Persistence

Pays Off.

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WIth less than twenty-four hours notice

we had a photo shoot on the calendar

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Which included dressing the boys like twins

(note: that’s our photographer friend Janet-AMAZING).

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The baby had moments of sleeping, crying, and eating throughout.

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The hope is to capture Olivine at  3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and one year.

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That means I have roughly three months to imagine the next setting, colors, and props.

Thank you Janet.

Super Z

A super hero themed birthday party for our friend Zachary

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His momma made the awesome masks.

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 Plus the yummy food

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and there was a slack line they rigged up for balancing and fun.

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Lots of familiar faces to play with.

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Plus tree climbing

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Watermelon faces

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Relaxin’ with the birthday boy

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Giggles in the grass

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and yes- pretty near perfect weather.

Happy Girl

I am as delighted as she is, to see her watching her family and being entertained by it all.

Before she goes to sleep she is usually hanging out in just a diaper and the chub is my favorite.

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Her latest trick: grabbing at blankets and toys.  

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Good job, Olivine.

It’s Friday

morning:

Henry crawled into our bed around 3 am and stayed until he woke up

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noon:

Joe picked up Paul from preschool. 
This is my new and most favorite pretend play.

I wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger and work for NASA.

Who wouldn’t want a job where the uniform is coveralls with patches?

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evening:

little boys who would rather play, play, play, and laugh, laugh, laugh than eat dinner.

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Treat Time

Shakes at Ruby’s

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Even the poster is celebrating Joe’s final class- we get to have evenings together! Hooray!

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Yet as I try to capture the stripe theme on the girl side of the table I realize:

we look way more serious than we both feel. What a horrible, clearly genetic trait.

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“can’t win them all” as Joe likes to quote.

Around Town

There are plenty of gardeners to see and then come home to imitate.

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Local businesses have art scultptures that also serve the purpose of bike rack.

Can you guess where he is??

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There is also art to see all over Cal State Long Beach

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even art in the water, where they were pretending to fish with sticks.

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Henry loves all the different ways to get around town.

Sometimes it’s too many choices and he has to try them all!

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Looks like today’s choice: scooter.

Make Believe

is gathering all those tools around his waist, so he can easily fix things around the house.

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is wondering what may be hiding in the holes of the trees.

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is the tandem motorcycle they have created by riding these pipes with helmets on.

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is the nature of children.

Celebrate

a day dedicated just for those who are mommas

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with homemade gifts and lots of love

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Happy Mother’s Day to you.

 

 

Several

mini heart-shaped pancakes.

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strawberries by the handful, and nutella.

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expressions to having been dipped in a heated jacuzzi.

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minutes of being fully present in the moment.

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resemblances: cheeks, smiles, eyes, and sweetness.

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After Dinner

Some of us fell into a food-coma

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While others of us went to a late night birthday party

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That invovled glow sticks

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and big kids

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and pizza

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and cake

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and bedtime is a breeze.