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i’m teaming up with a few of my hands down favorite lady bloggers to bring you 52 weeks of prompts, pictures, and life. we provide the prompts and the hashtag, meanwhile everyone else get’s the easy-peasy task of snapping and gramming.

ah life.

i read so many posts about freezing time. and remembering these days forever. well my friends. let’s get documenting. at the beginning of this year i attempted a 365 of lex. turns out i made it a few quick months before throwing my hands in the air and deciding i just didn’t care. but this is different. it comes with prompts! it’ll be amazing! and fun! and there’s a fancy hashtag! at the end if all else fails you’ll have some really pretty pictures to frame, scrapbook, collage, and slideshow. and since i’m doing it, all of you lovely people must too. . . because peer pressure man.

without further ado. jenny, ashley, and i bring you. . . .

the documenting life challenge.

participating is easy peasy. share the months prompt list (jenny. ashley. and i will post on the gram every month), take your fabulous photos and share weekly using the hashtag #documentinglifechallenge

we’re starting the first week of august. . . and here are your august prompts.

 

and because i love you all more than woah. and know not everyone loves to fly by the seat of their pants. . . here’s a peek at the rest of the year.

AUGUST

Week of August 4:  Summer Treats

Week of August 11:  Swimsuit Fun

Week of August 18:  Barefoot

Week of August 25:  Favorite Summer Activity

SEPTEMBER

Week of September 1:  At the park

Week of September 8:  Ready for School

Week of September 15:  Favorite Book

Week of September 22:  The Whole Family

Week of September 29:  Fresh out of Bed

OCTOBER

Week of October 6:  Helping in the kitchen

Week of October 13:  Favorite Fall Activity

Week of October 20:  Pumpkin Fun

Week of October 27:  Your child in their Halloween costume

NOVEMBER

Week of November 3:  Favorite article of clothing

Week of November 10:  Playing

Week of November 17:  Fall Weather

Week of November 24:  A Thanksgiving Tradition

DECEMBER

Week of December 1:  Decking the Halls

Week of December 8:  A typical breakfast

Week of December 15:  Snow

Week of December 22:  A Christmas Tradition

Week of December 29:  Close Up

JANUARY

Week of January 5:  Their favorite toy

Week of January 12:  A quirk that you want to remember about your child

Week of January 19:  Tackling a challenge

Week of January 26:  Mom & Me

FEBRUARY

Week of February 2:  Creating art

Week of February 9:  Laughing

Week of February 16:  All bunded up

Week of February 23:  Some place you always go but never think to document

MARCH

Week of March 2:  Dress up

Week of March 9:  Holding hands

Week of March 16:  Your child’s bedroom

Week of March 23:  With friends

Week of March 30:  Upset

APRIL

Week of April 6:  Easter Fun

Week of April 13:  Spring Weather

Week of April 20:  Playing with Dad

Week of April 27:  Funny Face

MAY

Week of May 4:  Family Fun

Week of May 11:  Getting Messy

Week of May 18:  At the dinner table

Week of May 25:  Sidewalk Chalk Art

JUNE

Week of June 1:  Water Fun

Week of June 8:  Family Pet

Week of June 15:  Mom in the shot – bedtime story

Week of June 22:  Favorite Snack

Week of June 29:  Celebrating America

JULY

Week of July 6:  A part of your morning routing

Week of July 13:  Your choice – what do you want to remember about your child at this stage?

Week of July 20:  Summer Nights

Week of July 27:  Smile

 

 

and now i’m off to see the doctor to find out the prelim guess of the gender of this child. . .

 

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  • Sara - Overachiever. Slash I’m going to play EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NO BABIES… Don’t judge me.

  • Meg O. - Love this idea!! I must admit – my heart went a little pitter patter because baby number 2 will be born the week of “barefoot.”

  • Courtney B - Love this genius idea!!

  • Kara - Stop it. I’m in love with this. And prelim guess of lex’s future sibling–totes jelly!!

  • Jenny - This is super cute! Going to give it my best shot!

  • Christina - Love this idea!

  • EHayes - Fun stuff, lady! I may be able to keep up since it’s weekly, those daily ones are bit obnoxious in effort required and randomness filling up my feeds.

