around these parts...

at a certain point i stopped picking up my real camera + only ever used my iphone. somewhere between two kids to three + not having enough hands, that little thing was just more manageable. i'm thankful for the many precious moments it has captured, but this all said, i miss taking regular photos on my real camera + displaying them here. so, i dusted it off + over the past few weeks have had it around + ready to capture snippets of life here + there around our home. enjoy.

A Shared Nursery || Part Two

I finally had a chance to snap some pictures of the kids current room layout + wanted to share it here before it changed again. I'm always shifting furniture around + shaking up spaces, and also trying any and everything i can to get our big kids to sleep through the night in their own beds haha!
We have two small bedrooms to spread the kids out in, but I wanted to offer a guest space/multipurpose/playroom in one of them + snuggle the kids all in one room together. i was actually surprised at how well it turned out + didn't feel crammed. Take a look! 
1  \\  a shared nursery HERE
2  \\  mixing in PINK! HERE
3  \\  making over the nursery HERE
4  \\  original nursery HERE

Spring Morning Preview

It's still February + I know there will be at least a handful of snows, but Spring is coming guys, I can feel it! We've had a couple seventy degree days, spent time on our abandoned porch, enjoyed popsicles in the sun + played in the yard. I snapped these cute pics of the kids chasing each other the other morning BEFORE breakfast. It was so beautiful out + they are so cute! I hope you're having a wonderful week.

Tuesday Mix Tape!

Before this blog was 98% about our kiddos, it once upon a time had different little features on it, like little love letters + recipes for happy + he and she + MIX TAPES! While I can promise you that the children + the family posts will live on + continue to be the meat of this blog, it feels like time to revive some of those old topics regularly. I'll start with a mix tape, or playlist if you will. The past few weeks I've had one morning to myself, at my house... just me, my house + music at ear piercing levels. I always always resort to elevation worship, because nothing feels better than worshipping loud, being brought to chills or tears + feeling surrounded with Holy Spirit goodness... BUT lately i've been trying to reach beyond my regularly scheduled programming + listen to some different feels.. that, and my dancing shoes have been calling. Onward, this week's mix tape!

Our Valentines Brunch!

I keep calling this "Brunch"... Brunch sounds so cute. It was breakfast guys, at 10. Anyways, if you remember, I loooooove to throw parties, I love festivity, I love good food + decorations + people gathering together! I love making holidays extra special for my kiddos + always dreamed I'd be the mom who would do special things on special days that they'd always remember. I haven't been perfect with this, but the effort is there! 
We had cousins over + put together little bundles of flowers for our friends. Abel wanted to wear his bowtie + Lucy her bow... seriously so fun. Don't wait for the next big party you have to put together to do something fun or special... we had been. Baby Showers + Bridal Brunches are great, but going all out for your family on a smaller scale is even more rewarding + way less stressful haha! 
Cheers to the small things + pink flowers!


hello & happy friday!

C   U   R   R   E   N   T   L   Y

crafting daily with the kiddos, valentines here we come!

watching lucy do "bawet" (ballet)

loving this song

dreaming of a kitchen remodel...

... suddenly back on my radar + making me want to do allll the things

wanting to get rid of most of the clothes in my closet

oh, dreaming of an attic renovation too

making homemade popcorn every night with the kids. they're faces when the first kernels start to pop...

crying real tears any time i think of abel going to preschool

shopping art pieces to replace our tv as the focal point on our gallery wall

adoring isla + begging her not to crawl next week

thanking my lucky stars for chris

baking these cookies too often

craving spring but not ready to let go of the fireplace 


i hope you have a wonderful weekend!! 
try out the cookie recipe... no one should eat too many cookies alone ;)


February 2nd, Chris was out of town + it snowed... I am a big baby when it comes to driving in the snow, so that typically means staying home all day, and the combination of no adult interaction + not leaving the walls of this home for 24 hours can sometimes be recipe for crazy. At about 3 o'clock I decided to stop looking at the clock, stop worrying about running out of activities + resorting to the tv, and to stop opening instagram. Lucy was still napping, Isla had just woken up + Abel asked me to come play with him... and there it was. Present. I watched him tinker + listened to his imagination + looked into his eyes + saw what I'd missed out on too many times before, being busy or halfway engaged or juggling other children.
I like to think of myself as a good mother. I make mistakes daily + have moments that i hope my kids forget about too, but I think I'm doing all right. Today made me want more than to be a good mother who loves her children, cares for them + teaches them to be loving, thoughtful + well mannered though. I want to be a present mother. My mind is busy + I'm a little all over the place + I often times feel like I'm not 100% focused anywhere, because I'm a little everywhere. 
But, this time is fleeting. 
Nothing gave me perspective like signing Abel up for Fall preschool last week. This window of having all of my kids home all the time, nowhere to be + the freedom to stay at home the entire day. That's a gift, and it won't last forever. If it wasn't before, time is officially on the clock. I refuse to waste it being halfway present.
Tonight at dinner, the kids just talked + talked to me. Abel would say something + then lucy would repeat it. Abel told me how good the gnocchi was + lucy made us laugh. They love me so much. As always, I asked them what their favorite part of today was, and Abel said his was playing with me. He felt it too.