The day Ellis turned into a strawberry.

You know that part in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory when Mrs. Beauregarde shouted, "Violet, you're turning Violet!" as her daughter was turning into a giant blueberry & they had to roll her away?

That is basically what happened to Ellis in the strawberry patch.  Every single time I looked at him, he was eating a strawberry.  The green stem & all...  I literally had to drag him out of the patch when we were done picking.

This here folks, is a real life kid turning into a strawberry...

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days


Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

I'm happy to report that it only took 2 days for the strawberry stains to go away on his chin & hands.  He is back to his normal self, but still lovvvveeessss strawberries!





#gardenlife, round 4

If you've been around for a while, you've read posts about our gardening adventures.  Our first garden, back in 2015 (and an update post) turned out better than I anticipated considering we basically had no idea what we were doing.  In 2016, we learned some things, and made a few tweaks to the garden (mainly, trying to get Grace to stop eating it all).  In 2017, we had a brand new baby and managed to still plant a garden, but I didn't get a single post up about it, because #NewMom and #NoTime.

Well it's 2018 & we're back at it!  This year we are putting Ellis to work, because that's why you have kids, right?  Haha, I joke (sort of).

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Truth be told, Ellis LOVES the garden.

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

He really is such a good helper.
Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days

Gardening with a toddler; #gardenlife | My Darling Days


And, a few other pics I thought were cute, that actaully have nothing to do with our garden.

Ellis Outside | My Darling Days

Dandelion blowing | My Darling Days

Grace Dog | My Darling Days

Ellis swings | My Darling Days

Always checking the apple trees with dad.

Apple Tree | My Darling Days

Bee | My Darling Days

I hope you all have a bee-autiful weekend!


Ellis, the flower farmer.

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days
I unpacked these bib overalls from the hand-me-down bin from my sister's kids the other day, and I immediately put them on Ellis.  They are still way too big for him at this point, but I don't even care.  Vintage OshKosh B'gosh Denim Overalls... enough said.

When I threw these beauts on Ellis, he immediately transformed to Old McEllis, who takes his flower farmin' quite serious, might I add.  Anything that blooms, he considers a gem.  Dandelion, Queen Anne's lace, clover -- they are all keepers in Ellis's book.  He waters them, he talks to them, he feels them... heck, he even eats them.

See a typical day-in-the-life of Ellis, the flower farmer.

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days



Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

Ellis, the flower farmer | My Darling Days

When's the last time an outfit transformed you... or made you this happy?  
Just sayin'... maybe we all need to step up our game.


Saturday Night Park Date

When I was little, I remember that getting to go to the park as real treat.  As kid who lived in the country, the closest park to us was about 7 miles away, so it wasn't like we could just walk there or take our bikes.

I remember being envious of my friends who lived "in town" and could ride their bikes to the park.  Although we had a pretty nice swing-set with monkey bars in our the back yard (that we spent hours on), getting to go to the park was still fun.
*Side note -- I tried to do the monkey bars last weekend, and IT'S SO HARD now!  Monkey barring in your thirties is definitely harder than monkey barring in your tweens. 
**New goal this summer -- be able to do the monkeys bars with poise. 

Anyways, I digress.

Ellis is now fortunate to live near a handful of parks that are within walking distance or just a few miles from our house, and I'm looking forward to being able to reward him with "park days" this summer.

I also have lofty visions of meeting other local moms/my friends at the park and sipping coffee while we let our kiddo burn off some steam.  Any takers?  ;)

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Last Saturday night, Zac & I took Ellis on a dinner & park date.  Just as we got to the park, the sun started to hide behind the clouds and the wind started whipping.  It got rather cold in a hurry, but we still had a nice evening with Bubs -- I'm not sure that his smile left his face the entire night.

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days


After the park, we walked down to the beach & let Ellis explore a bit.   Hi filled his shoes with sand, found two seashells & was happy as a clam.

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Saturday Night Park Date | My Darling Days

Safe to say, I think he's gonna like the park -- maybe as much as his momma!