Spring Time



I am so happy that the days have gotten warmer again. So are these two. Last summer neighbors with college-aged kids handed down their play set to us. Most nice days it is where you’ll find my kids.

Spring has proven to be a very busy time of year with a 4 and 7 year old. Nearly every weeknight and weekend is full leaving very little time for the middle-of-the-week routines. It seems every Monday is spent wrapping up the weekend details and getting the new week started. And then suddenly it is Thursday and the week starts to wrap up so that Friday can be spent gearing up for weekend guests or travel. Most days I am wiped out by bedtime and not ready to wake up come 7am. It is all good stuff, but such a different pace from when the kids were younger and we lived further away from the majority of our friends and family. With only a few weeks of school left, summer will be here soon and I look forward to the warmer, lazier days that are coming!



This past Sunday was our 12th wedding anniversary. A few years ago, I was inspired by two other projects and began an annual mugshot & family picture collection to document our changes from year to year. I wish I had started it back in 2003 when we were married, but alas, it began Lucas’ first April. This is year five.



Photographically, this started out as just documentation and never was about perfection (thankfully). But, I couldn’t help myself and went back through each year and cleaned a few things up today. Five years in and already there are things I’d go back and change if that was an option. Oh well, someday I know I’ll just be happy I kept up the task, imperfections and all.



Lydia was born early in the new year and I became an aunt again. My second niece. Sickness has prevented us from seeing her as much as we would like–we’d hate to have her little body pick up any of the yuck we’ve had to fight this winter–but, I did manage to sneak over in the first two weeks and capture a few of those early days with my camera. I’m looking forward to spring for many reasons, one of which is getting to know this little sweetie a bit better.

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First Day of First Grade

firstgrade-1-2Lya began first grade this week. So far so good. She isn’t want to share much, but her excitement and energy show that she’s happy to be back at school and that it is going well. She is also thrilled to have her best friend in the same class this year. Doesn’t get much better than that.

FamilyJunePicture-1-2She has had one homework assignment so far. She needs to bring in a few pictures and objects that represent her, including a family photo. So, this is our most recent from June. Now I just hope our printer cooperates with printing this out for the “Me bag”…


Rising 1st Grader (!)

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“Lya, you look like a 1st grader.”
“That’s because I am.”

Lya had a great year in Kindergarten. She did well academically (if that is even a thing in Kindergarden), but most notable is how much she has matured and opened up, becoming much more confident in new situations and interactions. We couldn’t be more proud. She’s excited for 1st grade.

April Family Project

Each April I take individual and family photos and then store them in a folder on my computer. Inspired by this family photo project, I began our own annual project a few years ago. I don’t think I’ve shared it before, or at least I couldn’t find the post if I have. Next week is our 11 year anniversary. Oh how I wish I had known about this in 2003! However, I began in 2011, the first April we were a family of four. The colors of this collage are a bit horrific (as are some of the shots), but it is really just about documenting us. And so here you have it.





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