Averianna

Homemade Quilt

For Christmas this year I made Averianna a quilt that would fit over her whole bed. She previously only had her little crib-sized quilt. Now, I’m not any kind of an expert when it comes to sewing, but I really do enjoy watching something like this come together.

The kids each got a quilt a few years ago for Christmas (the crib-sized one for Averianna mentioned above, and a double-sized one for Cayden). Both quilts were quickly pushed away to get to the real presents, the toys! Now, I am totally okay with this — I mean, they are kids after all! But leading up to Christmas day this year I started thinking about how this gift (and the homemade pillow I made for Cayden) would be received amongst all the excitement.

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What I realized during this reflection though, was the timelessness these gifts have, even if they aren’t the highlights of their Christmas morning (and I definitely do not expect a quilt to by a highlight for either of my kids' on Christmas morning, just to be clear!) Cayden has to have his quilt on his bed every night, and often he chooses to only sleep under it. And I’m pretty sure if you asked him what toys he got the year he also got his quilt, he would draw up a blank.

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This fall I told Averianna that I would make her a bigger quilt if she wanted one; of course she said yes. Knowing this quilt would become a Christmas present, I also asked Cayden if he’d like me to make him a new one, not to replace the old one, but in addition to it, because I didn’t want him to be disappointed Christmas morning having not received one. Cayden said he’d like me to make him a pillow (which I also quilted) instead of a quilt, so that is what he ended up getting.

The homemade presents were opened with joy this year. Both kids said they forgot I said I would be making them anything at all, so it was a nice surprise for both. They also both gave huge hugs when opening their homemade gifts this year. I know it comes with them getting old, but this Christmas was filled with as much excitement as the last few, however, was just a tad bit slower, and seemed to come with a lot of gratitude, which of course fills me heart with joy.

Life is not this perfect

OK I need to put a disclaimer on this photo. Our life with kids is never this perfect!!! It's always run, run, running everywhere, chasing, yelling, yelping, squealing, crying, (Mommy crying), fighting, everyone being grumpy, scraped knees, sweaty, stinky, manure on the hands...and well, you get the point. Tonight we had help with chores, so I was trying to get this picture for well...about 2 hours. Between sweeping the floor up, grabbing a fresh camera battery, changing lenses, changing clothes...and that doesn't even get into the whole struggle it was to get both kids to cooperate!! HOWEVER -- the stars aligned for 30 seconds, Averianna and Cayden sat together perfectly (well, I sat them together and they magically stayed), and if Averianna didn't put her head on Cayden's shoulder. Those 30 seconds made the whole fiasco worth it and there is no way I would trade all that other stuff ^^^^ in for the world!!!

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Digging for bones

Today my Mom and I took both kids to the Children's Museum and they had a blast!  Averianna was to wrapped up in what she was doing in each room to move on to the next, but as soon as we could show her the other cool things to see and do, she was more than content again.  This was the very first room, the dinosaur room.  They went into the little sand pit to search for buried dinosaur bones.  They loved every minute and were not thrilled when it was time to go home, even though they were also exhausted from their busyness.

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Smile!

Smile :) How can you not with that little grin!?  Absolutely love this girl to the moon and back.  <3 IMG_8937_web

Daily Happenings

Just some daily happenings around our house.  I swear, it doesn't matter how many times we tell the kiddos not to climb on the coffee table, they still think it's part of their play ground.  The sad thing is, I think Cayden gets it...it's Averianna that is the bad influence!  After they were both sitting in the toy bin together, Cayden came out and Averianna tipped over.  But she couldn't get out on her own...she was just laying there, sitting in the bin, but actually laying down.  Of course Cayden didn't think he needed to help! mischief

But they really are best friends.  They want to do everything together.  What one is doing the other one wants to do too.  I'm not sure who went to the window first, but the other was soon to follow.   Averianna climbed up the top of the couch, so Cayden had to as well.  Their sibling bond is strong, I can only hope that they continue to be life long friends.

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Dog-Sitters

The last year has been a bit of a blur in a lot of ways -- clearly we have been very busy.  We have made a lot of "life changes" from spring 2014 to now, all for the better, but it has definitely taken its toll on my available free time to do any extras.  However, I really miss taking and sharing my photos!  I've still taken a lot of images this last year, many of which will never be fully edited just because other things need to be prioritized at the moment.  But moving forward, I am going to be a little more intentional with my photography again and share some of our moments.  I feel like the focus will shift slightly -- to more "every day" moments rather than anything elaborate or staged.  I just want memories of how life is each day for us now -- in all its messy glory!  I'm sure some artistic captures will find their way out occasionally. Averianna is coming up on 18 months old, and Cayden is about to celebrate his 4th birthday.  The farm is only a couple months away from the start of another "season" of busyness (which lasts 3 seasons, and that's OK!)  We still have a lots going on and more often than not I wonder where the weeks and months have gone.  Life is a bit of a blur with two kids, and I have no idea how Mom's with 3 or more function haha!!

Last weekend we were "dog sitting" for a friend, and the kids had a blast with these two little extras running around.  I've always been so drawn to human and animal interactions, so I also had fun photographing them while they were here.  And while we did love the extra companionship, house dogs are not in our near future!  Perhaps they are in the distant, not-so-near future though...maybe Erik thinks I'm crazy.

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