Monday, August 18, 2014

beach pictures

I love pictures of kids at the beach.  Is there anything that goes together better?  I knew that this year on our vacation I wanted to try and get some of my cuties at the shore.  I also knew that going during the "golden hour" (just after sunrise or just before sunset) was my best shot at getting beautiful light without harsh shadows or squinty eyes.  I was worried about missing our chance so the first night we went out a little too early.  These pics are cute but the shadows bugged me…





...so I made everyone try again the next day.  haha!  The kids were such troopers about getting dressed late in the evening and Drew was a trooper about being the helper again.  Getting photos of 2 under 5 is never easy, but I'm SO glad we went back out.  Love these!








Love, love our sweet kids - and the beach!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

beach life :: twenty-fourteen

We just got back from our annual family beach vacation!  Drew and I look forward to taking the kids each year and, I have to say, each year it gets better.  Hadley wasn't walking last year and that made it hard to be on the beach with her, but this year she was running all over and loving it!  The house we rented with Drew's family was so gorgeous - right on the ocean, rooms for everyone, and a fun pool with a zero-entry side which was perfect for the little ones.




Asher wasn't a fan of the sand and surf for the first couple years of his life, but he's done a complete 180 and couldn't get enough this year!  He dug, built, splashed, then started again.




Hadley, on the other hand, could often be found here…


She liked the sand and enjoyed finding shells, but mostly she's of the "R&R" school of beach vacation.  Give her a beach chair and some snacks and she was good for a long while.  A girl after my own heart.  ha!



One morning while we were beachin' it a storm started rolling in.  It didn't seem that bad until I looked back at these photos later.  Yikes!



I gussied up a little swimsuit coverup for H and it met all my adorability expectations.



Surpassed only by her tiny ponytail - I die.  Love her!!



I took some beach photos of the kids but they need their own post so I'll just leave you with these few of our girl and boy on their own.  Sweethearts!




We had so much fun - more beach posts to come!

Friday, June 20, 2014

summer days

Back in January I got us a family membership to the kids' museum and it's been a great investment!  Now that Hadley can walk it's much more fun to take her.  She is so inquisitive and wants to try everything!



The only problem is convincing her and Asher to be interested in the same things at the same time.  Um, yeah.  That.  Oh well, for now we are taking turns choosing what to do.  Everyone is learning patience.  :-)






Apparently honey badgers come out in warm weather because there have been quite a few attacks in our house lately.  Bless Asher's heart - he's a constant victim.  




When she's not in attack mode she's oh-so-sweet though!


This big boy finished his school year 2 weeks ago.  I can't believe another year of preschool is behind us.  He had SUCH a fun year - made a lot of friends, learned to write his name and grew many social and academic ways.  I'm so grateful we have another year of preschool to go.  I couldn't handle sending him to kindergarten yet!



We wanted Asher to get some swim lessons under his belt early in the season so we did them last week.  Ash did great and made some big strides towards being able to swim independently (still not quite there yet…).  Is it just me or does he have a certain resemblance to Teen Wolf when he get totally wet?  ha!


This girl has no fear of the water.  Which gives me endless fear.  Her new life vest came and I'm feeling better.  She was much more excited about it before we got in the water!


Little miss found her birthday purse the other day and has been carrying it everywhere.  When she insisted on carrying it into the store I almost died.  So stinkin cute!


We are having a fun-filled summer so far!  Can't wait to see what the next weeks bring!

from the sewing room

My little side business Gussied Up Baby has been pretty busy lately!  I've scaled back a bit to keep a realistic balance between my home responsibilities and this work and I think I've found it.  I really love sewing and embroidering so I'm glad to have a way to do it while still meeting my family's needs.  But, for real, this list - yikes.


Making beach towels for our family trip in a few weeks…


and, of course, coordinating outfits for the kids to wear for their grandparents' Christmas card photo.



Girl cousins get a little something extra.  :-)


Lots of stars and stripes dresses going out for the 4th of July coming up





And birthday presents for Asher's friends…



I tried a couple other faux smocking designs for Hadley and I love them!




My machine has been busy, but it's great!



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