Olive Us: Episode 20: How To Be Two

March 4, 2013

By Gabrielle.

Hooray! A new Olive Us episode has arrived. The concept of this episode might be the simplest one we’ve ever conceived: Follow 2-year-old Flora June Blair around for a day and capture it on video.

Two year olds have a reputation for being terrible, and as a mother of six, I’m no stranger to flat-on-the-floor-of-the-grocery store meltdowns, or frankly, playground/grandma’s house/preschool/playdate/library/car/sidewalk meltdowns either. Here is a shot of June taken this last weekend during a 20-minute stand off at the hotel pool — she refused to get out:

At the same time, I know that 2 years old is also one of the sweetest ages. There is so much discovery. So much growth. Huge jumps in vocabulary and communication. Huge jumps in independence. Lots and lots of opinions. Lots and lots of giggles. Here’s another photo of June on the day we filmed Cider Farm:

And here’s another from last August (complete with drool bubbles):

And just one more where she’s wearing the same darling dress from the video. You may remember the dress from this post, too — it was made by the talented Katy of No Big Dill:

First time parents will see their 2 year old as all grown up. Second-time-around parents will see that their 2 year old is really still a baby. I think both are right.

I hope you enjoy the video! It’s a sweet one. (And there’s a happy little bit after the credits, too.)

P.S. — Subscribe to Olive Us to be the first to know about new videos. Find more episodes and behind the scenes sneak peeks at OliveUs.TV, and hey, if this episode doesn’t show up for you here, try viewing it on Vimeo.

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1 R March 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

My baby turns 2 on the 8th I am so pumped to see what she learns and to watch her grow, but it also breaks my heart watching her turn into a big girl, I am pregnant with my second and plan on having many children, but I think since she is my first it’s bittersweet. The video is darling! and June seems so bright and sweet, I love how she takes her time building up that block tower and immediately kicks it down.


2 Carter Higgins March 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love this so much it hurts. The curls! The spinning! Oh my.


3 KatieB March 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

Made me cry. My baby is about to be 2. You are right. The intensity of his emotions and moods makes for the best or the worst moments of my day.

Several, several times over.

When it’s bad – just wait it out. When it’s good – savor it.

I love him so much.


4 Andreina March 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love ;) Esta muy linda y creciendo muy bien.


5 Elizabeth March 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

She’s so adorable — and I love these episodes!


6 Alexandra March 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

Oh my. She’s the cutest. I love, love these videos, I hope they never end!


7 allysha March 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

I watched this over the weekend. SO adorable. She is such a sweetie!


8 BON VOYAGE March 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

Oh, gosh this one is adorable. I want my kids to be 2 years old all over again after watching this video.
I love the beauty and innocence of June here… I bet in years to come June will love this segment… This series is brillaint. Well done:O) thank you.


9 Nicole March 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

As a mom of five kids I think I have begun to take things for granted. I’ve been through 2 four times before! But watching your video brought tears even to my eyes and reminded me how precious this time is, even if I forget it in the chaos of my big family. Thank you:)


10 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:16 am

I hear you. I think it’s impossible not to take things for granted some of the time. Life is just so beautiful!


11 Margaret March 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

I really don’t think there is anything cuter than stockinged baby feet. So precious!


12 Kacy Faulconer March 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

Sigh. I try not to miss my babies who are now grown. I like them now for sure, but I didn’t (probably) appreciate them enough when they were little. It’s agony. That’s being a mom, I guess and it explains (a little) the joy with which grandbabies are received.


13 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:17 am

June and Betty have the biggest spacing (4 years to the week) of all our kids and I think it has made a huge difference in how we appreciate June’s baby stages. That, and also knowing she is our last.

It makes me wonder if we should have had bigger spaces between all the kids.


14 Corina Sorensen March 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

This might just be my favorite Olive Us yet! I loved it!


15 Shannon { A Mom's Year } March 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

Sweetest video ever. I’m so curious about what June thinks about these people with the video camera? Does she even notice them anymore? :)


16 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:19 am

Hah! This was definitely the most time she spent with the camera. But really, even without Tiger in Jar around, we always seem to have an iPhone or our DSLR with us. And our kids have cameras too. So she’s for sure used to having cameras in the room. : )


17 The New Diplomats Wife March 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

love this one, i think it’s my favorite of the batch. our tot is two now as well and i think this captures the beauty of these days perfectly!


18 Anna March 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

Favorite one yet!