  • chelsea - Oh, I love this idea!

  • Elizabeth - What a fun idea! :) Definitely going to try though I’m sometimes awful at remembering to take pictures (and then wish I had!)!

  • Sarah - I love this idea! And how exciting to find out the gender! We found out that we were having a second little girl and couldn’t be more thrilled.

its no secret that we love us some disney princesses round these parts. when lex tries on shoes she turns into a princess. when she puts on a dress she turns into a princess. and the newest? forcing me to curl her hair in the mornings so she can be a princess.

and after her third outfit change of the day. princess lex came home with blue hair.

you let a girl watch candidly nicole one time and suddenly she’s trying to hang with the purple hair club.

while i was out purchasing maternity shorts (words i never thought i’d say. but hello life changing), and running other errands- i.e. replacing the sunglasses the little person in my life decided needed to be rubbed on the bottom of the pool. i upgraded to a hip pair of polarized ones. . . just as life changing as maternity shorts.

i happened to find myself in PBK where lex got some snazzy new tableware. and i’m sure with the help of peacock and kitty plates she’ll for sure join the clean plate club.

right?

and now i’m officially off in attempt to find lex her requested halloween costume. . . aka “a gum ball machine mommy!”.  thankfully i still have time to convince her to be a chicken instead.

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  • Sara - blue hair is totes the thing today! My little fashionistas showed up with blue hair today! Love her curls!! Princess Alexandria sounds pretty good to me!

  • Courtney - No Elsa braid requests yet?? She looks so BIG in her car seat picture. Loving the PBK finds. Thank God I don’t have one remotely close to me that I can just pop into.

  • Chrissy - Lex looks like a teen with her hair all curled!!! CRAZY! It looks adorable!

  • Abbi - Ugh can you curl MY hair? She is stinking ADORABLE.

  • karra - LOVING lex’s curled hair.. Rae demands for her hair to be blowed dry every night now… what little diva’s we have.

  • Paige - I just bought a pair of maternity shorts too- and I’m not looking back! Can’t wait for fall clothes and layers-summer wardrobe & pregnancy aren’t going well for me!

  • jenny - oh my goodness, lex’s curls are too cute!! can you share where her shirt is from in the first pic?! happy weekend mama!! xoxo

  • Elizabeth - Gosh your girl is creative! A gum ball machine for Halloween? Good luck mama :)
    PS her hair looks SO adorable curled like that!

  • chelsea - She is so precious!

  • Tiffany K - Oh I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one who has to curl my daughter’s hair often! Lol

    I got prescription sunglasses for the first time ever a little over a year ago, and that my dear was LIFE CHANGING! I can drive now with my sunnies ON!!! You have no idea how happy that makes me! Lol

    But those dishes are adorable! I love the peacock ones!

  • Jenny - polarized lens are totally amazing! I started wearing them per a dr suggestion after my lasik surgery and haven’t gone back since! Lex’s hair looks so cute curled and down – it’s so thick (or looks) anyway princess lex rocked the blue hair! :) Happy Friday!

  • Courtney - haha, a gumball machine? that is awesome. and blue hair and princess curls! a must!

  • Ashley - LOVE, love this idea! Will definitely join! And OMG the gender … so very exciting! I can’t wait to hear!!!!!!!!

tuesdays we have nada. no school, no grandmas, no ballet class. zip zilch zero.

which means we usually end up at the aquarium.

fun fact. last week at the aquarium lex got herself lost.

she was having a day. one of those days that comes around every once in a while where lex’s ears plug and she loses the ability to listen.

she ran away, around a corner, and proceeded to cry “i don’t know where my mommy is!” for the minute it took for me to find her. it happened to be the longest minute of both of our lives. i found her in front of the jellyfish crying to a grandma who informed me that i should’ve stayed hidden a little longer to really teach her a lesson.

turns out a minute was long enough. because lex was all about hand holding and less about running this time ’round. and proclaimed “i didn’t get lost!” to anyone who would listen on our way out.

flash forward to post-nap when lex watched the garbage truck from our window wearing a bra.

