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fun with a box

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i was cooking dinner saturday night and looked out the window to catch e in her fairy dress picking "flowers" (weeds) from the yard. i love watching my children interact with their world and i love that i get a front row seat to observe where they find beauty. there is currently a bouquet of weeds on my dining room table.

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a recent visit to smale riverfront park.

last day

eleanor finished her first year of pre-k today. what a year it has been! she's wearing nightgowns to bed now, she asks for scented lotion after her bath, has her own chapstick, she sounds out words, can recognize nearly the entire alphabet and numbers, and has graduated to drawing pictures of actual things. and just for juxtaposition and because as her mama i sometimes miss my baby girl, i rocked her to sleep tonight.

first day
first day

last day
last day

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f: this kid and his donut with "spwinkewls". i swear we couldn't get to the park fast enough for him to tear into it and then when he sat in front of it he just stared adoringly for a few minutes before diving in. he kills me.

e: my girl has outgrown the swings. she is looking so much bigger and older to me lately.

St. Augustine 2015

we had only just arrived back in cincinnati from hawaii before i decided to make the solo drive down for our annual trip to florida. it was worth it!

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so many photos to process and share from our trips to hawaii and florida but for now let's get caught up on the portrait project.

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we're getting a little excited for our hawaii vacation and someone couldn't wait to be on the beach so she decided the rug was sand and we had ourselves an indoor beach

a very happy little boy caught after throwing a ball right at mama's head. man he's got good aim.

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eleanor: every saturday stijn packs a lunch and brings the kids to the shop to visit mama. yesterday's weather was perfect so they ran and played in the parking lot for a few hours. since the super bowl, eleanor has been saying, "i'm going to run like a girl." yesterday she took off towards me with this look of pure joy running as fast as she could, arms pumping, and hair blowing.

felix: he's been all sorts of two years old lately and it hasn't been the easiest but then he puts on a lion hat and roars through a smile and i just can't...

and then it's spring

doesn't spring make you love your life. after the long suffering winter spring always arrives as the hero and this weekend we gladly welcomed her. sunday was the perfect day. we woke up and had our usual sunday pancake breakfast, the kids built a tent on the living room floor and read books, i folded the mt. everest of laundry, and then we packed lunch and headed to the park. afterwards we stopped at the neighborhood creamy whip for the first cone of the season and on the way home eleanor asked if she could ride her scooter. at this point i wondered if we should jump all into the nice weather activities or if we should enter this next season slowly so as to avoid shocking our systems. i opted for jumping all in and we topped it off with some sidewalk chalk coloring. we may have outdone it yesterday but man was it lovely and i cannot wait to do it all again. spring, you are wonderful and i will love you always.

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eleanor has been really into knock knock jokes lately and entertains us regularly with some pretty cute ones she learned in a book. yesterday in the car she made this one up:

"knock knock."
"who's there?"
"mashed potatoes."
"mashed potatoes who?"
"mashed potatoes all over your face!"

oh the mind of a three year old.

felix turned two on tuesday and i cannot believe it. my baby boy has been with us for two whole years. we celebrated his day with our traditional birthday pancakes, lots of balloons, and at his request, dinner at skyline.

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e: my little lady making valentines for her class, teachers, friends, and family. i am so proud of her for signing her name to all of them!

f: "vroom vroom, choo choo" give this kid anything with wheels and he's happy

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we've been trying to stay busy and avoid the stir crazies while being snowed in by doing all sorts of crafts. we made necklaces and bracelets, played with play dough, and painted lots of pictures.

embracing the pink

pink

pink

pink

we're snowed in today and enjoying the coziness of oversized sweaters, a warm fire, a new collection of the palest pink roving for yet another weaving, handmade ceramic mugs filled with chamomile rose tea, the spring-like pink of tulips, and the most delicate of dresses. i have fully embraced the color in it's palest and softest forms and celebrate that it makes my daughter happy not because as a girl she is predetermined to like it but because she finds beauty in its shade. this grey and white loving mama who is most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt has a pink and purple loving daughter who would prefer to be in a dress at all times and it is ok, it is good.

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a few morning moments caught with these two goofballs.

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our family of ukulele players

some portraits

with the new year and the realization that i dropped the ball on the 52 project last year, having not picked up the camera since week 46, i have decided to participate again this year (sort of). i will challenge myself to pick up the camera and post portraits as often as i can. i cannot say that there will be 52 full weeks, obviously as this is already week 3 and my first post, but i will try because man do i love looking back at them.

so here are a couple of pics of the kids from our first week back...

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e: i bought these knit finger puppets 12 years ago in the hopes that one day i would have children to play with them.

f: he loves wearing tiger and lion masks and roaring at us. it's something he's loved since his opa played with him here this summer.

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"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

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"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."