holland turned two.

10:57 PM

holland turned two (a couple weeks ago might i add). we invited a few friends and family members over, blew out a couple candles, dished out some donuts, because they are just about his favorite thing ever, and had the kids (and adults) head outside for a little evening play, gifts and giggles. and then we sent everyone home just before bedtime with their bellies full of sugar. sorry parents! thanks for being good sports.

we spent his birthday morning, per his request at the park with a treat, and the afternoon snoozing away all worn out from a whole lot of play. how two sweet years have passed already is beside me.


pregnancy blues and slow sunday mornings.

10:15 PM

i'm still here and the days are drawing near to meeting our clark (yes, we've finally picked out a name). but to be honest, we are still dealing with technology problems around here (or rather not dealing) and the end of this pregnancy has been tough. but we are doing the best we can. our home is ready. we are ready. and we are trying our hardest to soak in moments of summer that will be gone before we know it. and soak in the moments with just our sweet holland before he becomes a big brother. we've spent far too few days at the beach or playing in the water, but we will get there, i hope. we took our sunday off so to speak, and filled it with a quiet morning, extra time in bed and a french toast breakfast. i was able to snap these sweet shots.  and it is moments like these (especially as i look back now) where i once again realize how blessed i am looking at my sweet husband and beautiful little boy staring back at me, making small talk all through the morning. though sundays are generally filled with our church family, i think today, this was just what our bodies needed. i'm praying/hoping/wishing for some energy this week so i can get us to the store to stock our very empty fridge, spend a little time catching up with friends, and take our son on a special date or two. maybe we'll even make it to the beach. we have a small jar of sea glass we started at the beginning of summer, with the goal being it be full by the end that is far too empty.

mammas with any tips to kick the end of pregnancy blues, i will gladly take them. i've spent the last three days plagued with nausea, headaches and utter exhaustion. 


36 week maternity shoot

9:46 PM

today officially marks 36 weeks. we've been going back and fourth for quite some time with whether or not to do maternity photos. today we made up our minds, and figured we better take a couple shots before its too late. so come nap time for our two year old, my husband put on his photographer cap and snapped these. i am sure we will be glad to have them later. i am thankful even now that we did them. maybe we will be able to get a few with big brother-to-be, given our little clark stays cozy a bit longer. pregnancy brings a certain kind of beauty i cannot resist. an average belly transforms to something beautiful. and the photos of my husband's hand resting upon the precious babe that lies within, it totally melts me. here we are, 36 weeks and counting with our second son.

we will see you soon little cooper.


he's (almost) two.

3:51 PM

remember how i said instagram ate my blog, but then assured you it most certainly had not and i promised i'd still be on this space too...well i haven't exactly lived up to that. remember how i also told you my computer was on the fritz? well...long story short, it still is. in fact all of mytechnology is. ok, that might be a little dramatic. my laptop and my cell phone, which decided it'd like to quit charging or holding a charge. but anyways, here i am, posting anyhow on my husband's "backup" computer. ridiculously blessed, i know. how many of us out there don't even have one yet alone two or three or four means of technology to access the online world from? i'll stop my complaining. things just take a little longer right now.

and you better believe a whole slew of newborn pictures will be on their way soon. you know i won't be able to help myself. but before we get there, let's talk about this (almost) 2 year old of ours.

he turns two friday and i can hardly believe it. the years have been gone in a flash. he's sweet and quirky with a side of stubborn and can go from 0-10 in about .2 seconds. he's got friends of his own these days and is talking up a storm. short phrases aren't uncommon around here anymore. he's a swim class graduate and an official toddler room partaker at sunday school. my baby is long gone. most days he seems nothing short of little boy. he loves his dad like nothing else in this world. generally you can find them in the back yard covered in dirt with tools strewn about and always more than one project going at a time. i can only coax them in for a quick bite to eat before they are off again. it's been a sweet, sweet summer. we're soaking up the days with dad and slow mornings that will all too quickly pass come august, with school, work, and a new baby. we've even ditched the crib these days. two years have gone all too fast, none of it taken for granted. our lives are richer than we could have ever imagined and we have the good lord and our (mostly) sweet holland to thank for that. he can be a little like a sour patch. ;) we've been blessed thus far watching our son grow up and warmly welcome the years to come, the friendships to be made, and the memories in the making.

happy almost two little mister! may your wildest of dreams come true.


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