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Thursday, January 31, 2013


Today, my baby bean is one.  One. 

I'm sitting here trying to finish up this post at 11:00 PM, after a long night of mommying and cooking and organizing, when I need to wake up very early for a work training tomorrow morning. But all I can think about right now is this number.

It's been one whole year since she got here. One year of growth and change and smiles and giggles (and a few screams). One year ago I didn't know her, and today I can't imagine ever not knowing her. She's one of my favorite people ever.

I wish you could meet her--she's so funny and spunky and sweet. She has such a sparkle to her. I'm so, so lucky that she is mine.

Although it's been some time now, I can still remember the day I found out she was growing inside me. In that moment, it was as if G-d split the sea right in front of me and I stood, unbelievably, on dry land. She was my miracle. 

And all I can think of today are the lines from this book.

Heaven blew every trumpet 
And played every horn
On the wonderful, marvelous 
Night you were born

--Nancy Tillman

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Our Insta Life

If there was one thing I was SUPER excited for when I got my iphone, it was Instagram. And it hasn't disappointed! It does have a way of making an ordinary photo look artsy, and playing with filters is a great way to have fun in the checkout line:)

Here's in insta-peek into our life right now!

Coffee in a mason jar. The best. I'm about to make myself one right now, in fact!  (And yes, with whipped cream. Clearly.)

Driving through NYC in the back of a cab to get to the East Side.

Ellie's Purim costume arrived in the mail, and I'm giving  you all a sneak peek:) TINY BABY ICE CREAM CONE!!

Happy baby at the mall (we were there to buy her first pair of SHOES!)

Happy baby at Dunkin Donuts (can you sense a theme??)

Hostess gift from some good family friends. You know who you are....and you're invited anytime!

Just a little peek into what's keeping us busy today.  I love how Instagram beautifies some of the little, everyday pleasures that make life so happy.

What small thing do YOU love today?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dream Come True

I made this layout eons ago, but realized I still hadn't shared it here. I used one of Studio Calico's retail collections and loved the soft, sweet colors. Perfect for a small, sweet girl:)

The journaling is as simple as it gets here--because the title says it all.

She is my dream come true;)

And speaking of culinary dreams come true, you have to try these unbelievable cookies right now. You can even add dried cherries if you're in the mood:)

If you need more convincing than that, here you go:

What dreams have come true in YOUR life?

And on a more serious note, say a prayer today for this wonderful woman whose dream has become more complicated right now.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Anatomy of a Photoshoot

Little munchkin was looking very cute today in a pair of pink overalls, so I decided to snap a few shots.

It started off like this:

And quickly deteriorated like this:

And this is why I don't get too many photoshoots in these days. Yeesh!

How was YOUR weekend?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sophie Mania!

Popping in today to share a layout I made a few weeks ago about Ellie's true, squeaky love--Sophie. I picked up Sophie during a tough teething phase, and she quickly became a valued member of our household. I put the photos together a fun, quirky layout!

I used a Studio Calico kit for this one, but Lord help me if you want to know which one--I'm battling a cold this week and my mental capacity has really diminished!

And a close-up!

And now, excuse me while I go to bed at 9 in an attempt to recover from this cold/cough that has been plaguing me for THREE WEEKS now:)

And tell me, what random objects have become a big part of YOUR family's life?