Hensley Ruth: 8 Months

Hello. My name is Hensley. I am eight months old. I like long walks through the house holding hands with my brother. I really like being held by my mommy especially after 5pm, but my dad has been putting me to bed lately and that’s nice too. I think my brother is hilarious. I’ve been a fairy for four Halloween parties now and I’m really hoping for some variety next year. I save most of my smiles and laughs for immediate family only. We have tons of fun together. I like bouncing, and hope to walk soon. Crawling’s okay, but if I’m wearing a dress it’s quite inhibiting. I often go to bed around 6:30pm, and if we’re still out socializing I sometimes let everyone know that I want my bed! I did fine staying out at the party last night though. Sometimes I pee and poop in the big potty, and my mom gets really happy. 

Have fun at Halloween tonight. Don’t eat too much candy!




A Humble Abode: Straw Bale Style

So I totally love my family! But that’s obvious, right? Let me be more specific. You see, my mom has two sisters and a brother who have the most delightful offspring, aka my cousins. Andrea (pronounced AUUN-drea, not ANNdrea) is one of those cousins. “Andie” is two years older than me. Whenever she got Birkenstocks in 8th grade, I had to get some. Then she studied interior architecture and traveled to Denmark and Germany, and I was inspired. She was designing in Chicago and traveling to NY, which was so cool to this midwestern girl! She now has a dear husband, Bob and adorable son, Orien. Orien and Hensley are about the same age and I love it that they get to grow up together! Their biggest venture was quitting their design jobs in the city and doing a year of organic farming stuff, which led them to building this straw bale house outside of the city! Here are a few photos of our workday. We love you Andie, Bob and Orien!
The boys were king of the mountain and got SO muddy.
Andie, remember why you made that face?

My dear brother and sister-in-law were there (a huge highlight!) and they watched our kids while we went to a wedding! Thanks Uncle Eric and Aunt Erica! Hensley says sorry and she’s embarrassed for being totally inconsolable.

(If you, dear reader, are interested in a straw-bale house or being green or have a smile on your face they’d love for you to visit and pick up a shovel while you’re there! They are making the final push to get in before winter hits! Just leave a comment and I’ll get you )

Bears & Kitties & Eagles: Oh My

Tegegne the “Kissing” Bear, Olive the Cat (Her Mom’s Vintage Costume!), and Coco the Eagle (homemade and amazing!)

Little Lamb, Norah the Sweet Cheeked Monkey, and Hensley the Tiny Fairy! 

Bears and Kitties and Eagles, Oh my! 
Lambs and Monkeys and Fairies, Oh Baby My! 

Central Library on a Tuesday morning is the place to be. Especially this week! Storytime with Ms. Claire and a bonus short film in the Vault in your costumes! Olive and Tiger and your newest buddy Coco + their fun mamas make it quite a highlight of week.  Plus Hensley’s friends Norah, Kai (the Samurai!), and Theo. We love you all!  

Tegegne: Busts a Move

Tegegne, it’s Monday night and you’ve got moves! You love to dance. We most definitely hope to get you in a hip hop class in a few years. Cause the good Lord knows that you will not be learning any stylish motions from your pops or I.