Kindergarten

And just like that I became the mom of a kindergartener. Sigh. I’m not sure how it all went so quickly. One day he was sleeping in my arms and the next I was standing in line outside of his new school waiting to drop him off for his first day of kindergarten.

It is so bittersweet for me. I love watching him grow up learning so many new things along the way, but I miss having him home with me all day every day. He’s loving school though and that definitely makes the transition so much easier. I guess I don’t imagine that there will ever be a time that I don’t miss having him home with me.

All of the cliches are true about how fast the time goes when you’re watching your babies turn into toddlers and then big kids. You want to slow it down sometimes, or even stop it at certain points to savor it as long as possible. But you also want to see them experience all the new things the world has to offer them at all their different stages and you can’t do that without moving forward.

It’s all so awesome.

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We are so proud of our little man.

P.S. We did not prompt him to hold hands with or hug his little sister. He did that all on his own. My heart almost burst.

P.P.S. He really needed a haircut.

Happening Now

Planning¬†activities for Hudson’s fall break from school

Drinking lots of coffee with Pumpkin Spice creamer

Reading The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs and Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Decorating for Fall and Halloween

Baking our favorite Pumpkin donuts on the weekends

Running

Working on Project Life, but I’m way behind

Starting my first quilting project from the eCourse Get Quilty by Elise Blaha Cripe. I’ve been waiting since Spring.

Watching Homeland

Looking forward to all the shows starting again, especially Parenthood and of course The Walking Dead, obviously.

Wanting to redo our master bedroom. It needs a major facelift

Sipping Sweet Pumpkin Tea or Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea in the evenings

Pulling out my sweaters again

Loving that it’s Fall. Hooray!

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Harper Turned 3

Back in June my baby girl turned 3. Three is such a big birthday for me because when they’re 2, they’re still babies, but when they turn 3, it’s like they’re turning into kids.

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Of course she’s still my baby and always will be, but she’s growing up. Three is proving to be a pretty great age on her though. There are so many things I want to remember about how she is at this moment in time.

-She says smace instead of face. It is literally the cutest thing in the history of ever.

-She still loves playing with my hair when she’s tired. It’s her favorite.

-She started ballet and loves every second of her 1/2 hour class. She chatters about it the whole drive home. And she’s usually talking so fast out of excitement that I can’t understand a word.

-She tells lots of stories. They are awesome.

-She loves her cousin Emmy. They’re best friends for sure.

-She loves blazed (glazed) donuts from Le Mars and macaroni and cheese.

-She says all the time, “Mommy, I love you”. And sometimes she adds “To all the stars in the sky” or “To all the flowers in the meadow”. Melts my heart.

-She still carries Baby and Bell with her almost everywhere we go and always has to have them at bedtime.

She is sweet, loving, strong-minded, silly, brave and beautiful inside and out. We adore her and can’t imagine a life without her in it.

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P.S. She had a Lalaloopsy birthday party that I designed and it was the cutest! I plan to show you the craft I made for June which were the cutest tiny pinatas for her party. Oh, and I made the ombre cake. It was so pretty and the hit of the party.

Lifestyle Photography

I absolutely love lifestyle photography and aspire to become a great lifestyle photographer one day. I adore Tara Whitney. Her photos are brilliant. I love how well she captures the simplest moments between families. Those are the moments I want to capture too. I’m constantly practicing my lifestyle shooting skills.

This summer I did a sprinkler shoot with my kids and I LOVE the end result. No posing. It was just them playing, having fun and you can see their little personalities. These are the things I want to remember about them. Sure I love a good portrait, but the real stuff is my passion.

Here’s what I captured.

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These are also part of my monthly portrait challenge because I just love them so darn much.

14 Books in 2014-Update

When I left off I had finished readying The Husband’s Secret and started reading The Goldfinch, which was only my second book for the year. I’ve read quite a bit since then, so I think I’ll just post everything I’ve read since in this one post to get caught up.

Book 2

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt-I really enjoyed this book. It’s a story about a young boy who loses his mother in a tragic manner and follows him through his life after the event. It was a long one and some of the sections dragged on a bit, but overall I found the characters and the story interesting and complex. There were nights I couldn’t put it down because I had to know what happened next. I would recommend this book to my friends that truly enjoy literature, but it’s not for someone who likes mostly Chick Lit.