“hey lex. where’s uncle shaun?”

“he’s in india! can we take the elevator and visit him?”

thankfully no elevators had to get involved and after a 5 week stint in india my brother got home safe, sound, and appreciating the little things. lex was over the moon to see him, and he was over the moon to see toilet-paper, showers, and a lack of dangerous elephants running wild. he left our house with a belly full of pizza and cookies (lex’s request) and his arms full of sparkle painted artwork compliments of lex.

and now its hump day.

 

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  • Courtney P - That bra picture – I’m dying!!! And what’s up with that grandma?? Who does that to a child? “Hide longer so she learns” Um, OK crazy. People never cease to amaze or beffudle me.

  • Courtney - oh man, I think a minute was sufficient! I’m having a panic attack if I lose mine for 7 seconds or more. Love the bra pic, Aria prefers panties around her neck instead – like a scarf.

  • Chrissy - Love that last picture of her and her uncle. So sweet!!!

  • karra - At least Lex was scared! Rae will run off and when I get to her she’s full on giggles… lol

  • Sara - I’m dying of laughter over here… from the Mean Grandma to the crocodile tears of being lost… to not being lost at all… I love you too much, Lex. That picture of Shaun and Lex is priceless. No elevators necessary.

  • EHayes - I’d have a heart attack! Ashlynn is a stage 5 clinger so I don’t worry too much about her, Kenley though I lost today in our own living room! (true story, she crawled behind the chair in the corner, I couldn’t find her and heart stopped)

  • Vanessa - Good job on not getting lost, Lex!!! ;) I love that picture of her and your brother…but I might love the bra one even more!

  • Elizabeth - That picture of her wearing the bra and watching the garbage truck… classic! And good job not getting lost, Lex! Hopefully she learns all lessons as quickly as this one…will make your life a lot easier during the teenage years! ;)

  • julie - That grandma is crazy town….who would do that? Glad you found the little stinker!

  • Chelsea - Hope you enjoy your day off! xoxo

  • Courtney B - Mia triiiiiiies to lose us! Just this morning at the parade, she ran down the street and I followed behind, not too closely. She looked behind and didn’t see me, got the biggest grin, and stopped to talk to strangers.

    Ummmm. Seriously?

    I walked up and told her to hold my hand and walk back with me and she started screaming and swatting my hand away. Little stinker threw the biggest fit when I picker her up and made her come back with me! I’m afraid she’ll never learn!!

  • Ashley - She is the best!!

  • Lauren - That picture of Lex with your brother though…migggght be the cutest thing ever.

  • Tiffany K - Oh my gosh! I think I would have DIED! I have never actually lost Sydney yet, but there was a moment at the store where she walked around me and I didn’t know it. I panicked until she touched me. It only lasted a second, but my heart was pounding!!!

this weekend consisted of exactly two things.

Swimming.

And the circus.

No really. That’s literally all we did. And it was fabulous.

Friday we headed to my parents house for a little vacay weekend. No really. Between my mom and my sister we get a teeny break from toddler-town because they jump up and down to watch lex.

Lex has watched far too much little mermaid lately because Homegirl refused to leave the pool all weekend. She also constantly (and I mean constantly) does the whole Ursula stealing Ariel’s voice scene and ahhaaahahahaaaa’s all the live long day.

In between swim sets we hit the circus. I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time I was at the circus (literally. Because I was like five). It turned out to be highly entertaining. My favorite part was watching lex eat a lollipop bigger than her head, and lex’s favorite part is a toss up between the “fireworks!” And “woolly” (aka- an elephant she thought was a woolly mammoth).

And now that we’re home lex is begging to go swimming again. Looks like we’ll be investing in anti-green shampoo for little blonde heads.

 

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  • Sara - Lex has the most beautiful golden glow going on!!! Gorgeous!!! Looks like a fun weekend!!!

  • EHayes - Love it, Ashlynn still hasn’t quite figured out that Ursula becomes Vanessa. I guess some more viewings are in order!

  • Colleen Sullivan - I love that she is loving the water now!! And she likes the circus? Good to know! We’re thinking about going in August when Barnum & Bailey makes its way here.

