Wednesday, May 20, 2015


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Since my sister was visiting last week, we couldn't not spend an afternoon at the beach. It was cloudy and gray but we all got a little sunshine and salty air.

It was Nico's first time at the beach and I think it's safe to say he's a fan. He ate, he snoozed, he squished his toes in the sand. 

Lia made a big hole to hang out in, worked on her sand castle skills and made a few sand angels.

And then Rita's, because, of course.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


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Eight years ago today, we promised to love each other forever and a day.

Three states.
Four towns.
Six houses.
Three pregancies.
One miscarriage.
Two sweet, happy babies.
Two dogs. 
Five years as a military family. 
Hours and hours spent traveling.
Countless fights.
Even more love. 
Lots of house projects he hated.
Lots of house projects he did anyway.
Loads and loads of laundry.
Too many dinners to count.
Eight years worth of hopes and dreams and plans and laughs and happiness wrapped up in our marriage.

You. Sometimes, I don't even know how to say how I feel. I have never loved someone that has the power to make me feel like the most loved person in the world and still annoy the crap out of me. That's our marriage. That's just us. You are my best friend and I can not imagine life without you. You make me laugh and you make me happy and you make me feel beautiful. I'm pretty sure we're going to have a lot more anniversaries ahead of us. And hopefully another cute baby (or two...)! I love this life of ours.

Happy Anniversary babe. Here's to you, xo. I love you!

Monday, May 18, 2015


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Four months...

Is all about those hands. Drool is a fashion statement over here.
And someone found his toes!
Is filled with giggles and googly eyes for his sister.
Is for sleepsacks. It was a sad day when our burrito babe was no more.
Weighs around 13 lbs and the chub on those legs gets me every single time.
Still rocking the 0-3 clothes and size 1 diapers.
Fights nap time like a champ but gives us 8-10 hours every night.
Which means, he gets all the heart eyes.
Loves family walks.
And being outside.
Flails around in the bath like a fish out of water.
Still dealing with that cradle cap and those rosy cheeks.
Pulls hair like it's his job.
Eats 6 ounces pretty often.
Trying hard to roll over.
And is still squishy and sweet.

This buttercup brightens our days, for sure.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


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Lia: spent the afternoon riding ponies and feeding a deer. Capturing her belly laughs when they licked her was the highlight of my day.

Nicolas: was just happy to be in daddy's arms outside.
I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.

Friday, May 15, 2015


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So my sister spent this week with us while M's been out of town for business. And somehow the week flew by but still left me feeling drained from a long week.

There was lots of sunshine and walks around the neighborhood and ice cream stops and a trip to the beach and a little shopping. Lia pretty much made her play the entire time.

Our girl made the newspaper when she went to a fancy tea party at a local book store. And, I came pretty close to crying when she brought home her school journal this week with countless drawings. Her sweet teacher dated each one and jotted down whatever it was L had said she drew. Pictures of friends, our family, rainbows and tornados and planets, a space alien and a black sunshine. It's the best, really.

Little man is becoming himself again. Besides being a drool monster who can't stop eating his hands, he's sleeping around 10 hours a night and catching a nap here and there in his crib.

A bright and happy week around here!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


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My babes did good on Mother's Day. Besides a pretty new doormat and some fun kitchen things, they were sweet and happy and the littlest babe TOOK A NAP!

M left late in the afternoon for a business trip so we squeezed in a trip downtown for lunch and a walk through Anthropologie. I can't walk in without leaving with a new latte bowl or two. It's an addiction...

And the night ended with both kids asleep by 7:30 and I crawled in bed with take-out and the season finale of Once Upon A Time. I mean, besides if I could have had M all day, it couldn't have been better.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


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Lia: playing games in the house. Also, capturing the real deal smile is something special.

Nicolas: still thinks being outside is the best thing ever.
I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.