L.Lake & the Magic Tree

December 11, 2018 | It’s a family tradition to head East to see lots of Christmas lights, and this year we invited my parents! We have plenty of room in the car, and it’s more hands to help keep a baby awake past her bedtime… 🙂 I was driving so there are hardly any photos of the Lake portion, but M loved being out of the car seat. Blinking lights are her JAM (like her momma), and E remembered it from last year. A quick diaper change and we were off to the Magic Tree, where I could get out and shoot some photos. It’s a super challenging scenario, and I always feel like I’m walking the balance of enjoying the moment vs. capturing it. But I’ve always adored the images that result! It was freezing outside, but M did so well for all of it. I already cannot wait to do it again next year!

Mommy Monday

December 10, 2018 | Paw Patrol advent calendar continues, M gets more expressive, and we continue enjoying the open-gym with both of these crazy sisters… 🙂 It may be a lot of work, but those moments they look at one another with such adoration make my heart burst!

Plus some iphone images from the day…

Christmas Decor

November 18, 2018 | Yes, it’s November, but when you put up as much as I/we (E & I) do, it only makes sense to get started early so you can enjoy it longer! I decided to start a kinda “girly” tree/ornaments this year for E & M. It is in the dining room, and I bought two of each ornament with a rose-gold box for each daughter. I hope that it will last a long time, and become a tradition that they always decorate that tree (which will need better anchoring for a few years). The ornaments have a vintage look, and I hope they will treasure them for many years to come! And doesn’t every little girl decorate her tree in wings and cat-accessories? Once we setup the train, E promised to keep M safe and support her sitting to watch it…and I attempted to capture the scene with my phone for too long before D finally said GET YOUR CAMERA. Thanks babe!

Manhattan Visit

November 3, 2018 | A family-member planned their wedding in Manhattan, and we weren’t totally sure if we wanted to travel/overnight with baby M, but eventually thought it might be kinda fun. Visit campus, attend a wedding, and try to keep some semblance of M’s naps going…ha! Let’s start with the camera photos on-campus

Then of course, ALL the cell photos of the other events. The ceremony portion went well, but the reception was a bit much for M. Despite all of our attempts at an afternoon nap she wasn’t having it. Then all of the activity/music/family she was overwhelmed, and totally losing her s&%t! E had been patiently waiting ALL DAY to dance, but the dancing wasn’t starting and it was late. After a heart-to-heart, she really blew my mind by understanding and leaving for M. Her big-sister heart made me cry, and I was so proud of her. We went to the local WM to get her a surprise Paw Patrol toy thanks to her amazing behavior. Keeping a hotel room quiet for a sleeping baby in a pack-n-play should be an Olympic sport. M cries, E wakes up, we try the sound-machine-apps, and forgot to pack a swimsuit (which E was bummed about for the pool). It turned out to be a great, quick, trip 🙂