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Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Emmitt:  Oh, just eating yogurt, bedhead and all.  
Cora:  My blue-eyed girl.  (I need to note her blue eyes here, because Jaron thinks her eyes might be changing color to look more like his.  And you know what, he might be right.)

We're getting so close to the end of the year.  Eek!  Also, Thanksgiving is coming!  I am so thankful for this little blog and thankful for the little community that joins me here.  Hope you all have a very happy week with those you love!  (And lots of mashed potatoes.)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

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

Emmitt:  We love E's long hair, but okay sure, it's getting a little crazy and could possibly use a trim.  To be fair, we've been saying those exact words for a few months now, so by the time he actually gets a cut, it will probably be halfway down his back.  Eh, I think he can pull it off ;).  
Cora:  C had just woken up from a nap and was climbing (always climbing! on everything!) all over the couch.  This is a mischievous look she's giving me, as she considers what she can get away with.  

A few things to note about this week's pictures... These were taken well into the afternoon, and yes, both kids are still in their jammies.  It was just one of those days.  Also, I've been playing with the manual settings on my camera, and needless to say, I still need lots of practice with them.  So, there ya have it.  Happy Week, friends!  Stay warm!

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Friday, November 14, 2014


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

E&C:  This was the beginning of last week.  The kids had just eaten dinner and we were killing some time before they took baths.  E asked for his pirate stuff.  Poor Cora is a little grainy in this photo, but I thought they were the cutest dressed up as pirates and they both had such a great time!  So grainy schmainy is all I have to say about that.

Hey friends, I'm really late with this week's 52 post.  I know you've been waiting on pins and needles for it ;).  And I've written lots of words in my brain and elsewhere, but haven't posted much of anything here in awhile.  I'm always hoping to change that.  Phone photos have been my refuge lately... they're helping me capture life's daily graces.  I've been needing some reminding of those daily gifts here and there.  And that picture above sure does the trick.  Hope you're able to find the things that fill you up as well.  Have a happy weekend and stay warm!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

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

E&C&X&J:  This is the Halloween/Cousin edition of the 52 project.  Halloween night has become one of our favorite family holidays around Old House Hill.  Jaron makes chili, we have some classic "scary" movie on, such as Ghostbusters or Young Frankenstein, we have family and friends hanging out and stopping by, and we go on shifts of trick or treating with the kids.  Our neighborhood gets tons of trick or treaters, which makes the whole affair extra fun and festive.  These pictures of the cousins make me really happy, but also a little like "WTH kids?!" because all I can think about is the picture of them last year and Cora was just a wee little thing and well... ughhhh. 

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!  Can you even believe it's November?  I cannot.  But, I'm not mad about it, because we're quickly approaching my next favorite family holiday, which is the one that revolves around eating mashed potatoes giving thanks ;).  Hope your Monday is not the worst!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

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

Emmitt:  E has reached that age where he has switched what he wants to be for Halloween several times.  He wanted to be a superhero, elephant, octonaut, spider, and then when we went to look for costumes, he found one for Super Why and was set!  Here he is in his Super Why costume shortly before heading to a chili cook off and fall festival at our church.  He loved being in this costume, although he just walked up to me and said he wants to be a King (I think he means Knight), after seeing one on the show he's watching.  Guess we'll see how the rest of the week goes and how he feels about Super Why on Friday ;).
Cora:  We traveled on Saturday to attend Jaron's cousin's wedding.  It was a quick trip, but so good to see some family and celebrate his cousin and her new husband.  This picture shows Cora at the reception, in her wedding attire.  I wanted her wedding attire to be my wedding attire, especially those shoes.  Just too much.  She was in a bit of a rage at this moment, because all of the older boys, including her brother, had just gone outside.  

Happy Week, friends!

40

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


"Love is old, love is new, love is all, love is you."
The Beatles

My parents had their 40th wedding anniversary in September.  40th!  My sister and I wanted to do something special.  Mostly because we really do like them, and heck, 40 years is not nothing.  After much consideration we decided to keep it small, just our immediate family, because our parents also celebrated their 60th birthdays over the summer and we had done some bigger celebrations for those.  We were going for an intimate affair.  Or as intimate as you can get with 4 kids, ranging from about 1.5 to 11.5 years old.  (So not very intimate, but a few girls can dream, right?).

Enter my longtime gal pal (nope, I'm not gonna say that ever again... but sometimes you gotta try things out), Kristin, who recently started an event planning business and blog.  I wrote about it some here.  Party planning is just not my best thing, but Alice and I hoped to put together a dinner that was different from our usual family gatherings.  Something that showed it was a special occasion.  Something that really commemorated our parents and how thankful we are for them and the example they have set for marriage and a life well lived.  Kristin lives far away (waah!), but one of the services she offers is a virtual inspiration board.  This is right up our alley.  I'm a visual learner and Alice is super crafty and creative.  The inspiration board was the perfect thing for my parents.  She planned for a bohemian wine and cheese party (I know, right?!), incorporating lots of fun colors that started with ruby, which goes with the 40th anniversary.  She provided a Beatles quote, the idea of flower crowns, and old pictures hanging about.  These things, along with the pictures she included on the board all helped to inspire us.  Alice was in charge of the pictures.  She made a really cool accordion card that included old pics of my parents and quotes about love, including the Beatles quote Kristin had used.  The board helped give us direction, and kept me from falling back on something ho hum.  We could not have done everything without Kristin!  (Well, Alice probably could have, but certainly not me... I write things and eat things, not so much on the planning pretty event things.)

Dinner was so fun.  We ate and drank delicious goodies.  We listened to the Beatles Pandora station, talked about the songs, and sang along as well.  We planned s'mores for dessert, because Alice is a genius.  We had some fun ingredients but also the tried and true ones.  The weather was just lovely for stepping outside, under the twinkling lights, and next to a fire.  It was like so many nights before, together as a family, but just enough unique to set it apart as something special.  It felt like a real celebration.  And 40 years of marriage is great cause for a real celebration!  I don't have the right words to honor my parents and their marriage.  I have thought over and over and searched for such words.  I just can't find them.

Mom and Dad- we love you so much and are infinitely grateful for you, and just plain happy to be your kids.  Happy 40th Anniversary!!

I wish the pictures did better justice to the night.  I have trouble photographing my dining room, because the lighting is a little weird.  But here are lots and lots of pics anyway :)

 

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