Just Rainbows

Before Jax transformed into Harry Potter on Halloween, he had a chance for a practice run at a local autumn festival, with some of the best face painting I’ve ever seen.  The colors were so gorgeous; the photographer in me was so glad I brought my camera! I can’t ignore a rainbow.


Jax rocked his lightning scar,…

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…and the girls expressed their inner Rainbow Brite, which I absolutely loved.

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The writer in me would like to pretend there is some kind of metaphor about how they are the light that shines through the rain, the rainbows of my life, but let’s be honest.  That wasn’t my intention at all.  I really just loved their face paint.  No bigger message necessary.

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Sometimes a rainbow is just a rainbow, and there’s nothing wrong with that.


 And maybe they are the light of my life, but we’ll save all that for another day.  For today, it’s all about rainbows!

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So Sweet It’s Scary!

This year, Jax and Em decided to be two of their favorite characters from pop culture for Halloween: Harry Potter and Elsa (specifically, Elsa from Frozen Fever).  Little H decided that she wanted to be what she loves most in the world–Em’s sister–so she chose to be Anna to Em’s Elsa.  All three of them were so sweet, so excited, and so ecstatic to be in character, I think it may have been my favorite Halloween yet.

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These two are just a joy.  I love watching what amazing friends they are, listening to them whisper when the lights go out at night, always looking out for each other.  Little H had several ideas of what she wanted to be on Halloween, all based on her own interests and likes, but for right now, there is nothing she loves more than being as close to her sister as can be.


This guy’s brain is always going a mile a minute, and whether it’s reading at home, processing all the incredible learning that’s going on at school, or just being the cool kid he is, nothing is more perfect for him right now than to be Harry Potter.  It is everything I cherish most about him: his sense of adventure, his love of reading, his boyish charm, his fun.  He’s counting the days until he turns 11 and fully expects an owl to arrive with a piece of parchment in its beak, inviting him to Hogwarts.

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I’m going to have to work on that.

Our afternoon and evening was filled with friends, lots of food, candy galore and very happy children.

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What a memorable holiday!  So very sweet!


Happy Halloween!

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Words To Live By

“At the end of the day,

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your feet should be dirty, 


your hair messy,

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and your eyes sparkling.” ~Shanti




Words to live by.

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Autumn Leaf Wreath

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When you are faced with something as beautiful as a sun-filled lawn full of fiery red and gold maples leaves, there is simply nothing you can do other than pick up as many as you can and come up with way to savor them as long as possible.  Thus, our Autumn Leaf Wreath was born.

I found the directions here on Pinterest, but it’s all very simple.  Cut a whole in the center of a paper plate, large enough so you have plenty of room for gluing.  Cute assistants help, too.

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  Then arrange your leaves in such a way so that you hide the white spaces between them on your wreath.  Be sure you have enough leaves–better to have too many than not enough.  Then glue the leaves to the paper plate with rubber cement.  Little H loved to glue along the veins of the leaves.

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Press firmly and they should hold! If not, a discreet staple probably wouldn’t hurt.

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It’s up to you if you want to cut the stems from your leaves before or after you’re through gluing.  As I was using the stems as a bit of a guide to make sure the leaves were all angled in approximately the same way, I cut them after, but it would probably be easier to do so before.


After the stems are gone, just punch a hole in the paper plate, tie a bow or some simple string to hang it up, and you have a lovely autumn wreath that will help keep you warm on these chilly fall days!

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I love it, and Little H does, too!  Simple pleasures and a more beautiful home.

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The Dreaded Soccer Saturdays

Of all the wonderful and many-faceted delights of parenting young children, there is one upon which I looked with indifference at best, bordering on aversion and dread at worst: youth soccer.  I shudder!


The hours spent at the field on chilly, damp fall mornings, one hour for Jax, one hour for Em, trying to juggle Little H between parents and keep her occupied for the duration.  The sheer chaos of thirty five- and six-year-olds let loose upon a small area, me trying to keep my head down so no one mistakes me for a parent who has ever once in her life actually played soccer and may, therefore, be willing to volunteer to help.  I’m content on the sidelines, camera in hand, watching my two big kids bounce off their classmates and try to keep their feet underneath them, taking photos of their sweetly determined expressions.

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The more I watched the practices, though, the more I realized that as painful as these mornings might be for me, I know two little people who are gaining all the skills and confidence that come from team sports, even in the beginning stages.  No small thing, that.

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And maybe, just maybe, I know a mom who smiles watching her kids soar outside their comfort zone, improving with every week’s practice, and glows with pride when they both–even sometimes clumsy Em!–show some real promise and natural inclination to do well in this sport.

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So I guess I better get used to these dreaded Soccer Saturdays, with all the happy faces going around.  I don’t think they’ll be going anywhere soon (and I know, I know, I guess I don’t really want them to, either!).

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Whole Lotta Love (And Pictures!)

Thank you, thank you, Blogosphere, for your patient understanding while I took a short blogging hiatus for my sister’s wedding this weekend.  I spent the days leading up to the event using my Type A personality to its best advantage and helping out however I could.  I spent one night with JDubbs and the kids at a hotel before Little H’s ear infection morphed into croup, we discovered we had forgotten our luggage and my sister put me and my fellow bridal party and family members to work finalizing all the tiny details that make a wedding so meaningful.  Thank goodness for my sister-in-law, who helped with Little H, and for the very many people who made Amanda and her beloved Chris’s day so special, including Em as a beautiful flower girl and Jax as the oh-so-serious ring bearer.  I’m so glad I was able to be part of such a momentous day, and I hope you enjoy the plethora of images from such a glorious day, aka Amanda and Chris’s Love Bubble.

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Congratulations to the beautiful couple!  Here’s to a lifetime of amazing love and happiness. We love you both!

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Round Here

Round here Daddy is away for work this week, so we are trying to keep busy, get to school on time, and recover from an amazing wedding weekend in Massachusetts.  A tall order for this mom who is used to having a very hands-on Daddy around to help.  So here’s what we’re doing round here to pass the time until he comes back!  We’re enjoying…

doing chores.

Seriously? Doing chores? Absolutely. Little H loves nothing more than being helpful around the house! And I love letting her.

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our reading lamps.

There’s nothing like a good book before bed!


finally!  A ponytail!


and playing more independently.

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But most of all, round here we are missing Daddy!  Come home soon, JDubbs!

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