The Good news: Nana and Papa are here from the east coast.

The Bad news: Ellie has come down with a yucky cough and cold.

welcome basket

nanas here


Hoping she gets better quick so we can enjoy the days with the grandparents a whole lot more.



Portrait Project



eloise: An action shot for this week’s portrait (because it’s getting harder and harder to catch just your face these days). We were back at the beach this week. It was cooler this time around, finally feeling a bit like January. These days you have been very busy, very sensitive and needing to be very close to Mama at all times. Except when I take you to the beach. You run carefree. Your face lights up as you chase the birds and run down to the waters edge. You squish your toes in the sand and exclaim, “more, more, more!” 

-joining the lovely Jodi for the 52 project!




pink champange






lambie present

















shadow of the moon




daddy walk


Oh January… I love you so,  for letting me get excited about goals and gardens and new recipes of the year and projects I want to accomplish and books I want to start and lists I continually make throughout the month….

It was another slow weekend, so I tried to take advantage and get some crafting done and some planning done, as well as some organizing and cleaning. Saturday I went to a lovely baby sprinkle for a lovely Mama friend having her second baby. It was so much fun sipping pink champagne and talking about babies and birth and all that goodness with some lovely, beautiful friends (I made the baby a Lambie softie and I’m excited to share it with you in more detail this week). Sunday Jeff worked on bottling some home-brew and fermenting Mead. It’s his first time making Mead and he’s very excited about it. My kitchen has certainly seen cleaner days however. We have been picking so many oranges and lemons off our tree lately. I’ve been giving them away by the bushel. Jeff made PHO for dinner and we took a lovely little walk around the block in the late afternoon, looking at flowers and spotting the moon in the early evening sky. Ellie insisted on holding her Daddy’s hand the whole way. How was your weekend?

-joining the lovely Amanda for Weekending!










Another lazy weekend…



Dinosaurs showing up in unexpected corners.

kitchen helper


Helping to cook and clean in the kitchen.

walk w gparents


Lunch and a walk downtown with the Grandparents.



And a short stint checking out rocks down by the beach.

beachy girl


A quick, lazy, windy and warmish January weekend. (Oh and I finally finished this and I got to start this today. Already enjoying it)!


Happy Weekend to you friends!

-joining in with Amanda over at The Habit.

Portrait Project 2014



eloise: It’s the first week of January. This is the first portrait of the New Year. You’ll be seventeen months this coming week. You love climbing up on the couch now (what you did before I snapped this photo). You love your “Pink Baby (PB)”. You are still working on getting those teeth in. You are ridiculous adorable, if I do say so myself. 

“a portrait of Eloise, once a week, every week in 2014”

* I’m thrilled to be partaking in Jodi’s 52 project for a second year now. Oh what fun the first year was and what a memento we have with our 52 project book. I’m looking forward to documenting Ellie’s weeks this way and looking forward to how I will develop with my photography skills this year as well.

Balance in 2014

white rose

I’ve chosen my word for the New Year. I loved the idea of having a guiding word and using it to help define what I wanted to work on and strive toward this year. I played around with “create”, I pondered using “patience” or “ease”, but nothing really stood out as the word.  When discussing words with my husband, I realized one word kept creeping up in my vocabulary and as I bent down to put my shoes on for our morning walk, I lost my balance and almost fell flat on my face. That was what I needed, I needed more “balance”. A word holding multiple meanings. Balance of a physical nature, balance of being wife and mother, balance of being creative but still being present. Balance of mind. Balance of spirit. I held it in my palms and smiled at its meaning. I cradled it and I whispered to it. I’m excited to make it my mantra for 2014.  I really have never had a word for the year before and the concept has me already excited for what it may bring.

Do you have a “guiding word”? Or any resolutions this year? Check out Mama Scout and Rebecca’s posts for inspiration.