Weekend Favorites

There wasn’t any thrifting this weekend, but there was lots of fun!

Date night with my cute hubby! I love date nights and they just don’t happen often enough.IMG_1890

 

Painting birdhouses with the kids outside on our deck. The weather was beautiful! The kids had so much fun and we crossed our first activity off our Spring Bucket List.IMG_1897IMG_1898

 

We all made a rainbow craft for St. Patrick’s Day. By the way, I learned from watching the Today show this morning that it is incorrect to call it St. Patty’s Day. It should be Paddy’s. Very interesting. I learn something new every day!

These are rainbow windsocks that I found on Pinterest, but you can find them here. The kids love these. They decided that they looked like jellyfish, so we glued on some googly eyes. Lots of fun and we crossed another activity off our Spring Bucket List.IMG_1909IMG_1914

 

 

And last, but not least, my favorite photo from the weekend. I’ve always loved watching my babies sleep and I still can’t get enough of it. She looks so peaceful and beautiful.Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

 

How was your weekend? Did you get to spend time outside? We were outside all day Saturday, but then it was cold again on Sunday. I did get a bunch of painting done while I was stuck inside though. So that was good.

I hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Instagram Obsession

Since I added my Instagram feed to my sidebar, I haven’t done an Instagram Obsession post, so I thought I would do a round-up post today of some of my favorites from the past few months. A lot of times my Instagram photos end up being some of my all-time favorite photos. It’s still my favorite app and my go-to way to share photos with friends and family.

Some of these you may have seen in other posts, but some of them you haven’t. Enjoy!

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It appears that I’m really into black and white images lately! I also noticed that there are way more of Harper than Hudson. It’s probably because I take some while he’s at school. *Note to self-Take more photos of Hudson*

I haven’t really posted as many photos as usual because we’ve mostly just been hiding out in the house trying to stay warm and being pretty boring, but once Spring decides to make an appearance I’ll be back to my regular Instagraming.

See you tomorrow. I’ll be sharing our frame gallery that we hung around our tv.

Monthly Portraits-February

We do a lot of crafting and projects around here. The kids love it all and get really excited about it, so I thought this month I would take their portraits while they were doing one of their favorite things.

She might not look like it in this photo (ha ha), but she loved the color mixing activity.DSC_0555 copy

 

He was showing me all the different colors he made.DSC_0571 copy

 

Hopefully I’ll be able to shoot their March portraits outside.

Weekend Favorites

Note: This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I just realized that I forgot to schedule it. Oops!

We went up to Sioux Falls to visit my parents this weekend. It was great to get out of the house and go somewhere else for a couple of days. The kids have major cabin fever (so do I) and getting out was just what they needed.

We didn’t do a whole lot while we were there, but here a few of my favorites.

Favorite outing was a breakfast date with Jeremy at Starbucks. I’ve found that since becoming parents, I almost like morning dates better then night dates. I think it’s because by the time 8 o’clock rolls around, I’m tired and ready to get comfortable at home. Plus I love mornings and coffee, so those two things together are a recipe for a good date.photo (19)

This sky and sunset were pretty awesome. It was a little difficult to photograph out of the car window, but I had to get a couple of shots. It looked more like a stormy summer sky than a winter sky. The clouds were amazing.photo (20)

Favorite moment was Harper sticking her belly out as far as she could in the giant mirror in the Gap. She thought it was hilarious. It was. She was making the silliest faces and laughing at herself. It was adorable. My mom and I could’ve watched her do that all day.Processed with VSCOcam with lv02 preset

Pink. I didn’t realize it until I was looking through my photos, but there is a lot of pink going on here. My parents wanted to take the kids to Toys R Us and let them pick out some toys. Harper was having a hard time deciding exactly which baby she wanted. She looked so small next to the big shelves.Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Monthly Portraits-January

Here are the portraits of the kids for January. I didn’t take any of Jeremy or I, but the month isn’t over yet, so it may still happen.

