A Walk in the Park

If you have a toddler who needs to burn off some energy and two parents who need some fresh air, then I would highly recommend taking a little stroll through West Point on the Eno Park.  There are some great places for little photoshoots and tons of space for little ones to run around or explore.
We didn't even cover 1/8th of the park, but we still had a great time.  Ellington loved the bridge!  It took her about 20 minutes to cross because she kept stopping to look at the water below and greet others who were crossing the bridge.
Once we finally got over the bridge, Ellington decided that she need a little rest. Which of course led to...
Finding things on the ground.  Ooooo!  It's a rock. It's a leaf.  No, it's...
 Pollen?!  Take a closer look.  Yuck!  It's everywhere around here.
Oh, you silly girl.
It took a little encouraging to get her to turn around and go back across the bridge, but we made it.
 It's hard to contain a little ball of energy like this girl, so she didn't stay in my arms for very long.
Apparently, Ellington no longer wants to participate in my photoshoots because this is the only good shot I got of her on the wood wall. :(  Does sassiness really start this early?
 John and I both tried to get her to look at the camera and smile, but this is the best she gave us.  Still equals cuteness in my book! :)
Then, we told her it was time to go home... she stopped for a second and turned right back around to run away.  Unfortunately for her, I am much faster than she is.  I guess this means that we will have to go back to the park real soon.

An Unintentional Leave of Absence

After neglecting this little corner of my life, I checked in this morning to see that I haven't posted a new blog entry in nearly a month?!  I have no excuses.  I guess I have just been enjoying life with a crawling baby.  Plus, NO napping = little time to type up a new post.  Okay, I have a few excuses...

I have tons of things to update (ie. 4 weeks of weekly Ellington photos to edit).    In the mean time, I have fallen in love with another inanimate object that does nothing to add to my home decor.
That's right...  A baby gate has changed my life!  After making the decision to purchase one for Ellington's playroom, I eagerly waited for it to arrive at our front door.
This was our temporary solution to keep the little one in her playroom and out of the dog bowls while I prepared dinner.  Loading the dishwasher is also a lot easier to do when you don't have an nonproductive little helper at your heels.  Unfortunately, this solution only lasted a day and a half.
Silly me.  I thought I could trick Ellington 'The Energizer Bunny' into staying put.  Thankfully, we now have the baby gate.  I am pretty confidant that she won't be able to escape now.