November

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I took the photos off her photo string and had left them on the floor. She found them while falling asleep for her nap and fell asleep on them.

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playing around while the movers were here

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S was dressing Ellie up while she nursed

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And dressing herself up

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cupcakes for S’s birthday! She was thrilled with her cupcakes, crackers, balloons, boxes to color on and play in, and her favorite friends at her ‘happy be party.’

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Ellie’s first time on the train, going to the Studio Ghibli Museum (coming in another post!)

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The first time I’d seen carts like this here

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Taking a shopping break to watch the puppies

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She asked to eat breakfast outside

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Got to play 3 times this month! 🙂

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2 year photo shoot… she’s not very cooperative anymore though!

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Went to the 100 yen store. Spent 7,000 yen. Got lots of looks from everyone because of how much I was buying…. but it was our last trip.

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S’s thankful tree

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My favorite Engrish.

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YUMMY pizza.

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Snow on Thanksgiving.

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And a beautiful day the next day, which we were thankful for since we were going into Tokyo.

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S was an attraction at Ueno Zoo.

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enjoying onigiri in Ueno Park.

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We turned in our train cards, which made leaving Japan feel a lot more real.

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She refused to wear her coat but wanted her mittens.

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our chopsticks. We took a long time to buy any because we wanted to look around and pick our favorites.

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miso soup at home

>>>Updated my post about what we will and won’t miss about Japan<<<

favorite recipes// pumpkin breakfast cookies // butternut apple salad // honey sweetened frosting // daikon apple slaw // pumpkin corn chowder // thai peanut chicken (minus cornstarch) // apple bacon blue cheese pizza // bbq sauce (would use half molasses half syrup next time, and a tad less spice) // pumpkin scones // slow cooker Mexican lasagna //
It’s been nice to be in the kitchen again, and thankfully cooking again has gone rather smoothly, though some days it feels like I’m cooking all day since I start prepping early on in case Ellie doesn’t nap in the late afternoon (she hates that nap).

best of online//  finished Ellie’s Christmas stocking // doing this for Advent // this too // exercises you can do holding baby // vitamin N //

reading of late// War and Peace, for midnight feedings

thinking about// what’s “best” for baby methods is what works for you // Christ as intercessor

what brings joy// actually going Christmas shopping (not just online)// baby giggles // oboe, especially with Charlotte // S’s love for Ellie // Japanese food

The Munchkins//
S gets her own birthday post coming soon!
Ellie. 2 months || 10 lbs 11 oz || sucks her fist and her lip || amazing us with how well she naps, but still a night owl || happy as can be || loves Sophie the Giraffe, and as of the end of November (2.5 months) is giggling

writing// ha.

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