Destin Beach Portraits 2014

I really wanted to take some beach portraits while we were on vacation, so on our last night in Destin, we headed back to the beach after dinner for some photos.

All of these photos were taken in about 5 minutes, as that is about how long the kiddos cooperated. It was also really windy, so I was trying to get them as fast as possible.

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A random stranger on the beach offered to take a photo of all of us together, and thankfully we got one that is semi-decent. Even though Rosen is giving her fake smile and Saxon is showing his mean mug, I’m still happy with it. I was planning on doing some serious Photoshop work and combining us all into one shot if we couldn’t find someone to take the photo, so I’m glad that worked out.

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On the photo above, I did actually do some Photoshop work. I took one photo of Michael and Rosen walking down the beach, and he took one of me and Saxon walking, and I combined them so we’re all in it together. We marked our spots in the sand to make it easier. I love technology ;-).

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I know it looks like we were on a desolate beach, but that is thanks to Photoshop as well. There were a few people on the beach and some condo buildings in the distance that I cloned out. Seriously, what did we do before Photoshop?!

Destin Vacation 2014

Last week, we took our first vacation as a family of four. We spent five glorious days in Destin, FL and had an amazing time. I was a bit worried about vacationing with two little ones, wondering how much fun we’d be able to have with early mornings, afternoon nap times, eating in restaurants for every meal (which is normally a dream, but not so much with small children), and just not having all the comforts of home for Rosen and Saxon. And let’s not forget the super long car rides.

I really didn’t need to worry so much though. We still had a blast, and the kids did just fine. They slept for a good portion of the car ride to and from the beach. Saxon, who is normally a terrible sleeper at home, slept horribly in the hotel, but I expected as much. Thankfully, we still had plenty of energy to enjoy each day to the fullest.

Rosen absolutely LOVED the beach! She could sit in the sand and play for hours, and loved playing in the water with us, jumping over waves and splashing around. Saxon wasn’t too crazy about sand, but he loved the water, too. We got into a routine where we would spend the morning on the beach, head back to the hotel after lunch for nap time, and then explore the area in the late afternoon/evening for shopping and dining out.

We had amazing weather all week as well. The forecast called for rain storms all week, but we only had a little rain the first night while we were asleep. The rest of the time it was hot and sunny. We intentionally chose to wait until late summer to go, after most everyone in the South was back in school, and that worked out really well. The beach was very quiet, so we didn’t have to fight the crowds at all.

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We ate dinner at a restaurant on the beach the first night, and afterwards the kids got their first beach experience. It was super windy and the water was rough, but thankfully all that died down by the next morning.

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Just look at how awesome that water is!!

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We are in love with Destin, and can’t wait to go back (hopefully) next year!

Project Life 2014 – Weeks 27-30

I skipped posting my PL pages last week while I was on vacation, but I still kept up with the 2 per week pace, so I’ve got 4 pages to share this week!

Here are my scrapbook pages for Weeks 27-30 of Project Life:

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Supplies used: July 4th kit by LouCee Creations.

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Supplies used: On a Whim kit by Digilicious.

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Supplies used: Fun-tastic kit by Sugary Fancy Designs.

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Supplies used: Only You kit by Tickled Pink Studio.

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: While on vacation last week in Florida, we visited an outdoor mall and Rosen went nuts in the splash fountain.

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Saxon: Looking pretty darn cute watching his sister run through the water sprays.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: I asked her where we’re going tomorrow, and she yelled, “The BEACH!!!” It will be her first time seeing the ocean. We’re all looking forward to spending the week in Destin, FL!

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Saxon: His natural faux hawk is getting more and more pronounced as his hair gets longer. I comb it down after every bath, but it always stands back up as it dries. Good thing it’s cute, or it would be really frustrating!

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

The Big Chicken

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The weekend before last, we met Michael’s family for dinner at a restaurant that’s across the street from Marietta, Georgia’s famous Big Chicken. This landmark is a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant that was built in 1956, with a 56-foot-tall chicken rising up from the top of the building. It’s pretty crazy looking, so it’s no surprise it caught Rosen’s attention. People in the area commonly use it as a reference point when giving directions (e.g. It’s a mile past the Big Chicken!)