  • Chrissy - Looks like she was all smiles in the pool! :)

  • julie - Love that she loves the pool again! Sounds like you guys had an amazing weekend!

  • Courtney B - What a PERFECT weekend!!
    I’m not sure Mia will ever get to see the circus unless I take her by myself… Eric is totally creeped out by clowns, ha! I don’t get it?

  • Courtney P - First picture – not sure who’s foot that is, but I love the polish color. Creepy, I know but these are the things I notice haha! I just love Lex’s smile, it’s so contagious!!! Cu to the tie.

  • karra - what a little mermaid she is! Rae is still warming up to the pool.. this weekend she actually enjoyed herself rather than clinging to me the whole time.

  • Vanessa - Ursula stealing Ariels voice…I die!!!! Can you get that on tape for me?!? Btw, Lex is looking so grown up lately with that long hair. Such a beauty!!!

  • Mayumi Shimose Poe - … And I thought for sure Lex’s favorite would be the unicorn or pegasus! Then again, this is Lexi Loves-Chickens-Hates-Butterflies V., so I guess you can never be too sure. <3

  • Ashley - Yay for lex swimming again!!!! Such a cutie!!

  • Elizabeth - What a little fishy! So happy she loves the pool again!

  • Jenny - That sounds like a perfect weekend to me!! Yay for water fun again and i’m cracking up picturing the Ursela scene!

  • Courtney - haha a wooly! super duper cute!

  • Tiffany K - Lol. I would love that weekend.. Minus the circus! This girl hates clowns! They terrify me. Lol

i’d really love to bottle this 2 year old and keep her forever young. dare i say our days have been relatively easy lately? lex just seems happy, and happy go lucky. i think summertime is her love language. probably because popsicles are her major food group.

headband/shoes

we added a new stroller to our little fleet. we love love love our stokke. . . but they had some minor flaws we didn’t exactly realize being the stupid first-time parents we were. the stokke scoot fixes all of those and has a super easy fold to boot (no more 3 pieces and 10 steps!). the icing on the cake is that disneyland stroller naps just got a lot more comfy (and can now be forward facing). its the little things people.

i know I’ve sung the praises of weelicious high and wide before, but lately we haven’t been able to get enough of these whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies. they’re quick, easy, and since they have whole wheat flour they’re technically healthy.

the face of cookie monster.

school has been saving our sanity lately. while i haven’t been registering much fun on the fun-o-meter lately i’m fairly certain her teacher at school has been making up for me. i became a genie and granted lex’s one wish of “more school mommy!” and come fall she’s enrolled a whopping three times a week.

i never believed a 2 year old could have a “best friend”. but alas, my child definitely has a bestie. it probably helps that they see each other an average of 4x a week. . . but they are continuously happy and hugging and trouble. especially during a certain ballet class.

now that the house has been caught up on laundry and cleaning and i was promptly awarded with ice cream i’m ready for the weekend.

 

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  • Sara - That’s the cutest and most determined Cookie Monster I’ve ever seen!!!

  • julie - That first picture!!! I’m dying! It’s now lex’s calendar birthday photo…I love it so much!

  • Chrisy - Does your zoo allow you to pet the penguins? That is so cool!

  • Sara McCarty - Oh, that face! I’d want to bottle her up forever too! She is so expressive and adorable. And I love that she loves school and has a bestie! Such a girl. Mac is at school today (for his 3rd day) and is not handling it quite so well. :( My poor little mama’s boy.

  • Colleen Sullivan - She’s the cutest cookie monster I have ever seen :) I’ll have to break out that cookbook again and try that recipe!

  • Vanessa - Can I frame the first pic? Would that be weird?! :) Arden’s starting mother’s day out 1 day/week next month and I just know she’s going to demand more school too when she finds out how fun it is!

  • Ashley - Her faces are the best!!!! :)

  • Breanna - She is absolutely precious! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Elizabeth - Oh. My. Goodness. I so agree! Mason just turned two today and I wish I could bottle this age up forever. He does the sweetest things and I just don’t want him to grow up.
    Oh and that first picture? I die. Baby fever and wanting a girl!