Life Around Here in August

Some of my favorite posts….the ones that just give a window to our every day lives.





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And last is Daniel’s picture where he caught me. I thought it would be a fun change of pace to do an act of service as part of Daniel’s birthday present this year. In 11 years of marriage I have never mowed the lawn. This year his birthday was 98 degrees outside…but our lawn desperately needed a mow since Daniel has been out of town most the month….so today I mowed.

He caught me…and he totally got a kick out of it. Happy Birthday my love.


Apple Picking

I have always wanted to go apple picking in Julian. I also always thought it would be some big “thing” that we would plan, obsess about, and have on the calendar months in advance.

The other day Daniel said to me, “Let’s go apple picking tomorrow.” That is something I really love about my husband, that he says things like, “Let’s just go!” Don’t get me wrong, he is thoughtful, and a wonderful planner. He looked up which places to go, which places are best, made calls, looked at websites, etc. etc., but he is definitely more impulsive than I am. I actually think he is the perfect balance of impulsive and planner. I love that about him.

So we went apple picking.












It was hot and it only took about 30 minutes to pick our two bags of apples (which was completely different than I expected). But the kids LOVED picking the apples, we ate apple pie after, and we had a really fun day.


Bash tantrums, screams, and whines just like every other two and a half year old. Yet there are so many things about him that are incredibly unique and indescribably sweet.

Being that Bash is about 9 months behind in his language skills, he has made up several of his own words and signs to communicate what he wants to say. He is short on words but not on ideas, humor, or love.

I don’t want to forget this part of him, so I am going to jot down some of my favorite things about Bash right now:

1. Sometimes when Dayla and I are in a tense moment of stubborn wills, he will just come over, insert himself right in the middle of us, and stand on his head, leg flapping around in the air. Sometimes he will just look at us with his big blue eyes and laugh. We can’t resist it. We will look at each other and break out in laughter, soon forgetting whatever it was we were mad about seconds before.


2. Sebastian still has yet to master turning a door knob. Being that he is my second child, I am now wise enough to know this is not something I need to teach him. That being said, when he wakes up from his nap he will just stand at his door and knock until I come. Recently when I open the door he has started saying, “POP!” with his hands in full jazz hands stance. Even though I know it is coming now, I can’t help but laugh every single time. It has become one of my favorite parts of the day.

3. He is too busy to snuggle. If I ask him to hug me or kiss me, he will respond with a loud, “NO!” right before running away with a giant grin on his face. If I run after him and catch him, smothering him in kisses, he will usually just giggle ceaselessly.


4. The one time I can get him to hug me or snuggle with me is right after his nap after his “POP!”. I will sweep him up into my arms, bring him to the couch, and he will give me a good 20 minutes of mama snuggles before he is off running again.

5. Sebastian is crazy observant. Like details. And EVERY detail. Being that one of the developmental things abut two year olds is wanting things the same (for example most two year olds want to read the same story over and over), this leads to some interesting moments in our house. I swear to you, if a hair on my head is out of place, he will notice and fix it (after squealing loudly that it is not right).


6. The above described trait also results in Sebastian being EXCELLENT at finding things. I can send him to another room and say that I want a blue pen…and he will find it. I have come to see it as a game, and it amazes me every time. [Part of me hopes this is something that stays with him through his life, as I am convinced it would make him a great husband.] 😉

7. Sebastian loves his sister. I can ask him to do something and often get met with a “NO” (two years old), but I have yet to see him say no to his sister. He looks up to her and loves her and will do pretty much anything she asks. It is ridiculously adorable. Today after he retrieved something for her, she turned to me and said, “I love having Bash as my little brother.” Now I know the way to her heart….and hopefully she will always feel that way…even when he stops retrieving.

8. He genuinely feels joy for others. For example, Dayla and Sebastian watch a show together called “Bo on the Go”. There is a part of the show where you are supposed to jump up and grab a key out of the sky. Every time he jumps up just like Dayla and tries to reach it, but she often claims that she caught it “this time”, because “she is taller”. Very very rarely does he feel disappointed he didn’t get it, usually he smiles with delight and shouts to me, “Mama! Dayla key!” I swear he is even happier when she catches it than when he gets it himself!

I sure do love this little guy. He has the biggest heart and most incredible smile. I can’t wait to see the man he grows up to be.


The Summer Recap

This is our third year with Dayla having a “summer break”.

The first year I feel like I was a little too scheduled. The second year I went the opposite extreme and made absolutely no schedule (which resulted in a summer of non-stop videos). Just like Goldilocks, I feel like I got it “just right” on the third try.

I made a calendar with activity magnets.


Dayla chooses the activity for the day using the magnets. We also have some chore time, some bible reading time, some snuggle time, some baking time and some screen time each day. It is the perfect balance of active (for Bash) and slow and planned (for Dayla and I).

Here are some of the things (that I happen to capture) that we have been up to this summer:

The beach

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James and Violet visit

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Pump It Up

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Family dinner picnics after swim class

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Date nights for Daniel and I

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And just hanging around the house

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I think we will go with the same plan next year!

Dayla 7th Birthday Garden Fairy Party

This year’s theme was “Garden Fairy” for Dayla’s birthday party.

You know how I love to decorate, but this year Dayla was so super excited to see what I would come up with. She kept saying she wanted it to be a surprise and couldn’t wait to see what I would do! With that kind of love and support, how could I not enjoy doing it?

I really do love creating and doing these fantasy parties for her.

Welcome to the fairy forest…


Crawl through the hole in the tree to shrink down to fairy size…


…and welcome to the magical forest!






We had fairy snacks…



…fairy friends…




Top row, left to right: Charlotte, Adalee, Tabitha, Dayla, Ellie,
Bottom row: Maya, Kaitlyn, and Lucy


…a fairy brother…


…and ended the party with a garden pinata!







Dayla was over the moon about all her party decor, snacks, and friends. It was a perfect celebration for our amazing 7 year old little girl.

Happy 7th Birthday sweet Dayla!

Like a Sleeping Baby

I noticed tonight how when you pick up a sleeping baby, they don’t cling to you at all. There is no grabbing your shirt for security. They don’t even really lean in, they just lay in your arms. Utter trust.

As I carried him to bed and saw that trust, my heart became overwhelmed with emotion. I think that is how God wants us to trust Him…just lay in His arms. Utter trust.

I hope one day I will be able to trust God like that.

Boy Vs. Boy

I love the baby comparisons. I just can’t help myself. I know they are two unique individuals that God has made, but they are also siblings. It is just so fun to see how they are both the same, and different.

The other thing I have noticed is that I have used the same descriptions for both Sebastian and August at 3 months old. Both very happy, mellow, and laid back. However, I wouldn’t say they are the same baby at all. I can’t put my finger on it with descriptions, but when I look at these pictures…it completely captures it.

I did miss the being in the same month for this one, but I think it is still fun.

Top: Sebastian at 2 months old
Bottom: August at 3 months old