For some reason that doesn’t sound quite as harsh as nine years. How on earth has it been nine years since our baby was born? We’ve spent the last 3,285 days in awe of this little life we created. She … Continue reading
We’re all about the last-minute random road trip and this one took us to The Windy City. Mapping the route. Somewhere outside of St. Louis. Rolling in to Chi-Town. First food stop – The Original Gino’s East. The neat-freak in … Continue reading
The matching dimples in their right cheeks.
And the unbreakable bond they share.
They slay me.
It seems like Roo is changing so much lately. My first born. She’s growing up so fast. And she just gets more beautiful every day. This afternoon I just couldn’t stop staring at her.
And this guy. Lord, I’m a sucker for him too.
So, the coolest thing happened today. I was in the bathroom braiding The Ruler’s hair. She was playing with a handheld mirror when she suddenly GASPED. She’s extremely tender-headed so I thought maybe I’d gotten her braid a little too tight but no…my girl had just realized that light can be reflected. If you’re not a photographer, you’re probably thinking “so what”. But if you’re ARE a photographer you know what a big deal this is.
I saw her wheels begin to turn as she started to angle and turn the mirror exploring the different ways that light could be reflected on to her face and the walls around her. She got so excited and of course, so did I. This kid already loves to document life and now she’s truly beginning to understand light. My heart is full and I’m so proud of my little photographer in training!
The toddler who once showed me her latest drawing and told me she was an “artner” melted my heart again this week. The Lu came home from school on Wednesday and asked if she could take “private art lessons”. Before … Continue reading
We had a beautiful snow on New Year’s Eve and we spent a lot of time outside playing and building a snowgirl – a snowGirl on the Run, to be exact.
Poor Frankie’s legs are so short that his identification tag drug across the top of the snow and collected a little snowball. #dachshundproblems
As the snow melted a few days later our snowgirl looked like she was rockin’ the gangsta lean.
The Ruler has taken quite an interest in photography in the last year and I’m so excited to be able to share one of my greatest passions with her.
I had two photo shoots today with longtime clients whom I adore and I knew they wouldn’t mind if Roo tagged along with me. I wish I would have taken a photo of her face when I asked her if she wanted to join me. Her expression was priceless!
She ended up being so much more than a tag along. She was a wonderful assistant, helping with everything from props to getting the kids to smile. She even took a few behind the scenes photos of me working.
These are her photographs. And like a great photographer she was so sly I didn’t even know she had taken them.
She was such a big help I decided to hand the real camera over to her and let her take a few shots herself.
You’re hired, kid!
Chris took the girls to Irish Fest today. Roo was especially excited about this because, liked her daddy, she has recently taken up bagpipes. Their instructors from the St. Andrews Pipe and Drum Band were playing and they decided to check out a few t-shirt stands.
The Lu decided she wanted a the “Irish Girl” shirt while Roo declared that she wanted the “Kilt Inspector” shirt.
Not sure if he wanted to explain to her why a Kilt Inspector shirt was inappropriate for a little girl Chris made his his best attempt to put her off, saying, “We’ll look online. I’m sure there are plenty of options for kids.” She was persistent but he managed to get her past it.
When they returned home after Irish Fest Chris showed me the two shirts he purchased for himself. And Roo said, “Mama, I really want the one that says ‘Kilt Inspector’.”
Like the bad parent I am I busted out laughing and looked at my husband with that “are you going to tell her or am I” face. The kid is persistent and when she likes something nobody’s gonna sway her in another direction.
Looking incredibly uncomfortable, my husband begins to explain to our daughter that “some guys, NOT DADDY, are silly and don’t wear underwear under their kilts”.
“I know. I know,” he says. “That’s really gross and silly.”
Now laughing even harder I interrupt them. “Are you sure you want to be a kilt inspector, Roo?”
“Nope. I’m good. I’m good,” she said as she turned 8 shades of red and swiftly exited the room.
Now let’s just hope she doesn’t change her tune in 10-12 years. Trust me, I know how firemen are. One even convinced me to marry him.
And while Roo may not have gotten her Kilt Inspector shirt, she and her sister did get their faces painted by our dear, talented friend MJ from Sister Act Face Painting.
Our babies are growing up. And it’s happening way too fast. But they are becoming the most amazing little ladies who continue to push me and inspire me to be a better person.
I love them with all my heart and I have to admit that I did shed a tear (maybe two or ten) when we dropped them off this morning. But they’re in good hands and they both really love school.
Roo and Lu, you’re are bright and sparkly and beautiful and I just know you’re both gonna rock the hell outta 3rd and 4th grades. Have fun!
My dear friend Andrea, who is an amazing mom and wife, shared this on facebook tonight and I whole-heartedly agree with this bit of advice.
Roo and I recently finished our second season of Girls on the Run – she as a runner and I as a coach. If you aren’t familiar with the program, their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and … Continue reading