we’ve been partying

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Asher's birthday in June kicks off almost a month of birthdays. Asher. Isabelle. Chris. And mine. Packed into 23 short days. And, despite the fact that I continue to run behind in getting these celebratory pictures posted, I'm determined. Because really, if you can't publish a bunch of posts featuring relatively mundane birthday pictures on your own blog, what's it good for? (wait, don't answer that.) But I digress. Isabelle recently turned 10. And I'm not sure if she was more excited about celebrating her birthday or "not being only one digit. … [Read more...]

out and about

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It's summer. And all my babies are home. My most favorite time of year. And there is so much I want to squeeze into the time we are all together - all fun stuff, of course. But the truth is, we just don't get out a whole lot. For several reasons. 1) I am a homebody 2) "We" is a whole lot of people 3) For this mama to get this crew rolling, it has be good. And it has to be affordable So when we found out that this much-talked-about, National Historic Landmark, 20th century blast furnace was open to the public, (and free!) we were all … [Read more...]

it’s summer, the end.

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Finishing out with Miss Isabelle, our public schooler turned homeschooler. Because it just seems like she deserves a post of her own. In November of last year we pulled Isabelle out of public school to bring her home. It was, honestly, quite a surprise to all of us as we weren't expecting to homeschool her this soon (if ever). Because Isabelle is a child who just doesn't fit the mold. At all. Ever. And I'd just always assumed that the school system - with all of it's resources and experience - would be better for her than anything we could do at home. But I was … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013

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I did it last year. The year before. And even the year before that. It's sort of a thing, I suppose. And, since 2013 doesn't want to be left out, here are my favorites from the last year. Not necessarily technically my favorites, from a photography standpoint. Just from a mama's standpoint. 1. Princess Vivienne. 2. My incredibly silly pony. 3. My brave and beautiful Velvet, just days before she passed away. 4. Isabelle... being Isabelle. 5. Tallula, home one wonderful year. 6. My babies. Every one of 'em. 7. My biggest boy, the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: thankful

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Two days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. But, before we dug into our big turkey dinner, I decided to ask our youngest seven what they were most thankful for. I thought it would be an interesting little exercise in learning more about what stirs their affections and, hopefully, remind them of all of the ways God has blessed them. I did not prompt any of them and I didn't let any of them know what their siblings had said. I wanted their answers to be all them. Some took longer than others, but they all were able to come up with five, and probably could have … [Read more...]

just like that…

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we have another homeschooler. Isabelle is home-schooling, y'all. And honestly, Isabelle and homeschool are two words I never thought I'd put together. But. We mamas do what we have to do. Because, in my opinion, the public school system let my girl down. She "tested out" of her special education class at the end of last year, which is wonderful. She is reading great, her math is close to her peers - I can't even put into words how far she's come. But she's far from typical. In an inclusion class (a class that is 1/2 typical kids and 1/2 special … [Read more...]

how they grow

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Because my memory often fails me. And because you can't misplace the internet (not that I've ever misplaced anything important.) I took measurements of my kiddos about the same time last year. But - thinking I'd get around to measuring them later - I skipped the littles. And never did measure them. Until yesterday. This year I decided to forego the lengthy process of individual pictures. And went for the super-quick group shot. After an after-school snack, I herded them out front. Begged them to look less irritated than they were. And took what I could … [Read more...]

first day of first grade.

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And second grade. And third grade. And, yes, fourth grade. Not necessarily in that order. Just look at my sweet babies. Love 'em so much. I did sort of cheat with my "first day of school" pictures, though. Instead of getting a picture of each of my school-bound kiddos, I went for the group shot. At least it's better than the picture I got last year. As I watched my kiddos teeter off to the bus stop with their over-stuffed backpacks and arms full of school supplies (what the heck, how many supplies can one kid need?), I was torn... Sad because … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Isabelle this summer

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Last week I began a series of summer sessions with my kidlets. My goal is to capture each of them between now and the official end of summer. So, one by one, I'll be taking them out for a quick photo shoot with their favorite photographer. I have to be purposeful about this kind of thing, otherwise I wouldn't get new pictures of my kids for way too long. And the thing about kids is, they keep changing on you. Last week was Sophie's turn. This week it was Isabelle's. She put on her favorite dress and grabbed her favorite toy. And off we went. We … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: my babies

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It's been a busy summer. In a good way. I've let a lot of "regular" things slip because I wanted to be intentional about spending time with my kids. And it has been so ridiculously fun. One of the things I put on the back burner - besides blogging regularly - was my photography. I used to pull my camera out every day or two. Lately it's been every week or two. Despite the layer of dust growing on my camera I was determined, before summer ended, to get a picture of all of my babies - together. To be honest, though, just the monstrosity of the task gave me … [Read more...]