Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015

The beginning of October is my all time favorite weekend in the Bay!  In addition to it being Daddy Beetle’s birthday (Happy Birthday), it is the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which is a free music festival in Golden Gate Park where you can picnic, BYOB, bring your dogs and is super family-friendly.


Toes Are Fun!

Henry is starting to become obsessed with his little toes!  He likes to pull off one of his socks and pick at his toenails. Where in the world did he learn this?  I have no idea, but it cracks me up.

Is it part of the baby process? Is it a quirk?

I constantly ask myself, “Is this Henry being Henry or is this Henry being a baby?”

I don’t know the answer, but I’m okay with whatever it is.toes2 toes

An Abundance of Henry(s)

My sister in law’s best friend was visiting SF from Portland so it was a must that we got our Henry(s) together. Her Henry, Henry Sal, was born six weeks after my Henry, Henry Hayes!

The two were too cute together! Hen and I met them at the Fairmont Hotel in Ghirardelli Square and had a glass for wine while the Henrys got to know each other.

Most would think that 7 and 8 month old babes won’t play together but these two were touching each other’s faces, sharing toys, and smiling and squawking at each other. It was so fun to see!

The Front Facing Carrier – Lille Baby

Henry is a curious little man!  He is always wide-eyed observing his surroundings.  To help him with this, we decided to get a forward facing carrier.  It’s been on the to do list for a couple weeks, but I’ve been scouring Craigslist and mom group forums to find a used one, which wasn’t really working.

However, I recently went to a baby consignment shop and found this Lille Baby one for $20!  For a carrier that costs $120 new, I couldn’t pass up this deal!

We had a chance to try it out this weekend and loved it! With some many different brands out there, it can seem overwhelming to get the “right” one.

Reasons we like it?

a) It has a zippered pocket – score!  I can easily keep my keys, ID, and debit card on my body without carrying a purse.

b) It has a little hood that attaches to protect the baby from the sun if we forget his sun hat.  Awesome!

c) It is sturdy and well made!  It’s also super comfortable for the wearer and the baby.

d) It has an adjustable seat size so that you can carry the tiniest of babies all the way up to 45 pounds while providing ergonomic support.


bed head. don’t care. 



This has been a LOOONNGG week. I have been missing Henry like crazy while I work, and he spends the day with the nanny.  

Even though he is a busy body and requires a ton of energy that leaves me exhausted by the time the sun sets, I live for those moments.  I try to soak up every moment. Every interaction. Every facial expression. Every squeak.  Eye rub. Yawn. Alligator tear.  

I find myself staring at him wondering how my body created something so perfect.  So sweet.  So loving.  

SF Park Fun

on weekends, we like to get out of the house and explore the city.  With the Saturday morning farmers’ market being a quick train ride away, we usually kick off Saturdays with a trip there for breakfast and snacks. 

Right outside the farmers market is a huge playground that I’ve been wanting to take Henry. Last time we went, he was awake so we laid down a blanket and played in the sunshine. 


Invited: A Birthday Party Celebration!

Over the weekend, we were invited to our neighbor’s 3rd birthday party!  This was Henry’s second birthday party he’s attended and with a few more on the books for the next couple of months, he is going to be a party-guest pro by the end of the year!IMG_4014

This guy was making balloon animals for the kids! This photo captures him in the middle of making Elsa from the movie Frozen.  He was amazing to watch, and the kids were loving him!IMG_4016

He generously offered to make one for Henry on a “stick” so that he could play with it.  When he made this penguin for him, I had to laugh because the one time he went to the aquarium with the nanny, he was TERRIFIED of the penguins!  IMG_4017 IMG_4019 IMG_4020 IMG_4022

…and he made me a pretty pink corsage!

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Because Henry was too little for the bounce house but too big to stay in a car seat, we found the middle ground by playing with toys in the house.  He was mesmerized by all of the new toys he could check out!

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Although blurry and unhappy, this photo was too cute to not post!  He’s sooooooo beyond tired but was too afriad to close his eyes and miss out on the fun.  His little ear tug is one of his signs he uses along with rubbing his little eyes to tell us how tired he is!

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Don’t believe me?  He laid down next to the jumper and stared blankly at a man sitting on the couch for a good 3 minutes. Three minutes is a long time for a baby to lay still – trust me!


The train cake was just too cute!  And the blue icing left all of the kids with blue teeth, tongues, and lips!  IMG_4039 IMG_4041