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    A photo & something she’s said, once a week, every week in 2015. She’s definitely almost 2. Squealing withView full post »

    SUNDAYS / 03

    Sundays for a year. This week featuring breakfast & lunch. Sundays just might be my favorite food day. We’reView full post »

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    A photo & something she’s said, once a week, every week in 2015. Just this week Lu has started asking me or DaddyView full post »

    SUNDAYS / 02

    The Sunday Series. I’ve been brainstorming ways to explore and practice my photography this year, beyond capturing myView full post »

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    A photo & something she’s said, once a week, every week in 2015. (approximately 7pm at the dinner table) &#View full post »

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    And so begins my third year of the 52 project. I love this project for so many reasons – it’s a keepsake ofView full post »

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A photo & something she’s said, once a week, every week in 2015.

She’s definitely almost 2. Squealing with joy / throwing herself to the floor. Absolutely brilliant / absolutely bossy. All the things I heard are true! My approach thus far: be an example of calm as much as possible and try and find the humor in the dramatics of (what I hope!) is a fleeting toddler phase. Laugh. Laugh. Laugh. (remembering to write down the silly things she says is helping).

One of her favorite books of the moment (and pretty much the last year) is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It’s a fun read and good way to start introducing the alphabet. Lu can sing along to the entire ABCs which is pretty impressive to me. I pointed to the letter P and and asked:

Me: do you know what letter that is?

Lu: (no answer)

Me: That’s P

Lu: No Mama, that’s not P… is orange!

And you know what? It was orange. Touché, Lucy, touché.

{ The 52 Project, Practising Simplicity. }

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SUNDAYS / 03

Sundays for a year. This week featuring breakfast & lunch. Sundays just might be my favorite food day. We’re either eating out at our favorite (usually indulgent) places, or spending time cooking REAL recipes. When the weather is good, it usually means BBQ’ing with friends.

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A photo & something she’s said, once a week, every week in 2015.

Just this week Lu has started asking me or Daddy “how do I look?!” after the other helps her get dressed. The question is full of such innocence and genuine excitement, it’s adorable, but deep down I cringe that self-image is already seeping into her subconscious. I’m trying to figure out how to negotiate the waters of this, and I keep going back to something I read on Instagram from a mother to her own daughter… I want to love everything about myself so you love everything about yourself. 

Also from Lu this week:

“Happy Poopy!” (to the tune of Happy Birthday)

“I fell out of my crib and ladybug jumped in!” (in response to asking her if she had any dreams last night…)

“Look, there’s a boo boo there.” (points & kisses the zit on my chin)

{ Inspired by: The 52 Project, via Practising Simplicity. }

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SUNDAYS / 02

The Sunday Series. I’ve been brainstorming ways to explore and practice my photography this year, beyond capturing my tiny-23-month-old-muse. I love the consistency of 52 projects, and the end result of a year of photos is something I treasure.

So without too many rules to the series, I’m setting out to keep my camera close on Sundays and capture whatever I’m up to. Lu & Jason will make appearances in this series, but the point is to also seek out other subjects – bits and pieces of simple life, travel adventures, people I hold dear or people I’m yet to meet (family session anyone?) I’m excited to see how this all turns out and what sort of inspiration it may spark.

Sundays for a year.

Here’s my second Sunday (you can see the first, here).

01/ Our tree is bare. It rained all weekend. I was thrilled. Our only plan for the weekend was to re-organize and declutter our house. It’d have made me sad to miss sunshine.

02 / Small updates to our bedroom: a new blanket for our bed + a new room for an old rug.

03 / Preparing for Baby Sister in Lu’s room. Fancy knobs on a pine dresser.

04 / Dance-off’s in the living room are happening daily around here. Lu likes using the wicker pouf as her platform.

05 / Big girl bed. I’m having a harder time coming to terms with this than she is. For a couple weeks now she’s had both the bed & her crib in the room. She had so far still wanted to sleep in her crib, but just tonight she said and pointed “Mama, bed.” My baby!

06 / I swear this particular rose bush sprouts different color flowers every season (is that normal?)

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A photo & something she’s said, once a week, every week in 2015.

(approximately 7pm at the dinner table) “Mama, I want coffee.”

(while wearing bodysuit PJ’s) “I need my button.” – as in her belly button, which she sticks her fingers in to self-soothe but can’t access in PJ’s.

Photo: attentively watching beloved Olivia on the telly. We spent the weekend indoors, hiding from the rain and reorganizing the house. I’m not necessarily proud to say we use the TV as a sitter here and there, but man does it make those moments you just need to get something done easier.

{ Inspired by: The 52 Project, via Practising Simplicity. }

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