While we were at dinner across the street, Rosen kept begging to go to the window to look at the Big Chicken. Little did we know this would be the beginning of an obsession for her. She wanted to know everything about it. Its eyes and beak move, so we told her it’s a robot. She talked about the Big Chicken all the way home from dinner that night. The next morning, her first words upon waking were, “The Big Chicken! It’s a robot!” All day long, she kept reciting everything she’d learned about the structure. That night, we pulled up some videos on YouTube about it for her to watch, and it became a daily occurrence over the next week to watch videos of the Big Chicken before bed.

This past weekend, we decided to take her to eat at her beloved Big Chicken. We didn’t tell her where we were going ahead of time, so when we pulled up she was in complete awe. She didn’t care too much about actually eating at KFC though. All through dinner, she kept begging to go back outside to look at it. I’m glad we got the full experience though. She can now say she’s eaten at the Big Chicken restaurant, and we got several photos for her to look back on.

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Project Life 2014 – Weeks 25 & 26

I’m over a month behind on my PL pages, and I really want to get caught up over the next couple of months so I’m not overwhelmed trying to finish it at the end of the year. I managed to get 2 pages done this past week, so if I can at least keep up with that pace, I should be caught up soon!

Here are my scrapbook pages for Weeks 25 & 26 of Project Life:

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Supplies used: Father’s Day Journal Cards by Scrapaneers.

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Supplies used: Peachy Keen kit by Dawn by Design.

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Saxon – 7 Months

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On July 27th, Saxon turned 7 months old!

Saxon Lately:

  • As I mentioned in a previous post, Saxon got his first tooth this past month. He’s still teething like crazy, waiting for that other bottom middle tooth to come in, so hopefully it’s soon!
  • He’s crazy about standing up. He is steady enough now to stand on his own while holding onto furniture or his music activity table. He hasn’t started trying to move yet though, so no cruising around.
  • He is still an awful sleeper at night. He’s improved so much with his daytime naps though. He puts himself to sleep easily, and is sleeping longer for his naps. He puts himself to bed at night, too, but he still wakes up several times a night.
  • Saxon LOVES food. He’s eating fruits, veggies, and cereal 3 times a day. He’s not very picky either, and will eat pretty much anything we give him.
  • I’m still breastfeeding him since he still will not really take a bottle. I had gotten him to take breast milk from a bottle, and was replacing one feeding a day with that. After about a week of that, I mixed in a little formula so it was about 25% formula and 75% breast milk. He refused it several days in a row, so I went back to all breast milk and he started refusing that again, too. Ugggghh he is so stubborn. I’ve been taking a little break from offering the bottle this past week, so we’re going to try again this week. I really don’t mind breastfeeding, I’d just like to have the option of giving him a bottle if I need to be away for a longer period of time.
  • He still hates tummy time so he hasn’t made much progress towards crawling yet, but we still make him spend time on his stomach every day. He’s starting to tolerate it for longer periods of time, thankfully. He’s not a tummy sleeper like his sister was at this age.
  • Despite the stubbornness and sleep issues, he’s a very easygoing, happy baby most of the time. He is quick to smile and laugh, loves to cuddle, and will let anyone hold him.
  • He’s wearing all 9-month clothing and size 3 diapers.
  • Saxon month-by-month:

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“A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Rosen: Car rides with Rosen are always entertaining. She loves looking out the window and pointing out everything she sees. Below is a recent conversation:
Rosen: A park!
Me: No, that’s a McDonald’s with a playground.
Rosen: Oh, I love Old MacDonald. Go back!
Can you tell she doesn’t have much experience with the Golden Arches?

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Saxon: He got his very first tooth last week. You barely make it out in this photo, but that little bottom tooth is there! He’s still teething like crazy with the other bottom middle tooth. I can’t wait until it comes in so he can start sleeping better!

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project.

DSLR Video Project 2014 – July

In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve been challenging myself this year to make monthly family videos from video clips I’ve taken using my DSLR.

If you missed my previous videos, you can watch them here: January, February, March, April, May, and June.

July was another fun month filled with holiday celebrations, outdoor fun, and lots of family time. I even managed to make it into this video a couple of times! Check it out and let me know what you think.