listens to commands such as "Eleanor, do 'pretty picture in a frame' " and, "Eleanor, get your baby.";  Copies facial expressions and gestures- her favorite being sticking out her tongue!;  Still very clingy with me. However she now lets her daddy put her to sleep; Stands on her own (in middle of the room without assistance from furniture or someone)- Stands holding onto something, too; loves having books read to her; Tries feeding herself; Still enjoys playing peek-a-boo, Ezra plays this game with her all the time; Has 5 teeth; Still loves playing with Ezra; watches the path of objects as they fall (usually her bath toys falling/being thrown out of her bathtub); Looks for things hidden- and knows exactly where things are, too.; Points at objects;responds to simple, spoken, requests; tries to say words you say; Mimics and repeats sounds back to you; Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing.

all images and content © Annalee Hodges