19 Paige March 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

So sweet! My daughter is turning two in a couple weeks…my second, so like you said I feel like she is still a baby. But it goes too fast! What a sweet memory you have of June.


20 Gia March 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

I teared up too. She is just the sweetest!


21 Jennifer March 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

the video made me tear up. it was so sweet and pulled at my heart strings as my last baby, who is now 2, will be turning 3 next month. amidst all of the meltdowns and power struggles, it really is such a tender age that i love. so bittersweet.


22 Heather March 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

SO sweet. I just got a little teary. 2 year olds are my favorite (favorite!) and I wish I had a little video like this of my girls at that age, especially since the little one is now 4 1/2 with no discernible “baby” left.


23 Ann March 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

Love this one. I’m a mom of six, too. 2 is hard but so sweet.


24 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity March 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I wish I had a video like that of my kiddos when they were two. Sooo sweet.

By the way, I noticed in your instagrams that you don’t seem to use a stroller with June when you travel. Do you just all take turns carrying her when she gets tired?


25 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:22 am

Yes. That’s right. We brought when when we moved here, but it turns out we haven’t traveled with a stroller. We find them tricky in Europe — there are so many stairs! And we have such capable carriers among us. There are 5 of us ready to pick up June or hold her hand when needed, so it’s been easy for us to go stroller less.

But, in other stages of our life, a stroller was indispensable!


26 Jessica March 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Darling video, as usual! She is a doll. And, it really seems like she shoukd be much smaller, as though you just had her.


27 Emily Wignall March 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I’m in the middle of the two year old year with my youngest. He is the most fun and the most work. We struggle because he needs me the most physically, but that is also what makes our relationship so great. Thanks for the post. A good reminder that 2 is great!


28 Margie March 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I loved this episode … I was sad to see it end!


29 Elisabeth March 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

This is absolutely adorable–I could watch it over and over and over (and maybe I will!). What you said about the way you view your children at different points of parenthood is so true–I wonder, will I always think of the youngest as a baby?:) Hope you’re enjoying Ireland!


30 Mandy March 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

She is absolutely adorable! Those curls! You are dead on about two year olds. My Lily just turned one and I’m savoring the moments. My son is now 4 and it feels like it was just yesterday when he was just like Flora with big curls and learning how to say so many things! I love hearing her make the animal noises!


31 Alice March 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Oh she’s so sweet! How can you get any work done with that cutie around?


32 Jenny March 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

This is beautiful! We are adopting a little girl who just turned two (on our anniversary). She is deaf, and she had a cochlear implant a few months ago. Seeing her discover sounds and find her voice has been amazing, as well as to see her explore EVERYTHING all the time! Thanks for making such a sweet video. :)


33 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:23 am

Wow! That must be amazing to observe.


34 Jenny March 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I adore this one! I feel like it captures the slow and fast of a toddler day beautifully. The kicking down of the block tower is so great, as is June’s pre-nap grumping.

Question, do you just spritz June’s hair with water each morning? My littles both have curls like June, and this straight-haired mama doesn’t really know what to do with them. Any suggestions?


35 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:25 am

Yes. I spritz June’s hair with water each morning. Then gently scrunch the curls so they can absorb the water and reform. And that’s it. I also spritz after naps, or anytime the curls are looking sad and weary. If I don’t have a spray bottle handy, I get my hands wet and scrunch.


36 Jenny March 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Thanks! This worked like a charm and was happily so much simpler than what I was doing before.


37 amy g. March 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

That was beautiful! I have a two year old daughter with bright red, unruly, curly hair. What did you spray on her hair during the video to enhance her curls? It worked great! Thanks :)


38 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:25 am

Just water. But I’ve been known to try a water with some conditioner in it too. And that also works well!


39 rue du chat qui peche March 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I love it! so cute…
Great shots and music too.


40 Lisa | Happy By March 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

This was one of the sweetest videos ever. So beautiful, so touching! I am not a mother yet, but I could dive into June’s world and consider every one of her activities and imagining how she interacts with you. It was interesting to see her routine apart from her siblings and all the fun/noise you probably have often at home :) She will have a nice memory when she grows up for sure.

Have a great week!
P.s : As always, looking for updates from the beauty around your home this time of the year.


41 Tan March 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

lol I just love when she takes her pacifier out of her mouth. She has that look of “Hello…I’m ready to start my day now”
So very sweet Gabby


42 Thelma March 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

She’s precious! What a fantastic memory to have of her at this age!


