family photos in central park!

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sharing the photos katie rain took of our family in central park a few weeks ago! so many in this batch that i really love, because she captured all seven of us – pulling the faces and the sass and the rarely ever holding still – perfectly. it’s such a big feat to take on – taking photos with this many people (and littles) to be in the frame....

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3rd grade, 2nd grade and kindergarten, here we go!

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these three beautiful babies of mine started school the other week, and we are officially 7 full days into the new school year! josh and i were able to tag team their curriculum night for parents a few days ago to meet their new teachers and learn more about what they have in store for the coming year....

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never leave home without…

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over the years as my family has grown in size, i’ve tried to find ways to minimize the amount of things i have to haul everywhere despite often having a lot of kids of different ages with me. i’m out for several hours on end at times running errands or hopping playgrounds with the kids, so while i like to be prepared, if i can get away with only bringing with me the absolute necessities, the day feels a whole lot more manageable as i can focus more on my babies and kiddos and less on all the stuff i also need to keep track of....

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favorite children’s books, for all ages!

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today i have compiled some of our favorite children’s books for all ages – from board books for babies to chapter books fitting for eleanor’s age group! these are some of the books that we have gravitated towards over and over again with each little one over the years and also the ones my kids want to read again and again....

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cowboy hat in the city.

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i bought myself this cowboy hat at a little western wear store outside of star valley, wyoming when we were visiting in july. it was a very big deal because i was extremely excited as i walked around the place and tried on a million and one different styles and colors (thank you to my family for being rather patient with me during the process)....

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