September 21, 2014

Instalife: Routine




Life with baby, vegan treats, homemade pumpkin spice syrup, Olivia's hair loss, Faith started archery and Scottish dance lessons this week, and we're all returning to our normal routines.  Most of this past week was spent catching up on laundry, getting the kids back in the school routine, meal planning, and getting back to normal bedtimes - which is probably my favorite thing ever because I really value the much-needed alone time David and I get each night after the little kids are in bed (usually by 7pm).  Preschool is absolutely exhausting for Noah, so there's been a bit of an adjustment period, trying to ensure he's getting enough sleep.  Olivia's sleep has been on-again, off-again because we're reintroducing foods into my diet for allergy trials.  She often only wakes twice per night (7pm-7am) but is up frequently if we have a reaction.  I'd love a little extra sleep now and then, but as this is my last baby, I'm trying to savor every little bit of it, and I'm not too concerned by our little late-night snugglefests in bed while nursing.

It's hard to believe that September is nearly over!  The official start of Fall is just a few days away, Olivia turns six-months-old in just one week (she'll be having her first puree soon, which I'm equally excited and nervous about), and the end-of-year holidays are right around the corner.  Halloween costumes are starting to come together, I'm considering food alternatives for Thanksgiving, and I've even bought a few Christmas gifts already (as well as started dreaming up my own little wish list - so excited for what's coming my way in a few month's time!).  Believe it or not, I've already started thinking about New Year's resolutions for 2015 - yep, I'm attempting that monumental project again and really looking forward to some huge successes with personal goals and personal growth in the coming year (will be posting a few thoughts about my 2014 goals soon)!  Last but not least, David and I will be celebrating three years "officially" together soon, and will be getting married before the end of the year, firmly cementing 2014 as the year our little family becomes whole.  I could not be more excited, could not be more in love with this little life of mine, and truly could not be more happy - everything is just so perfect right now!

September 20, 2014

Project 52 {36-38}




Here's another little catch-up on my Project 52 posts.  Since things are starting to settle down around the house again, I'm hoping to get back to posting these things weekly soon, as well as just picking up my camera more often to get in more practice (Fall is a beautiful time of year to get snapping!).  Earlier this week I started making a little photography gear wish list, and it's inspired me to really step up my photography game - I've come so far from the early days five years ago when I was pregnant with Noah and my interest in photography was first sparked, but I still have a lot to learn and tons of room for growth.  One of the things I love most about photography is that one can never reach the "top" - no matter how good a photographer is, there is always room for improvement!  Stay tuned next week for more photos from Olivia's 24 week shots (week 38 above).

September 19, 2014

September 18, 2014

September 17, 2014

Sunrise







One of the things I love most about watching the sun emerge from the ocean horizon is how quickly the colorful sky changes - from deep purple to cool blue to warm orange to bright yellow - all within the span of a few short minutes.  I don't know if there is a Grand Creator out there or if The Universe simply paints us blessings on its canvas - but I have never felt more at one with the Earth than when I get the opportunity to catch these breath-taking views.