Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Newborn Pictures

My sweet friend Sarah came over when Ivy was six days old and captured these beautiful moments. I love these pictures!

(Sarah Stephens Photography)

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Photo Shoot

Inspired by the great shots my friend Sarah (Sarah Stephens Photography) took of Ivy, I decided to try some of my own. They're nowhere near as good as hers, but when your subject is this cute, you can's go wrong.

Laina wanted her doll Lucy to get in on the fun. Mason wanted to play, too.

(Sarah's pictures coming soon!)

Monday, February 02, 2015

What's Saving My Life Right Now

I'm linking up with Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy to talk about the things that are saving my life right now. In this crazy season with five littles, homeschooling, church, etc, it's good to take a moment and think about what makes life more sane.

1. Chai tea. I would love to drink a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte every day, but that would bankrupt us. Trader Joe's Spicy Chai is a good substitute. And there's something about filling the kettle, holding the steaming mug, and slowing down enough to sip it that makes everything less stressful and more delightful. Who knew tea could do so much? The British, I guess.

2. Books. For the rare quiet moment nursing, for any available downtime. The kindle is wonderful for ease of reading one-handed while nursing, and for the light at bedtime. Regular books are wonderful because they are wonderful. Am I the only one whose life is saved daily by reading?

3. The ergo. How on earth would I get anything done without it?

4. Sunny days, when I can send the kids outside and let them burn off some energy on the trampoline, digging holes, building forts, or taking walks.

5. Read-alouds. It's about the only school I can do while nursing (Ivy is not a great nurser, so none of this walking around while feeding her stuff). Good thing it's everyone's favorite. So far since she was born, we've finished Sarah, Plain and Tall, and are over halfway done with Sign of the Beaver.

6. The Instagram #yearofordinarybeauty project I'm doing with Alison. It's helping me see the beauty of these busy days, slow down, and capture the moments I will miss. (I'm notesinthemargins.)

7. Snuggling with this girl, especially at night. When the house is quiet, she's all mine.