43 Megan M. March 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

So sweet! My two year old will be three by the end of the month. O.0 We do still call her “the baby.” We called my oldest “the baby” until she was three and we had a new baby! LOL We’re not planning on having more, so no idea when Sosie will stop being the baby.

She also has beautiful curls and we do the spray and scrunch, too! LOL


44 Sarah March 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

This is so very sweet! Love those golden curls, I see a fierce little personality growing in that one!


45 leslie March 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

how can you not eat her up? she is absolutely adorable!

did one of the other kids got this incredible hair when they were little?


46 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:29 am

Yes! Oscar and Ralph both had curls. I kept their curls at the same length as June’s and they were consistently mistaken for girls. : )


47 Heather March 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I adore Baby June. This video is just precious. And you are so right about what you said about two being “big” and two being “baby”! This video is my fave – Baby June, the video and the music. xo


48 sofija March 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Please tell June she has a biggest fan. Her name is Natasha and she is 2 1/2. I can’t wait for her to wake up for her nap so she can watch this episode.


49 teresa March 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

So darling….I think you are going to miss that awesome cottage when you move back….I know I would. …. everything’s so charming….even the cup she used for breakfast….Oh the style!


50 Anna March 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

This is the sweetest video. Made me want a film crew to follow mine around so I can watch it over and over when she’s bigger.

2 is so trying. And so sweet. I love this reminder that it is sweet. Makes me want to go squish mine right now.


51 mom in mendon March 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm

My favorite shot is at the end when her little pink hand/pink blanket disappear from view. Love you, Junie B.


52 Hillary March 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Out. Of. Control. Cute!! You’ve inspired me to make more videos of my daughter (almost 3) I’ve got a gazillion pics of her on my phone.. but only maybe 5 videos!!


53 Katie March 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

June. Is. Adorable!
My ‘babies’ are now five and nine…I truly miss the time when they were littler.


54 Jenny March 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

precious! I love 2 year olds.


55 Patty March 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

That is 2! My youngest is 3 and oh how I miss 2…it is a sweet time. Wonderful to be on June’s level where the world is still a wonder at every turn. Lovely episode!


56 Angel March 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

This is the cutest video yet. June is 2 months older than my daughter. I loved how you spritzed her hair then scrunched it. My daughter has the typical Asian straight hair. I don’t even brush it in the morning because it doesn’t tangle.


57 Alexis March 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Oh how I love this! I am going to copy and film my two year-old tomorrow. It’s a magical age. And I completely agree, now that my 4th (and probably last, boo!) is 2 she’s still such a baby to me.


58 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:31 am

Yay! I love hearing that, Alexis. I’m sure the video you make will be a treasure.


59 Erin March 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

what I wouldn’t give to have a sweet video like this of each of my kids at two. it was magical!


60 Jen March 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

The videos just keep getting greater and greater! I think you’ve hit your stride with this one! June is so precious and you captured all the wonderful moments of a two year old so creatively. Love love love!


61 Andrea M March 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

What a beautiful video! She is precious, and the animal noises were awesome. This will be a family treasure.


62 Caasandra March 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Thanks for sharing the video. My 3 year old son was memorized as he watched with me. It was a nice moment of peace and quiet, maybe I will have him watch it again.


63 Ceebee March 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Maybe my favorite – everything we need to be reminded of. Simple pleasures and the joy of learning, moving our bodies and playing, and feeling fed and loved. And don’t forgot the animal noises! What a beautiful, precious child.


64 Stephanie Precourt March 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Oh, this is truly precious.



65 Caddy March 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

This might be my favorite Olive Us video yet! So sweet and adorable! It makes me long for a schedule like this! :D


66 Stella March 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I love this. If someone took a video of me all day long they’d probably get a lot of footage of me doing boring things like sitting in front of the computer, driving, running on the treadmill… June inspires me to be more playful!


67 Carrie R March 5, 2013 at 12:31 am

I think my just 2 year old Sylvie and your Flora would have quite a time of it. This video was all the sweeter as I recognized so much of my own girl in yours. I did learn something. I have very straight hair, and my daughter has my husband’s (previous- as in no more…lol) hair. Curly! The spray bottle! The scrunching! Of course.


68 Amy @ LittleONE March 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

How wonderful this was to watch! What a beautiful idea. It would be so lovely to do this one day each year with your children – so great to look back on.


