Archives for the month of: July, 2014

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I took a series of shots the other day, all of them blurry mind you, of Eisley stomping around the house gleefully squealing at her book. This isn’t an unusual thing for Miss Eisley to do, but today she had the delightfully hilarious addition of a ponytail. It was a hot day and I couldn’t resist from “throwing her hair up.” Hahaha I just have to giggle at that. When I was little my sister and I always called the “half-up half-down” look the PRINCESS. I still don’t know why we did that. We’re weird. Enjoy these adorable pictures of E sporting her pony. It really brings out her chins.

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This is the first time Eisley has fallen asleep in her food.
The problem we are having lately is actually getting Eisley to eat anything with substantial nutritional value. Boy was it my mistake to buy those delicious Annie’s gummies! 😉
I’ve read some things online saying that other’s have found their babies all went through these short stages of hunger strike with their one’s and two’s. Most of the time it’s attributed to their teeth. It makes sense when I think about it, if my mouth was in terrible pain I wouldn’t really want to eat anything either. Eisley has never really been one for baby food (puréed, blended, etc..) so getting her a proper diet on daily basis has been a struggle. That’s is something I though I would never say about my little tank. Her normal self wants to eat ALL DAY. I have noticed her tooth poking through so maybe in the next few days she will be back on track.. Fingers crossed! 😉

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This is Eisley at the beginning stages of our family photo shoot that we had yesterday with the amazing Taylor Abeel. Taylor is such a talented photographer and a really awesome guy. We had a great time strutting around downtown San Diego with him snapping candids of the Hahn clan. One of my favorite things about the shoot was Taylor’s kindness and sensitivity to Eisley’s needs. He even made himself look silly a couple of times for Eisley’s benefit, which is pretty awesome coming from someone with such a distinguished portfolio. If you have an interest in seeing his work I suggest visiting his site and following him on social media. He is always taking crazy adventures with his lovely wife and documenting them in his captivating photography. You won’t be sorry.
Because we shot downtown, we wanted to keep with the urban feel of the area and therefore I wanted to for-go the typical white peasant dress I see most little girls in. The same goes for Jojo and myself. We dressed in clothes we typically wear whenever we hangout as a family… Okay, okay we dressed in stuff a little more appropriate than our skivvies.
I have to say that I was most excited for this shoot because we had never taken legitimate family photos before. We didn’t even hire a professional photographer for our wedding! (Which, looking back was a big oversight…why didn’t we know Taylor Abeel then??) I’m overjoyed that we will finally have pictures that can be printed instead of just posted to Instagram. I am scouting out some wall space for some big, ol’ canvas portraits! Woot!

It’s been six weeks since this little bear cub turned one. In six short weeks so many things have changed. We’ve come to a point of trying to communicate which is more frustrating than I imagined. Eisley has thrown more “unprovoked” tantrums this month than ever before. It’s funny to see her trying to use words and have conversations with us. It’s less funny to see her sad and confused as to why we have no idea what she wants/needs over half of the time. It’s nice to see her vocabulary growing from calling everything “dada” to saying; dog, mama, bah! (Which to her means either bottle or book. Whichever she is wanting at the time). She even says Hi and it is quite possibly the most adorable greeting you will ever have. Also a “latest” development with Eisley is her insane bouts of slam dancing and yelling.. I mean singing… If I can figure out how to post a video here I will. It’s worth the watch.
This weeks portrait was taken in a walk we had. And by walk I mean the stretch of sidewalk the runs from our front door to the street. She looked so darling in her designer tunic that my friend Paige gave her from her old kids clothing line. It was obviously too big for her but that made it more adorable. She looked so stunning I knew it was perfect for the weekly portrait.

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Her pose is so sweet but just because we all know Eisley is a goofy one I’m posting a second picture I took with a hilarious confused face. It’s more in the style of Eisley 😉

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I unfortunately didn’t realize that this post never posted. It was finished last Saturday so… Pretend it was posted on time! Xo

There is still a few minutes left in this week! So now I will post my weekly portrait of Eisley. She’s playing with my shorts. That’s her thing now.

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I have had a lot on my plate this week both physically and mentally so until recently, this post has slipped my mind! I don’t actually even remember where we were going this day, but I do remember how happy she was. Which is a rare occurrence when you put something on her head. (This is the main reason she is rarely seen wearing cute hair accessories.) Eisley continues to crack me up with her developing personality. She’s trying so hard to communicate with me these days which is both exciting and exhausting. Temper tantrums are becoming more frequent as I struggle to understand what it is she needs. But amidst the low-times there are jubilant highs when the world is her oyster and you can stop her gap-toothed smile. She is so funny and expressive, I didn’t know someone could make so many faces and do so many things when they know so little. Before her, I honestly though kids were like these zombie blobs. They cried and ate and occasionally had a terrifying gurgling giggle. (I’ve never been a kid person. If you can’t tell.) It’s so crazy how someone so small can make the biggest changes in the world. She’s completely changed mine.

