ESTES PARK || PART TWO + a little movie!

hello again!
photo round up part two + a little video!
pony rides, fishing + hanging on the porch, oh and elk... always elk.
...also, who isn't ready for daylight savings?! all hands raised. enjoy!
part one + trips from estes past!
here - here - here - here - here - here - here

a quick message brought to you by simultaneous napping by not two but THREE of my children.

this morning i was overwhelmed, and got down on myself feeling like i'd never again have time for myself to do the things i enjoy or write or edit photos or just be silent and still. 
as i sit writing this, i have three sleeping children (in the middle of the day- at the same time), it feels like fall out, and i'm enjoying a cup of coffee all by myself during this miracle of rarely occurring silence. thank you Jesus. 
being a mother has been the very most rewarding thing i've experienced EVER, ever, ever, ever... it's also drained me + i've lost myself in ways that i wish i hadn't. i take full responsibility for it, but almost 4 years is my breaking point. i need change. i need to start prioritizing myself regularly, because i can't be the insanely awesome + loving mom that God designed me to be + that i truly am deep inside, when often times i find myself feeling exhausted + worn out + don't know who i am or which way is up. in saying all of this, God knows what we need, and i'm giving him full credit for this moment brought to you by simultaneous naps. thank you God for loving me anyway + taking care of me always, and for choosing me for this ever so wonderful + challenging role. amen.
...now, how bout those faces + that glorious sunset!



estes park was one for the books this year! 
we are in a super sweet spot with the kiddos and their ages right now, and it has been serving us well! life with littles is constantly changing seasons, and i know that a few months from now we will be in a new one, so i am really trying to soak in the current one + relax into it as much as the non-calm person that i am will allow, thank you for chris.
we hiked one of the same trails that i hiked growing up with my family + took pictures on some of the very same rocks... silly hats, chapped lips and all... and now it's my own children! the nostalgia is real. it wasn't without struggle, but was so so worth it to me. at the bottom chris said to me, "that was hard... but life isn't supposed to be easy, we just hiked with our kids!"
we elk watched + got our christmas ornament from our regular little shop in town. we drank coffee + wine + gingeronnos on the porch by the river. we hot tubbed + talked + i felt like i actually rested vs. the fake resting i do at home. our kids rode horses for the first time, which lucy told us later was her favorite part of the trip, abel's was fishing. isla was a peach, chris forever, and i never had to wash my hair because BEANIE SEASON.
estes park, you've done it again. we love you.
trips from estes past!
here - here - here - here - here - here - here


things to remember...

isla has been with us for three months now, and my big kids seem big... three months really isn't that long, but pictures don't lie + they all look a million years older. i just love them, big or small. i try and make a note anytime they do or say something especially cute so that i can at some point write it here and remember it when three months from now or three years or thirty, they are doing something totally different. so, now felt like a good time to catch up on the past three months + also share these sweet photos in our favorite L'ovedbaby jammies!


sweet isla jane... feels like she's been a part of us forever. i know her face + love every bit of her. i love to kiss the sweet spot behind her ear, the space between her eyes, or the spot between her nose and mouth. basically if i could kiss her whole face at once i would. she is the happiest, chattiest, easiest, prize baby ever + the perfect third child. she flirts with me in the mirror + when she nurses, and i spend soooo much time that i "should" be using for the continuous pile of laundry that keeps showing up on our couch, playing with her instead... i couldn't be happier about that. 

the other day, abel introduced himself and arrow to our neighbor as, "i'm captain jake + my matey is minnie."

mornings with lucy 

when we went to the drive in, abel gave me his red sour patch kids, even though he told everyone else it was his favorite color and they could have a different one.

chatting with isla 

lucys hand gestures + head tilting + generally everything about her delivery of conversation... bottle it up + play it back on repeat.

i hope abel never stops saying adventure "adbenture" or calling making smores around a fire "camping" 

please let me never forget the time lucy told me that "harlow ate it" when she finished her marshmallow and wanted another. 

when every conversation with abel during the months of july, august and september starts with him saying, "let's talk about Halloween" -- my child 

lucy's baby talk voice, "awwww baby booo" or the time she told me isla was hungry and to "feed her yours boobs"

"i sure can!"

they're sweet little bodies curled up in my lap

on the 4th of july, i gave abel a penny for the fountain and he kissed it before tossing it in. fairly certain that my postpartum emotions and i cried tears over that preciousness. 

when my stomach growled and lucy told me my tummy burped

"I'm building frosty for Lucy, he's a jolly happy soul" -- abel

abel + lucy's pirate faces, forever

"let's make a baby train and go to target! sometimes auntie comes with us!"--abel
...and by sometimes he means every time.
**all jammies are l'ovedbaby brand! 100% organic goodness, awesome colorways + such great people behind it! thanks for making our morning scene that much sweeter!**

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