69 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:32 am

I agree! I’m now craving a How To Be Six video, a How To Be Eight video, a How To Be Eleven video…


70 G at willowday March 5, 2013 at 1:47 am

All of your videos are just precious (kids, picture perfect!)

Your words on two ring so perfectly with me — as well as our perceptions of 2 for our first born, vs a later born. We had our oldest practically dressed like… a lawyer, had impeccable table manner due to the 5 star dining with continued with him, spoke 3 languages by 3 and was enrolled in EVERYTHING by the time he was 3 —- our youngest: … held up to the moon, kissed… and twirled under the stars! Our perceptions of how old they are and birth order is just just astounding. I considered myself to to be such an aware Mom … but, life lessons are truly learned on the go. (Thankfully, if you toss in abundant love, patience and understanding both grow beautifully!) Great post.


71 Design Mom March 5, 2013 at 5:33 am

Your comment resonates with me so much, Gina!


72 Victoria March 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

When I saw this video posted yesterday, it was shortly after I learned that my IVF cycle had failed. After 2 1/2 years in this process, I never know what is going to make me smile or cry. Baby June made me smile. Please know how lucky you are to have your sweet children.


73 Kimberly March 5, 2013 at 7:14 am

I’m so sorry, Victoria.


74 Erin March 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Oh, Victoria, I am so so sorry.

I’d like to pass on to you what my GP, a good friend, told me while we struggled to conceive, that resonated with me. I hope it feels good to you to hear. She told me that she has never known anyone who wanted to be a parent that hasn’t ended up, through one means or another, being a parent. That insight helped me not worry about if I would be a parent, I right then and there knew I would be.

We adopted our daughter just a year later.


75 Azra March 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

sweet! I miss that age.


76 Dee March 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

What a sweetheart. I love her curls. A spray bottle w/ water and conditioner is one of the most important styling tools at our house!


77 Amy3 March 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

I love those adorable little-kid feet!


78 Becky March 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

By far one of the favorites in the Lattin household! June portrays two with honesty and dignity! Max and Olivia can’t get enough of it.
Thanks for sharing.


79 beyond March 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

i just watched this (2x) with my 19 month old. and he is IN LOVE with june. “more! more! more? MORE.”


80 kelly March 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

that was painfully sweet. what a beautiful little thing she is that flora june. 2 year olds are such a joy.


81 Tricia Whitworth March 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

So beautiful! Many years ago my dad took pictures with his Hasseblad camera of me and my sister (I had the blonde curls then). Now a different medium is used. I loved watching June but this really brought back my dad too (he passed away in 2007). Many thanks. <3


82 Whitney Hardie March 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I love your sentiment about two year olds. Both perspectives are exactly right. My first seemed so big at 2 and now my second seems like such a baby by comparison. It’s amazing how we love all our children immensely, and each of them differently.


83 Betsy Wagner March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

What a sweet sweet video. I just love it — everything from that beautiful face to the music to the adorable animal graphics. May I ask: what editing system do you use?


84 Jocelyn March 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Completely adorable and charming as usual. What a little sweetheart. It is also oh so comforting to hear you talk about the tantrums. I mean, I know your kids are like all kids, but it is good to hear about the normal challenges we all face from time to time. I was at Target the other day by myself (my 3 kids were at home with dad!) and I heard a young child screaming at the top of their lungs a few aisles down. I felt so bad for the poor parent but also so glad that I’m not the only one it has happened to. :)


85 fotootje vandaag March 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm



86 Lacey March 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

This makes me so excited to watch my son grow up! He is 7 months now. So much fun to look forward to!


87 Sara March 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I loved this! My twin just turned three last week, and I will miss 2 . You did such a good job of capturing being two from your daughters perspective. Sometimes I get so busy trying to keep up with my little guys, I don’t pause and really look at how they are seeing the world.


88 Claire March 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I loved this and it inspired me to write a little bit about my own two year old being caught between grown-up and babyhood. (http://www.halfheartedhousewife.com/2013/03/the-unbearable-lightness-of-two-year-old-arms/)
I agree that two is one of the best ages (so far, my oldest is almost 7, so my experience is limited) because of all the discovery and change. I love seeing how they really enter into our world with communication and exploration at this age.


89 Chrissy March 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

loved this so much! and I really think that June will treasure this when she is older. My favorite part was the “hurry!” which is so true, our 4th is 2 and she runs everywhere! I need that energy and zeal for life to keep up with her ;-)


90 Erin March 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

So sweet. I need someone to edit my collection of random iPhone videos into something worth watching.


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