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My sister snapped that picture of us at the zoo.

“I do it!”

Pretty soon she will be doing it, all by herself. She’s really excited about being a big girl. It’s a big deal. She’ll turn three at the end of this month.

We managed to find time for a quick trip to the craft store yesterday before dinner. New pipe cleaners, new paint, some beads, a wooden birdhouse, clay, and jewelry findings. Eleanor was beside herself. (Me, too.)

She painted the birdhouse this morning. All by herself.

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  • Jasie VanGesen
    April 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Such a fun age. :) She’s adorable.

  • Nicole
    April 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    It feels amazing doesn’t it, when they venture into this age? It’s my favorite.

  • Andrea Howe
    April 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Taylor’s phrase for everything at that age was “me do it!” So awesome to see their desire for independence blossom like that, especially in your first born, and especially for a girl :)

  • Karissa
    April 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Her sunglasses!!! I die.

  • cheryle
    April 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    oh gosh…I remember when you first shared that you were pregnant with her! Time flies…she sure is a precious gem!

  • Melanie
    April 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I started reading your blog right around the time Eleanor was born, and the time has gone by so quickly! She seems to have grown into such a stylish and thoughtful little girl…

  • Molly the Waffler
    April 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Eleanor is totally rocking those sunglasses!

  • Susan Baldwin
    April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Adorable picture of the two of you! Pray tell, Nicole – where did you find that darling dress you’re wearing?

  • Andrea
    April 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    My littlest girl is 4 and I miss that age! Sloane has that same dress, one of my favorites…

    • Andrea
      April 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      The cord floral dress, that is…

  • Amber
    April 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I have your dress in purple, and Ramona (my 2 and a half yo daughter) has Eleanor’s dress. I can’t tell you how often you post pictures of Eleanor in clothes that Ramona has as well. What can I say we have stylish girls!

  • Susan Baldwin
    April 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Amber or Nicole :-) Where can the dress Nicole has on be found? Thank you so much!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      It was a ponte dress from Target. $25 or so, but several months ago.

  • Karen de Castro
    April 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I was so excited when I took my kids to the zoo for the first time and crossing the stepping stones with them.