grass stains & popsicle faces

we are ready for summer. so ready.

ready for sunny days. picnics. grass stains on all of monkey’s clothes. sticky, popsicle faces. bare feet. sunscreen. sprinklers. days in the pool. long weekends. burgers on the grill. sundresses and sandals for mama. walks to the park. play dates outdoors with friends. and so much more.

monkey fashion.

I have noticed that I take less pictures of Elijah’s everyday outfits because he is so busy. all. the. time.  And when it’s rainy, we like to have comfy days around the house…and no one cares about the pjs he wears at night.  Although I do love it when he is in his jams and he looks like a baby monkey again instead of the toddler monkey he has become.

Here are a couple things he’s worn recently:



Puddle Splashing Wear.  In addition to puddles, Eli discovered worms.  And he discovered that when he tries to pick up a worm his mama freaks out and he thinks it is hilarious and tries to pick it up again.  So maybe I should call this his “Worm Grabbing Wear.”

jacket: The Children’s Place

jeans: baby Gap

rain boots: Western Chief from zulily



Play Clothes.  His skinnies have awesome grass stains on the knees.  I hope he doesn’t go through his jeans as quickly as his boy-grown-up daddy.

sweatshirt: babyGap

skinnies: Old Navy

shoes: Vans (sadly, the monkey has outgrown these trusty Vans.)

socks: Circo



Party Clothes.  This handsome little man was my date to a family wedding this past weekend.  I probably should’ve taken more (and better) pictures of him this day, but chasing a monkey around wearing pumps and a dress does not leave much time for photographs.  (To be clear, I was the one wearing the pumps and dress, not Eli.)

cardigan: Cherokee

button-up: babyGap

bow tie: designergirls from Etsy

black jeans: Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum

shoes: Vans



Shopping Clothes. I am in love with these yellow skinny jeans from babyGap.  They don’t look so skinny in this picture because I bought them a little big so he could wear them longer.  Another thing I am in love with is this tee he has on.  Can’t you just picture Judd Nelson walking across that football field and throwing his fist up in the air and hear “don’t you (forget about me)” by simple minds playing in your head…I sure can.

hoodie: osh kosh b’gosh

tee: zulily (I don’t remember the brand of it, but zulily has the coolest tee shirts for kiddos.)

jeans: babyGap

sneakers: stride rite

I don’t know if I am more excited to break out the spring and summer clothes for Elijah or for myself.  I have a few maxi dresses and skirts hanging in my closet that are just begging to be worn…

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a monkey and the zoo.

Oh, Spring.  We missed you.

We received a zoo pass as a Christmas gift from RJ’s awesome aunt and uncle; and have been waiting for a nice spring day to use it.  Monday was the perfect day.  And we had the best time.

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At first, Elijah just chowed down on some snacks and pointed at birds.  But when he saw actual zoo animals, he was hooked.

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The monkey was pretty interested in actual monkeys.  The little ones were hard for him to spot in the trees, but he sure could spot the gorillas.  He also enjoyed looking at the signs with the pictures of all the animals, which are apparently just as interesting as live animals to a one-year-old.

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I think the giraffes were his favorite.  Especially since he kept seeing their heads from other parts of the zoo, which was very exciting for him.

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Oh, thanks for showing us your chewed up graham cracker…such a silly man.

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The buffalo were pretty cool, too.

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The last thing we saw was the Arctic area, where we saw polar bears outside.  (We didn’t see any swimming in the underwater tunnel, which was a bummer.)

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We did see seals!  Eli thought that was pretty awesome.


There was a group of people near us in the Arctic area dressed as pirates.  Pirates are distracting to a little monkey.  Even when you are in a tunnel under water.

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A storm was coming as we left, so it got a little bit windy…

It was such a fun day.  I cannot wait for us to go again.

thank God for pixar.

and grapes.


I know that the AAP recommends no TV for kids under two…but when you’ve had a migraine for two days and your one year old is as busy as the monkey is, movies are a God-send.  

Eli has watched both Cars movies, and Monsters, Inc the past couple days.  And I use the term “watched” loosely because he will sit for a few minutes and then wander off and play.  or play his piano.  or cuddle his mama. or bring his mama a toy to kiss.

or ask for more grapes.

Which brings me to the second thing I am oh-so-thankful for: grapes.  He eats them like candy.  He went through half a bunch in one afternoon.  

I won’t elaborate on his diaper situation after the said grapes…but it wasn’t pretty.


monkey fashion.

We have had a crazy couple of weeks.  Between a stomach bug and Easter festivities, the second half of March flew by.

Here’s some monkey fashion.


Easter Sunday

gingham button up: The Children’s Place

green jacket: Janie & Jack

yellow chevron bow tie: designergirls on Etsy (

khaki pants: The Children’s Place


Play Clothes

blue henley: Old Navy

grey hoodie: baby Gap

black leggings: garanimals

shoes: Vans

tigers cap: from a garage sale last summer (can’t beat .25 for a Tigers cap!)


Didn’t-leave-the-house-today Clothes

black tank: H&M

mustache leggings: Doodle Pants on zulily (


Church Clothes

chambray button up: baby Gap outlet

bow tie: Circo

grey slacks: First Impressions

moccasins: Minnetonka


Playdate Clothes

grey sweater: baby Gap

blue leggings: little 77 (ampersand stamping by me)

black high tops: Koala Kids