Dancing Shadows on Warm November Days

It just so happened, before the snow began to fall this week, that we had a small window of warmth. With winter right around the corner, I knew we had to embrace this "Indian Summer" before it was too late. While the boys were off to school, Jess and I created our own adventures. Adventures filled with creative play that stemmed from our imaginations. One of the best gifts my children have given me is the ability to play, to become lost in new worlds and lost in creativity. They have taught me how to step away from the daily thoughts that hoover above my head. They have showed me that, sometimes, the power of play can heal the stressed mind. That the art of sitting down on the floor to play dolls, or running down the long driveway, or laughing into the wind on a warm day can bring smiles to the face and peace to the heart.

We're looking forward to staying close to home this weekend with no plans. Sometimes those simple weekends are the best weekends! The box of Christmas decorations will emerge, the fireplace will be ablaze with a soft warm glow and the record player will hum gentle tunes in the background.

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And, I have to say, Jess is so in love with this dress she many never take it off!


Belated Birthdays and Autumn Days

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"What is that sound?" you say. Why, that is the sound of silence, the sound of subtle winds blowing across autumn trees, the sound of soft snow falling outside my window as I write and the sound of stillness found here with this space. That is the sound of life being turned upside down and tossed around. If you follow me here or on Instagram, then you probably know our life has become overwhelmingly busy these days.

Life may be busy and full of surprises, but we certainly didn't forget the celebrations. I still can't believe that Jessica is four; a four year old going on twelve. There are days that I feel we have skipped the toddler stage and moved right into the little girl stage. We always wish for time to stand still, and at this point in my life I'd give anything for time to stand still.

"Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind."
Nathaniel Hawthorne


Transitioning Your Child's Wardrobe

With the change of the season comes a change of the wardrobe, but transitioning your child's clothing does not have to be a difficult task and it does not have to break the bank. For both boys and girls I have found that layers are the key! Most likely your littles are similar to mine and they are active and always on the go. As they move about from their day-to-day activities they are constantly shedding layers and then adding layers as they go from indoor to outdoor actives.

To wear a summer dress into the fall add a long sleeve shirt underneath or a cardigan on top. Pair it with knee high socks or even jeans for a whimsy, creative look. For boys we add a sweater or cardigan and switch out sandals for rain boots or ankle boots.

Another option is to consider pieces that are transitional and can easily transform into new outfits. Pictured above, Jessica wears the Serendipity Dress by Horray Haroo. The Serendipity dress lasts years rather than months because it is a grow-with-me style that transitions from a dress to a top to a skirt. The long straps allow for creativity in styling the dress so you can choose to wear the dress as a halter style or loop it through the back to create a bow. You can also wrap the straps around to feature a bow in the front.

As the days become cooler around here we'll pair our Serendipity Dress with leggings, boots and a long-sleeve top. On those extra cold days, which we tend to see around here, we'll add a sweater for extra warm!

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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Jonas: This reminds me of Ferdinand the bull, sitting under the cork tree smelling all the pretty flowers.
Joshua: Determined to carry his bag of apples on his own.
Jessica: Soaking in the end of September's sun.

Thank you Jodi for hosting this series.



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Jonas: His first experience with an out of state soccer tournament.
Joshua: First grade field trips and making new friends.
Jessica: These days, it's all about the braids.

Thank you Jodi for hosting this series.