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09.18.14

I love photographing my family. This is my wise dad, beautiful step-mom, and beautiful half siblings: Sam and Lisa (and Daria’s super kind servant-hearted mom, Sandra). They’re all quite wonderful. Photos of them are always pretty colorful (various hair and eye colors, etc… then throw me into the mix and we cover just about all hair colors – hah). Anyway, here are some photos of them on the beautiful beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama this summer.

 

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09.04.14

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You turned 22 months old at the end of August 2014. It was a HOT month here in Dallas. Your independence is really shining lately. You like to buckle your high chair straps after every meal (or just anytime/all the time). You also like to buckle George’s collar and attempt to put it on him.  You are so strong you can move your entire crib by yourself. You are still very much in love with your giraffe woobie and Texas Rangers pacifier(s).  Dad and I went to Galveston for a few days for a work trip and you had a blast staying at Rara’s house.  A couple weeks later you stayed the night at Grandpa Clif and Grandma Paula’s house for the firs time while we celebrated my 29th  birthday with a nice little stay-cation here in Dallas.

You’re still very vocal, but still speak mostly your own language. Every now and then you just let out a random squeal/scream to test your voice- hah..  Whenever you say/yell George’s name it comes out as “Jaahhh!” There’s another “word” you say quite often. It sounds like a very nasally “seigghh” as a statement most of the time. We aren’t sure what you mean, but it’s cute!  We took you on your first bike ride! I got  new bike and Dad installed a seat for you on it so now we can ride it to the lake a couple times a week. You love wearing your yellow helmet and stopping to feed the ducks/geese.  We also visit the gym a couple times a week and you enjoy the childcare. I’m sad Mr. Charles isn’t working there anymore, but you like to play basketball or push the police car cozy coupe around.  After meals you still place your cup and plate on the big table to signal that you are in fact finished.  You love raisins and (applesauce) squeeze packs, which you eat daily.

Dad was home for two weeks in the middle of August and then left again to start a new job position on the rig, which is hopefully safer.  We met your teachers at your Mother’s Day Out school and enjoyed a nice big (delicious) ice cream cone from an ice cream truck that was there. You ate the whole thing and wanted more!   Lately you’ve been throwing all out tantrums – body on the floor, screaming, pouting with a dramatic (fake) cry. We’re inching towards the terrible two’s… but thankfully that’s not every moment!

You had your worst head injury so far. It swelled and turned horrible colors quicker than ever. It was the most scared I’ve been as a mother so far. Thankfully you’re ok, but you hit the same spot not even a week later, so it’s taken several weeks to heal. See it in the photo above?? I’ve decided you should just wear your bike helmet at all times.  My favorite thing you do lately is take my hand and guide me places – especially if you want me to play with you.  Or you’ll pat the ground next to you where you want me to sit and play with you. Too cute!   You are beginning to figure out door knobs. Could you please delay that a bit so I don’t have to deal with those annoying child proof door knobs?  I gave you another hair cut the last day of August. It seems like I cut your hair every 4-6 weeks!  You watercolored for the first time. It reminded me how beautiful water coloring is. Your great grandma, “Gammy”, is a talented water color artist. You tried to drink the colorful water a few times. I hope you enjoy exploring various forms of art as you grow older.

We love you so much, buddy. You are such a light in our lives!

PS: This is probably the least amount of photos I’ve taken of you in a month. Also, I was practicing the “whaley doo” hair style for if we ever have a little girl. 😉

Video of Brady Learning to Watercolor:


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09.03.14

My sorority sisters from TCU and I made a long weekend trip out to Santa Barbara, CA to celebrate (most) of our 30th birthdays this year. I’m the only one who’s a year behind… I just celebrated my 29th in August. We’ve been friends for over 10 years now, which is crazy to consider! The last time I was in Santa Barbara was my senior year at TCU (2007) when I was visiting a photography school (Brooks Institute). Talk about falling in love with a place *swoon*.  Well, turns out I haven’t returned until this girls trip.  We rented a big house not far from State Street and it was great. Ok, the house was a tad bit interesting, but I have no complaints. It was titled “Art Lovers Paradise” or something like that. What they didn’t mention was that there was “art” in.every.space.possible.  You’ll be able to pick out the pictures of the interiors below…  The best part was (I could list a lot of funny things about the “art”, but I won’t) the amazing orange trees and avocado trees in the front yard. Because of California’s amazing weather, they are able to grow flowers too!! It’s such a failed effort each summer to grow flowers in Texas. There’s like 1.5 months during the entire year that it might work out. Everywhere we went was green and lush and overflowing with blooming flowers and fruit trees!

Needless to say, I’m pretty sure I was meant to live in Santa Barbara (West Coast in general) so, of course I enjoyed my time out there.  The weather was a perfect escape from the Texas Summer heat. We kept the windows open, I enjoyed my coffee (toddler free) on the patio with a killer view each morning, ate meals al fresco (!!) and spent time on the beach one afternoon after paddle boarding! I wish I could have brought my camera paddle boarding with me. It was amazing. We saw sea lions and Kelsey almost got eaten by a group of them sunning on a large bowie just past the big pier.  Many people were out enjoying the beauty of Santa Barbara (because it’s so perfect). We ate brunch at a really cute and delicious place (Tupelo Junction) – highly suggest it if you’re out that way.  We cooked a few meals at the house, which was nice & laid back. We stayed up (not too) late playing games and catching up with each other. Seems like we usually only get a few hours here and there at each other’s weddings and showers to catch up. Across the 8 of us, we’re in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and the Denver area (though, it usually changes every couple of years).  We tasted wine on the pier after a (failed attempt at a) hike one afternoon and enjoyed cocktails and more wine al fresco (near a fire place – in the summer!) as the sun set before continuing on to a delicious fancy dinner our last night.

All in all, it was a wonderful (not long enough) girls trip! My heart will always be in California….

ZLAM!

 

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