I’ve had a very hard time finding shoes for Eisley. Her feet are SO fat that even when the shoe is a size too big, her feet STILL won’t fit. I usually buy her shoes from Target and I’ve even tried them on and let her walk before buying them. It’s crazy how short of an amount of time she is able to use those shoes. I’ve bought her sneakers, slip-ons, sandals.. My Mama even bought her some boots and some Native’s (similar to crocs) and I can’t get her foot inside them. If, on the off chance, I am able to get her foot inside the shoe, her ankles are too fat for the strap or her feel look like stuffed sausages and she’s crying from discomfort. I’ve been at my wits end with her chunky feet. Today we went to Nordstrom to find her some shoes. They have such a HUGE selection of brands, types and sizes. We tried on a few different pairs that we really liked for multiple reasons. Here is a short list of shoes to look into of you have trouble finding shoes that fit your little one.
1. TOMS:: I have worn TOMS myself and know that these are quite possibly some of the most comfortable shoes out there while still being on the some-what affordable side. TOMS now offers a large selection of styles and colors so if you aren’t keen on the classic style you have more options. I personally couldn’t get enough of how adorable Eisley looked in them. They now make the soles much more durable and better for traction to avoid slipping. I especially loved the Velcro flap that comes on the kids TOMS because it allows the shoes to be opened up, resulting in easy access for a chubby, baby foot.

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2. Timberlands: I’ve got to start out by saying that I think these are by no means cute. But when it comes to practicality, quality and the overall wellness of your little bugs toes, Timberlands are two thumbs up! These shoes are the closest thing I could imagine to an ergonomically sound shoe for a toddler. The fact that it completely opens up (making foot-thickness a non-issue) is a great feature to me and since they have very little cloth material on them, they are easy to clean and use through multiple terrains.

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3. Converse: I decided to mention these last because these are the shoes that we actually purchased for Eisley. As if the insane amount of cuteness wasn’t enough, these shoes made us the most happy for all the qualities we were looking for. Since they are laced, we can easily make them wide to fit Eisley’s thick foot inside easily, without hurting her toes or having to damage the shoe. (With her target slip-ons I had to cut a huge slit in the elastic just to put them on.) They run big in size so she will (hopefully) be able to wear them for a little while, depending on how fast she grows. The Converse a wider at the toe so Eisley didn’t feel the need to curl her toes in revolt against putting on shoes. There is even enough room for socks if we wanted to put those on too! The quality of Converse is great; I’ve owned several pairs myself for years. Although I know she definitely won’t be wearing these for years, it was worth the price ($27) to get her something she is comfortable in, can run freely and safely in, and all while being super, stinkin, cute sauce. Here is her mini “new shoes” photoshoot. She looks grumpy in the photos but she was laughing all afternoon. She wouldn’t let us carry her, she walked to entire dog park herself.

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Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone had a delightful day full of loved ones, fun and of course FREEDOM 😉 This was Eisley’s second 4th of July celebration, although they yielded a stark contrast to one another. Last year we spent the evening in a boozy, packed party in a chic home on the shores of La Jolla. This year Eisley fell asleep around 9:00 PM and we missed the opportunity to even see fireworks. The day was not spent in vain however. We were able to spend some quality time with our favorite South African girl Derralyn.

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Derralyn and her husband James are like family to us which is great since all of their actual relatives still live on another continent. We’ve had the pleasure of spending most holidays with them over these past two years of friendship. Despite James’ absence for work purposes, our family was lucky enough to snag up the company of Dez (Derralyn’s nickname). We passed the day lounging on the crowded, sunny beach in O.B.

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Eisley was mostly happy during our beach trip, especially while playing in the ocean with her daddy for the first time. It was hilarious to see the waves push her about and eventually swallow her whole. She seemed shocked by the experience at first, but soon her guileful smirk appeared and she charged into the water. It is my most sincere hope that she braves the oceans and finds a deep longing to be in it. It has been one of the main goals in my heart to help my child(ren) become fearless. Or at least, unhindered by the fears that have always held me back. At this age, to see her bravely trudge into the shallow waves that cover her head.. I am in awe.

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Here is a sweaty selfie. We walked so much today I have a huge sunburn (which I never usually get) and blisters in the bottoms of my feet. Leather flip flops plus long city walks are not a good mix.
To end this post I would like to say that although I may not be the most patriotic of people, I am truly grateful to the men and women who give over their lives to protect us. I love my home. I thank God for the vast beauty this land has to offer. No matter where the journey of life may lead me, America the Beautiful will always be my home.

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I have slacked this week in my post due to severe lethargy. (Don’t worry, I don’t have mono, I’m exaggerating per my usual.) There is no better way for me to jump back into the swing of things than by doing the “Weekly Portrait” post. Today was an excessively difficult day to get a sweet picture of Eisley. Her moods have been running rampid. I am unsure of why her constant whining is persisting. I know that at her last doctors appointment I was told she had two teeth coming in. However, these teeth still have yet to make an appearance. All her other’s took their sweet time coming in as well so I can’t say that this is unusual. I can’t complain too much either because whatever is bothering her has also lead to her wanting more cuddles and sleeping much earlier.
I’ve noticed that ever since she turned one, it was like a lightbulb turned on in her head and she is able to understand things much better than before. This is amazing to see but It also leads to her becoming increasingly disobedient. It is irksome at times, but it is also hilarious to see the fiery little soul inside her. She may not look like her mama but she took on all of my “endearing charm.” Suffice to say that Jojo and I are going to have a wild time with this little firecracker. I can just see her now at 15 years old trying to hide her tattooed this or pierced that…. *sigh*…………