I'm so happy my favorite blog cirlcle of amazing photographers are getting into the swing again...I've missed them.
Please pop over to the very talented and now mama of TWO little boys,
Sara Garcia and see what her beautiful family has been up to.

We love to camp, especially with our dear friends of 20 years.
However, it has been more difficult to get out in the woods the past few years with Adrik being so little.
Camping with three kids takes a lot of effort, but it's so worth the effort.
I truly feel like it makes us better people, it reminds us to live simply.

The boys are now at a great age to camp, I don't have to worry about Adrik wondering off a cliff.


This was the coldest camping experience we had ever had. At night the temperature got down to 34. I didn't sleep at all, waking up most of the night to make sure my babies were warm enough. That part was tough, but to wake up the next morning and build a fire, fix a hot breakfast with coffee made the cold night worth it.

we chased sea gulls (I brought my Lensbaby out to play for a bit)

the boys fished and threw the ball

we
played in the leaves

made S'mores

went to an apple orchard

and stopped at a covered bridge on the way home.


again, the simple things.





 
 
Last year I became wonderful friends with the special ladies of our 10 on 10 project. We wanted to go in a different direction with our project and remain together, so we have started The Kaleidoscope Project.
I love that this project allows us to have no barriers and to be different from month to month.

"Kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos) "beautiful,"
that which is seen, shape (skopeō), hence "observation of beautiful forms.

When Eric told me that his generous aunt and uncle were letting us use their house in Hilton Head for spring break, I was so grateful and excited. However, I admit, I pictured us rolling into town and being totally out of our laid back comfort zone. For some reason I thought it would be all golf courses and people in polo shirts. Boy was I wrong. Out of all the places we have traveled, we have never encountered such.nice.people...ever. The weather was unseasonably chilly, but you could just feel the vibe from the townies, that this was a pretty happy place to live. We loved it. We hope to go back again, if Aunt Carla and Uncle John will have us again. ;)

We took a scenic detour through the hills of WV and yep, it snowed the whole way home.
 
 
Last year I became wonderful friends with the special ladies of our 10 on 10 project. We wanted to go in a different direction with our project and remain together, so we have started The Kaleidoscope Project.
I love that this project allows us to have no barriers and to be different from month to month.


"Kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos) "beautiful,"
that which is seen, shape (skopeō), hence "observation of beautiful forms.

This is my last ode to winter.

I do like the change of seasons, and I think I would miss them if I didn't live them.
However, this winter was the coldest and longest I think we have ever experienced.

So I say, BE GONE WINTER, I'm done with you.


It was Valentine's weekend and Eric told us to "get packed, we're leaving."
We needed this, we aren't the types who can take being cooped up in the house for weeks.

We drove east, still not knowing where he was taking us.
We ended up at Ash Cave first for a winter hike.

A few of the images look like we're torturing them, yeah, it was cold, but they got over it...
especially when we ended up at a cozy "A" frame cabin with a hot tub.

It was an awesome little get away. It helped us deal with the rest of winter.

We ended the trip at a hole in the wall for breakfast, our kind of place.

 
 
Last year I became wonderful friends with the special ladies of our 10 on 10 project. We wanted to go a different direction with our project and remain together, so we have started The Kaleidoscope Project. This month was a letter to my little man, I love that this project allows us to have no barriers and to be different from month to month.

"Kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos) "beautiful,"
that which is seen, shape (skopeō), hence "observation of beautiful forms."



Dearest Adrik,

This was the day we took the side off your crib.

It hit me hard, I cried...hard.

The baby days are officially over for us.

I have a ache in my heart because of it.

The nursery has been the nursery for the past 8 years. Life at the moment is getting a little easier with you and your brothers growing up. But I will always long for those nights when I nursed you into the wee hours of the night in that room. This summer we will make your room into your very own big boy room. The mural I painted for KK when he was born, will be painted over and a new chapter will begin.

It's very difficult for me to let go of the baby days, but I'm in love with seeing you and your brothers grow up into these sweet, empathetic, amazing boys.

You were so excited to be able to climb in and out of your bed all by yourself.

You loved piling your babies in and cuddling with them.

And even though you can get in and out on your own, you still call for me when you wake.

I'll take it...no need to rush too much independence.