Sunday, September 4, 2016

the fourth

well, two months later and it's finally got it up! :)

I think this fourth of july was my favorite as of yet (but I say that every year). 

amazing food, swimming, laughter, baby bellies, little kids just learning how to swim
tons of sunscreen, good conversations, snoozes by the pool and some of our favorite people.

missing my husband who had to work :(

kind of makes me sad that summer is coming to an end.


Friday, September 2, 2016

august ninth

I am so far behind on my posts but i'm just gonna go with it.
nothing special about this day, just an ordinary summer day at home.. 
sweet simple still shots of that day and the small memories
attached to them.

I have this crazy need to document the big and small in our little lives, to remind
myself when I get older.. that yes.. it was a good life. 
no regrets.
a life well lived. 

august 9, 2016


Monday, July 11, 2016

little visitors

we've had little visitors over here (my sister and her kids).
 I don't even mind that we have to go grocery shopping every other day
or that it sounds like Chuck -E-Cheese in my house with all these kids.. 
it is seriously the BEST having them here.

there is just something so special watching your own kids bond
with their cousins. they were close before but now it's on an
entire different level. my kids are going to go through some
serious separation issues when they leave.

(Olivia, summer 2016)

Friday, June 17, 2016

[garden] - little sprouts

we've been anxiously waiting for our little green beans to sprout and 
this past week they finally did!
Camila looks after them like she's getting paid to do it.. she waters them daily
and checks in on them every evening. 
if it wasn't for my neighbor I know I wouldn't have attempted them this year (or ever). 
she bought me the green bean seeds, gave me her extra trellis and short
of digging up the space, she pretty much told me what to do.

our garden is on a delayed schedule this year - we planted late.. but soon enough
we'll have zuchinni, peppers, watermelon, melon (crossing my fingers with those little
guys) and tomato's. and we officially are never going to try to grow
strawberries again. ever.
we have bad luck with them and we just can't handle the disappointment when
we don't see any coming in.

feeling so very thankful for: 
our little garden space, 
my husband who work so hard to help me with it, 
little hands that are willing to help
encouraging advice


Friday, June 10, 2016

10 on 10 - June edition

it's been a while since i've participated..
10 on 10 - ten pictures on the 10 day of every month. it gives me a reason to stop, 
pick up my camera and just slow down a bit and notice some things around me.

our summer break has started - this is my most favorite part of the year. I can't
tell you what it does to my heart to have my kids near me. not gonna lie, sometimes
we need some space, but for the most part it's just so good.

except for this week.. we've had to hunker down at home since half of them have been sick
with a summer cold/fever/sore throat.

many still photo's here in this series - every season is new and I notice, that just as I 
evolve as a person, my perspective when it comes to photography changes and shifts as well.

and right now.. while there is so much going on around me, it's the still, small and peaceful
moments that bring me a sense of calm. 

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, 
bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and 
perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day 
I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself 
taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return" - MJ Irion

thanks to the gals in my blog circle for encouraging me to pick up my camera again. 
it feels good. really really good.

i'm linking over to Jessica's 10 on 10 project - follow the blog circle and check 
out her project. she's always such a source of encouragement for me! 


Monday, February 1, 2016

friends christmas exchange 2015

posting these a little late but I wanted to make sure I had them
here in this little space. a yearly tradition, my closest friends and their families get together for brunch
and our children exchange gifts for each other. I think this is our third (?) year doing this.. my kids
look forward to this every year.

this year felt different.. in a good kind of way. I tried to clear my schedule that first week of December so that I would have more time to enjoy the season with my family. I wanted to really, really take in this advent season, to slow down and be with my kids without stressing out over shopping or decorating or anything else. we did all those 
things that we wanted to do together. 
it was lovely. 
I created a small holiday folder (an idea from another blog friend) that has recipes we used, ideas, thoughts, notes for the following year and little scribbles of notes that I didn't want to forget. each year I'll add to it and maybe pass it on to my kids. 
well, that's the idea anyways.. so we'll see :)