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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!

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!

5.19.15 – Last Day of Preschool!

19 May

For the last two years, both Delaney and I have enjoyed her time at “school.” The school year started a little rough for Laney this year. She was very upset when I left, and required a lot more of the teachers’ attention throughout the morning. A month in, I was worried. I didn’t want her to be a burden on her teachers, but they all reassured me she was doing just fine. I am so glad they did, because the phase passed (like it always does even though I seem to forget when we’re in it). And she thrived! I really can’t thank Miss Monica, Miss Jennifer, and Miss Karissa enough for the blessing they have been to my little girl and me. They are so loving, positive, and patient. Laney has loved every minute of school and seeing her friends since that first tough month. She has grown in so many ways – the kid surprises me constantly by what she knows! It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to leave her in such a caring environment – especially when I can see by her demeanor how much fun she has!

I made the tough decision to switch schools next year to our church’s school – simply to reduce drive time. So I was a little sad today, because I know we both will miss it next fall! I almost cried today when Laney gave her friend Lylah a hug and said, “I love you!” If you know my girl, she does not use that phrase willy-nilly! But I know we will stay in touch. :)

First day of school:

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Last day of school:

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Laney with her teachers:

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5.18.15 – Toddler Tales

18 May

Laney’s favorite game for the past couple of weeks was to “play in Mommy’s closet.” This required me to lay on the closet floor with the light off while Laney kisses me good night, leaves for her room to fill up the tea cup, and brings me back tea. That whole cycle on repeat. You may be thinking it sounds like the best game ever, and you would be right! We have had some variations since – she may bring back her stuffed dino to “RAWR!” at me, which I have to then gasp in shock! But mostly, she just really enjoys entering and leaving rooms, opening and closing doors, and turning on and off lights, and I happily let her do so. It is really funny to hear your own phrases of greeting or good night repeated back to you. “See you in the morning!” “Stay in bed until the light comes on!” “Love you!” “Good night!” “Do you need some more? (tea)”

I have been trying really hard to keep capturing our every day moments. I made time to edit a picture of our closet game today. As I was editing, I was realizing she has already started to move on from this game. And although she doesn’t change as quickly in appearance as she did her first year (although she did grow an inch last month), she does change just as quickly cognitively. Her conversational skills and imagination continue to develop and surprise me, and it motivates me to continue to make time for my 52 week project and capturing the little moments that I never want to forget.

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And here are a few recent iPhone snaps. First, Fancy Friday (she picked her outfit) and dancing:

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Plus her new favorite shirt and spending sunny days at the park:

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And when Laney asks you to take a picture of her and her daddy, you say absolutely!

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Happy Monday, all!

4.19.15 – Monthly Laney Update

19 Apr

Wanted to give a brief update of Laney and some of her funny sayings/obsessions lately. Plus share some pics of course:)

We have moved on from the “pants off stage.” I am happy to report that we are now wearing pants most of the time, but she is also really enjoying being able to put dresses on for warmer days. We have now moved into the “Mommy hair down” stage. My hair must be worn down – as in not in a pony tail – at all times according to Laney. Sometimes I simply tell her “no” or “later after I shower,” but sometimes it is just easier to oblige. :)

She is still fully obsessed with setting a timer, and we still are usually able to use it to our advantage. However, she now prefers to set it on her own on our phones. She also makes sure to turn on all alarms, which has gotten us at very random times of the day and night! She also really enjoys playing DJ and will ask for “her turn” on my phone to play some tunes for us. Of course, we never hear any song for more than a few seconds at a time. I let her have my phone once a day (or twice if she handled the first time well) for five or ten minutes – which we of course set a timer for. ;)

She still loves pancakes and fruit snacks and is always down for a good dance party. Hard to believe we never thought she would walk – she is always on the go these days.

Other favorite sayings: “probably” “wonderful” “how about…” “just lookin” “momma, set the timer please” “lane’s turn” “laney do it” “so proud of you” “you happy? lane’s happy/sad” “grrr I angry” “I got tears (after she is crying)” “where’s daddy? (when he is at work)” “where’d the friends (or any specific person) go?” “is rainin’ or is sunny today” “five M&Ms please” “do flips (flipping off the couch or over us)” “go jumpin (to gymnastics)” “I don’t want to _______” “go to Laney’s house”

Here are some pictures from a recent trip to our favorite park plus Laney and her worm friend:

Love my adventures with these two! Finally, a video of our little independent girl. She has been making huge strides in doing more by herself – playing at the park and going up and down stairs.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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