would you look at that face?


our little peanut all curled up in her blanket.


miss elinor lookin’ kinda thug-ish, like she is about to throw down some sweet white girl rhymes.

and p.s. that pacifier is comically huge. and elinor is not a pacifier fan. about a minute after this shot, it was gone. oh well. you gotta give it a shot at least once, right? i mean, we bought the thing, after all…


the warm glow on her precious face.  those cheeks are simply edible!


holding hands with her papa.  she likes him a whole lot.  and this picture just melts my heart.


three things

three things i am loving right now

the cool goodies for little miss elinor edition


these precious little booties with copper spots from manimal


 this perfectly nerdy pythagorean theorum blanket found on uncommon goods

little pnuts

this baby toy box delivery from little pnuts

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we do the work for you so you don’t have to. we research the globe to find you exceptional toys, toys from the brands that care about how your Little Pnuts imagine, create and play.  we offer products that meet your Little Pnuts developmental milestones and work toward helping them achieve their goals…through play. our programs feature only the newest, most innovative and highest quality toys on the market that are sustainably made, ecologically friendly, organic, and naturally made. 

snaps & snippets & blurbs

what a fun few days.  we have been making rather merry, our little family of three.  lots of quiet and sweet moments together PLUS plenty of incredible memories made with our families.  don’t you just love Christmas?  is anyone else kinda sad that it is over…already?  wow.  this season has flown by so fast!  i just want to rewind and then experience it all again in slow motion.  has anyone figured out how to do that yet?  nope.  okay.  well i guess that i will just have to relive it through some of my favorite little snaps.

i hope you had a most lovely holiday.

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off to christmas eve service + the glorious service of lessons and carols at our church + me and e + a burpcloth shepherd + my handsome hubby, my sweet giggling daughter, and my entertaining dad + a grainy little picture of our family + christmas morning mimosas while listening to the messiah, a festive and celebratory whitehouse tradition + a tree scene + our precious rudolph in her elf-inspired pjs + christmas morning with ben’s family.  my view from the couch.  and boy did that bugaboo come in handy as our sleigh for transporting presents! + a stocking for elinor + christmas afternoon with my family + santa was so good to us.

gratitude {part four}

this gratitude list is care of ben’s fabulous aunt anne.  want some visual proof of her fabulous-ness?  okay.  check out her inspiration boards on pinterest.  she has an eye for the lovely and cool.  and she knows how to savor every drop of life.

thank you for sharing, anne!

my salvation and personal relationship with Jesus
that my family is all in with Christ
for my family…how each of them fill me with so much joy
for laughter
for tears
for creativity
my new daughter in law to be emily
for my relationship with my sister and best friend, christina
for my renewed relationship with our arizona family
for learning about a new city with my best guy, david, who makes me so HAPPY, and blessed
for my iPhone camera (too many pics on there)
for my iPad
for coffee and green tea
and just be(ing) in the quiet presence of God, and waiting on Him to move. Love You Man!

this list grows and changes daily…hourly. and i plan to post a few of these in coming weeks.  what are you thankful for?  send me an email {swankyanddapper@gmail.com} and i will feature your list here.

hustle & bustle

whew!  things have been busy ’round here.  lots of hustle and bustle happening as we prepare for CHRISTMAS…TOMORROW!  we are ready to celebrate and enjoy a day with our family.  here is a quick snapshot our life’s festivities from the past few weeks, brought to you by my iPhone.

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