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Month: September, 2015

The Gummy Bear // Week 16

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And like that, there was a bump.

I “popped” this week. I woke up one morning and suddenly everyone was commenting on “that cute little bump.” I don’t remember this happening until Week 20 with Courtland, and like Month 7 with Sunny. But oh, my body is oh so comfortable with the transitions happening. It’s done this before and seems to be readily stretching and growing back into position. It’s made dressing this week a tad challenging as I’m not quite big enough for maternity pants, but my regular clothes just aren’t cutting it. If only I could live in yoga pants like I did during Addison’s pregnancy (the life of a grad student worked well with maternity in that regard), but I can’t get away with that look in my current day job.

I’m in the midst of a month-long work marathon and I am barely keeping my head above water. But we’re surviving, thanks to James taking over the majority of child and home duties, and a daily knitting therapy that keeps my head clear. By next month, we’ll all be breathing a sigh of relief and getting to enjoy and think about the exciting transitions to come for our family. For now, survival mode!

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Sunny: Life has been a whirlwind of late. These images capture the feeling quite well.
Kaki: It’s all a blur.

More details about The 52 Project here. To view all the portraits in the series visit here.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Sunny: Misty fall morning walks in our PJs and fleece. This weekend, amid a bustle of work demands, we squeezed in family naps, (more) apple picking and cider donut consumption, and auditions for “The Nutcracker.” This first grader is going to be a polichinelle, and I think I am decidedly even more excited about this role than she is. I always wanted to play under Mother Ginger’s skirt, and this girl will!
Kaki: And, continuing the tradition, Courtland will be a reindeer in her inaugural production. Her twinkle-toed prancing is truly endearing.

More details about The 52 Project here. To view all the portraits in the series visit here.

Birds Say

A wonderfully exciting day for our beloved, talented friends, Darlingside.

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Go take a listen to their new album, and purchase. Because it’s too dang good to not.

So very proud of them.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Sunny: Taking flight.
Kaki: Nude and sleeved and edgy AF. (For a preschooler, that is).

More details about The 52 Project here. To view all the portraits in the series visit here.

This. Is. 32.

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If James and I are to consider the purchase of the new Prius our anniversary gift to ourselves (I feel like such an adult with two fully functional vehicles produced within the past three years), then these window shades are James’ birthday gift.

We are officially grown-ups, with the installation of black out shades and dependable vehicle ownership as the hallmarks of this new phase of our lives. We’d installed CellularWindowShades.com first in the girls’ redesigned bedroom, and then in the Closest-Slash-Office-Turned-Nursery (as we prepare our compact living accommodations for Cart Baby #3). The final step was to complete installation in all bedrooms, so both the guest room and our bedroom received new shades for “James’ Birthday.” This has actually revolutionized sleeping in both bedrooms, as these rooms have skylights, and given that our bed sits directly under one of these skylights, we’d become accustomed to rising with the sun (or just being disturbed with the sun and then grumbling at the morning light). To be able to turn the rooms into cozy darkness any time of day (especially with my fierce 1st trimester nap needs) is remarkable. James and I have both been sleeping so much better, and these shades are insulated, so they helped keep the heat out during the last heat wave, and will keep our house much warmer this winter. And they look pretty darn great in each room.

Winning all around.

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And the animal print guest room (unsure how that theme arose, but apparently we had plenty of animal print on hand with which to decorate).

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Purchased from CellularWindowShades.com. We used the top down/bottom up, cordless, black out shades in CANVAS in our bedroom with the skylight shade in CANVAS as well. And we used the color LATTE in the guest room.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Sunny: Rainy day dress up in her handmade butterfly wings.
Kaki: Taking her make believe very seriously. She made that crown and mask at a book signing this week of a fellow Eph who has written her third children’s novel, Confessions of an Imagery Friend. It is so heartwarming and quirky and delightful and I cannot recommend it enough.

More details about The 52 Project here. To view all the portraits in the series visit here.

Swedish Baby Knits

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I’ve been knitting up a storm of late, as so many loved ones are preparing to welcome sweet babies into their lives this winter and with all the chaos of my work life, unwinding each evening with a hour of knitting has proved unbelievably therapeutic. It’s a great way to ease my mind before bed, and relax after a busy day.

These cozy knits are headed overseas to my darlings LasseMaja and their Swedish babe arriving in November. Some handknit love to help baby endure his/her first dark, Scandinavian winter. Links to patterns under each piece below.

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Petite Facile

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Baby Mitts

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Ribbed Far-Away Baby Socks

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Seamless Baby Booties

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Sunny: Reaction to my request to take her photograph. Someone developed quite a bit of sass this summer.
Kaki: A very different response than her big sister. All smiles, this one. Four is so delightful.

More details about The 52 Project here. To view all the portraits in the series visit here.

Phoebe & Zeke

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As I mentioned, I hung back in Vermont this weekend, forgoing our traditional Labor Day festivities to shoot a wedding in Bennington, Vermont. It was a stunning, sunny day – hot but beautiful – and I was reminded of why James and I chose this very time of year to get married (September is far and away my favorite month of the year, even if it did pour rain on our actual wedding day!).

The rest of the weekend I spent purging and organizing our house. I am markedly in the 2nd trimester given the intense surge in energy and the amount of hauling and dragging and lugging and cleaning I accomplished in 48 hours. I think it’s too early to call it nesting, but whatever it is, it is certainly productive. (I think I’m just feeling so dang grateful to not be so exhausted all the time, that I’m making up for a summer’s worth of lethargy).

I also spent plenty of time knitting and got a chance to process my initial favorite images from this weekend’s wedding. A casual, low-key celebration outside, my favorite kind of wedding to capture.

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