Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I let her go........

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yes... she did it...
she rode a bike!
I was there... the first time she was on two wheels and let me tell you... my heart may have stopped...
it was a HUGE deal!
something about holding her small little back... hold it... hold it...
then BAM...!
letting go.............!
it was HUGE!!!
and I still feel my heart skip when she gets on her two wheels... something about that big step makes her a big girl.
Riding bikes might sum up my childhood... I was riding since I can remember... always on the go! growing up in the country, kids are pretty free... my mother would tell me I had to go outside... "you have to get fresh air or you will get sick!"
I'm so glad I did!... because man oh man I had fun!
and you probably know... that philosophy is still strong in my own children... I like them to be outside... more than inside!
getting thorns in their barefeet... scraping a knee... it's childhood!
and that day she got on two wheels brought me back...
and I loved it!
I let her go... on the bicycle that I learned how to ride on... that my brother learned how to ride on...
that I crashed into the creek on... that I scraped my knee on so bad that it bled for a day... the bicycle that I felt like I was flying and would get little mosquitoes stuck to my cheeks because I would go so fast...
that ... letting go ... was beautiful!

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I love this pic... I love to wonder what our youngest is thinking... imagining... wishing for...
She looks up to her big sister so much...
it's the sweetest thing!

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things have been pretty magical around here... lots of candles... twinkles... carols... I LOVE this time of year!!!

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sometimes you have to pull out the ol' cycle with trainers... for sister to ride on the back of, of course!

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this time of year has been the best for sitting outside until dark... covering our driveway with little rainbows and stars...
chalking up our jeans knees... staining our palms with rose colored chalk... then clapping them together to get the big cloud!

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an evening with a bowl of rice pudding and "Charlie Brown Christmas" can be so simple and so much fun!!!


Monday, December 12, 2011

I know... PUMPKINS in December....

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I know I know... I'm sooooooo behind on blogging...
I have so missed this space! so much!

but I feel that I may be BACK! and I am so excited!!!
but to be back I have to go a bit into the past...

so we'll start with pumpkins!

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our October was truly a treat!
just the other day I even thought of this and Pappa Bear and I smiled..
Our girls are SO LUCKY!!!
They have two sets of Grandparents
both near and far
but both are truly special!
They are so close!
Our October the Grandparents from Sweden visited!
Farmor & Farfar!
It was so nice to see our families come together and be just one!
Sharing our traditions... stories... remember whens...
smiles... laughter... and lots of wine!

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a good ol' classic Halloween Party!!!

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seriously... can you stand it!
I cannot!
I could watch this for days!
This party took me back! took me back to my days... growing up out in the country... sugared donuts... bobbing for apples... dressing up with paint stuck to your eye brows...
the one day a year that you get to be something else...
Didn't you always want to be a Fairy!!!

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or a cat!

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just climbing a big tree... sometimes that's enough...

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we have had some amazing fall sunsets... the kinds that take hours to set... the kinds that you forget about the mosquitoes nibbling on your ankles... totally worth the glimpse..
Being outside this time of year is what life is all about.
the smells of oranges ripening... the sounds of children on the other sides of fences... the hint of Christmas getting closer and closer...
it's so so exciting!

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I love my Fairies!!!

(disclaimer... we totally had intentions to have two little Super Heros... but a visit to the fabric store and passing the fairy wing aisle... who can leave JoAnn's as a super hero...? Fairy wings! The most glittery blues and purples a little girl has ever seen!...
yes please!)

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a little kindergarten Thanksgiving Performance... could possibly be one of my favorite things! I remember being a pilgrim 26 years ago... my friend Jule Marie having trouble tying her bonnet on... my ears making mine stick out... some of the kids were Native American Indians... I loved their feathers... I secretly wanted to be an Indian! but I stuck with a black and white Pilgrim and rocked it!
to see my little girl American Indian on stage... singing the songs... I remembered them... sailing her hands like the Mayflower... smiling... shining... it made me sparkle for her!

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Pumpkin Pies were a big deal of course!
my Mom always makes the BEST pumpkin pies and our little Isabelle could maybe eat an entire pie... forget the turkey!

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Pappa and his girls always make the family bread rolls for Thanksgiving... while the Macy's Day Parade is blaring of course!
We take breaks to kick our legs with the Rockette's yes, even Pappa does... one day I think I am going to be a Rockette... it's coming soon!

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and a family Thanksgiving is the Finale!
we play croquet!
we had so many family members from so far away all at one table! it was so special! So great for our girls to experience! I think something that is so important and starting to lack a bit in the modern day is family... family dinners... aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents... all coming together... the value of this is truly priceless...
the stories... the remember whens...
growing up so many good memories were with family...
if children have a good sense of family
close and distant
they will feel more connected to their past... their ancestors...
they will want to be something special... a good person... a kind soul... for them... but also for their family...

I think I may be "Thankful" for my "Family"
I may have stolen that from our oldest... but I think it's a good one!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

it's been a month!

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wow... it really has been a month since I last was at this space...
an entire month went by...
This month is the busiest month for our studio and I just could not even get close to this space which I love so much...
any spare moment I had I just wanted to be with my family!
hugging my girls, laughing!
I cannot even put into words the feeling I have for how amazing our season was... I get the chills just thinking about it!
Yes, we're still slammed but I am feeling a little lighter...
I cannot even count how many portrait sessions and even 3 weddings we did...
I'm pretty sure there was at least one shoot a day...
It was amazing...
I walked, I ran, I hiked up hills, I ran up steps, down steps, I carried so many newborns, I hushed babies to sleep, I was peed on, I wiped children's noses, I wiped sand from eyes, I kissed boo boos, pretended I was a monkey, a chicken, a bird, a butterfly, and a moose!
I sang, I clapped, I blew kisses
I got stepped on by the sharpest stilletto heel I'm pretty sure they make and still have the bruise, I helped cut wedding cakes, I fixed bouquets, I held lip sticks, I threw my keys to a valet while my car stalled to chase down a bride, I got bit by a dog, I got kissed by a child, I got so many hugs, I parked in so many crazy places, I witnessed a limo accident, I twirled, I was up to my knees in the gulf in my jeans and it felt so good, I ruined my favorite pair of boots and it was so worth it for "the shot,"
I laughed so hard that my cheeks hurt!
all of this while my family was at my side... there for me... doing this with my husband is a dream come true!
being able to be there for my girls...
I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!!!

now a blog catch up!!!

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even a visit from our girls Grandparents from Sweden!

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we stayed a weekend out at Anna Maria Island!

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a birthday celebration!
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these kind of moments... these faces... make time stop!
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wait for it... bam!
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a bunch more coming soon!!! I can't wait for you to see what we've been up to!

and now... as I sit here next to our family Christmas tree...
I make a promise to SLLLllllLLllllllLLLOW down for DECEMBER!!!
no crazy hustle bustle! no crazy shopping nonsense! no rushing!
JUST FUN!!!
just spending time doing SIMPLE things!!!