happy 5th birthday, BK!

Sweet BK, Five years ago, you came into our lives and we have never been the same. Five years ago today, you filled our hearts with more love than we ever imagined. It was instant and perfect, your big blue eyes held our gaze, and we were forever changed by 6 pounds and 12 ounces […]

dear braylen, kindergarten awaits

Last week I checked your folder to find a note inside, kindergarten enrollment, and I felt my breath catch a little and my heart change speeds. Kindergarten. It didn’t take me by surprise, we’ve been talking about kindergarten for months now. I’ve answered all of your questions with enthusiasm and excitement. And for each time […]

time for your check-up

Last Friday, I scheduled an appointment for Braylen and Judson. They were both due for well visits, and I thought it would be easiest to take care of them both on the same day. Allen went with us and it honestly wasn’t too terrible. They checked her height and weight and hearing and vision, and […]

a grown up summer bucket list, according to Braylen

Last week, BK and I spent a little time making a Summer Bucket List on the kitchen chalkboard. We talked a little about fun things we might like to do and I helped her come up with some ideas. When we were finished, we had the following conversation: Braylen: “Are we going to put some […]

dear braylen, believe in fairy tales

Dear sweet daughter of mine, I hear a good bit of chatter aboutย prince charmingย and how we should shield little girls like you from this very notion. Sweet girl, don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been a rebel. I prefer to follow the rules. I think when someone says something, you should listen. But, I’m here […]

newborn and family photos

A few days after we came home from the hospital we had a newborn session with Candace from CB Photo and Design. I know you usually hear me talk about Brooke, the other half of the team, we’ve been friends for a long time and she’s the only person who has ever photographed our family. […]

the first day, a recap

Tuesday marked the first day back to school for BK, she’s moved up to the three-year-old class, and things look a little different this year. We learned at Open House that it would be a little more likeย school, learning letters and having calendar time, and even bringing home a behavior chart in her daily folder. […]

First Day of School

This is it! The first day of school and she looks pretty grown up: I’ll be back with a full recap tonight.

show her

The progression of time is such a difficult concept for me to wrap my mind around. I don’t know if that’s because it’s one of those things that we have absolutely no control over, or because it moves at such an alarming rate. This past Monday marked the beginning of the school year, and I […]

swim lessons, a recap

BK had her first round of swim lessons this summer. I foresee this being an every summer event, until she decides otherwise. But, if the swim lessons in the future go as smoothly as these, I think we’ll be taking them for a while. I couldn’t believe the progress she made in a few short […]

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