Felix: Newborn Pictures

Our little guy is here. We’ve been in a haze of love and joy as we adjust to life with him. We try to soak up every little detail even as he changes from day to day. I’ve never felt the passing of time so acutely as I have this past month. This is perhaps why his newborn pictures are that much more precious to me. They capture a time that I wish I could freeze.

The most beautiful moments always seemed to accelerate and slip beyond one’s grasp just when you want to hold onto them for as long as possible.”
— Bucchianeri
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Dose of Vitamin Sunshine

Last year, we zipped down to Florida for a long weekend and enjoyed every second of it (see my post about it here). We left knowing we'd be back.

Lucky for us, we were able to take a longer trip this year. Dave's business slows down in the winter, so we got to rent a house with some family and friends and soak up all the sun.

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We couldn't have been more grateful for a break. The guys caught us lobsters and fish and in the evenings we watched the olympics. I think I went to bed by 10pm every night because I was so exhausted from our days filled with sun, water and relaxing.

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I read four books and knit an entire little sweater. Dave truly relaxed for the first time in two years and nothing could have been better.

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I don't know if you've ever played around with your phones photo app, but I did and discovered my phone had created a video of memories for me. So while it's not professional or fancy, here's a fun video of some more snapshots.

Small Joys: Christmas Snow

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We had a dump of snow on Wednesday night — almost 10 inches. It was the first true snow, leaving branches with little white hats and threatening to fall into the tops of boots.

We just had to go out and trudge into it yesterday evening. We couldn't stop ourselves. There's magic in being the first to walk across a freshly laid blanket of snow. I highly recommend it. 

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Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.
— L.M. Montgomery

House + Home: Sandhill Session

To celebrate finally finishing (!) up our year of renovating, furnishing, and decorating the new house we decided a little photo shoot was in order. 

I had some friends recommend Rachael a couple months ago. Finally with the need for Christmas card pictures looming, I sent her a quick message and she got back within hours. Her style and mine mesh beautifully, so it was an easy decision to work with her.

I'm extremely tempted to be insufferable and post all 50 plus pictures, but I'm going to try really hard to keep it to my favorites. I just can't get over how much I love love love them.

My vision was for a cozy, cuddly, coffee-filled shoot that reflected how much we love our new home and the land around it.

The day was drizzly and a little chilly, in other words, perfectly November and the right day for cuddles.

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We would have been remiss if we left the Christmas tree farm out of the pictures. It lies directly across the street from us and we view it as an extension of our front yard. We've made friends with the farmer and adore going for walks through the trees.

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We left the drizzle behind and cozied up inside with some coffee and kittens.

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November Fog

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November it the pearl-gray month

the changeling between

warm crimson October

and,

cold white December

the month when the leaves fall, in slow drifting whirls,

and the shapes of the trees are revealed

when the earth imperceptibly wakes

and stretches her bare limbs

and

displays her stubborn

unconquerable strength

before she settles uneasily into winter

November is secret and silent

Alison Uttley –

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