Book 3

Notes From A Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider-I was so excited to read this book. I listen to Tsh’s podcast and also read her blog The Art of Simple. As excited as I was to read this, I felt a bit disappointed with it. I felt like a lot of the book was just her going on and on about how awesome it is to be an expat and how much better other countries are at living simply. I can’t say that I learned much at all. I already know most Americans watch too much TV and that we should spend more time outside. I also think my family already implements most of the topics she discusses. I guess what I’m saying is I was hoping to learn something and instead felt like I was lectured about how I’m not awesome because I have no desire to be an expat. I would not recommend this book.

Book 4

Wild by Cheryl Strayed-I loved this book. It’s the story of a woman who’s life has come unraveled and she sets out on a solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail. I can totally relate to desire to heal herself by doing something out of the ordinary and out of her comfort zone. I appreciated that she spent that time outside in the wilderness learning about herself. I can’t think of a better way to find yourself, unless of course you have a husband and kids, which she did not at the time. I am looking forward to the movie coming out this winter. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

Book 5

Still Alice by Lisa Genova-I heard a lot of good things about this book and it came highly recommended. I loved it. It’s about a woman who notices something is off with her memory and is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I could relate to so much of the story because my grandmother died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I watched her go from a beautiful, very intelligent woman to someone who couldn’t feed herself. It was devastating. This story explores the different stages of the disease in a very realistic way. I would for sure recommend this one.

Book 6

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell-This is a YA book about two teenagers. I really liked it. The dialog kept it from feeling too adolescent and it was a very quick read. I enjoyed the characters and following along as their relationship developed. I would recommend this book and plan to check out some of her other books. (sidenote: Rainbow Rowell is from Omaha! I didn’t know that before I started the book, but soon realized the story takes place in Omaha and then looked her up.)

Book 7

The Giver by Lois Lowry-This book is about a futuristic community where there are no feelings or choices in order to keep the community safe. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. It was interesting and thought provoking, but I didn’t feel any connections to the characters. I don’t know if I would recommend it or not.

Book 8

The Paper Magician by Charlie M. Holmberg-I chose this book because I’m signed up for Amazon First Read club where I can choose one of a few newly released books each month at a discounted rate. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded pretty good. It’s a book about a newly graduated magician who goes to apprentice for a well established magician. It was a very quick read for me. I enjoyed it very much. I loved all the magic. If you liked Night Circus, I would recommend reading this one, but I would recommend it to anyone.

See, I told you I’ve been reading a lot! I’m currently in the middle of two books and will share those with you as soon as I finish. I’m not sure that I’ll meet my goal of 14 books this year, but I’m trying hard and I’m loving all this reading! Books are awesome!

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Our Fall Bucket List

I created our Fall Bucket List again this year and thought I would share it with you. If you would like to print your own copy (for personal use only please) simply right click on the photo, save to your computer and print. Simple as that.

We’ve already crossed one thing off the list and are looking forward to enjoying fall to its fullest!

P.S. In case you are interested, you can check out the list for 2013. Generally we do a lot of the same things each year, but I try to add a few different things too.

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I’m Back!

Ok, so it took waaaay longer to transfer all my content to a new host. Jeremy actually had to call GoDaddy and they were of no help, so he figured it out on his own. I wasn’t planning on being gone so long and really missed my little space on the internet. I’m sure many of you have moved on, but for anyone still around, I’ll be back to posting regularly.

We had a great summer, but I can’t wait to start sharing again! I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Transition Progress

I’m so sorry I’m not all transitioned yet! My husband is doing everything for me (I have no idea how to do it) and it’s not all switched over yet. I have so little space left on this blog that it won’t even let me post a photo, so I can’t share the Summer Bucket List until everything is switched.

I can’t wait to get back to blogging! I have so much to share! Please keep checking back!

Blog Transition

I’m in the process of switching up my blog to a different host. Everything else will stay the same and I plan to be back to blogging next Tuesday.

I’ll be sharing our 2014 Summer Bucket List, so be sure to come back to check it out and download one for yourself!

Sorry about all the confusion!