{M} Sisters::2014

These sisters could make any Mama’s heart proud. They wanted to do a photo session for their mom for her birthday (today! Happy Birthday, Cathie!!)…how sweet is that?!  You might remember Mikayla from her senior photos a while back.  She has become a friend, and one of our kids most favorite babysitters too. I was giddy at the chance to photograph her and her beautiful sisters again.

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Lots of laughing at this sesh…:D

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Mikayla…

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Beth…

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Ally…

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In Mikayla’s words…this is why the girls wanted to do this session for their Ma… “…a surprise for her because she’d never expect it, and she just works really hard to support our family (she works one full time job and another part time). My mom loooooooves pictures, and used to photograph us constantly when we were younger. She’s been wanting updated pictures of us for a while now, so this is the perfect opportunity.”  And, I just heard from Cathie and she is in LOVE with the images of her girls and was, in fact, totally surprised! Good job girls! ♥sisters-5sisters-6You three are fun…sisters-7

…and sooooo pretty!!

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Thanks for such a fun and relaxed session, M Sisters.  You three are so thoughtful, kind and so pretty!  I’m sure you make your Mama proud every single day! Much love! xo.sisters-12

 

April 23, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Molly Toussant - Being one of three sisters myself, I LOVE these pictures! I love how the pictures capture their personalities. Beautiful!

Easter 2014

“Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven

 together so tightly that they can’t be separated.

 Reject the brutal, reject the beauty.

 So now I embrace both, and I live

 well and hard and real.”

-G. Melton momastery.com

 

I have this quote hanging in my office and my room. It’s been a comfort and a lovely reminder these past few months when the brutal has been everywhere I look.  But on Easter morning I woke up to 3 little smiling faces at my bedside, they giggled and crawled in bed to cuddle for a bit and then begged to go downstairs to look for their Easter baskets. I had a moment when I was pouring my coffee, looking out at the morning sun and listening to our kids delight in chocolate before breakfast when I realized that I’ve been working so hard not to reject the brutal that maybe I’ve been forgetting to not reject the beauty too.  Easter weekend was beautiful.  It really was.  The weather was (finally) gorgeous, we got to visit with all of our family and the kids were happy and healthy (okay, well…it turns out that Anna had strep all weekend…but that’s the point, right? Things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful).  Anyway, I was reminded to take a deep breath and just enjoy these beautiful moments that life has to offer.

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The kids were thrilled that they got to see all of their cousins in one weekend!

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April 23, 2014 - 8:09 am

JMorgan - I love your perspective and your grateful heart. You are such a good mama and daughter and sister and wife…I love you very much. But you knew that! :)

Florida 2014

Back in February we took a little trip to sunny Florida for the week. Corey’s parents were kind enough to host us (we did bring their grand-kids, after all) and we had an amazing time soaking up the sun and having fun together.

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We took a little day trip to this giant power plant where the water near it is so warm, manatees flock to it by the hundreds. It was a really cool sight!florida_BLOG

Then, we went to The Clearwater Marine Aquarium to meet Winter the dolphin. Our girls have been dying to meet Winter for years! florida_BLOG1Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetflorida_BLOG2

Little man did great hanging all day without a nap…but he was a little tired…. :) florida14-14

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We spent PLENTY of time just relaxing at the pool. florida_BLOG3

Caught a chilly sunset one evening.

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And, had a few beach days…florida_BLOG5florida_BLOG7florida14-27floridaDONEflorida14-29

We also spent an afternoon at the Mote Aquarium. florida_BLOG6Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetflorida14-34Processed with VSCOcam with 5 preset

We had a WONDERFUL trip and thought about all of our friends and family in cold Ohio a ton…wish we could have taken everyone with us!  Thanks so much to Nana and Papa for being wonderful hosts, amazing in-laws and the best grandparents ever!  We love you!!florida14-4

March 2014::iPhone

Can I just say that this March has been the longest month ever? Not in a totally bad way, just in like a wow-we-did-a-lot-this-month-way.

Up first…Will’s 4th Birthday celebration! Complete with Ninja costumes, transformers, donuts,

play time with his daddy, a new bike and celebrating at school.

Next, Anna teaching her baby and being Cindy-Lou-Who for school.

Will and I enjoyed lunch outside (one the ONE warm day this month) and Anna and her bestie Sofie had their first sleepover.

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Next…mani’s with my girlies before St. Baldrick’s.

St. Baldrick’s Event!  We raised around $100,000 this year and despite the COLD, had a great turnout!

We ‘won’ a craft kit at the St. B’s Silent Auction that has entertained our kids for hours. Will and I get a much needed date and I got to do a gorgeous styled photo

shoot! We enjoyed a pizza night with our friends and the girls and I had a “Spa Day’.

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This past week was Spring Break!  We went to the movies, played with our friends Eva and Henry, met Daddy at work for lunch and swam at the Y! Then…Thursday last week BOTH girls had DOUBLE hernia repair surgery!  We had wonderful care and everything went very well. We could not have been more proud of our brave little girls. They have been on the couch since then and have had an amazing recovery, thank you to the many people who sent us some love over the past few days. Yesterday, Corey finished Will’s loft bed (he’s the best), the girls needed their own space (it only lasted about an hour…not too shabby for being cooped up with each other for the last 5 days!) and today we got outside for a minute to see some signs of Spring and the girls walked their babies.

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See? Lots going on in March!  We are feeling all kinds of grateful for all that this month brought!  Now…maybe April could bring us some Spring?