this slightly advanced version of ‘peekaboo’ is arden’s favorite game to play right now,  no less than 30 times a day.  others include hide-and-seek, chase, wrestling, skipping, ballet and dance parties from other various dance genres.  plus, there’s the running-wildly-through-every-store-we-go-to, touching and/or climbing onto every single thing in sight.  arden has truly and fully embraced this age we call 2!

this video has made me so ever-loving happy today!  and not just because being in a flash mob is on my bucket list!

such a sweet couple….so fun to photograph!!!

isn’t she just the definition of cuteness?

happy halloween!! 

arden is dressing as a panda bear this year, because she LOVES pandas, and they are always the first animal we visit whenever we go to the zoo.  can’t you just see the excitement written all over her face?!

what do a bunch of (wild) 13-year-old boys at a (wild) bat mitzvah look like when the DJ plays a much-loved (wild) dance song?

THIS!

(this post was intended to honor labor day, but we were relaxing at the cabin all weekend….oops!)

arden LOVES helping me with chores: wiping off surfaces, cleaning windows, folding laundry, etc.  it’s just some of the evidence of her nurturing, thoughtful personality.  i’m trying to really soak up these sweet memories before the days arrive when she whines about chores, and i have to beg (or pay) her to help!  one chore that she’s helped with since she started walking at 14 months is unloading the silverware from the dishwasher.  on this particular morning, as i went about my unloading routine, she said, “no, mommy. i do it by myself.”  she gently pushed me out of the room, so i grabbed the camera and snickered as she toiled away.

the sweetest part was that after the spoon fell on her toe (and we all know how surprisingly painful that can be!) she insisted on finishing the job.  that’s my litte over-achiever!

thanks, arden, for….umm….helping?