after we took the boys to get their photo with santa last month, i thought it would be fun to show them their photos with santa from the past years. we always take them to the santa at bass pro shops so the santa scene is similar, but the boys have changed.Read More
wishing you a very merry little christmas...
i love that my boys still believe in the magic of christmas....
i wanted to enjoy the holidays this year. to really be present. to make a list of things to do with my family and actually do them. so i said no to lots of things. and i got organized and prepared for the month of december. i did my christmas shopping early and online when i could. i wrote down my to do list in a spiral notebook everyday. i wrote down all of my ideas and thoughts about everything from future blog posts to ideas for what to do with stiller, our elf on the shelf. i scheduled the big things (like visiting santa) in my calendar. i used my big camera intentionally. i didn't take a million photos of the same event. i used my iphone to document lots of this month. i caught a cold. i complained about the warm weather in florida. i did christmas crafts with the boys. i stayed up way too late on more than a few nights.
and this year, i really enjoyed it all. i'm loving this sense of peace + happiness that i'm feeling now. i'm going to savor it until i start hearing the sound of my everyday life to bring a little reality check to it all...
"chick or treak!" this is how tate says trick or treat this year. i love him being three.
the boy's costumes this year were so much fun! when trying to decide what to be for halloween, they kept asking to be ninja turtles. i didn't want to squash their own costume ideas, but really? ninja turtles? not my first pick.
then one afternoon the boys were playing "science" - something quinn learned at school when they mixed food color together to make different colors. they love to do this. so i said, "what about being a scientist for halloween?" and quinn loved the idea. now, i'm not one of those moms that dresses her kids alike all the time. but tate wants to do everything that quinn does - in exactly the same way. so after a few other suggestions that tate shot down, i made them both scientist costumes.
last year i found a great halloween costume photography tip on brooke snow's blog. she said to make halloween night more fun + less stressful, dress your kids in their costumes and take photos before halloween night. um, genius! I get to control the light and no freaking out about getting somewhere on time while the beautiful natural light is fading fast. and the kids love any reason to put on their costumes. win - win!
the local outside mall hosts an afternoon trick or treat event the weekend before halloween. perfect timing + beautiful light. so we took the boys and went with my sister and her kids to do a little pre-halloween trick or treating.
he has always been afraid of sparklers. so he has never been able to take part in that traditional part of our fourth of july celebration.
but not this year. he was ready. and he was brave. and he used his sparklers as jedi light sabers. oh yes he did.
and poor tate. he was scared out of his mind. he missed all the fun while he hid inside with dad. at least he got to enjoy the fireworks on tv from new york. maybe next year for him...
the boys loved coloring easter eggs this year. quinn wanted to color every egg as fast as he could while tate couldn't help but drop the eggs into the colored water with a giant splash. they ended up with multicolored fingers and brightly colored eggs.
in the spirit of keeping it real, i love that these photos include quinn wearing his tee shirt backwards because when he puts his white shirts on every night for bed, they are always backwards. and as much as i wanted to produce the "perfect" egg coloring photo set-up, we just let the boys do it their own way - even if it made a big mess.
pumpkin carving didn't go as planned... tate was grumpy and whiny and didn't even want to sit at the table with us to carve the pumpkins.
quinn didn't like the way the pumpkin smelled when mark cut the top off of it. he held his nose most of the time.
neither one of the boys wanted to put their hands in the pumpkin to clean it out. mark wasn't a big fan of this part either.
quinn said "ewww!" when i said i was going to roast the pumpkin seeds so we could eat them.
tate lost his patience with the whole process and wanted to play with the ipad. and then cried when we said no.
quinn wanted to carve the pumpkin with a little knife. can we say danger?
quinn lost his patience with the carving part since he couldn't help out and started bugging tate.
the boys ended up watching the octonauts on tv while mark and i finished carving the pumpkins all by ourselves.
at least the boys were excited about the end result. they liked seeing the pumpkins with little electric tea lights flickering inside of them. maybe it will be different next year?
even though it is still hot here in south florida and it doesn't really feel like fall, we took the kids to the local pumpkin patch. my sister and her kids came too. the kids got to play together, paint pumpkins and be their usual silly selves. and yes, it is perfectly normal to wear shorts and flip flops to the pumpkin patch in mid-october. i can hardly believe how much my boys have grown since i took these pumpkin patch photos...
who doesn’t love a summer 4th of july celebration? this year it was just about the simple things.Read More