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7.12.15 – Our Anniversary

12 Jul

Lucky number seven! Or the “seven year itch…” just kidding. ;)

It’s our anniversary!

We went on vacation earlier this year, but Kyle still wanted our annual beach photo:

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It’s been a fun year, but we didn’t have a ton of milestones to write on our “number 7″:

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– Kyle promoted to director

– Kyle finished his CLU designation

Apparently, Kyle was more productive than I was this year. Ha! We made lots of improvements to the house including creating a new studio space for me. Completed a few outdoor projects here-and-there like a garage gym and re-org as well as Laney’s playhouse. I continued to grow my photography business, and, of course, chased after our little munchkin. We also took our annual trip to Hilton Head, SC. Most importantly, we had lots of laughs and fun with our silly, energetic, talkative little girl.

I think we are both pretty proud of the couple we are today. We’ve both grown and matured a lot in the last seven years – through a lot of ups and a few downs, grad school and designations, home ownership, job changes, a big move, and our parenthood journey… and there is no one I’d rather share it all with!

Lots of excitement planned for the year ahead. A trip to HAWAII!! And hopefully a few other surprises along the way. I am optimistic that seven will be our best year yet. :) Thanks for the love today! Here’s to many, many more!

7.4.15 – 4th of July!

5 Jul

Hope everyone had a super happy 4th of July! We celebrated independence by Laney make her way to become more independent…potty training! Therefore, we spent most of the day in the bathroom or cleaning up from an accident. She did really well for her first day, but we were all pooped! ha!

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We managed to squeeze in a little fun too with the beautiful weather! Laney would be outside 24/7 if we let her, which worked well on a potty training day. She loved everything about the poppers and sparklers – until the sparklers “pinched” her. Nothing some mittens couldn’t fix. She has been asking all day to do the sparklers again tonight. I know she would have loved big fireworks too, but we decided to watch them from the house to prevent everyone getting wet. :)

On July 3rd, our neighbors threw their annual 4th of July bash. Laney had a blast watching the wishing lanterns, playing with the other kids, and staying up way past her bedtime.

While I am here, I figured I would do a quick Laney update, so here are some random facts about Laney:

1. She has a new obsession with The Little Mermaid which requires her to have a “dinglehopper” at every meal – even at restaurants.

2. When we got back from vacation, she decided she no longer needed her bed rails up. That in combination with potty training this week makes me wonder where my baby went!?

3. She loves to be silly and make people laugh. Her imagination is running wild these days. And she cracks us up with random thoughts like, “Mom! Watch out for the monkey! He’s gonna get you!” Or saying, “It’s locked!” meaning her mouth when we are trying to feed her something besides chocolate.

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4. Girlfriend still loves pancakes and would eat them for every meal. That and ice cream.

5. We went to the library for the first time in a long time recently, and she has loved reading her “liberry” books so much. Makes my heart happy!

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6. She also has become a fan of Dora. When Daddy comes home or into the room, she says, “Oh no! Swiper!” And we have to say, “Swiper no swiping!” until Daddy says, “Oh man!”

7. Two other obsessions: the Old Navy dog and the Target “balls”

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8. Two more obsessions: water and doors (still)

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She is really just the best and we love her so much!

 

6.30.15 – Vacation Part II

30 Jun

We had a really awesome week in Hilton Head last week. It was HOT! but full of fun. We rode bikes, played in the sand, jumped the waves, dipped in the pool, shopped ’til we dropped, and filled our bellies with yummy food including a couple of new restaurant finds we were all excited about.

Delaney loved everything about vacation as evidenced by her resistance to going to sleep but falling asleep in 2 minutes flat. She didn’t love the beach – mostly the ocean – at first (she would rather be at the pool). The second day we were there we asked her if she wanted to go to the beach, and she said, “No, not today!” But she loved it in the end and has been asking, “Where’d the beach go?” ever since. I think her favorites included bike riding, jumping off the side of the pool, jumping waves while being held, watching The Little Mermaid over and over and over, playing with Annie, anything involving Jacob and Alexis, and sitting in the “hot sand.” She loved rolling around in the soft sand where the tide doesn’t hit. It was so hot, I have no idea why! Another favorite was splashing around in holes that we dug on the beach for her. Oh, and ice cream and chocolate every day, but that’s everyone’s favorite! ;)

Things she didn’t love so much: sand in her diaper, going back to the room, getting sunscreen on, taking a bath, stopping for food on the drive (“NO LUNCH!” probably because it interrupted her movie watching), and being forced to eat anything besides junk.

And although we are glad to be home and in our own beds, we miss our family and the beach already! Luckily, we have some photos to remember the fun!

First my iPhone snaps:

And my big girl camera:

Now to catch up on my real work! :)

6.28.15 – Vacation Part I

28 Jun

We are home from vacation. It was a really awesome week and a half. Just what my soul needed – some belly laughs with my family and watching the wonder of vacation through my baby girl’s eyes. Couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We were all sad to leave, but it also feels good to be home. We are refreshed (mostly – still catching up on sleep) and ready to get back to our routines. More on the vacation recap later, but I wanted to share my first set of pictures from our visit with Kyle’s grandparents in Myrtle Beach. It is always lovely to see them – even if for a short time. And it was extra nice to have some home co0king after being on the road – such kind and generous hosts they are! Laney couldn’t stop talking about getting to the beach, so we took her for a quick trip after dinner with her great grandparents. The light was so lovely until the storms rolled in. Love being able to let her do her thing while capturing her personality in the moment. It was a pretty perfect evening and an awesome start to our vacation.

6.6.16 – Jacob’s Graduation

21 Jun

I finally got to Jacob’s graduation photos. They were edited on my laptop in the car, so they may be questionable. ;) And further confirmed my next big purchase will be a quality zoom lens!

So proud of my baby brother! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for him, and of course, looking forward to some Boilermaker tailgating!

6.21.15 – Happy Father’s Day!

21 Jun

Happy Father’s Day! Delaney and I worked on our yearly surprise for Daddy this week. Of course, it was raining every chance we got to do our yearly D-A-D photos, since it hasn’t stopped raining lately. Therefore, indoor version this year. :)

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For a fun look back at previous years: 2013 | 2014

Laney is so blessed to have a Daddy that is always ready for fun. He is patient with her, teaches her to be brave and strong, and always comes up with the best new games to play. Their love melts my heart, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have him as my partner in this parenting journey. Every day he is at work, she asks where he is and when he will be home. She may play hard to get once in awhile when he arrives, but she is way happier with him here.

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I would be remised if we didn’t send some love to two other important dads in our life. Grandpa and Papa, we love you so much and hope you have the best day! Thanks for teaching us what being a great dad is all about!

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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and dad-figures out there! Hope your days are as special as you are!

5.25.15 – Memorial Weekend

25 May

We had a super fun Memorial Day weekend at Grandpa and Mimi’s house in Indiana. They were kind enough to open the pool and heat in some pretty chilly weather, so our little bug could get her first swim in for the summer. And boy did she love it! I think we will have a little fish by the time summer is over!

When Briggs was sad about Ryan and Kyla leaving for the day, Laney tried to help him out. ;)

Perks of Mimi’s house – doritos and lucky charms!

She also randomly decided she could do a somersault all by herself:

And by the end of the weekend, she was a pretty tired little girl:

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But that didn’t stop us from enjoying the beautiful weather when we got home:

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We are so thankful for all of those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom, so that we can enjoy a super fun, beautiful weekend with family and friends. Hope you all had a super weekend too!

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