It is finished!! What a full week – I haven’t taken this many pictures, or finished this many blog posts in a long, long time! Glad I did it, and glad it’s done! I feel like this photo challenge motivated me to capture a great collection of photos depicting what our life looks like right now. But I think it will be fun to just go through the day today without having to run for my camera all the time!!
I seem to finally be slowing down a bit with the number of photos I take in a day! I thought it would happen much sooner, so I’m pretty happy that I’ve lasted this long! Friday was really different than normal, because the girls had a sleepover at Ben’s parents’ house, so it was just Everett and me for most of the day. He seemed a little lost – took me by the finger, and went into every room in the house when he woke up from his nap, as though he expected to find his sisters hiding in the bathroom!
Whoa, you’re getting the unedited version of photos today! Something’s not working with my editing program, which makes me sad, because I love seeing how much better a photo can look with a few little tweaks. Oh, well. An opportunity to wrestle down perfectionist tendencies.;)
This is the week, you guys!! It’s been a few years since I’ve done a “Week in the Life” photo challenge, but I’ve loved it every time. The idea is pretty basic: take a picture of everything you do every day for a week!
Happy Monday, everyone!
This weekend, we finally took the time to put together our traditional “year in review” video. I can’t even believe how much Everett has changed in a year! Our girls always love this tradition – they’ve probably watched this video about seven times, and we’re just getting going. Then we have to go back and watch all the other years, too! (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
It was a good year! But I’m glad it’s over – there were some hard parts to it, and I think we’ve come through it stronger than before, ready for every good thing 2016 has to offer!
It’s Everett’s turn to join our family tradition of birthday favorites! Isn’t it just amazing that in a single year, a baby can go from being a helpless newborn to a little person with very distinct favorites and fun little personality?:)
Favorite Food: apples, pancakes, muffins, sweet potatoes
Favorite Things to Do: Walk, walk, and walk some more. He also loves stories – he’ll go pick out a book and bring it to us. Bathtime is another HUGE favorite – if anyone mentions the word “bath”, he runs for the tub, calling out, “Ba, ba!!!” He loves to play ball, and makes car noises while driving his little cars around. He is so smiley and cheerful almost all the time, and loves to give us snuggles.:)
Words: He calls me “Mem”, cheers “Yay!”, and shakes his head for “no”.
We love our sweet boy!!! Can’t believe how much better life is because of him!
And here are our comparison pictures:
My best moments of the weekend were spent on a blanket. We had a picnic at the park on Saturday, and on Sunday, I napped under the shade of the trees in our backyard. I love you, Summer.
Ellen DeGenres says, “August is like the Sunday of summer.”
I love the idea of this, but I think our family spends our Sundays differently from Ellen. To me, July feels slow and lazy, like Sundays at our house. People go on vacation, and it feels like this beautiful season will last forever. In August, it’s like everyone suddenly realizes, “Whoa, summer is going by crazy fast! We need to fit everything in before September!” And then there’s this frantic flurry of super fun summer activities, but not slow and relaxing, like a Sunday is at our house.
As I lay on the blanket under the trees yesterday, I thought about how August is more like a long weekend Monday – still part of the weekend, but usually busy with all the things that need to get done before entering a busy week, the gift of an extra day to catch up.
And that’s okay. I feel the pull towards normal life and normal schedules. I will take the gift of August – a chance to prepare for what’s ahead, but still part of summer. We see you coming, September, but you’re far enough away that there’s still time for lying in the grass, enjoying the breeze….
What day of the week is August like for you?
I was scrolling through the photos on my phone, and realized there were a bunch of favorites that I haven’t shared around here….
He’s getting dangerously close to 3 months – where has my newborn baby gone??! I’m torn between crying because he’s growing up way too fast, and feeling excited about all the fun things to come!!
Anika keeps telling him, “Stop growing!!!” But we would be sad if he stayed a baby forever. So we keep trying to soak in these fun days, and squish his chubby thighs, and watch him grow!
Today I’m in the mood to share with you some of my latest favorite quotes and pictures I’ve been collecting – everything that’s been making me smile lately.:)