Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day in the Orchard

One of my friends had a baby around Christmas time and for months we've been trying to arrange a time to take photos of her newborn. Things kept coming up and suddenly her newborn was hardly a newborn anymore, instead a darling infant.

As the days grew warmer I suggested taking our girls to the apple orchard and trying to get some photos in the blossoms. Today was overcast and warm and both of our big boys were at preschool, so it seemed like a perfect day.

Only later did I realize it was also Earth Day.

Spending a morning under the fragrant blossoms in the warm spring air, with two smily girls, was the best way to celebrate the earth. Green grass and zillions of dandelions didn't hurt either.
Baby girls (and boys) are heaven on earth.

Juliet has taken an interest in flowers (yea!) and photography. I brought the sweet bunny along as a prop and she insisted I take a photo of the "pretty bunny".

 Juliet's baby cradle made such a perfect prop.

It's easy to be happy with the photos when you have the two sweetest girls in the land to photograph.
Juliet's darling outfit was a hand-me-down gift from a friend. Thank you Julia and Leah. LOVE.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Such a lovely Easter

Yesterday was the loveliest of days. A late Easter means more blooming flowers, more green grass and more possibility of warm weather. We got all three. Perfection.

The day started out early, the Easter Bunny visited leaving both kids with new Camelback backpacks for summer hiking and a few other small gifts. Juliet was in instant love with the rain boots and James said the watering can was the best present he's ever received. Sidewalk calk, candies and new garden shovels rounded out the baskets.
We had a small egg hunt in the house before breakfast. Juliet wore her new boots and her new backpack to look for eggs.
On the way to my mom's for brunch I insisted that we stop at my favorite tree of all time for some photos. It is rare that the Kawanzan Cherry is blooming at Easter (since it is one of the last trees to bloom) but since it was in its full glory, the kids obliged and gave me a few great smiles.
Kawanzan Cherries are my very favorite of all.
Cotton candy, I tell ya.
Dressing my kids for holidays is one of my very favorite things. This sweet vintage dress I found on Etsy a year ago. I knew it would be prefect for Easter, luckily it was a perfect fit when Easter rolled around.
My mom had a huge egg hunt organized for the kids. Sixty eggs filled with candy, coins, crackers, and raisins all for the grandchildren (only James and Juliet).
Adding knee highs and black shoes finished the 1960s feel of her outfit.
So many eggs in my mom's beautiful yard.
The baskets got fuller and fuller.
Scooping out the loot after the hunt with Auntie Melissa. 
Juliet was in such a happy mood. Love it. Brunch was amazing. Family parties are my favorite. Missed taking any photos of anybody but the kids. Oops.
After naps at home we moved the party to the backyard and got excited for E's family to arrive.
Damma brought more baskets and presents and of course the kids were thrilled.
The fact that there is another kiddo on E's side makes such a fun change! For so long it was only our kids. Cousins are the best.
Relaxing and enjoying after the annual egg hunt. Once the kids followed the clues they were rewarded with even MORE presents and candy. Sheesh! Spoiled. 

Dinner in the backyard was amazing. I was so thankful for warm weather, it feels so celebratory to eat outside in April!

After dinner cousin crazy hour. Emilia keeps up with my two amazingly well.
And this boy? Crazy and amazing. Looking at this photo I can totally imagine him as a twenty year old. Something about his jaw-line and pose. I can see by boy as an adult, almost. ;)
Happy Easter!

PS - After the last photo was taken we headed inside to wind down and say goodbye. James, noticing all the confusion, grabbed his candy filled Easter basket and high tailed it to his room, locking his door. Finally we realized he was missing, and his door was locked. We knocked and asked him if he was in there. No answer. Finally after thirty minutes of trying to unlock his lock we unscrewed the handle. We found him laughing his head off, and the candy completely consumed. We were MAD. So we swapped his handle so the lock was on the outside and got him in his PJs. Then, while I was putting Juliet to bed, he locked E in his room from the outside and found the candy AGAIN. Oh my gosh were we so pissed at him. Looking back it is quite funny, but gah, he's mischievous.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Then & Now {favorite Easter outfit}

Last year (when Juliet was 14 months old) I was already dressing her in 2T. She was just so rolly. Her fat little arms and legs needed the room. Over the last year she's grown so much, but only in height. Her rolls are nearly gone and her 2T bunny shirt that fit last Easter still fits.

Can you believe a year later she still fits into this darling outfit? I hope to get even another year out of the skirt! Love it that much. Everything is the same even down to the tights.

Last year the windowsill hit her in the middle of the chest. This year she hits it at the belly. So much taller.
See that little arm roll on the far left below? It's one roll (of many) that I miss a lot.
Tee and skirt: Janie & Jack
Tights: Target
Shoes last year: vintage
Shoes this year: See Kai Run

And yes, she's quite a character. She loves to ham it up for the camera.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Daffodils in the garden {2014}

My favorite days of the year can be easily summed up, garden days. I live for them. The Daffodil Festival, the Tulip Festival, going to the garden on Mother's Day, and enjoying it again in the autumn are by far my favorite days of the entire year.
I've only met two people to adore flowers as much as me, my Grandparents. The had a deep rooted love for gardens and color and nature. If I inherit anything from them, I am proud that this is it.
Luckily for me, I am in a family that also has a deep love for the garden. I however am beyond obsessed with flowers.
Each year since I was pregnant with James we've worn yellow and taken a family photo in the daffodils. This tradition, while cheesy, is something I so look forward to each year. (See last year, 2012, 2011, 2010, and finally 2009.)

 These two have done a tiny bit of growing since last year. ;)
When I happen to photograph their personalities, well, I smile too. These two goof balls have me cracking up all day long.
I proclaim each new flower to be my favorite, but daffodils rate in the top five. I love that they are often the first ones up in the spring.

The blossoming trees have been spectacular this year.
My new favorite photo of my freckled boy. He had a potato bug on has hand and was laughing at the tickles.
I've mentioned on Instagram a few times how wonderful and sweet this relationship is growing into. James cares so much for Juliet and she just adores James and looks up to him so much. At once point in the garden James said "Juliet, let's hold hands for the whole time we are here," and Juliet agreed.
James is also the first to run to Juliet when she gets a bonk and needs a hug. "It's ok, are you better now?" he asks. "Yea" she said, and off they went.

These days of small kiddos, flowers, sunshine and warm breezes slip away too fast. Please let them last just a moment more.
Happy Spring.
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