It’s Not Over Yet!


Labor Day is fading fast, but that doesn’t mean that summer is over yet!  There is still plenty of time for afternoons at the beach, sun dresses, swings, rocket pops, and all things summer.

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Once summer is eclipsed here in Vermont, it’s well and truly gone, so I hold onto it with every ounce of my strength, keeping moments like these firmly present.  I am not ready to relinquish the sunshine!

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So keep all your autumnal joy to yourselves.  There is still plenty of summer left, and I plan to make the most of it!

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The Gorgeous C Family

I was fortunate enough to spend a beautiful summer evening with this gorgeous family, celebrating their little boy blue and his very first birthday!

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I love when families don’t shy away from bright color, and between that and the golden sunlight as the day faded to its end, some of these photos are my very favorite of the year.

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One-year-olds are notoriously fickle when it comes to having their photo taken, but Little D was such a sweetheart to be around!  No matter where we went or what we did, he was happy and interested in the world around him.  Lucky me!
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We even snuck in a last minute stop by the lake to reward this little guy who was so intrigued by the water the whole time we were together.  The extra fifteen minutes were totally worth it!

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What a beautiful day with such a gorgeous family!

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Family Photos Maine Montage

In an effort to move these Maine blog posts along–which I can’t skip because the memories and photos are precious to me but I’ll admit, there have been quite a few of them!–I’m going to combine three glorious days of Maine extended family fun into one gigantic family photo montage.  We loved sharing our vacation with our family, as did our kids, and were especially glad to celebrate our nephew’s Tommy’s birthday and to have everyone experience these locations that are so dear to our heart.  Therefore, enjoy!  Montage time!

Old Orchard Beach

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Kennebunkport, York, Wells

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Drakes Island at Sunset

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There are so many things I can say about how blessed we are to get to experience this precious life in such a glorious way, but I think the photos did it better than I ever could.  Much love to our family and thankful for these wonderful memories with them!

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Monday was Jax’s first day of 1st grade, and to say he was thrilled would be a vast understatement.  He has never been ready so quickly or so enthusiastically to go anywhere before in his life.

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I think part of it was the shirt, which he chose and I allowed, even as I nicely asked for a new shirt, just for the first day.  But if he is going to grow into the independent soul he is destined to be, I suppose I can let the kid pick out his own clothes.

All five of us dropped him off and escorted him to his classroom, but it was more because we wanted to celebrate him and be part of the commencement of something so great, not because he needed any hand holding.  Hugs were perfunctory and joyful, but I still savored mine.

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Every day since I have heard a litany of reasons why 1st grade is so much better than kindergarten, from one student being named The Big Cheese each day (he is waiting his turn with bated breath), to the fact that he can read as many books as he wants! at rest time, to the new special pencil his teacher gave him and so on.  The second morning he climbed into bed to snuggle me and said, “I don’t think I need breakfast today, Mom.  Let’s just go right to school.”  Willing to miss a meal to get to school faster? 1st grade really must be a special place indeed!

Em had a short orientation yesterday and her first full day was today.  I am counting the minutes until I pick her up to see what I hope is a glowing face bursting with exciting news.  She asked to take a shower this morning rather than a bath last night so her hair would be “extra bouncy,” and picked out a very sparkly outfit all on her own at Carter’s, with her brand new Frozen backpack.

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Again all five of us made the trip to school, and we walked together into school, holding hands in the parking lot, everyone’s backpack filled to the brim with necessities (including Little H’s, who insisted on putting some snack and a juice box in Em’s old one so she could bring one, too).

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Jax gave us a quick “Bye!” and hurried into his classroom, then we went into Em’s room (which we know and love because it was Jax’s last year) and helped her get settled, which beyond a little hand-holding, she didn’t really need.

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After hanging up her backpack and putting her lunch in the correct spot, a friend asked her to join her to do Play-Doh, and with an extra hug and a smile, she ran off to join her.  JDubbs and I looked at each other and realized our work was done.  We have shaped them into the sweetest, smartest, bravest little people we could, and now we have to let them grow.  Watching Jax happily writing at his desk across the hall and Em shyly talking to her tablemate next door, I think we did a pretty great job.

Oh, and meanwhile, this one and I have been having a very lovely day together.

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Time for Little H to get the spotlight she so richly deserves! A new beginning for everyone!

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High Tea

Jax started 1st grade today, and although I am brimming with pride over his accomplishment and happiness, this post isn’t about him.  It’s about my lovely little Em, and how I cherished today, our last full day at home together.


All five of us dropped Brother off at school this morning, like we will for Em on Wednesday on her first day.  Afterward the girls and I grabbed Em’s best friend Viv and, with Little H in tow, headed to a little slice of heaven known as The Song Garden for a celebration in everything it means to be home with this girl: happiness, beautiful treasures, pretty dresses, and making small moments very grand just with her presence.  Little H is on board with this type of extravagance (with her sneakers on just to keep it real), and we are slowly encouraging Viv to join us in this uber-girly joie de vivre.  The girls were really excited, and that includes me!


The experience began with a walk through the flower garden to the Tea House itself, where a full tea party awaits any visitor, but particularly a party of four ladies with fancy on their minds.

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The amazing part is, this place is just set up like this at all times, waiting for people to come and make themselves a cup of tea.  There are gorgeous, romantic, nostalgic trinkets everywhere, some for ambiance and some for sale, and you pay for the lemonade, tea, coffee, biscotti, or baked goods you consume in a cash box using the honor system.  If this isn’t a morning well spent, I can’t think of any better.

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With a cozy bed laden with a well-loved quilt and a child-sized table set up for a tea party with the porcelain dolls seated there, I really needn’t do anything to entertain the girls, and happily sat back to drink my pink lemonade, pinkie in the air.   All I needed was a copy of Anne of Green Gables and I pretty much would have been in pure heaven.

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Later, while Little H napped and after Viv had gone home, Em and I finished a chapter book we had been reading, snuggling on the couch, and made lunch together, which we ate–in the mode of the day–on fancy placemats while we chatted about school.  She is so excited and ready to go, a bit hesitant about being brave and sharing the sparkle that is her, but I know she will find good friends with whom to share all this wonderfulness (and Viv right in the classroom next door).


She’s going places! I’m just grateful I’ve been able to be present enough and with her for so long to appreciate the amazing little person she is.  Now time for life with just Little H…what will that be like?

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A Watchful Eye & A Favorite Spot

There is a little spot I know that makes my heart happy to just be near it.  I stand below and watch them climb to it, and that is enough for me.


I watch them help each other to reach it, and guide each other down.

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I watch them take in the world from this new perspective, ever so much higher because they are so small.


I watch the smiles that light their faces as they sit and drink in the sea.

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And I realize it’s not the place that is my favorite, but the happiness that comes from sharing it.

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Beach Time With Grampy

The documentation of vacation fun continues, with a foggy afternoon after dinner with Grampy, who came up to spend a night and day with us in Maine.

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It was touch and go whether the skies would cooperate and we could make it to the beach, so it was very last minute when we decided to risk the rain, pajama pants, sweatpants, and all.


The rain held off, and even if it hadn’t, the time together at the beach would have been worth it!  We don’t get to see Grampy much, but when we do, it’s always such fun!

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The kids love the opportunity to play with him!

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We all do!  Love you, Grampy!


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