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


Rosen: Trying out her new bathtub paint. It was such a hit, she asks to take baths now.


Saxon: He learned how to clap this past week, and has been showing off his new skill whenever he gets the chance.

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


“Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.”

I feel very fortunate that all nine of my kids’ cousins live within an hour’s drive. It’s great that they can grow up seeing them on a pretty regular basis. I know I would have loved to have my cousins nearby when I was growing up!

Earlier this week, we spent the day at my sister Sarah’s house. Her two kids, Hartley and Landrey, are closest in age to my kids out of all the cousins, so we try to get together pretty regularly.

I don’t always bring along my good camera, but I did this week, and had fun capturing all these cuties in action.


Saxon is the only boy out of the younger cousins, so he’s around a lot of pink.








I wanted to get a cute smiling photo of the girls together, but they just wanted to sing for me. That was pretty cute too :-)






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


Rosen: Sporting some high heels and scabby knees at her cousin Hartley’s house.


Saxon: He is almost completely weaned, so I am one happy mama!

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

Saxon – 8 Months


On August 27th, Saxon turned 8 months old, so I am really late with this post!

Saxon Lately:

  • Saxon got his other bottom middle tooth last month, bringing the grand total to 2.
  • He loves being on his feet, and prefers to be standing as much as possible while holding onto furniture. He’s started walking around furniture a little bit, but is still really unsteady.
  • His sleeping habits were pretty horrible between months 7 and 8. He started off the month teething, and when things started to improve after that, he got a bad cold that affected his sleep for over a week. Throw in vacation on top of that, and I was a walking zombie most of the month. Thankfully, since turning 8 months old, his sleeping habits have improved significantly.
  • Saxon decided this past month that he doesn’t like food anymore. When he was sick with a cold last month, he didn’t want to eat anything at all, and only nursed. Ever since then, he has been really picky about food, and pretty much will only happily eat banana purees.
  • We did have one big win last month though. Saxon FINALLY started taking a bottle of formula, so I’ve been slowly weaning him. I should be done breastfeeding in the next week or two. I feel like a whole new world is opening up for us!
  • He’s starting to at least attempt to move a bit by crawling. He’ll lunge forward to his hands and knees from a sitting position to try to grab stuff, but hasn’t done much forward movement after that.
  • He’s still overall a very happy, easy-going baby. He loves to cuddle, and lets pretty much anyone hold him. Several times after picking him up from the church nursery we were told that he was the only one that didn’t cry. That’s always good to hear, especially since Rosen struggled with separation anxiety at his age.
  • He’s wearing 9 and 12-month clothing and size 4 diapers.

Saxon month-by-month:



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


Rosen: She’s starting to get jealous of me taking photos of other people. Anytime she sees me trying to photograph someone else, especially Saxon, she actually starts posing for me. I’m not going to lie…I like it! After months and months of pulling teeth to get her to smile for photos, it’s a nice change.


Saxon: I love how he looks when he first wakes up from a nap. I finally got around to snapping a photo of it!

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

Lake Day

I mentioned a few days ago that we got to spend some time on the lake over Labor Day weekend. I took a ton of photos on my phone, so I thought I’d share some today.

Growing up, my family had a lake house and some of my fondest memories were from our time spent there. Skiing, tubing, swimming, cliff jumping…those were all activities we got to experience during the summer months, and I feel fortunate that I got to do stuff like that regularly as a kid.

Because of that, being able to take my kids out on the lake was extra special. Seeing them experience what I enjoyed so much growing up was really cool to see. They’re still a bit too young for most water activities, but the thrill of a fast boat cruising along the water was enough to keep them in awe all afternoon. Hopefully it will be something we get to do more in the future.

And a big thanks to my brother for a buying a boat and inviting us along :-)


DSLR Video Project 2014 – August

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, June, and July.

Our August video epitomizes summer, as it includes clips from our beach trip, the pool, and the lake. It was a fun month, which makes for a fun video!