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Little Miss Em has gotten really good at climbing lately, enough to pull herself up on the couch, and, at times, a chair. She loves to stand sit in a big person’s chair, and is growing less and less fond of her high chair. Here, she plays with a beautiful bench at the Heard Museum.

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Last week, Miss Em and I did a little sightseeing in the Phoenix area at Pueblo Grande, an archeological museum and park that documents the life of the ancient Hohokam people who once inhabited the area. The site was discovered when the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport was being built, and as a result, it sits right next door to jets and in the shadow of the newly built Sky Train. The ancient and the modern rest side by side, and you might notice a plane descending for the landing in one of these photos.

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Our little family stayed down in Scottsdale last week for a short stay-cation to celebrate our anniversary and to do a little traveling with my work. We stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho, which is a mid-century inspired hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. It reminds me a bit of the Ace Hotel married with the Parker Palm Springs. It certainly has a rich Hollywood history; Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner got married in the hotel’s ballroom. We were lucky enough to stay in one of the hotel suites, so we celebrated with champagne and watching the sunset from our balcony.

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A portrait of my child every week. This was taken down in Scottsdale during a little stay-cation last week.

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Over the weekend, we went down to Phoenix and did some house hunting, stopping at Postino for lunch. I don’t know how other mom bloggers get such great styled photos of their outings, but with a squirrelly little toddler at my side, I barely got these quick snapshots before we left. I forgot to take a shot of the entrance and the outside terrace, but you can get a sense of the open, airy feel of the place. Postinos has live music on the weekend and doesn’t make you feel guilty about having a mimosa for brekkie. The husband and I both had brie, prosciutto, and fig jam sandwiches with arugula on a focaccia. Le bebe had roasted tomato and gouda soup and some of mom’s potato chips. Yum!

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52 Weeks: A photo portrait each week of the year. Miss Em is my little traveling companion, as I run around town doing errands. Here we stopped at good ole Starbucks for a quick snack. Emilie is old enough to sit in the big chairs by herself, which she loves to do. I’m digging these toddler years, and it’s so much fun to watch Miss Em discover the world and herself along the way. Plus, it’s so great not to have to worry as much about packing everything in the diaper bag. Forgot a snack? No worries, grab a milk and applesauce at the local cafe, which is exactly what we did.

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Some eye candy for the weekend. Check out all my pins here. Have a beautiful weekend!

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In the story, The Velveteen Rabbit, all the little stuffed animals come alive after the little one has gone to bed.  I wish that these stuffies would wake up and put themselves away whilst my little one naps, but they, too, look tucked-in and asleep.  As a self-confessed neat-freak, I find it nearly impossible to keep up with beautifully curious, energetic little toddler.  When I do have a moment to clean up, I’m often so exhausted that it’s the last thing I want to do.  See Exhibit A: pooped-out husband on the couch.  I’ve engaged the help of the little one as best I can with emptying out the dishwasher and doing the laundry, and she’s happy to help, but it does take twice as long that way.  Part of me can’t go to bed until the house is somewhat in order, and the other part wants to just take a deep breath and let it all go.

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Trying to take a portrait of my daughter each week, every week. With all the travel I’ve been doing lately, this has been a challenge. Fortunately, Miss Em is helping me out, and this a self-portrait she took two weeks ago, whilst fiddling with Mom’s iPad.

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My final Paris post before coming back to the real world. These are a few random city shots I took while I was strolling around near the Marais. Paris is full of surprises at every turn, and one of them was a miniature theatre in the round performing Romeo and Juliet by the Seine. The sun came out after hours of clouds and rain. A perfect last day in Paris!

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