I can’t believe how long it has been since I made a fort for the kids; too long! I know it has been a long time because I used to only use the couch and chairs and blankets, but now Dayla is so tall that she didn’t fit in it any more. I had to come up with a new “tent style” fort.

I love forts. I love that kids love forts. Everything about this picture makes me happy.


Shoe Games

We keep all of our shoes by the front door. When I saw the game that captured Sebastian’s attention for a full hour, my only thought was, “How did this never happen before!?!”


He made all sorts of shapes and paths and patterns with the shoes. Organizing and re-organizing. The one below was his finale, and my favorite:


Candy Cane Lane

When we moved to Poway 4 years ago we found that there were a lot of fun neighborhood Christmas activities here. I think we have tried them all now, and there is one that we keep doing every year, one that seems to keep drifting to the top of the list as a favorite: “Candy Cane Lane”.

Candy Cane Lane is 4 cul-de-sacs that get together and go crazy with Christmas lights and all sorts of decor. Every house seems to have candy canes incorporated in their display somehow. Many of the houses have spots in their front yard set up for you to take your picture in, kids and families sit out front and give away hot chocolate and cookies, many people have bon fires in their driveway. Everyone seems to be cheery and in the Christmas spirit. It feels simply magical.

This year was nice and warm, but we brought our own hot chocolate anyway. The kids squealed and oooooed and ahhhhhed. I want to soak up this time with them, the age where they think these things are amazing a magical.

Such a joy.







August Dedicated

As a Catholic I was baptized. As a Christian we dedicate our children to the Lord.

Really, for me anyway, the idea is to stand before a group of peers and the Lord and promise to do your best….to promise to teach your children about God….to share your faith with them….and pray for them along the way.

This was totally unplanned and completely last minute. I would like to say that we prayed and planned this dedication, but the truth is we didn’t even know we were going to stand up and do it until a week before. So much like the life of a third child….it was low-key. No party. No commotion. Just us standing before the Lord and promising to remember and honor this verse from Deuteronomy chapter 6.

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…”




And so that is what we did today. We stood before the Lord and promised. We love you little August. We don’t know if you will accept and know the Lord, but we will promise to teach you all we know… we promise to pray that God will fill in all the gaps….and we will pray that has a measure of faith just for you.

7 Month Photo Shoot

The age 6-9 months is my favorite age to take pictures of babies. They are cute, squishy, and pretty much adorable little dolls. I always tell parents that it is the “magazine baby age” and that it is definitely one to capture.

When Sebastian was 6 months old I did a little photo shoot with him on our master bed…so I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for August.

Here is our little guy at 7 months old!


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