Flowers for the backyard

Last weekend we spent our Saturday making the backyard pretty.  Peyton loved helping us pick flowers at Lowe’s and after lunch she was all-hands-on-deck to help Forest get them in the flowerbeds.  I can’t wait for these plants to get bigger with more blooms so enjoy all summer!

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Progress Report | Peyton’s Big Girl Room

We moved Peyton out of the nursery at the end of March.  She’s now in what was the guest room but is now her big girl room!  It’s bigger than the nursery – more room for her toys and playing! – and it’s farther away from our room – which makes no difference, really, because I think our walls are made of paper.

I was completely against the idea of moving Peyton at first.  We decorated that room for her and I didn’t want to take it away from her.  But the idea of having a baby in a bigger room didn’t make sense.  So I agreed it would be best to move her.  I was nervous she wouldn’t transition well (I was dreading multiple middle of the night wake ups) but she didn’t have a single problem.

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Thoughts on Thursday | 3.02.2017

It is March 2 and I decided to clean the dust off of this little blog of mine.  I haven’t been the best at blogging since I left work in September to stay at home for our growing family and focus on my photography business (which needs more attention….) and 2017 has rocked our family like you wouldn’t believe (and unfortunately not in a good way…) but here I am.  I’ll kick things off with a Thoughts on Thursday because it happens to be Thursday and I’ve got to start somewhere.

I’m really hoping that this is a lot like riding a bike – you never really forget how to do it, you just have to jump back on the bike and get going.

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O Christmas Tree | 2016

We put our tree up on Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It’s always one of my favorite days, putting up the tree!  We had already decorated the den a little bit (because we did Johnson family pictures in front of the fireplace) but we worked on the tree and the outside lights on Sunday.

Peyton had a lot of fun bringing the ornaments that Forest gave her over to me at the tree and we would try to put them on together.  I’ve been a broken record since Sunday saying “no no.  We look but don’t touch.  Put that back on the tree please.”  The only thing low enough for her to grab is plastic candy canes but she gets them anytime I turn my back!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

^Peyton was using a plastic toy Santa as a camera remote. :)

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

Until next time — Cindy

Around the house | Summer 2016

We have officially entered fall and even though the temps hover between 75 and 80 degrees most days, I’m beginning to welcome the thought of cooler mornings, a nice breeze coming through open windows in the afternoon, and apple cider!

But before I say goodbye to Summer 2016 forever, I wanted to make sure I document our house at the end of the season.  As I look through these pictures, however, I realize that most of them are Peyton’s little spots around the house OR a few pictures that haven’t changed since we moved into the house.  Nevertheless, I assume Peyton will be playing with {mostly} different toys this time next year (when we’ll have a 2 year old!!) so having this documented to know what toys she enjoys at the moment is perfect for me!

Documenting our spring/summer shelves since I just pulled out the fall decor! 09.20.2016  #bringonthefall

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Golden hour in our backyard

We spend some time outside after dinner most evenings.  One night last week, with the sun setting sooner as fall approaches, we were outside during golden hour and the light was too pretty not to grab a few pictures of my little family.  Because I want to remember so many things about this time in our lives.

I want to remember…

…Peyton looking for every airplane that she hears flying over us.

…Forest’s chuckle when he sees Peyton’s hair standing up after he takes a picture.

…Indie running around the yard with her ball and floppy ears.

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