Today Sammy learned a new word. He heard me make a comment about the rough waters and repeated my words about 50 times during this excursion... He got brave... fast! A little too brave for mommy, who will always be white knuckled and worried when it comes to the open ocean. beach routine: eat lunch while naked and running wild. Take baths in the middle of the day. The best thing about a family beach trip is not actually the beach, but the family. Love living all under one roof for a week! Finn eating his coveted rainbow popcorn after looking for crabs on the beach

10 on 10 for September.

How lucky am I that for my first 10 on 10 we would be at the beach? Needless to say, this one was pretty easy. The hardest part was paring it down to only 10 shots and also deciding whether or not to include phone pictures. (I did not this time.) There are many times when you’re around sand and splashing water that you would want to avoid bringing your camera… for that reason I also have many iphone pics from this day. But I’d like this project to help me grow in the genre of lifestyle photography. I’d like it to be habit-forming too, forcing me to bring my camera along to places I usually don’t and to naturally “see” the shot as my 35 does, not only my phone. 

Mommy, I can’t wait for sledding. (Me either. I’m a winter girl!) I’m a candy cane boy…. And an eggnog boy.

– Finn

First day of school is tomorrow. Not for my kids, but this is the first year that I’ve noticed the arrival of school with a twinge of dread. Our endless summer is ending, and I am grasping at every last bit of slanty summer light.

And it’s not just that our summer is ending. It’s that my kids are finally old enough that I can picture them getting on that bus. Before this, I was convinced it would never happen- too short, too much chub, too much sass- they would never be school ready. But this summer, Finn stretched out into a kid. He tells “jokes”. Dances to Frozen. Makes big plans. Thinks he can fly. Worries about his mommy. And perhaps most symbolic of the Summer of 2014, he committed to learning to ride his big boy bike and though it was just out of reach, he did it.

I am equal parts proud and crushed. My heart is breaking, my heart is full. 

Finn loves to sing this song to his little brother. (Unfortunately, I’ve asked him to sing this song one too many times in an attempt to actually get it ON to tumblr, so this version’s a silly one)

10 on 10 trial run— I just threw some pictures into this post to see how Tumblr worked. I’m going to start a 10 on 10 project starting in September. (10 pictures on the 10th of every month.) The purpose is to capture the story of our family’s day- the more ordinary, the better. So many parenting cliches have already come true for me: “parenting is the hardest job there is.” “they grow up so fast.” Now I want to tackle this one: “the days are long but the years are short.” They say it because it’s TRUE! The days are so long sometimes, but when I look back, I can’t believe how quickly we have gotten to where we are. I want my children to remember what their childhood days were like, and in the same way, I want memories of these days too. In all their messy, chaotic glory.