The Fall is flying by! Unlike our days in Chicago, we've been blessed with lots of 80 degree days this month, so Eleanor has been able to play outside quite a bit. It turned bitterly cold this weekend (what Austin folks call the 40s), and we're wondering what our KC and Chicago friends do with their kiddos all winter. I can't imagine. Eleanor just learned what a winter hat is, and when I pulled out a basket full of gloves, she asked "What's that?" I put a glove on my hand to explain the purpose of gloves, and she started laughing hysterically. Texas Girl on our hands here!
Last weekend, we took a family field trip to Lockhart for some good old fashioned Texas BBQ. Lockhart is a super small town about 30 minutes outside of Austin. We hit up Smitty's (our favorites there were the sausage and pork ribs) and Black's (our favorites there were brisket and delicious sides - creamed corn, potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy). As you can see below, Eleanor soaked in her first true BBQ grazing experience.
|Open pit at Smitty's|
|E diving into her first pork rib.|
|No forks allowed!|
|Finger lickin' good.|
|Daddy and Eleanor sharing a modestly sized 1.5 lb rib.|
|Relaxing after an exhausting day of play. Toddlerhood is rough.|
|Katie and Eleanor during a South Congress outing.|
|NBD. Just some naked wheeling with her Jayhawk hat.|
|Play date with Hadley Greager.|
|Play date with Audrey Beadle. Lounge time. Notice that E insisted on wearing 2 different shoes that night.|
|Dell Children's Museum Preview Event - the new location opens in December, and we can't wait!|
|More museum time.|
|Girl loves her puddles.|
|Is that a push up??|
|Lunch date with Auntie.|
|My very sophisticated grocery list. Notice the adult column is short and sweet.|
|Reading about world travel at her favorite coffee shop, Fair Bean Coffee.|
|Katie ended up having to buy these shades at Target because Eleanor refused to take them off.|
|View of the garage/back of the house from the alley.|
In other new tidbits:
: Eleanor is mastering putting multiple words together: "New one" when referencing the new house, "Mommy/Daddy see/come/do it/sit," "Oh no, what happened?" when seeing the leaves falling from the tree - had to explain that leaves fall from the tree when it gets cold outside.
: Other new words: messy, empty, cereal, bowl, boots, spoon, yoga, Abby (yoga instructor), heavy
: Our daughter is a professional flirt. She's drawn to boys and men more so than their female counterpart. Smirky little grin, cute little voice, and hand holding - we're in trouble.
: When we ask her where baby brother is, she points to my belly and most often says, "Baby sleeping."
: Justin taught E how to blow bubbles in the bath, and she's already mastered that.
: Eleanor is barely eating these days. What happened to my daughter with the hefty appetite and extensive palette? These days, her sustenance is milk and cereal. Sad. Even sadder is that you can see her ribs. We need to figure out a sneaky way to fatten her up.
: I've heard of this but hoped we would skip this phase - E is now spitting and biting, and it's not necessarily in frustration or anger. She bit my arm the other day and almost broke skin. We continually tell her that it's not nice to bite and that it hurts people. Not sure she's caught on yet...
Eleanor is a full on Mr. Walter (music teacher) groupie. This is at his Book People gig. She was exhausted but showed some subtle spirit in her grooves.
Baby Bear accompanied her to the jam session. So sweet of her to share with a complete stranger.