I love this one of Harper. She was playing by the backdoor and the light was really pretty. My favorite part is her hair. She’s always walking around with crazy, messy hair. I actually got a few really good ones of her and had a hard time deciding which one to choose.

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And this one of Hudson totally depicts his age right now. He’s growing out of the toddler stage and into the bigger kid stage. He’s gotten more into playing learning games on our phones and asks to play a lot more lately. At least they’re learning games…I guess.

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I decided on black and white because I don’t do a lot of black and white. I used to all the time and I’m not sure why I veered away from it.

Oh, and I didn’t edit these. They’re right out of the camera.

A Portrait A Month

I hate to admit it, but I haven’t used my Nikon since Christmas. I haven’t even taken it out of my camera bag. That’s very unlike me. I usually have it sitting out where I can grab it at a moments notice.

I think part of the problem is that I’m not feeling very inspired lately. It’s the dead of winter here. It’s cold, brown and altogether gloomy outside for the most part. I am definitely the type of person who is greatly inspired by my surroundings. I love color and light, but there isn’t much of either during the winter months. Total bummer.

Well, I’ve decided that a great way to get me shooting again is to focus on my biggest inspiration; my kiddos.

My plan is to take a portrait of each of them every month, so in the end I’ll have 24 portraits. I plan to capture both posed and natural portraits. I think it will be a great way to capture the kids as they change over the year.

I’ll be posting my photos here monthly starting this month, so be on the lookout for that post coming soon. I’m actually feeling excited to finally get my camera out!

In fact, I’m feeling so motivated that I may even take portraits of my husband and maybe even some self portraits!

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Happy Monday!

Best of 2013

Today I though I would wrap up 2013 with a best of post. So, without further ado, here it is, the best of 2013.

Best DIY Project: Potato Stamped CurtainsDSC_0047

 

Best SunsetIMG_9151

 

Best Book: A Light Between Oceans…obviously.51fVwOnUurL

 

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Best Garden2013-07-29 11.23.18

 

Best Kid Friendly DIY: Water Blob2013-07-06 16.45.02

 

Best Soup: Chicken TortillaIMG_5846

 

Best Sandwich: Avocado & Bacon2013-07-15 17.45.59

 

Best RainbowDSC_0477

 

Best HikeIMG_9735

 

Best Two Year ProjectIMG_0603

 

Best CatchIMG_8257

 

Best Basil HarvestIMG_8876

 

Best Photo ShootDSC_0253 copy

Best EVERIMG_8198

 

2013 was so great! I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us!

Update: Fall Bucket List

We’ve had a ton of fun crossing activities off our Fall Bucket List this year! Our fall has seriously been magical. The weather has been perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying all the beauty of autumn.

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As you can see, we’ve been very busy having fun. We’re still hoping to make it to an apple orchard this weekend even if we can’t pick our own apples anymore. There’s an orchard close to Omaha that makes apple donuts. That’s reason enough to visit!

And of course, there’s still time to make a couple of turkey crafts before Thanksgiving rolls around.

I’m just not sure we’ll get to have a fire to roast marshmallows though. Every time it’s been warm enough to sit outside it’s also been really windy. High winds and fires don’t mix. But this weekend may work. The kids love roasted marshmallows, so I hate to miss that one.

Autumn seems to be coming to a close here in Omaha. The trees have slowly been losing all their leaves and the beautiful colors are disappearing. I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet though, so I plan to relish in every last second of it before the dreaded snow comes along!

A couple of weeks ago we took the kids to the Wildlife Safari to see the animals one more time and to get in a hike (one of the activities on our list) to Frog Pond. It was a gorgeous day. One of my favorites of the season!

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Please excuse our dirty dashboard and the crack in our windshield. We really need to get that fixed!Β IMG_9773

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I hope you all have been enjoying fall where you live!

**All the photos were taken with my iPhone 5 and are unedited.**