Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One year ago

Our sweet Reece had just been born in the early hours of the morning.

On Sunday we celebrated his first year with all the traditional birthday celebrations:  family, cake, candles, balloons, singing, and presents.  Unfortunately he was coming off a week of fever and unbeknown to me at the time, he had an ear infection too.  Hopefully he still enjoyed his cake (poor thing!).

Reece you are such a warm light in our home and in our lives.  I loved you even before we met and will love you forever.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A trip to St. George Island, Florida

Last week, Patrick's mom treated us to a trip to the beach.  We went to St. George Island off the panhandle coast of Florida.  Patrick couldn't go because of work, but I took the boys down myself to meet up with our extended family.  While the trip was long, it was well worth it and we had a great time.

Parker fell asleep for the last 30 minutes of the 8 hour trip down there.

After the boys were in bed, I went down to the beach for a walk.  It was so beautiful and the first time I'd been to the ocean in two years!

The next morning the kids were up early, of course, so we went for a sunrise walk on the beach.  It was the one time I took my big camera and as you can see, the sunrise was gorgeous.

It was Reece's first time putting his baby feet in the ocean.

Later Parker and I had fun building sand castles and swimming in the calm gulf waters.


 The days were filled with playing at the beach, the pool, naps, and good, good, food.
We typically went across the bridge to Apalachicola for eating out, as there are not many restaurants on St. George Island.  Places we enjoyed included:  Boss Oysters, The Seafood Grill, and The Owl Tavern.

We flew a kite one afternoon.

 And found a very large hole in the sand

I wish I had taken some more photos, especially with my big camera, but running after two boys leaves little time for photography.  We had so much fun Nonna, thanks a million!

Monday, June 23, 2014


Parker:  Cooling off in the 90 degree weather

Reece:  Smiling for the camera, showing off his teeth.

52 Project:  A portrait series of my children, once a week, in 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I have skipped quite a few weeks of this portrait series, some of which I may add retroactively, I haven't decided.  But instead of abandoning it altogether, I'm going to pick up where I would have been and start adding pictures again.  

 Parker has been busy building lately: either trains tracks or lego trains.

52 Project:  A portrait series of my children, once a week, in 2014.

Reece wants to crawl on the grass outside and is no longer content just to stay in your arms.

Happy Father's Day

To two of the very best dads I know

To my wonderful, generous husband who always puts his family first, and who makes us feel loved and appreciated everyday.  As Parker said when I asked him what he liked most about Daddy, "I just like him and love being with him."

And to my own dad and my sons' "Pa".  Thank you for all the sacrifices you made, the love you give freely, and the time and energy you spend on these two little boys.  You are loved!

Friday, May 9, 2014


Reece:  at 7.5 months old, he is so delightful!  He loves to swing in the back yard and is currently crawling around everywhere and pulling up on everything!  How is this happening already?!

52 Project:  A portrait series of my children, once a week, in 2014

Parker:  At 3 years old, Parker is constantly on the move, and he often doesn't want me to take his picture.  Which is fine by me and I don't want to constantly be asking him to smile or stand still for a picture.  So I've got to figure out a way to be more sneaky and subtle I guess.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

little musician

For Parker's first birthday, I bought him a little red piano, accompanied by my own dreams of him loving it.  Well....he was one, so I'll cut him some slack, but he never really got into it.  For the past two years, it's sat in his room and he has occasionally banged around on it.  I've tried playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Hot Cross Buns" to spark his interest, but to no avail.

However, Reece seems to feel differently.  Ever since my Dad told me that the piano seemed to calm Reece down when he was fussy (a trick he learned while babysitting the two boys), I brought the piano into our living room and sat Reece down in front of it.  He knew exactly what to do.

We'll show this picture at his recital when he's older :)

Seriously, I'm just glad it's getting some use.  And of course, not to be outdone by his younger brother, Parker has shown more interest in it too.